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At the time, Mr. Smith was interning for the Democratic-controlled state Senate. He was fired after the incident.

Mr. Smith told the station that he doesn’t regret acting against Mr. Romney but would choose a different way next time.

ECONOMY

Unemployment applications up in the past week

More people sought unemployment benefits last week, suggesting that the job market’s recovery remains slow.

The increase also likely reflects some seasonal volatility because applications for unemployment aid frequently rise around the Easter holiday. Many school employees are laid off temporarily during spring breaks and can file for benefits.

Weekly unemployment benefit applications jumped 13,000 to a seasonally adjusted 380,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. The previous week’s figures also were revised higher. The four-week average, a less volatile gauge, rose to 368,500.

After declining steadily since the fall, applications have leveled off in recent weeks. The four-week average is essentially unchanged over the past two months.

• From wire dispatches and staff reports

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