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  • WASHINGTON— They're called managers, and they sometimes work grueling schedules at fast food chains and retail stores. "We've got to keep making sure hard work is rewarded," President Barack Obama wrote in an op-ed published Monday in The Huffington Post. Employers can now often get around the rules: Any salaried employee who's paid more than $455 a week— or $23,660...

  • WASHINGTON— Salaried workers who earn nearly $1,000 per week would become eligible for overtime pay under a proposal President Barack Obama unveiled Monday, lamenting that too many Americans are working too many hours for less pay than they deserve. The long-awaited overtime rule from the Labor Department would more than double the threshold at which...

  • The rule— a response to calls from the U.S. Supreme Court and Congress for the EPA to clarify which smaller waterways are protected— was published in the Federal Register on Monday and takes effect Aug. 28. The EPA did not immediately respond to questions from The Associated Press. The other states involved are Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Missouri,...

  • USDA proposes healthier fare for child, adult day cares Saturday, 27 Jun 2015 | 10:43 AM ET

    About 3.8 million young children are fed daily through the Child and Adult Care Food Program, which primarily reimburses day-care providers, and also provides food for children in emergency shelters and pays for after-school meals or snacks in areas where at least half the students qualify for free- or reduced-price lunches. Millions of more affluent...

  • HOUSTON— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by two this week to 859, the first weekly gain since December. Houston- based Baker Hughes said Friday 628 rigs were seeking oil and 228 explored for natural gas. Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania,...

  • BOSTON— Urban planners have long considered public transportation the best remedy for traffic congestion, but many of the nation's largest mass-transit systems simply aren't up to the task. Consider Boston, where the oldest American subway system began operating in 1897. During a winter of record-setting snow, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation...

  • RALEIGH, N.C.— Like many fast-growing parts of the country, North Carolina's Triangle region is trying to avoid being strangled by its own success: Traffic is thickening, drivers are getting stuck in it and there's no simple solution in sight. The population of the three counties that include Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill is forecast to grow by more than 40...

  • New Chicago aviation chief warns O'Hare falling behind Thursday, 25 Jun 2015 | 3:33 PM ET

    CHICAGO— O'Hare International Airport is falling behind other global hubs as it grapples with flight delays, gate shortages and a largely humdrum terminal experience for passengers, Chicago's new aviation chief warned business leaders Thursday. Aviation industry veteran Ginger Evans told an audience at the City Club of Chicago that the flipside of being...

  • Molycorp files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Thursday, 25 Jun 2015 | 10:56 AM ET

    GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo.— Rare earth metals company Molycorp has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The filings include Molycorp Inc. and its North American subsidiaries, as well as some non-operating subsidiaries outside North America. Operations outside North America, with the exception of non-operating companies in Luxembourg and Barbados,...

  • NEW YORK— On a trip to Maine with four friends, Alexander Culbertson racked up $1,300 on gas, hotel rooms, food and drinks. "It would have been a nightmare for all of us to evenly split every transaction," says Culbertson, 26, a Boston advertising executive. For Dan Callahan, 22, a digital marketing manager in Philadelphia, using Venmo means avoiding the awkward...

  • June 25- Molycorp Inc, the only U.S. supplier of rare earths, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Thursday along with its North American subsidiaries to restructure $1.7 billion of debt in its U.S. and Canadian operations. Molycorp, whose shares have lost 86 percent of their value in the past year, said it had obtained agreement for up to $225 million in new...

  • America's top 10 states for business in 2015 Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 4:30 PM ET
    Minneapolis, Minnesota.

    Here are the states that get the highest marks for access to capital, skilled labor and the best incentives for businesses of all sizes.

  • America's top states for innovation in 2015 Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 4:30 PM ET
    Top States Technology and Innovation

    These 10 states lead the nation in tech investment, patents and research, which has helped reinvigorate their local economies.

  • BISMARCK, N.D.— Tribal leaders from an oil-prolific portion of North Dakota's Fort Berthold Reservation say they can't count on federal or state regulators— or their own tribal government— to monitor the boom, so they are moving to do it themselves. The leaders have sent about 3,000 letters to oil companies requiring them to register with the commission and...

  • LONDON, June 24- Power grids across North America and Europe have been on high alert all week as two massive solar storms have battered Earth, threatening to disrupt electricity supplies to millions of homes and businesses. Controllers across the United States and Canada have been issuing similar warnings and preparing to stabilize their grids as unusually...

  • Retirees deciding whether new lifestyle will include pets Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 10:46 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES— Denise and John Stevens have had pets their whole lives— then they retired. We like the freedom from worrying about her, " Denise Stevens, 63, said of the Long Island, New York, couple whose Jack Russell terrier died last year. A nonprofit program in Colorado helps low-income elderly and disabled people in Larimer County keep their pets as long as possible.

  • Top state #4: Colorado Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 8:17 AM ET
    Top States 2015 Colorado #4

    CNBC's Scott Cohn reports Colorado's best category is its economy with unemployment well below the national average. The state moved to position #4 this year in CNBC's annual Top States for Business.

  • Board urged to adopt buffers between homes, oil drilling Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 5:50 AM ET

    BILLINGS, Mont.— Farmers and environmentalists urged Montana regulators on Wednesday to establish buffer zones around homes to protect them from oil and gas drilling. North Dakota, Wyoming and Colorado require companies to keep drilling activities at least 500 feet from occupied dwellings. Montana has no such rule.

  • NEW YORK, June 24- When Kristi Sullivan quizzed her husband about how much money she made last year, the Denver financial planner was shocked to discover he was off by a wide margin. Although they have been married for 18 years, with two kids, her hubby missed the mark by $8,000. Boston- based money managers Fidelity Investments asked that very question in its...

  • June 23- A U.S. judge in Wyoming on Tuesday granted a request by four states and several energy industry groups to temporarily stop new federal rules on hydraulic fracturing on public lands from taking effect on Wednesday. IPAA and the Western Energy Alliance were joined by Colorado, Wyoming, North Dakota and Utah in seeking to stop the new rules from taking...