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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid fell last week to a seasonally adjusted 339,000, the second-lowest level in more than five years. The decline suggests hiring is improving from last month's sluggish pace. By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER AP Economics Writer
BOSTON (AP) -- Sixteen hours after investigators began interrogating him, the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings went silent: he'd just been read his constitutional rights. By PETE YOST, LARA JAKES and RODRIQUE NGOWI Associated Press
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) -- A large fire that began with explosions aboard two fuel barges in Mobile, Ala., burned into Thursday morning after injuring three people. The cause of the fire was under investigation, U.S. Coast Guard spokesman Carlos Vega said shortly before dawn Thursday.
NORTHFIELD, Minn. (AP) — An Arizona State University student found handcuffed and fatally beaten in the Tempe apartment of her boyfriend has family in Minnesota. Dan Kasper, of Northfield, appeared at a news conference with Tempe police Wednesday to talk about his 19-year-old daughter, Rebecca Kasper. Her 22-year-old boyfriend, Luis Soltero, is being held on $1 million bail in her death.
DALLAS (AP) -- Higher fares helped Southwest Airlines make more money than Wall Street expected in the first quarter, but the company said Thursday that automatic federal spending cuts could...
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Confidence in the U.S. job market has rebounded to roughly a normal level from its record low after the Great Recession, a trend that could help boost the economy. By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER AP Economics Writer
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Playing on the offensive line is about as unglamorous as it gets in professional football. Nobody pays much attention to the guys in the trenches until flags are flying. They spend Sunday afternoons getting punched, kicked and thrown to the turf, their fingers smashed and their face masks twisted — not to mention whatever goes on at the bottom of those piles.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook each scored 29 points, and the Oklahoma City Thunder recovered after squandering a 15-point lead in the fourth quarter to beat the Houston Rockets 105-102 on Wednesday night and take a 2-0 series lead. Durant hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 2:28 to play, and the Thunder didn’t relinquish the lead after that. Durant missed a free throw with 1 second left, but Houston was out of timeouts and Carlos Delfino couldn’t connect on a desperation shot at the final buzzer.
EDEN PRAIRIE — With two picks in the first round of the NFL draft, the Minnesota Vikings are poised to benefit from the potential anxiety of other teams if they’re willing to be patient again. General manager Rick Spielman said the Vikings have been inundated by trade talk for the 23rd and 25th overall selections they’ll have on Thursday night. Yes, the phones at Winter Park have been ringing, or vibrating, constantly.
ST. PAUL — The time on the scoreboard was ticking toward zero. The Minnesota Wild were clinging to a one-goal lead the Los Angeles Kings weren’t ready to give up on.