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Stocks mixed...Job openings increase...GM recall mulled

Tuesday - 3/12/2013, 11:58am  ET

NEW YORK (AP) -- Stock indexes are wavering between small gains and losses in early trading on Wall Street. The Dow has gained 10.3 percent so far this year and has reached record highs the last seven straight days. The S&P 500 has risen 9 percent this year and is less than 1 percentage point away from its record close of 1,565.15.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. employers advertised more job openings in January, suggesting that hiring will remain healthy in the coming months. The Labor Department says job openings rose 2.2 percent in January from December, after falling nearly 5 percent in December. Employers also laid off fewer workers in January, and the number of Americans quitting their jobs rose to the highest in four years -- suggesting it may be getting easier to find work.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Mary Jo White is vowing to make "bold and unrelenting" enforcement of Wall Street a high priority if she is confirmed chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission. In remarks prepared for the Senate Banking Committee, the former federal prosecutor says investors need to know the playing field is level and that wrongdoers will be "aggressively and successfully" pursued.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The military's top cyber warrior says he's confident that foreign leaders are deterred from launching an electronic attack on vital infrastructure in the United States because they know such a strike could be traced to its source and would generate a robust response. But Army Gen. Keith Alexander, head of U.S. Cyber Command, told a Senate committee today that the country is not preventing what he called low-level harassment of private and public web sites.

DETROIT (AP) -- Safety regulators in the U.S. are investigating whether to add more than a million General Motors midsize cars to a recall for brake light problems. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it's checking into complaints about the 2004 to 2011 Chevrolet Malibu and the 2007 to 2009 Saturn Aura. The safety agency says the brake lights may not come on when the pedal is pressed, while at other times the lights can illuminate for no reason.


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