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Even as US job market picks up, unemployed face frustration

By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER (WASHINGTON, AP) — The job market remains a frustrating place for America’s 9 million unemployed — perhaps more so as hiring has accelerated along with job…

Michigan automaker to add 900 jobs at Missouri plant

(JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., AP) — Officials say Ford Motor Co. will create an additional 900 jobs in Missouri to build the next-generation F-150 pickup. Gov. Jay Nixon says Ford’s decision…

Ford to transition up to 500 workers to higher pay

By DEE-ANN DURBIN (DETROIT, AP) — Ford Motor Co. is moving several hundred U.S. hourly workers into a higher pay bracket after surpassing a cap on the number of lower-wage…

Obama sends record $4 trillion spending plan to Congress

By MARTIN CRUTSINGER (WASHINGTON, AP) — President Barack Obama sent Congress a record $4 trillion budget Monday that would boost taxes on higher-income Americans and corporations and eliminate tight federal…

Bias complaints at Daimler Portland plant settled for $2.4M

By STEVEN DUBOIS (PORTLAND, Ore., AP) — Daimler Trucks North America has settled discrimination complaints filed by six workers at its Portland plant by agreeing to pay $2.4 million. The…

Renting out homes for Super Bowl can bring big bucks

By ASTRID GALVAN (PHOENIX, AP) — Hundreds of people gather every year to hobnob with A-list celebrities at a charity bash thrown in the Super Bowl’s host city. But instead…

Fueled by oil, agriculture sector welcomes low diesel prices

(WICHITA, Kan., AP) — The recent plunge in fuel prices has been a welcome relief across the agricultural sector, helping ease the pain of low grain prices for growers and…

Proposal exempts banks from Missouri consumer protection law

(JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., AP) — Lobbyists for banks and credit unions say an exemption from a state consumer-protection law is needed to prevent excessive lawsuits against financial institutions. Missouri Credit…

Post Holdings to pay $1.15B for Malt-O-Meal cereal maker

(ST. LOUIS, AP) — Post Holdings will spend $1.15 billion to bulk up its presence in the market for bagged and hot cereals by buying the privately held MOM Brands…

Hard-hit worker wonders where the economic resurgence is

By Tamara Lush (ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., AP) — Ask Joshua Thevenin — who since last month has been a newspaper salesman, fireworks vendor and tele-marketer — what he thinks about…