• How states fared on unemployment benefit claims Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 | 11:12 AM ET

    The Labor Department says weekly applications for unemployment aid dropped 11,000 to a seasonally adjusted 304,000. That's not far from a reading of 298,000 two months ago, which was the lowest since 2007, before the Great Recession began. California: Down 7,294, due to layoffs in the service industry.

  • Obama presses Congress to consent on border money Wednesday, 9 Jul 2014 | 10:03 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Tens of thousands of children streaming from chaotic Central American nations to the U.S. border have overwhelmed the government's ability to respond, senior administration officials said Wednesday as President Barack Obama urged Congress to move swiftly to approve emergency spending request for the crisis.

  • 'Kinky Boots' star prepares for high-kicking tour Tuesday, 8 Jul 2014 | 8:22 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Kyle Taylor Parker is going from backup dancer to leading man— but staying in 6- inch heels. The performer who has been in "Kinky Boots" since it made its debut in Chicago in 2012 will step into Billy Porter's formidable high heels as the star of the first national tour of "Kinky Boots," which kicks off in Las Vegas on Sept. 4.

  • Wisconsin company plans paper plant in Mississippi Monday, 7 Jul 2014 | 12:24 PM ET

    Phil Bryant announced the plans Monday in Hattiesburg. He bought Hattiesburg Paper in 2005 from Kimberly-Clark Corp. That company was later wrapped into Specialty Products Group, which was majority-owned by private equity firm CIC Partners of Dallas, with Santaga maintaining a minority stake.

  • July 7- Touchscreen chipmaker Atmel Corp said it would buy Newport Media, a maker of low-power Wi-Fi and bluetooth gear, for $140 million to gain ground in a technology that helps connect everything through the Internet. Atmel's shares were down 1 percent in early trading on Thursday.

  • 5 things to know about US guest worker programs Sunday, 6 Jul 2014 | 10:40 AM ET

    Foreign high-skilled workers aren't supposed to take jobs from Americans, but they sometimes do. When companies apply to bring in a foreign worker on an H-1B visa, they are required by the U.S. Labor Department to ensure the new arrivals will not adversely affect similarly employed U.S. workers.

  • Backlash stirs in US against foreign worker visas Sunday, 6 Jul 2014 | 9:52 AM ET

    Kelly Parker was thrilled when she landed her dream job in 2012 providing tech support for Harley-Davidson's Tomahawk, Wisconsin, plants. Now she has joined a federal lawsuit alleging the global staffing firm that ran Harley-Davidson's tech support discriminated against American workers— in part by replacing them with temporary workers from South Asia.

  • Most union members have ties to government Saturday, 5 Jul 2014 | 4:31 AM ET

    Roughly 1- in-3 public sector workers is a union member, compared with about 1- in-15 for the private sector workforce, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

  • Unions representing government workers are gaining Friday, 4 Jul 2014 | 10:50 AM ET

    Roughly 1- in-3 public sector workers is a union member, compared with about 1- in-15 for the private sector workforce last year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

  • WASHINGTON, July 3- The U.S. Export-Import Bank is considering financing a massive coal-fired power plant in India despite the fact the Obama administration has called on domestic and global public lenders to stop funding coal-plants in his climate change strategy.

  • Business Highlights Thursday, 3 Jul 2014 | 3:57 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— U.S. employers accelerated their hiring last month, adding a robust 288,000 jobs and helping drive the unemployment rate to 6.1 percent, the lowest since September 2008.

  • Subaru recalls 660K vehicles for brake line rust Thursday, 3 Jul 2014 | 8:30 AM ET

    DETROIT— Subaru is recalling more than 660,000 cars and SUVs because the brake lines can rust and leak fluid, and that can mean it will take longer to stop the vehicles.

  • Recovery of lost jobs by states, at a glance Wednesday, 2 Jul 2014 | 4:52 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The United States in May finally recovered all the jobs lost to the Great Recession. But 32 states still don't have as many jobs as they did when the recession officially began in December 2007. The rankings from best to worst:.

  • DETROIT, July 1- One worker was killed on Tuesday and eight others hurt in a chemical explosion at a General Motors Co auto stamping plant in Marion, Indiana, the company said. Four injured workers were being treated for non-life-threatening injuries at Marion General Hospital.

  • Milwaukee newspaper investigation wins APME awards Tuesday, 1 Jul 2014 | 12:19 PM ET

    NEW YORK— The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's investigation of delays in newborn screening programs captured top honors in the annual Associated Press Media Editors' Journalism Excellence Awards.

  • US farmers plant record soybean crop, less corn Monday, 30 Jun 2014 | 1:20 PM ET

    Among the states that planted record amounts of the crop were Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Corn was planted on 91.6 million acres, which was nearly 4 percent less than last year's 95.4 million acres.

  • Harley helps put electric motorcycles in spotlight Sunday, 29 Jun 2014 | 12:45 PM ET

    PRINCETOWN, N.Y.— When Maggie McNally-Bradshaw and husband Curt hop on their electric motorcycles and twist the throttles, they get a rush like no other. "There is that sense of being at the beginning of something new, and part of our future as far as ecology," said McNally-Bradshaw, chairwoman of the American Motorcyclist Association.

  • NEW YORK, June 26- Activist investment firm Relational Investors LLC has amassed a roughly 8.5 percent stake in Manitowoc Co Inc and is urging the crane and food equipment company to break itself up, according to people familiar with the matter.

  • BOSTON, June 25- Police can order an accused criminal to decrypt his computer without violating his constitutional right against self-incrimination, Massachusetts' top court said on Wednesday.

  • June 24- Howie Barokas had just ridden his Harley-Davidson Ultra Limited on Highway 50 across the searing Nevada desert when he heard about the company's new electric motorcycle. Then again, Harley-Davidson Inc was looking beyond loyal baby boomers like 49- year-old Barokas when it unveiled its first electric prototype bike last Thursday.