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Weekly Jobless Claims Touch 3-Month Low

Thursday, March 13, 2014

There were 315,000 first-time claims filed for unemployment benefits last week, the Employment and Training Administration says.

That's down 9,000 from the previous week and marks a three-month low.

So for the second straight week, there's at least modestly good news to report about the labor market.

Last ...

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Death Toll From NYC Explosion Stands At 8, May Go Higher

Thursday, March 13, 2014

This post was updated at 7:22 p.m. ET.

Rescue workers in New York pulled an eighth body out the smoldering rubble of two Harlem buildings that collapsed because of a gas explosion that also injured more than 70 people.

Unfortunately, according to NBC New York, not everyone has been ...

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'Bodies Went Flying' As Car Tore Through Crowd At SXSW

Thursday, March 13, 2014

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Revelry turned to horror early Thursday "after a car plowed through South by Southwest crowds in Downtown Austin," KUT reports.

The Austin American-Statesman describes what happened this way:

"A driver attempting ...

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Officials Dispute Report That Malaysian Jet Kept Flying For Hours

Thursday, March 13, 2014

This post is being updated.

Just a few hours after a stunning report from The Wall Street Journal — headlined "U.S. Investigators Suspect Missing Airplane Flew On For Hours" — the Malaysian officials in charge of the investigation say that story's central premise isn't true.

The last data ...

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Why Did The Possibly Pregnant Shark Cross The Atlantic?

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

You kind of have to admire headlines such as this:

"UK-bound great white shark Lydia could be PREGNANT"

That's the Mirror doing its best to scare folks into reading its report.

The story behind the scary headline, though, is interesting.

OCEARCH, a nonprofit organization that studies ...

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VIDEO: San Francisco's Biggest Fire In Years

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

A "quick-moving, monstrous blaze" on Tuesday destroyed a nine-story apartment building that was under construction in San Francisco's Mission Bay neighborhood.

The San Francisco Chronicle adds that "firefighters were able to keep the blaze from spreading to nearby structures."

Our colleagues at KQED live blogged as ...

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Reports: Obama Will Move To Expand Overtime Pay

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The Obama administration's push to put income inequality atop the domestic political agenda has another battlefront.

According to The New York Times, the president "this week will seek to force American businesses to pay more overtime to millions of workers, the latest move by his administration to confront ...

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Ukraine Won't Fight Russia In Crimea, Acting President Says

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

(This post was updated at 4:52 p.m. ET. to reflect President Obama's meeting with the interim prime minister of Ukraine.)

Conceding that "we cannot launch a military operation in Crimea, as we would expose the eastern border and Ukraine would not be protected," Ukraine's acting president has told ...

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Officials Seem To Have No Clue About Fate Of Missing Jet

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Our headline from last night could very well be repeated today:

"Confusion Reigns Over Missing Jet's Final Location"

In fact, to say things are confusing might even be an understatement.

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 and the 239 people on board disappeared Saturday while en route from ...

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Deborah Hersman Stepping Down As Head Of NTSB

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Deborah Hersman, known to many Americans because she's the face of the National Transportation Safety Board at the scene of plane crashes and other transportation-related disasters, is stepping down as head of the NTSB.

Chairman of the NTSB since 2009 and a member of its board since 2004, she is ...

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They're Melting! Great Lakes Come Close, But Miss Ice Record

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Another cold snap could change things, of course, but it appears that after a long winter the Great Lakes have come close to — but won't break — their recorded record for ice cover.

The latest data from the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory show the lakes are ...

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'Ringing' Phones Do Not Mean Malaysian Passengers Are OK

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Already heartbreaking images of grieving family and friends only become more poignant when you hear this:

Some family members and friends of the 239 people who haven't been heard from since Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared Saturday say they've been calling their loved ones' cellphones and

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Crimean Parliament Passes 'Declaration Of Independence'

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

"Crimea's regional legislature on Tuesday adopted a 'declaration of independence of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea,' " The Associated Press reports. "The document specified that Crimea will become an independent state if its residents vote on Sunday in favor of joining Russia."

That's just one of several developments ...

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Confusion Reigns Over Missing Jet's Final Location

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

This post has been updated.

There's no sign yet of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 — the Boeing 777 with 239 people aboard that disappeared early Saturday while on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

At the same time, there is confusion as to where authorities last spotted ...

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Edward Snowden Tells SXSW He'd Leak Those Secrets Again

Monday, March 10, 2014

Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who has leaked large amounts of classified information about the agency's electronic surveillance programs, spoke via video to a sympathetic audience at South By Southwest Interactive on Monday.

Snowden, who is wanted for prosecution in the U.S., was in Russia, ...

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Mexican Drug Lord Shot Dead ... For Second Time

Monday, March 10, 2014

Nazario Moreno Gonzalez, one of Mexico's reputed drug lords, has now been killed twice.

Well, perhaps we should say that he's been declared dead for the second time.

The head of "the cultlike, pseudo-Christian La Familia cartel" was supposedly killed back in December 2010 during a two-day shootout ...

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Sandy Hook Killer's Father Wishes His Son Hadn't Been Born

Monday, March 10, 2014

"How much do I beat up on myself about the fact that he's my son? A lot."

The New Yorker has posted a long piece based on six interviews with Peter Lanza, whose son Adam killed 20 first-graders and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School ...

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