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U.S. Businesses Added Jobs at Solid Pace in August

U.S. businesses added jobs at a healthy pace in August, according to payroll processor ADP, for the fifth month in a row of solid gains.


Health Care Costs About to Rise Again

The nation's respite from health care inflation is ending, the government said Wednesday in a report that renews a crucial budget challenge for lawmakers, taxpayers, businesses and patients.


Stonehenge Mystery Solved

One of the many mysteries of Stonehenge may have been solved, not because of science but because a maintenance team's hose was too short.


ISIS Threatens to Bring Caliphate to Putin's Door

Russian media reports say Islamic State militants have threatened to start a war in Chechnya and other provinces of Russia's mostly Muslim North Caucasus.


'Beige Book' Survey Finds Growth Across U.S.

The U.S. economy strengthened in all regions of the country in July and August, in areas from consumer spending to auto sales to tourism, the Federal Reserve reported in its Beige Book survey released Wednesday.


Low Fat vs. Low Carb: A Bone of Contention

Some experts say the bottom line remains unchanged: The best diet for you may be one you can stick to longest and adapt in the healthiest way.


Ebola Outbreak Could Be Stopped in 9 Months: WHO

Senior officials from the World Health Organization were in Washington on Wednesday to discuss the Ebola outbreak in West Africa that has so far claimed more than 1,900 lives.


U.S. Job Market Doesn't Stack Up Against Europe

The U.S. job market looks much stronger than Europe's when comparing unemployment rates, yet Europeans in their prime working years are more likely to be employed.


Iraq Forces Make Progress Against ISIS

A significant number of Islamic State group fighters have withdrawn from northern Iraqi cities, officials in Tikrit and Mosul say, as government forces prepare for another major ground and air offensive.


Ukraine-Russian Cease-Fire Already Unraveling

Russian President Vladimir Putin says he and Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko only discussed a "ceasefire regime," while Poroshenko backed away from a "permanent" cessation of hostilities.


Auto Sales Rise in U.S., Led by Chrysler, Nissan

Most automakers reported stronger-than-expected U.S. sales in August, leading to predictions of the highest annual selling rate in eight years.


Regulators to Set Liquidity Requirements for Banks

Federal regulators are set to require big banks to keep enough high-quality assets on hand to survive during a severe downturn, the latest move under the congressional mandate to lessen the likelihood of another financial meltdown.


U.S. Factory Orders Shot Up to Record High in July

Business orders for U.S. factory goods shot up by a record 10.5 percent in July, reflecting a surge in demand for commercial aircraft and new cars.


Puerto Rico Caters to Medical Tourists

Puerto Rico will offer medical care ranging from dental treatment to liposuction or weight-loss surgery at prices that can be as much as 60 percent lower than in the continental U.S.


Steven Sotloff: Courageous Reporter Who Covered Hotspots

Steven Sotloff, the American hostage whom Islamic State claims to have beheaded, made it his business to report from some of the world's most dangerous locations in the three years before he was captured in 2013.


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