Senate clears debt limit measure for Obama

(AP) — After a dramatic Senate tally in which top GOP leaders cast the crucial votes, must-pass legislation to allow the government to borrow money to pay its bills cleared Congress Wednesday for President Barack Obama's signature.

White House offers help to industry on cyberattack

(AP) — The White House on Wednesday offered to help U.S. businesses protect their computer systems from cyberattacks that President Barack Obama called "one the gravest national security dangers that the United States faces."

US stock market indexes drift mostly lower

(AP) — Major U.S. stock indexes are ending mostly lower as a four-day rally peters out.

Utah company recalls 90,000 pounds of beef jerky

(AP) — A Utah company is recalling about 90,000 pounds of beef jerky products that were mislabeled and didn't list on the packaging the ingredient soy lecithin, an allergen.

Obama raises minimum wage for contract workers

(AP) — President Barack Obama increased the minimum wage for a few hundred thousand federal contractors on Wednesday, then pressed the divided Congress to pass broader legislation that would apply to all workers. Obama declared, "It's the right thing to do."

Health law sign-ups growing but goal still elusive

(AP) — Wide disparities are emerging among states in health insurance sign-ups, according to an Associated Press analysis of federal enrollment statistics released Wednesday.

Stock rally builds as Fed chief pledges continuity

(AP) — U.S. stocks are ending sharply higher after the new Federal Reserve chief, Janet Yellen, said she will continue the central bank's policy of low interest rates.

IRS loses appeal on new rules for tax preparers 

(AP) — The IRS on Tuesday lost a federal appeal in a legal battle over its effort to institute competency exams and other new regulations for as many as 700,000 paid tax preparers.

Obama to sign minimum wage order Wednesday

(AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama will sign an executive order Wednesday increasing the minimum wage for federal contractors.

House takes step toward ban on in-flight calls

(AP) — Allowing airline passengers to make cellphone calls in-flight is asking for trouble, lawmakers said Tuesday as a House panel approved a bill to ban such calls.