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  • WASHINGTON— Conservatives dominating the GOP- controlled House said Tuesday that they are increasingly confident of killing a little-known federal agency that subsidizes overseas purchases of U.S. exports. Conservative critics say the bank provides too much of its credit assistance to help huge, well-connected corporations like The Boeing Company and...

  • NEW YORK— Safety regulators say Ohio- based Rocky Brands is recalling 1,800 pair of "snake proof" hunting boots because their snake bite protection could fail. The agency says a Rocky Brands contractor was injured during a recent demonstration after the guard failed. Rocky Brands Inc. of Nelsonville, Ohio, can be reached toll-free at 245-2159 from 8 a.m. to 12 a.m. ET...

  • US STOCKS-Wall St little changed, held back by Wal-Mart Tuesday, 19 May 2015 | 11:32 AM ET

    *Wal-Mart biggest drag on Dow, S&P. May 19- U.S. stocks were little changed on Tuesday, constrained by Wal-Mart's weak results and as investors took a breather after a rally that took the Dow Jones industrial average and the S&P 500 to record closing highs the previous day. "I definitely think the markets are overvalued at this time but it's the only place where the...

  • WASHINGTON— The Senate rejected a liberal-led move Monday to increase aid for workers who lose their jobs to imports, pushing for passage by week's end of major trade legislation sought by President Barack Obama. In remarks on the Senate floor, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the trade legislation and two other bills— one to renew the Patriot Act, the other...

  • COLUMBUS, Ohio— A school that uses a live tiger cub as a mascot has been warned it must submit more documentation to continue that tradition without violating Ohio's law on dangerous animals. Records obtained by The Associated Press show the Massillon Washington High School booster club that provides the tigers is among over a dozen animal owners contacted by...

  • Supreme Court strikes down Maryland tax law Monday, 18 May 2015 | 10:14 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Supreme Court on Monday struck down as unconstitutional a Maryland tax that has the effect of double-taxing income residents earn in other states. Maryland officials say the 5-4 ruling means the loss of hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenues. Maryland allowed its residents to deduct income taxes paid to other states from their...

  • Brookfield plans to buy GrafTech in a tender offer Monday, 18 May 2015 | 9:10 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Brookfield Asset Management Inc. plans to buy graphite manufacturer GrafTech International Ltd. for about $691.8 million in a tender offer. The Toronto- based asset manager is paying $5.05 per share for GrafTech, which is based in Parma, Ohio. Earlier this month, Brookfield entered a deal with GrafTech to buy $150 million worth of 7 percent convertible...

  • DAYTON, Ohio— Managers of downtown Dayton's new bike-share program say it's exceeded their expectations since it launched earlier this month. John Hoff of the Greater Dayton Regional Transportation Authority tells the Dayton Daily News that hundreds have signed up for the Bike Share Link program. Information from: Dayton Daily News,...

  • BUFFALO, N.Y.— At the front of a classroom, health worker Cheryll Moore demonstrates "the nod"— a jerk of the head forward and then quickly back— a telltale sign of heroin use, though not necessarily of an overdose. Because of naloxone's effectiveness in nearly instantaneously bringing overdose victims back from near-death, New York and a handful of other states are...

  • Charles Schumer launched another push to get Congress to pay for train safety technology and infrastructure improvements in the wake of the derailment. "It's also important for Congress to assess and understand the related safety and infrastructure policies currently in place in order to determine what next steps may be necessary," he said.

  • US oil and natural gas rig count drops by 6 to 888 Friday, 15 May 2015 | 1:40 PM ET

    HOUSTON— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by six this week to 888.. Houston- based Baker Hughes said Friday that 660 rigs were seeking oil and 223 explored for natural gas. Among major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas lost six rigs, Wyoming declined by two and Alaska, Arkansas,...

  • Ohio is voluntarily joining the "ban the box" movement and removing the yes-or-no question that's been asked of applicants to thousands of state government positions, including highway workers, prison guards, social workers and lawyers. Human resources officers at Ohio agencies were being briefed on the change Thursday and Friday. Civil service applicants...

  • WASHINGTON, May 15- When Republican Stefanie Linares ran for office in the deeply Democratic city of Chicago last year, she knew that her hard work wasn't likely to end in victory. The 31- year-old Hispanic lawyer lost her bid for the Illinois state Senate by a whopping margin. The Republican party fielded eight state legislature candidates in Chicago last year,...

  • COLUMBUS, Ohio— Ohio- based Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams says it has restarted production after a massive recall triggered by the discovery of listeria in some pints. Jeni's says several Ohio ice cream producers offered to make some of Jeni's ice creams to help out, and Smith's dairy in Orrville will be doing just that. Besides in Ohio, Jeni's has shops in Atlanta;...

  • COLUMBUS, Ohio— Ohio State University named an associate marching band director Thursday as the replacement for Jonathan Waters, who was fired for turning a blind eye to a "sexualized culture" there. Christopher Hoch will serve on an interim basis. The possibility he'll stay on permanently as leader of the celebrated band known to fans as the Best Damn Band in the...

  • WASHINGTON— It turns out small $3 donations at Macy's cash registers leading up to Memorial Day can raise big bucks for veterans. Over the past two years, Cincinnati- based Macy's has raised $5 million for the national veteran campaign "Got Your 6." In exchange for each $3 donation, Macy's gives customers discounts of 15 to 25 percent off their purchases.

  • WASHINGTON— When President Barack Obama huffed that Elizabeth Warren, the Massachusetts senator and established liberal star, was a "politician like everybody else" he revealed a rift that predates the current hostilities between the two Democrats over trade. Though occasional allies, Warren has been aggravating the Obama administration since her pre-...

  • Senate Banking Committee chairman Richard Shelby of Alabama published long-awaited details of the Financial Regulatory Improvement Act of 2015, listing proposals that would lighten compliance burdens for small financial firms and enforce more transparency at the central bank and the financial stability council. But the committee's top Democrat,...

  • WASHINGTON, May 12- A draft Republican bill in the U.S. Senate takes aim at bank rules and insurance regulations, also limiting restrictions on mortgage requirements and proposes restructuring the Federal Reserve and other financial regulators. The 216- page, eight section report released on Tuesday was crafted by the staff of Senator Richard Shelby of...

  • HOUSTON, May 11- Striking workers at BP Plc's Whiting, Indiana, refinery ratified a new four-year contract on Monday, formally ending a three-month work stoppage, said the president of the United Steelworkers local chapter representing the hourly employees. The workers are scheduled to begin returning to work on May 18 in staggered groups, said USW Local 7 -1...