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04/18/2014 1:10am

Late sign-ups improve outlook for Obama health law

04/18/2014 1:23am
A surge of eleventh-hour enrollments has improved the outlook for President Barack Obama's health care law, with more people signing up overall and a much-needed spark of interest among young adults.

Advice to Democrats: Don't say 'recovery'

04/18/2014 1:53am
Election-year memo to Democratic candidates: Don't talk about the economic recovery. It's a political loser.

China says one-fifth of its farmland is polluted

04/18/2014 2:40am
Faced with growing public anger about a poisonous environment, China's government released a yearslong study that shows nearly one-fifth of the country's farmland is contaminated with toxic metals, a stunning indictment of unfettered industrialization under the Communist Party's authoritarian rule.

Asia stocks rise in abbreviated trading

04/18/2014 3:20am
Asian stocks were mostly higher in trading muted by Good Friday observance.

Brewers seek to rekindle Belgium's love of beer

04/18/2014 3:50am
The ruby lettering on the front of the old corner pub "In de Welkom" has peeled almost beyond recognition. Owner Leza Wauters, a tough 87-year-old, is holding on to her business but can't say how much longer. Sooner or later, yet another bar with a warm "Welcome" will be gone.

Transcript of conversation between ferry, shore

04/18/2014 4:20am
Following is the transcript released by the Ministry of Ocean and Fisheries of the conversation between Jeju Vessel Traffic Services Center (VTS) on Jeju Island and The Sewol, the ferry that sank on Wednesday. The original transcript is in Korean and the translation was done by The Associated Press. It starts off from the first distress call made by the ferry:

SIU to keep fall tuition for newcomers unchanged

04/18/2014 4:30am
New students at Southern Illinois University won't be paying more for tuition this fall.

Hammond area voters consider school tax on May 3

04/18/2014 5:10am
Hammond-area voters will take another look on May 3 at passing a tax millage to support Hammond schools' magnet and accelerated programs.

Chinese trade group to mediate shoe factory strike

04/18/2014 5:30am
Chinese police hauled away dozens of workers Friday to break up a march on a factory complex targeted by tens of thousands of laborers striking against the world's largest maker of athletic shoes, while a government trade union said it would mediate the labor dispute.

University of Michigan moves on construction work

04/18/2014 6:00am
The University of Michigan is moving forward with plans for a $135 million addition to its business school and other construction projects.

Japan to hunt fewer whales in Pacific this season

04/18/2014 6:50am
Japan will target fewer whales when its Pacific hunt begins next week and will observe them in the Antarctic next season with the aim of resuming full-fledged commercial whaling, the fisheries minister said Friday.

Mazda recalls 109,000 older SUVs for rust problem

04/18/2014 6:50am
Mazda is recalling 109,000 Tribute SUVs in cold-weather states to fix rusting frame parts.

Here is the latest Idaho news from The Associated Press

04/18/2014 7:01am
The Coeur d'Alene Tribe says Idaho's constitutional ban on poker doesn't apply to the tribal-owned casino. The Spokesman-Review reports the tribe has announced plans to open a poker room on May 2. The Idaho State Lottery Commission is asking the National Indian Gaming Commission to investigate.

Ludlow massacre spurred New Deal labor reforms

04/18/2014 7:30am
A century ago this Sunday, 11 children and two women died in a fire that followed a shootout between the Colorado National Guard and striking coal miners at a tent camp in southern Colorado.

Walker voters to decide on school bond issue

04/18/2014 8:10am
Walker area voters will decide May 3 whether to approve issuing $25 million in bonds to pay for facility and technology improvements in the Walker school district.

Dollar unchanged

04/18/2014 8:51am
The U.S. dollar is unchanged against other North American currencies in New York trading.

New Americans turn to goats to address food demand

04/18/2014 9:01am
A bunch of kids in a minivan are solving twin challenges in northern Vermont: refugees struggling to find the food of their homelands and farmers looking to offload unwanted livestock.

Unemployment rates fall in 21 US states last month

04/18/2014 9:21am
More than two-thirds of the states reported job gains in March, as hiring has improved for much of the country during what has been a sluggish but sustained 4 1/2-year recovery.

Chobani to expand offerings amid competition

04/18/2014 9:31am
Chobani plans to expand beyond its Greek yogurt cups this summer as it faces intensifying competition in the fast growing category.

Philadelphia chocolate store: Tax issue resolved

04/18/2014 9:31am
A Philadelphia chocolate maker and candy store says it has resolved a tax issue that threatened to shutter the establishment days before Easter.

