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GM 1Q profit dragged down by recalls
DETROIT (AP) -- General Motors on Thursday reported its worst financial results in more than four years as the costs of a series of recalls dragged down earnings....

American Airlines swings to $480M 1Q profit
DALLAS (AP) -- American Airlines is making money again and beating expectations after its merger with US Airways....

United loses $609M in 1Q; fares don't cover costs
United Airlines is the one U.S. carrier that can't seem to get its act together....

US durable goods orders up 2.6 percent in March
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Orders to U.S. factories for long-lasting manufactured goods posted a solid gain for the second straight month in March. A key category that signals business investment plans increased at the fastest pace in four months....

Applications for US unemployment aid jump to 329K
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits surged 24,000 to a seasonally adjusted 329,000 last week, though the gain likely reflected temporary layoffs in the week before Easter....

Verizon 1Q profit surges on Vodafone-related gains
NEW YORK (AP) -- Verizon's $130 billion deal to take over of all of Verizon Wireless is helping lift its profit....

Southwest Airlines posts a record 1Q profit
DALLAS (AP) -- Southwest Airlines says it made a record $152 million in the first quarter, more than doubling the $59 million profit it had during the same time last year....

FDA proposes first regulations for e-cigarettes
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The federal government wants to ban sales of electronic cigarettes to minors and require approval for new products and health warning labels under regulations being proposed by the Food and Drug Administration....

Marlboro maker Altria 1Q profit falls
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Altria Group Inc.'s first-quarter profit dropped 15 percent as the Marlboro maker sold fewer cigarettes and its year-ago results benefited lower expenses from a longstanding legal settlement....

Caterpillar 1Q profit climbs 5 pct, forecast rises
Caterpillar's first-quarter earnings climbed 5 percent, and the construction equipment maker raised its 2014 forecast. But the company also said Thursday that a mining equipment sales slump is still hurting results....

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GM 1Q profit dragged down by recalls

US durable goods orders up 2.6 percent in March

Applications for US unemployment aid jump to 329K

American Airlines swings to $480M 1Q profit

3M 1Q results improve, but miss Street's view

Southwest Airlines posts a record 1Q profit

Caterpillar 1Q profit climbs 5 pct, forecast rises

Marlboro maker Altria 1Q profit falls

United loses $609M in 1Q; fares don't cover costs