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  • New Jersey's bond rating was downgraded this week over the state's pension contribution shortfall, marking the ninth time since Gov. So is the aftermath: The Republican governor's administration calling on the Legislature to agree to a second major overhaul of the pension and benefit system for public workers in five years. Meanwhile, the Democratic state...

  • CHICAGO— A passenger aboard a Southwest Airlines flight from Chicago to Manchester, New Hampshire was removed after allegedly poking a snoring passenger with a pen. Southwest spokeswoman Brandy King said in a statement the man was not injured in the incident. He was able to continue on the flight to New Hampshire, which was scheduled to leave Chicago's Midway...

  • House passes bill to repeal estate tax Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 12:18 PM ET

    Kevin Brady, R- Texas, who sponsored the bill. The bill now goes to the Senate where Democrats appear to have enough votes to block it. The White House has threatened to veto the bill in part because it would add $269 billion to the budget deficit over the next decade.

  • CONCORD, N.H.— Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's call for governors to defy proposed federal rules to limit pollution has been met with mostly silence, but leaders in downwind New England states and drought-stricken areas in the West are pushing back. Maggie Hassan, also a Democrat, pointed to efforts there, including the Regional Greenhouse Gas...

  • China's Ninebot buys US personal scooter maker Segway Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 6:39 AM ET

    Beijing- based Ninebot Inc., which makes a range of short-distance motorized transport devices, said Wednesday that it bought Segway Inc. for an undisclosed amount. It said it received $80 million from a group of investors to finance the purchase. The acquisition comes five months after the U.S. International Trade Commission agreed to investigate Segway's...

  • BEIJING, April 15- Chinese transportation robotics firm Ninebot said on Wednesday it has acquired U.S. rival Segway Inc, the company behind the self-balancing scooter that became a technological marvel when it was launched in the early 2000 s but whose hype then faded. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed, but Ninebot Chief Executive Gao Lufeng said...

  • QUEBEC CITY, Quebec, April 14- Quebec is in talks with Ontario to sell Hydro-Québec's surplus hydroelectrical power to the neighbouring province and hopes to have an agreement soon, a senior government minister said on Tuesday. "I have been discussing with the Ontario government," Quebec Energy Minister Pierre Arcand said in a telephone interview from New York.

  • Senator Rand Paul accused his fellow Republicans on Tuesday of contributing to Washington's dysfunction, launching a 2016 White House bid with a vow to shatter the status quo and defend individual freedoms. He cast himself as an anti-establishment reformer who could break partisan gridlock and win new converts to the party, saying his fellow Republicans...

  • Senator Rand Paul promised to be a different kind of Republican on Tuesday, launching a 2016 White House bid by saying he would stand up for individual freedoms that are being trampled by "the Washington machine." The first-term senator from Kentucky, a libertarian with a reputation for challenging party orthodoxy, criticized Republicans in Congress and the...

  • LOUISVILLE, Ky., April 7- Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky built a national reputation on his willingness to challenge Republican orthodoxies. And the 52- year-old former eye surgeon who harnessed the anti-establishment energy of the Tea Party movement has been raising money for fellow Republicans, at times upsetting the grassroots activists who have made him a...

  • NEW YORK, April 2- A group of 14 state attorneys general on Thursday asked the U.S. Congress to investigate the herbal supplements industry after a New York probe of the products turned up ingredients that were not listed on labels and raised safety concerns. The group, led by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Illinois Attorney General Greg Zoeller,...

  • Trump said he had formed an exploratory committee to determine whether to run, and that he had hired staff in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. In a telephone interview with Reuters, Trump said he would put his job creation record up against anyone, including the dozen or so Republicans who are considering a White House run in 2016.. The United States for years...

  • WASHINGTON, March 18- Real estate mogul and TV personality Donald Trump took the first steps on Wednesday toward launching a 2016 presidential campaign, a sign the businessman may jump into the Republican race after publicly considering it in years past. Trump said he had formed an exploratory committee to determine whether to run, and that he had hired staff in...

  • COLUMN-U.S. student borrowers need relief in bankruptcy Wednesday, 18 Mar 2015 | 8:00 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES, March 18- Two changes to the U.S. consumer bankruptcy process could help some of the most trapped student loan borrowers free themselves from a modern-day debtors' prison. President Barack Obama last week directed three U.S. government agencies- the Department of the Treasury and Education as well as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau- to...

  • *Robust U.S. payrolls report jolts bond yields higher. *Dollar index hits 11-1/ 2 year high vs basket of currencies. NEW YORK, March 11- Before last Friday, many investors opined that the U.S.

  • PUNTA GORDA, Fla., March 9- The first peaches are ripe for harvest in Florida, bred to thrive where Mother Nature never intended the fruit to grow, alongside the state's signature rows of orange and grapefruit trees. Peaches naturally belong in cooler climates such as Georgia, whose famous crop is just now poised to bloom, two months away from harvest.

  • Feb 22- Union members ratified an agreement on Sunday that ends a four-month-long strike by some 1,800 workers at FairPoint Communications, a major land-line telecommunications provider in northern New England, union officials announced. Union and FairPoint negotiators reached a tentative agreement on Feb. 19, followed by three days of union member voting...

  • Souring on Christie: Some backers abandon ship Friday, 20 Feb 2015 | 9:44 AM ET
    Chris Christie

    Some longtime supporters of Chris Christie are turning to his rivals, The New York Times reports.

  • Feb 16- Record-breaking cold gripped the Eastern United States on Monday as an icy winter storm crippled the nation's central states before it was expected to barrel toward the mid-Atlantic in time to snarl Tuesday's morning commute. Heavy snowfall and ice moving from the Southern Plains eastward pounded Missouri, Arkansas, southern Illinois, Tennessee,...

  • Icy storm encases central US, heads for DC Monday, 16 Feb 2015 | 12:45 PM ET
    The latest trend in Boston: Shoveling or raking the snow  on the roof so it doesn’t cave in.

    Record-breaking cold gripped the Eastern United States on Monday as an icy winter storm crippled the nation's central states.