NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks were edging lower on Wall Street Thursday, keeping the market's big gain for October in check, as investors assessed some mix earnings reports.
The stock market climbed to a record high this month even after a 16-day partial government shutdown and the threat of a U.S. debt default. While the shutdown hurt consumer confidence and pared economic growth, it ensured that the Federal Reserve kept up its economic stimulus effort.
2. Preparing for shutdown, government plans furloughs - Friday, September 27, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — More than a third of federal workers would be told to stay home if the government shuts down, forcing the closure of national parks from California to Maine and all the Smithsonian museums in the nation's capital. Workers at the State Department's Bureau of Consular Affairs wouldn't be around to process visa and passport applications, complicating the travel plans of hundreds of thousands.3. Stocks fall on concern about economy, budget fight - Friday, September 20, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — Concerns about the strength of the economy and the potential for a budget fight in Washington pushed down the stock market Monday.
The Dow Jones industrial average and the Standard & Poor's 500 index fell for a third straight day.
4. Music, gaming industries sounds alarm on piracy - Friday, September 13, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — The music and movie industries are sounding the alarm again on online piracy, saying illegal downloads are on the rise and search engines like Google aren't doing enough to stop them.5. Dow average adds Goldman Sachs, Nike and Visa - Friday, September 06, 2013
The Dow Jones industrial average is swapping Bank of America for Goldman Sachs and also replacing Hewlett-Packard and Alcoa in a six-company shake up of the most widely known barometer of the U.S. stock market.6. Stocks rise as Syria conflict looks less likely - Friday, September 06, 2013
Stocks rose and oil prices fell Tuesday as the risk that the U.S. would attack Syria appeared to fade.
The Standard & Poor's 500 index had its sixth straight gain, the longest winning streak since July.
7. Immigration bill knot: 'Special' citizenship path - Friday, August 30, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — As Congress wrestles with immigration legislation, a central question is whether the 11 million immigrants already in the United States illegally should get a path to citizenship.8. Tooth Fairy inflation: Price of a tooth nears $4 - Friday, August 30, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — Days of finding a quarter under your pillow are long gone. The Tooth Fairy no longer leaves loose change.
Kids this year are getting an average of $3.70 per lost tooth, a 23 percent jump over last year's rate of $3 a tooth, according to a new survey by payment processor Visa Inc., released Friday. That's a 42 percent spike from the $2.60 per tooth that the Tooth Fairy gave in 2011.9. Facebook to test mobile payments service - Friday, August 16, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook plans to test a mobile payments service that lets users make purchases inside mobile applications using payment information they have added to their account on the social network.10. High-profile task force backs path to citizenship - Friday, August 16, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — A high-profile bipartisan task force chaired by former governors and Cabinet secretaries endorsed eventual citizenship for immigrants living in the U.S. illegally as part of a package of recommendations Thursday.11. Mississippi car company's big plans haven't come to fruition - Friday, August 09, 2013
TUNICA, Miss. (AP) — It seemed like a win for everyone involved when a startup car company, backed by political heavyweights, wooed investors with plans to build a massive auto plant in the Mississippi Delta, hire thousands of people and pump out a brand new line of fuel-efficient vehicles.12. Businesses call for action on immigration - Friday, July 26, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hundreds of leading business groups and GOP donors called for action on immigration legislation Tuesday, seeking to increase pressure on the House GOP as lawmakers prepare to leave Washington for a five-week summer recess.13. Waiting for Bernanke, stocks plod indecisively - Friday, July 26, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — On the stock market Tuesday, it felt like late-summer inertia had already set in.
U.S. stocks wandered between the tiniest of gains and losses before closing mixed. Traders were indecisive as companies reported disparate earnings news, and many were disinclined to make any big moves before getting direction from the Federal Reserve, which is scheduled to release an updated policy statement Wednesday.
14. Boehner calls out Rep. King on immigration insult - Friday, July 26, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner on Thursday elevated his criticism of fellow Republican Rep. Steve King over King's suggestion that many immigrants in the country illegally are drug runners, calling the comments "deeply offensive and wrong."15. 4 Russians, 1 Ukrainian charged in massive hacking - Friday, July 26, 2013
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Four Russian nationals and a Ukrainian have been charged with running a sophisticated hacking organization that over seven years penetrated computer networks of more than a dozen major American and international corporations, stealing and selling at least 160 million credit and debit card numbers, resulting in losses of hundreds of millions of dollars.16. Stocks are mixed in midday trading - Friday, July 19, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — Disappointing results from PulteGroup, D.R. Horton and other home builders left major stock indexes with only tiny gains in midday trading. Technology stocks rose after Facebook soared past analysts' earnings estimates.17. Grim Caterpillar outlook tugs stocks mostly lower - Friday, July 19, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — A gloomy outlook from Caterpillar, the world's largest construction equipment company, tugged the stock market lower Wednesday.
