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Girl Scouts asked to end partnership with Barbie

NEW YORK — A few weeks after her foray into the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition, Barbie is entangled in controversy again, this time over her ties with the Girl Scouts. Two advocacy groups often critical of corporate advertising tactics — the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood and the Center for a New American Dream — on Thursday urged the Girl ...

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House backs bill to block EPA power plant rule

WASHINGTON — The Republican-controlled House moved Thursday to block President Barack Obama’s plan to limit carbon pollution from new power plants, an election-year strike at the White House aimed at portraying Obama as a job killer. Ten coal-state or Southern Democrats joined with Republicans to approve the bill, 229-183. Supporters said the measure was part of a strategy to fight ...

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Stocks move higher as US job market improves

NEW YORK — Stocks moved higher in midday trading Thursday after the government reported that the number of people filing for unemployment benefits fell last week to the lowest level in three months. Staples plunged 15 percent after the company said it was closing 10 percent of its stores as more people shop online. KEEPING SCORE: The Standard & Poor’s ...

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Stock and housing gains put US net worth at record

WASHINGTON — A surging stock market and rebounding home prices boosted Americans’ wealth to a record in the final three months of last year, though both trends have slowed so far in 2014. Household net worth jumped nearly $3 trillion during last year’s fourth quarter to $80.7 trillion. Stock and mutual fund portfolios gained nearly $1.7 trillion, or 9 percent. ...

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Unity Summit to be held at MC Law

JACKSON, Mississippi — Threats to Americans’ rights of free speech, misuse of the judicial system, and hate speech around the nation will be among the topics explored at the inaugural Unity Summit. Political leaders, attorneys, and prominent speakers are coming to the Mississippi College School of Law in Jackson for the March 13-14 conference. Experts will discuss the First Amendment ...

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Average US 30-year mortgage rate slips to 4.28 pct

WASHINGTON — Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages fell after three weeks of rises, edging closer to historically low levels. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday that the average rate for the 30-year loan declined to 4.28 percent from 4.37 percent last week. The average for the 15-year mortgage fell to 3.32 percent from 3.39 percent. A report released Tuesday ...

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American Airlines adds Memphis flights

According to the Memphis Business Journal, Memphis Airport Authority officials announced Thursday that American Airlines/US Airways will add three daily nonstop flights between Memphis and Philadelphia this summer. “We are excited to add more nonstop options for our passengers,” said Scott Brockman, president and CEO of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority, in a news release. “This shows that our existing ...

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Ex-Democrat Taylor cleared to run in primary as Republican

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Former Democratic Mississippi congressman Gene Taylor will stay on the Republican primary ballot opposing incumbent U.S. Rep. Steven Palazzo. After a closed meeting of the state Republican executive committee yesterday, Chairman Joe Nosef said members voted 25-10 to certify Taylor’s place on the June 3 ballot. Taylor was elected to the U.S. House as a Democrat ...

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Union-restricting legislation moves forward

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers are moving ahead with a package of bills to restrict some labor union organizing and picketing practices. The House passed a package of five bills yesterday, four of which will return to the Senate for more work because they were amended by the House. The other, Senate Bill 2689, would stop local governments from restricting employer ...

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