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WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders to U.S. factories for long-lasting manufactured goods posted a solid gain for the second straight month in March. A key category that signals business investment plans increased at the fastest pace in four months.Orders ...more

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — 3M's first-quarter net income rose 7 percent, led by sales growth in its health care business.The maker of products from Post-it notes to industrial coatings and ceramics said Thursday that it earned $1.21 billion, or $1.7 ...more

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NEW YORK (AP) — Verizon's $130 billion deal to take over of all of Verizon Wireless is helping lift its profit.The largest U.S. cellphone carrier completed its acquisition of the 45 percent stake in its wireless division from British cellphone c ...more

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JINDO, South Korea (AP) — Angry relatives of some of the more than 130 people still missing from the sinking of the ferry Sewol surrounded the fisheries minister and the coast guard chief Thursday, preventing them from leaving the area where families h ...more

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits surged 24,000 to a seasonally adjusted 329,000 last week, though the gain likely reflected temporary layoffs in the week before Easter.The Labor Department says the four-w ...more

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LONDON (AP) — Kate's dilemma: What to pack for a two-week trip, when your itinerary includes everything from state receptions and church services to toddler playdates and cricket games?For the Duchess of Cambridge, who's rounding up her trip to ...more

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DALLAS (AP) — Southwest Airlines says it made a record $152 million in the first quarter, more than doubling the $59 million profit it had during the same time last year.The strong profit during a time of year that is traditionally the slowest f ...more

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Caterpillar's first-quarter earnings climbed 5 percent, and the construction equipment maker raised its 2014 forecast. But the company also said Thursday that a mining equipment sales slump is still hurting results.The Peoria, Ill., company now ...more

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United Airlines is the one U.S. carrier that can't seem to get its act together.While all the other major airlines made money in the first quarter, United lost $609 million during the first three months of this year.United attributed $200 ...more

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Altria Group Inc.'s first-quarter profit dropped 15 percent as the Marlboro maker sold fewer cigarettes and its year-ago results benefited lower expenses from a longstanding legal settlement.The owner of the nation's biggest ...more