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US adds a robust 295K jobs; jobless rate falls to 5.5 pct.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. employers extended a healthy streak of hiring in February by adding 295,000 jobs, the 12th straight monthly gain above 200,000....

3 reasons Apple's watch will _ or won't _ change the game
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- No one can argue that many Apple devices have changed the way people live their lives. The company's iTunes, iPhone and iPad have shaken up music, phone and computer markets worldwide. Is the Apple Watch going to be able to do the same?...

Dollar surges after another strong US jobs report
LONDON (AP) -- Another strong U.S. jobs report gave the dollar a big lift Friday as traders think it may prompt the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates this summer. Stocks, meanwhile, were fairly flat-footed as any concerns over higher borrowing rates are offset by hopes over the U.S. economic outlook....

Nissan recalls more Altimas for hood latch problem
DETROIT (AP) -- Nissan is recalling 625,000 more cars in the U.S. as part of a growing problem with faulty latches that can allow hoods to fly open while cars are moving....

Bank of Greece: need progress in talks with creditors
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- The meeting of the eurozone's 19 finance ministers next week is very important for financially stricken Greece, the country's central bank governor said Friday....

German Parliament approves quota for female directors
BERLIN (AP) -- Germany's Parliament on Friday approved a quota system that will require leading companies in Europe's biggest economy to have at least 30 percent women on their supervisory boards starting next year....

Can Etsy keep its folksy brand and make shareholders money?
NEW YORK (AP) -- If craft seller Etsy goes public later this year it will be a test of how well the company can balance an explicit social mission with shareholder expectations for making money....

Largest US banks all pass latest round of Fed 'stress tests'
WASHINGTON (AP) -- All of the nation's 31 largest banks are adequately fortified to withstand a severe U.S. and global recession and keep lending, the Federal Reserve said Thursday....

Ringling Bros. says circuses to be elephant-free in 3 years
POLK CITY, Fla. (AP) -- Animal rights activists were stunned when the parent company of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus announced it would eliminate elephants from its circus performances by 2018....

Emirates forges special relationship with el-Sissi's Egypt
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- This small Gulf nation, known for its soaring skyscrapers and mercantile bent, is making itself into the most stalwart ally of the Arab world's biggest country....

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US adds a robust 295K jobs; jobless rate falls to 5.5 pct.

US trade deficit in January falls 8.3 pct to $41.8 billion

Nissan recalls more Altimas for hood latch problem

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Largest US banks all pass latest round of Fed 'stress tests'

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