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Analysts are predicting strong job gains in the February employment report

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The number of people requesting unemployment benefits last week plunged to a nearly three-year low, bolstering the likelihood that companies will increase the pace of hiring this year.


The meeting comes three weeks after U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent Jaime Zapata was shot to death in northern Mexico with a gun smuggled in from the U.S.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama and Mexican President Felipe Calderon are meeting amid heightened tensions over violence at their shared border


German police have identified the gunman as a Kosovo citizen

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- The U.S. Air Force says two of its airmen have been killed and two wounded in a shooting outside Frankfurt airport.


The Senate cleared the temporary measure by an overwhelming 91-9 vote that gives the GOP an early but modest victory in its drive to rein in government

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate on Wednesday sent President Barack Obama a Republican-drafted bill to trim $4 billion from the budget


Westboro Baptist Church wins suit brought by father of dead, heterosexual soldier

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the First Amendment protects fundamentalist church members who mount anti-gay protests outside military funerals, despite the pain they cause grieving families.


The defendants are open to a settlement that would spare Dugard and her 2 daughters from having to take the witness stand

PLACERVILLE, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California couple charged with kidnapping Jaycee Dugard and holding her captive for 18 years have given full confessions to authorities, a defense lawyer said Monday.


Bernanke, in testimony to the Senate Banking Committee, also defended the Fed's $600 billion bond-purchase program

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke told Congress Tuesday that a prolonged rise in oil prices would pose a danger to the economy


The House is expected to vote later in the day on the measure to keep the government running for two weeks

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republicans controlling the House are moving quickly Tuesday to pass stopgap legislation to avoid a partial shutdown of the government when temporary funding runs out Friday.


Despite calls for his resignation from constituents and some Oregon newspapers, Democratic Rep. David Wu continues to insist that he will not step down.


But Americans boosted their spending only slightly, a sign that many people are being cautious with their money even as the economy improves

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A tax cut that began last month gave consumers the biggest jump in their incomes in nearly two years.


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