Utah jobless rate increased slightly in March

04/18/2014 9:41am
Utah's unemployment rate increased slightly last month, the first time since last July the rate has climbed instead of falling.

Bank of Cyprus sells business in Ukraine, Romania

04/18/2014 10:11am
Cyprus' largest bank says it has sold off its business in Ukraine and a stake in a Romanian bank to help reduce risk and improve cash flow for the troubled lender.

Investigators probe crew's actions, as well as alterations made to the ferry

04/18/2014 10:41am
Officials say the investigation into the South Korean ferry disaster is focusing on a sharp turn taken by the ship just before it began listing.

Savannah students debut tiny housing units

04/18/2014 10:51am
A handful of students and faculty are about to take turns as lab rats, so to speak, living for a week at a time in an apartment small enough to fit into a parking space.

In Egypt, a corruption watchdog hit by backlash

04/18/2014 11:11am
Hesham Genena has created uproar by trying to actually do his job. The head of one of Egypt's foremost government oversight agencies, he says he has uncovered billions of dollars-worth of corruption, involving some of the country's most untouchable institutions, including the police, intelligence agencies, and the judiciary.

USDA orders farms to report pig virus infections

04/18/2014 11:11am
Farms stricken with a deadly pig virus must report outbreaks as part of a new program to help monitor and possibly control the spread of the disease, the federal government announced Friday.

US orders farms to report pig virus infections

04/18/2014 11:12am
The U.S. government is starting a new program to help monitor and possibly control the spread of a virus that has killed millions of pigs since showing up in the country last year.

WGN America tries 'Salem' magic to expand audience

04/18/2014 11:41am
WGN America is calling on witchcraft to help launch the cable channel in a new direction.

Nevada jobless rate remains 8.5 percent in March

04/18/2014 11:51am
Nevada's jobless rate held steady in March at 8.5 percent, the same as the month before, the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation reported Friday.

Idaho unemployment rate drops in March

04/18/2014 12:01pm
Idaho's unemployment rate dropped a tenth of a percentage point in March to 5.2 percent, the lowest rate in 5 1/2 years.

Marijuana trade show coming to Bangor Saturday

04/18/2014 12:10pm
The largest medical marijuana trade show in New England is in Bangor on Saturday.

Appeals court rejects challenge on cement plants

04/18/2014 12:21pm
A federal appeals court on Friday turned aside a challenge by environmental groups to an air pollution standard for cement plants.

AP Sources: Obama administration extending agency review of Keystone XL oil pipeline

04/18/2014 12:41pm
AP Sources: Obama administration extending agency review of Keystone XL oil pipeline.

UConn recognizes new graduate assistants union

04/18/2014 1:01pm
More than 2,100 graduate assistants working for the University of Connecticut have been recognized as part of a new union and will soon begin negotiating a labor contract with the administration.

Clock ticking for states to adopt health exchanges

04/18/2014 1:12pm
For the more than 30 states that defaulted to the federal government under President Barack Obama's health care law, time may be running out to decide whether to create their own state-run insurance exchanges.

Nevada retailers expect $235 million Easter sales

04/18/2014 1:31pm
The Retail Association of Nevada says it expects the Easter holiday will equate to higher spending in stores.

Dollar unchanged

04/18/2014 1:31pm
The U.S. dollar is unchanged against other North American currencies in New York trading.

Local schools focus on industrial, career classes

04/18/2014 1:31pm
Today's word of the day is "puddle" — the molten portion of the metal being welded.

Boston prepares for huge wave of marathon visitors

04/18/2014 2:20pm
With an expanded field of runners and the memory of last year's bombings elevating interest in one of the world's great races, the 2014 Boston Marathon could bring an unprecedented wave of visitors and an influx of tourism dollars to the area.

After his death, Garcia Marquez book sales soar

04/18/2014 2:31pm
The death of Gabriel Garcia Marquez has brought his classic "One Hundred Years of Solitude" to the top of best seller lists.

Pipeline supporters denounce latest delay

04/18/2014 2:31pm
Republicans are denouncing the latest delay in the review process for the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada -- a process that has dragged on now for more than five years.

Court declines to block drug ruling in patent case

04/18/2014 2:41pm
Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts on Friday declined to temporarily block a lower court ruling that opens the world's best-selling multiple sclerosis drug to competition from generic rivals next month.

Court declines to block drug ruling in patent case

04/18/2014 2:51pm
Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts on Friday declined to temporarily block a lower court ruling that opens the world's best-selling multiple sclerosis drug to competition from generic rivals next month.

