- US jobless aid applications rose last week; total still low Updated: May-28-15 8:43 am
WASHINGTON - More Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, though the overall level remains low and points to a healthy job market.
- Express has little in the way of retail blahs in 1Q Updated: May-28-15 8:32 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Solid sales growth at Express pushed the clothing retailer beyond Wall Street's first-quarter expectations and the company boosted its full-year earnings forecast.
- Greece aims to get bailout deal by Sunday but creditors wary Updated: May-28-15 7:35 am
ATHENS, Greece - Greece says it aims to clinch a deal with its creditors by Sunday, a development that would allow it to receive the desperately needed final installment of its international bailout plan and prevent a default.
- Global stocks down as Shanghai sinks, Greece deadline looms Updated: May-28-15 7:29 am
TOKYO - Chinese shares dived Thursday after big gains in the past three months and other global stock markets were mostly lower as a deadline neared for cash-starved Greece to make a debt payment.
- Chinese leader calls for innovation as economic growth slows Updated: May-28-15 5:50 am
BEIJING - Rapturous crowds. Beaming workers. Pep talks for the troops.
- EU nations, parliament reach deal on major investment plan Updated: May-28-15 5:05 am
BRUSSELS - European Union nations and legislators have reached a deal in principle to create a fund that could generate up to 315 billion euros ($345 billion) in private- and public-sector investment to upgrade infrastructure, stimulate the EU's sluggish economies and ignite job growth.
- State trade mission to Central Europe Updated: May-28-15 4:05 am
JACKSON, Mississippi - The Mississippi Development Authority will lead a delegation of Mississippi companies on a business development trip to Central Europe on Aug. 31 through Sept. 4.
- Philippine economic growth slows to 5.2 percent in 1Q Updated: May-28-15 1:14 am
MANILA, Philippines - Sluggish government spending slowed Philippine economic growth in the first quarter of this year, officials said Thursday.
- Is rent out of reach? Study shows how 11 US cities stack up Updated: May-28-15 1:13 am
NEW YORK - Renters are on the rise in America's biggest cities, but many tenants are scrambling to keep up with growing rent bills and shrinking vacancies, according to a study being released Thursday.
- AARP survey: Many generic medicine prices have risen sharply Updated: May-28-15 12:04 am
TRENTON, New Jersey - Reversing a long-term trend, prices for more than one in four generic medicines widely used by older Americans increased in 2013, some very sharply, according to a survey by AARP.
- US senator in Cuba says normal relations 'weeks away' Updated: May-27-15 8:10 pm
HAVANA - The historic process of restoring long-severed diplomatic relationship between the U.S. and Cuba that began Dec. 17 will likely come to a successful end in a matter of weeks, a U.S. senator said during a visit to the island Wednesday.
- Dayton and lawmakers refocus budget fight on education Updated: May-27-15 8:07 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - With the location of a special session sorted, Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders zeroed in on a budget impasse Wednesday that touches several areas of state government but hinges mostly on the state's public schools budget.
- Sanders wants Clinton to take stand on trade deal Updated: May-27-15 5:03 pm
CONCORD, New Hampshire - Sen. Bernie Sanders is questioning why Democratic presidential rival Hillary Rodman Clinton won't take a stand on the emerging trade deal with Pacific nations, which he calls "enormously important issue" she's been dodging.
- New federal rules on stream protection hailed, criticized Updated: May-27-15 4:18 pm
WASHINGTON - New federal rules designed to better protect small streams, tributaries and wetlands - and the drinking water of 117 million Americans - are being criticized by Republicans and farm groups as going too far.
- After 8 years, RI unemployment rate drops out of 10 worst Updated: May-27-15 3:32 pm
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - Rhode Island has dropped out of the top 10 states with the worst unemployment rate for the first time in nearly eight years.
- Health law court case winner could be political loser Updated: May-27-15 2:19 pm
WASHINGTON - The party that wins the impending Supreme Court decision on President Barack Obama's health care law could be the political loser.
- Drilling cutbacks drag down job growth in oil patch Updated: May-27-15 1:21 pm
WASHINGTON - Hammered by cheaper oil, drilling firms have laid off workers and dragged job growth lower in states from Texas to North Dakota.
- Spain seeks revamp of EU financial powers, new ECB mandate Updated: May-27-15 12:56 pm
MADRID - Spain's government is calling for an overhaul of the European Union's common economic policy and for the European Central Bank to play a greater role in avoiding future crises.
- North Carolina unemployment rate up to 5.5 percent in April Updated: May-27-15 12:35 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - A continuing stream of sidelined workers who have resumed looking for jobs caused North Carolina's unemployment rate to tick up to 5.5 percent in April.
- US stocks move higher in midday trade, day after a slump Updated: May-27-15 12:12 pm
NEW YORK - The U.S. stock market is moving higher in midday trading, making back some of the ground it lost the day before.
- World's most powerful democracies discuss how to help growth Updated: May-27-15 11:15 am
DRESDEN, Germany - Top finance officials from the Group of Seven wealthy democracies are gathering in Germany this week to discuss ways to strengthen the global economy.
- Mississippi jobless rate dips in April Updated: May-27-15 10:55 am
JACKSON, Mississippi - Mississippi's jobless rate dipped in April to 6.6 percent.
- South Carolina unemployment unchanged in April Updated: May-27-15 10:49 am
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - There was no change in South Carolina's unemployment rate last month, according to data released Wednesday by state officials.
- Nebraska's April jobless rate of 2.5 pct still lowest in US Updated: May-27-15 10:44 am
LINCOLN, Nebraska - Nebraska's unemployment rate dropped a tenth of a point to 2.5 percent in April, remaining the lowest rate in the nation, according to reports issued Wednesday.
- US stocks open higher following slump the day before Updated: May-27-15 9:43 am
NEW YORK - The stock market is opening higher following its worst day in three weeks.