DES MOINES, Iowa-- More than 15,000 Iowa residents have signed up for private health insurance plans using the federal enrollment website healthcare.gov, according to a new report out Tuesday. The figures show that while more people are signing up, the pace has slowed both nationally and in Iowa.» Read More
DENVER-- CenturyLink Inc. workers in 13 western states have voted to authorize a strike if union leaders can't reach a new contract with the communications company. The union and Monroe, La.- based CenturyLink are trying to reach a new contract for 13,000 employees, who formerly worked for Qwest Communications, before the current contract expires Saturday night.
FARGO, N.D.-- Dry conditions have allowed North Dakota farmers to continue a rapid pace of harvesting late season crops. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in its weekly crop report that corn was 98 percent mature and 36 percent harvested, well ahead of last year and the five-year average. The dry edible bean harvest was 95 percent complete.
SEATTLE-- Boeing Co.' s union of engineers and technical workers is expected to reject the aerospace giant's first contract offer when mail-in ballots are counted Monday evening. Union leaders for the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace, or SPEEA, have recommended that its 23,000 members reject Boeing's four-year contract offers.
BISMARCK, N.D.-- An airline that for two decades has received federal subsidies to fly to a small North Dakota city says it no longer needs taxpayer help because the oil boom in the area has made the service self-sufficient.
CHARLESTON, W.Va.-- The United Mine Workers of America says it's eager to meet with Alpha Natural Resources Inc. and negotiate a contract for 85 workers that the former Massey Energy refused to hire.
MONTGOMERY, Ala.-- Alabama Power's agreements to purchase wind-generated power put it among the leading investor-owned utilities in the Southeast to pursue the renewable source, a national organization said.
MIRAMAR, Fla.-- Spirit Airlines Inc. will begin charging passengers $100 for carry-on bags unless they pay a smaller fee before getting to the airport. The airline announced in May that the $100 fee was coming.
:Prices rose for industrial metals as some positive signs emerged from a mixed batch of global economic news. U.S. manufacturing activity rose, overall U.S. construction spending dropped and manufacturing remained weak in China.
Copper for December delivery gained 2.75 cents to finish at $3.7855 per pound. The new reports showed that U.S. manufacturing activity improved, overall U.S. construction spending dropped and China's manufacturing activity remained anemic.
Both David Montgomery's withdrawal and Daniel Schindler's dismissal came last month, just weeks before the start of what has been touted as an independent, objective look at the science put forth by the Pebble Limited Partnership.
WASHINGTON-- Expect to see fewer products pitched as "environmentally friendly" if the government has its way. Hoping to limit the number of deceptive claims, the Federal Trade Commission on Monday released an updated version of its green marketing guidelines that hold companies to truthful standards in marketing their products.
WASHINGTON-- The Supreme Court plunged into its new term Monday with a high-stakes dispute between businesses and human rights groups over accountability for foreign atrocities. Cases involving some of the most emotional issues in American life are likely to be decided after voters choose a president and new Congress next month.
TEHRAN, Iran-- Iran's currency has fallen 16 percent in a single day to hit a record low against the U.S. dollar and other foreign currencies in street trading. The collapse of the currency is a sign of the impact of Western sanctions imposed over Iran's nuclear program. The West suspects Iran is aiming to build nuclear weapons, a charge Tehran denies.
PRINCETON, N.J.-- Church& Dwight said Monday that it completed its acquisition of Avid Health Inc., which makes gummy types of vitamins and supplements, for $650 million in cash. Church& Dwight Co. Inc. makes Arm& Hammer baking soda, Aim toothpaste and other products. Church& Dwight shares rose 19 cents to $54.18 in afternoon trading.
WASHINGTON-- House Speaker John Boehner bought stock in two health care companies this year, while third-ranking House Republican Kevin McCarthy bought and sold Apple stock within a few days. The initial disclosures for members of Congress were posted Monday on the Internet. Congress passed the law as part of an effort to repair its sagging public image.
The most popular motorsports series in Mexico will make its U.S. debut next season at Phoenix International Raceway. The NASCAR Toyota Series will run at Phoenix on March 1 in conjunction with the Sprint Cup, Nationwide and K&N West Series. NASCAR and PIR officials will hold a Tuesday news conference in Phoenix.
The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, also said its gauge of manufacturing employment rose following a decline in August.
NEW YORK-- Shares of Boston Beer Co. fell Monday after a UBS analyst highlighted concerns about stalling sales growth. That could mean overall revenue growth may be lower in 2013 than investors and Wall Street analysts expect. Boston Beer did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
TRENTON, N.J.-- A New Jersey state Senate committee on Monday again advanced a bill to set up a state-run insurance exchange as a way to give uninsured people a way to buy health plans as part of the federal health insurance overhaul.