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Across US job market, layoffs are becoming rare
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The risk of losing your job is getting smaller and smaller....

Fast food workers prepare to escalate wage demands
CHICAGO (AP) -- Fast food workers say they're prepared to escalate their campaign for higher wages and union representation, starting with a national convention in suburban Chicago where more than 1,000 workers are expected to discuss the future of the effort that has spread to dozens of cities in less than two years....

Obama wants limits on US company mergers abroad
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Staking out a populist stand ahead of the midterm elections, President Barack Obama on Thursday demanded "economic patriotism" from U.S. corporations that use legal means to avoid U.S. taxes through overseas mergers....

Amazon shares fall on 2Q loss
SEATTLE (AP) -- Shares of Inc. fell Thursday after the e-commerce retailer reported a deeper-than-expected second quarter loss as expenses outpaced a surge in revenue....

Asian stocks bolstered by US economic data
MUMBAI, India (AP) -- Most major Asian stock markets rose Friday after U.S. unemployment claims fell to an eight-year low and tensions over the downing of a Malaysia Airlines jet eased....

Starbucks US sales rise with help of revamped food
NEW YORK (AP) -- Starbucks said Thursday its revamped breakfast sandwiches and other food offerings helped boost sales at its U.S. cafes....

Visa posts higher 3Q profit, revenue
FOSTER CITY, Calif. (AP) -- Visa Inc. said Thursday that its profit climbed 11 percent in its fiscal third quarter versus a year earlier, aided by solid growth in payments volume, service revenue and transactions....

After much movement, stocks end where they began
NEW YORK (AP) -- Only Wall Street could make the buying and selling of more than 3 billion shares look like nothing happened....

Airlines report big 2Q profits on strong demand
Investing in airlines has long been the butt of jokes, especially when many U.S. carriers traipsed through bankruptcy court in the past decade....

Very bad week: Airline disasters come in a cluster
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Nearly 300 passengers perish when their plane is shot out of the sky. Airlines suspend flights to Israel's largest airport after rocket attacks. Two airliners crash during storms. Aviation has suffered one of its worst weeks in memory, a cluster of disasters spanning three continents....

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