Dow Breaks 17,000 For 1st Time Following Strong US Job GainsThe government said early Thursday that U.S. employers added 288,000 workers last month, far more than economists were expecting. The unemployment rate fell to 6.1 percent.
Bay Area Stocks Among Those Battered On Wall StreetSeveral Bay Area stocks were among those losing ground Thursday. Apple Inc. was down more than $6 on the day, while Google stock was off more than $10 and Chevron slid some 2.5 percent.

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