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US Economy Grows at 3.5 Percent Rate

The U. S. economy expanded at a solid 3.5 percent annual rate in July, August and September. Thursday's report from the Commerce Department says third quarter growth was helped by exports and spending by consumers and government. A separate report showed the number of Americans applying for unemployment assistance rose slightly last week, but experts say the long-term trend shows a strengthening job market. The improving job market is one reason that the U.S. central bank ended...

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