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  • Firm recalls caramel apples amid listeria fears Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 10:51 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— A Missouri firm is recalling its Happy Apple brand caramel apples because of the potential that they could be contaminated with listeria. Happy Apple Co. of Washington, Missouri, said in a statement Wednesday that one of the apple suppliers to its California facility reported that there may be a connection between the listeria outbreak and the...

  • Travel headaches for some into Christmas Day Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 12:36 AM ET

    CHICAGO— A mix of Gulf Coast thunderstorms expected to travel north, predicted snowfall in the Great Lakes and blustery conditions in the nation's midsection threatened Tuesday to tangle holiday travel plans nationwide. While snow fell in some Midwestern states— nearly 2 feet in South Dakota's Black Hills— a strong storm system expected to drop rain along the...

  • Tribes tread carefully into marijuana discussions Monday, 22 Dec 2014 | 2:03 PM ET

    "Criminal activity is just going to go up more, and drug addiction is going to go up more, and everyone is going to be affected," said Edmund Yazzie, head of the Navajo Nation Council's Law and Order Committee. The split reaction among Navajo leaders reflects divisions on reservations around the country. Bureau of Indian Affairs assistant secretary and member of the...

  • MILWAUKEE— Prosecutor: No charges against white ex- Milwaukee police officer in black man's fatal shooting.

  • Rudolph stamps guide tiny post office to success Monday, 22 Dec 2014 | 1:18 AM ET

    RUDOLPH, Wis.— This seems to be Rudolph's Christmas. Postmaster Becky Trzebiatowski attributed the increase to the special stamps honoring the 50th anniversary of the " Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" television special. Cards sent to the post office can be embossed with a special cancellation on certain days as well as an ink stamp that features a reindeer and...

  • A look at large coal ash spills in the US Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 3:46 PM ET

    The Obama announcement ended a six-year effort that began after a massive spill of the ash that contains toxins at a Tennessee power plant in 2008. Since then, the EPA has documented coal ash waste sites tainting hundreds of waterways and underground aquifers in numerous states with heavy metals and other toxic contaminants. The Tennessee Valley Authority...

  • Wisconsin ranks 32nd in private-sector job growth Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 10:01 AM ET

    MADISON, Wis.— Wisconsin ranks 32nd in private-sector job growth and lags behind the national average for the 12- month period that ended in June, according to the latest figures released Thursday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The numbers are consistent with where Wisconsin has ranked in recent years. Wisconsin ranked 32nd nationally in...

  • Actuant misses Street 1Q forecasts Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 8:15 AM ET

    MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis. _ Actuant Corp. on Thursday reported fiscal first-quarter net income of $24.7 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 43 cents per share. For the current quarter ending in February, Actuant said it expects revenue in the range of $310 million to $320 million.

  • Marcus tops Street 2Q forecasts Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 7:54 AM ET

    MILWAUKEE _ Marcus Corp. on Thursday reported profit of $5.2 million in its fiscal second quarter. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 14 cents per share. Analysts expected $104.3 million, according to Zacks.

  • Coalition of business owners opposes right to work Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 12:58 PM ET

    MADISON, Wis.— A newly formed coalition of more than 300 construction-related private businesses in Wisconsin announced Wednesday that it will work to defeat a right-to-work proposal being discussed by Republican leaders in the Legislature. Formation of the group comes as talks proceed behind the scenes among Republicans who control the Legislature...

  • MADISON, Wis.— The state Department of Workforce Development overpaid nearly $168 million in unemployment benefits during the last three years and the agency's call centers couldn't handle hundreds of thousands of calls initiating claims, according to a state report released Tuesday. The Legislative Audit Bureau's findings showed the agency identified...

  • Southwest bag workers picketing over flight delays Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 4:00 AM ET

    For years, Dallas- based Southwest was the most punctual of big U.S. airlines, but it stumbled after trying to squeeze in more flights into its schedule. Southwest has also prided itself on keeping its employees happy, believing that would guarantee good service for its customers. "That recipe is kind of gone and it's profits over people and that's not acceptable,"...

  • CHICAGO, Dec 4- Thousands of U.S. fast-food workers and supporters marched in nearly 200 cities around the United States on Thursday including Chicago and Boston to advocate for a $15 minimum wage and other labor rights. About 200 demonstrators marched in downtown Chicago starting near the Rock' N' Roll McDonald's, the largest in the city, chanting "We can't...

  • CHICAGO, Dec 4- U.S. fast-food workers and supporters marched for higher pay in Chicago, Milwaukee and Boston on Thursday as demonstrations advocating for a $15 minimum wage and other labor rights in about 190 cities began around the United States. About 200 demonstrators marched in downtown Chicago starting near the Rock' N' Roll McDonald's, the largest in the...

  • CHICAGO, Dec 4- U.S. fast-food workers and supporters marched for higher pay in Chicago, Milwaukee and Boston on Thursday as demonstrations advocating for a $15 minimum wage and other labor rights planned in at least 160 cities began around the United States. About 200 demonstrators marched in downtown Chicago starting near the Rock' N' Roll McDonald's, the...

  • The SEC on Wednesday filed civil fraud charges against former Assisted Living Concepts Inc chief executive Laurie Bebo, and chief financial officer, John Buono, who devised a scheme to fraudulently inflate occupancy rates at certain facilities it ran for seniors. Their misconduct included adding Bebo's parents and husband in the company's leasing figures...

  • The slide came the day after oil cartel OPEC decided not to cut output in a meeting in Vienna. "We do not know if OPEC has ulterior motives to let oil prices drift lower and pinch the global sector, or if reaching a consensus on cuts was just too challenging," wrote Wells Fargo Securities in a Friday client note. "We'll wait to see the trend next week when there's full...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 26- Mitt Romney, the Republican Party's unsuccessful presidential nominee in 2012, leads the field for the 2016 election among Republican voters, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released on Wednesday. Among possible Republican candidates, Romney's 19 percent put him ahead of former Florida governor Jeb Bush with 11 percent, New...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 21- The morning after President Barack Obama announced his sweeping action to overhaul the U.S. immigration system, conservative groups and states were already pulling together legal strategies to dismantle the plan. Opponents said there will likely be a three-pronged legal approach to stymie Obama's moves: Congress could sue the president for...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 20- Soon after President Barack Obama announced his immigration plans on Thursday evening, Democrats and Republicans who might be angling for his job in 2016 weighed in on an issue that is almost certain to be at the center of their campaigns. Hillary Clinton, who lost the Democratic nomination to Obama in 2008 and is expected to make a run to be the...