04/18/2014 1:23amA 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.
04/18/2014 1:53amElection-year memo to Democratic candidates: Don't talk about the economic recovery. It's a political loser.
04/18/2014 2:40amFaced 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.
04/18/2014 3:20amAsian stocks were mostly higher in trading muted by Good Friday observance.
04/18/2014 3:50amThe 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.
04/18/2014 4:20amFollowing 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:
04/18/2014 4:30amNew students at Southern Illinois University won't be paying more for tuition this fall.
04/18/2014 5:10amHammond-area voters will take another look on May 3 at passing a tax millage to support Hammond schools' magnet and accelerated programs.
04/18/2014 5:30amChinese 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.
04/18/2014 6:00amThe University of Michigan is moving forward with plans for a $135 million addition to its business school and other construction projects.
Family of Autistic Child Launches Startup to Provide Professional Grade GPS Tracker at Affordable Price to Benefit Other Familie
04/18/2014 6:50amJapan 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.
04/18/2014 6:50amMazda is recalling 109,000 Tribute SUVs in cold-weather states to fix rusting frame parts.
04/18/2014 7:01amThe 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.
04/18/2014 7:30amA 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.
04/18/2014 8:10amWalker 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.
04/18/2014 8:51amThe U.S. dollar is unchanged against other North American currencies in New York trading.
04/18/2014 9:01amA 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.
04/18/2014 9:21amMore 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.
04/18/2014 9:31amChobani plans to expand beyond its Greek yogurt cups this summer as it faces intensifying competition in the fast growing category.
04/18/2014 9:31amA Philadelphia chocolate maker and candy store says it has resolved a tax issue that threatened to shutter the establishment days before Easter.
04/18/2014 9:41amUtah's unemployment rate increased slightly last month, the first time since last July the rate has climbed instead of falling.
04/18/2014 10:11amCyprus' 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.
04/18/2014 10:41amOfficials say the investigation into the South Korean ferry disaster is focusing on a sharp turn taken by the ship just before it began listing.
04/18/2014 10:51amA 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.
04/18/2014 11:11amHesham 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.
04/18/2014 11:11amFarms 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.
04/18/2014 11:12amThe 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.
04/18/2014 11:41amWGN America is calling on witchcraft to help launch the cable channel in a new direction.
04/18/2014 11:51amNevada'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.
04/18/2014 12:01pmIdaho's unemployment rate dropped a tenth of a percentage point in March to 5.2 percent, the lowest rate in 5 1/2 years.
04/18/2014 12:10pmThe largest medical marijuana trade show in New England is in Bangor on Saturday.
04/18/2014 12:21pmA federal appeals court on Friday turned aside a challenge by environmental groups to an air pollution standard for cement plants.
04/18/2014 12:41pmAP Sources: Obama administration extending agency review of Keystone XL oil pipeline.
04/18/2014 1:01pmMore 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.
04/18/2014 1:12pmFor 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.
04/18/2014 1:31pmThe Retail Association of Nevada says it expects the Easter holiday will equate to higher spending in stores.
04/18/2014 1:31pmThe U.S. dollar is unchanged against other North American currencies in New York trading.
04/18/2014 1:31pmToday's word of the day is "puddle" — the molten portion of the metal being welded.
04/18/2014 2:20pmWith 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.
04/18/2014 2:31pmThe death of Gabriel Garcia Marquez has brought his classic "One Hundred Years of Solitude" to the top of best seller lists.
04/18/2014 2:31pmRepublicans 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.
04/18/2014 2:41pmSupreme 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.
04/18/2014 2:51pmSupreme 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.
04/18/2014 3:01pmU.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.
04/18/2014 3:11pmA 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.
04/18/2014 3:11pmCanadian Pacific Railway told a federal oversight board Friday that moving fertilizer for spring planting does not present a "significant challenge" for the railroad.
04/18/2014 3:20pmLatest skiing conditions, as supplied by SnoCountry Mountain Reports. Conditions are subject to change due to weather, skier/rider traffic and other factors. Be aware of changing conditions. For more information go to www.snocountry.com
04/18/2014 3:21pmLatest skiing conditions, as supplied by SnoCountry Mountain Reports. Conditions are subject to change due to weather, skier/rider traffic and other factors. Be aware of changing conditions. For more information go to www.snocountry.com
04/18/2014 3:42pmThe 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.
04/18/2014 4:11pmLeaders 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.
04/18/2014 4:30pmThe 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.
04/18/2014 4:30pmA federal judge has rejected an attempt by American Airlines to quickly cut off benefits for many of its retirees.
04/18/2014 5:00pmHalfway 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.
04/18/2014 5:10pmMost 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.
04/18/2014 5:11pmA 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.
04/18/2014 5:41pmWhole Foods Markets is recalling mini butter croissants sold in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana because they contain eggs, an undeclared allergen.
04/18/2014 5:50pmCanadian 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.
04/18/2014 6:00pmAn 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.
04/18/2014 6:00pmMetro-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.
04/18/2014 7:20pmA 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.
04/18/2014 8:50pmThe 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.
04/18/2014 11:20pmPeople 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.