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  • 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.

  • *Corn hits new 5- year low, soybeans at 4-1/ 2 year low. Corn had its first gains in three sessions after falling as low as $3.22 per bushel, the lowest since September 2009. Soybeans rebounded after dropping to $9.05-1/ 2, a 4-1/ 2 year low.

  • GOP opposition to school funding bill irks Manar Monday, 29 Sep 2014 | 2:22 PM ET

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill.— Illinois House Republicans, fearing that majority Democrats could take money away from their suburban Chicago school districts in a postelection vote, have thrown up prominent if symbolic opposition on Senate- approved legislation to overhaul state funding for public education. The Bunker Hill Democrat's plan won Senate approval in May.

  • Bond denied for suspect in Chicago-area FAA fire Monday, 29 Sep 2014 | 2:01 PM ET

    CHICAGO— A magistrate judge ordered a suburban Chicago man held without bond Monday on charges he set a fire at an air traffic control center, causing damage that brought the city's two international airports to a halt.

  • Avon wins dismissal of lawsuit over China bribery Monday, 29 Sep 2014 | 1:59 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Sept 29- Avon Products Inc on Monday won the dismissal of a securities fraud lawsuit accusing the cosmetics company of concealing its inability to stop workers from bribing officials in China to win business there.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 29- U.S. crude oil rose on Monday, hovering around $94 a barrel on support from strong U.S. economic data last week, while Brent edged up after nearing a two-year low last week. "I think demand by U.S. refiners to make product to export is definitely supporting WTI prices," said Gene McGillian, an analyst at Tradition Energy in Stamford, Connecticut.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 29- U.S. consumer spending accelerated in August, the government said on Monday, a positive sign for an economy that appears to be firing on nearly all cylinders. Consumer spending rose 0.5 percent last month after being unchanged in July, the Commerce Department said.

  • Grain higher, livestock mixed Monday, 29 Sep 2014 | 10:53 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were higher Monday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Dec delivery was 5.75 cents higher at $4.80 a bushel; Dec corn was 1 cent higher at $3.24 a bushel; Dec oats were unchanged at $3.2875 a bushel; while Nov soybeans advanced 2.75 cents to $9.13 a bushel.