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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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Ryan: Budget Deal Moves US in ‘Right Direction’

WASHINGTON (AP) — The co-architect of a new budget deal in Congress concedes the political accommodation is modest, but says it moves a fiscally challenged government "in the right direction."

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US Records $135.2 Billion November Deficit

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government ran a much smaller deficit through the first two months of the budget year than last year, signaling further improvement in the nation's finances.

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GOP, Obama Line Up Behind Modest Budget Deal; Deficit Hawk Pans Deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Republicans and President Barack Obama are lining up behind a modest but hard-won bipartisan budget agreement that seeks to replace a portion of tough spending cuts facing the Pentagon and domestic agencies.

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Pay Gains for Young Women; Inequality Still Seen

WASHINGTON (AP) — About 75 percent of young women believe the U.S. needs to do more to bring about equality in the workplace. A new study finds women feel that way despite a narrowing pay gap and steady employment gains for women at higher levels of business and government.

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Dakotas Officials Spar Over Which State Better Off

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Some officials in the Dakotas are sparring good-naturedly over whether the North or the South is better off.

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Survey: Employers Plan to Step Up Hiring Early Next Year

WASHINGTON (AP) — The ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey for the first quarter of 2014 finds employers are very optimistic.

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Initiative to Recruit South Dakota Jobs, Workers Falls Short

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — An initiative by Gov. Dennis Daugaard that was intended to draw 1,000 workers to the state has come up far short.

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US Consumer Spending Up 0.3 Percent in October

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumers increased their spending in October even though their wages and salaries barely increased, raising questions about how strong the economy will grow at the end of the year.

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US Unemployment Falls to 7 pct. on 203K Jobs Added

WASHINGTON (AP) — A fourth straight month of solid hiring cut the U.S. unemployment rate to a five-year low of 7 percent in November, an encouraging sign for the economy.

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