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  • 'Team America' screenings also pulled from theaters Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 3:24 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Programmed as a playful substitute to "The Interview," Trey Parker and Matt Stone's North Korea comedy "Team America: World Police" also has been pulled from theaters. After Sony dropped its planned Dec. 25 release of "The Interview" on Wednesday, a handful of theaters across the U.S. plugged in screenings of "Team America," the 2004 puppet film that parodies...

  • Dec 17- U.S. stocks are expected to climb in 2015 as concerns about the prospect of a Federal Reserve interest-rate hike are being offset by hopes for strong consumer spending as oil prices fall, according to a Reuters poll. That would represent a near 12 percent rise for 2015 from a Dec. 16 close of 1,972.74. "The market's ability to withstand higher rates is the big...

  • Michigan lawmakers OK looser air gun rules Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 11:40 AM ET

    LANSING, Mich.— Michigan would loosen licensing restrictions on air guns and limit local governments' ability to set their own regulations, except when BB, pellet and paintball guns are being used by those less than 16 years old, under legislation lawmakers approved Tuesday. The bills are backed by the National Rifle Association, which says Michigan is one of just...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 16- Former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr, the late rocker Lou Reed, punk group Green Day and singer Bill Withers are among the 2015 inductees named on Tuesday to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, rockers Joan Jett& The Blackhearts, rhythm and blues band the "5" Royales and the late blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double...

  • Southwest bag workers picketing over flight delays Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 4:00 AM ET

    For years, Dallas- based Southwest was the most punctual of big U.S. airlines, but it stumbled after trying to squeeze in more flights into its schedule. Southwest has also prided itself on keeping its employees happy, believing that would guarantee good service for its customers. "That recipe is kind of gone and it's profits over people and that's not acceptable,"...

  • BRUSSELS, Dec 14- The U.S. The Fed, which meets on Tuesday and Wednesday, first inserted that wording in its post-meeting statements in December 2012, promising then to maintain its highly accommodative monetary stance for a considerable time after its asset purchase program ends and the economic recovery strengthens. Since October, the more hawkish Dallas Fed...

  • Incumbent Ohio governor far outraised opponent Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 5:46 PM ET

    FitzGerald's highest contributions in the reporting period were two donations of $500, compared with two dozen contributions of more than $10,000 each for Kasich, including $60,000 from the Summit County Republican Party Central Committee. In the treasurer's race, GOP incumbent Josh Mandel raised $184,801 for the current reporting period, and $3.3...

  • Ohio lawmaker gets probation in ethics case Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 8:27 AM ET

    COLUMBUS, Ohio— A Cincinnati lawmaker who pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor ethics law violations after a probe into lobbying by the payday lending industry was sentenced to probation Thursday. Dale Mallory were related to taking Cincinnati Bengals tickets from lobbyists and failing to properly report them on required disclosure forms.

  • Ohio mayor: Police brass not to blame for problems Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 5:32 AM ET

    CLEVELAND— The mayor on Thursday refused to blame his top safety department officials for what the U.S. Justice Department says is a pattern of police officers using excessive force and violating people's civil rights. Brian Betley, president of the union representing Cleveland police sergeants, lieutenants and captains, said arbitration protects the...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 9- East Cleveland will wait until after the first quarter of 2015 to decide whether to seek bankruptcy protection, the city's finance director said on Tuesday, noting such a filing is only one of several options under consideration. The assessment was less dire than comments last month by Ohio's state auditor, Dave Yost, who said the small suburb of its...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 9- Fund managers are stampeding into shares of U.S. long-haul trucking company Swift Transportation Co as oil prices touch five-year lows, but some analysts say a shortage of drivers may slam the brakes on the rally. Portfolio managers from Goldman Sachs, Fidelity, and Federated Investors were among the 65 funds that added Swift shares to their...

  • Dec 3- Cliffs Natural Resources Inc said it expects to record a pretax loss of $375 million to $425 million on the sale of its Logan County coal assets in West Virginia in the fourth quarter. The miner said on Wednesday it would sell the assets to Coronado Coal II LLC for $175 million in cash along with the assumption of certain liabilities. Deutsche Bank Securities...

  • *Q3 GDP reading seen supporting market going forward. NEW YORK, Nov 25- U.S. stocks were little changed on Tuesday, with major indexes hovering at record levels after a pair of economic datapoints painted a mixed picture of the market fundamentals. The Commerce Department raised its estimate of third-quarter gross domestic product to a 3.9 percent annual pace...

  • *Apple market cap tops $700 bln. NEW YORK, Nov 25- U.S. stocks edged lower on Tuesday, with major indexes retreating slightly from record levels after a reading of consumer confidence unexpectedly fell to its weakest level since June. Wall Street had opened higher, boosted by strong data on economic growth, though sharp gains were difficult to come by in a quiet week...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 25- U.S. stocks edged higher on Tuesday following a reading on economic growth that was much stronger than expected, but sharper gains were difficult to come by in a quiet week with major indexes at records. The Commerce Department raised its estimate of third-quarter gross domestic product to a 3.9 percent annual pace from the 3.5 percent rate...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 21- Middleby Corp, maker of high-end kitchen appliances for both professional and home cooks, has become a new favorite of fund managers as it benefits from changing American dining habits. That push away from Big Macs has spurred Middleby's revenue growth, which hit 14 percent in its current fiscal year, and prompted 81 mutual funds, including those...

  • Nov 19- Miner Cliffs Natural Resources Inc may file for creditor protection in Canada to insulate itself from closure costs and liabilities at its Canadian operations, analysts said. On Wednesday, Cliffs said it might have to close its Bloom Lake iron ore mine in Quebec at a cost of up to $700 million as it struggles to find funds to expand the project.

  • YOUR MONEY-How to beat newly hot real estate markets Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 8:00 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Nov 19- How much house will $2 million get you in the United States these days? Or, you could get just one modest ranch house in Los Altos, California, the most expensive real estate market in the country, according to a new survey by Coldwell Banker. Los Altos is in the middle of the action, surrounded by the corporate headquarters for Google, Facebook and dozens...

  • Snapshot of Cleveland real estate  Thursday, 13 Nov 2014 | 3:00 PM ET

    Cleveland realtor Michele Anderson offers a tour of three homes in the Cleveland area, from a $319,900 single-family home to a $500,000 condominium to a beautiful $550,000 home in Cleveland Heights.

  • Cleveland real estate hopping  Thursday, 13 Nov 2014 | 1:48 PM ET

    The median sale price of a home in Cleveland is $136,260 right now, according to Zillow. Michele Anderson, Progressive Urban realtor, walks us through three listings.