US factories grew last month at fastest pace since 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) -- American factories expanded last month at the fastest pace in more than two years....

New Exxon CEO says company will boost production
NEW YORK (AP) -- Exxon's new CEO says the company will increase production and has a mix of projects to handle any level of oil and gas prices....

Midwest survey suggests manufacturing boosting economy
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Results from a monthly survey of business supply managers suggest that manufacturing is boosting economic conditions in nine Midwest and Plains states, according to a report issued Wednesday....

ECB official: Stimulus lowers incentive to cut deficits
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- A top European Central Bank official is warning that the bank's stimulus measures are easing pressure on indebted governments to straighten out their finances....

No 'kid'-ding: Man to spend lottery win on house, goat room
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- A Charlotte man plans to spend his $1 million North Carolina lottery prize on a house with enough room for two goats his fiancee wants to get....

German labor market remains strong with 5.9 pct jobless rate
BERLIN (AP) -- Germany's labor market remained strong in February with the unemployment rate remaining at its lowest level since the reunification of the country in 1990....

Australia avoids recession with growth in December quarter
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Australia's economy expanded at a faster-than-expected 1.1 percent annual pace in the final three months of last year, as resurgent coal and iron ore prices helped the country avoid recession....

Signet tumbles after report of harassment at subsidiary
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Shares of Signet Jewelers fell sharply Tuesday after a report of widespread sexual harassment and discrimination at a subsidiary....

Target pledges to reinvest in business after weak quarter
NEW YORK (AP) -- Target, stung by the migration of its customers elsewhere, pledged Tuesday to spruce up some "tired" stores and make other investments in its business after delivering weak quarterly results and an outlook far below what analysts were expecting....

US banks in strong shape as 4th quarter profit jumps
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. banks' earnings in the final quarter of 2016 rose 7.7 percent from a year earlier, as lending continued to grow and banks set aside less for losses on loans for the first time since late 2015....

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