Deal struck to extend long-term jobless aid

Senate standoff at end, but House to get say

Posted: March 14, 2014 at 4:16 a.m.

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of senators ended a long-running standoff and struck a compromise renewing expired unemployment benefits for five months for more than 2 million Americans who have been out of work the longest, the lawmakers said Thursday.

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