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  • Milwaukee County bus drivers strike, scrambling commute Wednesday, 1 Jul 2015 | 6:47 AM ET

    MILWAUKEE— Hundreds of Milwaukee County union bus drivers went on strike early Wednesday, leaving tens of thousands of commuters scrambling to make alternative plans to get to work and elsewhere. "I'm used to taking the bus to school every morning," said McCall, who attends Bryant and Stratton College in downtown Milwaukee. At Planet Fitness in downtown...

  • The planted soybean acreage is 2 percent more than in 2014, with the largest increases found in Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota and Tennessee. Corn and soybean conditions in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and Ohio have shown deterioration in recent weeks with the heavy rain. Missouri and Illinois have experienced the wettest Junes since the National Weather Service...

  • WASHINGTON, June 30- The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to take up a case that could weaken public sector unions, a challenge by 10 nonunion public school teachers who say California's requirement that they pay the equivalent of union dues violates their free speech rights. Unions, including the California Teachers Association, had urged the court not to...

  • Justices take up dispute over union fees Tuesday, 30 Jun 2015 | 9:36 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Supreme Court will consider limiting the power of government employee unions to collect fees from non-members in a case that labor officials say could threaten membership and further weaken union clout. Detroit Board of Education case, but in a 5-4 opinion last year, Justice Samuel Alito called Abood "questionable on several grounds."

  • President Barack Obama on Monday announced a proposal that would make nearly 5 million more workers eligible for overtime pay, a move that would touch nearly every sector of the U.S. economy and could face legal challenges. Obama in an editorial posted on the Huffington Post website said the proposal would more than double the maximum income a salaried worker...

  • WASHINGTON— Salaried workers who earn nearly $1,000 per week would become eligible for overtime pay under a proposal President Barack Obama unveiled Monday, lamenting that too many Americans are working too many hours for less pay than they deserve. The long-awaited overtime rule from the Labor Department would more than double the threshold at which...

  • NEW YORK, June 29- U.S. stocks added to a global selloff on Monday as markets digested news of capital controls in Greece and the country veered toward a default on its debt, while the euro recouped some of its earlier losses against the dollar. Talks between Athens and its creditors broke down over the weekend after Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras called a surprise...

  • YORK, Pa.— Bon-Ton, like a number of other retailers, is turning some of its real estate in to cash. Sears Holdings Corp. Sears is planning to sell more than 250 properties to a REIT it created. The Bon-Ton Stores Inc., with headquarters in Milwaukee and York, Pennsylvania, runs 270 stores in 26 states.

  • NEW YORK— Now that same-sex marriage is legal across the United States, religious conservatives are focusing on preserving their right to object. Scott Walker is urging President Barack Obama and the nation's governors "to join me in reassuring millions of Americans that the government will not force them to participate in activities that violate their...

  • MILWAUKEE— A proposed hog "megafarm" in northern Wisconsin is raising concerns among some residents that millions of gallons of pig manure will eventually wash off the land and pollute Lake Superior. An Iowa business plans to produce thousands of pigs annually a few miles from Ashland and the shore of Chequamegon Bay. If plans are approved by state and federal...

  • SACRAMENTO, Calif.— Travelers easily whiz from city to city on high-speed trains in many parts of South America, Asia and Europe. Since the first high-speed lines began operating more than 50 years ago in Japan, they have become an essential part of transportation worldwide. "The challenge in America is the scale of America," said Robert Eckels, chief executive of the...

  • SANTA CRUZ, Calif.— Kohl's has reached a nearly $1 million settlement with prosecutors in four California counties who alleged some of the company's department stores charged customers more than the price advertised on shelves and signs. The Riverside County District Attorney's Office announced the settlement on Friday. Prosecutors in Riverside, Fresno,...

  • SACRAMENTO, Calif.— Travelers easily whiz from city to city on high-speed trains in many parts of South America, Asia and Europe. Since the first high-speed lines began operating more than 50 years ago in Japan, they have become an essential part of transportation worldwide. "The challenge in America is the scale of America," said Robert Eckels, chief executive of the...

  • WASHINGTON— The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released thousands of complaints Thursday from disgruntled customers of banks, credit card companies and other providers of financial services. The targets of the complaints vary widely, and include small debt collection companies as well as Wall Street giants. Among the complaints: U.S. Bank...

  • House completes Obama trade package; now for Pacific pact Thursday, 25 Jun 2015 | 12:10 AM ET

    Obama had said he wanted to sign that bill alongside the "fast track" negotiating authority that Congress approved a day earlier. The first, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, involves the United States, Japan, Canada and nine other Pacific Rim nations. The fast-track law allows Congress to ratify or reject such agreements, but not change or filibuster them.

  • CHARLESTON, S.C., June 23- Prominent U.S. flag makers said on Tuesday they will stop manufacturing and selling Confederate battle flags in the wake of last week's attack on worshipers at a black church in Charleston, South Carolina. Reggie VandenBosch, vice president of sales at the privately owned Valley Forge Flag, said the Pennsylvania- based company came to the...

  • Home efficiency upgrades fall short, don't pay: Study Tuesday, 23 Jun 2015 | 4:05 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Home efficiency measures such as installing new windows or replacing insulation deliver such a small fraction of their promised energy savings that they may not save any money over the long run, according to the surprising conclusion of a University of Chicago study. The study, conducted by Greenstone and University of California at Berkeley...

  • Fastest rising rents in US? Jackson, Mississippi Tuesday, 23 Jun 2015 | 12:05 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Home rental prices are climbing across much of the United States— with the biggest gains coming from not from New York or San Francisco but Jackson, Mississippi, and Portland, Maine. Rents still are rising at double-digit rates in Denver, San Francisco and San Jose, California, with their job opportunities drawing new residents at a faster pace than...

  • The fight over transportation funding, and how to distribute an $800 million cut, is one of the largest issues hanging up completion of the two-year state budget in the Republican-controlled Legislature. While both sides agreed that Walker's proposal to borrow $1.3 billion to pay for roads was too much, they disagree on how an $800 million reduction in bonding...

  • Last week alone, governors of 10 states were jetting across Europe, many converging at an air show in Paris. Others traveled to Canada, South America and Asia. Since the start of 2014, governors have taken or scheduled more than 80 trips to 30 countries in their efforts to increase exports and entice foreign companies to expand in their states, according to a...