US newspaper industry revenue fell 2.6 pct in 2013

04/18/2014 3:01pm
U.S. newspaper industry revenue fell last year, as increases in circulation revenue weren't high enough to make up for shrinking demand for print advertising, an industry trade group said Friday.

Magnitude-7.2 earthquake shakes Mexican capital

04/18/2014 3:11pm
A powerful magnitude-7.2 earthquake shook central and southern Mexico on Friday, sending panicked people into the streets. Some walls cracked and fell, but there were no reports of major damage or casualties.

Railroad says it's committed to hauling fertilizer

04/18/2014 3:11pm
Canadian Pacific Railway told a federal oversight board Friday that moving fertilizer for spring planting does not present a "significant challenge" for the railroad.

Ski Report

04/18/2014 3:20pm
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Ski Report

04/18/2014 3:21pm
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White House makes economics focus of Asia trip

04/18/2014 3:42pm
The White House is focusing President Barack Obama's upcoming Asia-Pacific trip on the economic benefits of closer ties to the region, but regional security concerns are likely to be pushed higher on the president's agenda because of the tense situation between Russia and Ukraine.

Year after blast, Texas town ponders new plant

04/18/2014 4:11pm
Leaders in a Central Texas town that was devastated last year by a deadly fertilizer plant explosion are contemplating building a new facility, calling it a crucial step toward West's economic recovery.

US puts off decision on Keystone XL pipeline

04/18/2014 4:30pm
The Obama administration is putting off its decision on the Keystone XL oil pipeline, likely until after the November elections, by extending its review of the controversial project indefinitely.

Judge says American can't end retiree benefits yet

04/18/2014 4:30pm
A federal judge has rejected an attempt by American Airlines to quickly cut off benefits for many of its retirees.

Idaho guest ranches reinvent themselves

04/18/2014 5:00pm
Halfway through an interview with a Business Insider reporter, Brad Ford mentions why he's a little distracted. He is riding one horse and leading another, trying to calm the animals' nerves during an expo in Lewiston. That's Ford's job. He trains and sells horses — at least, that's what he does in the offseason. From May to October, he hosts vacationers and the occasional reality-show cast of characters at 4D Longhorn Guest Ranch.

Democrats: Illinois schools could face major cuts

04/18/2014 5:10pm
Most of Illinois' 860 school districts would see cuts in funding if the state's temporary tax increase is rolled back as scheduled, according to a document being circulated as part of Illinois Democrats' campaign to preserve the tax hike and push to update the state's school funding formula.

5 features an Amazon phone might offer

04/18/2014 5:11pm
A report this week in The Wall Street Journal that Amazon is planning to release a smartphone has prompted industry analysts and technology blogs to muse about what the device might offer.

Whole Foods recalls croissants over undeclared egg

04/18/2014 5:41pm
Whole Foods Markets is recalling mini butter croissants sold in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana because they contain eggs, an undeclared allergen.

Dutch man's case linked to Amanda Todd

04/18/2014 5:50pm
Canadian police confirmed an arrest has been made in the Netherlands in the case of a Canadian teenager who was blackmailed into exposing herself in front of a webcam. The 15-year-old later committed suicide after detailing her harassment on a YouTube video watched by millions around the world.

Plane spotted in Iran is registered to Utah bank

04/18/2014 6:00pm
An airplane that mysteriously ended up in Iran is registered to a Utah bank under an arrangement for aviation ownership that has prompted two warnings from a government watchdog in the past year.

US senator: Metro-North fined $552,000 past decade

04/18/2014 6:00pm
Metro-North, the nation's second-largest commuter railroad, has been fined $552,000 over the past decade for safety violations and defects, U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal said Friday.

NY judge upholds charges against financier's kin

04/18/2014 7:20pm
A judge has declined to toss out federal fraud charges against the brother of a one-time billionaire hedge fund founder, though she noted that two charges have flaws that the government must fix.

Captain of sunken S. Korean ferry, 2 crew arrested

04/18/2014 8:50pm
The captain of the ferry that sank off South Korea, leaving more than 300 missing or dead, was arrested early Saturday on suspicion of negligence and abandoning people in need — three of whom were seen lifeless in the drowned vessel by a diver who was unable to get them out.

Health care site flagged in Heartbleed review

04/18/2014 11:20pm
People who have accounts on the enrollment website for President Barack Obama's signature health care law are being told to change their passwords following an administration-wide review of the government's vulnerability to the confounding Heartbleed Internet security flaw.