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  • Democrats love seeing minimum wage on the ballot Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 1:03 AM ET

    CHICAGO— As Democrats across the country make an election-year push to raise the minimum wage, they often point to fast food workers, baristas and others who are struggling to raise families, pay rent or get through school— some on as little as $7.25 per hour. In one state, Illinois, the campaign to support the minimum wage would not actually raise the wage.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 16- Oil and gas interests are pouring money into a tight U.S. Senate race in Louisiana, giving twice as much to the Senate campaign of incumbent Democrat Mary Landrieu than her Republican challenger even though the industry backs the Republican push to regain control of the Senate. Landrieu, chairwoman of the Senate Energy Committee, is...

  • News Guide: DCCC outraises Senate rivals Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 12:52 PM ET

    Democrats' campaign committee for House races picked up $16.7 million in September despite long odds of winning a majority— surpassing both parties' campaign arms focused on the Senate, which is very much in play. If Republicans net six Senate seats and win handily as expected in the House, they will control both chambers in Congress for the final two years of...

  • NTSB: Train in crash going faster than it should Friday, 17 Oct 2014 | 7:33 PM ET

    WINSLOW, Ark.— A train that collided with a stalled passenger train in Arkansas was coming to its aid and was apparently going too fast, a National Transportation Safety Board member said Friday. The passenger train was carrying tourists on a fall-foliage tour in the Ozark Mountains when the accident occurred near Winslow, about 175 miles northwest of Little...

  • US rig count down 12 to 1,918 Friday, 17 Oct 2014 | 2:27 PM ET

    HOUSTON— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by 12 this week to 1,918.. Oklahoma decreased by seven rigs, New Mexico was down four, Alaska was off two and Arkansas, California and North Dakota each dropped one. Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Utah were unchanged.

  • Wal-Mart Stores Inc. plans Ga. distribution center Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 | 12:18 PM ET

    UNION CITY, Ga.— State officials say a new Georgia distribution center planned by Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will create more than 400 jobs over the next three years. Nathan Deal's office said the 1.2- million-square-foot facility will support the Bentonville, Arkansas- based retailer's e-commerce business. Plans call for the facility to be built in the Union City...

  • Oct 15- Wal-Mart Stores Inc cut its annual sales forecast on Wednesday, citing a stronger dollar and the impact of food stamp reductions, and said it would slow store openings in the next financial year as it shifts spending to its online business. Wal-Mart, which recorded $473.1 billion in sales in its last financial year, said it now expects sales to rise 2-3...

  • Wal-Mart lowers revenue outlook for year Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 | 4:05 PM ET

    Wal-Mart Stores Inc. says a tougher sales environment will hurt its revenue this fiscal year. Wal-Mart said Wednesday that it now expects its revenue will be up 2 to 3 percent over the prior fiscal year, when it generated $473.1 billion. Shares of Wal-Mart closed down 3.6 percent, their worst one-day drop in nearly two years.

  • EPA said it was applying "first-time-ever restrictions" on its approval of the herbicide, called Enlist Duo, which is designed to be used with new genetically modified crops developed by Dow AgroSciences, a unit of Dow Chemical. EPA said the approval lays out a template of new requirements for future approvals of herbicides designed for use with genetically...

  • EPA approves new weed killer for engineered crops Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 | 12:00 PM ET

    The EPA said Wednesday that it will allow the use of a 2,4- D weed killer called Enlist Duo, a new version of the popular herbicide used since the 1940 s. The EPA said in a release that the agency's decision reflects a large body of science and that officials used "highly conservative and protective assumptions to evaluate human health and ecological risks."

  • Wal-Mart cuts sales outlook amid tough economy Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 | 11:44 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Wal-Mart Stores Inc. cut its revenue outlook for its current fiscal year as it announced it is scaling back its expansion plans for its supercenters next year and stepping up investments in its online operations. Wal-Mart's diminished outlook increases concern about prospects for the critical holiday shopping season that kicks off late next...

  • Immigration-control group starts ads in 10 states Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 | 11:08 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— An immigration-control group on Wednesday began running more than $1 million in ads that criticize lawmakers for not doing more to stop the flow of new workers into the United States. NumbersUSA will run the 30- second ad in 10 states where there are competitive Senate races. The group claims it has 2 million activists who want to reduce the numbers...

  • Bank of the Ozarks tops Wall Street 3Q forecasts Tuesday, 14 Oct 2014 | 5:15 PM ET

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. _ Bank of the Ozarks Inc. on Tuesday reported third-quarter profit of $32.1 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 39 cents per share. Analysts expected $91.7 million, according to Zacks.

  • JB Hunt beats Street 3Q forecasts Tuesday, 14 Oct 2014 | 8:36 AM ET

    LOWELL, Ark. _ JB Hunt Transport Services Inc. on Tuesday reported third-quarter earnings of $102.4 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 85 cents per share. Analysts expected $1.59 billion, according to Zacks.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 13- The Arkansas Teacher Retirement System terminated Pacific Investment Management Co, which managed about $475 million for its pension fund, following the departure of Bill Gross in late September, George Hopkins, executive director, said on Monday. Gross, one of the bond market's most renowned investors and the former manager of the flagship...

  • New $3.7B gas line proposed for Ala., Ga., Fla. Saturday, 11 Oct 2014 | 9:21 AM ET

    ATLANTA— A proposal to build a $3.7 billion pipeline system carrying natural gas into Florida is raising complaints from Georgia residents— including media mogul Ted Turner— who say they'd face environmental costs while others get the benefits. Spectra Energy Partners LP and NextEra Energy Inc. are seeking federal permission to build the Sabal Trail and the...

  • US rig count up 8 to 1,930 Friday, 10 Oct 2014 | 1:56 PM ET

    HOUSTON— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by eight this week to 1,930.. Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, New Mexico gained three rigs, Ohio, West Virginia and Wyoming each increased by two and Kansas, Texas and Utah each gained one. North Dakota lost seven rigs,...

  • Wary candidates fear boomerangs in jobless debate Friday, 10 Oct 2014 | 4:11 AM ET

    Less than an hour later, another GOP candidate from the same state gets attacked for it. For example, Georgia Republican Senate nominee David Perdue doesn't miss a chance to blame President Barack Obama and a Democratic-led Senate for the nation's slow economic recovery. "This president sold us a bill of goods," Perdue told a raucous crowd at the Georgia state...

  • Sept 29- Actor and comedian Tracy Morgan and others in his limousine were not wearing seat belts when their vehicle was struck by a Wal-Mart truck in a June highway accident, the retailer said on Monday. Wal-Mart Stores Inc made its contention in a court filing responding to a lawsuit by Morgan and three other plaintiffs over the crash on the New Jersey Turnpike.

  • Sept 29- Actor and comedian Tracy Morgan and others in his limousine were not wearing seat belts when their vehicle was struck by a Wal-Mart truck in a June highway accident, the retailer said on Monday. Wal-Mart Stores Inc made its contention in a court filing responding to a lawsuit by Morgan and three other plaintiffs over the crash on the New Jersey Turnpike.