Thu October 10, 2013
The Two-Way

Weekly Unemployment Claims Spike; Shutdown Gets Some Blame

Originally published on Thu October 10, 2013 11:36 am

First-time claims for unemployment insurance were up sharply to 374,000 from 308,000 the week before, the Employment and Training Administration reported Thursday.

The increase for the week ending Oct. 5 is a departure from a trend in recent weeks that was lower than at any time since the spring of 2007, before the onset of the recession.

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Thu October 10, 2013
The Two-Way

Cricket's Sachin Tendulkar Announces Retirement

Sachin Tendulkar celebrates scoring his 100th century during the Asia Cup cricket match against Bangladesh in Dhaka on March 16, 2012. He said Thursday that he will retire from test cricket after his 200th test in November.
Aijaz Rahi AP


Thu October 10, 2013


Thu October 10, 2013

Shutdown Day 10: Obama, GOP To Meet Amid Signs Of Possible Thaw

Originally published on Wed October 23, 2013 9:04 am

Chairman of the House Budget Committee Paul Ryan at the U.S. Capitol on Thursday. Ryan has outlined the framework of a possible deal on the federal shutdown and the debt ceiling.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

It's Day 10 of the partial federal government shutdown, and the big news is a meeting between President Obama and a select group of House Republicans.

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Thu October 10, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Alice Munro Wins Nobel Prize In Literature

Originally published on Thu October 10, 2013 7:42 am

The Nobel Prize committee called Canadian author Alice Munro, seen in 2009, a "master of the contemporary short story."
Peter Muhly AFP/Getty Images

This post was updated at 9:30 a.m.

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