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AP Top Business News At 3:03 p.m. EDT

Fed survey: Growth picks up across most of US
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Federal Reserve survey shows economic growth picking up across most of the United States over the past two months as bitter winter weather subsided....

Why high oil prices are actually good for airlines
NEW YORK (AP) -- Airline executives frequently complain about fuel costs. But the truth is higher prices actually have been good for business....

Yellen: Fed stimulus still needed for job market
NEW YORK (AP) -- Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Wednesday that the U.S. job market still needs help from the Fed and that the central bank must remain intent on adjusting its policy to respond to unforeseen challenges....

Review: Forward to the past with Windows update
NEW YORK (AP) -- Even as Microsoft prepares for a future dominated by touch-screen devices, it is steering its Windows system to embrace more of the past....

Some exempted from minimum wage, increased or not
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Some workers won't benefit even if a long-shot Democratic proposal to raise the federal minimum wage becomes law....

Hot models at this year's New York Auto Show
NEW YORK (AP) -- With more than 1 million visitors annually, the New York International Auto Show is one of the most important shows for the U.S. auto industry. Here are some of the vehicles debuting this year. The show opens to the public Friday....

Toyota Camry gets a top-to-bottom makeover
NEW YORK (AP) -- Shaken by the advances of newer, sportier rivals, the Toyota Camry is trying to shed its vanilla reputation....

Ford to offer 50th anniversary Mustang
NEW YORK (AP) -- Ford is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Mustang with a limited-edition model and a display atop the Empire State Building....

US stocks rise, extending gains into third day
Major U.S. stock indexes rose Wednesday afternoon and were headed for a third day of gains in a row. Investors welcomed encouraging news about China's economy as they monitored U.S. company earnings. Yahoo and Delta Air Lines were among the companies rising sharply in afternoon trading....

Pro-Russian insurgents seize armored vehicles
SLOVYANSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Pro-Russian insurgents commandeered six Ukrainian armored vehicles along with their crews and hoisted Russian flags over them Wednesday, dampening the central government's hopes of re-establishing control over restive eastern Ukraine....

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Fed survey: Growth picks up across most of US

Yellen: Fed stimulus still needed for job market

Bank of America posts loss, hurt by legal charges

CSX railroad expects modest 2014 profit growth

Hot models at this year's New York Auto Show

Smartphone apps to help patients take their meds

Toyota Camry gets a top-to-bottom makeover

GlaxoSmithKline discloses new bribery inquiries