The drop in applications has corresponded with stronger job gains for much of 2014 (AP)

Weekly Jobless Claims Drop to 287,000

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits dropped 8,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 287,000, as the total number of beneficiaries dropped to its lowest level in more than eight years.

Auto Industry
Lexus IS sedan (photo: Toyota Motor Sales USA)

Lexus Luxury Compact Sedan Wins Buyers

A showy exterior, V-6 power, nimble handling and the lowest starting price tag of any Lexus sedan are proving to be a winning formula for the Lexus IS compact sedan.

Arts & Entertainment
Still from 'Shadow of Mordor' (AP)

'Shadow of Mordor' Grabs Gold Ring

"The Lord of the Rings" has inspired hundreds of video games, but there's never been a great one based directly on J.R.R. Tolkien's classic. Until now.

Career News
Health care jobs are shaping up as the healthiest part of Michigan's jobs market (file image)

What to Look for in Mich. Jobs Market

Nurses, medical secretaries, dental hygienists, paramedics and lab technicians top the list of occupations expected to grow in coming years in Michigan. ...continue

2014 Top Companies (HispanicBusiness.com)

Overview: 2014 Best Companies for Diversity

For 10 years, HispanicBusiness Inc. has published a list of the Best Companies for Diversity. The number of companies and some of the criteria for making the list have changed, but these companies remain prominent on the corporate diversity landscape.

President Obama takes to the road in a bid to thwart GOP gains in the Senate (AP)

Obama Touts Economic Gains as Elections Begin

President Obama will tell voters on Thursday that Democrats pulled the U.S. economy back from the brink of collapse during the Great Recession, in a bid to push back potential GOP Senate gains.

Protests in Hong Kong have given a boost to social media app FireChat (AP)

FireChat Proves Its Worth in Hong Kong Protests

Just as protesters in Egypt depended on Twitter three years ago, FireChat become required gear for tens of thousands of people demanding democratic reforms on the streets of Hong Kong.

The Kansas City Royals celebrate after coming back twice and defeating the Oakland Athletics. (Al Jazeera)

Royals Beat A's in 12-inning Wild Card Thriller

The streaking Kansas City Royals, who haven't been in the playoffs in 29 years, advance to the Division Series against the Los Angeles Angels.

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