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Manufacturing Expands at Solid Pace in December, Construction Rises

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. manufacturing grew at a healthy pace in December as factories stepped up hiring and received more orders. The expansion suggests solid growth at the end of the year.

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Weekly Unemployment Benefit Claims Fall to 339K

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits dipped 2,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 339,000, evidence that layoffs are low and hiring will likely remain steady.

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Economic Survey Suggests Optimism for Midwest

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A monthly economic report suggests supply managers surveyed in nine Midwestern and Plains states are optimistic about the regional economy over the next six months.

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Oil Price Falls Below $98 as Dollar Strengthens

The price of oil fell below $98 a barrel Thursday amid reduced trading volumes and the impact of a strengthening dollar.

By early afternoon in Europe, benchmark oil for February delivery was down 72 cents to $97...

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US Consumer Spending Up in November

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans increased their spending in November by the most in five months, and their income edged up modestly.

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Lawmakers Say New Defense Bill Helps Protect South Dakota

WASHINGTON (AP) — South Dakota lawmakers say a comprehensive, nearly $633 billion defense bill will help protect the state's interests.

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US Records $135.2 Billion November Deficit

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government ran a much smaller deficit through the first two months of the budget year than last year, signaling further improvement in the nation's finances.

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GOP, Obama Line Up Behind Modest Budget Deal; Deficit Hawk Pans Deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Republicans and President Barack Obama are lining up behind a modest but hard-won bipartisan budget agreement that seeks to replace a portion of tough spending cuts facing the Pentagon and domestic agencies.

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Pay Gains for Young Women; Inequality Still Seen

WASHINGTON (AP) — About 75 percent of young women believe the U.S. needs to do more to bring about equality in the workplace. A new study finds women feel that way despite a narrowing pay gap and steady employment gains for women at higher levels of business and government.

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Dakotas Officials Spar Over Which State Better Off

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Some officials in the Dakotas are sparring good-naturedly over whether the North or the South is better off.

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