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  • Corporate giants funding state ballot initiatives Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 5:00 AM ET

    Many of the messages are tailored to defend or expand the business interests of companies such as Coca-Cola, Monsanto and ExxonMobil, yet few have their names in the ads. Through Oct. 20, TV ad spending on ballot issues totaled roughly $119 million, according to an analysis conducted by the Washington- based Center for Public Integrity, based on preliminary data...

  • Small business view: Ebola, energy and elections Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 2:25 PM ET

    And the upcoming elections are raising questions about what the new Congress is likely to do. Craig Beal has had three cancellations for safaris to places like Botswana and South Africa that are nine hours by plane from the countries with widespread Ebola outbreaks. A similar pattern emerged after riots in South Africa and a shooting last year at a Nairobi,...

  • New efforts to ban tobacco farm child labor Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 12:45 PM ET

    "I think that many members of Congress have been shocked that children are suffering nicotine poisoning from working in U.S. tobacco fields," said Jo Becker, Human Rights Watch's children's rights advocacy director. Philip Morris International, which limits the type of work children can do on tobacco farms, says it would like to see stronger U.S. regulations in...

  • The meaning of 'organic' hazy for nonfood items Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 3:14 AM ET

    "The consumer should not need a law degree to read a label," says Laura Batcha, president of the Organic Trade Association, the industry's main trade group. According to the Organic Trade Association, sales of those nonfood organic products were about $2.8 billion last year, a small share of the overall organic market but growing rapidly. USDA doesn't regulate any...

  • UNITED NATIONS/ WASHINGTON, Oct 16- A United Nations trust fund seeking nearly $1 billion for rapid, flexible funding of the most urgent needs to fight Ebola in West Africa has received a deposit of just $100,000 nearly a month after it was set up. Since then $365 million has been committed to stop Ebola in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, which have been hit hardest...

  • UNITED NATIONS, Oct 16- A United Nations trust fund, seeking $1 billion to fight Ebola in West Africa, has received a deposit of just $100,000 nearly a month after it was set up to allow for rapid, flexible funding of the most urgent needs on the ground. As of Thursday, $365 million had been committed by at least 28 countries, the African Union, the European Union, the World...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 12- The missteps in Dallas's handling of the first Ebola case diagnosed in the United States have revealed an uncomfortable reality: state and city plans for handling the deadly virus are based on generic recommendations for everything from measles to floods, to hurricanes and dirty bombs. Reuters checks with health departments in six states and...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 11- The missteps in Dallas's handling of the first Ebola case diagnosed in the United States have revealed an uncomfortable reality: state and city plans for handling the deadly virus are based on generic recommendations for everything from measles to floods, to hurricanes and dirty bombs. Reuters checks with health departments in six states and...

  • Oct 6- Wealthy Americans contributed less of their incomes to charity while low and middle-income residents gave more in the years surrounding the Great Recession, according to a newly released report by The Chronicle of Philanthropy. Idaho, Georgia, Connecticut and Florida also ranked high on the list of increased givers. Utah residents gave the biggest...

  • Democrats lean heavily on PACs in Senate battle Sunday, 5 Oct 2014 | 12:00 AM ET

    With the battle for the Senate tilting toward Republicans, Democrats are more reliant than ever on groups they tried to outlaw, the NY Times reports.

  • GoPro shares slump after early IPO lockup break Thursday, 2 Oct 2014 | 4:40 PM ET

    Oct 2- Shares of GoPro Inc closed down nearly 7 percent on Thursday, wiping out about $800 million in market value, after the wearable camera maker said a portion of its Class A shares would be exempt from a lock-up restriction, effective tomorrow. GoPro, whose stock has quadrupled since its June 24 IPO price of $24, said about 5.8 million Class A shares have been...

  • As risks multiply, NGOs reassess security in Middle East Wednesday, 24 Sep 2014 | 6:05 AM ET

    ARBIL, Iraq, Sept 24- Aid agencies are tightening security measures in the Middle East and increasingly outsourcing work to local organizations to limit their exposure to multiplying risks across the region.

  • Chrysler recalling nearly 189,000 SUVs Saturday, 20 Sep 2014 | 10:14 AM ET
    2014 Jeep Cherokees

    Chrysler is recalling almost 189,000 Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Durangos in the U.S. to fix a fuel pump problem that can cause the SUVs to stall.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 19- Frustrated by what he describes as a lack of political courage, a former president of the U.S. unit of Royal Dutch Shell takes center stage in a new documentary film that makes the case for using alternative fuels in cars.

  • Sept 17- Two Republican lawmakers on Wednesday asked a U.S. labor agency for more information about a recent finding that fast-food chain McDonald's Corp could be held liable for the labor practices of franchisees, a view that has alarmed many businesses.

  • COPENHAGEN, Sept 17- European pension funds could become more, rather than less adventurous in their investment strategies after the European Union introduces tough new rules on capital requirements, if the experience of similar rules in Denmark is any pointer.

  • LONDON, Sept 16- New international tax rules proposed on Tuesday could eliminate structures that have allowed companies such as Google Inc and Amazon.com Inc to shave billions of dollars off their tax bills.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 16- The United States announced on Tuesday it will send 3,000 troops to help tackle the Ebola outbreak as part of a ramped-up plan, including a major deployment in Liberia, the country where the epidemic is spiraling fastest out of control.

  • UPDATE 2-Obama to send 3,000 troops to tackle Ebola Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 7:02 AM ET

    WASHINGTON/ GENEVA, Sept 16- The United States announced on Tuesday that it would send 3,000 troops to help tackle the Ebola outbreak as part of a ramped-up response including a major deployment in Liberia, the country where the epidemic is spiralling fastest out of control. So far Cuba and China have said they will send medical staff to Sierra Leone.

  • The NFL's 'non-profit' numbers     Friday, 12 Sep 2014 | 1:38 PM ET

    CNBC's Kate Rogers reports a few unexpected facts on the tax exempt sports league.