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  • 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.

  • 'SUPSHIP Bath' gets new commanding officer Friday, 5 Sep 2014 | 4:47 PM ET

    Known as "SUPSHIP Bath," the command monitors design and construction Navy warships. All told, it keeps tabs on five Navy ship classes at private shipyards in Bath, Maine; San Diego, Calif.; Marinette, Wis.; and Anacortes, Wash.. Crowe is retiring after a 27- year career serving the Navy.

  • NEW YORK/ LOS ANGELES, Sept 4- U.S. fast-food workers staged protests in some 150 cities on Thursday in a fight for higher pay, and organizers said more than 450 were arrested from Manhattan's Times Square to Los Angeles. About 400 protesters clogged Times Square during morning rush hour in the latest of ongoing actions aimed at raising their wage to $15 an hour.

  • Company may limit iron mine to 1 Wisconsin county Thursday, 4 Sep 2014 | 4:21 PM ET

    Gogebic Taconite is considering building the mine solely in Iron County because of opposition from officials in adjacent Ashland County, company spokesman Bob Seitz told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Ashland County composes about 400 acres of the 3,200 acres of the site.

  • Democrats borrow a GOP idea on health care costs Thursday, 4 Sep 2014 | 2:10 PM ET

    If they succeed, they'd pocket a share of federal Medicare and Medicaid savings, ranging from tens of millions to $1 billion or more, depending on the state. The state spending targets would encompass private spending, as well as Medicare, Medicaid, state and local employee insurance plans, and subsidized private coverage under the new health law.

  • Joy Global misses Street 3Q forecasts Thursday, 4 Sep 2014 | 8:06 AM ET

    MILWAUKEE— Joy Global Inc. on Thursday reported fiscal third-quarter profit of $71.3 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 86 cents per share. Joy Global expects full-year earnings in the range of $3.15 to $3.30 per share, with revenue in the range of $3.65 billion to $3.75 billion.

  • Fast-food protesters cuffed at higher-pay rallies Thursday, 4 Sep 2014 | 3:01 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Police handcuffed dozens of protesters who blocked traffic in dozens of cities across the country on Thursday in their latest attempt to escalate efforts to get McDonald's, Burger King and other fast-food companies to pay employees at least $15 an hour.

  • Sony attack shows shifting online security threat Thursday, 4 Sep 2014 | 2:19 AM ET

    TOKYO— The boundary between the online and physical worlds got blurry last week when Sony's PlayStation Network was disabled by an online attack, while simultaneously an American Airlines passenger jet carrying a Sony executive was diverted due to a bomb threat on Twitter.

  • Details on a few of the US lighthouses for sale Thursday, 4 Sep 2014 | 2:16 AM ET

    Claim to fame: Named "Halfway Rock" because it's halfway between Cape Elizabeth and Cape Small. STURGEON BAY SHIP CANAL NORTH PIERHEAD. Location: A mile off of Cohasset, Massachusetts.