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  • 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...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 20- President Barack Obama planned on Thursday to ease the threat of deportation for about 4.7 million illegal immigrants, as leading Democrats lined up behind the U.S. leader in the face of Republican attacks. Obama dispatched his chief of staff, Denis McDonough, to Capitol Hill for lunch with Senate Democrats who grilled him on the politics and...

  • Representative Paul Ryan, the leading Republican voice on fiscal policy, vowed on Wednesday to start overhauling the U.S. tax code despite Washington gridlock that he says will worsen with President Barack Obama's planned immigration order. The candidate for vice president in Mitt Romney's 2012 White House bid, Ryan was confirmed by Republicans on...

  • WASHINGTON/ CHICAGO, Nov 19- U.S. farmers are about to reap a bumper harvest not just in corn and soybeans but also in new subsidies that could soar to $10 billion, blowing a hole in the government's promise that its new five-year farm bill would save taxpayers money. If payments for 2014, the first year the farm bill takes effect, do come in at that level- as some private...

  • CHICAGO, Nov 13- Farmland prices in the U.S. "The downturn in crop prices of the past two years finally extinguished the trend of rising farmland values that had prevailed in the District since the fourth quarter of 2009," the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago said, reporting land prices fell 2 percent from the second quarter but were unchanged from a year ago.

  • CHICAGO, Nov 13- U.S. farmland prices in the central Corn Belt states eased slightly in the July-September quarter, but stayed steady on year-ago levels as values held up despite the downturn in grain prices that accelerated with this year's record harvest, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago said on Thursday. "Declines from a year ago in' good' agricultural land...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 12- The U.S. State Department must halt plans to expand an oil sands pipeline route from Canada to Wisconsin until possible environmental harm has been closely studied, several green groups said in a lawsuit filed on Wednesday. An Enbridge Inc proposal for its Line 3 pipeline from Alberta to Wisconsin is part of a $7.5 billion upgrade on its system...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 12- The U.S. State Department must halt plans to expand an oil sands pipeline route from Canada to Wisconsin until possible environmental harm has been closely studied, several green groups said in a lawsuit filed on Wednesday. An Enbridge Inc proposal for its Line 3 pipeline from Alberta to Wisconsin is part of a $7.5 billion upgrade on its system...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 5- America's underperforming economy has been an albatross for President Barack Obama since he took office in 2009 and likely did his Democratic party few favors in midterm elections on Tuesday- but it may not have been the decisive factor. Hurt by Obama's general unpopularity, Democrats lost control of the Senate while Republicans...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 4- The Republican takeover of the U.S. Senate on Tuesday could lead to new legislative measures that directly effect the energy sector and other slices of the equities market. Republican Senate candidates picked up formerly Democratic seats in Iowa, North Carolina, Montana, Colorado, West Virginia, South Dakota and Arkansas, more than the six gains...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 4- With Congressional election results so far confirming expectations, a Republican takeover of the U.S. Senate will likely deal investors a result that could have a direct effect on the energy sector and other slices of the equities market. Republican Senate candidates picked up formerly Democratic seats in Montana, Colorado, West Virginia, South...

  • What this election means for the sweep of history Tuesday, 4 Nov 2014 | 10:07 AM ET
    Voters wait in line to enter a polling place at the Jamestown Town Hall before the poll opens Nov. 4, 2014, in Jamestown, North Carolina.

    Voters go to the polls for midterm congressional elections Tuesday, but just 10 states will decide the most important result.

  • What the midterm elections are REALLY all about Monday, 3 Nov 2014 | 7:00 AM ET
    Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal steps away from the podium after speaking at a press conference, Monday, Oct. 6, 2014, in Atlanta.

    High unemployment rates are hurting incumbent Republican governors running for office in Georgia, Wisconsin and Florida. Voters want jobs.

  • Morgan Chase& Co learned about hackers who stole the bank's contact information for 76 million households and 7 million small businesses through a corporate event that it sponsors, the New York Times and Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. The New York Times said the breach was part of a repository of a billion stolen passwords...