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  • WASHINGTON/ SAN FRANCISCO, July 14- As political pressure mounted on the Federal Reserve this spring in the form of a regulation relief bill and a probe into an alleged information leak, Fed Chair Janet Yellen kicked her congressional outreach efforts into high gear. Of her nearly six hours of lawmaker meetings in May, Yellen spent more than five with Republicans...

  • ARLINGTON, Texas, July 14- General Motors Co. GM Chief Executive Mary Barra has promised investors that the automaker will generate an average 20 percent return on its capital investments going forward, but the money spent on Arlington will deliver well in excess of that, people familiar with the company's plans say. Though GM operates almost 400 factories...

  • WAUKESHA, Wisc., July 13- Scott Walker cast himself as an anti- Washington reformer as he launched his 2016 Republican presidential campaign on Monday, vowing to fight with the same conservative conviction he used to battle unions as Wisconsin governor. Walker rose to national prominence by defeating a 2012 recall election that grew from his challenge to the...

  • WAUKESHA, Wisc., July 13- Scott Walker cast himself as an anti- Washington reformer in launching his 2016 Republican presidential campaign on Monday, vowing to fight with the same conservative conviction he used to battle unions as Wisconsin governor. Walker rose to national prominence by defeating a 2012 recall election that grew from his challenge to the...

  • NEW YORK, July 13- Democratic U.S. presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton laid out a broad vision for the U.S. economy on Monday that focused on measures to help working Americans and guard against Wall Street excesses with tougher financial regulation. In a speech in New York, Clinton criticized Republican governors like Wisconsin's Scott Walker, who is...

  • MILWAUKEE, July 13- Scott Walker jumped into the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination on Monday, needing to prove he has learned from early missteps and can appeal to voters beyond the conservatives who dominate the first nominating contest in Iowa. The Wisconsin governor, the 15th Republican to announce a presidential candidacy, has a resume...

  • MILWAUKEE, July 13- Scott Walker jumps into the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination on Monday, needing to prove he has learned from early missteps and can appeal to voters beyond the conservatives who dominate the first nominating contest in Iowa. The Wisconsin governor, who becomes the 15th Republican to formally announce a presidential...

  • Baltimore's mayor grapples with crime and police Saturday, 11 Jul 2015 | 6:22 PM ET
    Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake speaks at a press conference.

    A surge in violent crime has forced Baltimore's mayor into a quandary: Corralling the police and reining in crime, The NY Times reports.

  • Leaders with the AFL-CIO, an umbrella group for 56 member unions representing more than 12.5 million workers, will press her on issues such as trade, infrastructure and the types of officials she would name to the Federal Reserve's Board of Governors. During its gathering in Silver Spring, Maryland, on July 29-30, the AFL-CIO's executive council will also have...

  • MINNEAPOLIS, July 10- It is too early to tell how a recent round of tax hikes and a minimum wage increase will play out in Minnesota, a state where liberal and conservative forces have often swapped control and policies. Instead, Democratic Governor Mark Dayton's Minnesota could become a touchstone in the national debate over how to bolster the middle class- an...

  • WASHINGTON, June 30- The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to take up a case that could weaken public sector unions, a challenge by 10 nonunion public school teachers who say California's requirement that they pay the equivalent of union dues violates their free speech rights. Unions, including the California Teachers Association, had urged the court not to...

  • President Barack Obama on Monday announced a proposal that would make nearly 5 million more workers eligible for overtime pay, a move that would touch nearly every sector of the U.S. economy and could face legal challenges. Obama in an editorial posted on the Huffington Post website said the proposal would more than double the maximum income a salaried worker...

  • NEW YORK, June 29- U.S. stocks added to a global selloff on Monday as markets digested news of capital controls in Greece and the country veered toward a default on its debt, while the euro recouped some of its earlier losses against the dollar. Talks between Athens and its creditors broke down over the weekend after Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras called a surprise...

  • CHARLESTON, S.C., June 23- Prominent U.S. flag makers said on Tuesday they will stop manufacturing and selling Confederate battle flags in the wake of last week's attack on worshipers at a black church in Charleston, South Carolina. Reggie VandenBosch, vice president of sales at the privately owned Valley Forge Flag, said the Pennsylvania- based company came to the...

  • Katherine Archuleta, director of the Office of Personnel Management, is scheduled to testify Thursday before the Senate's homeland security panel, the Homeland Security& Governmental Affairs Committee said in a statement on Monday. Some lawmakers have called for top OPM officials to resign in the wake of the breach, although the White House last week said...

  • June 17- The U.S. government on Wednesday sued Spectrum Brands Holdings Inc for its alleged failure to timely report that the plastic handles on carafes of its Black& Decker SpaceMaker coffee pots could detach suddenly, posing burn and laceration hazards to consumers. In a complaint filed in the federal court in Madison, Wisconsin, the government said Spectrum...

  • INSTANT VIEW-Fed likely to raise rates later in year Wednesday, 17 Jun 2015 | 2:08 PM ET

    June 17- The U.S. economy is growing moderately after a winter swoon and likely strong enough to support an interest rate increase by the end of the year, U.S. Federal Reserve officials indicated on Wednesday. COMMENTS: WAYNE KAUFMAN, CHIEF MARKET ANALYST AT PHOENIX FINANCIAL SERVICES IN NEW YORK:.

  • NEW YORK, June 17- Don't call Chris Christie rich. "The divide between the governing elite and the voters has never been so big," said David Carney, a New Hampshire- based Republican strategist. John Weaver, a former advisor to 2008 Republican nominee John McCain, said candidates understand that.

  • *Coty up on P&G deal. Despite the collapse of talks between Athens and its European and IMF lenders over the weekend, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras told U.S. "The market seems to be pricing in a possibility, overpricing, a Greece exit," said Art Hogan, chief market strategist at Wunderlich Securities in New York.

  • WASHINGTON, June 10- Various Republican governors with an eye on the White House can point to tax cuts and other business-friendly policies they spearheaded as they enter the crowded 2016 presidential contest. Among the handful of governors and former governors competing for the Republican presidential nomination, only one- former Texas Governor Rick...