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State jobless rate dips to 3.5%, U.S. says

Record-low unemployment reached in April for fourth month in row, data show

Subscriber onlyArkansas' unemployment rate continues to drop, hitting 3.5 percent in April compared with 3.6 percent in March, a record low for the fourth-straight month, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said Friday. Continue reading...

Private credit for Cuba on table

Bill would ease agriculture trade

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON -- U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said he wants to remove barriers to trade with Cuba, telling a House committee this week: "If our folks grow it, I want to sell it." Continue reading...

Farmers wary of NAFTA rewrite

Trump’s threats of diluting trade pact unnerve his backers

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON -- A sizable majority of rural Americans backed Donald Trump's presidential bid, drawn to his calls to slash environmental rules, strengthen law enforcement and replace the federal health care law. Continue reading...

Uber urges key exec to waive protections, threatens dismissal

Subscriber onlySAN FRANCISCO -- Uber is threatening to fire a key executive accused of stealing self-driving car technology from a Google spin-off unless he waives his constitutional right against self-incrimination so the ride-hailing service can comply with a court order. Continue reading...

T-Mobile wins $4.8M in Huawei suit

Subscriber onlySEATTLE -- T-Mobile emerged victorious in court this week, in a lawsuit involving a robot it created named Tappy. Continue reading...

Uneven recovery has soft regions

For Mississippi, jobs lag ’08 level

Subscriber onlyMERIDIAN, Miss. -- A handful of states are still struggling nine years later to get their job markets back to where they were before the recession. Continue reading...

4 carmakers agree to air-bag deal

$553M payout for 15 million U.S. vehicles needs court’s nod

Subscriber onlyFour automakers have agreed to pay $553 million to settle a class-action lawsuit seeking compensation for drivers in the United States over losses and other troubles stemming from the recall of faulty Takata air bags. Continue reading...

GM to stop selling vehicles in India, exit S. Africa setup

Subscriber onlyDETROIT -- General Motors said Thursday that it plans to stop selling all cars in India and shed its operations in South Africa by the end of this year, a move that continues the automaker's retreat from parts of the world where its profits are lagging so it can focus on profitable regions. Continue reading...

Terror-tied Facebook suits tossed

Subscriber onlyFacebook Inc. won the dismissal of two lawsuits filed by victims of terror attacks and their families who claimed the social-media giant helped groups in the Middle East, such as Hamas, by giving them a platform to air their incendiary views. Continue reading...

Ford to cut 1,400 nonfactory jobs

Firm leaning up amid slowing car sales, high tech costs

Subscriber only Ford is facing high costs for new technology and slowing U.S. car sales, and is cutting 1,400 nonfactory jobs in North America and the Asia Pacific this year to boost profits and rescue its sagging stock price. Continue reading...

Trump ruckus batters stocks

Dow Jones index off 372.82 points

Subscriber onlyThe growing political turmoil in Washington rattled Wall Street on Wednesday, knocking the Dow Jones industrial average down more than 370 points and giving the stock market its biggest single-day slump in eight months. Continue reading...

Chipmaker sues four Apple contractors

Subscriber onlyQualcomm Inc.'s battle with Apple Inc. is heating up as the chip company hauls assemblers of the iPhone into a U.S. court on claims they are failing to pay patent royalties. Continue reading...

Target's quarterly earnings climb 8%

Subscriber onlyTarget's first-quarter profit rose almost 8 percent as attempts to turn its business around appear to be gaining some traction. Sales at established stores fell for the fourth-consecutive quarter, but the decline was less than expected and online sales surged 22 percent. Continue reading...

OSHA rule on electronic injury logs delayed

Subscriber onlyThe Labor Department on Wednesday suspended a rule from President Barack Obama's administration requiring that companies electronically report their injury and illness records, a move that essentially keeps these records from being publicly disclosed for the immediate future. Continue reading...

Lauren looks to P&G vet as chief

Subscriber onlyRalph Lauren Corp. hired Patrice Louvet as its next chief executive officer, tasking a Procter & Gamble Co. veteran with leading a difficult turnaround at the preppy apparel brand. Continue reading...