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Ill. county gives mine-expansion plan a boost

A southwestern Illinois county is giving a lift to a St. Louis-based coal producer's plans to expand an underground mine.

Fifth Third Bancorp 1Q earnings fall 25 pct

Fifth Third Bancorp reported Thursday that its first-quarter net income fell 25 percent, mostly on increased legal costs and a decline in its investment in its former Vantiv payment-processing subsidiary.

How states fared on unemployment benefit claims

Applications for U.S. unemployment benefits increased slightly last week to a seasonally adjusted 304,000. The four-week average for claims dipped to its lowest level since October 2007, two months before the Great Recession began. The current level suggests strong momentum for the job market this month.

Ford to sell Lincoln cars in China for first time

Ford Motor Co. said Thursday it will sell high-end Lincoln cars in China for the first time later this year when it opens eight dealerships in seven cities.

Raytheon breaks ground for expansion

Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems has broken ground on an expansion at its Forest, Miss., facility.

Weibo shares jump in market debut

Weibo Corp.'s shares are rising in the Chinese social media company's debut in the U.S.

New plant creating 155 jobs in Russell County

An automotive industry plant opening in south-central Kentucky will create 155 full-time jobs.

South Dakota man sues over burst exercise ball

A South Dakota man who claims he was permanently injured by an exercise ball that burst is suing the product's manufacturer for negligence.

Hotel magnate, Democratic fundraiser pleads guilty

A hotel executive and Democratic fundraiser pleaded guilty Thursday to witness tampering and conspiracy to evade campaign finance laws.

AP Photos: A close-up look at fracking

Workers bustle at an oil and gas drilling site near Mead, Colo., a town of about 3,800 people north of Denver.

Nonprofit's Detroit demolition work consolidated

Officials say demolition work of the nonprofit Detroit Blight Authority is being consolidated under city-run efforts to tear down dangerous buildings.

Bullock proposes $45 million in oil patch grants

Gov. Steve Bullock proposed a $45 million grant program Thursday to ease strains on water and sewer systems in eastern Montana towns that have struggled to keep pace with the demands of the fast-growing Bakken oil patch.

Vitamin firm plans expansion at Alabama plant

A vitamin company is planning to expand its operations in Opelika in a move that's expected to bring more than 50 new jobs to the eastern Alabama community over three years.

Minnesota Pipe Line seeks to expand capacity

Minnesota Pipe Line Company plans to ask regulators for approval to nearly double the capacity of a crude oil pipeline that carries oil from Canada and North Dakota to the two refineries in the Twin Cities.

UnitedHealth's 1Q profit tumbles 8 percent

UnitedHealth Group's first-quarter net income slid 8 percent as funding cuts to a key product and costs imposed by the health care overhaul dented the health insurer's performance.

Report: State gains more than 8K jobs in March

Preliminary estimates show Massachusetts gained more than 8,000 jobs in March while the state's unemployment rate dropped to 6.3 percent from 6.5 percent the previous month, the state office of Labor and Workforce Development said Thursday.

Union Pacific railroad reports 1Q profit Thursday

Union Pacific will report its first-quarter earnings Thursday and discuss how much the severe winter affected operations.

Target expands subscription service tenfold

Target is vastly expanding the goods available to order by subscription as it fends off its biggest non-traditional retail rival, Amazon.com.

Old-school coal is making a comeback

Coal, the former king of American energy, is making a comeback after being left for dead in favor of cleaner-burning natural gas.

World stocks subdued amid mixed US earnings

World stocks were subdued Thursday ahead of a long weekend for many markets and after mixed earnings reports in the U.S.

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