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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 hurt revenue in April. The average passenger fare on Southwest is now more than $150 one-way, 4 percent higher than a year ago. The airline also said that a new policy on no-shows will start next month.
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.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Orders for long-lasting U.S. factory goods fell in March by the most in seven months. The drop reflected a steep decline in commercial aircraft demand and little growth in orders that signal future business investment. By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER AP Economics Writer
EARBORN, Mich. (AP) -- Ford Motor Co. reported a better-than-expected $1.6 billion profit in the first quarter as growing demand in the U.S. and China for its new vehicles helped overcome steep losses in Europe and South America. Ford said Wednesday that first-quarter net income rose 15 percent from a year ago. Worldwide sales rose 10 percent to nearly 1.5 million.
MAKHACHKALA, Russia (AP) -- U.S. investigators are in contact with the parents of the two Boston bombing suspects in southern Russia and working with Russian security officials to shed light on the deadly attack, a U.S. Embassy official said Wednesday. By ARSEN MOLLAYEV Associated Press
HASTINGS, Minn. - A Minnesota man is now charged with planning the deaths of his wife and their unborn child. A Dakota County grand jury indicted 36-year-old Roger Holland of Apple Valley on first-degree murder charges in the deaths of his wife, Margorie, and her 15-week-old fetus. Holland originally was charged with second-degree murder in both deaths. Police found Margorie Holland at the bottom of stairs in the couple's town house. But the medical examiner concluded she died of strangulation, not a fall down the stairs.