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A trader works on the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on November 7, 2013 in New YorkNew York (AFP) - Apple's shareholder-friendly measures including a stock split and an expanded buyback helped lead US shares higher in opening trade Thursday.


4/24/2014 7:57:24 AM

A pro-Russian armed man stands guard near the state security service building in SlavianskSlavyansk (Ukraine) (AFP) - Ukraine's military launched assaults to retake rebel-held eastern towns on Thursday in which up to five people were reported killed, a move Russian President Vladimir Putin warned would have "consequences". The offensive sent international tensions soaring and oil prices up, raising the prospect of Russia making good on its threat of a massive response in the ex-Soviet republic. In Slavyansk, a flashpoint east Ukrainian town held by rebels since mid-April, armoured military vehicles drove past an abandoned roadblock in flames to take up position, AFP reporters saw.


4/24/2014 7:48:11 AM

An American Airlines Boeing 737 airplane takes off from a runway at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Arlington, Virginia, in this September 23, 2013American Airlines Thursday reported a profit in its first full quarter since acquiring US Airways, benefitting from lower fuel costs and a gain from the sale of some airport slots. American, the biggest US airline by revenue, said first-quarter net income was $480 million, compared with a loss of $297 million from the combined year-ago results of American and US Airways. American and US Airways closed their merger in December 2013. The airline also notched $137 million in special credits due mainly to the sale of airport slots at Reagan National Airport in Washington that was mandated by antitrust regulators for approval of the US Airways deal.


4/24/2014 7:15:57 AM

Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone arrives at court for his trial in Munich, southern Germany, on April 24, 2014Munich (Germany) (AFP) - Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone went on trial in Germany on Thursday, denying charges of bribery that threaten to land the British billionaire in jail. Ecclestone, 83, is accused of paying a German banker tens of millions of dollars to ensure his continued grip on the motor sports empire he built up virtually single-handedly over four decades. The mop-topped, diminutive F1 magnate entered the packed Munich courtroom in his trademark black suit and white shirt, saying only: "I'm confident, the sun is shining." He also declared that Ecclestone does not intend to speak for now in the trial that is set to run until September.


4/24/2014 7:01:53 AM

FILE - This is a Wednesday, April 16, 2014 file photo of Britain's Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, as she meets with people on the steps of the Sydney Opera House following a reception in Sydney, Australia. Kate’s dilemma: What to pack for a two-week trip, when your itinerary includes everything from state receptions and church services to toddler playdates and cricket games? For the Duchess of Cambridge, who’s rounding up her trip to Australia and New Zealand with husband Prince William and 8-month-old son George, there were additional sartorial dilemmas: Do royals take off their shoes at the beach? And what’s the most ladylike way to climb into a fighter jet while in a pencil dress and high heels? (AP Photo/Jason Reed, Pool, File)LONDON (AP) — Kate's dilemma: What to pack for a two-week trip, when your itinerary includes everything from state receptions and church services to toddler playdates and cricket games?


4/24/2014 6:37:30 AM

Job seekers apply for the 300 available positions at a new Target retail store in San FranciscoThe number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits increased more than expected last week, but the rise probably does not suggest a shift in labor market conditions as the underlying trend continued to point to strength. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits rose 24,000 to a seasonally adjusted 329,000 for the week ended April 19, the Labor Department said on Thursday.


4/24/2014 6:36:01 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits surged 24,000 to a seasonally adjusted 329,000 last week, though the gain likely reflected temporary layoffs in the week before Easter.

4/24/2014 6:35:13 AM

In this April 15, 2014 photo, Charles Rajecky packs a completed blender for warehousing at the Vitamix manufacturing facility in Strongsville, Ohio. The Commerce Department releases durable goods for March on Thursday, April 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders to U.S. factories for long-lasting manufactured goods posted a solid gain for the second straight month in March. A key category that signals business investment plans increased at the fastest pace in four months.


4/24/2014 6:35:07 AM

File image of shoppers looking at durable goods appliances at a Home Depot store in New YorkOrders for long-lasting U.S. manufactured goods rose more than expected in March and a measure of business capital spending plans surged, bolstering views of an acceleration in growth in the second quarter. The Commerce Department said on Thursday durable goods orders increased 2.6 percent as demand rose across all categories. Durable goods range from toasters to aircraft and are meant to last three years.


4/24/2014 6:34:39 AM

FILE - In this Feb. 3, 2014 file photo, a Southwest Airlines jet plane lines up for a landing at Love Field in Dallas. Southwest Airlines reports quarterly earnings on Thursday, April 24, 2014. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)DALLAS (AP) — Southwest Airlines says it made a record $152 million in the first quarter, more than doubling the $59 million profit it had during the same time last year.


4/24/2014 6:33:33 AM
 
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