U.S. jobless claims rise; fourth quarter productivity revised down

WASHINGTON - The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits last week rose to its highest level since May, which could raise concerns about some weakness in the labor market.

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Pentagon to increase focus on cyber security of arms programs

WASHINGTON - Cyber attacks on U.S. weapons programs and manufacturers are a "pervasive" problem that requires greater attention, the top U.S. arms buyer said Thursday, saying that he would add cyber security to new acquisition guidelines for the industry.

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U.S. warns about American youths seeking Islamic State connection: CNN

WASHINGTON - The FBI and Department of Homeland Security have warned law enforcement agencies across the country about American youths wanting to join Islamic State militants fighting in the Middle East, CNN reported on Thursday.

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Kerry tries to reassure Iran's Gulf rivals on nuclear talks

RIYADH - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told Gulf Arab states on Thursday Washington was not seeking a "grand bargain" with Iran, and said a nuclear deal with Tehran would be in their interests.

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AbbVie boosts cancer drug pipeline with $21 billion Pharmacyclics deal

- AbbVie Inc is to buy Pharmacyclics Inc for about $21 billion, giving it access to what is expected to be one of the world's top-selling cancer drugs and expanding its reach in the profitable oncology field.

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Ukraine military says one soldier killed in past 24 hours in east

KIEV - One Ukrainian serviceman was killed and another wounded in fighting with pro-Russian separatists in the east, military spokesman Vladislav Seleznyov said on Thursday, as Kiev accused rebels of increasing violations of a ceasefire deal.

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Boston police officer recalls blasts, shock at bombing

BOSTON - A policeman who was on duty at the Boston Marathon finish line on the day of the deadly 2013 bombing attack recalled in court on Thursday a moment of shock after the blasts when it was unclear who was dead and who was alive.

Islamic State torches oil field near Tikrit as militia advance

BAGHDAD - Islamic State militants have set fire to oil wells northeast of the city of Tikrit, a witness said, to obstruct an assault by Shi'ite militia fighters and Iraqi soldiers trying to drive them from the Sunni Muslim city and surrounding towns.