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US exports fell in 2015 for first time since recession

FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 29, 2016, file photo, an Icelandic cargo ship is loaded with containers in Portland, Maine. On Friday, Feb. 5, the Commerce Department reports on the U.S. trade gap for December. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. trade deficit rose in December as American exports fell for a third straight month, reflecting the pressures of a stronger dollar and spreading global weakness. Those factors contributed to the first annual drop in U.S. export sales since the Great Recession shrank global trade six years ago. The December deficit increased 2.7 percent to $43.4 ...

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Wrigley, Goehring Solidify UAS Testing Program during Israel Trade Mission

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FARGO, N.D. – North Dakota Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley and Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring led a large, multi-industry trade mission to Egypt and Israel last week. A delegation of 24 North Dakotans traveled with the goal of strengthening relationships with Israeli and Egyptian government and business leaders within the sectors of unmanned aerial systems (UAS), agriculture, cybersecurity, defense, and foreign ...

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Excerpts from recent North Dakota editorials

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BISMARCK, N.D. Minot Daily News, Minot, Jan. 28, 2016 Minot and the ‘vision thing’ There appear to be more and more of them around Minot. “Them” as in paved lots, partially constructed foundations and fading placards introducing a coming development of some sort. These are the vestiges of a boom that has now taken a downturn if not to “bust,” ...

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American consumers showing more confidence in economy

FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015, file photo, Alana Fusco, left, an employee at Gerald Peters, at the Staten Island Mall in New York, helps a customer choose a bracelet for her niece. On Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016, the Conference Board releases the Consumer Confidence Index for January. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

WASHINGTON — A strong job market and low gasoline prices helped boost U.S. consumer confidence again this month. The Conference Board on Tuesday said that its consumer confidence index rose to 98.1 in January from 96.3 in December, the second straight monthly gain. The business research group said Americans were more confident about the future, though their assessment of current ...

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