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Pending US home sales jump to strongest level in 9 years
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Americans signed contracts to buy homes in April at the fastest pace in nearly nine years, evidence that steady job growth is strengthening the real estate market....

US jobless aid applications rose last week; total still low
WASHINGTON (AP) -- More Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, though the overall level remains low and points to a healthy job market....

Avago to buy chipmaker Broadcom for about $37B
NEW YORK (AP) -- Avago Technologies is buying rival chipmaker Broadcom in a cash and stock deal worth about $37 billion....

Visa becomes first FIFA sponsor to warn it could jump ship
LONDON (AP) -- Worried that their reputations will be tarnished by their links to FIFA, major sponsors are demanding that soccer's global governing body clean up its act, with Visa even warning it is prepared to jump ship....

US stocks down as Shanghai sinks, Greece deadline looms
NEW YORK (AP) -- U.S. stocks were slightly lower in early trading Thursday, following a steep sell-off in the Chinese stock market and the approaching deadline for cash-starved Greece to make a debt payment....

Croatian dilemma: Oil in the Adriatic, or tourism
MEDULIN, Croatia (AP) -- Peter Fries has been coming to Croatia for years after falling in love with its pristine coastline, fresh seafood, mellow wine and friendly hosts....

AP sources: IRS believes identity thieves from Russia
WASHINGTON (AP) -- IRS investigators believe the identity thieves who stole the personal tax information of more than 100,000 taxpayers from an IRS website are part of a sophisticated criminal operation based in Russia, two officials told the Associated Press....

EPA plans temporary pesticide restrictions while bees feed
WASHINGTON (AP) -- If honeybees are busy pollinating large, blooming croplands, farmers wanting to spray toxic pesticides will soon have to buzz off, the Environmental Protection Agency is proposing....

J&J accepts offer from Cardinal Health for Cordis unit
NEW YORK (AP) -- Health care giant Johnson & Johnson has formally accepted a $1.94 billion offer to sell its Cordis heart devices unit to Cardinal Health....

Greece aims to get bailout deal by Sunday but creditors wary
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece says it aims to clinch a deal with its creditors by Sunday, a development that would allow it to receive the desperately needed final installment of its international bailout plan and avoid a default....

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Pending US home sales jump to strongest level in 9 years

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