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  • ATLANTA— In the political uproar over Common Core, various myths are peddled as fact. Rand Paul slams "rotten to the core" propaganda forced on children by an initiative that has no curriculum at all. Even so, the 2016 GOP presidential prospects who are criticizing Common Core have a point— if an overstated one— when they dispute the notion that it is strictly a...

  • Senate pushes conservative budget toward approval Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 3:08 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Republicans slowly pushed a balanced-budget blueprint toward Senate approval Thursday, laying down conservative markers for a likely veto struggle with President Barack Obama over their plans to erase deficits through trillions in spending cuts and repeal of the health care law. Separately, legislation to stabilize the system for paying...

  • House Roll Call: Republicans approve conservative budget Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 7:19 PM ET

    The 228-199 roll call Wednesday by which the House passed a conservative budget that relies on nearly $5 trillion in cuts to eliminate deficits over the next decade, calls for repealing the health care law and envisions transformations of the tax code and Medicare. Republicans— Aderholt, Y; Brooks, Y; Byrne, Y; Palmer, Y; Roby, Y; Rogers, Y. Republicans— Crawford, N; Hill, Y;...

  • Rick Snyder is fighting for one more accomplishment before deciding whether to seek the Republican presidential nomination: Michigan's largest tax increase in decades. The Republican governor said Wednesday a plan to raise Michigan's sales tax from 6 to 7 percent, set for a statewide vote in early May, is the "commonsense" move to repair the state's crumbling...

  • March 25- Wells Fargo& Co, the fourth-largest U.S. bank by assets, said it will cut 1,000 jobs and close its home-lending servicing office in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Wells Fargo, which will close the office in late July, will inform employees of other job opportunities within the company, the bank said. Shares of Wells Fargo, which had about 265,000 employees as of Dec. 31,...

  • NEW YORK— Wells Fargo will close its home lending servicing office in Milwaukee and eliminate 1,000 jobs, saying fewer homeowners are falling behind on payments and seeking help keeping their homes. In an emailed statement, Wells Fargo& Co. said Wednesday that as the economy has improved over the last two years, fewer customers have become delinquent on their...

  • Sturgis, Harley-Davidson partnering on new downtown plaza Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 11:53 AM ET

    STURGIS, S.D.— The city of Sturgis and Harley-Davidson have broken ground on a new public plaza named after the motorcycle company, the result of a private-public partnership that further solidifies the company's long-time presence in South Dakota's motorcycle mecca. "Harley-Davidson riders have really helped define what the Sturgis motorcycle rally is...

  • Lands' End 4Q profit falls 28 percent, partly on recall Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 7:03 AM ET

    The company earned $33.1 million, or $1.03 per share. The clothing maker was spun off from Sears Holdings Corp. in April 2014. Lands' End Inc. shares fell 86 cents, or 2.4 percent, to $34.83 in morning trading Wednesday.

  • PRENTICE SAYS WILL CUT RELIANCE ON ENERGY REVENUE TO FUND OPERATIONS, TO BEGIN SETTING ASIDE MONEY IN FY 2018.

  • Scott Walker on Tuesday dismissed a report that he helped steer tax credits and eased up on environmental oversight to benefit national hardware chain Menards after its billionaire owner donated $1.5 million to a conservative group. Yahoo News reported Monday that John Menard Jr. gave the money to Wisconsin Club for Growth to help advance Walker's agenda...

  • NEW YORK, March 23- Volunteers at the Galena, Illinois, fire department were hosing down the smoldering wreck of a derailed BNSF oil train on the east bank of the Mississippi River on March 5 when a fire suddenly flared beyond their control. "They dropped the hoses and got out" when the flames started rising, said Charles Pedersen, emergency manager for Jo Daviess...

  • Cruz set to be first out of the gate for WH bid Sunday, 22 Mar 2015 | 1:50 PM ET
    Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, on "Squawk Box"

    Senator Ted Cruz intends to declare that he will run for president in 2016, the first major hopeful of the cycle.

  • About 55 percent of Earned Income Tax Credit recipients reported using a paid tax preparer last year.

  • Companies tap into Vermont's large maple potential Saturday, 21 Mar 2015 | 10:17 AM ET

    ISLAND POND, Vt.— Already, Vermont is maple syrup capital of the U.S., with production traditionally being a side business for farmers. The operation, backed by Wood Creek Capital Management of New Haven, Connecticut, chose northeastern Vermont because of the state's brand and large tracts of high-elevation land, which isn't as affected by climate change, Sweetree...

  • CHICAGO— Illinois' Democratic attorney general on Friday delivered a blow to Gov. One proposal would allow voters to create "right-to-work zones" in Illinois counties where union membership and dues would be voluntary. Before crowds across Illinois in recent weeks, the multimillionaire businessman has argued unions have too much power and that overly...

  • Atlantic City rejected by voters on new Monopoly games Thursday, 19 Mar 2015 | 3:10 PM ET

    Atlantic City is where the Monopoly board game began, but voters in a global contest to pick cities for new editions of the 80- year-old game have turned their attention elsewhere. According to results released Thursday— the 80th birthday of Monopoly— Atlantic City, whose streets provided the names for the game's squares when it was created in 1935, did not make...

  • Bruce Rauner, indomitable in attempts to eliminate fees paid to unions by workers who choose not to join, has instructed state agencies to divert money from nonunion employee paychecks away from organized labor until a judge settles the matter. In a memo obtained by The Associated Press, general counsel Jason Barclay directs departments under the Republican...

  • Wisconsin private-sector job growth lags national average Thursday, 19 Mar 2015 | 11:04 AM ET

    MADISON, Wis.— Wisconsin added jobs at half the national average, ranking it 40th in private-sector job growth for the 12- month period that ended in September, according to figures released Thursday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The latest jobs number, based on a survey of nearly every employer in the state, were down from the previous quarterly report in...

  • Marcus beats Street 3Q forecasts Thursday, 19 Mar 2015 | 8:06 AM ET

    MILWAUKEE _ Marcus Corp. on Thursday reported fiscal third-quarter earnings of $3.1 million. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 4 cents per share. Three analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $116.3 million.

  • Wisconsin judge declines to block new right-to-work law Thursday, 19 Mar 2015 | 5:01 AM ET

    MADISON, Wis.— A judge on Thursday declined to block Wisconsin's new right-to-work law, allowing it to remain in effect while several unions challenge the statute. Dane County Circuit Judge William Foust rejected the request by three unions to grant a temporary injunction blocking the law from being enforced pending the outcome of their lawsuit.