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  • Wisconsin judge declines to block new right-to-work law Thursday, 19 Mar 2015 | 5:01 AM ET

    MADISON, Wis.— A judge on Thursday declined to block Wisconsin's new right-to-work law, allowing it to remain in effect while several unions challenge the statute. Dane County Circuit Judge William Foust rejected the request by three unions to grant a temporary injunction blocking the law from being enforced pending the outcome of their lawsuit.

  • LOS ANGELES/ SEATTLE, March 18- Starbucks Corp Chief Executive Howard Schultz has deftly navigated thorny issues such as gay marriage, gun control and Congressional gridlock, but his move to weigh in on U.S. race relations has brewed up a social media backlash. at center page and "RaceTogether" and the Starbucks logo near the bottom. The issue flared following the...

  • Trump said he had formed an exploratory committee to determine whether to run, and that he had hired staff in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. In a telephone interview with Reuters, Trump said he would put his job creation record up against anyone, including the dozen or so Republicans who are considering a White House run in 2016.. The United States for years...

  • WASHINGTON, March 18- Real estate mogul and TV personality Donald Trump took the first steps on Wednesday toward launching a 2016 presidential campaign, a sign the businessman may jump into the Republican race after publicly considering it in years past. Trump said he had formed an exploratory committee to determine whether to run, and that he had hired staff in...

  • Actuant reports 2Q loss Wednesday, 18 Mar 2015 | 8:15 AM ET

    MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis. _ Actuant Corp. on Wednesday reported a fiscal second-quarter loss of $64.8 million, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier. For the current quarter ending in May, Actuant said it expects revenue in the range of $315 million to $325 million. Actuant shares have declined almost 10 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • WASHINGTON— Senate Republicans are matching President Barack Obama's proposals to cut Medicare by more than $400 billion over the coming decade, though they're not embracing his specific cuts to health care providers like hospitals and drug companies. Slated for release Wednesday afternoon, the GOP senators' companion measure contains greater cost cuts...

  • Puerto Rico's governor, Alejandro García-Padilla, has models from JetBlue, Lufthansa, Avianca and local airline Seaborne in his office. European aircraft manufacturer Airbus took in 1,456 passenger plane orders from 67 airlines around the world last year. It also placed 30,000 of its own orders— for model Airbus jets.

  • MADISON, Wis.— Wisconsin drivers will be able to go faster in their cars, and snag free samples of hard liquor on their way home, under a pair of bills passed with bipartisan support in the Legislature on Tuesday. The Senate passed the liquor sampling bill on a voice vote with no debate, sending it to Gov. It now goes to the Senate, where it's expected to pass next month.

  • The payments included tax credits for families that didn't qualify, Medicare payments for treatments that might not have been necessary, and unemployment benefits for people who were actually working. Improper payments increased by $19 billion over the previous year, according to a report by the Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of...

  • A shell company linked to Schock paid a political donor $750,000 last year for a warehouse in Peoria, then took out a $600,000 mortgage for the property from a local bank run by other donors, a combination of Illinois land records and private business documents shows. But the transaction follows similar Schock real estate deals detailed by a recent Associated...

  • WASHINGTON— Americans are getting older, but not this old: Social Security records show that 6.5 million people in the U.S. have reached the ripe old age of 112.. But Social Security does not have death records for millions of these people, with the oldest born in 1869, according to a report by the agency's inspector general. Only 13 of the people are still getting...

  • 5 things to know about Congress' budget debate Monday, 16 Mar 2015 | 3:14 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Congress' annual budget debate pits Republicans against Democrats as the newly empowered GOP in the House and Senate offer their alternatives to President Barack Obama's budget. It sets out, in broad strokes, goals for spending, tax revenues and changes to crucial programs like Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps and student loans as well as the health...

  • WASHINGTON— GOP defense hawks are pressing to find ways to boost the Pentagon's bottom line as the annual budget debate cranks up on Capitol Hill, as tension between defense hawks and budget hard-liners is already making it difficult for Republican leaders to assemble a majority behind their soon-to-be-revealed budget blueprints. Senate Armed Service...

  • WASHINGTON— Americans are getting older, but not this old: Social Security records show that 6.5 million people in the U.S. have reached the ripe old age of 112.. But Social Security does not have death records for millions of these people, with the oldest born in 1869, according to a report by the agency's inspector general. Only 13 of the people are still getting...

  • House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling said the Fed's Office of Inspector General reopened the case on March 4, according to the letter, which was sent to Fed Chair Janet Yellen on Friday. Details of the Federal Open Market Committee's September 2012 meeting were published by Medley Global Advisors in a report to clients on Oct. 3 of that...

  • March 8- Firefighters on Sunday were still working to extinguish the last of a series of fires that erupted when a BNSF Railway train loaded with crude oil derailed two days ago in a rural area south of Galena, Illinois, a local official said. Nobody was injured in the fiery Thursday wreck, in which 21 cars of a 105- car BNSF train that originated in North Dakota...

  • March 7- Firefighters were still working on Saturday to extinguish several blazes that erupted when a BNSF Railway train loaded with crude oil derailed two days ago in a rural area of northwestern Illinois, a local official said. Nobody was injured in Thursday's fiery wreck, in which 21 cars of a 105- car train that originated in North Dakota derailed on the...

  • March 7- Firefighters on Saturday were still working to extinguish several blazes that erupted when a BNSF Railway train loaded with crude oil derailed two days ago in a rural area south of Galena, Illinois, a local official said. Nobody was injured in the fiery Thursday wreck, in which 21 cars of a 105- car BNSF train that originated in North Dakota derailed about 3...

  • LA JOLLA, Calif., March 6- One of the earliest tasks in President Barack Obama's $215 million "precision medicine" program will be finding a way to piece together data from a hodgepodge of existing studies, said Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health. Volunteers include Kaiser Permanente, the Mayo Clinic, the Marshfield Clinic in...

  • NEW YORK, March 6- U.S. stocks retreated on Friday, with the S&P 500 index poised for its second straight weekly drop, after a strong monthly jobs report fueled expectations for an interest rate hike by the Federal Reserve this year. "There's speculation we're going to see an increase in rates earlier than anticipated," Jim Herrick, director of equity trading at R.W.