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  • WASHINGTON— House Republicans are attempting to hold together a rare bipartisan deal to help Puerto Rico manage its crippling finances as a committee begins considering the legislation Wednesday. "We have a constitutional, political, and moral imperative to act," said House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop, the Utah Republican who has led...

  • NEW YORK, May 24- Michigan Governor Rick Snyder declared a state of energy emergency on Tuesday because of ongoing problems with a major petroleum products pipeline combined with an unexpected outage at Marathon Petroleum Corp's Detroit refinery. The order was in response to an "unplanned" outage at the 106,000 barrels-per-day Detroit refinery along with...

  • "Today marks a milestone— for this Congress and for the American people as we make great strides to update our nation's chemical safety laws," said Rep. Fred Upton, R- Mich., chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. The 403-12 vote in favor of the bill sends it to the Senate, where it's expected to be approved and sent to President Barack Obama, who is expected to...

  • NEW YORK, May 24- Michigan Governor Rick Snyder issued a state of energy emergency on Tuesday because of ongoing problems with a major product pipeline and an unexpected outage at Marathon's Detroit refinery. The order was in response to the extended outage of the West Shore Pipeline, which carries products from Milwaukee to Green Bay, Wisconsin, and has been...

  • WASHINGTON— Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald said Tuesday he regrets remarks he made comparing long wait times at VA health care sites to waiting in line at a Disney amusement park. McDonald's statement came after a Republican senator called for his resignation and GOP lawmakers and veterans' service groups slammed his remarks as insulting and...

  • WASHINGTON— A sympathetic House Judiciary Committee is giving a high-profile forum to a top Republican who wants to impeach IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, a cause that excites conservatives but seems unlikely to go far in Congress this election year. "You can't thumb your nose at Congress and expect there to be no consequences," Chaffetz said in an interview...

  • PHILADELPHIA— A blimp has made an emergency landing and deflated at a construction site next to a Philadelphia highway. Police say the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board have been notified. The blimp displayed advertising for adhesives company Bostik Inc., based in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin.

  • MILWAUKEE— A Milwaukee custard shop owner is defending his English-only ordering policy. He tells WISN-TV that he doesn't want to encourage non-English orders because it's going to be "a problem down the road," adding that "we can't be the United Nations." WITI reports the Wisconsin chapter of the League of United Latin American Citizens says the policy violates...

  • MILWAUKEE _ Brady Corp. on Thursday reported fiscal third-quarter net income of $21 million. The average estimate of five analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 33 cents per share. Four analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $274.8 million.

  • WASHINGTON— In a breakthrough, House Republicans and Democrats have struck a deal with the White House on a deal to help rescue Puerto Rico from $70 billion in debt. House Speaker Paul Ryan, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew all expressed support for the legislation Thursday, with Lew calling the bill "a fair, but tough...

  • The postal services business he had built over three short years was thriving, catering to the tens of thousands of people who, like him, had streamed into North Dakota to strike it rich during an unprecedented oil boom. But the price drop quickened, due in part to a supply glut from the 1.2 million barrels of oil North Dakota was pumping each day.

  • *Wall St lower as strong data raises chances of rate hike. NEW YORK, May 17- Stocks fell on Wall Street on Tuesday after strong U.S. inflation data increased the probability of a rate hike from the Federal Reserve, while a global gauge of stocks ticked lower. A more confident Fed is a Fed that is more likely to hike again this summer or fall, "said Brian Jacobsen, chief...

  • *Wall St weighs on global stocks gauge. NEW YORK, May 17- Stocks fell on Wall Street Tuesday after strong U.S. inflation data increased the probability of a rate hike from the Federal Reserve, while a global gauge of stocks cut its gains. A more confident Fed is a Fed that is more likely to hike again this summer or fall, "said Brian Jacobsen, chief portfolio strategist at...

  • MADISON, Wis.— Vintners in southern Wisconsin and southeastern Minnesota are reeling from a weekend cold snap that ruined huge swaths of their grapes. Steve Johnson, head of the Wisconsin Grape Growers Association, said Tuesday that vineyards west of Madison suffered the worst. Wollersheim Winery in Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin, lost 75 percent of its red grapes and...

  • NEW YORK/ WELLINGTON, May 16- Erik Duhaime is a passive stock market investor, but he isn't afraid to short Donald Trump or go long on Hillary Clinton. "This is probably one of the ways I restrain myself from being active in the stock market," said Duhaime, a PhD student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management, who checks the site a few times a...

  • MADISON, Wis.— The U.S. Department of Labor has ordered 24 Madison-area restaurants and hotels to pay 275 employees more than $724,000 in back pay following an investigation into hours and wage violations. The largest violation comes from Laredo's Mexican Restaurant, which has three locations, the Wisconsin State Journal reported. The department has also...

  • Yet the measures are leaving anti-drug advocates underwhelmed, and Congress won't decide till later how much money it's willing to provide. Frank Guinta of New Hampshire and Bob Dold of Illinois and Sen. Rob Portman, R- Ohio, chief sponsor of similar Senate legislation.

  • Utility officials previously maintained that Fort Calhoun would be a valuable part of its plans because of its ability to generate power without adding to carbon dioxide emissions. The district spends about $650 million a year on generating power, which includes about $250 million on Fort Calhoun. The district typically gets about 34 percent of its power...

  • WASHINGTON— In cities across America, the middle class is hollowing out. A widening wealth gap is moving more households into either higher- or lower-income groups in major metro areas, with fewer remaining in the middle, according to a report released Wednesday by the Pew Research Center. The squeezing of the middle class has animated this year's presidential...

  • Kohl's is joining the parade of gloomy reports from retailers. "There seems to be some more macro issues given performances of both ourselves and competition," said Kevin Mansell, Kohl's chairman, president and CEO, told investors during a call on Thursday. Still, it's hard to gauge how much of the weakness has been from the economy versus specific issues related to...