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US consumer spending up tiny 0.1 percent in March, while incomes post solid 0.4 percent gain

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 6:40am

US consumer spending up tiny 0.1 percent in March, while incomes post solid 0.4 percent gain.

US employment costs up modest 0.6 percent in first quarter

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 6:40am

Employment costs paid to U.S. civilian workers rose at a slightly faster pace in the first three months of the year compared to the previous quarter, as wages and salaries gained steam.

Spain predicts 2.5 percent annual growth for next 4 years

Ciaran Giles, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 6:30am

The Spanish economy will grow at an average annual rate of 2.5 percent over the next four years— one of the strongest in the European Union — and will create some 2 million jobs, the country's caretaker government predicted Friday.

Eurozone economy speeds up, reaches size it was back in 2008

Pan Pylas, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 6:20am

It's been a long and tortuous journey, but the eurozone economy is finally back to the size it was before the global financial crisis.

Lawsuit: Tampa strip club owes dancers $3.7 million

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 6:00am

Dancers and "door girls" have filed a class action lawsuit against a Tampa, Florida, strip club, claiming they're owed some $3.7 million in unpaid wages.

NYC exhibition: 4 whaling paintings by J.M.W. Turner

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 6:00am

Four whaling paintings by the British artist J.M.W. Turner will be united for the first time in an upcoming exhibition in New York City.

Rovi buying TiVo in $1.1B cash-and-stock deal

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 5:50am

Digital TV listing company Rovi is buying TiVo in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $1.1 billion.

Singers sought for iconic New York folk music venue's video

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 5:20am

The nation's longest continuously operating coffeehouse is putting together a video featuring Arlo Guthrie and Garrison Keillor to celebrate the upstate New York folk music venue's impending renovations.

Markets Right Now: Europe lower despite strong growth data

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 4:30am

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China charges brokers, fund manager with insider trading

Joe McDonald, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 4:20am

A prominent investor and the general manager of China's biggest stock brokerage have been arrested on insider trading charges, the government announced Friday, in the latest aftershock from a plunge in stock prices last year.

Portugal awaits crucial news for its financial future

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 4:00am

Debt-heavy Portugal is waiting to find out whether it will continue being eligible for vital financial help from the European Central Bank.

Nationalized Royal Bank of Scotland sees loss widen

Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 3:41am

Royal Bank of Scotland says its net loss widened in the first quarter as the taxpayer-owned bank made its final 1.2 billion-pound ($1.7 billion) payment to the U.K. Treasury as part of a deal to give the government first crack at any profits.

Horry County Schools changes bathroom policy

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 3:30am

Horry County Schools has agreed to let a transgender student use the boys' bathroom after he was suspended for using the "wrong" bathroom.

Doubts about honesty led to university chancellor's removal

Lisa Leff, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 3:20am

University of California President Janet Napolitano felt compelled to remove the chancellor of UC Davis after documents contradicted the campus leader's contention that she did not have any dealings with contractors that were hired to bolster the school's image online, a university spokeswoman said.

Eurozone economy grew by strong 0.6 percent in Q1; inflation in April falls to -0.2 percent

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 3:10am

Eurozone economy grew by strong 0.6 percent in Q1; inflation in April falls to -0.2 percent.

Shipping containers offer welcome homes in Phoenix

Terry Tang, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 2:51am

A stack of shipping containers sitting in a lot in an industrial section of Phoenix has some developers thinking inside the box.

Lawmaker accused of harassment is all alone with his M&Ms

Erik Schelzig, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 2:00am

Amid the frenzied negotiations, flaring tempers and occasional frivolity marking the end of another Tennessee legislative session, one lawmaker stayed conspicuously alone and quiet.

Arizona House adding school cash to break budget stalemate

Bob Christie, Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 1:40am

An Arizona House committee appeared poised to add millions in spending for K-12 education to break a stalemate that stalled a budget deal for several days as it prepared to work into the early hours Friday.

AstraZeneca says it will cut costs

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 1:40am

Anglo-Swedish drugmaker AstraZeneca says first-quarter earnings fell 12 percent as it announced plans to cut costs so it can devote more resources to cancer drugs.

Italian oil giant Eni swings to 1Q loss

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Apr 29th - 1:10am

Italian gas and oil giant Eni says it lost 792 million euros ($901 million) in the first quarter on sharply weaker commodity prices.