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  • *Tech stocks rise, with Microsoft leading gains. May 13- Wall Street was little changed in afternoon trading on Wednesday, paring early gains, as a flurry of deals failed to make up for tepid economic data. "We are seeing some evidence that the weakness in the first-quarter has spilled over to this quarter, but I'm not concerned that U.S. consumer spending for the year...

  • *Macy's, Ralph Lauren down after results. *Tech stocks rise, with Microsoft leading gains. May 13- Wall Street pared early gains in choppy trading as tepid economic data and a renewed selloff in the bond market more than offset a flurry of corporate deals on Wednesday.

  • Technology revolutionizes voter registration for 2016 Wednesday, 13 May 2015 | 12:02 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— When President Barack Obama was first elected in 2008, only two states offered a website where citizens could register to vote. —Arizona and Washington were the only states that offered online voter registration in 2008. Now 20 states do, and seven others have passed or are considering laws that would authorize a new online registration system.

  • FACTBOX-What would it take to free U.S. oil exports? Wednesday, 13 May 2015 | 11:18 AM ET

    However, Senator Lisa Murkowski, the Republican head of her chamber's energy committee, introduced a bill on Wednesday that would lift the ban Congress passed in 1975 after the Arab oil embargo created fears of global shortages. While there is plenty of resistance in Congress against lifting the ban, the prospects for a reversal could improve under some of the...

  • What would it take to free U.S. oil exports? Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 7:32 PM ET

    However, Senator Lisa Murkowski, the Republican head of her chamber's energy committee, is expected to introduce a bill as soon as Tuesday night that would lift the ban Congress passed in 1975 after the Arab oil embargo created fears of global shortages. While there is plenty of resistance in Congress against lifting the ban, the prospects for a reversal could...

  • Gay rights groups pushed for an anti-discrimination law for years and finally succeeded during the 2015 legislative session with a deal that won the crucial backing of the Utah- based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. "It felt just like scraps, that we were so desperate for any kind of legal protection that we'll just take anything," said Seth Anderson,...

  • LAS VEGAS, May 6- Daimler has been granted a licence by the U.S. state of Nevada to test self-driving trucks on public roads, as the United States and Europe race to establish a regulatory framework for autonomous vehicles. While companies such as Google have dominated the headlines with advances in driverless cars, Daimler board member Wolfgang Bernhard told...

  • WILLISTON, N.D., May 6- Aiming to show the human side of North Dakota's oil industry, the Smithsonian Channel's "Boomtowners" chronicles the highs and lows of transplants to one of the nation's fastest-growing economies. Instead, "Boomtowners" tells the stories of some of the thousands of people who relocate to rural North Dakota for a fresh start in the oil boom,...

  • Most of the campuses being shut are located in California. Earlier this month, the Department of Education fined Corinthian $30 million for misrepresenting job placement rates to students in its Heald College system. Education Under Secretary Ted Mitchell said in a statement on Sunday that the Department of Education will reach out to Corinthian students...

  • NEW YORK, April 26- The average price of regular-grade gasoline in the United States rose about 5 percent in the past two weeks to $2.58 per gallon, according to the Lundberg survey released on Sunday. The lowest-price gasoline in the survey area of the 48 contiguous U.S. states was in Tucson, Arizona, at $2.20 per gallon. The highest price was in Los Angeles, at $3.30...

  • WASHINGTON, April 24- Aiming to acquire more budget powers and take a swipe at Obamacare, Republicans will likely scrap a proposal that stirred controversy and helped launch Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan on the national stage: privatizing the Medicare health program. Ryan's bold Medicare "premium support" plan would be sacrificed to ensure passage of...

  • TORONTO, April 23- Freeport-McMoRan Inc is mulling a public offering of its oil and gas business to help kick-start production growth for its energy business, along with joint ventures or asset sales, the diversified miner said on Thursday. Weighted by a $20.3 billion debt load, Freeport has been studying several options to secure capital but found joint...

  • TORONTO, April 23- Freeport-McMoRan Inc posted a first-quarter loss on Thursday, stung by big writedowns for its oil and gas properties and sinking prices for its oil output and the metals it mines and sells. The Phoenix- based company's debt increased during the quarter to $20.3 billion from $19 billion on Dec. 31. Freeport reported posted a net loss of $2.5...

  • NEW YORK, April 21- The founders of the privately held producer of AriZona iced tea have reached a settlement resolving a long-running legal feud that had prompted a New York state judge to order the company to pay $1 billion to buy out a co-owner. Domenick Vultaggio, Beverage Marketing USA Inc's managing founder, and estranged partner John Ferolito have reached...

  • April 15- The Medicines Co's intravenous blood clot preventer can be used in angioplasty procedures, an independent advisory panel to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Wednesday. The recommendation follows a review published by FDA staff on Monday, which supported the approval of the drug. Cangrelor, which won European approval in March, was...

  • April 13- An intravenous blood clot preventer developed by The Medicines Co should be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, FDA staff reviewers concluded. The FDA rejected the blood thinner in April last year, after its reviewers took issue with the way a pivotal trial, called Champion- Phoenix, was conducted, and asked the company to reanalyze its...

  • LOS ANGELES, April 10- Carolin Wood, an artist and graduate student from Brooklyn's trendy Greenpoint neighborhood, has a secret that she keeps from her husband and some foodie friends. Once a month, she takes her two young children to McDonald's for inexpensive breakfasts or ice cream. To lure back consumers, McDonald's Corp's new Chief Executive Steve...

  • April 8- A retired U.S. Army colonel has agreed to plead guilty to negotiating a job with financier Lynn Tilton's private equity firm while also taking steps to ensure a helicopter company that did business with the Department of Defense got paid faster. Court papers do not identify by name the helicopter company, MD Helicopters in Mesa, Arizona, or Patriarch...

  • CEO: Pollo Loco's key for success is ... Tuesday, 7 Apr 2015 | 2:20 PM ET
    El Pollo Loco restaurant

    El Pollo Loco CEO Steve Sather says this has been the key to the company's recent success.

  • *Offering of 23 mln shares priced at $20/ share. April 1- GoDaddy Inc's shares rose as much as 34 percent in their debut on Wednesday following a $460 million initial public offering, as investors spotted a bargain in a company making a shift from Internet domains to small-business services. Etsy Inc, which operates a website that sells handmade goods and craft...