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The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell more than expected last week, pointing to a sustained improvement in labor market conditions. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits declined 14,000 to a seasonally adjusted 298,000 for the week ended Aug. 16, the Labor Department said on Thursday. A Labor Department analyst said there were no special factors influencing the state level data. The jobless claims report showed the number of people still receiving benefits after an initial week of aid fell 49,000 to 2.50 million in the week ended Aug. 9.
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Recep Tayyip Erdogan prepared Thursday to choose his successor as prime minister, with expectations high that the man who has dominated Turkish politics for more than a decade will keep charge as president.