The meager drop gave the stock market two consecutive days of losses, the first time that's happened all month.
18. Millions more immigrants under the Senate bill - Friday, July 05, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — Landmark immigration legislation passed by the Senate would remake America's workforce from the highest rungs to the lowest and bring many more immigrants into the economy, from elite technology companies to restaurant kitchens and rural fields.19. Senate immigration bill would remake economy - Friday, July 05, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — Landmark immigration legislation passed by the Senate would remake America's workforce from the highest rungs to the lowest, bringing more immigrants into numerous sectors of the economy, from elite technology companies to restaurant kitchens and rural fields.20. Immigration focus on House after Senate OKs bill - Friday, June 28, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — Attention is shifting to the House and its conservative majority after the Senate passed a landmark immigration bill opening the door to U.S. citizenship to millions while pouring billions of dollars into securing the border with Mexico.21. Senate passage of immigration bill on track - Friday, June 21, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate passage of historic immigration legislation offering citizenship to millions looks near-certain after the bill cleared a key hurdle with votes to spare.
A final vote in the Senate on Thursday or Friday would send the issue to the House, where conservative Republicans in the majority oppose citizenship for anyone living in the country illegally.22. Key vote on immigration set in Senate - Friday, June 21, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate headed Monday for a crucial test vote on White House-backed immigration legislation offering the prize of U.S. citizenship to millions and pouring new technology and manpower into the border.23. INFLUENCE GAME: Tech, labor spar on immigration - Friday, May 10, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — To the U.S. technology industry, there's a dramatic shortfall in the number of Americans skilled in computer programming and engineering that is hampering business. To unions and some Democrats, it's more sinister: The push by Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg to expand the number of visas for high-tech foreign workers is an attempt to dilute a lucrative job market with cheap, indentured labor.24. High-tech companies push for more in immigration bill - Friday, May 10, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — High-tech companies looking to bring more skilled workers to the U.S. pushed Monday for more concessions in an immigration bill pending in the Senate. Labor unions said the Silicon Valley had already gotten enough in the legislation and further changes risked chipping away at protections for U.S. workers.25. US immigration bill could slow Indian outsourcers - Friday, April 19, 2013
MUMBAI, India (AP) — Low cost efficiency put India's outsourcing companies at the heart of global business and created a multibillion dollar industry that for years has skated over criticism it was eliminating white collar jobs in rich nations. Now, the industry's long-held fears of a backlash are being realized in its crucial U.S. market.26. Bipartisan bill would remake immigration system - Friday, April 12, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. immigration system would undergo dramatic changes under a bipartisan Senate bill that puts a new focus on prospective immigrants' merit and employment potential, while seeking to end illegal immigration once and for all by creating legal avenues for workers to come here.27. Lawmakers ready to unveil immigration deal - Friday, April 12, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan group of senators is almost ready to share with colleagues and voters an immigration overhaul crafted over several months.
The so-called Gang of Eight is finishing up the final details and is planning to unveil the proposed legislation on Tuesday. Even before the measure gets its first public airing, its authors were defending the program that would provide a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million individuals in this country who came illegally or overstayed their visit.28. Senator: Ag growers largely agree on immigration - Friday, April 12, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — Agriculture growers have signed off on the major elements of a new program to bring farm workers to the U.S., a key senator said Thursday, moving a major immigration bill a step closer to passage.29. Tentative farm workers deal in immigration talks - Friday, April 05, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — A tentative deal has been reached between agriculture workers and growers, a key senator said Tuesday, smoothing the way for a landmark immigration bill to be released within a week.30. Employers eager for new foreign worker program - Friday, April 05, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — As desperate as unemployed Americans are to find work, there are still some jobs that many would never consider applying for because they are seen as too dirty, too demanding or just plain unappealing.31. Senators to add high-tech visas, dispute details - Friday, April 05, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators finalizing a massive immigration bill are arguing over plans to boost visas for high-tech workers, Senate aides and industry officials say, with disputes flaring over how best to punish companies that train workers here only to ship them overseas.32. Immigration bill envisions new farm worker program - Friday, March 29, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sweeping immigration legislation taking shape in the Senate will aim to overhaul the nation's agriculture worker program to create a steady supply of labor for farmers and growers, who rely more than any other industry on workers who have come to the country illegally.33. High-skilled visa requests likely to exceed supply - Friday, March 29, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Homeland Security Department expects applications for high-skilled immigration visas to