DALLAS (AP) —
NEW YORK (AP) — Health care stocks have been leading the market's gains today. Shares of the biotechnology company BioGen surged on reports that it's won market exclusivity in Europe for its top-selling multiple sclerosis drug. After closing above 16,000 for the first time Thursday, the Dow was up about 35 points in afternoon trading. Meanwhile, the S&P 500 is again flirting with 1,800 level, up about 7 points. And the Nasdaq has been up about 20 points.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Labor Department's breakdown of October's employment data suggests the job market is improving in most regions of the country. Unemployment fell in 28 states last month, while employers added jobs in 34 states. The biggest gains were in Florida, California and North Carolina. On the other side of the equation, Kentucky, Washington state, and New Jersey lost the most jobs.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration says people will have another eight days to sign up for health care insurance at Healthcare.gov and still get coverage by Jan. 1 People will have until Dec. 23 to enroll. The extra time could prevent people from having a break in coverage because of the federal government's balky enrollment website.
DALLAS (AP) — Leaders of the congressional transportation committees are calling on the Justice Department to allow all U.S. airlines, not just low-fare carriers, to bid on gates and landing rights being given up by American Airlines and US Airways as a condition of their merger. In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, the lawmakers say low-cost carriers often don't serve smaller towns, so the divestitures won't help those consumers.
HOUSTON (AP) — The owner of the Houston Astros says baseball isn't as lucrative as it's made out to be, at least in his market. Jim Crane has filed a lawsuit against former Astros owner Drayton McLane Jr., Comcast Corp. and NBC Universal, alleging they misrepresented the value of a regional television network that broadcasts the team's games and fraudulently boosted the $615 million price he paid for the team.