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UK health secretary to impose contract on junior doctors

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 9:40am

Britain's health secretary has taken the unusual step of opting to impose a new contract on junior doctors after failing to strike a deal with thousands of medical professionals in England.

The Latest: Occupiers say they're preparing to surrender

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 9:40am

The Latest on the standoff at a national wildlife refuge in Oregon (all times local):

Average US rate on 30-year mortgage falls to 3.65 percent

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 9:40am

Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell this week for the sixth straight week as markets around the globe continued the whipsaw trading that has marked this year so far.

Eurozone chief, Germany keep wary eye on Portuguese budget

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 9:40am

Though Portugal has received conditional approval for its budget from the European Commission, the eurozone's top official and Germany both warned the country not to miss the bloc's deficit targets.

Congress moves near final OK of local Internet tax ban

Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 9:30am

State and local governments would be permanently barred from taxing access to the Internet under a bipartisan compromise the Senate began pushing on Thursday toward congressional approval.

Head of Google in Europe grilled by UK lawmakers

Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 9:20am

A British parliamentary committee has grilled Google's president of European operations, questioning in blunt terms whether the Internet giant had paid its fair share of taxes.

IMF nominates managing director Lagarde for second term

Paul Wiseman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 9:10am

The International Monetary Fund has nominated managing director Christine Lagarde for a second five-year term.

N. Korea orders military takeover of inter-Korean factories

Ahn Young-Joon, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 9:10am

North Korea on Thursday ordered a military takeover of a factory park that had been the last major symbol of cooperation with South Korea, calling Seoul's earlier suspension of operations at the jointly run facility as punishment for the North's recent rocket launch a "dangerous declaration of war."

PepsiCo's revenue in North America climbs, helped by pricing

Candice Choi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 8:51am

PepsiCo said revenue for its North American snacks and drinks units rose in the fourth quarter, boosted by pricing.

South African president faces protests at parliament

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 8:51am

South African police fired stun grenades at dozens of clashing supporters of the ruling African National Congress and an opposition party ahead of the much-awaited state-of-the-nation address by the president.

Magazine publisher Time Inc. buys what's left of MySpace

Tali Arbel, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 9:51am

MySpace still exists?

Arkansas chief justice cites Johnny Cash in bail dissent

Andrew Demillo, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 9:51am

Objecting to the Arkansas Supreme Court ruling that lower-court judges can require that defendants pay their bail only in cash, the high court's chief justice cited a musician seldom thought of as a legal scholar: Johnny Cash.

Slaughterhouse owner gets prison time for uninspected meat

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 9:50am

The co-owner of a Northern California slaughterhouse at the center of a nationwide meat recall two years ago has been sentenced to a year in federal prison.

APNewsBreak: Report says EPA knew mine spill was possible

Matthew Brown and Dan Elliot, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 9:50am

A U.S. House probe of a mine waste accident in Colorado that fouled rivers in three Western states has found further evidence that government workers knew a spill from the gold mine was possible.

Stolen laptop contained patient records, hospital says

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 9:40am

Community Hospital in McCook has told nearly 4,200 former patients that their identity information was contained on a laptop computer that was stolen in December.

Yellen: Too early to determine impact of global developments

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 9:40am

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen is cautioning that global economic developments have created risks for the U.S. economy but says it's too early to know whether those risks are severe enough to alter the course of the Fed's interest-rate policies.

Morgan Stanley to pay $3.2B over contributors to '08 crisis

Michael Virtanen, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 9:30am

Morgan Stanley will pay $3.2 billion in a settlement over bank practices that contributed to the 2008 financial crisis, including misrepresentations about the value of mortgage-backed securities, authorities announced Thursday.

Panel advances bill to require ultrasounds before abortions

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 9:30am

Kentucky lawmakers have advanced a bill that would require doctors to perform ultrasounds prior to abortions and to describe what is seen to the pregnant woman.

Grain higher, livestock mixed

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 8:40am

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