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  • Obama to speak about economy at Northwestern U. Thursday, 2 Oct 2014 | 3:09 AM ET

    CHICAGO— President Barack Obama is delivering an economic address Thursday at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management, a pitch the White House has long been planning to frame the midterm campaign's closing arguments. While Washington's attention was focused on a Secret Service scandal, Obama slipped away for an overnight trip to his family...

  • DIARY - Top economic Events to Oct 16 Wednesday, 1 Oct 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, U.S. Deputy Secretary Sarah Bloom Raskin participate in open meeting of the President's Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans in Washington- 1300 GMT. RICHMOND- Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond and the Kiel Institute for the World Economy hold two-day conference on "The Labor Market After the Great...

  • 2 white Ohio women sue over sperm from black donor Wednesday, 1 Oct 2014 | 6:10 PM ET

    CLEVELAND— An Ohio woman and her partner have sued a Chicago- area sperm bank after she became pregnant with sperm donated by a black man instead of a white man as she'd intended. Cramblett, 36, and her partner, Amanda Zinkon, 29, were so elated that they called Midwest Sperm Bank LLC outside Chicago to reserve sperm from the same donor in the hope that Zinkon would...

  • *Saudi Arabia cuts November oil price to Asia. NEW YORK, Oct 1- Oil prices fell toward $94 a barrel on Wednesday, continuing a three-month losing stretch as weak economic signals from China and Europe and ample global supply continued to weigh.

  • *First Ebola case in U.S. sends Wall Street tumbling. *Platinum slides to lowest since Sept. 2009. NEW YORK/ LONDON, Oct 1- Gold rose on Wednesday, rebounding from the previous day's nine-month low near $1,200 an ounce, as disappointing U.S. factory data sparked a selloff on Wall Street and prompted investors to seek a safe haven in the yellow metal.

  • Flight operations at Chicago airports improving Wednesday, 1 Oct 2014 | 12:10 PM ET

    CHICAGO— Chicago Department of Aviation data show flights are still canceled at O'Hare International Airport after sabotage last week at a suburban air traffic control center. The Federal Aviation Administration says O'Hare recorded about 80 percent of average Tuesday traffic on Tuesday and Midway was at about 85 percent. The FAA says crews are working to...

  • Grain higher, beef pork higher Wednesday, 1 Oct 2014 | 10:57 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were mixed Wednesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Dec delivery was unchanged at $4.7775 a bushel; Dec corn was 1.50 cents lower at $3.1925 a bushel; Dec oats were unchanged at $3.3550 a bushel; while Nov soybeans declined 3.25 cents to $9.10 a bushel.

  • A look at California's landmark plastic bag ban Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | 4:16 PM ET

    Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic shopping bags, following the lead of more than 100 California cities and counties. The fight between environmentalists and manufacturers is not over, as plastic bag makers vow to take their opposition to the ballot box.

  • DETROIT, Sept 30- Detroit should be able to access capital markets and borrow at a rate of around 5 percent after it exits bankruptcy, as long as its tax revenue remains stable, a city consultant said on Tuesday.

  • Michelin Guide knocks Daniel down to 2 stars Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | 1:59 PM ET

    The Michelin Guide's latest roster of top New York City restaurants says Brooklyn and Queens are hot, but Daniel Boulud has lost a little sizzle. Unfortunately, over numerous meals this year at Daniel he just wasn't firing on all cylinders to maintain a third star, " Michael Ellis, director of the Michelin guides, said by telephone Tuesday.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 30- A federal judge said Novartis AG must face a U.S. government lawsuit accusing the Swiss drugmaker of paying multimillion-dollar kickbacks, including a $9,750 dinner for three at a Japanese restaurant, to induce doctors to prescribe its drugs.

  • School spending by affluent is widening wealth gap Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | 12:40 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Education is supposed to help bridge the gap between the wealthiest people and everyone else. Ask the experts, and they'll count the ways:. When the Great Recession struck in late 2007 and squeezed most family budgets, the top 10 percent of earners— with incomes averaging $253,146— went in a different direction: They doubled down on their kids' futures.

  • Lawsuit against Templeton Rye allowed to proceed Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | 12:13 PM ET

    DES MOINES, Iowa— A lawsuit alleging Iowa- based whiskey maker Templeton Rye misled consumers can proceed, according to the state attorney general's office. The proposed class-action lawsuit was filed in Illinois by a Chicago law firm on behalf of consumers in the country who have purchased a bottle of Templeton Rye.

  • Grain lower, livestock mostly higher Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | 11:06 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were lower Tuesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Dec delivery was unchanged at $4.8125 a bushel; Dec corn was 1.50 cents lower at $3.2425 a bushel; Dec oats were unchanged at $3.34 a bushel; while Nov soybeans declined 7.50 cents to $9.16 a bushel.

  • Sept 30- U.S. drugstore chain operator Walgreen Co reported its biggest jump in quarterly sales in three years, helped by higher prescription sales, sending its shares up more than 3 percent in premarket trading. Walgreen ended the year with a record 856 million filled prescriptions.

  • Sept 30- U.S. drugstore chain operator Walgreen Co reported a 6.2 percent rise in quarterly sales, helped by higher prescription sales, sending its shares up more than 3 percent in premarket trading.

  • Ridesharing company Uber to expand in Chicago' Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | 4:02 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Officials say ridesharing giant Uber will create 420 jobs in the next two years in a major expansion of its Chicago regional headquarters. Pat Quinn joined in the announcement Monday. Uber's Chicago office covers the company's central region, including Texas and Canada.

  • California becomes first state to ban plastic bags Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | 3:00 AM ET

    Alex Padilla, D- Los Angeles, credits the momentum for statewide legislation to the more than 100 cities and counties, including Los Angeles and San Francisco, that already have such bans. The law marks a major milestone for environmental activists who have successfully pushed plastic bag bans in cities across the U.S., including Chicago, Austin and Seattle.

  • Answers about lingering delays at Chicago airports Monday, 29 Sep 2014 | 5:50 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Traffic at Chicago's two busiest airports was slowly returning to more normal levels Monday, three days after a fire at a regional air traffic control center disrupted much of the nation's air-travel system.

  • CHICAGO, Sept 29- A man accused of setting fire to an air control facility in Chicago on Friday, causing an outage that continues to disrupt flights, appeared in federal court on Monday to hear the charges against him and was ordered held without bond.