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Retailers help US stocks toward records on 6th day of gains

Marley Jay, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 10:00am

U.S. stocks are climbing for the sixth day in a row Thursday as strong quarterly results from retailers including Best Buy and PVH give consumer-focused companies a lift. The Standard & Poor's 500 index and Nasdaq composite are trading at all-time highs. Stocks are stretching for their longest winning streak in three months.

Ford shuffles management team as new CEO takes helm

Dee-Ann Durbin and Tom Krisher, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 10:00am

Ford's new CEO is shaking up the company's senior management.

Qatar hack, bloody Bahrain raid follow Trump's Mideast trip

Aya Batrawy and Jon Gambrell, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 10:00am

Qatar found itself on the defensive once again Thursday as more Arab nations blocked access to websites of its flagship Al-Jazeera news network, just days after U.S. President Donald Trump's Mideast visit positioned America squarely with Sunni Arab countries against Shiite power Iran.

Democrats use budget office report to attack GOP health bill

Alan Fram and Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 10:00am

Democrats needle Republicans on Thursday with the gloomy assessment that 23 million people would lose insurance under the Republican health care bill, and that premiums for seriously ill people would rise. The leader of the Senate GOP effort to dismantle President Barack Obama's health care law faulted Democrats for not working with them.

UN chief: Health care attacked in over 20 conflict countries

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 9:27am

Attacks on hospitals, doctors, ambulances, the wounded and sick took place in at least 20 countries affected by conflict last year, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Thursday.

OPEC and other nations set to extend output cuts

George Jahn and Kiyoko Metzler, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 9:26am

OPEC and other oil nations meeting Thursday were set to extend their production cuts in an effort to shore up prices. But the intended impact could be short-lived.

Racetrack owner who wants casino says plan can wait 6 years

Wayne Parry, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 9:26am

The owner of a New Jersey racetrack who wants to build a casino there says the proposal can wait for six years.

Fund manager Q&A: Emerging markets funds

Alex Veiga, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 9:26am

Investors have been betting heavily on emerging markets stocks this year, and the strategy appears to be paying off.

US home equity is back, so why aren't more people borrowing?

Christopher S. Rugaber, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 9:26am

Alicia Johnson and her husband wanted to renovate their home last fall but ran into a roadblock: When they tried to refinance their mortgage and borrow against their equity, five banks said no.

Emirati man detained over terror fears sues Ohio hotel, cops

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 9:04am

An Emirati man briefly detained at an Ohio hotel after a clerk heard him speaking Arabic and thought he was a terrorist has sued the hotel chain, police and others.

British Transport Police adding armed patrols on some UK trains for first time

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 9:04am

British Transport Police adding armed patrols on some UK trains for first time.

Lounges vs. lines: Testing travel with and without perks

Candice Choi and Scott Mayerowitz, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 8:48am

Summer travelers may well find themselves stuck in long security lines and squeezed into cramped seats. For frequent travelers, or those who can and want to pay extra, perks are available including upgrades to first-class seats, airport lounges and free food.

Grain mixed, livestock mixed

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 8:20am

Grain futures were mixed Thursday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Grain mixed, livestock mixed

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 8:20am

Grain futures were mixed Thursday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Israel to reduce Gaza electricity citing Palestinian spat

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 8:00am

Israel says it will reduce the electricity supply to Gaza after officials in the Palestinian government in the West Bank said payments would be scaled back.

GLAAD reports slim increase in LGBTQ representation in film

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 7:20am

The advocacy group GLAAD says the representation of LGBTQ characters in major Hollywood films increased nearly 1 percent in 2016, but the group says many of the portrayals weren't positive.

Kansas distributor recalls precooked sausage due to metal

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 7:20am

A Kansas food distributor has recalled nearly 100,000 pounds (45,360 kilograms) of precooked sausage products that might contain metal.

A look at the G-7 leaders meeting with Trump in Sicily

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 7:03am

A glance of the leaders meeting with Donald Trump during his first Group of Seven summit as U.S. president, in alphabetical order by country. The summit takes place Friday and Saturday in Taormina, on the Italian island of Sicily.

US jobless claims rose slightly to 234,000 last week

Byline, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 6:58am

Slightly more people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, but jobless claims remained at historically low levels.

Russia's UN ambassador to take job in summer

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 6:55am

A top diplomat says a new Russian ambassador to the United Nations will take his post soon.