Slightly fewer Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, pushing the average number of applications in the past month to an eight-year low.
The number of people who applied for U.S. unemployment benefits in the first week of October was basically unchanged at 287,000, reflecting a labor market that's experiencing an exceedingly low rate of layoffs and probably will continue to do so for months.
The number of first-time jobless benefit claims fell to nearly its lowest level since before the financial crisis, a sign the labor-market recovery continues.
U.S. holiday season sales are expected to post the strongest year-over-year gain in three years, according to the International Council of Shopping Centers, given decreasing unemployment rates and an increase in wages.
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is coming to Wichita to boost the re-election campaign of fellow Republican and Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts.
A western New York company has received permission to extend a rail line at its massive salt mine, a move that was opposed by two Seneca Indian nations.
World food prices fell to their lowest since August 2010 in September as prices of all major food groups except meat dropped, led by a sharp decline in dairy prices, the UN's food agency said on Thursday.
Vivian Schiller said she was stepping down as Twitter Inc's news head after nearly a year at the microblogging website, the latest executive exit from the company this year.
Apple Inc suppliers have delayed the production of a larger iPad to early next year, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.
Key members of Congress are weighing dramatic changes to the embattled Secret Service, including moving it out of the Homeland Security Department and breaking up its mission.
Cisco Systems Inc will establish an $80 million joint venture with Chinese hardware manufacturer TCL Corp to invest in commercial cloud computing services, TCL said in a stock exchange filing on Thursday.
Facebook Inc, which closed its acquisition of mobile messaging service WhatsApp on Monday, has no near-term plan to make money from the service, Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said on Thursday.
Activision says former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani will argue for the dismissal of a case filed by disgraced Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega against the "Call of Duty" franchise.
Three Malaysian banks have announced plans for a merger to create Southeast Asia's fourth-biggest commercial lender and an Islamic bank.
U.S. stock-index futures were higher ahead of a packed schedule of speeches from Fed officials, and after a previous session of gains on interest-rate optimism.
School officials in California closed 11 Orange County schools to test the properties for cancer-causing asbestos, MyFoxLA.com reported.
More than a decade ago, doctors showed dramatic progress in helping infants born with a severe deficiency in their immune systems, a condition known as "bubble boy" disease. But when one quarter of treated children developed leukemia within two to five years, researchers went back to the drawing board.
The World Organization for Animal Health said on Wednesday that an animal-feed supplement suspected of spreading a deadly pig virus is not likely to transmit the disease if manufacturers follow proper safety measures.