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  • Parks Service bans drones over Appalachian Trail Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 6:55 PM ET

    PITTSBURGH— The National Park Service has banned drones from flying over the Appalachian Trail. The Park Service said Wednesday the interim rule prohibits launching, landing or operating unmanned aircraft from or on Appalachian National Scenic Trail lands.

  • Obama weighs broader move on legal immigration Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 4:41 PM ET

    Following a bevy of recent White House meetings, top officials have compiled specific recommendations from business groups and other advocates whose support could undercut GOP claims that Obama is exceeding his authority to help people who have already violated immigration laws.

  • Xerox to lay off 121 at New York plant Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 3:02 AM ET

    WEBSTER, N.Y.— Xerox Corp. plans to lay off 121 people at its Webster plant in western New York. A statement from Norwalk, Connecticut- based Xerox says the affected employees work for the site and facilities services operations providing maintenance and cleaning for the Webster plant.

  • Aug 19- Kroger Co, the largest U.S. supermarket operator, is the latest high-profile company caught in the battle over gun rights and gun control in the United States.

  • Senate Democrats demand liquid nicotine rules Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 1:40 PM ET

    FARMINGTON, Conn.— Two Connecticut lawmakers on Tuesday announced a drive in Congress to require child-proof bottles of liquid nicotine used for e-cigarettes. Richard Blumenthal, D- Conn., said at a news conference at the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington. Elizabeth Esty, D- Conn., said they are responding to a rising number of poisonings.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 19- The U.S. dollar hit nine-month highs against the euro and rose against a basket of major currencies on Tuesday after strong U.S. housing data bolstered expectations for an earlier-than-expected rate hike from the Federal Reserve.

  • *Ukraine, Middle East tensions ease. NEW YORK, Aug 18- U.S. Treasury debt prices fell on Monday after three days of gains as risk appetite returned following upbeat U.S. housing data and easing tensions in the Middle East and Ukraine.

  • *Losses in UK gilt market also a factor in U.S. bond market. Treasury debt prices fell on Monday after three days of gains, as risk appetite returned following upbeat U.S. housing data and easing tensions in the Middle East and Ukraine, two global sore spots.

  • BOSTON, Aug 18- Thomas Conheeney, who was president of Steven A. Cohen's SAC Capital Advisors during the years the hedge fund was being investigated for insider trading, has stepped down from the position at successor organization Point72 Asset Management, Point72 said on Monday.

  • Top officer at oldest US sub base is retiring Sunday, 17 Aug 2014 | 9:20 AM ET

    GROTON, Conn.— The top officer at the oldest U.S. submarine base, an admiral whose ties to Groton date back to his birth, may become the last flag officer to serve here as his submarine group is eliminated in a Navy streamlining.

  • Connecticut launches tax help video in Spanish Saturday, 16 Aug 2014 | 9:51 AM ET

    HARTFORD, Conn.— Connecticut has launched a video to help Spanish-speaking residents navigate state tax forms. Kevin Sullivan, commissioner of the Department of Revenue Services, makes the introduction to the nearly 13- minute video in Spanish.

  • Correction: Berkshire Hathaway Investments Friday, 15 Aug 2014 | 3:45 PM ET

    OMAHA, Neb.— In a story Aug. 14 about changes to Berkshire Hathaway's stock portfolio, The Associated Press reported erroneously the company had reduced its stake in engineering and construction firm Chicago Bridge& Iron Co. by 1.1 million shares. Berkshire Hathaway has increased its position in Chicago Bridge& Iron by 1.2 million shares.

  • They include El Pollo Loco Holdings Inc, Zoe's Kitchen Inc, and Papa Murphy's Holdings Inc.. Shake Shack is present in many U.S. states including New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Florida and Massachusetts.

  • Connecticut unemployment rate falls to 6.6 percent Friday, 15 Aug 2014 | 12:16 PM ET

    WETHERSFIELD, Conn.— Connecticut added jobs for a sixth straight month in July, dropping its unemployment rate to 6.6 percent, the state Department of Labor said Friday. It's the lowest unemployment rate recorded in Connecticut since December 2008 but still is higher than the U.S. rate of 6.2 percent.

  • Buffett's firm invests in Charter Communications Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | 5:06 PM ET

    OMAHA, Neb.— Billionaire Warren Buffett's company has revealed a new stake in Charter Communications Inc. and made several other tweaks to its $108 billion U.S. stock portfolio. Berkshire Hathaway Inc. filed an update on its portfolio with the Securities and Exchange Commission Thursday.

  • Assembly passes bill expanding franchisee rights Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | 4:22 PM ET

    SACRAMENTO, Calif.— A bill that generated spirited debate over the leverage corporations such as McDonald's and Subway can hold over their franchise owners narrowly passed the Assembly on Thursday. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D- Santa Barbara, was inspired by stories of small-business owners who say they had their livelihoods taken away.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 14- Crude oil prices fell more than $2 a barrel on both sides of the Atlantic on Thursday, sunk by weak economic data hinting at softening oil demand and by ample supplies. The U.S. crude contract retreated more than 50 cents in a minute as shares of the exchange-traded U.S. Oil Fund saw high-volume trading.

  • GE in talks to sell historic appliance division Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | 2:16 PM ET

    NEW YORK— General Electric confirmed that it is considering the sale of its historic appliance division, part of its effort to focus on selling more complex and profitable industrial equipment.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 14- A federal judge rejected billionaire investor Steven A. Cohen's bid to dismiss lawsuits by Elan Corp and Wyeth shareholders who claimed they lost money because his firm SAC Capital Advisors LP conducted insider trading in the drugmakers' stocks.

  • Lighter sentences sought for some business crimes Wednesday, 13 Aug 2014 | 1:19 PM ET

    And the Justice Department, though not advocating wholesale changes, has said it welcomes a review.