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  • 113th Congress ends with more fights than feats Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 1:16 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The tempestuous 113th Congress has limped out of Washington for the last time, capping two years of modest and infrequent legislating that was overshadowed by partisan clashes, gridlock and investigations. That was the fewest since at least 1947 and 1948, when what President Harry Truman dubbed "the do-nothing Congress" enacted over 900 laws.

  • Where Christmas is most loved—and hated—in the US Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 2:39 PM ET
    Atlanta Falcons cheerleaders during game in Atlanta.

    Every part of the U.S. loves Christmas, but one region loves it more than anywhere else.

  • How low can gas go? Low, high prices by state Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 2:53 PM ET

    A 78- day plunge in gasoline prices that is showing no signs of slowing has dropped the national average price to $2.60 a gallon, its lowest level since December of 2009. It's saving a typical household $60 a month compared to last year around this time, enough for an extra holiday gift or two.

  • Legislation seeks interim steps to stop Asian carp Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 12:44 PM ET

    TRAVERSE CITY, Mich.— Members of Congress on Friday called for strengthening defenses on a river about 40 miles from Chicago as a temporary step toward preventing aggressive Asian carp from invading the Great Lakes and depleting their prized fish stocks. Under bills introduced in the House and Senate, federal agencies would be ordered to focus interim efforts...

  • DETROIT, Dec 12- Chrysler Group is expanding its U.S. recall of older-model vehicles with Takata Corp passenger-side air bags, adding a second inflator design to the recall and more affected regions. The company said no accidents or injuries in any of its vehicles have been linked to any Takata passenger-side inflators. Chrysler was one of 10 automakers who...

  • Chrysler expands air bag recall Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 8:16 AM ET

    It's part of a growing problem worldwide with air bag inflators made by Japanese auto parts supplier Takata Corp.. At first Chrysler agreed to replace passenger air bag inflators in Florida, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The new boundaries are Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas and five U.S. territories.

  • RPT-BUSINESS-NEWS-SCHEDULE AT 1930 GMT /2:30 PM ET Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 4:11 PM ET

    Editor: Steve Orlofsky+ 1 646 223 6200. WASHINGTON- U.S. consumer spending advanced at a brisk clip in November as lower gasoline prices gave the holiday shopping season a boost, offering the latest sign of underlying momentum in the economy. WASHINGTON- Jack Reed, a Mississippi clothing retailer, says the economic recovery is taking hold for his family business as...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 11- Jack Reed can see the recovery taking hold at his family's 109- year-old clothing store in Tupelo, Mississippi, with sales buoyed in part by the paychecks tied to a Toyota plant up the road and rising confidence that the jobs are here to stay. Our shoppers seem more confident than they did a year ago, "said Reed, 63, whose chain of four stores clocked a...

  • Mississippi regulators OK small Entergy rate increase Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 11:29 AM ET

    JACKSON, Miss.— Entergy Corp. will get a $16.2 million overall rate increase but many customers will see little or no difference in their monthly bills under a new rate plan approved Thursday by the Mississippi Public Service Commission. It's the first top-to-bottom re-examination of Entergy's rates in more than 12 years. Under the deal, the unit of New Orleans-...

  • Renasant of Miss. buying Ga. bank in $258M deal Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 6:45 PM ET

    JACKSON, Miss.— Mississippi- based regional bank Renasant Corp. said Wednesday that it will acquire Georgia- based Heritage Financial Group, the parent of HeritageBank of the South for $258 million in stock. The merger will move Renasant, based in Tupelo, into southern Georgia and northern Florida for the first time and slightly bolster the bank's position in the...

  • Doctors face steep Medicaid cuts as fee boost ends Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 4:00 PM ET

    That could squeeze access just when millions of new patients are gaining Medicaid coverage. But they could reach 50 percent or more for primary care doctors in California, New York, New Jersey, and Illinois— big states that have all expanded Medicaid under the health law. Meager pay for doctors has been a persistent problem for Medicaid, the safety-net health...

  • Dec 10- Goodrich Petroleum Corp said it would explore strategic options for all or a part of its Eagle Ford shale assets in South Texas to boost liquidity, as oil prices fall. Several oil producers, including ConocoPhillips, Apache Corp and Halcon Resources have set lower budgets for 2015 due to a near 40 percent drop in global crude prices. Goodrich, which also has...

  • Tenn. governor questions UAW process at Volkswagen Tuesday, 9 Dec 2014 | 3:55 PM ET

    Bill Haslam, a longtime critic of the United Auto Workers' efforts to organize foreign automakers in the South, on Tuesday questioned the process by which the union qualified under a new labor policy at the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee. Haslam told The Associated Press after a Farm Bureau speech that he wants all major labor decisions at the Volkswagen plant in...

  • "We are definitely in growth mode," said Lee Eilers, the chief executive at Marion Mixers, an Iowa maker of giant mixing machines used in the production of everything from pancake mix to dishwasher soap. The firm has added three welders this year, bringing its head count to 44, and Eilers plans to hire six more people in 2015, although he said there are enough...

  • Gas prices below $2 a gallon in Texas, Oklahoma Friday, 5 Dec 2014 | 1:19 PM ET

    OKLAHOMA CITY— Gas has dropped below $2 a gallon at a handful of stations in Oklahoma and Texas this week, a level that a price-watching group said Friday was the lowest in the nation and a bargain that's proven irresistible to some long lines of drivers coming from miles away to fill up. A station in Oklahoma City started the trend earlier this week at a new location...

  • New Mexico sues nursing home chain on care, staff Friday, 5 Dec 2014 | 11:38 AM ET

    SANTA FE, N.M.— New Mexico's attorney general on Friday sued one of the nation's largest nursing home chains over inadequate resident care, alleging that thin staffing made it numerically impossible to provide good care. It targets seven nursing homes run by Preferred Care Partners Management Group L.P. of Plano, Texas, a privately held company with operations...

  • Japan: Auto recall overhaul needed for global woes Friday, 5 Dec 2014 | 2:22 AM ET

    TOKYO— The top Japanese auto safety official acknowledged Friday that Japan's recall system needs an overhaul to better respond to global problems highlighted by the debacle over Takata air bags that can explode. He said Japan was working with the U.S. authorities and with automakers to try to get to the bottom of the problem with Takata air bag inflators.

  • Dec 4- Workers in the fast-food, home care and airline industries are staging protests and strikes throughout the United States on Thursday to advocate for a $15 minimum wage and other labor rights. Workers are expected to stage strikes and walkouts at both fast-food restaurants like McDonald's, Burger King and Wendy's, and major airports like John F. Kennedy...

  • WAHINGTON/ DETROIT, Dec 3- Chrysler Group has told regulators it will expand a U.S. recall of vehicles with Takata Corp passenger-side air bags, but stopped short of including all models regulators wanted included, a company statement issued on Wednesday shows. "At this time, data analysis indicates the front passenger-side inflators in affected pickups...

  • WAHINGTON/ DETROIT, Dec 3- Chrysler Group has informally told regulators it will expand a U.S. recall of vehicles with Takata Corp passenger-side air bags, a top regulator said. Congressional hearing on problems with Takata air bags in older vehicles sold by at least 10 automakers. In June, the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles unit recalled about 371,000 Dodge, Ram and...