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U.S. employers notched another solid month of hiring in March by adding 215,000 jobs, driven by large gains in the construction, retail and health care industries.
 
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said Wednesday it will close its office in Nicaragua in August because its job was done helping the country reduce debt and poverty, and to get on the path to sustainable growth.
 
The U.S. dollar extended its losses in Asia on Wednesday after Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen stuck to a dovish stance on monetary policy, citing ongoing concerns about the global economy.
 
California lawmakers reached a deal on Monday to gradually raise the state's minimum wage to US$15 an hour, giving momentum to a campaign to lift pay levels nationwide.
 
Atlanta Airport aims to use Uber drivers' fingerprints to check backgrounds
A battle over background checks for Uber drivers at the world's busiest airport comes as cities like Los Angeles and Austin, Texas, consider more thorough screenings to prevent criminals from getting behind the wheel.
 
U.S. consumer spending posted a tiny gain for the third straight month in February while income growth slowed sharply.
 
Saudi Arabia's largest dairy company will soon be unable to farm alfalfa in its own parched country to feed its 170,000 cows. So it's turning to an unlikely place to grow the water-chugging crop -- the drought-stricken American Southwest.
 
Buying your own town is as easy as buying 500 acres of vacant land located just 70 miles south of Las Vegas from the founder of a place called Cal-Nev-Ari.
 
Wearable tech takes aim at health care costs
Stroll around the office or neighborhood six times a day, and earn US$1.50 toward your health insurance. Step up activity a bit more and bring the total to US$1,400 annually.
 
Canadians are no longer flocking to California's sunny Coachella Valley to buy homes since their currency has weakened, and many are putting properties they own up for sale, real estate experts said.
 
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