Top News & Analysis Wisconsin

  • NEW YORK-- Billionaire investor Carl Icahn is making an unsolicited bid for truck maker Oshkosh Corp. that values the company at almost $3 billion. He says management has taken a passive attitude toward the Wisconsin- based company's future and wants it to be more active. Its shares gained $3.40, or 12.7 percent, to $30.25 in midday trading.

  • WASHINGTON-- A Federal Reserve survey released Wednesday found that the economy grew modestly in the late summer, bolstered by solid gains in housing. The report is based on anecdotal information from the regional districts and covers the period from mid-August to Sept. 28. The region's economy expanded modestly.

  • MADISON, Wis.-- For years, vacationers and farmers across northern Wisconsin and Minnesota have heard the eerie howl of the gray wolf and fretted the creatures were lurking around their cabins and pastures, eying up Fido or Bessie.

  • WASHINGTON-- Four years ago, Joe Biden was careful not to appear overly aggressive in his vice presidential debate with Sarah Palin, then a newcomer to the national stage. Now, as he prepares to debate Paul Ryan, a 14- year House veteran and the top Republican budget writer, Biden is less concerned about looking like a bully.

  • U.S. companies as diverse as chipmaker Intel Corp and printer Quad/Graphics Inc have opened in-house health clinics with doctors, nurses and even dentists to diagnose suspicious symptoms, write prescriptions and more. "We were beginning to see... growing chronic conditions in our population," says Tami Graham, director of global benefits for Intel. "

  • NEW YORK-- Stocks slumped Tuesday on Wall Street after the International Monetary Fund predicted weaker world economic growth and as investors waited for what they expected to be lower corporate earnings. The slide came on the five-year anniversary of record high closes for the Dow and S&P 500.

  • MILWAUKEE-- A.O. Smith appointed its chief operating officer as CEO Tuesday. President and COO Ajita Rajendra, the new CEO, joined A.O. Smith in 2005 as president of its Water Products Co., which makes residential and commercial water heaters and boilers. Shares of A.O. Smith Corp. fell 40 cents to $57.45 in afternoon trading.

  • U.S. companies as diverse as chipmaker Intel Corp and printer Quad/Graphics Inc have opened in-house health clinics with doctors, nurses and even dentists to diagnose suspicious symptoms, write prescriptions and more. "We were beginning to see... growing chronic conditions in our population," says Tami Graham, director of global benefits for Intel. "

  • NEW YORK-- President Barack Obama deployed Big Bird in a new campaign ad Tuesday mocking Mitt Romney's vow to end federal funding for public broadcasting.

  • A unionized job once meant a secure path to a middle-class life. President Barack Obama has signed a series of executive orders that encourage the use of union labor in federal construction projects, ease union financial reporting requirements and more.

  • SAN FRANCISCO-- Exactly one month from Election Day, Republican Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama are both declaring they will win a race for the White House that remains anything but clear. Their trails are crossing again in Ohio, the state that could decide the election, and signs of urgency are emerging from each campaign.

  • NEW BRITAIN, Conn.-- Tool maker Stanley Black& Decker Inc. is selling its hardware and home-improvement business to Spectrum Brands Holdings Inc. for $1.4 billion in cash. Stanley Black& Decker, which is based in New Britain Conn., said the sale is part of its ongoing strategy to diversify its revenue and geographic reach.

  • SEATTLE-- Alaska Airlines said flights were running close to normal late Monday after a fiber-optic outage shut down its ticketing system for more than four hours, causing the airline and its regional carrier to cancel 78 flights, affecting nearly 7,000 customers. The problems were caused by two severed fiber-optic lines in Sprint's network.

  • Oct 8- An outage that cut phone and data service to Sprint customers in parts of California, Oregon and Washington also grounded some Alaska Airlines passengers on Monday as it knocked the air carrier's reservations system off line.

  • SEATTLE-- Alaska Airlines operations slowly were returning to normal Monday afternoon after a fiber-optic outage shut down its ticketing system for five hours, cancelling flights in Seattle and Los Angeles and causing delays across the airline's 64- airport network.

  • Oct 8- An outage that cut phone and data service to Sprint customers in parts of California, Oregon and Washington also grounded some Alaska Airlines passengers on Monday as it knocked the air carrier's reservations system off line.

  • SEATTLE-- Alaska Airlines has fixed the computer problem that delayed flights Monday across its 64- airport network on the West Coast and in Mexico and Canada, and operations slowly were returning to normal. Alaska Airlines said the data connection was restored before 1 p.m. but passengers could still expect some delays as the system adjusted.

  • SEATTLE-- Alaska Airlines says its computer connections have been restored, and operations are returning to normal at its airport gates. The problem started just before 8 a.m. Monday when the airline lost its connection to the Sabre reservation system because of two cut Sprint fiber optic lines.

  • Oct 8- An outage that cut phone and data service to Sprint customers in parts of California, Oregon and Washington also grounded some Alaska Airlines passengers on Monday as it knocked the air carrier's reservations system off line.

  • SEATTLE-- The computer problem that has cut off Alaska Airlines' ability to put passengers on planes was caused by a combination of two fiber optic cuts in the Sprint system.