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  • Unemployment rates fell in 41 US states last month Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 10:35 AM ET

    The Labor Department said Friday that unemployment rates rose in only three states: Connecticut, Louisiana, and Washington state. North Dakota's 2.7 percent unemployment rate was lowest in the nation, while Mississippi's 7.3 percent rate was the highest. The biggest job gains occurred in California, which added 90,100 jobs in November, followed by Florida,...

  • It's law now: 'No Social Security for Nazis' Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 3:21 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama on Thursday capped a swift and forceful response to an Associated Press investigation by signing into law a measure that bars suspected Nazi war criminals from receiving U.S. The AP's investigation, which was the impetus for the No Social Security for Nazis Act, found that dozens of former Nazis collected millions of...

  • Correction: Cuba-Travel story Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 3:18 PM ET

    NEW YORK— NEW YORK— In a story Dec. 17 about travel to Cuba, The Associated Press reported erroneously the number of Americans who were authorized to travel to Cuba last year. US travel industry carefully eyeing Cuba tourism. NEW YORK— Cuba was once a haven for sun-seeking American tourists.

  • Medicaid contract extended, after other deal axed Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 1:17 PM ET

    BATON ROUGE, La.— Lawmakers agreed Thursday to continue Louisiana's multimillion-dollar Medicaid claims processing contract for another year, an extension needed after Gov. Jindal cancelled the state's $200 million contract with Maryland- based Client Network Services Inc., known as CNSI, in 2013 because of concerns the firm was given favorable treatment...

  • EU grain to enjoy spoils of Russian export curbs Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 12:05 PM ET

    *Australia, Argentina, Canada, Ukraine could also benefit. PARIS, Dec 18- European Union grain exporters will be the main beneficiaries of Russia's pullback from international grain markets as Moscow races to cool domestic prices in the face of economic crisis, analysts and traders said. "At current prices, it's clearly European wheat that will benefit," Andree...

  • Ford expands drivers air bag recall nationwide Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 8:47 AM ET

    DETROIT— Ford Motor Co. has agreed to government demands to expand a driver's side air bag inflator recall to the entire U.S. Ford's action puts pressure on BMW and Chrysler, the only two automakers that haven't agreed to national recalls. Honda and Mazda already took their recalls national.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 17- Republican Senator Mike Enzi said on Wednesday he will take over as chairman of the Senate Budget Committee next year after the panel's current top Republican, Jeff Sessions, agreed to step aside. The two senators had contested the chairmanship of the committee that will provide a key blueprint for Republican policy priorities as the party...

  • Sessions yields to Enzi as U.S. Senate Budget chairman Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 6:26 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, Dec 17- Republican Senator Mike Enzi said on Wednesday he will take over as chairman of the Senate Budget Committee next year after the panel's current top Republican, Jeff Sessions, agreed to step aside. The two senators had contested the chairmanship of the committee that will provide a key blueprint for Republican policy priorities as the party...

  • Video game developer to open studio in New Orleans Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 5:14 PM ET

    NEW ORLEANS— Enticed to Louisiana by the state's generous tax incentives, a video game developer plans on opening a studio in New Orleans that will employ 80 people. Kerry Ganofsky, the company's CEO, said Wednesday that Louisiana's tax incentives were fundamental in the decision to open a studio in New Orleans. Bobby Jindal, who was on hand for the announcement,...

  • The United States' commercial ties with Cuba were broken 54 years ago after Fidel Castro took over. Now U.S.- Cuba trade is poised to resume: President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced plans to re-establish diplomat relations with Havana, and economic ties are expected to follow. Gary Hufbauer and Barbara Kotschwar of the Peterson Institute for...

  • US travel industry carefully eyeing Cuba tourism Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 12:11 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Cuba was once a haven for sun-seeking American tourists. President Barack Obama's announcement Wednesday of plans to re-establish diplomatic ties with Cuba doesn't suddenly lift the ban on U.S. tourism. "Cuba is the largest country in the Caribbean, so there's some exciting possibilities," said Roger Frizzell, spokesman for Carnival Corp. He said "some...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 16- The new Republican-controlled Senate's first act in January will be approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, Republican leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday. McConnell told reporters that the bill would be based on a measure that failed in the Senate last month that was co-sponsored by North Dakota Republican John Hoeven and Louisiana...

  • Dec 16- Citgo Petroleum Corp, Venezuela's U.S. oil refining unit, has received revised bids from at least four bidders, some which have valued the company at more than $10 billion, according to three people familiar with the matter. The companies that made bids in December include Marathon Petroleum Corp, Valero Energy Corp, HollyFrontier Corp and a consortium of...

  • Powdered alcohol? Not so fast, lawmakers say Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 5:13 PM ET

    DENVER— Powdered alcohol, touted by its inventor as an easy way to mix a drink on-the-go, hasn't even arrived in stores but states are moving to ban the product amid concern that it will increase underage drinking. Colorado is the latest state considering banning "Palcohol," marketed as an ounce of rum or vodka in powdered form. "I think being proactive and jumping out...

  • 14 cities get Bloomberg 'innovation team' grants Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 9:01 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Fourteen cities ranging from Long Beach, California, to Jerusalem are getting up to $3 million from former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's foundation to create "innovation teams" to jump-start new approaches to poverty, public safety, job growth and other issues, the foundation announced Monday. Winners range in size from Centennial, Colorado,...

  • The backlog to remove aluminium from Detroit, the most acutely impacted location, shrank by 30 days to 641 days, while the wait to remove other metals stuck behind the wall of aluminium fell from 111 to 93 days. A "flash" queue to load out zinc at New Orleans, meanwhile, almost disappeared in November, dwindling to just 10 days from 71 days at the end of September.

  • Slowdown signs emerge for oil states as crude slides Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 7:25 AM ET
    Workers prepare pipes used in the drilling of shale gas.

    Some of the nation's top oil states are showing early signs of a slowdown as a result of the plunge in crude prices.

  • Google researching use of color in business Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 5:20 AM ET

    NEW ORLEANS— Google is one of the major U.S. corporations researching the power of color in the working world, in everything from workspaces to marketing and branding. Meghan Casserly, spokeswoman for the U.S.-based organization built around the popular search engine, says Google is still early in its research but has already found "a clear link between color...

  • That will widen Alaska's budget gap to almost $3.4 billiuon, Fitch said in a Dec. 11 report. States such as Texas, North Dakota, Alaska, Oklahoma and New Mexico are all likely to feel strains next year, Wells Fargo Securities municipal analyst Roy Eappen said in a recent report. Meanwhile, household sentiment in Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Arkansas where memories...

  • Spending deal may not offer 2015 Congress road map Sunday, 14 Dec 2014 | 3:01 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The U.S. Congress cleared a $1.1 trillion spending bill for President Barack Obama's signature after a day of Senate intrigue capped by a failed, largely symbolic Republican challenge to the administration's new immigration policy. The Senate passed the bill on a day Democrats launched a drive to confirm two dozen of Obama's stalled nominees to...