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Cashier rings up a sale. Economists have sharply cut their growth forecasts for the April-June quarter and 2014, though they remain optimistic that the economy will rebound from a dismal first quarter. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)
Cashier rings up a sale. Economists have sharply cut their growth forecasts for the April-June quarter and 2014, though they remain optimistic that the economy will rebound from a dismal first quarter. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)
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Economists downgrade forecasts for US growth

WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. business economists have sharply cut their growth forecasts for the April-June quarter and 2014, though they remain optimistic that the economy will rebound from a dismal first quarter.

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(Polka Dot RF, ThinkStock)
(Polka Dot RF, ThinkStock)
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Shorter weeks can equal better productivity

It's been proven that happier employees are more productive employees, and many executives and human resource experts have said workers who enjoy more personal time tend to get more done when they are at work. Yet, most Americans are still on a five-day workweek.

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A Crumbs cupcake shop sits empty on Federal Street in Manhattan
A Crumbs cupcake shop sits empty on Federal Street in Manhattan (AP Photo Stephan Savoia)
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Cupcake chain Crumbs in talks, could rise again

Crumbs said it is in talks with "various interested parties" and could restructure its business days after closing its stores.

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Workers assemble Volkswagen Passat sedans at the German automaker's plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., where the United Auto Workers union announced on Thursday, July 10, 2014, that it is forming a local chapter. (AP Photo/ Erik Schelzig, file)
Workers assemble Volkswagen Passat sedans at the German automaker's plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., where the United Auto Workers union announced on Thursday, July 10, 2014, that it is forming a local chapter. (AP Photo/ Erik Schelzig, file)
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UAW: ‘Consensus’ reached with Volkswagen on union

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- United Auto Workers leaders said Thursday they have reached a "consensus" with Volkswagen and expect the German automaker to recognize the union if they sign up enough workers at a new local for the company's assembly plant in Tennessee.

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Eileen Ford of Fords Models Inc. in New York in 1977. Ford, who shaped a generation's standards of beauty as she built an empire, died Wednesday, July 9, 2014. She was 92. (AP Photo/Marty Lederhandler, File)
Eileen Ford of Fords Models Inc. in New York in 1977. Ford, who shaped a generation's standards of beauty as she built an empire, died Wednesday, July 9, 2014. She was 92. (AP Photo/Marty Lederhandler, File)
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Eileen Ford, founder of Ford Model Agency, dies at 92

NEW YORK (AP) -- Modeling agency founder Eileen Ford, who shaped a generation's standards of beauty as she built an empire and launched the careers of Candice Bergen, Lauren Hutton, Jane Fonda and countless others, has died.

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Holtec offices in Marlton
Holtec offices in Marlton (Google Street View)
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Firm to get $260M in aid to build plant in Camden

TRENTON (AP) — New Jersey officials have approved $260 million in incentives to bring a manufacturing facility and 395 jobs to Camden, a city that ranks among the most impoverished in the country.

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Employment application form
Employment application form (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)
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US unemployment aid applications fall to 304,000

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Fewer people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, driving down the level of applications to nearly the lowest in seven years.

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This product image provided by Scribd shows the Scribd e-book app. Scribd and Oyster let you read as many books as you want for a monthly price _ $9 for Scribd and $10 for Oyster. (AP Photo/Scribd)
This product image provided by Scribd shows the Scribd e-book app. Scribd and Oyster let you read as many books as you want for a monthly price _ $9 for Scribd and $10 for Oyster. (AP Photo/Scribd)
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Review: Unlimited e-book services offer plenty

NOTE: AP Technology Writer Anick Jesdanun reviews two new e-book services.

SPANISH FORK, Utah (AP) -- Two startups are trying to do for e-books what Netflix does for movies.

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John Wayne heirs sue university over the name Duke

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) -- John Wayne's heirs are dueling with Duke University over the family's right to market bottles of bourbon branded with the late movie star's nickname, Duke.

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NJ Transit Train
NJ Transit Train (Annette Petriccione, Townsquare Media NJ)
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NJ Transit approves budget that keeps fares flat

NEWARK (AP) — New Jersey Transit has approved a budget that includes no fare hikes for the fifth consecutive year.

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