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  • Apple CEO donating to gay rights campaign in South Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 12:00 PM ET

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala.— Apple chief executive Tim Cook, the first openly gay CEO of a Fortune 1,000 company, is donating money to help fund a gay rights initiative in his native Alabama and two other Southern states, organizers said Thursday. Organizers said it would help fund a three-year, $8.5 million campaign launched in April in Alabama, Arkansas and Mississippi.

  • $151M verdict over Wal-Mart workers' breaks upheld Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 5:10 PM ET

    PHILADELPHIA— Pennsylvania's highest court is upholding a $151 million verdict in favor of employees at Wal-Mart and Sam's Club who say they were forced to work through their breaks. The Philadelphia Inquirer says Monday's decision affects 187,000 people who worked for Bentonville, Arkansas- based Wal-Mart Stores Inc. between 1998 and 2006..

  • Where Christmas is most loved—and hated—in the US Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 2:39 PM ET
    Atlanta Falcons cheerleaders during game in Atlanta.

    Every part of the U.S. loves Christmas, but one region loves it more than anywhere else.

  • Family sues over fatal shooting at Ohio Wal-Mart Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 12:22 PM ET

    CINCINNATI— The family of a black man fatally shot by a white police officer as he held an air rifle inside a Wal-Mart filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday charging negligence and violation of the man's civil rights. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Dayton against the city of Beavercreek, the two Beavercreek officers involved, the police chief and...

  • Slowdown signs emerge for oil states as crude slides Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 7:25 AM ET
    Workers prepare pipes used in the drilling of shale gas.

    Some of the nation's top oil states are showing early signs of a slowdown as a result of the plunge in crude prices.

  • That will widen Alaska's budget gap to almost $3.4 billiuon, Fitch said in a Dec. 11 report. States such as Texas, North Dakota, Alaska, Oklahoma and New Mexico are all likely to feel strains next year, Wells Fargo Securities municipal analyst Roy Eappen said in a recent report. Meanwhile, household sentiment in Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Arkansas where memories...

  • Judge rejects bid to delay Tracy Morgan lawsuit Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 7:14 PM ET

    NEWARK, New Jersey— Tracy Morgan has won the latest round in his effort to sue Wal-Mart and others over a fatal crash in New Jersey. The ruling came on a motion by Kevin Roper, the driver of the Wal-Mart truck authorities say slammed into the back of Morgan's limo van on the New Jersey Turnpike in June. Roper, of Georgia, isn't named as a defendant but is facing criminal...

  • -An administrative law judge found Walmart threatened employees trying to organize workers at two stores in California, in a victory for workers' rights groups challenging labor practices at the retail giant. Geoffrey Carter, National Labor Relations Board Administrative law judge in Washington, D.C., told the company to stop applying pressure on employees...

  • Arkansas AG announces plans to start law firm Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 1:07 PM ET

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark.— Outgoing Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced Wednesday that he's starting a private law firm with two of his top assistants when he leaves office next month. The two-term Democrat said he'll be working with Senior Assistant Attorney General Scott Richardson and Assistant Attorney General Bart Calhoun to launch the new...

  • Obama announces $1B for early childhood education Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 6:09 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Declaring early childhood education "one of the best investments we can make," President Barack Obama on Wednesday followed up on a promise to expand early education opportunities for tens of thousands of children by announcing $1 billion in public-private spending on programs for young learners. He said the investments announced at a daylong...

  • Kansas City man sentenced in cargo theft scheme Tuesday, 9 Dec 2014 | 6:09 AM ET

    KANSAS CITY, Mo.— A Missouri man convicted in a scheme to steal more than $1 million worth of trucks and trailers from six states kept a "shopping list" of the products one of his buyers wanted and sometimes sold stolen goods from the back of the trucks, federal prosecutors said. Kenneth Ray Borders, 43, of Kansas City, was sentenced Monday to 21 years and 10 months in...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 8- Oil production from the United States' biggest shale plays is poised to keep expanding at the same breakneck pace into early next year, according to new U.S. projections released on Monday that highlighted a slow response to tumbling prices. Oil production from the three main plays- the Bakken, Eagle Ford and Permian Basin- is set to rise by some...

  • Boutrous represented the world's largest retailer, Wal-Mart, in one of the most anticipated business cases in years. Gibson Dunn is not the only law firm to turn Supreme Court appearances into gold. After the firm Sidley Austin won a Supreme Court patent case for eBay, it earned at least $10 million in unrelated legal fees from the online retailer, say people with...

  • Report says Arkansas lottery hampered by mistrust Friday, 5 Dec 2014 | 3:31 AM ET

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark.— Arkansas' lottery offers too many games, pays more to its vendors than comparable states and suffers from mistrust from the public dating back to its launch five years ago, a consultant hired to review the games told lawmakers on Friday. Arkansas voters approved a constitutional amendment in 2008 establishing the lottery to fund college...

  • Judge: WMT must let NYC church challenge gun sales Friday, 28 Nov 2014 | 2:06 PM ET
    Residents shop at Walmart as the store prepares for Black Friday in Los Angeles, Calif., November 24, 2014.

    A federal judge ordered Wal-Mart Stores to let shareholders vote on a proposal to force tighter oversight of its sale of high-capacity guns.

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 26- Mitt Romney, the Republican Party's unsuccessful presidential nominee in 2012, leads the field for the 2016 election among Republican voters, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released on Wednesday. Among possible Republican candidates, Romney's 19 percent put him ahead of former Florida governor Jeb Bush with 11 percent, New...

  • COLUMN-Oil in Arcadia: John Kemp Monday, 24 Nov 2014 | 9:05 AM ET

    Some of that crude came from states such as North Dakota, Texas and Alaska, and the rest from foreign suppliers like Canada, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela and Nigeria. On Saturday, the New York Times published a carefully researched essay chronicling "The Downside of the Boom" about how " North Dakota took on the oversight of a multi-billion dollar oil industry with a...

  • CHICAGO, Nov 14- Farmland values in the southern U.S. Midwest and Delta region rose almost 15 percent during the third quarter from the same period a year earlier, despite lower farm income, as grain prices fell, the Federal Bank of St. Louis said on Friday. The St. Louis district covers Arkansas, eastern Missouri, southern Illinois and Indiana, and parts of Kentucky,...

  • *Libya disruptions overshadowed by U.S. supply worries. NEW YORK, Nov 11- Oil prices continued to seek a bottom on Tuesday amid worries about growing U.S. supplies, with benchmark Brent crude hitting a four-year low and nearing a test below the psychologically important $80 a barrel mark. Brent was down $1.36 cents, or 1.7 percent, to $81 a barrel by 1703 GMT, after...

  • Brent was down 70 cents, or almost 1 percent, at $81.64 a barrel by 10:20 a.m. EDT, after falling earlier to $81.23, the lowest since October 2010. U.S. oil's West Texas Intermediate crude futures slid 10 cents, or 0.1 percent, to $77.30 a barrel, after a session low at $76.42. Industry group the American Petroleum Institute was expected to report at 2130 GMT that U.S....