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FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, file photo, construction cranes fill a block across from an Amazon building in Seattle. Seattle is among a fistful of cities that have flourished in the 10 years since the Great Recession officially began in December 2007, even while most other large cities, and sizable swaths of rural America, have managed only modest recoveries. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
December 14, 2017 - 2:51 pm
As the nation's economy was still reeling from the body blow of the Great Recession, Seattle's was about to take off. In 2010, Amazon opened a headquarters in the little-known South Lake Union district — and then expanded eight-fold over the next seven years to fill 36 buildings. Everywhere you...
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December 14, 2017 - 8:46 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell by 11,000 last week to 225,000, the lowest in nearly two months and another sign that U.S. workers are enjoying job security. The Labor Department says the less volatile four-week average also fell by 6,750 to 234,750...
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Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen speaks during a news conference following the Federal Open Market Committee meeting in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017. The Federal Reserve is raising its key interest rate for the third time this year and foresees three additional hikes in 2018, a vote of confidence that the U.S. economy remains on solid footing 8½ years after the end of the Great Recession. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
December 13, 2017 - 11:14 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Federal Reserve's monetary policy meeting (all times local): 11:15 a.m. The People's Bank of China says it is responding to market forces by raising the rate charged by its one-year lending facility by 0.05 percentage points to 3.25 percent. Rates paid on bank...
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This Wednesday, May 3, 2017, photo shows a a sign with gas prices at a Chevron station in Miami. On Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017, the Labor Department reports on U.S. consumer prices for November. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
December 13, 2017 - 8:51 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Surging gasoline prices pulled U.S. consumer inflation up 0.4 percent in November. The Labor Department said Wednesday that prices at the pump increased a sharp 7.3 percent after falling in October. Excluding volatile food and energy prices, so-called core consumer inflation rose...
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President Donald Trump points to the crowd after a rally in Pensacola, Fla., Friday, Dec. 8, 2017. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)
December 11, 2017 - 3:49 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The orbit of odd political claims stretched from Utah canyons to the looming Alabama Senate race to crazy-as-usual Washington in recent days. That's what The Associated Press found when scrutinizing an assortment of statements from President Donald Trump and others last week. In...
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A man cycles past in front of an electronic stock indicator of a securities firm in Tokyo, Monday, Dec. 11, 2017. Share prices were higher in Asia early Monday, lifted by encouraging employment data from the U.S. that lifted the Standard & Poor’s 500 index to its third straight weekly gain on Friday despite weakness earlier in the week. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
December 11, 2017 - 2:12 am
TOKYO (AP) — Share prices were higher in Asia on Monday, lifted by encouraging employment data from the U.S. that took the Standard & Poor's 500 index to its third straight weekly gain on Friday despite weakness earlier in the week. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 stock index climbed 0.6...
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A man cycles past in front of an electronic stock indicator of a securities firm in Tokyo, Monday, Dec. 11, 2017. Share prices were higher in Asia early Monday, lifted by encouraging employment data from the U.S. that lifted the Standard & Poor’s 500 index to its third straight weekly gain on Friday despite weakness earlier in the week. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
December 10, 2017 - 11:03 pm
TOKYO (AP) — Share prices were higher in Asia on Monday, lifted by encouraging employment data from the U.S. that took the Standard & Poor's 500 index to its third straight weekly gain on Friday despite weakness earlier in the week. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 stock index was up 0.2...
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President Donald Trump waves to supporters after a rally in Pensacola, Fla., Friday, Dec. 8, 2017. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)
December 10, 2017 - 12:02 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The orbit of odd political claims stretched from Utah canyons to the looming Alabama Senate race to crazy-as-usual Washington in recent days. That's what The Associated Press found when scrutinizing an assortment of statements from President Donald Trump and others last week. In...
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President Donald Trump speaks during a rally in Pensacola, Fla., Friday, Dec. 8, 2017. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)
December 09, 2017 - 3:38 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — In his Alabama-ish rally, President Donald Trump falsely stated that black homeownership has hit a record high under his stewardship and made the dubious claim that he set Canada's prime minister straight on the state of trade between the two countries. Trump spoke Friday night in...
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December 09, 2017 - 12:01 am
CLAREMONT, N.C. (AP) — Bunker Hill High students recently got hands-on with their education and an up-close look at some practical STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) related skills. Science teacher Tricia Rushing invited Summer Cortinas, a scientist from BioNetwork, to visit her...
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