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February 4, 2016 - 8:34am
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WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. productivity fell sharply in the final three months of 2015, closing out a fifth straight year of weak gains in worker efficiency.

The Labor Department says productivity, the amount of output per hour of work, fell at an annual rate of 3 percent in the fourth quarter. It was the biggest quarterly decline in nearly two years.

Labor costs rose 4.5 percent in the fourth quarter but were up a more modest 2.4 percent for the year....

February 4, 2016 - 8:34am
1 week 2 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — More Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, but applications stayed near historically low levels in a positive sign for the job market.

The Labor Department says weekly applications for jobless aid rose 8,000 to a seasonally adjusted 285,000. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, increased slightly to 284,750.

Applications for jobless aid are a proxy for layoffs. The number of people seeking benefits has stayed...

February 4, 2016 - 8:20am
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DETROIT (AP) — Another problem has developed with automotive air bags, this one resulting in recalls of 5 million vehicles.

Continental Automotive Systems says in documents filed with the government that moisture can get inside its air bag control computers, causing the power supplies to corrode and fail. If that happens, air bags may not inflate in a crash or they could deploy without a crash.

Documents say Continental will notify automakers, who...

February 4, 2016 - 8:07am
1 week 1 day ago

SAPULPA, Okla. (AP) — A judge has refused to dismiss a second-degree rape charge against a former Oklahoma Highway Patrolman accused of assaulting three women during traffic stops.

Creek County Judge Douglas Golden rejected claims by Eric Roberts' attorneys Thursday that the sexual act cited by the charge was consensual.

Golden set a Feb. 9 arraignment for Roberts in three criminal cases, which include charges of indecent exposure and sexual battery...

February 4, 2016 - 8:01am
1 week 1 day ago

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Airport officials say two tires under the left wing of an airplane blew out during a landing at a Pennsylvania airport.

A spokesman for the Lehigh Valley International Airport in Allentown says the plane arriving from Orlando, Florida, attempted to land Wednesday evening when the tires blew out.

Officials say the Allegiant Air jet managed to stop safely on the wet runway. None of its 158 passengers were hurt.

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February 4, 2016 - 8:00am
1 week 2 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — A report from a federal watchdog predicts that China's yuan will chip away at the U.S. dollar's dominance over the next decade but is unlikely to supplant it as the world's top currency.

The study issued Thursday by the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission says the yuan will likely gain ground at the expense of the Japanese yen, euro and British pound and "may slightly erode" the dollar's status.

Written by Cornell...

February 4, 2016 - 7:50am
1 week 1 day ago

OCALA, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a man is dead following a shootout with Florida deputies during a brief standoff outside an Ocala gas station.

The Ocala Star-Banner (http://goo.gl/xc529l ) reports that 31-year-old Cristiaan Oliver Dubrino died at a hospital Wednesday night shortly after the standoff.

Marion County Sheriff's spokesman Ryan Robbins says Sgt. Daniel Trammell was also shot in the leg, but he is expected to recover.

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February 4, 2016 - 7:47am
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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Atlantic City council members can no longer use city-owned vehicles following questions about their necessity and cost.

The Press of Atlantic City reports (http://bit.ly/1S2erjX ) Council President Marty Small added an amendment to a resolution Wednesday night banning council members from using the vehicles. The resolution passed unanimously.

Small says the cars can be redirected, sold at auction or given to a youth charity...

February 4, 2016 - 7:27am
1 week 2 days ago

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Donald Trump's plane was diverted to the Nashville International Airport after the control tower received a report that the plane was experiencing engine trouble.

News outlets report that the Republican presidential candidate made a brief stop in Tennessee on Wednesday afternoon as he and members of his campaign boarded a smaller aircraft to complete their trip from New York to Little Rock, Arkansas.

Federal Aviation...

February 4, 2016 - 7:23am
1 week 2 days ago

DELAWARE, N.Y. (AP) — Former NBA All-Star Jayson Williams, who served more than a year in prison for the 2002 accidental shooting death of a limo driver, has been charged with drunken driving after he crashed his vehicle in upstate New York.

The Sullivan County Sheriff's Office tells the Times Herald-Record of Middletown (bit.ly/1TG5igD) that Williams was driving home on the night of Jan. 26 when he hit a utility pole along a road in the rural town of Delaware, 95 miles...

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