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US waver on earnings, deal news; energy stocks slump

Ken Sweet, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 1:21pm

U.S. stocks wavered between gains and losses on Friday, as investors assessed the latest batch of company earnings and deal news.

Hopes high wing flap will shed light on Flight 370 mystery

Andrew Meldrum and Lori Hinnant, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 11:41am

Under a microscope and expert eyes, the wing fragment that washed up on the beach of this volcanic island could yield clues not just to its path through the Indian Ocean, but also to what happened to the airplane it belonged to.

WikiLeaks says US spied on Japanese government, companies

Ken Moritsugu, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 10:50am

The WikiLeaks website published documents Friday that it said shows the U.S. government spied on Japanese officials and companies.

Auction set for work from ex-auto plant credited to Banksy

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 10:43am

An auction is planned for an artwork that gallery officials say the elusive British graffiti artist Banksy created at a former Detroit auto plant.

Lawsuit: CVS overcharged customers for drugs

Aaron Smith, CNN  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 10:18am

CVS is overcharging customers who have insurance by "fraudulently" jacking up prices on prescription drugs, while those with cash are paying much less, a lawsuit claims.

Obama to extend college aid grants to some prison inmates

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 1:11pm

Some federal and state prison inmates could be eligible for federal grants to take college courses while still behind bars.

Judge deems gay couple as spouses after 1 partner's death

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 1:01pm

A judge has recognized a 2001 same-sex union as a common-law marriage in Pennsylvania even though one partner died before gay marriage became legal.

Lawsuit: Anti-abortion group secretly recorded providers

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 1:01pm

An association of abortion providers is asking a court to block the release of recordings they say were made by an anti-abortion group that has previously revealed several surreptitiously recorded videos of a Planned Parenthood leader discussing the sale of aborted fetuses for research.

Facebook's Zuckerberg and wife are expecting a daughter

Brandon Bailey, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 12:51pm

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his pediatrician wife, Priscilla Chan, are expecting a baby.

NY village makes ransom payments to keep computers running

Michael Virtanen, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 12:41pm

A village in central New York made ransom payments of $300 and $500 last year to keep its computers running after two official-looking emails released malware throughout its system, state auditors said.

Obama to extend college aid grants to some prison inmates

Jennifer C. Kerr, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 12:31pm

More than 20 years after banning prisoners from receiving student aid, some federal and state inmates could be eligible for Pell grant money to take college courses while still behind bars.

New York state picks 5 to grow, dispense medical marijuana

David Klepper, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 12:21pm

The five companies picked to grow and dispense medical marijuana in New York include one run by a Minnesota physician, three with dispensaries in other states and another with a personal connection to those the state's new program aims to help.

Runaway rail car kicked loose by teen hits New York station

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 12:11pm

Video surveillance footage released Friday shows a rail car that was accidentally set in motion by a 13-year-old boy ramming an antique locomotive into a central New York train station, sending passengers waiting for a train scrambling for safety.

In swing state Florida, Clinton calls for Cuba embargo's end

Bill Barrow, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 12:11pm

Drawing a sharp distinction with her main Republican rivals in Florida, Hillary Rodham Clinton on Friday called on the GOP-run Congress to end the trade embargo the U.S. has imposed on Cuba since 1962.

Tough week for social media stocks _ no one is spared

Barbara Ortutay, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 11:11am

It hasn't been an easy week in social media, despite double-digit revenue growth from Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook. Investors are looking beyond headline numbers and finding reasons to sell.

Settlement in wrongful death suit over brewery keg explosion

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 11:11am

A $1.2 million settlement has been reached in a wrongful death lawsuit over a keg explosion at a New Hampshire brewery.

WTO rules against China in specialty steel dispute

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 11:11am

The World Trade Organization says China broke global trade rules by failing to comply with an earlier WTO ruling and continuing to impose duties on specialty steel imports.

Judge gives lender 60 days to buy former presidential yacht

Randall Chase, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 10:31am

A Delaware judge has given a lender 60 days to buy the former presidential yacht Sequoia from its current owners.

Roche drug maker probed in Romanian graft case

Alison Mutler, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 10:11am

Swiss pharmaceuticals company Roche confirmed Friday it is being investigated by anti-corruption prosecutors looking for evidence that drug companies offered doctors vacations and other incentives in exchange for prescribing cancer drugs.

Toll collector killed by pickup on Massachusetts Turnpike

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 10:01am

A toll collector has been struck and killed by a pickup truck on the Massachusetts Turnpike.