CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER

Study: Obama tax hikes on rich didn't hurt economy, or rich

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's 2013 tax increases for wealthy Americans neither slowed their income growth nor hurt the economy, according to a study that taps into a key debate in the current presidential race. Read more

Hiring rises in 36 US states in December

WASHINGTON - Employers added jobs in 36 states last month, led by big gains in California, Texas and Florida, evidence that hiring remains solid nationwide. Low oil prices caused job losses in energy-rich states. Read more

More people sought unemployment aid last week

WASHINGTON - The number of people who applied for unemployment benefits rose slightly last week, a sign that the job market remains weak. Weekly applications increased by 6,000 to a seasonally adjusted 401,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. Read more

Debt deal or not, weak economy is likely to suffer

WASHINGTON — No matter how the debt crisis ends, the economy will probably take a hit. The question is how big.

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