outpace the available supply in a matter of days, one of the fastest runs on the much-sought-after work permits in years and a sign of continued economic recovery amid new hiring by U.S. technology companies.34. Immigration deal at hand, focus turns to details - Friday, March 29, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — Big business and big labor have settled on a political framework for an immigration overhaul. Now, the lawmakers writing bipartisan legislation need to resolve the nitty-gritty — and keep their parties' political flanks mollified.35. Obama: Immigration bill could pass by summer - Friday, March 22, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama pressed for swift action on a sweeping immigration bill Wednesday, saying last-minute obstacles are "resolvable" and predicting Congress could pass historic legislation by the end of the summer.36. Labor, business agree to principles on immigration - Friday, February 22, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — Business and labor groups announced agreement Thursday on the principles of a key priority for a comprehensive immigration bill: a new system to bring lower-skilled workers to the U.S.37. Obama offering immigration plan as backup - Friday, February 15, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is downplaying its draft immigration proposal as merely a backup plan if lawmakers don't come up with an overhaul of their own. It won't be necessary, Republican and Democratic lawmakers alike are telling the Obama administration.38. FACT CHECK: Overreaching in State of Union speech - Friday, February 08, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama did some cherry-picking Tuesday night in defense of his record on jobs and laid out a conditional path to citizenship for illegal immigrants that may be less onerous than he made it sound.39. GOP decries looming 'regulatory cliff' in new term - Friday, December 14, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) — While the "fiscal cliff" of looming tax increases and spending cuts dominates political conversation in Washington, some Republicans and business groups see signs of a "regulatory cliff" that they say could be just as damaging to the economy.40. Election over, administration unleashes new rules - Friday, December 07, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) — While the "fiscal cliff" of looming tax increases and spending cuts dominates political conversation in Washington, some Republicans and business groups see signs of a "regulatory cliff" that they say could be just as damaging to the economy.41. House to vote on increasing advanced-degree visas - Friday, November 30, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) — A House vote to offer permanent residency to foreign students graduating with advanced degrees in science and math from U.S. colleges and universities is setting the stage for a bigger battle next year on how to redesign the nation's flawed immigration system.42. Treasurer distributes Financial Football game - Friday, November 30, 2012
NASHVILLE (AP) — Middle and high schools across Tennessee are getting copies of a computer game designed as a fun way to improve financial literacy.
According to a news release from state Treasurer David Lillard's office, the Financial Football game has players answer financial questions in order to move their teams down the field and score. The questions test students' knowledge of things like budget planning, saving, spending and investing.43. House to vote on bill normalizing Russian trade - Friday, November 16, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House is set to remove a Cold War obstacle to trade with Russia that has stymied American exporters seeking to take advantage of Russia's newly liberalized trade practices.44. Titans' Locker launches financial football game - Friday, October 26, 2012
NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker and the Tennessee treasurer will be teaching Nashville high school kids a new educational video game and curriculum called Financial Football.45. Judge: Woman should get $1.1M, pursue 'U visa' - Friday, September 21, 2012
NASHVILLE (AP) — A Nashville woman who won a lawsuit against the Davidson County Sheriff's Office for being shackled by deputies during labor should be awarded $1.1 million and also be allowed to pursue a visa reserved for crime victims, a federal judge ruled Thursday.46. Groupon launches payments service in US - Friday, September 14, 2012
NEW YORK (AP) — Groupon launched a new payment service Wednesday that allows businesses to run credit cards using an iPhone or iPod Touch, the latest company to seek a portion of that growing market.47. Retail group says it opposes card fee settlement - Friday, September 07, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Retail Federation is opposing a proposed $7.25 billion settlement that Visa Inc., MasterCard Inc. and major banks have agreed to pay retailers for alleged fee fixing.48. Best Buy hires Joly as new CEO - Friday, August 17, 2012
NEW YORK (AP) — Best Buy Co. has tapped Hubert Joly, the former head of global hospitality company Carlson and turnaround expert, as the nation's largest consumer electronics chain's new CEO and president.49. Retailers to launch mobile app for payments - Friday, August 10, 2012
NEW YORK (AP) — A bevy of big-name retailers including Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Best-Buy Co. and Target Corp., are teaming up to create a company that will give customers another way to make purchases: with their cellphones.50. Stocks close lower after consumer spending slides - Friday, July 13, 2012
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks closed lower for the seventh day out of the last eight on Monday after the government reported that U.S. consumers cut their spending last month.
The news pushed stocks down from the start of the trading day. Though they recovered a bit around midday, all three major indexes closed down. The Dow Jones industrial average dropped 49.88 points, or 0.4 percent, to 12,727.21.51. Stocks slide ahead of corporate earnings season - Friday, July 06, 2012
NEW YORK (AP) — Edgy investors sent stocks lower Monday on Wall Street ahead of U.S. corporate earnings reports and amid more signs of instability in Europe.
