By The Associated Press
Major business events and economic events scheduled for Thursday:
WASHINGTON â¿¿ Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims, 8:30 a.m. Eastern.
WASHINGTON â¿¿ Freddie Mac, the mortgage company, releases weekly mortgage rates, 10 a.m.WASHINGTON â¿¿ Federal Reserve releases minutes from December interest-rate meeting, 2 p.m. DETROIT â¿¿ Automakers release vehicle sales for December. NEW YORK â¿¿ Selected chain retailers release December sales comparisons.