• Sept 17- Department store operator Kohl's Corp said it is hiring more than 67,000 workers for the holiday selling season, about 34 percent more than what it recruited last season. The Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin- based retailer had hired about 50,000 seasonal employees for the 2013 holiday season.

  • Kohl's holiday hiring to rise 15 pct Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 10:17 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Kohl's Corp. plans to hire more than 67,000 seasonal workers nationwide for the holiday shopping season, which the company said is a 15 percent increase over last year. FedEx Corp. also said Wednesday it plans to increase holiday hiring. That's more than double last year, when FedEx announced it would hire 20,000 seasonal workers.

  • No Labels gathers allies in DC to start 2016 push Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 3:20 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Lawmakers and strategists from both parties are gathering to outline a plan to save Social Security, add 25 million jobs and balance the federal budget. A No Labels-backed Problem Solvers caucus formed on Capitol Hill and attracted close to 100 lawmakers. Peter Welch, a Vermont Democrat and a No Labels supporter.

  • Only 4 states will see cuts to food stamps Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 3:17 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Cuts to the nation's food stamp program enacted this year are only affecting four states, far from the sweeping overhaul that Republicans had pushed, an Associated Press review has found. As a result, it's unclear whether the law will realize the estimated $8.6 billion in savings over 10 years that the GOP had advertised.

  • *FOB soybean offers for October/November shipments fell 7 cents to 173/ 163 cents over CBOT November futures, tracking weaker nearby CIF values- which fell about 25- 30 cents a bushel this week- ahead of the expected record harvest.

  • Cargill to close corn milling plant in Memphis Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 1:32 PM ET

    MEMPHIS, Tenn.— Cargill will close its corn milling plant in Memphis, Tennessee early next year, citing its location outside of the corn belt and underutilization. The milling plant has about 440 workers, with 120 of those being contract employees. In July Cargill announced plans to close a Milwaukee beef-processing plant due to a cattle shortage.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 16- U.S. lawmakers are considering proposals to deal with a rising number of U.S. companies reincorporating overseas to slash their tax bills.

  • Congress: Safety agency mishandled GM recall Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 9:37 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The government's auto safety agency should have discovered General Motors' faulty ignition switches seven years before the company recalled 2.6 million cars to fix the deadly problem, a House committee majority charged Tuesday in a new report.

  • Johnson Controls shakes up heating, cooling unit Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 12:54 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Johnson Controls said Monday that it is reorganizing its building efficiency business to drive growth. Johnson Controls said it will separate the unit's North America business from its global products business. Shares of Johnson Controls Inc. slipped 55 cents to $46.03 in afternoon trading Monday.

  • No ethics inquiry in lawmaker's fast-food protest Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 2:54 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— A Wisconsin congresswoman arrested during a protest of wages paid to workers at McDonald's and other fast-food chains will not face an investigation by the House Ethics Committee.

  • USDA boosts corn, soybean harvest to new records Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 2:18 PM ET

    DES MOINES, Iowa— The nation's corn and soybean farmers will bring in by far the largest harvest ever this year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Thursday in a new report. Record yields will be set in 18 states, the USDA said, and 10 states including Illinois, Iowa, and Nebraska, the top three producers, have the highest number of ears per corn stalk ever.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 11- U.S. corn and soybean production in 2014, already pegged at record highs, will be higher than expected a month ago and somewhat above trade expectations, the U.S. government said on Thursday, triggering a swift drop in Chicago grain markets.

  • Group sues Madison schools over teacher contract Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 7:47 PM ET

    MADISON, Wis.— School officials in Madison violated Republican Gov.

  • Correction: Jake Leinenkugel-Retirement story Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 3:02 PM ET

    MILWAUKEE— In a story Sept. 9 about the retirement of the Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company's president, The Associated Press erroneously reported that Nielsen's Andrea Riberi said the brewery's beer is ideally suited to the 18- to 25- year-old market. Jake Leinenkugel announces retirement, hands control of Wisconsin craft brewer to brother.

  • Same-sex marriage heading for Supreme Court vote? Tuesday, 9 Sep 2014 | 3:16 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Both sides in the gay marriage debate agree on one thing: It's time for the Supreme Court to settle the matter. Officials in five states in which marriage bans were struck down by federal courts have rushed their appeals to the Supreme Court, in time for consideration by the justices when they meet in private on Sept. 29.

  • Jake Leinenkugel retires from craft brewery Tuesday, 9 Sep 2014 | 2:35 PM ET

    MILWAUKEE— Jake Leinenkugel announced Tuesday that he is stepping down as president of the craft brewery started by his great-great-grandfather and will be succeeded by his younger brother Dick Leinenkugel, who formerly led economic development efforts in Wisconsin.

  • Wisconsin official blasts agency official Monday, 8 Sep 2014 | 6:21 PM ET

    MADISON, Wis.— A vice president at Gov. Scott Walker's job-creation agency who resigned his position in August then changed his mind two days later complained about the competency of the second-in-command, Walker's former deputy chief of staff, documents released to The Associated Press on Monday showed.

  • Wisconsin shortfall projected at $1.8 billion Monday, 8 Sep 2014 | 3:42 PM ET

    MADISON, Wis.— Wisconsin's state budget will be nearly $1.8 billion in the red by mid-2017 based on a new estimate Monday, providing Democrats with more fodder to argue that Gov. Scott Walker and Republicans in control of the Legislature have mismanaged the state's finances.

  • Judge orders state not to enforce PAC limits law Monday, 8 Sep 2014 | 3:18 PM ET

    MADISON, Wis.— A federal judge just two months before Election Day has ordered that Wisconsin election officials not enforce the law limiting how much money candidates can collect from political action committees and those run by political parties and legislative campaigns.

  • US-Japan group calls for finishing trade pact Monday, 8 Sep 2014 | 10:37 AM ET

    DES MOINES, Iowa— Government officials from the United States and Japan called Monday for completion of an international trade agreement that they said would strengthen ties between the two allies and help both countries recover from their own economic struggles.