Deal news, jobless claims push stocks higher

(AP) — Stocks are closing slightly higher after the government reported that the number of people applying for unemployment benefits sank last week, a sign that employers are laying off fewer people.

41 charged in insurance scam involving dead deer

(AP) — Forty-one people in Philadelphia are facing charges in what prosecutors call an elaborate insurance fraud scheme that used dead deer to fake car accidents.

US economy shrank at 1 percent rate in Q1

(AP) — The U.S. economy was battered even more than first suspected by the harsh winter, actually shrinking from January through March. The result marked the first retreat in three years, but economists are confident the downturn was temporary.

Obama: Too little info about youth concussions

(AP) — President Barack Obama called Thursday for more robust research into youth concussions, saying there remains deep uncertainty over both the scope of the troubling issue and the long-term impacts on young people.

Stocks slip, pulling S&P 500 below record high

(AP) — Stocks are closing mostly lower after setting a record high the day before.

Public-private survey finds cybercrime on the rise 

(AP) — The hackers are winning, according to a survey of 500 executives of U.S. businesses, law enforcement services and government agencies released Wednesday.

Pet burials range from bottom of sea to sky above 

(AP) — More pets are buried in U.S. backyards than any other place, but that is becoming illegal in more and more places. For those who want something unique, though, the sky's the limit, literally.

US aid for 12 communities to attract manufacturers

(AP) — The Obama administration has named the first communities that will receive special attention to help them attract global manufacturers.

US business leaders assess Cuba business climate

(AP) — The head of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce toured an auto repair cooperative and talked with newly minted private entrepreneurs Wednesday as part of the first American trade mission of its kind to Cuba in 15 years.

Stocks climb; Fourth straight gain for S&P 500 

(AP) — More promising signs that the economy is strengthening after its winter slowdown pushed stocks higher on Tuesday.