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Wellness programs grow more popular with employers

In this Thursday, April 10, 2014 photo, Dominion Resources Inc. nuclear power station plant manager, Roy Simmons talks about his participation in a wellness program at the plant in Surry, Va. Dominion started offering a $400 premium credit a couple of years ago for employees who agreed to have a health assessment. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)That little voice nagging you to put down the cake and lace up the running shoes is increasingly coming from your employer and is likely to grow louder with a looming change under the federal health care overhaul.



Singer Chris Brown's DC trial delayed for months

FILE - This Jan. 8, 2014 file photo shows singer Chris Brown, right, arriving at the District of Columbia Superior Court in Washington. After a brief postponement, singer Chris Brown's trial on an assault charge is scheduled to begin in Washington. Brown's trial had been set for Monday but was delayed while lawyers tried to work out whether his bodyguard will testify. It's unclear whether the trial will start Wednesday, as Brown's lawyers seem to want, or if further legal maneuvering will delay it. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Singer Chris Brown's trial on an assault charge was put on hold for months Wednesday after prosecutors declined to grant immunity to his bodyguard, who would be a key witness in the case.



Greek milestone helps Europe put crisis in past

Greek Deputy Finance Minister Christos Staikouras leaves a press conference in Athens, on Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Greece has reached a major financial milestone that its creditors demanded as a precondition for being granted more debt relief, the European Commission said Wednesday. Staikouras said the country recorded a surplus of 1.5 billion euros last year, without the cost of debt servicing and a bank support package. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)BRUSSELS (AP) — Europe's debt crisis is receding farther behind in the rear view mirror.



Cost-cutting, share buybacks buoy U.S. defense profits

Handout photo of workers on the moving line and forward fuselage assembly areas for the F-35 JSF at Lockheed Martin Corp's factory located in Fort Worth, TexasBy Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The biggest U.S. weapons makers posted higher profits this week and raised their forecasts for 2014 earnings, sending shares higher despite cuts in military spending that have weakened revenues. The Dow Jones index that tracks the 10 biggest aerospace and defense companies rose 1.75 percent, driven by gains in shares of Lockheed Martin Corp, General Dynamics Corp, and Northrop Grumman Corp, which all reported higher profit and earnings per share this week. "The gradual decline in military spending has given the companies fewer opportunities to invest in new programs, so they are returning their cash flow to shareholders," said Thompson, who runs the Virginia-based Lexington Institute. Lockheed, General Dynamics and Northrop all reported higher operating margins.



Russia says military conducts parade drill near Ukraine

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian military units on Wednesday conducted drills to rehearse for a parade in the southwestern Rostov region, which borders Ukraine, a spokesman for Russia's southern military district said. The spokesman had earlier said that the units in Rostov region were conducting exercises. Reuters Television footage from the drill showed columns of military vehicles, including jeeps, armored personnel carriers, mobile multiple rocket launchers, and mobile surface-to-air missile launchers, driving in formation at a military aerodrome. ...


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