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Fewest Americans Since February 2008 Seek Jobless Aid

The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid plummeted to 339,000 last week, the lowest level in more than four years. The sharp drop offered a hopeful sign that the job market could pick up.

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Oil Prices Rise on Jitters About Supplies

The price of oil is rising on concerns about supplies from the Middle East and the North Sea.

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US Jobless Rate Falls to 7.8 Pct., 44-month Low

The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 7.8 percent last month, dropping below 8 percent for the first time in nearly four years. The rate fell because more people found work, a trend that could impact the presidential election.

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Oil Prices Rise After 3 Days of Declines

The price of oil is rising after three straight days of declines as weekly unemployment claims in the United States fell to their lowest level in two months.

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US Economy Grew 1.3 Percent in Second Quarter

The U.S. economy grew at an even more sluggish pace in the April-June quarter than previously believed as farm production in the Midwest was reduced by a severe drought.

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Stocks Open Mixed Amid Instability in Europe

The Dow Jones industrial average is up 14 points at 13,471 in the early going. The Standard & Poor's 500 index is down a fraction of a point at 1,441 after four straight declines. The Nasdaq composite index is down four to 3,114.

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US Consumer Confidence Jumps to 7-month High

A private group says U.S. consumer confidence jumped this month to the highest level since February, bolstered by a brighter hiring outlook.

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US Stocks Lower After Bad Economic Data in Europe

Just after the opening bell, the Dow Jones industrial average is down 53 points at 13,526. The Standard & Poor's 500 index is down seven at 1,453, and the Nasdaq composite index is off 28 at 3,152.

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Spearfish Sanctuary Hit Hard by Drought, Economy

Dry weather and a rough economy have made it a tough year for the Spirit of the Hills Wildlife Sanctuary in Spearfish. Officials there hope the facility's largest fundraiser of the year Saturday will help change the tide.

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US Home Sales Jump to Highest Since May 2010

U.S. sales of previously occupied homes jumped in August to the highest level in more than two years, adding momentum to the housing recovery.

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