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  • WASHINGTON, July 24- Gas-rich states such as Texas should have the easiest time complying with planned Environmental Protection Agency regulations on carbon pollution from power plants, despite opposition from their lawmakers, a new study says.

  • Wal-Mart names new CEO of US discount division Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 8:53 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Wal-Mart is replacing the chief of its U.S. discount stores in what could be an indication that it's losing confidence that its largest business unit will rebound after more than a year of disappointing results.

  • July 23- The Delaware Supreme Court affirmed on Wednesday a lower court ruling that ordered Wal-Mart Stores Inc to provide a shareholder with documents related to the company's internal probe of allegations the retailer had paid bribes in Mexico.

  • HOUSTON, July 23- A top U.S. railcar maker, The Greenbrier Companies Inc, said on Wednesday a two-year timeline to retire older railcars that carry dangerous flammable liquids, including North Dakota Bakken crude, is "aggressive" but can be done.

  • Retail trade group reduces annual sales forecast Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 11:03 AM ET

    NEW YORK— The nation's largest retail trade group has pared its annual sales forecast because of slower-than-expected growth during the first half of the year tied to winter storms and lingering economic woes.

  • Wal-Mart ups price wars for back-to-school season Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | 5:55 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is upping the price game for the crucial back-to-school shopping season. In an interview with The Associated Press on Monday, Steve Bratspies, executive vice president, general merchandise at Wal-Mart's U.S division, said he's seeing back-to-school promotions start early this year.

  • Committees, super PACs disclose June fundraising Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | 3:14 AM ET

    The anti-tax Club for Growth Action last month had its second best fundraising haul this election cycle as it raised money to pour into Chris McDaniel's bid to deny incumbent Republican Thad Cochran a seventh term in the Senate.

  • The California cities of San Jose, Vallejo and San Diego all saw a heightened threat, as new fault lines have been recently discovered, the report said. It also upgraded the risks facing parts of the central and eastern United States, singling out areas near New Madrid, Missouri, and Charleston, South Carolina.

  • Arkansas unemployment rate drops to 6.2 percent Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 11:38 AM ET

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark.— State officials say Arkansas' unemployment rate has dropped to its lowest rate in more than five years. The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services says the state's unemployment rate dropped two-tenths of a percentage point in June to 6.2 percent.

  • Ranking US states by job creation in past 5 years Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 11:06 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Since the Great Recession officially ended in June 2009, the U.S. economy has generated 7.8 million jobs. North Dakota, benefiting from an oil and gas drilling boom, has created nearly 98,000 jobs over the past five years, a 27 percent increase-- by far the best in the country.

  • How states fared on unemployment benefit claims Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 9:30 AM ET

    The Labor Department says weekly applications for unemployment aid fell 3,000 to a seasonally adjusted 302,000. The less volatile four-week average has slipped to 309,000, the lowest reading since June 2007, about five months before the Great Recession began. California: Down 4,008, due to fewer layoffs in the service industry.

  • LONDON, July 14- Oil prices ended slightly higher on Monday as traders weighed renewed violence in Libya against broader signs of a global market well-supplied with crude. Last week, North Sea benchmark Brent closed at its lowest in three months as easing tensions in Libya and Iraq mitigated fears of supply disruptions.

  • LONDON, July 14- Oil prices were little changed on Monday as traders weighed renewed violence in Libya and uncertainty over nuclear talks with Iran against broader signs of a global market well-supplied with crude.

  • NEW YORK, July 14- Federal prosecutors are developing a criminal fraud case hinged on whether General Motors made misleading statements about a deadly ignition switch flaw, and are examining activity dating back a decade, before GM's 2009 bankruptcy, according to multiple sources familiar with the investigation.

  • Newark, N.J. July 12- Actor and comedian Tracy Morgan was released from a rehabilitation center to finish his recovery at home from a New Jersey crash in June that left him critically injured and killed a fellow passenger, his spokesman said on Saturday.

  • Tracy Morgan released from rehab month after crash Saturday, 12 Jul 2014 | 1:19 AM ET

    The former "30 Rock" star suffered a broken leg and broken ribs when the limousine van he was riding in was hit from behind June 7 by a Wal-Mart truck on the New Jersey Turnpike.

  • But I feel like I'm changing one or two minds here or there, "said Felice Pete, a nurse anesthetist and a member of the state party's Black Advisory Board. The swing state, one of 11 where the Republican National Committee has hired staff to reach black voters, hosts one of the country's most important Senate races in November's midterm elections.

  • BENTONVILLE, Arkansas July 7- U.S. employers may be hiring again, but the job market recovery is not giving ordinary consumers enough confidence to increase their spending, a top Wal-Mart executive said on Monday.

  • BENTONVILLE, Arkansas July 7- U.S. employers may be hiring again, but the job market's recovery is not giving ordinary consumers enough confidence to increase their spending, a top Wal-Mart executive said on Monday.

  • *That the hiring rebound reported by the U.S. Labor Department is not translating into increased customer spending in Wal-Mart stores;. *That the U.S. economy is' not getting any better or worse' for Wal-Mart's core customers;.