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Dreadnoughtus May Shed Light on Huge Dinosaurs

Researchers studying the remains of an enormous dinosaur have given it an equally colossal name: Dreadnoughtus, or "fearing nothing."

U.S. Jobless Claims Rose Slightly Last Week

Although more Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, the total number receiving aid remained at its lowest level in more than seven years.

Average U.S. 30-Year Mortgage Rate Stays Steady

The average 30-year U.S. mortgage rate this week remained at a 52-week low of 4.1 percent for the third straight week.

Great White Shark Attacks Kayakers

A seal-watching trip by two Massachusetts kayakers turned terrifying as the pair encountered a great white shark.

Ukrainians Stop Russian Tanks Near Key Seaport

Ukraine's U.N. ambassador says a convoy of Russian tanks and armored vehicles has moved from the resort town of Novoazovsk toward the key port of Mariupol and was stopped by Ukrainian forces and civilians.

U.S. Service Firms Grow at Fastest Pace on Record

The Institute for Supply Management said Thursday its services index rose to 59.6 last month from 58.7 in July. The August figure is the highest recorded since the measure was introduced in January 2008.

Asteroid Will Buzz the Earth This Weekend

A newly discovered asteroid will approach within 25,000 miles over Earth this weekend, with best views over New Zealand.

Need a Job? Try South Dakota

South Dakota faces a labor supply shortage of industries that require considerable training, but industries requiring less-qualified workers have too many from which to choose.

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.

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