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  • Senate panel backs tighter rules on political cash Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 | 11:56 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Members of the Democratic-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday sent to their colleagues a long-shot proposed change to the Constitution that would rein in political spending. "The plain text of this amendment would allow Congress to ban books, to ban movies and to silence the NAACP," said Sen.

  • Report: Rail delays cost Minnesota farmers Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 | 11:25 AM ET

    MINNEAPOLIS— Delays in railroad shipping have cost Minnesota corn, soybean and wheat farmers nearly $100 million and cut deeply into the value of grain still in storage at farms across the state, according to a University of Minnesota report released at an agricultural freight conference Thursday.

  • The Australian Bureau of Meteorology this week said Pacific Ocean surface temperatures are at levels associated with a weak El Nino, but the threshold for the weather event has not yet been breached. El Nino could bring dry weather to Australia, which is already struggling with a drought, and it could also curb its wheat, sugar and cotton production.

  • Recipe for higher sales: Add fiber, cinnamon Wednesday, 9 Jul 2014 | 2:55 PM ET

    NEW YORK— General Mills hopes a pinch of cinnamon and a dash of fiber will be a recipe for stronger sales. General Mills executives sat down with The Associated Press this week to discuss these and other ways the company is trying to increase sales, which were essentially flat in its last fiscal year.

  • Theme park CEO says job is about making memories Wednesday, 9 Jul 2014 | 8:45 AM ET

    SANDUSKY, Ohio— Standing in the shadows of a $30 million roller coaster that flips, drops and spins its riders, the head of the nation's fourth-biggest amusement park company points to another addition at Cedar Point he's proud of too— a shady spot to relax and munch on taffy and fudge.

  • Minnesota home care workers launch union vote Tuesday, 8 Jul 2014 | 7:26 PM ET

    Union organizers presented a petition to state officials to trigger the Minnesota election, even though the Supreme Court ruled last week that similar workers in Illinois don't have to pay any union dues.

  • 'Kinky Boots' star prepares for high-kicking tour Tuesday, 8 Jul 2014 | 8:22 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Kyle Taylor Parker is going from backup dancer to leading man— but staying in 6- inch heels. The performer who has been in "Kinky Boots" since it made its debut in Chicago in 2012 will step into Billy Porter's formidable high heels as the star of the first national tour of "Kinky Boots," which kicks off in Las Vegas on Sept. 4.

  • Corinthian Colleges seeking to reassure students Tuesday, 8 Jul 2014 | 7:01 AM ET

    SILVER SPRING, Md.— A for-profit education company sought to reassure nervous students Tuesday that they'll be able to finish their degrees even though their campuses were being closed amid concerns from the Education Department about its practices.

  • Jury seated to hear Ventura's defamation case Tuesday, 8 Jul 2014 | 3:35 AM ET

    ST. PAUL, Minn.— Jesse Ventura brought his defamation lawsuit before home-state jurors Tuesday in a bid to punish the estate of late "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle, who bragged in an autobiography that he decked the former Minnesota governor during a barroom scrap almost a decade ago.

  • DIARY - Top Economic Events to July 18 Monday, 7 Jul 2014 | 8:02 PM ET

    CHARLOTTE, United States- Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond President Jeffrey Lacker speaks on "Economic Outlook, July 2014" before a luncheon hosted by the Rotary Club of Charlotte in Charlotte- 1700 GMT.

  • NEW YORK, June 27- Each month, 42- year-old Abdirizak Alibos shows up at a money transfer business in the heart of Minneapolis to send $500 to his three children in war-torn Somalia.

  • NY becomes 23rd state to allow medical marijuana Monday, 7 Jul 2014 | 9:47 AM ET

    NEW YORK— New York has become the 23rd state to authorize marijuana as a medical treatment— though it will have one of the most restrictive programs in the country. Andrew Cuomo, patients with one of 10 diseases will be able to obtain non-smokeable versions of the drug.

  • Former Union Pacific contractor could face fines Saturday, 5 Jul 2014 | 2:08 PM ET

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— A former contractor on a $400 million Union Pacific railroad hub in Santa Teresa along the state's southern border with Mexico has been accused of bidding for the job without a legal New Mexico license.

  • DIARY - Top Economic Events to July 17 Friday, 4 Jul 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    WELLINGTON- Reserve Bank of New Zealand Deputy Governor Geoff Bascand delivers a speech on "The evolution of New Zealand's currency." AIX-EN-PROVENCE, France- ECB Executive Board member Benoit Coeure speaks at a conference in Aix-en-Provence on European investments- 0815 GMT.

  • Amid positive jobs numbers, politicians hedge bets Friday, 4 Jul 2014 | 3:46 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The top jobs numbers for June would have seemed to be cause for some appreciation. "In the voting booth, economic perception beats economic statistics every time," Republican pollster Whit Ayres said.

  • DIARY - Top economic Events to July 16 Thursday, 3 Jul 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    AIX-EN-PROVENCE, France- Annual "Davos in Provence" meeting. Speakers:- IMF chief Christine Lagarde, ECB Executive board member Benoit Coeure, Bank of France Governor Christian Noyer and France Finance Minister Michel Sapin.

  • Positive numbers, but politicians hedge their bets Thursday, 3 Jul 2014 | 4:14 PM ET

    Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota: "Too many working families are still treading water. And this from Republican Party Chairman Reince Priebus: "We're glad to see some Americans found work last month, but we can't rest until jobs are easy to find. That's why Republicans have passed dozens of jobs bills in the House of Representatives.

  • Business Highlights Thursday, 3 Jul 2014 | 3:57 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— U.S. employers accelerated their hiring last month, adding a robust 288,000 jobs and helping drive the unemployment rate to 6.1 percent, the lowest since September 2008.

  • Subaru recalls 660K vehicles for brake line rust Thursday, 3 Jul 2014 | 8:30 AM ET

    DETROIT— Subaru is recalling more than 660,000 cars and SUVs because the brake lines can rust and leak fluid, and that can mean it will take longer to stop the vehicles.

  • DIARY - Top Economic Events to July 15 Wednesday, 2 Jul 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    FRANKFURT- ECB Governing Council meeting, followed by interest rate announcement and a news conference- 1145 GMT. STOCKHOLM- Swedish Central Bank announces interest rate decision. HOBART, Australia- RBA Governor Glenn Stevens addresses the Australian Conference of Economists and the Econometric Society Australasian Meeting in Hobart- 0100 GMT.