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NEW YORK (AP) -- Retailers are reporting modest sales gains for February as consumers, uninspired by cool weather and worried about the economy, shopped cautiously for spring merchandise. By ANNE D'INNOCENZIO AP Retail Writer
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — As two high-profile companies pull back from work-at-home options, Minnesota emerges as one of the leading states for telecommuting. The U.S. Census Bureau's commuting survey shows the Twin Cities had the fifth largest increase among metro areas nationwide in the number of telecommuters. The number of people working from home rose by about 22,000 to 82,500 between 2000 and 2010.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid fell to a seasonally adjusted 340,000 last week, driving down the four-week average to its lowest level in five years. The drop is a positive sign ahead of Friday's report on February job growth. By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER AP Economics Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Republican senator and tea party favorite from Kentucky used an old-style filibuster lasting nearly 13 hours to take control of the chamber and block Senate confirmation of John Brennan's nomination to be CIA director. By RICHARD LARDNER Associated Press
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- Arkansas now has the nation's most restrictive abortion law - a near-ban on the procedure from the 12th week of pregnancy - unless a lawsuit or court action intervenes before it takes effect this summer. By ANDREW DeMILLO Associated Press
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — It wasn't a ranked opponent Nebraska beat, but the students rushed the court anyway. When it comes to basketball history, the Cornhuskers haven't had much to celebrate. So a hard-fought 53-51 victory over Minnesota was reason enough Wednesday, with it being Senior Night and the last college basketball game at Bob Devaney Sports Center.
MINNEAPOLIS — Ricky Rubio had 15 points, 11 assists, seven rebounds and six steals to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to an 87-82 victory over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night that snapped a six-game losing streak. Derrick Williams added 16 points and seven rebounds for the Timberwolves, and J.J. Barea scored 10 of his 12 points in the fourth quarter.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. orders for machinery and other factory goods that signal business investment surged in January, indicating confidence in the economy. By MARTIN CRUTSINGER AP Economics Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Republican-controlled House approved legislation Wednesday to prevent a government shutdown on March 27 and blunt the impact of newly imposed spending cuts on the Defense Department. By DAVID ESPO AP Special Correspondent
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Federal Reserve survey showed the U.S. economy expanded in all parts of the country in January and February, helped by strong auto sales, a continued recovery in housing and improved job prospects. By MARTIN CRUTSINGER AP Economics Writer