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U.S. Families 'Extraordinarily Vulnerable': Yellen

The Great Recession showed that a large number of American families are "extraordinarily vulnerable" to financial setbacks because they have few assets to fall back on, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Thursday.


Weekly Jobless Claims Drop Sharply

The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits dropped by a sharp 36,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 280,000, a sign that the job market is strengthening.


Walmart Hiring 60,000 for Holidays

Wal-Mart Stores says it plans to hire 60,000 temporary holiday workers for the crucial holiday season, an increase of 10 percent from last year.


Wild Chimps Are Violent, Warlike

Chimpanzees in the wild become violently aggressive on their own, rather than being driven to warlike behaviors as a result of proximity to humans, according to a new study.


Holiday Hiring Should Be Strong This Year

Demand for seasonal workers could reach levels not seen since before the recession, thanks to increased consumer spending and job growth across industries.


Jeff Bezos' Firm to Build New Rocket Engines

Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos plans to build a rocket engine that would eventually replace the Russian mainstay used in many American unmanned launches.


Prosecutor May Release Transcripts, Audio of Ferguson Grand Jury

A prosecutor says he'll immediately release transcripts and audio recordings of a grand jury investigation into the death of an unarmed black man if the panel doesn't indict the white police officer who shot him.


Dow Closes at Record High on Fed Announcement

Stocks saw some volatility following the release of the Federal Reserve's monetary policy announcement on Wednesday but managed to end the day modestly higher.


Richard III Killed by Blows to Head, Was Fighting on Foot

Researchers have learned how Richard III died, revealing through forensic analysis that he suffered 11 wounds around the time of his death, including two potentially fatal blows to the head.


Aerospace Firm Will Hire in Arkansas

French aircraft cabin interior manufacturer Beaudet Aviation said Wednesday it is spending $2.5 million to open a new facility in Arkansas that will initially employ 75 people.


Security Beefed Up at Times Square

Police stepped up security in Times Square on Wednesday amid concerns that the mounting hostilities between the U.S. and the Islamic State group could have repercussions here.


U.S. Marijuana Industry Battling Stoner Stereotypes

The marijuana industry and activists are starting an ad blitz in Colorado aimed at promoting moderation and the safe consumption, trying to counter ominous anti-drug campaigns and stereotypes of pot users.


Minorities, Women Shut Out of TV Directing Jobs

A new guild study says women and minorities were largely shut out of the ranks of TV directors again last season.


Playboy Names Top Party School for 2014

Playboy Magazine has unveiled its annual list of top party schools of 2014 and gave the highest honor to an Ivy League school.


Stocks Rise Before Fed Statement

U.S. stocks edged mostly higher in afternoon trading Wednesday as investors waited for a Federal Reserve statement on interest rates following a two-day meeting.


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