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Iraq Army Claims Control of Baiji Refinery

The Iraqi army said Thursday it had taken full control of the Baiji refinery, Iraq's largest petroleum refining complex, but some parts may still be in insurgent hands.


U.S. Personal Income Meets Forecasts

U.S. personal spending increased less than expected in May, but personal income figures met forecasts, Commerce Department data showed on Thursday.


Companies Lay Off Fewer Workers Despite Slowdown

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits dipped last week, indicating that a sharp economic slowdown earlier this year hasn't caused employers to cut jobs.


Montana Lands $5 Million Job-training Grant

Montana received a $5.125 million federal grant to help with job training for the long-term unemployed.


Is Flu Spray OK for Kids?

When it comes to flu vaccines, a federal panel says, a squirt in the nose is better than a shot in the arm for young children.


Pontifex Out-Clouts BarackObama on Twitter

Pope Francis hmay not have as many Twitter followers as President Obama, but he's the most influential person on the Twittersphere.


Fox Anchor Gregg Jarrett Arrested at Minneapolis Airport: Video

A police video shows Fox News anchor Gregg Jarrett becoming belligerent and struggling with an officer at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.


NY Port Authority Approves Free Wi-Fi

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey on Wednesday approved a plan to offer free access at Newark, Kennedy and LaGuardia airports, with a 30-minute limit.


Auto Processor Adding Jobs to Georgia

International Auto Logistics expects to add about 30 jobs at a new facility in Georgia's Glynn County.


Detroit Water Shutoff 'Inhumane': Conyers

After a coalition of welfare rights organizations appealed to the U.N. for relief with Detroit water shutoffs, U.S. Rep. John Conyers condemned the practice by the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department.


Man Walks Into McDonald's With Knife Stuck in His Back

Witnesses said a man was chatting on his cellphone and appeared composed despite having a kitchen knife stuck in his back.


U.S. Loosens Longtime Ban on Oil Exports

The Obama administration cleared the way for the first exports of unrefined U.S. oil in nearly four decades, the Wall Street Journal reported.


Syria May Have Launched Airstrikes Against ISIL in Iraq

U.S. officials say there are indications that Syria launched airstrikes against ISIL insurgents in western Iraq on Tuesday.


Cease-fire Largely Holding in East Ukraine

A cease-fire between pro-Russian separatists and government forces in eastern Ukraine appears to be holding a day after rebel leaders agreed to a truce with authorities in Kiev.


Orders for U.S. Durable Goods Rise in Key Sector

Orders for U.S. durable goods fell 1 percent in May as demand for military equipment fell sharply, but orders in a key category that signals business investment increased.


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