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  • Unemployment rates fell in 41 US states last month
    19 December
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Unemployment rates fell in 41 U.S. states in November and were unchanged in six more, reflecting healthy job gains across the country. The Labor Department says unemployment rates rose in only three states: Connecticut, Louisiana, and Washington state. Solid economic growth since…
  • U.S. consumer prices fall in November
    17 December
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Plunging gasoline costs caused U.S. consumer prices to drop in November, muting inflation across the entire economy. The Labor Department says the inflation reading fell 0.3 percent last month, after prices were flat in October. Gas costs plummeted 10.5 percent in November,…
  • Pharmacy officials face racketeering charges
    17 December
    BOSTON (AP) - Federal officials say a co-owner and a pharmacist at a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy blamed for a 2012 deadly meningitis outbreak have been charged with racketeering for allegedly causing the deaths of patients who received tainted steroids manufactured by the company. Barry Cadden,…
  • Amazon extends Christmas shipping deadlines
    16 December
    NEW YORK (AP) - Amazon is courting last-minute holiday shoppers by extending its free-shipping deadline by one day to Dec. 19. Orders over $35 are eligible for free shipping. Last year's deadline was Dec. 18. The e-commerce company says members of its $99 annual Prime…
  • US home construction drops 1.6 percent in November
    16 December
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Construction of new homes fell slightly in November, reflecting weakness in construction of single-family homes. The Commerce Department says that builders started construction at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.03 million homes and apartments last month. That was a decline of…
  • Michigan farm, regulators defend manure spraying
    15 December
    HUDSON, Mich. (AP) - A large southeastern Michigan dairy farm and the state's environmental regulators say the farm's practice of spraying manure on croplands is OK. The Detroit Free Press reports the response from Hudson Dairy and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality comes after…
  • Death toll from GM ignition switches rises to 42
    15 December
    DETROIT (AP) - At least 42 people have died and 58 have been injured in crashes involving General Motors cars with defective ignition switches. Attorney Kenneth Feinberg, who was hired by GM to compensate victims, updated the totals Monday. Feinberg says he has received 251…
  • FedEx truck overturns on highway, spills packages
    15 December
    MAHWAH, N.J. (AP) - A FedEx truck has overturned in northern New Jersey, spilling dozens of packages on what is typically the delivery company's busiest day of the year. The crash occurred at around 2:45 a.m. Monday on Interstate 289 in Mahwah. Authorities say the…