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Split results for stocks on Syria strike and weak government jobs gains

BY MARLEY JAY NEW YORK (AP) — Following a somewhat disappointing jobs report and U.S. missile strikes against Syria, stocks aren’t much changed Friday as investors buy gold and high-dividend stocks and sell banks and other assets. Defense contractors are making substantial gains and the price of oil is rising. KEEPING SCORE: The Standard & Poor’s 500 held steady at 2,356 at noon Eastern time. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 4 points to 20,666. The Nasdaq composite fell 4 points, or 0.1 percent, to 5,874. The Russell 2000 index of small-company stocks fell a fraction to 1,364. The...

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US jobless aid applications fell to 234,000 last week

BY JOSH BOAK WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, a sign of the job market appears to be increasingly secure for workers. THE NUMBERS: Weekly applications for unemployment aid plunged 25,000 to a seasonally adjusted 234,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, dipped to 250,000. Over the past year, the number of people collecting benefits had tumbled 7.2 percent to 2.03 million. THE TAKEAWAY: U.S. workers face a lower risk of losing their jobs, since applications are a proxy for layoffs. The weekly figure has remained below 300,000,...

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Assault against border patrol agents on the rise; 179% increase since October

Along the US-Mexico border border patrol agents report assaults on agents have increased dramatically this year. Assault against border patrol agents are on the rise with a 179% increase since October. Risks On the Border increase with heavy human and drug trafficking assaults are now more than ever complicating the jobs of agents attacks including the use of weapons in close quarter combat. “The last couple of weeks we’ve had incidents of rock throwing and of course we’ve had agents with been fired upon from the Mexican side.” – Marlen Castro Those most likely to be targeted are usually...

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McAllen Celebrates International Women’s Day

MCALLEN (KFXV) — The city of McAllen honored 300 women today – recognizing their work in the community as part of the city’s celebration of International Women’s Day. The women highlighted today, hold jobs that were previously only held by the opposite sex. According to McAllen officials, the city has 34 departments, in which 18 women hold management positions. According to the Department of Labor, women make up 47 percent of the U.S. Workforce, and 70 percent of women with children under the age of 18 participate in the labor...

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FBI Seeking Recruits for More Diverse Workforce

RGV (KFXV) — The FBI is recruiting agents in hopes to have a more diverse workforce. The agency is looking to hire more women and minorities. Officials tell us that this outreach also aims to dispel rumors that joining the FBI is too personally strenuous on their agents, something that dissuaded some from applying. If you would like more information on how you can apply, visit...

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