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Wall Street Week Ahead: Spring fever brings hope for U.S. earnings

NEW YORK - Earnings season shifts into high gear next week, and with nearly one-third of S&P 500 names set to post results, investors hope the news provides a catalyst to buy stocks and leave the market's recent weakness in the dust.

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U.S. judge declines to order 'park it now' notices for GM cars

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Ford, IBM to face renewed U.S. lawsuit over apartheid-era abuses

NEW YORK - Ford Motor Co and IBM Corp will again have to face a U.S. lawsuit claiming they encouraged race-based human rights abuses in apartheid-era South Africa, despite a series of recent court decisions limiting the right to pursue such cases.

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Jobless claims, factory data put some shine on economy

WASHINGTON - New claims for jobless benefits hovered near their pre-recession levels last week and manufacturing in the Mid-Atlantic region accelerated in April, suggesting an upswing in economic activity after a brutally cold winter.

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Apache CEO, Vermont activist build alliance on climate issues

NEW YORK - Steve Farris runs a $33 billion Texas oil and gas company and turns, for advice, to a bearded Vermont environmentalist.

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