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  • HOUSTON, May 27- Progressive shareholders are pushing to add directors with climate change expertise to the boards of Exxon Mobil Corp and Chevron Corp, arguing the largest U.S. oil companies need more depth of knowledge to navigate environmental issues. In January, Europe's Royal Dutch Shell Plc backed a measure from activist investors asking it to be more...

  • WASHINGTON— More than 100,000 taxpayers have had their personal tax information stolen from an IRS website as part of an elaborate scheme to claim fraudulent tax refunds. In order to access the information, the thieves cleared a security screen that required knowledge about the taxpayer, including Social Security number, date of birth, tax filing status and...

  • SALEM, Ore.— Oregon lawmakers on Tuesday advanced a proposal aimed at closing a loophole in state privacy laws that recently let a man go unpunished after he took photographs up a teenager's skirt. The state Senate unanimously passed the bill, which would make it a misdemeanor to surreptitiously take photos up women's dresses without their consent.

  • NEW YORK— Amazon is hiring 6,000 full-time workers to staff up across its more than 50 distribution centers in the U.S. Its $99 annual Prime membership service comes with free two-day delivery on many items. The Seattle- based company employed about 154,100 full-time and part-time workers in total at the end of 2014..

  • WASHINGTON— A Supreme Court ruling due in a few weeks could wipe out health insurance for millions of people covered by President Barack Obama's health care law. But it's Republicans— not White House officials— who have been talking about damage control. A likely reason: Twenty-six of the 34 states that would be most affected by the ruling have Republican...

  • WASHINGTON— A Supreme Court ruling due in a few weeks could wipe out health insurance for millions of people covered by President Barack Obama's health care law. But it's Republicans— not White House officials— who have been talking about damage control. A likely reason: Twenty-six of the 34 states that would be most affected by the ruling have Republican...

  • About 162,000 U-Haul vehicle trailer hitches recalled Saturday, 23 May 2015 | 4:01 PM ET

    The recall, announced Saturday, covers two types of hitches made by Wisconsin- based Curt Manufacturing between July 2014 and January 2015 and sold under the "U-Haul Power Tow" brand. Curt Manufacturing said a Chinese company, Shandong Jiyang Machinery, changed the way it cleaned steel during the hot-rolling process, reducing the steel's strength.

  • WASHINGTON— Congress has sent President Barack Obama a bill to keep highway and transit aid flowing to states for another two months and prevent shutdown of summer construction projects. It's the 33rd time in more than six years that Congress has resorted to a temporary patch to keep transportation programs going, 12 bills specific to highway and transit...

  • Congress passes 2-month highway, transit aid extension Saturday, 23 May 2015 | 1:46 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Congress sent President Barack Obama a bill to keep highway and transit aid flowing to states for another two months and prevent shutdown of summer construction projects. It's the 33rd time in more than six years that Congress has resorted to a temporary patch to keep transportation programs going, 12 bills specific to highway and transit...

  • HAMPTON, N.H./ WASHINGTON, May 22- Hillary Clinton on Friday voiced strong support for keeping the U.S. Export-Import Bank open and accused Republican opponents who want to close the export-promoting lender of putting American jobs at risk. Some of the bank's biggest beneficiaries, including General Electric Co and Boeing Co, say closing Ex-Im will lead to the...

  • WASHINGTON, May 22- There were no fancy economic models or forecasts when former Florida Governor Jeb Bush first tossed out the idea that 4 percent annual growth should be the overarching goal for the U.S. economy. But what started as a casual suggestion during a 2010 conference call with advisers to the George W. Bush Institute, a public policy center in Dallas, has...

  • Orion Energy reports 4Q loss Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 4:36 PM ET

    MANITOWOC, Wis. _ Orion Energy Systems Inc. on Thursday reported a loss of $4.7 million in its fiscal fourth quarter. The Manitowoc, Wisconsin- based company said it had a loss of 19 cents per share. Keywords: Orion Energy Systems, Earnings Report.

  • Arkansas governor proposes $87M bond package for project Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 12:22 PM ET

    Asa Hutchinson on Thursday said he's proposing that the state issue $87 million in bonds to help Lockheed Martin land a defense contract for its south Arkansas facility. "It's a competitive marketplace as to which company gets to produce the 55,000 vehicles for the Department of Defense, and we want to do the state's part to make sure that Lockheed Martin and...

  • Brady misses Street 3Q forecasts Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 8:09 AM ET

    MILWAUKEE _ Brady Corp. on Thursday reported fiscal third-quarter profit of $17.2 million. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 38 cents per share. Three analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $295.9 million.

  • Renters appear more satisfied in many pricey US cities Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 12:02 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— High rents are worth it. At least that's the sentiment of apartment dwellers in New York, San Francisco and Washington, who say they're more satisfied living in those cities than do renters in far more affordable areas such as Milwaukee, Albuquerque and Detroit. The finding comes from a survey released Thursday by Apartment List, a San Francisco- based...

  • BOSTON/ LOS ANGELES, May 20- Four U.S. public pension fund officials on Wednesday warned that McDonald's Corp and other companies may be jeopardizing their own futures by returning excessive amounts of cash to investors via share buybacks. The statement by the fund officials marks the first time in which some of the nation's biggest institutional investors...

  • BOSTON/ LOS ANGELES, May 20- Four U.S. public pension fund officials on Wednesday warned that McDonald's Corp and other companies may be jeopardizing their own futures by returning excessive amounts of cash to investors via share buybacks. The statement by the fund officials marks the first time in which some of the nation's biggest institutional investors...

  • Rexnord meets 4Q profit forecasts Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 4:27 PM ET

    MILWAUKEE _ Rexnord Corp. on Wednesday reported fiscal fourth-quarter net income of $32.3 million. The average estimate of seven analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was also for earnings of 54 cents per share. For the current quarter ending in June, Rexnord expects its per-share earnings to range from 26 cents to 28 cents.

  • Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced the pact that Equifax, Experian and TransUnion struck with attorneys general in 31 states. "I am pleased that our agreement brings about reforms that will provide for more effective dealings and better communication between consumers and the credit reporting agencies," said Alabama Attorney General Luther...

  • CHICAGO, May 20- Hormel Foods' chief executive cast doubt on federal forecasts for as much as 4 percent increase in turkey meat production on Wednesday, due to a devastating outbreak of avian flu that has "significantly challenged" its Jennie-O Turkey Store business. To date, the outbreak has led to the deaths or scheduled euthanizations of more than 38 million...