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Hispanics Boost California Health Care Signups

Hispanics seeking health-care coverage helped push enrollment in Covered California to 3 million, with another 500,000 expected once Californians finish their applications.


U.S. Workers Take Only Half Their Paid Time Off

U.S. workers eligible for paid vacation admitted to using only 51 percent of their eligible time in the past 12 months, possibly costing them more than $1,300.


Regulators Warn of ATM Cyber Attacks

Federal bank regulators are warning of an increase in cyberattacks on the Web-based control panels of ATMs used by small to midsize financial institutions.


Court Steno Had 'Shining' Moment

A former New York court stenographer reportedly wrote "I hate my job" over and over or hit keys at random, jeopardizing verdicts in as many as 30 cases.


British Sniper Kills 6 Taliban With 1 Bullet

A British sniper killed a Taliban suicide bomber and five other insurgents with a single shot that hit the trigger switch of the bomber's device.


First Quarter in Review: Big Winners, Losers

Many of the top-performing fund categories in the first quarter were ones that tend to be popular when worries are rising, such as gold-related and bond funds.


Shark Kills Woman Off Tathra, Australia

A shark killed a woman near her husband and friends as they took their morning swim Thursday off a popular Australian east coast beach, police said.


Hispanics, Blacks Losing Economic Ground: Urban League

Hispanics and African-Americans are losing economic ground when compared with whites in the areas of employment and income as the U.S. pulls itself out of the Great Recession, the latest State of Black America report from the National Urban League says.


Media Seek Magic Formula for Reaching U.S. Hispanics

Reaching the 55 million-strong Hispanic audience has become gospel for mainstream media, but grabbing the interest of this fast-growing, mostly U.S.-born audience is proving tricky.


Service Sector Grew, Added Jobs in March

U.S. service firms grew more quickly in March as new orders rose and hiring increased, a sign the economy is rebounding after an unusually harsh winter.


Stein to Resign From Fed

Federal Reserve Board member Jeremy Stein says he plans to resign next month to return to Harvard University.


Average U.S. 30-Year Mortgage Rate Remains Low

Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages remain near historically low levels, with the average rate for the 30-year loan ticking up to 4.41 percent from 4.40 percent last week.


Court Denies Appeal in Sandusky Sex Case

Pennsylvania's Supreme Court said Wednesday it won't review the child molestation conviction of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.


Another Shooting at Fort Hood

Fort Hood confirmed Wednesday that there has been another shooting at the Texas Army base and that injuries have been reported.


Dmytro Firtash Indicted in Chicago on Bribery Charges

Ukrainian industrialist Dmytro Firtash and five others have been indicted by federal prosecutors in Chicago on charges they participated in an international racketeering conspiracy.


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