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Economic disparity drives red, blue divide

The divide in America isn’t just political, it’s economic. Blue states, with their advanced tech sectors, perform well. Most red states lag. But efforts to restore a traditional manufacturing economy are fraught with roadblocks and risks.

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Claims for US unemployment aid slide again

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer Americans signed up for unemployment benefits last week, another sign the U.S. job market remains healthy. THE NUMBERS: The Labor Department... Updated