Jobless benefits for 2.1 million Americans are set to expire on Dec. 29 unless Washington can figure out a solution.
Businesses are now considering the rights marijuana users might have at work in states where recreational use is legal.
Gaming establishments are feeling threats from new competition, online gambling, anti-casino activists and consumer saturation.
The retailing giant is one of several bidders reportedly interested in purchasing parts of Hostess Brands.
The central bank will buy more bonds to keep interest rates at ultra-low levels until unemployment drops below 6.5%. A goal is to try to offset any fiscal cliff effects. Stocks churn higher, then fade.
The controversy over new legislation in Michigan is drawing new attention to these statutes and their impact on unions and businesses.
The Federal Reserve may say interest rates will remain low for at least 2 years. The Dow and S&P 500 enjoy their 5th straight gains. An Apple rally that began Monday boosts the Nasdaq. Dollar General's caution hurt discount retailers.
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