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  • ExxonMobil refutes report it has quit ALEC

    ExxonMobil is still a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council, a company spokesman said, refuting reports that the oil giant had dropped its long-standing support for the activist organization that promotes conservative policies at the state and local levels.

  • Student loans may drag down economy for years

    Soaring levels of student loan debt are not only burdening recent graduates but have created entire generations that aren't able to save and invest, potentially hurting long-term economic growth.

  • FBI warns cyber sabotage, extortion by disgruntled employees rising

    The FBI has engaged in numerous "significant" investigations in recent months involving employees who used their access to company servers to destroy data, steal customer information, make unauthorized charges to company accounts and steal trade secrets.

  • GDP rebounds, rising 4.6 percent

    The economy grew at a 4.6 percent clip in the second quarter, the Commerce Department reported Friday, rebounding from a decline of 2.1 percent in the first quarter.

  • EEOC files first transgender-discrimination lawsuits

    The EEOC accused both companies of firing long-standing employees after they came out as transgender and informed the company that would soon begin to dress as the opposite sex at work.

  • Postal Service ordered to hire 9,000 more people

    The U.S. Postal Service must hire 9,000 employees over the next three months to staff regional part-time post offices as part of a settlement it negotiated with the American Postal Workers Union.

  • Treasury approved millions in raises to GM executives as taxpayers lost billions

    In addition to the millions for the top executives, Treasury approved more than $500,000 in pay for the top 47 senior employees at the companies, according to a report released Wednesday by Christy Romero, special inspector general for the Troubled Asset Relief Program.

  • White House readies minimum wage rule for contractors

    A posting on the Office of Management and Budget's website has indicated that the rulemaking is in its final stage, meaning the announcement could come within days.

  • Company says FTC going 'to war on Bitcoin' after court shuts it down

    "This is not about Bitcoin, per se," said Jerry Brito, an adjunct professor at George Mason University law school. The company's claim clouded the actual issues in the case -- whether it delivered on the promises related to the technology it sold.

  • Feds funding efforts to create single Internet password

    The Commerce Department has been handing out grants to fund a way for Americans to use a single password anytime they shop, bank, pay bills or engage in any other online activity that requires logging in and verifying identity.

  • Oops: Feds give out wrong contact information for data security effort

    The Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology issued a press release that announced $3 million in grants for projects intended to "improve online security and privacy."

  • Senators look to lame-duck session to pass Internet sales tax bill

    Top Senate lawmakers think they have found a way to allow states and local governments to tax Internet purchases: Link online sales taxes to separate legislation prohibiting Internet access taxes, then pass it in the post-election "lame duck" session of Congress.

  • Scott Walker accused of violating OSHA when he climbs out of pit in ad

    "Gov. Walker's violations send the wrong message to anyone trying follow the rules and come home safe at the end of the day," said local union president Jeff Kaminiski.

  • Trade deal must have tobacco exception, key Democrat warns

    Rep. Sander Levin, D-Mich., called the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a major trade deal the U.S. is negotiating with 12 Pacific Rim countries, to include an exception stating that tobacco products would not have the same legal protections as other trade items under the agreement.

  • Tobacco pulls Left to defend states' rights

    Democrats and liberal activists have added a new argument to their litany of complaints against the Trans-Pacific Partnership; that an international trade deal being negotiated by the White House would hurt states' rights.



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