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  • The move from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission aims to clear up confusion over the way two federal laws protecting employees' medical privacy apply to the popular programs, which are designed to control medical spending by reducing obesity, smoking and other risk factors. The new rules are more restrictive than those passed under the ACA, which...

  • WASHINGTON— For the first time, thousands of low-income high-school students in nearly two dozen states will soon be able to get federal grants to take college courses for credit, part of a program the Obama administration plans to begin this summer. The Education Department says the administration will invest about $20 million in the 2016-17 school year to...

  • Eric Bryson, the pilot who sailed the El Faro out of the Port of Jacksonville on its final voyage, testified before the U.S. The ship lost propulsion and sank Oct. 1 after getting caught in a Category 4 hurricane while sailing between Jacksonville and Puerto Rico. All 33 aboard died in the worst commercial maritime disaster for a U.S.-flagged ship since the Marine...

  • Pfizer says it's blocking use of drugs for lethal injections. News that Pfizer is blocking use of its drugs in lethal injections comes as executions continue to decline in the U.S. as states struggle to find execution drugs. Pharmaceutical company Pfizer said Friday it was blocking use of its drugs in lethal injections, which means all federally-approved...

  • Investing for the long haul When William Bauer, managing director of Royce, a New Jersey leather goods company, graduated from McGill University in 2014 and HEC Paris in 2015, his mother gave him 100 shares of Johnson& Johnson stock and 100 shares of Qualcomm. Rheude studied marketing at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, driving a 2001 Audi A4 his parents...

  • OMAHA, Neb., April 29- Clayton Homes, the mobile home unit of Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc, said it is seeing an upturn in activity even as it defends against accusations its lending practices harm borrowers and can be racist. Berkshire paid $1.7 billion in 2003 for Clayton, and the Marysville, Tennessee- based company has since tripled its market share,...

  • Titan Pharmaceuticals Inc and privately owned Braeburn Pharmaceuticals have together developed a matchstick-sized implant that analysts expect will be approved next month, despite mixed reviews. The market for the implant could also be much bigger than first envisaged should a bill gaining bipartisan support on Capitol Hill become law.

  • National Labor Relations Board on Tuesday filed an unfair labor practices complaint against Volkswagen AG for not bargaining with a portion of plant workers at its Tennessee plant represented by the United Auto Workers union. The plant in Chattanooga has about 1,500 hourly workers. Volkswagen was at one time welcoming to the UAW at Chattanooga.

  • NEW YORK, April 26- The dollar fell on Tuesday after weaker-than-expected U.S. economic data boosted expectations the Federal Reserve would hold interest rates lower for longer, while U.S. Tuesday's economic data "plays into the idea that the Fed need not be in any rush to raise rates," said Richard Franulovich, senior currency strategist at Westpac Banking...

  • NEW YOEK, April 26- The dollar sank on Tuesday after weaker-than-expected U.S. economic data boosted expectations the Federal Reserve would hold interest rates lower for longer, while U.S. Tuesday's economic data "plays into the idea that the Fed need not be in any rush to raise rates," said Richard Franulovich, senior currency strategist at Westpac Banking...

  • NEW YORK, April 26- U.S. Treasury yields nudged higher on Tuesday, with the 10- year yield hitting its highest level in nearly five weeks as a weaker-than-forecast monthly rise in domestic durable goods orders offset pressure from government supply in Europe and the United States. "It is pretty much a given that the FOMC won't raise rates at this meeting, and may not...

  • DETROIT, April 25- Volkswagen AG said on Monday it would go to a U.S. federal appeals court in an effort to keep the United Auto Workers union from representing a portion of the company's plant workers in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Earlier this month, the National Labor Relations Board upheld a December vote of about 160 skilled trades workers at the plant who voted to...

  • April 22- General Motors said on Friday it will close four North American plants that primarily make cars and not SUVs or trucks, for two weeks due to a parts shortage linked to the recent earthquake in Japan. Operations at Lordstown, Ohio; Fairfax, Kansas; Spring Hill, Tennessee; and the Flex Oshawa plant in Ontario will be shut for two weeks beginning on April 25, GM...

  • April 22- General Motors said on Friday it would temporarily close four North American plants, as it assess the potential impact on its supply chain from the recent earthquakes in Japan. Operations at Spring Hill, Tennessee; the Flex Assembly in Oshawa, Ontario; Lordstown, Ohio; and Fairfax, Kansas, will be shut for two weeks beginning on April 25.

  • NEW YORK, April 21- Oil prices slipped on Thursday as producers hinted at more output, while U.S. stocks had their first loss in four sessions after a mixed bag of earnings reports. "Markets are convinced that the ECB will do more if it becomes necessary," said Sireen Harajli, currency strategist at Mizuho Corporate Bank in New York. Crude oil prices fell as Russia and...

  • NEW YORK, April 21- U.S. "The optics of higher oil led to some small lot selling yesterday that then got compounded," said Jim Vogel, an interest rate strategist at FTN Financial in Memphis, Tennessee. Weakness in high-grade European government bonds, which have supported U.S. debt, added to pressure after it was reported that Greece had a primary surplus last year.

  • April 19- Target Corp said on Tuesday that transgender employees and customers can use the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity, taking a stand on an issue at the center of a heated national debate. North Carolina last month became the first state to require transgender people to use restrooms and locker rooms in schools and other public...

  • The U.S. Department of Transportation said on Friday it intended to grant flying rights to Norwegian Air's Irish subsidiary, potentially paving the way for cheaper fares on transatlantic flights. Norwegian Air, Europe's third-largest budget airline by passenger numbers after Ryanair and EasyJet, can afford to offer cheaper airfares than traditional...

  • National Labor Relations Board voted 2-1 to uphold a December election by a small group of workers at Volkswagen AG's Tennessee plant to join the United Auto Workers, the NLRB announced on Wednesday. The UAW will now see if it has additional leverage to press VW to agree to come to the negotiating table for the 160 skilled trades workers, members of UAW Local 42 in...

  • Treasury yields rose modestly on Wednesday, led by shorter-dated maturities, as Wall Street's strong opening helped markets shrug off weaker-than-expected readings on U.S. producer prices and retail sales. Treasury yields have been largely tied to equities in recent days and strong trade data out of China and upbeat bank earnings on Wednesday backed...