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5 HOURS AGO - San Francisco Chronicle

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Financial markets awaiting any Fed signal on rates

WASHINGTON (AP) — Financial markets are awaiting the end of a Federal Reserve meeting Wednesday to see whether the Fed sends any clearer signal about the timing of an interest rate increase. The Fed has kept that rate at a record low since December 2008. Since March, the Fed has said it expects to keep this rate near zero for ...

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8 HOURS AGO - San Francisco Chronicle

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Tobacco growers brace for tougher competition; price supports end

Growers got another $5 billion from the companies as part of their 1998 settlement of state lawsuits over smoking-related health care costs. "The people who can hang on can make a substantial living," said Harry Lea, a leaf dealer and tobacco warehouse owner in Danville, a one-time industry hub where tobacco fortunes in the 1800s built ornate Victorian mansions. Most ...

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18 HOURS AGO - San Francisco Chronicle

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NH unemployment rate stays the same for August

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire Employment Security office says the state's unemployment rate still hasn't changed since April, registering at 4.4 percent for August. Nationally, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for August was 6.1 percent, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from July, and a decrease of 1.1 percentage points from the August 2013 rate.

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SEP 16, 2014 - San Francisco Chronicle

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Scotland took long road to independence vote

The economic upheavals of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's era in the 1980s — which saw the collapse of industry, widespread privatization and mass unemployment — alienated many Scots and weakened a shared sense of Britishness. Edinburgh University historian Tom Devine says the surging sense of Scottish identity that has led the country to the cusp of statehood "is partly based ...

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SEP 16, 2014 - San Francisco Chronicle

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Scottish mistrust of Conservatives key in campaign

LONDON (AP) — With Thursday's referendum looming, proponents of Scottish independence are using one of the main weapons in their armory — Scotland's widespread mistrust of the Conservative Party. The Conservatives, also known as Tories, have been in power in the United Kingdom more often than not since the end of World War I. For a while, Scotland was even ...

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