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U.S. Immigration Courts Facing Record Backlog

The backlog of cases in U.S. immigration courts reached a record high of 375,503 last month, according to data obtained by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University.

Obama Cites Letter Writers in Pitching Economy

President Barack Obama says his travels beyond the capital and his visits with selected letter writers demonstrate the need for Congress to act on his stalled economic agenda.

Polar Vortex Will Bring Relief From Heat

The polar vortex that brought such misery over the winter will now bring cooler temperatures during what is usually the hottest week of the year.

Anthrax Fright Reveals More CDC Mishaps

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday said it shut down two research labs and stopped shipping highly dangerous germs to other labs in the wake of an anthrax scare and other safety issues.

Supermoon Coming on Saturday

If the full moon on Saturday looks unusually big and bright, it's because it will be a "supermoon."

Economists Sharply Cut Forecasts for U.S. Growth

U.S. business economists have sharply cut their growth forecasts for the April-June quarter and 2014, but remain optimistic that the economy will rebound from a poor first quarter.

House Votes to Make Bonus Depreciation Permanent

The tax break allows businesses to more quickly write off the costs of new equipment, but the White House has threatened a veto because the bill would add $287 billion to the budget deficit over the next 10 years.

Portugal Bank Fears Spark Selloff

U.S. stocks fell Thursday after the health of Portugal's top-listed Banco Espirito Santo was questioned, bringing back the specter of a weakened Europe, Reuters reported.

Fed Vice Chair Fischer: Care Needed to Avoid Crisis

Stanley Fischer, the Federal Reserve's new No. 2 official, says regulators must continue to work to avoid government bailouts of big banks in a crisis, with stricter capital requirements as the better remedy.

Collegefeed Connects Grads and Jobs

Silicon Valley has given the world another matchmaking service -- this time to set up recent college graduates with eager employers.

Don't Expect Bank Earnings to Shine in Q2

Wells Fargo kicks off the second-quarter bank earnings reports on Friday, with Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, and U.S. Bancorp and Capital One all reporting next week.

Average 30-Year Mortgage Rate Rises to 4.15 Percent

Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages edged up slightly in the week, but remain near historically low levels.

Initial U.S. Jobless Claims Reach 7-Year Low

Applications for unemployment benefits are a proxy for layoffs, so the low readings indicate that employers are letting go of fewer workers.

Oil Price Keeps Dropping as Supplies Grow

The price of oil continued to fall Thursday, trading below $102 a barrel as the outlook for supply remained robust.

Fox News Contributor: Gay Marriage Will Lead to Marrying the Family Dog

Fox News contributor Dr. Keith Ablow said that a marriage equality law in California could lead to people marrying their dogs during an appearance on Fox and Friends.

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