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Reports of an Amazon smartphone are rampant. Here are 5 features the device might offer.
NEW YORK (AP) -- A report this week in The Wall Street Journal that Amazon is planning to release a smartphone has prompted industry analysts and technology blogs to muse about what the device might offer....

US newspaper industry revenue fell 2.6 percent in 2013, hurt by drop in print ad revenue
NEW YORK (AP) -- U.S. newspaper industry revenue fell last year, as increases in circulation revenue weren't high enough to make up for shrinking demand for print advertising, an industry trade group said Friday....

More than 2/3 of US states had job gains in March, while unemployment rate fell in 21 states
WASHINGTON (AP) -- More than two-thirds of the states reported job gains in March, as hiring has improved for much of the country during what has been a sluggish but sustained 4 1/2-year recovery....

State Department giving more time to federal agencies to review Keystone XL pipeline
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration is extending indefinitely the amount of time federal agencies have to review the Keystone XL pipeline, the State Department said Friday, likely punting the decision over the controversial oil pipeline past the midterm elections....

Boston prepares for huge wave of marathon visitors, and their money; hotel rooms near capacity
BOSTON (AP) -- With an expanded field of runners and the memory of last year's bombings elevating interest in one of the world's great races, the 2014 Boston Marathon could bring an unprecedented wave of visitors and an influx of tourism dollars to the area....

Supreme Court declines to block ruling on multiple sclerosis drug in patent dispute
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts on Friday declined to temporarily block a lower court ruling that opens the world's best-selling multiple sclerosis drug to competition from generic rivals next month....

Late sign-ups and enrollments by young adults improve outlook for Obama's health care law
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A surge of eleventh-hour enrollments has improved the outlook for President Barack Obama's health care law, with more people signing up overall and a much-needed spark of interest among young adults....

As Belgian pubs shut, brewers warn country is losing love of beer and cannot rely on exports
DWORP, Belgium (AP) -- The ruby lettering on the front of the old corner pub "In de Welkom" has peeled almost beyond recognition. Owner Leza Wauters, a tough 87-year-old, is holding on to her business but can't say how much longer. Sooner or later, yet another bar with a warm "Welcome" will be gone....

In appeals court decision, environmental groups lose challenge to EPA cement standard
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A federal appeals court on Friday turned aside a challenge by environmental groups to an air pollution standard for cement plants....

Asian stock markets rise in abbreviated trading
BEIJING (AP) -- Asian stocks were mostly higher in trading muted by Good Friday observance....

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Bank of Cyprus sells business in Ukraine, Romania reducing risk to balance sheet

Chobani to expand product offerings with desserts, dips as it faces intensifying competition

More than 2/3 of US states had job gains in March, while unemployment rate fell in 21 states

Mazda recalling 109,000 older Tribute SUVs to fix frame rust problem

PepsiCo quarterly profit beats expectations on stronger snack sales, cost cuts, price hikes

Wal-Mart, seeking to drive customer traffic, enters the money transfer business with a bang

Michaels confirms security breach; says about 2.6M cards used in its stores may be affected

How the Dow Jones industrial average and other major stock indexes fared Thursday


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