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US stocks move lower as earnings disappoint; Allstate slumps

Steve Rothwell, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 4th - 1:31pm

U.S. stocks moved between small gains and losses on Tuesday as investors assessed company earnings reports and deal news.

Gambling legislation clears first legislative hurdle

Kim Chandler, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 4th - 1:51pm

Gambling legislation cleared its first hurdle in the Alabama Legislature on Tuesday.

VA permanently closes acute care center at Fort Harrison

Alison Noon, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 4th - 1:51pm

VA Montana has dissolved its urgent mental health unit in favor of additional long-term beds at Fort Harrison west of Helena.

Philanthropist, GOP powerbroker Elsie Hillman dies at 89

Joe Mandak, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 4th - 1:51pm

A Pennsylvania philanthropist and political activist who helped propel moderate Republicans to state and national offices has died. Elsie Hillman was 89.

Large explosion rocks aluminum plant in southeast Missouri

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 4th - 1:42pm

Emergency crews are on the scene of a massive explosion at a southeast Missouri aluminum plant.

Court says chipmaker Marvell owes CMU $278M, not $1.54B

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 4th - 1:41pm

A federal appeals court reduced a judgment against chipmaker Marvell Technology by more than $1.25 billion, but still says the company owes Carnegie Mellon University $278 million for patent infringement.

FDA lays out extra steps to clean scopes linked to outbreaks

Matthew Perrone, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 4th - 1:31pm

Federal health officials laid out extra safety measures that hospitals can take to clean specialized medical scopes that have been linked to sometimes deadly bacterial outbreaks across the U.S.

MGM Resorts pitches profit plan, 2Q results beat forecasts

Kimberly Pierceall, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 4th - 1:20pm

Casino giant MGM Resorts International has a cost-cutting and revenue-boosting plan it says will earn it an extra $300 million annually before taxes and other costs by 2017, with most centering on the Las Vegas Strip.

Nonstop trips to Chicago, Las Vegas from Pennsylvania to end

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 4th - 1:20pm

Spirit Airlines plans to discontinue nonstop flights from Arnold Palmer Regional Airport in southwestern Pennsylvania to Chicago and Las Vegas effective Nov. 12.

Lands director to give oil and gas presentation in SW Idaho

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 4th - 1:10pm

The director of the Idaho Department of Lands is scheduled to make an informational presentation about the state's policies and laws on natural gas and oil production.

Three-year investigation into Bingham hospital complete

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 4th - 1:01pm

The three-year investigation into Bingham Memorial Hospital involving alleged employee misconduct and misuse of charitable assets has concluded.

MSHA investigating fatality at northeast Nevada mine

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 4th - 12:51pm

Federal mine safety regulators are investigating a fatality at a gold mine in northeast Nevada.

Former Brazil chief of staff arrested in Petrobras scandal

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 4th - 12:51pm

Police in Brazil have arrested former presidential chief of staff Jose Dirceu, the most senior member of the ruling Workers' Party to be taken into custody in connection with corruption at the state-owned oil company Petrobras.

Clarification: Pimco-SEC story

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 4th - 12:51pm

In a story Aug. 3, The Associated Press reported that the investment management company Pimco said the Securities and Exchange Commission may take legal action against its total return fund. The story should have made clear that the inquiry involves only Pimco's Total Return Active Exchange Traded Fund.

Bird flu quarantine to be lifted on most affected Iowa farms

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 4th - 12:41pm

Iowa agriculture officials say a majority of the quarantine zones set up around poultry farms infected with bird flu are being lifted.

VA Secretary to visit solar company, Purple Heart convention

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 4th - 11:41am

Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald is in Nevada touring a solar company facility before addressing a Purple Heart convention in Las Vegas.

Correction: Heroin Abuse story

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 4th - 11:41am

In a story Aug. 3 about efforts to combat the heroin abuse problem in New Hampshire, a quote provided by U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte's office misstated the status of a budget amendment that provided funding to address heroin and prescription drug abuse. The amendment was passed by the Senate Budget Committee, not the full Senate.

Willis, Stewart, Lively among cast for Allen's next film

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 4th - 11:41am

Bruce Willis, Kristen Stewart and Blake Lively are among the stars of Woody Allen's next film.

NYC schools chancellor announces anti-cheating task force

Karen Matthews, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 4th - 11:31am

A new task force to monitor academic integrity in New York City schools was announced Tuesday by Chancellor Carmen Farina, who said principals and guidance counselors will have to attend additional training sessions to help them maintain high standards.