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Poll: US-Mexico border residents feel ignored, oppose wall

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Residents along the U.S.-Mexico border are feeling ignored in the midst of a U.S. presidential election in which immigration, border security and a proposed wall are being hotly debated, a poll released Monday suggests. A Cronkite News-Univision News-Dallas Morning News border poll found a majority of urban residents surveyed on both sides of the border are ...

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Oil slump got you down? That light at the end of the tunnel just might be a Profoam truck

Profoam, spray foam insulation

It seems that every week we’re reading about another round of layoffs in the oil and gas industry. According to Houston-based Graves & Co., over 350,000 industry workers had lost their jobs since mid-2014. Some chose to retire, some entered other fields, and some, with an entrepreneurial spirit and a wealth of knowledge and experience in oil and gas, chose ...

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Maryland’s minimum wage to rise 50 cents to $8.75

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland’s minimum wage and the state’s gas tax are going up. Here’s a look at some new laws that take effect Friday: MINIMUM WAGE Maryland’s minimum wage will rise from $8.25 to $8.75. It’s the latest bump scheduled to take effect since lawmakers in 2014 approved increases over several years from $7.25. It is scheduled to ...

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Shell to cut at least another 2,200 jobs globally

Shell expects 4th Q profits to drop at least 40 percent

LONDON (AP) — Anglo-Dutch oil company Royal Dutch Shell says it will trim at least 2,200 jobs globally amid challenging times in the oil industry. The losses are in addition to cuts already being implemented because of the energy company’s merger with BG. The losses will include some 475 positions in the North Sea. Oil companies around the world are ...

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Hiring rises in 36 US states in December

FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, file photo, job applicants fill out forms during a job fair at Dolphin Mall in Miami. On Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016, the Labor Department reports on state unemployment rates for December 2015. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

WASHINGTON — Employers added jobs in 36 states last month, led by big gains in California, Texas and Florida, evidence that hiring remains solid nationwide. Low oil prices caused job losses in energy-rich states. THE NUMBERS: The widespread hiring helped push down unemployment rates in 25 states in December, with the sharpest drops occurring in Missouri and Oregon. The unemployment ...

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Spate of layoffs sweeps energy industry

Spate of layoffs sweeps energy industry

A sustained downturn led to thousands of layoffs this week as companies struggle to weather the prolonged energy market slump. Falling oil prices forced many producers to cut costs and streamline business. The International Energy Agency said oil prices may fall further this year due to low demand and an oversupply of crude. Schlumberger Schlumberger cut 10,000 jobs and reported ...

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BP to cut 4,000 jobs amid oil price plunge

LONDON — Oil company BP is cutting some 4,000 jobs in exploration and production over the next two years amid sharp drops in the price of crude. The cuts in BP’s upstream business globally will include the loss of some 600 jobs in the North Sea. The cost-cutting announced Tuesday comes as the price of oil dropped to a 12 ...

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