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Business Unemployment rates fall in 21 states last month Unemployment rates fall in 21 states last month
More than two-thirds of the states reported job gains in March, as hiring has improved for much of the country during what has been a sluggish but sustained 4 1/2-year recovery.
Business Venture investments highest since 2001 Venture investments highest since 2001
Funding for U.S. startup companies soared 57 percent in the first quarter to a level not seen since 2001, as venture capitalists piled more money into a growing number of deals, according to a report due out Friday.
Business Advice to Democrats: Don't say 'recovery' Advice to Democrats: Don't say 'recovery'
Election-year memo to Democratic candidates: Don't talk about the economic recovery. It's a political loser. So say Democratic strategists in a blunt declaration that such talk skips over "how much trouble people are in."
Business Brewers seek to rekindle Belgium's love of beer Brewers seek to rekindle Belgium's love of beer
Serving local geuze, triples and pils beers for generations, the pub has embodied what the drink means to Belgians. Now, the tables are often empty, a sign of the hard times many pubs have fallen upon as Belgians have stopped drinking beer like they used to.
Business China says one-fifth of its farmland is polluted China says one-fifth of its farmland is polluted
Faced with growing public anger about a poisonous environment, China's government released a yearslong study that shows nearly one-fifth of the country's farmland is contaminated with toxic metals.
Business Covered California sign-ups exceed projections Covered California sign-ups exceed projections(Video)
A late surge of sign-ups pushed California's health insurance exchange nearly 100,000 enrollees beyond the original projections of the Obama administration, state officials announced Thursday.
Business Michaels craft stores confirm credit card breach
Michaels Stores Inc. said Thursday that about 2.6 million cards, or about 7 percent of all debit and credit cards used at its namesake stores, may have been affected in a security breach.
Business Wal-Mart jumps into the money transfer biz, loudly Wal-Mart jumps into the money transfer biz, loudly
The world's largest retailer introduced a new money transfer service Thursday that it says will cut fees by up to 50 percent compared with similar services elsewhere.
Business Applications for U.S. jobless aid edge up to 304,000 Applications for U.S. jobless aid edge up to 304,000
The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits last week rose 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 304,000. Jobless claims continue to be near pre-recession levels despite the slight increase.