NEW YORK (AP) -- The stock market paused Friday, following four days of gains, after a speech by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen left investors unsure about how the nation's most important financial voice feels about raising interest rates in the coming months.
The state Senate confirmed eight new Essex County superior court judges on Monday, ending a yearslong stalemate with Republican Gov. Chris Christie that had left some of the state's busiest courts with 21 vacancies on the bench.
North Dakotans, enriched by an oil boom, stepped up their spending at triple the national pace in the three years that followed the Great Recession. In Nevada, smacked hard by the housing bust, consumers barely increased their spending.
News that U.S. employers added workers at a good clip for the fourth month in a row helped send the stock market higher Friday. The Standard & Poor's 500 index notched another record high, its eighth in the past 10 days.
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