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  • Dallas County officials said 12 to 18 people had direct contact with the Texas patient, and they in turn had contact with scores of others. A top health official urged U.S. hospitals to heed lessons from Dallas, where the hospital initially sent the ailing patient home, despite information that he had recently visited West Africa, potentially exposing more...

  • Consumer group sues over Missouri insurance rates Thursday, 2 Oct 2014 | 11:41 AM ET

    KANSAS CITY, Mo.— A Missouri consumer group announced that it has sued the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in the latest effort to obtain information used to justify the rates consumers will pay for insurance on the federally run online marketplace. Cynthia Cox, a senior policy analyst for the Kaiser Family Foundation, said Missouri doesn't review...

  • GfK Poll: Divided voters still focus on economy Wednesday, 1 Oct 2014 | 4:21 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— It's not Obamacare or climate change. "We need jobs," said Christine Kamischke, 45, of rural northern Michigan. She works in a large retail store and her husband was recently laid off from his job at an Air Force base near their home.

  • Feds sue Wisconsin company over wellness program Wednesday, 1 Oct 2014 | 1:08 PM ET

    MILWAUKEE— The federal government has sued a Wisconsin company over its wellness program, saying the business cannot require employees to participate and punish those who don't.

  • Enbridge delays ND oil pipeline at least a year Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | 4:50 PM ET

    Enbridge is trying to build the 612- mile pipeline to carry 225,000 barrels of oil a day through northern Minnesota to a hub in Wisconsin. The pipeline was expected to be ready in early 2016, but because of a "longer than expected permitting process" in Minnesota, it likely won't be in service until 2017, Enbridge spokeswoman Katie Haarsager said.

  • Lawmakers, business group fight over pay equity Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | 12:01 PM ET

    MADISON, Wis.— The top lobbyist for Wisconsin's chamber of commerce defended the group Tuesday from accusations by Democratic lawmakers and others that a graphic on its website was offensive and indicated the business organization was against pay equity for women.

  • Changes on the horizon in Maine welfare programs Monday, 29 Sep 2014 | 3:35 PM ET

    AUGUSTA, Maine— Big changes are on the horizon for many low-income Maine residents as Gov. The Republican governor, whose efforts to overhaul the state's welfare programs are playing a central role in his re-election campaign, says Maine must prioritize its resources for the neediest while encouraging recipients to become self-sufficient.

  • Examples of 2014 videos showing police using force Monday, 29 Sep 2014 | 12:14 PM ET

    Dramatic cellphone video recorded by stopped motorists and obtained by a newspaper shows federal land management rangers and a Nevada Highway Patrol trooper scuffling with a 20- year-old man before he was fatally shot on a road outside Las Vegas. MARCH 16: Albuquerque, New Mexico.

  • Caught in the act? Videos of police can mislead Monday, 29 Sep 2014 | 12:07 PM ET

    BEAVERCREEK, Ohio— A man walks through Wal-Mart, holding something to his ear as he passes a gun case. He leans toward a shelf and steps back into view, now holding a long, dark object— a gun? In the Wal-Mart case and others, cameras meant to help catch bad guys or document police actions are drawing attention for capturing officers using force.

  • US grants $450M to link job training to employers Monday, 29 Sep 2014 | 6:01 AM ET

    Massasoit Community College in Massachusetts and Wisconsin's Chippewa Valley Technical College are the largest recipients and will each get about $20 million. A Maryland program will receive $15 million to partner with companies like Raytheon and IBM to train workers with little education for jobs in cybersecurity or information technology.

  • Wisconsin DNR reports $11.7m in timber sales Monday, 29 Sep 2014 | 5:01 AM ET

    MADISON, Wis.— The state Department of Natural Resources says Wisconsin saw record timber sales from state lands during the last fiscal year. DNR Chief Forester Paul DeLong says timber sales totaled $11.71 million during the year that ended June 30. That's up from $10.8 million during fiscal year 2013..

  • Harley issues recalls to fix clutches, fuel tanks Saturday, 27 Sep 2014 | 4:58 PM ET

    MILWAUKEE— Harley-Davidson is recalling more than 105,000 motorcycles from the 2014 model year because their clutches may fail, causing stopped bikes to creep forward and potentially crash. The Milwaukee company also is recalling 1,384 motorcycles made earlier this year to test for possible fuel tank leaks.

  • After sabotage, air travel system slowly recovers Saturday, 27 Sep 2014 | 1:54 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Airlines were scrambling to accommodate travelers whose flights were canceled after a contract employee allegedly set a fire at a suburban Chicago air traffic control center where he worked, halting flights at two of the nation's busiest airports. By Friday night, more than 2,000 flights in and out of Chicago had been canceled.

  • Brown, a crusader against the role that Wall Street banks play in commodity markets, warned that Congress would write new laws if the CFTC and foreign regulators were unable to fix what he called "ongoing irregularities" in the market.

  • *Medicaid expansion key part of Obama's healthcare reform. Up to a dozen states, including several led by Republicans, could move forward with plans to expand coverage under Medicaid after the November elections. Texas Governor Rick Perry once said expanding Medicaid would be similar to "adding a thousand people to the Titanic."

  • At a glance: Gasoline prices by state Thursday, 25 Sep 2014 | 4:56 PM ET

    The usual autumn decline of the price of gasoline is getting an assist from lower global oil prices. Up to 30 states could see an average price below $3 a gallon by the end of the year. Source: AAA, OPIS and Wright Express.

  • Companies like Whirlpool and Caterpillar are making costly additions to their otherwise sinewy supply chains to compensate for aging U.S. roads that are too potholed and congested for "just in time" delivery. Whirlpool, for instance, has set up a network of secure drop lots outside Chicago, Milwaukee and Minneapolis.

  • 2 Wisconsin families settle with GM over crash Thursday, 25 Sep 2014 | 12:18 AM ET

    DETROIT— As General Motors begins to compensate the victims of crashes tied to faulty ignition switches, this week more than a dozen families were given a choice: accept a settlement, presumably in the millions of dollars, or fight GM in a potentially lengthy court battle.

  • Teen crash victims' families drop suit against GM Wednesday, 24 Sep 2014 | 6:55 PM ET

    DETROIT— The families of two Wisconsin teenagers killed in a car crash involving a faulty General Motors ignition switch have dropped their lawsuit against the company and are seeking a settlement with the automaker.

  • Middle-class squeeze: From day care to health care Wednesday, 24 Sep 2014 | 11:51 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Three years ago, Jason Prosser was stunned to discover the cost of child care for his newborn son— so much so that he and his wife postponed having a second child. The day care center they found near their Seattle home tops $10,000 a year.