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U.S. retail sales barely rise, dented by lower gasoline receipts

WASHINGTON – U.S. retail sales barely rose in September as cheaper gasoline weighed on service station receipts, but gains in purchases of automobiles and other goods pointed to solid domestic demand that could shield the economy from slowing global growth. The Commerce Department said on Wednesday retail sales edged up 0.1 percent last month after being flat in August. Economists ...

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U.S. labor market tightens, strong dollar causing headwinds: Fed

WASHINGTON – U.S. labor markets continued to tighten but with little impact on wage growth while manufacturing across the United States is hurting from the recent strength of the dollar, the Federal Reserve said on Wednesday. Overall, U.S. economic activity continued to expand modestly from mid-August through early October, the Fed said in its Beige Book report of anecdotal information on ...

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University of Houston hosts Feb. 26 GOP presidential debate

HOUSTON — The University of Houston will host a 2016 Republican presidential debate on Feb. 26, four days before Texas and 11 other states are set to hold Super Tuesday primaries. Texas had previously been selected as a debate site by the Republican National Committee. The University of Houston announced Tuesday it would serve as host. Final details on the ...

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Democrats in the spotlight at first presidential debate

LAS VEGAS — Bernie Sanders delivered a message Tuesday night that’s unlikely to get lost in Hillary Clinton’s spam folder anytime soon. “Let me say something that may not be great politics,” Sanders said. “The American people are sick and tired of hearing about your damn emails.” The line, delivered in the first half of the Democratic debate at the ...

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2 of 3 workers killed in pipeline explosion identified

GIBSON, La. — A maintenance company has released the names of two of the three people killed in a pipeline explosion in Terrebonne Parish. Danos, an oil and gas service company, says two of their contract employees, 40-year-old Samuel Brinlee, of Berwick, and 36-year-old Casey Ordoyne, of Larose, died in Thursday’s accident at the Transcontinental Gas Pipeline Co. facility in ...

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U.S. import prices barely decline in September

WASHINGTON – U.S. import prices barely declined in September, with oil prices rebounding and the drag on prices from a weak global economy appearing to moderate, Labor Department data showed on Friday. The smaller-than-expected 0.1 percent decline in import prices could help lay the groundwork for an eventual interest rate hike by the Federal Reserve. Prices for imported oil rose ...

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Official warns about credit card skimmers at gas pumps

Official warns about credit card skimmers at gas pumps

NEW ORLEANS January 31, 2016 — Louisiana’s Department of Agriculture says a task force of federal and state authorities has found 23 credit card skimmers on gasoline pumps around the state since June of last year. And clerks at retail outlets have alerted authorities to two others. Thieves place the skimming devices on pumps and then use the information to ...

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