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  • Analysis: Veto gives Obama edge on immigration Saturday, 22 Nov 2014 | 3:48 AM ET

    "We alone, I say it openly, we the Senate are waiting in our duty to stop this lawless administration and its unconstitutional amnesty," said one of them, Sen. In remarks on the Senate floor, according to his office, he was channeling Cicero, the ancient Roman orator. House Speaker John Boehner and Senate leader Mitch McConnell want none of that.

  • *China's first rate cut in 2 years helped spark rally. *Expectations grow for OPEC production cut at Nov. 27 meet. NEW YORK, Nov 21- Oil prices rose on Friday for their first weekly gain in two months with benchmark Brent crude returning to above $80 a barrel after a rally triggered by China's interest rate cut and speculation of an OPEC output cut.

  • *OPEC watch continues as bets vary on a production cut. NEW YORK, Nov 21- Brent crude oil rose for a second straight day on Friday while U.S. crude turned lower as traders took profit on a rally triggered by China's interest rate cut and speculation that OPEC will cut output. The front-month contract for benchmark Brent crude was up 33 cents at $79.66 a barrel by...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 21- The morning after President Barack Obama announced his sweeping action to overhaul the U.S. immigration system, conservative groups and states were already pulling together legal strategies to dismantle the plan. Opponents said there will likely be a three-pronged legal approach to stymie Obama's moves: Congress could sue the president for...

  • Nov 21- A group of Walmart employees pushing for higher wages said they were planning to protest on Black Friday at 1,600 U.S. stores in areas including Washington and Los Angeles. The group also plans strikes at the San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento, Chicago, Seattle, Texas, Minneapolis and Tampa among other places. Wal-Mart Stores Inc, owner of Walmart brand...

  • Florida unemployment rate drops to 6 percent Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 11:12 AM ET

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla.— Florida's unemployment rate is dropping again. Rick Scott announced new jobs numbers during a Friday visit to Boca Raton. Florida's unemployment rate, however, remains above the national average of 5.8 percent.

  • *Venezuela urges OPEC to cut, says will reduce own output. NEW YORK, Nov 21- Oil jumped for a second straight day on Friday, with benchmark Brent crude returning above the $80 level after slipping below it last week, as top petroleum buyer China cut interest rates and speculation mounted that OPEC will cut output. "This market has been sold out so much that any kind of...

  • Unemployment rates fall in two-thirds of US states Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 10:35 AM ET

    The Labor Department said Friday that unemployment rates rose in just 5 states, the fewest since April. Employers added jobs in 38 states and cut them in 12. The biggest gains occurred in California, which added 41,500; Texas, which gained 35,200; and Florida, which added 34,400.. Nevada reported the largest job loss, a decline of 7,300, followed by New York, where...

  • Cosby takes show to Bahamas amid trouble at home Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 7:04 AM ET

    NASSAU, Bahamas— Bill Cosby took his comedy show on the road Thursday in the Bahamas as controversy surrounds him at home. Cosby stuck to his familiar routine of anecdotes about his life, including stories about his childhood growing up in the projects of Philadelphia and some observations about life in the Bahamas drawn from previous visits to the island chain.

  • Amusement parks challenged by home entertainment Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 5:24 AM ET

    You have to have an exciting product and you've got to be able to do things as a family together, "said Jim Pattison Jr., president of Ripley Entertainment. Pattison's company owns the Guinness World Records Attractions, Louis Tussaud's Wax Museums and the cataloge raisonne of bizarre, the Ripley's Believe it or Not! This week, he and about 27,000 other theme park...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 20- Soon after President Barack Obama announced his immigration plans on Thursday evening, Democrats and Republicans who might be angling for his job in 2016 weighed in on an issue that is almost certain to be at the center of their campaigns. Hillary Clinton, who lost the Democratic nomination to Obama in 2008 and is expected to make a run to be the...

  • Kozy Shack recalls some puddings over labeling Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 9:02 PM ET

    ARDEN HILLS, Minn.— Pudding maker Kozy Shack Enterprises is recalling some of its puddings because they are not labeled as containing milk. The product was distributed to 20 states— Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West...

  • New Media to buy Worcester Telegram & Gazette Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 8:07 PM ET

    WORCESTER, Mass.— The Worcester Telegram& Gazette is changing hands for the second time in recent months as New Media Investment Group Inc. acquires its parent Halifax Media Group. New Media's subsidiary GateHouse Media LLC operates several eastern Massachusetts dailies and the Providence Journal in Rhode Island. Halifax bought the T&G in May from Boston...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 20- President Barack Obama planned on Thursday to ease the threat of deportation for about 4.7 million illegal immigrants, as leading Democrats lined up behind the U.S. leader in the face of Republican attacks. Obama dispatched his chief of staff, Denis McDonough, to Capitol Hill for lunch with Senate Democrats who grilled him on the politics and...

  • Man admits $20 million Ponzi scheme in New Jersey Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 5:47 PM ET

    TRENTON, N.J.— A central New Jersey man has admitted running a $20 million Ponzi scheme. The U.S. attorney's office says the 57- year-old Colts Neck resident persuaded 36 investors to invest $20 million based on promises they would earn 9 percent to 14 percent monthly. Spina was accused of putting only $9.5 million into a trading account and using the remaining...

  • Polls: Employers still prioritize health coverage Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 3:17 PM ET

    A poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found that companies that offer health insurance see it as a key tool to attract workers and keep them on the job. A separate survey from the benefits consultant Mercer found that only 4 percent of all large employers say they will likely drop their employee health plans within the next...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 20- Boston Scientific Corp was ordered Thursday to pay $18.5 million for injuries caused by transvaginal mesh devices, a plaintiffs' lawyer said, in the third courtroom loss for the company over the products. Jurors also said Boston Scientific had acted with "gross negligence" and awarded each woman $1 million in punitive damages, Monsour said.

  • The latest on air bag recalls, with cars involved Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 2:09 PM ET

    Automakers have recalled 8 million vehicles in the U.S. to fix a problem with air bags made by Takata Corp. The air bags can explode with too much force, sending shards of metal into the passenger compartments. Boundaries of the recalls vary, but generally they include Florida, Puerto Rico, Guam, Saipan, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Hawaii and "limited areas...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 20- Boston Scientific Corp was ordered Thursday to pay $18.5 million for injuries caused by transvaginal mesh devices, a plaintiffs' lawyer said, in the third courtroom loss for the company over the products. Jurors also said Boston Scientific had acted with "gross negligence" and awarded each woman $1 million in punitive damages, Monsour said.

  • Hearing draws apology, admission in air bag mess Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 10:43 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The global quality chief of Takata Corp. apologized and an official from Honda acknowledged the automaker broke a disclosure law as a Senate committee put the spotlight on a growing problem with exploding air bags. Hiroshi Shimizu, Takata's senior vice president of quality, said the Japanese parts supplier is "deeply sorry and anguished" about...