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*Industrial commodities weighed down by shaky China demand. *Gold rises 2 pct on week, helped by conviction of more stimulus.
HARTFORD, Conn.-- Connecticut's minimum wage workers are moving closer to getting a raise. The Senate voted 21- to-15 on Thursday to increase the current wage of $8.25 an hour to $8.70 on Jan. 1, 2014. The bill, which moves to the House of Representatives, mirrors what the governor said he'd support.
*Shrinking factory activity in China limits oil demand growth. NEW YORK/ LONDON, May 24- Oil was poised to post its biggest weekly loss in more than a month on Friday on thin volumes ahead of a U.S. holiday weekend, a shaky outlook for demand in China, ample U.S. supplies, and the potential end of cheap money in the United States.
HARTFORD, Conn.-- A Connecticut bill banning young people from using indoor tanning services is moving to the governor's desk. The state House of Representatives voted Thursday, 117-21, to pass legislation forbidding anyone under age 17 from using an indoor tanning device.
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa-- Scott Walker tried to introduce himself to Iowa Republicans Thursday as so many would-be presidential candidates often do _ one of their own. More broadly, the rising GOP figure prescribed what he characterized as a Midwestern approach to politics and the way for Republicans, back-to-back White House losers, to win again.
*China second to U.S. in 2012 luxury retail growth. *Top brands expanding across the United States. Ephraim is the kind of man who gives luxury goods makers high hopes that the U.S. market can fuel future growth, as China runs out of steam and demand in Europe sags.
WASHINGTON, May 24- Orders for long-lasting U.S. manufactured goods rose more than expected in April, a hopeful sign that a contraction in factory output could soon run its course. New orders for durable goods, which range from toasters to aircraft, increased 3.3 percent last month, the Commerce Department said on Friday.
After years of resistance and internal debate, the Boy Scouts has decided to admit openly gay youths as members.
*U.S. equities recoup earlier losses, supporting oil. NEW YORK, May 23- Brent crude oil prices retraced earlier losses after falling to a three-week low on Thursday in a broader commodities selloff, riding the coattails of a late turnaround in U.S. equities to end flat.
NEW YORK, May 23- Oil prices pared losses after falling to a three-week low on Thursday in a broader commodities selloff, supported as selling in U.S. equities tapered off on the back of encouraging domestic economic data.
NEW YORK, May 23- U.S. stocks slipped on Thursday, recovering from session lows as encouraging domestic economic data and a rally in Hewlett-Packard's shares offset concerns about the timing of any reduction in the Federal Reserve's monetary stimulus.
HARTFORD, Conn.-- A Connecticut bill that would expand a ban on steering by auto damage appraisers to include glass repairs is moving to the governor's desk.
HARTFORD, Conn.-- A group of Connecticut organizations that support gun rights, pistol permit holders and gun sellers has filed a lawsuit in federal court against Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and other state officials, arguing the state's new gun control law violates their constitutional rights.
PROVIDENCE, R.I.-- Rhode Island's minimum wage would go up 25 cents to $8 per hour next year under legislation approved Wednesday by the state Senate. The state's minimum wage is now $7.75, compared with the federal minimum of $7.25, while the minimum wage is $8 in Massachusetts and $8.25 in Connecticut. Harold Metts, D- Providence, challenged his fellow senators.
But the Mountain States of Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada and Utah saw rates fall by 30 percent or more. In 22 states, teen Hispanic birth rates plunged at least 40 percent, which was described as "just amazing," by the report's lead author, Brady Hamilton of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
NEW YORK, May 22- New Hampshire's House of Representatives rejected a bill on Wednesday that would have authorized the construction of the state's first casino, bucking a regional trend toward easing restrictions on gaming in New England.
NEW YORK, May 22- Oil prices fell on Wednesday as a rise in U.S. gasoline inventories prompted selling, then crude extended losses in late trading after minutes from a Federal Reserve policy meeting sent U.S. stock markets down. Brent crude futures fell $1.31 to settle at $102.60, after shedding nearly a dollar in the previous session.
NEW YORK, May 22- Brent crude extended losses in late trading on Wednesday to settle below $103 a barrel, after minutes from the Federal Reserve sent U.S. stock markets down and compounded earlier oil weakness stemming from a rise in U.S. gasoline inventories.
WASHINGTON, May 22- U.S. home resales rose in April to the highest level in nearly 3-1/ 2 years and prices surged, offering the economy a buffer from the stiff headwinds posed by belt-tightening by Washington.
LOS ANGELES-- Aretha Franklin is taking off the month of June. Publicist David Brokaw provided no other details Tuesday. Franklin announced earlier this month that she would cancel scheduled performances in Chicago and Connecticut this week to undergo medical treatment.