By The Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) - The price of oil rose more than 3 percent Thursday as the European Central Bank cut its key interest rate to a new low and U.S. unemployment claims dropped.
But natural gas was headed for its biggest decline since August after U.S. supplies rose much more
By MIKE STOBBEAP Medical Writer
NEW YORK (AP) - The suicide rate among middle-aged Americans climbed a startling 28 percent in a decade, a period that included the recession and the mortgage crisis, the government reported Thursday.
The trend was most pronounced among white men and women in that
By MATTHEW PERRONEAP Health Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) - It's a chemical that's been in U.S. households for more than 40 years, from the body wash in your bathroom shower to the knives on your kitchen counter to the bedding in your baby's basinet.
But federal health regulators are just now
By The Associated Press
The European Central Bank, which sets monetary policy for the 17 European Union countries that use the euro, cut its main interest rate by a quarter of a percentage point to a new record low of 0.5 percent.
The ECB's president, Mario Draghi, also hinted that the bank
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A juror says she hoped to send a message by supporting a $240 million verdict in favor of 32 mentally disabled men who were abused by a Texas company.
Robin Griebel of Davenport told The Associated Press that the former employees of Henry's Turkey Service "had their lives
By STEVE ROTHWELLAP Markets Writer
NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks are rising in early trading on Wall Street Thursday following encouraging news about the job market and higher profits from CBS, Facebook and other companies.
Signs that hiring is picking up has been an important factor supporting this year
By MARCY GORDONAP Business Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) - The average U.S. rate on the 15-year fixed mortgage fell to a new record low last week, and the rate on the 30-year fixed loan declined. Cheaper mortgages have encouraged more home-buying and refinancing.
Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday
By PETER SVENSSONAP Technology Writer
NEW YORK (AP) - Intel said Thursday that it has chosen its chief operating officer, Brian Krzanich, as its new CEO. He will steer the world's largest chipmaker in an era where PC sales are cratering while smartphones and tablets thrive.
Krzanich, who is 52
By MARTIN CRUTSINGERAP Economics Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. trade deficit narrowed in March for a second month as the daily flow of imported crude oil dropped to the lowest level in 17 years. The deficit with China hit a three-year low.
The overall trade deficit decreased to $38.8 billion,
By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABERAP Economics Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. worker productivity barely grew from January through March after shrinking in the final three months of 2012. Weak productivity growth could prompt employers to hire more if consumers and businesses continue to increase spending.