By PAN PYLASAssociated Press
LONDON (AP) - Global stocks were lackluster Thursday as another round of strong U.S. economic data reinforced expectations that the U.S. Federal Reserve will begin to reduce its monetary stimulus this month.
Expectations that the Fed will decide to begin "tapering" its
By JIM KUHNHENNAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House is pushing to extend jobless benefits to long-term unemployed Americans.
The argument is that if benefits don't get renewed by the end of the month, more than a million people will lose the assistance -- which will slow economic
By JOSH BOAKAP Economics Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits tumbled 23,000 last week to 298,000, nearly a six-year low that shows companies are laying off fewer workers.
The Labor Department said the less volatile four-week moving average declined 10
By MARTIN CRUTSINGERAP Economics Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. economy grew at a 3.6 percent annual rate from July through September, the fastest since early 2012. But nearly half the growth came from a buildup in business stockpiles, a trend that could reverse in the current quarter and hold
NEW YORK (AP) - Stock futures wavered Thursday after the U.S. reported data on jobs and economic growth that were much better than most economists had been projecting.
Weighing on markets, however, were telltale signs that illustrated just how hesitant Americans have become in spending money.
MADRID (AP) - Ratings agency Moody's has cited improvements in Spain's public finances and a reduction in private-sector debt.
The agency announced Thursday it has changed the rating on government bonds to stable from negative, though the rating remains at Baa3 indicating a moderate credit
By DAVID MCHUGHAP Business Writer
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) - The European Central Bank left its key interest rate unchanged on Thursday but cut its inflation forecasts, suggesting the 17-country eurozone's recovery will remain weak.
The currency bloc's chief monetary authority left its
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) - The Cypriot government says the privatization of state-owned companies will start in two years, when the bailed-out country's economy is projected to start growing again.
Government spokesman Christos Stylianides says first in line for privatization is the Cyprus
By DANICA KIRKAAssociated Press
LONDON (AP) - Austerity will remain in place in Britain for years to come, the government insisted Thursday even though the U.K. economy is growing faster than most of its peers.
That was the message from British finance minister George Osborne as he unveiled his
By CANDICE CHOIAP Food Industry Writer
NEW YORK (AP) - Fast-food workers and labor organizers are set to turn out in support of higher wages in cities across the country Thursday.
Organizers say walkouts are planned in 100 cities, with rallies set for another 100 cities. But it's not clear what
KHQ.COM - On Wednesday afternoon a Washington State Patrol trooper crashed while driving to stop a wrong-way driver on Hwy. 195 just 3 miles south of Spokane. Fortunately no one was injured.
The northbound lane was partially blocking for a short time, but it was opened shortly after.
By GENE JOHNSONAssociated Press
SEATTLE (AP) - The nation's largest freight rail carriers announced Wednesday they will provide health care benefits to the same-sex spouses of their employees, one day after legally married, gay engineers filed a federal lawsuit in Seattle.
Gus Melonas, a
On December 2, 2013 the Stevens County Sheriff's Office was asked to conduct a welfare check on a woman from the Tacoma area who never returned home from the Loon Lake area.
Deputies say 51-year-old Susan Yager was staying at a cabin on the lake during the holiday weekend, and when she