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Recalls this week: ATVs, bibs, ladders, bicycles

About 37,000 defective ladders are being recalled because locking pins can fail unexpectedly. Other recalled consumer products this week include bibs that pose a suffocation hazard and electric bicycles with a defective fork.


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Feds close probe of Ford SUV door ajar lights without recall

DETROIT (AP) — U.S. safety regulators have decided not to seek a recall after investigating complaints that door ajar warning lights won't turn off on thousands of Ford SUVs.


Trump touts jobs commitment first made in 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday praised a plan by cable company Charter Communications to hire 20,000 American call center workers, but the hiring initiative dates back to 2015 as part of the company's successful efforts to merge with Time Warner Cable.


Hiring rises in 11 US states last month, gains widely spread

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hiring picked up in 11 states last month compared with January and was mostly unchanged in the other 39, as stronger U.S. job gains benefited most of the country. Still, pockets of weakness remained.


US stocks mostly higher ahead of uncertain health care vote

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are mostly higher Friday as technology companies and banks climb. For most of this week investors have been waiting for answers about the fate of the Republican-backed American Health Care Act, which is scheduled to come up for a vote later Friday after it was delayed a day earlier. Stocks are on track for their biggest weekly loss of 2017.


Markets Right Now: US stocks edge higher in midday trading

The latest on developments in financial markets (All times local):


Mnuchin says administration tax plan coming soon

WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Friday that after the initial congressional battle over health care, the administration plans to turn quickly to tax reform with the goal of getting a program approved by Congress by August.


US durable goods orders rose in February, led by aircraft

WASHINGTON (AP) — Greater demand for commercial aircraft helped U.S. businesses increase their orders for long-lasting manufactured goods in February, but a key category that tracks business investment plans slipped slightly.


New investor at embattled SeaWorld sends shares skyward

NEW YORK (AP) — Shares of SeaWorld, which have been cut in half since coming under scrutiny over the killer whales it holds in captivity, are up 12 percent before the opening bell on a big investment from China.


US factory orders for long-lasting goods increased 1.7 percent in February

WASHINGTON (AP) — US factory orders for long-lasting goods increased 1.7 percent in February.


Eurozone's economic growth near 6-year high: New survey

LONDON (AP) — Businesses across the 19-country eurozone, and particularly in France, are increasingly upbeat and hiring more people despite big uncertainties — including France's high-stakes presidential election.


Trumps plot big hotel expansion, but political problems loom

NEW YORK (AP) — The Trump family is launching a new hotel chain in a bold expansion of a company that critics say is already too big and opaque for an enterprise whose owner sits in the Oval Office.


Samsung shareholders welcome stock price gains, rue scandals

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Shareholders of Samsung Electronics praised the company Friday for big gains in its share price while lamenting its involvement in a massive corruption scandal that brought the arrest of the company's de facto leader.


Pilots' union says AA is leaving standby passengers behind

DALLAS (AP) — The head of the pilots' union says American Airlines is leaving thousands of standby passengers at the gate to make sure that flights depart on time.


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Death rates up for middle age whites with little education

WASHINGTON (AP) — A sobering portrait of less-educated middle-age white Americans emerged Thursday with new research showing them dying disproportionately from what one expert calls "deaths of despair" — suicides, drug overdoses and alcohol-related diseases.


How major US stock market indexes fared on Thursday

After a promising start, U.S. stocks gave up an early rally Thursday after Republicans delayed a vote on their health care bill and left investors concerned about delays for the business-friendly agenda of President Donald Trump.


PVH and Five Below rise while Ford and Alphabet fall

Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Thursday:


Trump SEC pick assures that his Wall St. work not problem

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the Securities and Exchange Commission, attorney Jay Clayton, sought to assure lawmakers that he'll show no favoritism and act only in the public interest, as his Wall Street connections were scrutinized at his Senate confirmation hearing Thursday.


A look at clothing companies that are closing stores

NEW YORK (AP) — A number of retailers, particularly clothing stores, are shuttering locations as shoppers move online and find fashion inspiration from social media. Some analysts believe the trend will only accelerate later this year.


Jon Corzine's MF Global, PwC in settlement

NEW YORK (AP) — The trial between bankrupt brokerage MF Global, run by former New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine, and its former accounting firm, PwC, came to an unceremonious end on Thursday, with both parties saying they have reached a settlement.


Woe for stores as shoppers look elsewhere for inspiration

NEW YORK (AP) — Erica Dao used to shop at malls once a month, looking in stores and seeing what the mannequins displayed. Now, she mainly looks for inspiration on social media.


Why a lack of education raises death risk for some Americans

WASHINGTON (AP) — Middle-age white Americans with limited education are increasingly dying younger, on average, than other middle-age U.S. adults, a trend driven by their dwindling economic opportunities, research by two Princeton University economists has found.


FCC: Over 12,000 911 calls failed during AT&T outage

NEW YORK (AP) — An investigation by the U.S. federal telecom regulator says about 12,600 callers couldn't reach 911 directly from their cellphones during a five-hour AT&T outage on March 8.


Yellen says problems of childhood poverty linger

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new Federal Reserve survey has found that children who grew up in poverty were twice as likely to struggle with financial challenges later in life, Fed Chair Janet Yellen said Thursday.


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