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US weekly jobless claims drop to lowest level since 1969

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) - The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits unexpectedly fell last week, hitting the lowest level in more than 48 years, pointing to a rapidly tightening labor market.<p>Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 10,000 to a seasonally adjusted 210,000 …

Weekend picks for book lovers: New Stephen King

What should you read this weekend? USA TODAY’s picks for book lovers include <i>Gwendy’s Button Box</i>, <i></i>a Stephen King scare fest.<p><b>Gwendy’s Button Box</b> by Stephen King and Richard Chizmar; Cemetery Dance Publications, 180 pp.; fiction<p>King takes a trip back to Castle Rock in his new novella, a different sort …

Stephen King

White House announces that Obama will visit Cuba in March

Barack Obama will end decades of cold war hostility and mistrust by visiting Cuba in March, a move set to go down as one of the foreign policy milestones of his presidency.<p>“Next month, I’ll travel to Cuba to advance our progress and efforts that can improve the lives of the Cuban people,” Obama …

Cuba

8 Eggplant Varieties from Around the Globe

<i>Header image: Eggplant Parmesan from CHOW</i>The eggplant is a vegetable with a reputation spread far and wide. In India, it’s known as “the king of …

Eggplant

18 Fresh Recipes to Celebrate Zucchini Season

While most people have access to supermarket zucchini all year long, it's really at it's peak during the summer. And if you grow it, then you know how incredibly prolific those plants can be. Whether you are busting at the seams with the green squash or planning to grab a sackful at the farmers' …

Michelle Obama Takes a Spring Styling Trick from the Runway to Reality

The statement belt is having a moment: It appeared on the spring runways at Alexander Wang, Creatures of the Wind, and Tome, and earlier today <b>First Lady Michelle Obama</b> reinforced its importance, slipping on the waist-cinching accessory by Roksanda with her printed Kenzo frock as she stepped onto …

The Obamization of Uber

How David Plouffe is tackling the biggest campaign of his life.<p>Uber had a PR problem last summer: The only thing expanding more quickly than its ride-on-demand business was its reputation as a price-gouging bully too casual about vetting its drivers. Streets around the world—from Paris to D.C.—were …

New Hampshire

U.S. government unveils goal to move Medicare away from fee-for-service | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration on Monday unveiled an ambitious plan to control health costs by moving the $2.9 trillion U.S. health systems away from costly fee-for-service medicine, beginning with the Medicare program for the elderly and disabled.<p>Lisa Smith (R) helps uninsured …

Health Care