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Asia stocks fail to match Wall Street gains
HONG KONG (AP) -- Asian stock markets were mostly lower Thursday, with Japan's Nikkei leading the retreat as investors locked in profits after a strong rally....

Google's 1Q earnings disappoint as ad prices slip
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Google's first-quarter earnings growth faltered as the Internet's most influential company grappled with a persistent downturn in advertising prices while spending more money to hire employees and invest in daring ideas....

IBM posts lower 1Q earnings amid hardware slump
NEW YORK (AP) -- IBM's first-quarter earnings fell and revenue came in below Wall Street's expectations amid an ongoing decline in its hardware business, one that was exacerbated by weaker demand in China and emerging markets....

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....

US stocks close higher for third day in a row
Investors drove stock prices to their highest level in a week Wednesday, encouraged by a crop of corporate earnings and reassuring U.S. and Chinese economic data....

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....

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....

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....

Home sales of $10 million rise in Connecticut town
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) -- Connecticut's Gold Coast is living up to its name, with a record $120 million sale of a waterfront estate in Greenwich leading an increase in sales of homes for more than $10 million....

Obama, Biden announce $600M for job grants
OAKDALE, Pa. (AP) -- Emphasizing skills training as key to a growing middle class, President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced $600 million in competitive grants to spur creation of targeted training and apprenticeship programs to help people land good-paying jobs....

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