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Senate turns to partisan fight over student loans

WASHINGTON — The Senate is the newest arena in the election-year face-off over federal student loans, and both sides are starting out by pounding away at each other. With Congress returning from a weeklong spring recess, the Senate plans to ...

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Life of Social Security trust funds loses 3 years

WASHINGTON — High energy prices and an economy that has been slow to rebound are worsening Social Security’s finances, shortening the life of the trust funds that support program by three years, the government said Monday. Those funds will now ...

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U.S. unemployment aid applications near 4-year low

WASHINGTON — The number of people seeking unemployment aid neared a four-year low last week, a positive sign that strong hiring could continue in the coming months. The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly applications for unemployment benefits fell 15,000 ...

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Audit cites inmate access to social security numbers

ANNAPOLIS — A Maryland audit has found that prison inmates had access to personal information such as social security numbers while working for Maryland Correctional Enterprises. The audit released Tuesday focused on a program that provides work experience for inmates, ...

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Consumer spending climbs slightly in October

WASHINGTON — Consumers barely increased their spending in October but their incomes rose by the most in seven months. The rise in take-home pay could boost spending during the upcoming holiday shopping season. The Commerce Department said Wednesday that spending ...

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