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Small-Business Loans Fueling Economic Growth

Bank loans and leases grew at a 7.7 percent annual rate in the second quarter, the sharpest increase since 2008, according to Federal Reserve data and SNL Financial.


ATF Stings Overwhelmingly Target Minorities

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives overwhelmingly targeted racial and ethnic minorities as it expanded its use of controversial drug sting operations, a USA TODAY investigation shows.


Where's the Yowl Over Murdoch's Time Warner Bid?

The lack of protest last week to news that Rupert Murdoch had bid for Time Warner, from both his target and the greater liberal media world, suggests he has won. Or that Time Warner has given up.


Ukraine Rebels to Give Black Boxes to Malaysian Authorities

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak says pro-Russian rebels have agreed to hand over both black boxes from Flight 17 to Malaysian investigators in Ukraine.


Want a Job? Try Minneapolis

The surging market for professional workers in Minneapolis is a key reason the Twin Cities enjoys the lowest unemployment rate of any large metropolitan area in the country.


Teen Volunteers Learn Hospital Job Skills

Young volunteers in Wesley Medical Center's Volunteen program transport patients in wheelchairs, clean rooms and check vitals on patients.


ID Scam Targets Jobless Benefits

The most frustrating aspect of the scam is that there is no obvious link between victims.


Part-time Employment on the Rise

Last month, the U.S. Department of Labor's numbers indicated part-time employment is on the rise, but at least one cynic questions the numbers.


2 Americans Killed in Gaza Fighting

Two Americans who were soldiers for the Israel Defense Forces were killed in fighting in the Gaza Strip.


Eva Longoria Raises Money for Charity While Vacationing in Spain

Eva Longoria organized two events this weekend for the Global Gift foundation in the southern Spanish resort city of Marbella, where the actress is vacationing with relatives.


Kerry: Ukraine Rebels Likely Downed Passenger Jet

The United States is putting the likely blame for the downed Malaysian passenger plane on Ukraine separatists who had Russian military help.


James Garner Dies, Age 86

Actor James Garner, wisecracking star of TV's "Maverick" who went on to a long career on both small and big screen, has died. He was 86.


Obama: US Must Retrain Workers Who Lose Jobs

President Barack Obama says all American workers deserve to know that if they lose their jobs, their country will help them train for a better one.


Alleged Leader of Cocaine Cartel Arrested in Spain

Spanish police say they have arrested a Colombian national suspected of being the leader of a ruthless criminal organization linked to 400 murders, international drug trafficking and extortion.


Oil Holds Price Gains in Face of World Tensions

Concern that conflicts in the Ukraine and the Middle East could disrupt supplies sent oil prices higher this week, although supplies of crude are ample and haven't been affected.


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