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  • The slide came the day after oil cartel OPEC decided not to cut output in a meeting in Vienna. "We do not know if OPEC has ulterior motives to let oil prices drift lower and pinch the global sector, or if reaching a consensus on cuts was just too challenging," wrote Wells Fargo Securities in a Friday client note. "We'll wait to see the trend next week when there's full...

  • BLACK FRIDAY LIVE: Thinner crowds, protests, beer Friday, 28 Nov 2014 | 5:00 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Black Friday has become part two of the kick-off to the holiday shopping season, with stores opening earlier on Thanksgiving. People arrived at Lakefront Brewery in Milwaukee early Friday to get a shot at the limited edition Imperial Stout Aged in Bourbon Barrels. The brewery only had 5,000 22- ounce bottles at $15 each.

  • DOJ sues Oregon publishing group over alleged scam Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 | 11:55 AM ET

    MADISON, Wis.— The state Department of Justice has filed a lawsuit against two Oregon- based publishing groups alleging they ran a subscription scam targeting the elderly. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Madison, alleges Liberty Publishers Service and Orbital Publishing Group, both based in Medford, sent invoices to nursing home residents and older people...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 26- Mitt Romney, the Republican Party's unsuccessful presidential nominee in 2012, leads the field for the 2016 election among Republican voters, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released on Wednesday. Among possible Republican candidates, Romney's 19 percent put him ahead of former Florida governor Jeb Bush with 11 percent, New...

  • Thanksgiving trumps Black Friday for deals Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 | 6:11 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Thanksgiving could be the best day to shop all year. Turns out, shoppers will find more discounted items in stores that are open on Thanksgiving. For example, there are a total of 86 laptops and tablets deeply discounted as door buster deals at Best Buy, Wal-Mart and others on the holiday compared with just nine on Black Friday, according to an analysis of...

  • GOP wisdom shifts on immigration Monday, 24 Nov 2014 | 2:05 PM ET

    Less than two years ago, party leaders solemnly declared after an exhaustive study that the GOP "must embrace and champion comprehensive immigration reform." Scott Walker, who is considering a 2016 White House bid, said alongside nodding colleagues at the Republican Governors Association annual conference in Florida. Having claimed the Senate majority in...

  • Kohler introduces odor-eating toilet seat Saturday, 22 Nov 2014 | 12:20 PM ET

    Kohler Co. has introduced a deodorizing toilet seat that it says eliminates embarrassing bathroom odors and the need for candles and sprays to cover them up. The $90 seat is one of many high-tech gadgets that Wisconsin- based Kohler and its competitors have introduced in recent years to make time spent in the bathroom more pleasant. When it comes to toilets,...

  • Recalls this week: strollers, candles, chargers Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 4:00 PM ET

    DETAILS: Eleven Graco and Century-branded strollers with model names Aspen, Breeze, Capri, Cirrus, Glider, Kite, LiteRider, Sierra, Solara, Sterling and TravelMate. They were sold between August 2000 and November 2014. Strollers with a manufacture date from August 1, 2000 to September 25, 2014 are included in the recall.

  • NEW YORK, Nov 21- The morning after President Barack Obama announced his sweeping action to overhaul the U.S. immigration system, conservative groups and states were already pulling together legal strategies to dismantle the plan. Opponents said there will likely be a three-pronged legal approach to stymie Obama's moves: Congress could sue the president for...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 20- Soon after President Barack Obama announced his immigration plans on Thursday evening, Democrats and Republicans who might be angling for his job in 2016 weighed in on an issue that is almost certain to be at the center of their campaigns. Hillary Clinton, who lost the Democratic nomination to Obama in 2008 and is expected to make a run to be the...

  • Kozy Shack recalls some puddings over labeling Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 9:02 PM ET

    ARDEN HILLS, Minn.— Pudding maker Kozy Shack Enterprises is recalling some of its puddings because they are not labeled as containing milk. The product was distributed to 20 states— Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 20- President Barack Obama planned on Thursday to ease the threat of deportation for about 4.7 million illegal immigrants, as leading Democrats lined up behind the U.S. leader in the face of Republican attacks. Obama dispatched his chief of staff, Denis McDonough, to Capitol Hill for lunch with Senate Democrats who grilled him on the politics and...

  • Brady misses 1Q profit forecasts Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 8:09 AM ET

    MILWAUKEE _ Brady Corp. on Thursday reported profit of $13.6 million in its fiscal first quarter. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 39 cents per share. Analysts expected $308.8 million, according to Zacks.

  • Spectrum Brands misses 4Q profit forecasts Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 7:24 AM ET

    MIDDLETON, Wis. _ Spectrum Brands Holdings Inc. on Thursday reported fiscal fourth-quarter profit of $47.9 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.12 per share. Spectrum Brands shares have climbed 30 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Representative Paul Ryan, the leading Republican voice on fiscal policy, vowed on Wednesday to start overhauling the U.S. tax code despite Washington gridlock that he says will worsen with President Barack Obama's planned immigration order. The candidate for vice president in Mitt Romney's 2012 White House bid, Ryan was confirmed by Republicans on...

  • WASHINGTON/ CHICAGO, Nov 19- U.S. farmers are about to reap a bumper harvest not just in corn and soybeans but also in new subsidies that could soar to $10 billion, blowing a hole in the government's promise that its new five-year farm bill would save taxpayers money. If payments for 2014, the first year the farm bill takes effect, do come in at that level- as some private...

  • Ryan to chair tax panel, a possible 2016 platform Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 5:43 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— House Republican leaders chose Paul Ryan on Tuesday to head the powerful House Ways and Means Committee for the next two years, giving him a high-profile platform if he decides to run for president in 2016 or beyond. Jason Chaffetz of Utah to head the House Oversight Committee and Rep. Mac Thornberry of Texas to head the Armed Services Committee.

  • Wisconsin agency proposes fee for electric cars Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 9:41 AM ET

    MADISON, Wis.— Wisconsin would join five other states that impose special fees on owners of electric vehicles, in an attempt to help make up for revenue drivers of those fuel-efficient cars aren't paying in gas taxes, under a road-funding proposal put forward by Gov. The $50 annual charge, which would raise about $4 million a year, is part of $751 million in new taxes...

  • Wisconsin agency proposes fee for electric cars Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 12:27 PM ET

    MADISON, Wis.— Wisconsin would join five other states that impose special fees on owners of electric vehicles, in an attempt to help make up for revenue drivers of those fuel-efficient cars aren't paying in gas taxes, under a road-funding proposal put forward by Gov. The $50 annual charge, which would raise about $4 million a year, is part of $751 million in new taxes...

  • Reynolds launching heat-not-burn cigarette Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 11:03 AM ET

    RICHMOND, Va.— Reynolds American Inc. is launching a cigarette that heats tobacco rather than burning it, hoping to capitalize on the growing appetite for alternatives to traditional smokes. The nation's second-biggest tobacco company said Monday that it will begin selling Revo— a cigarette that uses a carbon tip that heats tobacco after being lit— in...