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Jobless claims last week increased by 32,000 to a seasonally adjusted 516,000, a seven-year high, the Labor Department reported Thurs-day. The total was much higher than analysts expected and was only the second time since 1992 that claims topped 500,000.

By a 5-to-4 margin, the Supreme Court ruled for the Navy in its battle with environmentalists for the right to conduct sonar submarine-hunting exercises off the coast of southern California. The Natural Resources Defense Council and other groups had won restrictions in lower federal courts to restrict the use of sonar because of possible injury to whales. Chief Justice John Roberts said Wednesday that without proper training, naval personnel would be jeopardized.

As a precaution to prevent food contamination by the industrial chemical melamine, the Food and Drug Administration slapped a sweeping detention order Thursday on dozens of imported foods from China.

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