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  • May 26- Sears Holdings Corp reported a bigger net loss as sales fell and said it was exploring potential partnerships or other deals for its unit that holds the Kenmore, Craftsman and DieHard brands and its Sears Home Services business. The company said net loss attributable to shareholders widened to $471 million, or $4.41 per share, in the first quarter ended on...

  • HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. _ Sears Holdings Corp. on Thursday reported a loss of $471 million in its fiscal first quarter. Sears shares have fallen 39 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: Sears Holdings, Earnings Report, Priority Earnings.

  • The world's biggest burger chain also told employees to work from home last year, when protesters calling for pay of $15 an hour and a union gathered outside its buildings. The push for a $15 minimum wage began in 2012. In the first quarter, McDonald's reported $1.1 billion in profits on sales of $5.9 billion.

  • An Associated Press investigation has documented 345 instances in which people hopped over, crawled under, drove cars through or otherwise breached the fences and gates protecting the perimeters of 31 of the nation's busiest airports between January 2004 and mid-February. The first installment, published last year, included incidents involving an...

  • SYDNEY, May 26- U.S. soybeans retained strong gains from the previous session on Thursday after earlier hitting a 15- day high on concerns over shortfalls in Argentina's oilseed production. *The most active soybean futures on the Chicago Board Of Trade was steady at $10.85 a bushel, having earlier hit a high of $10.88-1/ 4 a bushel- the strongest since May 11 when...

  • OAK BROOK, Ill., May 25- Hundreds of protesters marched through pouring rain to call for higher wages and union rights at McDonald's Corp on Wednesday, leading the hamburger chain to shut down its headquarters a day before its annual meeting. The suburban Chicago campus was shut for the third year in a row because of protests centered on the shareholder gathering,...

  • CHICAGO/ LOS ANGELES, May 25- McDonald's Corp said on Wednesday it temporarily closed its suburban Chicago headquarters for a third year in a row as fast-food workers plan to protest at the company's annual shareholders meeting with calls for wages of at least $15 an hour and union rights. The company will host the annual shareholders meeting at its Oak Brook,...

  • NEW YORK, May 25- Boeing Co said on Wednesday it was reducing the size of its tech support unit as part of an ongoing drive to lower costs. The company declined to comment on how many Information Technology workers are being laid off, after the Seattle Times reported on Tuesday that hundreds of IT jobs were being cut. The reductions are across the company, and reflect...

  • May 25- A Wisconsin state appeals court has reinstated a right-to-work law that was struck down by a lower court that said it was unconstitutional, granting a stay while the earlier ruling is appealed, the state's attorney general said. In 2015, the legislation was spearheaded by state Republican lawmakers, including former U.S. presidential candidate...

  • WINNIPEG, May 25- U.S. soybean futures jumped 3 percent on Wednesday, the biggest gain for the most-active contract in two weeks, boosted by concerns about a possible shortage of soymeal from Argentina. Chicago Board of Trade July soybeans gained 30-3/ 4 cents at $10.85-1/ 2 a bushel, touching a one-week high. "It's all on the meal market," said Bill Gary, president of...

  • LOS ANGELES, May 25- McDonald's Corp has temporarily closed its headquarters for the third year in a row as worker wage protests targeted the fast-food company's annual meeting, it said on Wednesday. McDonald's, based in Oak Brook, Illinois, has encouraged employees to work from home, spokeswoman Lisa McComb said in an email. Workers from McDonald's and other...

  • Some members of Congress say such agreements help smaller local TV broadcasters reduce operating costs by merging different stations' advertising sales departments. Congress had ordered the commission in 1996 to review the rules every four years but it last completed a review in 2006. The FCC still has not completed the 2010 or 2014 reviews.

  • SPRINGFIELD, Ill.— Amid howls of protest from Republicans, the Democratic-led Illinois House passed a spending plan for next year Wednesday without considering any of the pro-business legislation GOP Gov. "What just happened in the House of Representatives is something which I've never witnessed in my many years here, but I would just say it's a very sad and a...

  • NEW YORK— Fliers should brace for long waits at airport security over the holiday weekend. After Chicago officials threatened to privatize security at the city's two big airports, the Transportation Security Administration moved dozens of part-time screeners to full-time and brought in more canine units to sniff passengers for explosives.

  • *Oil prices edge towards $50/ barrel. *Alibaba falls after SEC launches investigation. May 25- Wall Street was higher in afternoon trading on Wednesday, extending gains from Tuesday as oil prices rose and investors became more comfortable with the prospect of an interest rate hike as early as next month.

  • May 25- The U.S. Transportation Security Administration is taking several steps to shorten airport lines including moving officers to different posts, but still lacks the staffing to handle peak travel times, Administrator Peter Neffenger said in a Congressional hearing Wednesday. Neffenger said TSA was still evaluating whether to ask Congress to let it...

  • Consult Roadside America's database of offbeat tourist attractions, and you could marvel at a giant map of Chicago painted on a skyscraper or visit the post office that straddles Texarkana, Arkansas, and Texarkana, Texas. Pay $2 apiece for more, or an additional $6 for all of them— a better deal if you travel a lot. There's Mount Rushmore, of course, but the $3 app can...

  • WINNIPEG, May 25- U.S. soybean futures jumped more than 2 percent on Wednesday, boosted by concerns about a possible shortage of soymeal from Argentina. Chicago Board of Trade July soybeans was up 22-3/ 4 cents, or 2.2 percent, at $10.77-1/ 2 a bushel at 10:14 a.m. CDT. "It's all on the meal market," said Bill Gary, president of Commodity Information Systems.

  • *Oil prices edge towards $50/ barrel. *Alibaba falls after SEC launches investigation. May 25- Wall Street was higher on Wednesday, extending gains from Tuesday, as the possibility of the U.S.

  • TSA TO NOT BE PREPARED FOR RECENT SURGE IN AIR TRAVEL FROM CHICAGO- ADMINISTRATOR.