The Dow Jones industrial average closed down 36.18 points at 12,736.29. It was the Dow's third straight day of declines.52. Banks target payday loan customers - Friday, June 22, 2012
A common assumption is that users of non-bank financial services – payday loan or check cashing businesses – are primarily low-income or are among the unbanked or underbanked. But after conducting a survey of its existing customers, Regions Bank found there was a demand for such products by people from all income levels.53. Senate panel blocks new rules on foreign workers - Friday, June 15, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) — Several Democrats on a Senate panel voted with Republicans to temporarily block new labor-friendly rules protecting seasonal foreign workers who often perform backbreaking labor at low wages.54. Facebook's IPO one of world's largest - Friday, May 18, 2012
NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is about to find out just how much status updates, puppy photos and billions of "likes" are worth on Wall Street.
Facebook's stock is set to begin trading on the Nasdaq Stock Market on Friday, the day after the world's definitive online social network raised $16 billion in an initial public offering that valued the company at $104 billion. That's more than Amazon.com and other well-known companies such as Kraft, Walt Disney and McDonald's.55. Critics bemoan contentious social legislation - Friday, May 04, 2012
NASHVILLE (AP) - Republican leaders coordinated in the recent legislative session to pass new laws that spotlight Tennessee's business-friendly reputation, while a spurt of social issue measures from lawmakers have critics arguing the state looks so backward it will hurt economic development.56. Romney demurs on VP search with Rubio at his side - Friday, April 20, 2012
ASTON, Pa. (AP) — Mitt Romney declined Monday declined to endorse an immigration proposal from potential running mate Marco Rubio. Romney said he's considering the freshman Florida senator's plan to help some young people stay in the country legally while denying them an opportunity to become citizens.57. Haslam raises concerns over charter school bill - Friday, April 13, 2012
NASHVILLE (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam on Tuesday expressed reservations about a bill seeking to cap the number of foreign workers at Tennessee charter schools.
The Republican governor told reporters after a prayer breakfast at Lipscomb University that he is concerned about the measure headed for his consideration after passing both chambers of the General Assembly.58. Foreign charter school limit heads to governor - Friday, April 13, 2012
NASHVILLE (AP) - A bill seeking to limit the number of foreign workers at Tennessee charter schools is on its way for the governor's consideration.
The measure sponsored by Republican Rep. Judd Matheny of Tullahoma passed the House on a 63-29 vote on Monday. The Senate passed its version last week on an 18-13 vote.59. Bill seeks to regulate charter school hiring - Friday, April 13, 2012
NASHVILLE (AP) - A proposal that seeks to regulate charter schools' use of non-immigrant foreign workers has passed the Senate.
The measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Bill Ketron of Murfreesboro was approved 18-13 on Thursday. A House floor vote on the companion bill was delayed until next week.60. House bans federal lawmakers from insider trading - Friday, February 10, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House on Thursday joined the Senate in voting to explicitly prohibit members of Congress and other top officials from making investments on insider information. But an effort to bridle purveyors of Capitol Hill political intelligence could delay the bill's enactment.61. House passes insider trading bill - Friday, February 03, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House passed a bill banning Congress and executive branch officials from insider trading, but brushed aside a provision aimed at reining in those who pry financial information from Congress and sell it to investment firms.62. House GOP offers its own insider trading bill - Friday, February 03, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) — New legislation from House Republicans would ban insider trading by thousands of federal officials and bar lawmakers who are convicted of a felony from collecting government pensions.63. Report: Facebook IPO filing could come next week - Friday, January 27, 2012
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Facebook could file regulatory papers as early as Wednesday for its highly anticipated initial public offering of stock, according to a newspaper report.
Facebook's expected launch as a publicly traded company is the most hotly anticipated tech IPO in more than a decade. It would vault it into the top ranks of the largest public companies in the world, on par with the likes of McDonald's Corp., Amazon.com Inc., Visa Inc. and Bank of America Corp.64. Republican presidential candidates on the issues - Friday, January 06, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) — Here's where the 2012 Republican presidential candidates stand on a selection of issues.
They are former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, Texas Rep. Ron Paul, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.65. Stock market ends mixed a day after big gains - Friday, December 30, 2011
Stocks barely budged Wednesday, letting investors hold on to their gains from a strong opening to the year a day earlier.
Strong December sales boosted carmakers and specialty retailers. Banks, health care companies, and utilities fell slightly. But nothing moved much.66. Colbert gets conditional OK on campaign finance - Friday, July 01, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Election Commission said Thursday that comedian Stephen Colbert can use his TV show's resources to boost his political action committee, but he must disclose some major expenses as in-kind contributions from the show's corporate owners.