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  • Tropical Storm Bill charges across Texas Wednesday, 17 Jun 2015 | 1:01 AM ET

    HOUSTON, June 17- Tropical Storm Bill headed further into central Texas with heavy rains and high winds on Wednesday but no serious injuries were reported, relieving officials and residents just three weeks after floods killed about 30 people in the state. "This is a rain event," Houston Mayor Annise Parker said at a news conference. Despite the weakening storm...

  • NEW YORK, June 17- Don't call Chris Christie rich. "The divide between the governing elite and the voters has never been so big," said David Carney, a New Hampshire- based Republican strategist. John Weaver, a former advisor to 2008 Republican nominee John McCain, said candidates understand that.

  • UPDATE 4-Tropical Storm Bill soaks Texas coast Tuesday, 16 Jun 2015 | 6:27 PM ET

    HOUSTON, June 16- Tropical Storm Bill hit the Texas coast with strong rains and high winds on Tuesday though no serious injuries were reported, relieving officials and residents just three weeks after floods killed about 30 people in the state. "This is a rain event," Houston Mayor Annise Parker said at a news conference. Despite the weakening storm system,...

  • UPDATE 3-Tropical Storm Bill pelts Texas coast Tuesday, 16 Jun 2015 | 3:58 PM ET

    HOUSTON, June 16- Tropical Storm Bill punched the Texas coast with heavy rains and strong winds on Tuesday, the National Weather Service said, just three weeks after floods killed about 30 people in the state. Forecasters cautioned that tornadoes were possible across much of Texas. The watch area included Houston and central Texas, where floods over Memorial Day...

  • UPDATE 2-Tropical Storm Bill hits Texas coast Tuesday, 16 Jun 2015 | 1:49 PM ET

    HOUSTON, June 16- Tropical Storm Bill punched the Texas coast with heavy rains and strong winds on Tuesday, the National Weather Service said, just three weeks after floods killed about 30 people in the state. Flash flood watches were in effect for central Texas and the Houston area, regions where floods over the Memorial Day weekend late last month swept over...

  • June 16- The Obama administration has approved plans by Arkansas, Delaware and Pennsylvania to create their own state-based health insurance marketplaces instead of relying on a federal website to enroll residents, a government spokesman said on Tuesday. The approvals from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services come as the Supreme Court is set to...

  • NEW YORK, June 10- Oil rallied for a second straight day on Wednesday, with U.S. crude nearing a one-month high and gasoline hitting its highest price since November, as a big U.S. stocks drawdown boosted the outlook for summer fuel demand. "There's no mistaking it: There's pretty good demand for both crude oil and gasoline in the United States now and it could stay this...

  • NEW YORK, June 10- Oil rallied for a second straight day on Wednesday as U.S. government data confirmed a big weekly drawdown in domestic crude stockpiles, although profit-taking by players who had bet on the draw pulled the market back from its highs. By 11:50 a.m. EST, global crude benchmark Brent was up 20 cents, or 0.3 percent, at $65.08 a barrel, from the session...

  • NEW YORK, June 8- A study released on Monday found that the 50 priciest U.S. hospitals charged some patients more than 1,000 percent of what Medicare considers the cost of procedures. North Okaloosa Medical Center 1,260%. Paul B Hall Regional Medical Center 1,250%.

  • June 5- Wal-Mart Stores has been losing fewer workers to turnover since it raised its minimum wage in April, the retailer's chief executive said on Friday, the first time it has reported a benefit of the new higher wages. Wal-Mart increased its minimum pay to $9 an hour for its U.S. staff in April, providing a raise for half a million workers, and promised to hike it...

  • FAYETTEVILLE, Arkansas, June 5- Wal-Mart Stores Inc named the son-in-law of chairman Rob Walton as his successor on Friday, cementing the founding family's influence over the retailer as shareholders defeated a measure calling for an independent director to lead the board. Some investors, including large pension funds, had been pushing for a chairman without...

  • FAYETTEVILLE, Arkansas, June 5- Wal-Mart Stores Inc's founding family maintained its control of the world's No. 1 retailer as the board named a Walton family member chairman, and shareholders defeated a measure calling for an independent chair. Pressure to make the chairman's job independent rose slightly from a similar vote last year to 16 percent of shares...

  • FAYETTEVILLE, Arkansas, June 5- Wal-Mart Stores Inc named Vice Chairman Greg Penner as its new chairman on Friday, replacing his father-in-law Rob Walton and cementing the founding family's influence over the board of the world's largest retailer. The change is effective as of the end of the annual shareholders' meeting on Friday, near Wal-Mart headquarters in...

  • Traders bet on Wal-Mart rally Friday, 5 Jun 2015 | 12:09 PM ET
    A shopper at a Wal-Mart in Fairfax, Virginia, on Nov. 28, 2014.

    Wal-Mart shares have fallen 14 percent since the start of the year but some traders have been betting the stock will rally in the next month.

  • FAYETTEVILLE, Arkansas, June 5- Wal-Mart Stores Inc named Vice Chairman Greg Penner as its new chairman on Friday, replacing his father-in-law Rob Walton and cementing the founding family's influence over the retailer's board. Penner, 45, has been on the retailer's board since 2008 and was named vice chairman last June, in a move widely seen as setting the stage...

  • June 5- Wal-Mart Stores Inc named Vice Chairman Greg Penner as its new chairman on Friday, replacing his father-in-law Rob Walton and cementing the founding family's influence over the retailer's board. Penner, 45, has been on the retailer's board since 2008 and was named vice chairman last June, in a move that was widely seen as setting the stage for him to...

  • Wal-Mart's U.S. chief takes aim at urgent item: theft Thursday, 4 Jun 2015 | 7:12 PM ET

    June 4- Wal-Mart Stores has a new priority: reducing theft. Greg Foran, head of the retailer's U.S. operations, told a media briefing on Thursday he added theft and other forms of "unknown shrinkage" to a list of urgent items to be tackled at Wal-Mart's 4,555 stores across the United States. He noted that Wal-Mart generated nearly $300 billion in revenues in the United...

  • Stern Advice - Peak 30-something Wednesday, 3 Jun 2015 | 12:34 PM ET

    NEW YORK, June 3- Maybe it is time for a millennial remake of that 1980 s boomer angst television show, "thirtysomething," because there are more 30- year-olds in the United States than ever before. Within nine years, almost 45 million Americans will be in their 30 s, according to U.S. Census Bureau data. Today's 30- somethings may be smarter about money than their...

  • LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., June 2- Differences emerged on Tuesday among Republican rivals for the 2016 presidential nomination at a forum where it was clear that Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio will face some competition in Florida despite their home-state edge. The fact that seven Republican candidates or potential candidates spoke at Florida Governor Rick Scott's "...

  • The hidden truth about the presidential candidates Tuesday, 2 Jun 2015 | 10:30 AM ET
    Jeb Bush, Rick Perry and Chris Christie

    Using our Top States for Business metrics, we judge the performance of the governors running in the 2016 US presidential election.