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  • CHICAGO, April 14- Illinois Republican Governor Bruce Rauner's proposal to reduce the state's public pensions should be thoroughly analyzed to determine its compliance with U.S. regulations and impact on workers and taxpayers, two Democratic state lawmakers said on Tuesday. State Representative Elaine Nekritz and State Senator Daniel Biss, the...

  • NEW YORK, April 14- The New York branch of the U.S. Some market technicians have transferred from New York and others were hired at the office housed in the Chicago Fed, according to several people familiar with the build-out that began about two years ago, after Hurricane Sandy struck Manhattan. Officials believe the Chicago staffers can now handle all of the...

  • CHICAGO, April 14- Illinois Republican Governor Bruce Rauner's proposal to reduce the state's public pensions should be thoroughly analyzed to determine its compliance with U.S. regulations and impact on workers and taxpayers, two Democratic state lawmakers said on Tuesday. State Representative Elaine Nekritz and State Senator Daniel Biss, the...

  • CHICAGO— Your private medical information is under threat. Compromised information included patients' names, home addresses, ages, illnesses, test results or Social Security numbers. Vincent Liu, the lead author and a scientist at Kaiser Permanente's research division in Oakland, California.

  • Grain higher, livestock higher Tuesday, 14 Apr 2015 | 10:54 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were higher Tuesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for July delivery was unchanged at $5.0025 a bushel; July corn was 1 cent higher at $3.79 a bushel; July oats were unchanged at $2.6750 a bushel; while July soybeans was 10.25 cents higher at 9.63 a bushel. June live cattle was 1.55 cents higher $1.5050 a pound; August...

  • CHICAGO— While lawsuit-filing rates in most of Illinois are at a 40- year low, they remain high in Cook and Madison counties due, in part, to asbestos cases brought by out-of-staters, a report released Tuesday by tort-reform advocates says. But the rate in Madison, which hugs St. Louis, was 8.2 per thousand, the state's highest rate. The higher-than-average rates in...

  • NEW YORK, April 14- JetBlue Airways Corp, the fifth biggest U.S. airline by passengers carried, consistently cancels flights sooner than rivals when storms pummel the U.S. Early cancellations reduce requests for refunds, JetBlue's Chief Executive Officer Robin Hayes told Reuters. At the same time, the four largest U.S. airlines- American Airlines Group Inc, Delta...

  • April 13- New York's attorney general has sent letters to 13 national retailers, including Gap Inc, Target Corp and JC Penney Co Inc, about "on-call shifts" in which workers are told whether to report to work a day or less before a scheduled shift. A number of companies with stores in New York are requiring employees to check in by telephone, text message or email before...

  • *Corn follows wheat lower; U.S. planting 2 pct complete. CHICAGO, April 13- Chicago Board of Trade wheat futures fell more than 4 percent on Monday to the lowest in two weeks as forecasts for timely showers across dry U.S. crop regions eased concern over potential yield losses. Corn followed wheat lower, while soybeans fell on rising global stockpiles.

  • NEW YORK, April 13- Crude futures rose on Monday, but closed well below intraday peaks, as concerns about Iran and turmoil in Yemen supported prices, while the global supply glut continued to cap gains. Iran on Monday urged the formation of a new Yemeni government, comments likely to anger fellow OPEC member Saudi Arabia, which is backing Yemen's president against a...

  • NEW ORLEANS— A 21- year-old transgender man says in a sex discrimination lawsuit that he was forced to leave his job at a Mississippi- based loan company once officials there found out he was born a woman but dressed and acted like a man. Tristan Broussard filed suit on Monday against First Tower Loan LLC., a financial loan company based in Flowood, Mississippi, with...

  • MIAMI— They want it fresh. And most importantly, they don't want it to taste like it's good for them. I don't go out to restaurants to give stuff up; I go to restaurants to be tantalized, " Greg Dollarhyde, CEO of Santa Monica-based chain Veggie Grill, said by way of summarizing the typical consumer.

  • NEW YORK— Daredevil Nik Wallenda says he'll walk untethered on top of a 400- foot observation wheel in Orlando, Florida, this month. Wallenda said Monday at a New York City news conference that the Orlando Eye will be moving when he attempts his feat April 29. Previous tightrope walks took him over the brink of Niagara Falls in 2012 and across a Grand Canyon- area...

  • Overland Park, Kansas- based Sprint Corp. has been trying to draw subscribers from its bigger rivals, Verizon and AT&T. Sprint's home service starts Monday in Kansas City for customers who are eligible for an upgrade, and will expand to Chicago and Miami next week. It's building mini-shops in many of the remaining stores of bankrupt electronics chain RadioShack.

  • *Corn lower in sympathy with wheat. CHICAGO, April 13- Chicago Board of Trade wheat futures fell nearly 4 percent on Monday to the lowest in two weeks as timely rains across dry U.S. crop regions eased concern over potential yield losses. Corn followed wheat down, while soybeans were lower in choppy trade.

  • "Another case of bad news possibly being good news, since more stimulus for China would lead to more demand," said Phil Flynn, analyst at Price Futures Group in Chicago. Brent May crude was up 13 cents at $58 a barrel at 12:25 p.m. EDT, having swung between $57.46 and $59.54. U.S. crude was up 25 cents at $51.89 a barrel, well off its $53.10 peak just below its 100- day moving...

  • US STOCKS-Nasdaq near all-time high on lift from tech Monday, 13 Apr 2015 | 11:58 AM ET

    *Qualcomm rises after investors urge spinoff of unit. *Netflix to raise share authorization in step to split stock. Big banks, including JPMorgan Chase and Bank of America, are due to report results, providing an expected bright spot in an otherwise gloomy first quarter.

  • April 13- New York's attorney general has questioned 13 national retailers, including Gap Inc, Target Corp and JC Penney, about "on-call shifts," a staffing practice that requires workers to find out just hours before their shift whether or not they need to report to work. Letters were also sent to Abercrombie& Fitch, J. Crew, L Brands Inc, Burlington Coat Factory, TJX Cos,...

  • Grain lower, livestock mixed Monday, 13 Apr 2015 | 11:06 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were lower Monday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for July delivery was 20.50 cents lower at $5.0350 a bushel; July corn was 2 cents lower at $3.8275 a bushel; July oats were unchanged at $2.6850 a bushel; while July soybeans was unchanged at $9.56 a bushel. June live cattle was. 85 cent lower $1.4795 a pound; August feeder...

  • NEW YORK— Sears announced its second deal this month intended to extract value from its sizeable real estate holdings as the retailer struggles to offset falling sales. Sears will contribute 10 properties valued at $228 million to a joint venture with the mall operator Simon Property Group Inc. and will take a 50 percent interest in the business.