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Fed offers a dual message on health of US economy

Fed offers a dual message on health of US economy

WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve offered a mixed message on the U.S. economy Wednesday: Growth is strengthening, and the unemployment rate is steadily falling. Yet by some measures, the job market remains subpar.

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U.S. economy rebounded in second quarter

U.S. economy rebounded in second quarter

The economy grew at a fast 4 percent annual rate in the April-June quarter.

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GOP governor's debate offers few fireworks

GOP governor's debate offers few fireworks

Mostly amiable night raises the question: Is there a fastballer in the house?

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U.S. economy grows at scorching 4 percent in 2nd quarter

U.S. economy grows at scorching 4 percent in 2nd quarter

WASHINGTON — The much-stronger-than-expected 4 percent rate of annual U.S. economic growth from April through June, reported Wednesday by the Commerce Department, put to rest fears that the U.S. economy was slipping into low gear.

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Fed offers a dual message on health of US economy

Fed offers a dual message on health of US economy

FILE - In this July 2, 2014, file photo, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen speaks at the International Monetary Fund in Washington. The Federal Reserve is widely expected to make sixth reduction in bond purchases Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

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New sanctions expected to hurt Russia long-term

New sanctions expected to hurt Russia long-term

MOSCOW — U.S. and European sanctions against Russia’s energy and finance sectors are strong enough to cause deep, long-lasting damage within months unless Moscow persuades the West to repeal them by withdrawing support for Ukrainian insurgents.

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Sanctions will damage Russia if not lifted quickly

Sanctions will damage Russia if not lifted quickly

Russian President Vladimir Putin, background center, heads the Cabinet meeting in the Novo-Ogaryovo residence, outside Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. The meeting focused on measures to encourage Russian companies to pull their assets back from offshore. The United States and the E…

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A more vigorous US economy appears to be emerging

A more vigorous US economy appears to be emerging

In this July 29, 2014 photo, jeweler Murray Cadenhead works on repairing a piece of jewelry at Perry's Fine Jewelers on Independence Boulevard in Wilmington, N.C. The government issues its first of three estimates of how fast the U.S. economy grew in the April-June quarter on Wednesday, July…

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Yemen ends fuel subsidies, nearly doubling prices

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Fuel prices in Yemen nearly doubled Wednesday as the government ended a fuel subsidy program costing billions of dollars, sparking scattered demonstrations that saw one person killed as authorities quickly dispersed protesters, security officials said.

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Yemen ends fuel subsidies, nearly doubling prices

Yemen ends fuel subsidies, nearly doubling prices

Yemenis set tires on fire during a protest against the inflation of fuel prices in Sanaa, Yemen, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. Yemeni protesters blocked roads by burning tires on streets in the Yemeni capital against the government's decision to raise fuel prices. The fuel crisis which hit the c…

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Yemen ends fuel subsidies, nearly doubling prices

Yemen ends fuel subsidies, nearly doubling prices

A Yemeni man sets a tire on fire during a protest against the inflation of fuel prices in Sanaa, Yemen, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. Yemeni protesters blocked roads by burning tires on streets in the Yemeni capital against the government's decision to raise fuel prices. The fuel crisis which hi…

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Study: 35 percent in US facing debt collectors

Study: 35 percent in US facing debt collectors

That means "roughly, every third person you pass on the street." 

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US, Europe impose tough new sanctions on Russia

US, Europe impose tough new sanctions on Russia

WASHINGTON — Spurred to action by the downing of the Malaysian airliner, the European Union approved dramatically tougher economic sanctions Tuesday against Russia.

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US, Europe impose tough new sanctions on Russia

US, Europe impose tough new sanctions on Russia

President Obama announces new economic sanctions against key sectors of the Russian economy in an effort to force Russian to end its support for Ukrainian rebels.

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Study: 35 percent in US facing debt collectors

Study: 35 percent in US facing debt collectors

A Visa credit card is tendered at the opening of a Superdry store in New York's Times Square. More than 35 percent of Americans have debts and unpaid bills that have been reported to collection agencies, according to a study released Tuesday.

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Karen Levy: Fight trucker fatigue with economics not electronics

Karen Levy: Fight trucker fatigue with economics not electronics

Last month, after a tractor-trailer collided with a vehicle carrying actor Tracy Morgan and others, national attention focused — briefly — on the serious issue of fatigued truck drivers.

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Dollar Tree buying rival Family Dollar

Dollar Tree buying rival Family Dollar

NEW YORK — The fight for penny pinchers is intensifying.

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US sending dirty coal abroad

US sending dirty coal abroad

As the U.S. reduces its own carbon pollution, it is exporting more of it abroad.

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Obamacare gives boost to Medicare, but more needed

WASHINGTON — Medicare’s financial stability has been strengthened by the Affordable Care Act and other forces that have been subduing health-care spending, according to a new official forecast that says the fund covering the program’s hospital costs will remain solvent until 2030 — four year…

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Stockpiling may be behind rise in US-Russia exports

WASHINGTON — In the months since the United States imposed sanctions on Russian businesses and close associates of President Vladimir Putin, an odd thing has happened: U.S. exports to Russia have risen.

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