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Strong 3 months of hiring as US adds 277,000 jobs
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The United States added 227,000 jobs in February, the latest display of the breadth and strength of the economic recovery. The country has put together the most impressive three months of job growth since before the Great Recession....

NRC orders safety changes after Japan crisis
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Nuclear Regulatory Commission ordered major safety changes for U.S. nuclear power plants Friday, two days before the one-year anniversary of the nuclear crisis in Japan....

Market may be up, but the scars of 2008 are fresh
CHICAGO (AP) -- Cheryl and Jim Friedman, retirees in St. Louis, had two-thirds of their retirement money in the stock market in 2008. When the financial crisis struck that fall and stocks lurched up and down with nauseating speed, Cheryl, a former accountant, pulled the money out....

GE CEO Immelt's pay falls 24 percent in 2011
General Electric Co. Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Immelt's compensation fell 24 percent in 2011 after it spiked in 2010....

Stocks rise modestly on February jobs report
Stocks closed modestly higher Friday after the government's monthly report on employment bolstered hopes that the economic recovery is on track. The gains were tempered by news that a big debt write-down by Greece could cause big losses for banks....

American Airlines jet delayed by 'altercation'
DALLAS (AP) -- Passengers on American Airlines Flight 2332 were settling in for a trip to Chicago on Friday when they say a flight attendant took over the public-address system and launched into a rant that included references to 9-11 and the safety of their plane....

Fannie, Freddie CEO pay limited, bonuses cut
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The government says it will cap pay for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac chief executives at $500,000 per year and eliminate annual bonuses for all employees. The changes come after Congress pressured the government to stop big payouts at the bailed-out mortgage giants....

Carnival in rough seas as cruise season starts
NEW YORK (AP) -- Carnival Corp. cut its profit forecast nearly in half Friday, another sign of the challenges the company and cruise industry face after the capsizing of the Costa Concordia in January....

Greece secures biggest debt deal in history
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece's private creditors agreed Friday to take cents on the euro in the biggest debt writedown in history, paving the way for an enormous second bailout for the country to keep Europe's economy from being dragged further into chaos....

Greek bailout gives Europe time to build defenses
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Greece got the rescue. But it's the rest of Europe that's breathing easier....

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Strong 3 months of hiring as US adds 277,000 jobs

Greece secures biggest debt deal in history

Market may be up, but the scars of 2008 are fresh

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