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ExxonMobil CEO Rex W. Tillerson (left) and Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin appear together Tuesday in Sochi, Russia, at a signing ceremony for a deal between Russia's Rosneft oil company and ExxonMobil to develop oil fields in the Russian Arctic. Rosneft will gain some U.S. oil-field access.

Exxon to wind down Russian drilling project

- Associated Press

Exxon Mobil said Friday that it will stop drilling an exploratory well in Russia's Kara Sea in compliance with U.S. sanctions against Russia over Russia's involvement in the Ukraine.

Minnesota unemployment rate falls to 8-year low

- Associated Press

Minnesota's unemployment rate fell to an eight-year-low of 4.3 percent in August as 6,100 jobs were added and more state residents left the workforce.

FILE - In this Wednesday, June 4, 2014 file photo, Marty Mascio of Pembroke Pines, Fla., selects a grade of gasoline as he fills up his car at a Chevron station in Pembroke Pines. Lifting restrictions on exports of crude oil from the U.S. would benefit the U.S. economy and lead to a slight dip in gasoline prices, according to a study released Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

Study: Want lower gas prices? Ship more oil abroad

- Associated Press

Exporting more U.S. crude around the world would lower the price of gasoline for U.S. drivers and benefit the U.S. economy, according to a new study released Tuesday.

Ruling could cost BP added $18B; stock slumps

- Associated Press

A judge's ruling in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill case that could cost BP an additional $17.6 billion in fines sent the company's shares tumbling Thursday.

FILE - In this July 31, 2012, file photo, an employee works on a Passat sedan at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tenn. Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, marks the end of the two-week period within which U.S. Sen. Bob Corker promised Volkswagen would announce another line at its factory in Tennessee if workers there rejected representation by the United Auto Workers union. So far there's little sign of any pending announcement.  (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig, File)

German-style apprenticeships could supply US economy with bevy of skilled workers

- The Washington Times

If adopted widely by U.S. manufacturers and other businesses, apprenticeships have the potential to help solve a critical U.S. problem with high unemployment among youth and workers who got laid off during the recession, backers say. Despite five years of recovery from the Great Recession, many of these hard-to-employ people still can't find jobs.

Burger King employee Brittany Buckhannon, 24, right, demonstrates during a protest for higher wages and worker's unions outside a McDonald's restaurant, Thursday, May 15, 2014, in Atlanta. Calling for higher pay and the right to form a union without retaliation, fast-food chain workers protested Thursday as part of a wave of strikes and protests in 150 cities across the U.S. and 33 additional countries on six continents. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Franchises could be next union battleground

- The Washington Times

Business groups say they're gearing up to defend against what they believe to be the next front in the battle with organized labor: the franchise model used by McDonald's and other iconic brands.

An F/A-18C Hornet coming from Iraq lands on the flight deck of the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush on Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014 in the Persian Gulf. Aircrafts aboard the George H.W. Bush are flying missions over Iraq after U.S. President Barack Obama authorized airstrikes against Islamic militants and food drops for Iraqis trapped by the fighters. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)

In Iraqi airstrikes, a troubling pattern emerges

The Obama administration's ongoing airstrikes against the Islamist group ISIL in Iraq are part of a troubling pattern of military action initiated unilaterally by the executive branch without recourse to Congress — the only branch of government that our Constitution gives the power "to declare war."

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, right, and European Central Bank President Mario Draghi walk together during the Jackson Hole Economic Policy Symposium at the Jackson Lake Lodge in Grand Teton National Park near Jackson, Wyo. Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Survey: Economists say Fed is on 'the right track'

Associated Press

A majority of economists believe the Federal Reserve is doing the right things to help repair the U.S. economy, according to a survey released Monday by the National Association of Business Economists.

In this Friday, Aug. 22, 2014 photo, Illinois' Executive Inspector General Ricardo Meza speaks at a news conference in Chicago to report that the Illinois Department of Transportation circumvented rules devised to keep politics out of state jobs and improperly hired more than 250 people in the last decade, accelerating the practice under Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

Layoffs raise new issues in state hiring dispute

- Associated Press

Gov. Pat Quinn's unexpected move to deal with a scathing report about political hiring in his administration will not put the jobs scandal to rest as he mounts a difficult campaign for re-election.