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Manufacturing Expands at Solid Pace in December, Construction Rises

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. manufacturing grew at a healthy pace in December as factories stepped up hiring and received more orders. The expansion suggests solid growth at the end of the year.

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Weekly Unemployment Benefit Claims Fall to 339K

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits dipped 2,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 339,000, evidence that layoffs are low and hiring will likely remain steady.

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Economic Survey Suggests Optimism for Midwest

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A monthly economic report suggests supply managers surveyed in nine Midwestern and Plains states are optimistic about the regional economy over the next six months.

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Oil Price Falls Below $98 as Dollar Strengthens

The price of oil fell below $98 a barrel Thursday amid reduced trading volumes and the impact of a strengthening dollar.

By early afternoon in Europe, benchmark oil for February delivery was down 72 cents to $97...

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US Consumer Spending Up in November

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans increased their spending in November by the most in five months, and their income edged up modestly.

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Lawmakers Say New Defense Bill Helps Protect South Dakota

WASHINGTON (AP) — South Dakota lawmakers say a comprehensive, nearly $633 billion defense bill will help protect the state's interests.

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Budget Approved But No Peace: Boehner Raps Right

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has given sweeping bipartisan approval to a budget bill backed by both President Barack Obama, his Democratic allies and a big majority of the chamber's Republicans.

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US Wholesale Costs Fall for 3rd Month on Cheap Gas

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. wholesale prices dropped in November for the third consecutive month, pushed down by cheaper gasoline and home heating oil costs.

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Unemployment Aid Applications Surge to 368,000

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits rose 68,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 368,000, the largest increase in more than a year.

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Retail Sales Rise Highest in 5 Months

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumers ramped up spending in November on cars, appliances and furniture and made more purchases online, signaling growing confidence in the economy during the holiday shopping season.

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