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US Trade Deficit Declines to $34.3B Billion

Updated: 01/07/2014 - The U.S. trade deficit fell in November to its lowest level in four years, an encouraging sign for economic growth. Gains in energy production and stronger sales of American-made airplanes, autos and machinery lifted exports to an all-time high.

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Markets Await Fed Announcement

Posted: 12/18/2013 - Ben Bernanke is scheduled to give his final quarterly news conference as Federal Reserve chairman today, and investors are waiting to see whether he will announce a slowing of the Fed's bond purchases.

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Twitter surges on first day of trading

Posted: 11/07/2013 - NEW YORK (AP) - Twitter's stock has opened at $45.10 a share on its first day of trading, 73 percent above its initial offering price.

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Blinn’s Hodde Center Graduates Six New Machinists

Posted: 10/25/2013 - Students from Brenham, Bryan and Navasota recently received their machinist certification from Blinn College’s A.W. Hodde, Jr. Technical Education Center, qualifying them to fill the local industry’s growing demand for professional machinists.

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Gov't Shutdown Enters 2nd Week, No End in Sight

Posted: 10/07/2013 - The government shutdown entered its second week with no end in sight and ominous signs that the United States was closer to the first default in the nation's history as Speaker John Boehner ruled out any measure to boost borrowing authority without concessions from President Barack Obama.

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Amazon to Hire 70,000 Seasonal Workers

Updated: 10/01/2013 - says it is hiring 70,000 full-time seasonal workers around the U.S. to fill orders during the holiday season.

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Merck to Cut 8,500 More Jobs

Posted: 10/01/2013 - Drugmaker Merck says it plans to reduce its global workforce by another 8,500 jobs as part of a plan to cut its annual costs by about $2.5 billion by the end of 2015.

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J.C. Penney Shares Plunge to New Lows

Posted: 09/25/2013 - J.C. Penney shares are trading at their lowest level in nearly 13 years as the department stores' woes appear to be worsening.

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New $100 Bill Has Ink Well, More Color, 3-D

Updated: 09/26/2013 - America's new $100 bill will feature a color-changing ink well, a 3-D security ribbon, and more texture on Benjamin Franklin's collar.

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Stocks End Lower for 5th Straight Day

Posted: 09/25/2013 - The stock market is closing lower for a fifth consecutive day as investors continue to worry about the economy and the growing possibility of a government shutdown.

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BlackBerry to Lay Off 4,500 Employees

Posted: 09/20/2013 - BlackBerry says it will lay off 4,500 employees, or 40 percent of its global workforce, as it reports a nearly $1 billion second-quarter loss in a surprise early release of earnings results.

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Wal-Mart to Launch Smartphone Trade-in Program

Updated: 09/10/2013 - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is launching a smartphone trade-in program later this month that will help consumers trade-up to the newest phones available.

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