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Village where children climb cliffside ladder may get stairs

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 27th - 1:41am

A village in China's mountainous west where schoolchildren must climb an 800-meter (2,625-foot)-high bamboo ladder secured to a sheer cliff face may get a set of steel stairs to improve safety.

Poultry returning to state fairs, Farm Show, after ban

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 27th - 1:40am

A year-long poultry ban at state fairs in Pennsylvania is about to be ended.

China's Zoomlion drops bid for US crane maker Terex

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 27th - 1:30am

Chinese heavy equipment maker Zoomlion says it's abandoning its takeover bid for U.S. crane maker Terex because it failed to reach a deal after months of talks.

US investigating Chinese steelmakers in trade secrets case

Joe McDonald, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 27th - 1:30am

U.S. regulators are investigating whether Chinese steelmakers used stolen American trade secrets in a case that adds to tensions over accusations Beijing is flooding global markets with low-cost steel.

How Alibaba won _ and lost _ a friend in Washington

Erika Kinetz and Desmond Butler, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 27th - 12:50am

In 2011, a respected anti-counterfeiting coalition in Washington escalated its fight against the Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, saying its websites served as a 24-hour market "for counterfeiters and pirates" and should be blacklisted.

Connecticut panel to consider $22 million for hedge fund

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 26th - 10:51pm

The Connecticut Bond Commission is expected to approve a $22 million loan and grant package to help one of the world's largest hedge funds upgrade its facilities in the state.

Fed chair Janet Yellen to discuss interest rates at Harvard

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 26th - 10:40pm

Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen is expected at Harvard to participate in a "conversation" about interest rates.

After focus on social issues, Pence facing tough re-election

Brian Slodysko, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 26th - 8:11pm

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence smiled for the TV cameras this month as a technology company announced plans to hire hundreds of new workers and add its name to the tallest tower in the Indianapolis skyline. Then the celebratory news conference took an awkward turn.

Nevada gambling revenue down 2 percent in April

Michelle Rindels, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 26th - 7:00pm

Nevada gambling revenue was down more than 2 percent in April compared with last year, in part due to a quirk in how the state counts slot revenue.

NY authorities raid office of lobbyist tied to Cuomo, SUNY

David Klepper, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 26th - 7:00pm

The New York attorney general's office on Thursday raided an office on SUNY Polytechnic Institute's Albany campus formerly used by Todd Howe, a lobbyist with deep connections to Gov. Andrew Cuomo who also is under scrutiny by federal authorities.

Jury sides with Google in battle over Android software

Brandon Bailey, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 26th - 7:00pm

Google's Android software just dodged a $9 billion bullet.

Utah lawsuit challenges porn filter fees

Hallie Golden, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 26th - 6:15pm

A man with a history of filing longshot lawsuits is challenging on religious grounds a Utah law allowing Internet service providers to charge for filtering pornography. And some experts say this latest argument could have merit.

Gates leaves Boy Scouts presidency, defends gay adult policy

Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 26th - 6:10pm

Robert Gates became the Boy Scouts of America's president facing deep divisions within the organization's membership over whether to let gays serve openly in its ranks.

Lawmakers OK bill to avoid health care pricing ballot fight

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 26th - 6:02pm

Massachusetts lawmakers have approved a bill aimed at avoiding a battle over a health care pricing ballot question.

Tech billionaire is unlikely Hulk Hogan ally in Gawker fight

Tamara Lush and Michael Liedtke, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 26th - 6:01pm

Former pro wrestler Hulk Hogan has an unlikely ally in his corner for his courtroom cage match with Gawker — a high-tech billionaire with a long-standing grudge against the news-and-gossip site.

A day after the shouting, GOP and Democrats back talking

Ivan Moreno, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 26th - 5:40pm

A day after Republicans booed and yelled at Illinois House Democrats for passing their own budget without GOP input, leaders from both parties and the governor resumed talks Thursday on how to end an 11-month budget stalemate.

Mississippi high court won't reconsider drug-pricing case

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 26th - 5:20pm

The Mississippi Supreme Court is standing by its decision to uphold a $30 million judgment for the state in a Medicaid drug-pricing lawsuit.

FDA approves first drug-oozing implant to control addiction

Matthew Perrone, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 26th - 5:10pm

Federal health officials on Thursday approved an innovative new option for Americans struggling with addiction to heroin and painkillers: a drug-oozing implant that curbs craving and withdrawal symptoms for six months at a time.

Militants shut down Chevron's Escravos, onshore in Nigeria

Hilary Uguru, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 26th - 5:00pm

Militants bombed a pipeline feeding electricity to Chevron's Escravos terminal Thursday, shutting down the U.S.-based oil major's onshore operations in Nigeria, the attackers and residents said.

France sending search ship to find EgyptAir black box

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 26th - 4:31pm

A French naval ship specialized in underwater searches will help search for the black box flight recorders of the EgyptAir flight that crashed in the Mediterranean last week, killing all 66 aboard.