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US applications for jobless benefits drop to 336k

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits fell a slight 3,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 336,000, a sign that layoffs remain low.

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 February 2014

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Keystone pipeline faces new obstacle in Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Just as pressure was building on President Barack Obama to make a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline, the project ran into another obstacle.

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 February 2014

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Senate hopefuls collected $500K a day last year

WASHINGTON (AP) — Candidates in U.S. Senate races this year collectively raised more than a half-million dollars a day in 2013, suggesting a spate of never-ending campaign ads, mail and phone calls to come before November's elections.

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 February 2014

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Truce fails, 22 more die in new Kiev clashes

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — A brief truce in Ukraine's embattled capital failed Thursday, spiraling into fierce clashes between police and anti-government protesters that left at least 22 people dead. Government snipers were reported to be shooting at some of the protesters in Kiev.

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 February 2014

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WhatsApp: A $19 billion bet for Facebook

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is placing a $19 billion bet on reaching its next billion mobile users with the acquisition of WhatsApp, a popular messaging service that lets people send texts, photos and videos on their smartphones.

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 February 2014

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Minimum wage report puts Democrats on defensive

WASHINGTON (AP) — A report by Congress' nonpartisan budget analysts seems to have thrown Democrats onto the defensive after it concluded that the party's drive to boost the federal minimum wage could cost a half-million jobs by 2016.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 February 2014

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US, Europe considering sanctions on Kiev leaders

BRUSSELS (AP) — Following the deadly clashes in Ukraine's capital, the Obama administration and European governments are talking about imposing punitive sanctions, the Kremlin has blamed the West for stirring up trouble and the pope has issued a special appeal for peace. A roundup of Wednesday's international reactions:

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 February 2014

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Finns give reindeer fluorescent antler makeovers

HELSINKI (AP) — Rudolph the reindeer is having a glittering antler makeover — the latest attempt to halt some of the thousands of road deaths of the roaming caribou in the wilds of Finland.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 February 2014

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