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Day: March 9, 2013

Wholesale inventories rise, sales slip

WASHINGTON, March 8 (UPI) — U.S. wholesale inventories rose by 1.2 percent in January to a seasonally adjusted $504.4 billion, the U.S. Census Bureau said Friday. Inventories were up 6.5 percent from

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Unemployment ticks down to 7.7 percent

WASHINGTON, March 8 (UPI) — The U.S. unemployment rate dropped to 7.7 percent in February on a gain of 236,000 jobs, the Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday. The rate

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China seeks negotiations on solar panels

BEIJING, March 9 (UPI) — China wants to use negotiations to address a dispute with the European Union over Chinese solar-panel shipments, Commerce Minister Chen Deming said Friday. The issue involves complaints

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Japan reports economic growth

TOKYO, March 8 (UPI) — Japan reports economy up 0.2 percent TOKYO, March 8 (UPI) — Japan’s economy grew at an annual 0.2 percent rate in the October-December quarter, technically ending its

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Tesla to repay federal loan early

PALO ALTO, Calif., March 9 (UPI) — Niche U.S. auto company Tesla Motors Inc. said it would pay off its $465 million government loan five years earlier than originally planned. In its

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NIACC baseball preview 2013

A new era in NIACC baseball begins Saturday. The NIACC baseball team, under first-year coach Travis Hergert, opens its season Saturday against the Ontario Blue Jays and Penn State-Hazleton in Vero Beach,

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NIACC softball preview

MASON CITY – The NIACC softball team opens its season on Monday at the Snowbird Classic in Myrtle Beach, S.C. NIACC is scheduled to play eight games on its annual spring trip.

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Ex-FBI agent missing 6 years

WASHINGTON, March 8 (UPI) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met Friday with the wife and son of Robert Levinson, a retired FBI agent who disappeared in Iran in 2007. The

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8 buses stolen, chopped overnight

CHICAGO, March 8 (UPI) — Police in Chicago said Friday they were searching for a scrap yard owner after eight school buses were stolen and chopped into scrap overnight. Police arrested three

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Rand Paul says he may run for president

WASHINGTON, March 8 (UPI) — U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., fresh off a 13-hour filibuster over President Obama’s drone policy, says he is considering a presidential run in 2016. In an interview

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