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  • Obama order to expand labor rights for contractors

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is preparing to sign an executive order cracking down on labor violations by companies that contract with the federal government, the White House said Wednesday. Obama's order will require companies seeking federal contracts valued at more than $500,000...

  • Whole Foods plans major marketing push

    NEW YORK (AP) — Whole Foods is getting ready to launch its first national marketing campaign and expand home delivery as it looks to fend off bigger players muscling into the organic and natural foods category. The company, based in Austin, Texas, said the marketing campaign this fall will...

  • J&J withdraws fibroid treatment device from market

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Johnson & Johnson is asking surgeons not to use a line of devices for removing growths from the uterus amid regulators' growing concern that the electronic surgical tools raise the risk of spreading cancer to other parts of the body. In April, J&J suspended sales of the...

  • US judge slaps $1.3B fine on Bank of America

    NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge imposed a $1.3 billion civil penalty against Bank of America on Wednesday for its role in selling risky mortgages to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that were advertised as safe investments. The fine was against Countrywide Financial, which Bank of America purchased...

  • Congress cooperates _ and fights _ as recess nears

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Eager to begin a monthlong break, Congress leavened its customary heavy partisanship on Wednesday with a pinch of compromise, advancing legislation to repair the deeply troubled Department of Veterans Affairs and working to clear funds for highway construction at home and...

  • Judge: Peanut salmonella trial may exceed 2 months

    ALBANY, Ga. (AP) — The trial of three people charged in a deadly salmonella outbreak linked to a southwest Georgia peanut plant could keep jurors tied up for more than two months, the trial judge said Wednesday. U.S. District Court Judge W. Louis Sands told several dozen people called for jury...

  • Maine: Fiscal year ended with unexpected revenue

    AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine ended the fiscal year with $39.1 million more in revenues than officials had expected, Republican Gov. Paul LePage's administration said Wednesday. The extra revenue plus unspent state funds produced a net year-end surplus of nearly $62 million when the fiscal year...

  • New 'know your customer' rules proposed for banks

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government is proposing new rules for banks and other financial firms aimed at preventing the use of anonymous companies to launder illicit profits. The Treasury Department opened the proposal Wednesday to public comment for 60 days. The so-called "know your customer"...

  • House authorizes GOP-led plan to sue Obama alleging he exceeded constitutional powers

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House authorizes GOP-led plan to sue Obama alleging he exceeded constitutional powers.

  • Judge says Crystal CEO should testify in lawsuit

    FARGO, N.D. (AP) — American Crystal Sugar Co. CEO David Berg should testify in a federal lawsuit pitting the refined sugar manufacturers against the corn syrup industry, a federal judge ruled Wednesday after presiding over a hearing in the case. Berg, head of the largest sugar beet processor in...

  • Canada, Michigan name authority for border bridge

    DETROIT (AP) — Michigan and Canada have appointed members of an authority to oversee construction of a $2 billion public bridge between Detroit and Windsor, Ontario. Michigan's designees are Michael Hayes, Birgit Klohs and Matt Rizik. Hayes leads the Midland Center for the Arts. Klohs heads...

  • Probe exposes flaws behind HealthCare.gov rollout

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Management failures by the Obama administration set the stage for computer woes that paralyzed the president's new health care program last fall, nonpartisan investigators said in a report released Wednesday. While the administration was publicly assuring consumers that they...

  • Ticket me Elmo: NYC weighs street character law

    NEW YORK (AP) — A summer spike in costumed characters behaving badly in Times Square — most recently a Spider-Man accused of punching a police officer — has turned up the heat on plans to regulate the legions of Elmos, Cookie Monsters and Statues of Liberty who often demand money for posing in...

  • Glazers set to raise $150m by selling Man U shares

    Manchester United's American owners are set to raise around $150 million by selling more of their club shares on the New York Stock Exchange. The English Premier League club announced Wednesday that the Glazer family is selling 8 million shares with reduced voting rights, which equates to...

  • Business Highlights

    ___ A more vigorous US economy appears to be emerging WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy has rebounded with vigor from a grim start to 2014 and should show renewed strength into next year. That was the general view of analysts Wednesday after the government estimated that the economy grew at...



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