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Judge weighs dismissal of Frederick growth dispute

FREDERICK — A Frederick County judge is considering dismissing a lawsuit filed by several environmental groups challenging the county’s plan to increase development potential by about 50 percent. The Frederick News-Post reports that Circuit Judge Julie Solt will issue a ...

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Economists more upbeat about job growth, housing

NEW YORK — A new survey shows economists are growing slightly more optimistic about recovery in the job and housing markets but expect other pillars of the economy to remain weak. The National Association for Business Economists says in a ...

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Unemployment aid applications stay at 370,000

WASHINGTON — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits was unchanged last week, suggesting modest but steady gains in the job market. The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly unemployment aid applications stayed at a seasonally adjusted 370,000, the ...

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Fed: Several members could support further easing

WASHINGTON — Federal Reserve policymakers are open to further efforts to stimulate the U.S. economy if growth falters or threats escalate. Minutes of the central bank’s April 24-25 meeting released Wednesday stated that “several members” thought additional Fed support could ...

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Factory output rose in April on stronger autos

WASHINGTON — U.S. factory output increased in April, helped by a gain in auto production. Busier factories have driven stronger hiring this year and helped the economy grow. The Federal Reserve said Wednesday that factory production rose 0.6 percent in ...

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Late payments on mortgages fall in 1Q nationwide; Md.’s increase

LOS ANGELES — The percentage of U.S. homeowners behind on their mortgage payments dropped in the first three months of this year to the lowest level since 2009, according to a new report. Some 5.78 percent of the nation’s mortgage holders ...

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Small business optimism rose in April but is still weak

NEW YORK — Small business owners recovered some of their optimism during April, but they’re still wary about the economy. The National Federation of Independent Business said Tuesday that its index of small business optimism rose 2 points last month, ...

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Applications for unemployment aid drop sharply

WASHINGTON — The number of people seeking unemployment benefits fell last week by the most in nearly a year. The figure was a hopeful sign that hiring could pick up in coming months. The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly ...

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