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December 26th, 2014
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Businesses forecast more growth in 2014

05/07/2014 12:31am
The Institute for Supply Management says businesses of all types expect increases in revenue, capital expenditures, employment and production capacity this year.

Maine GOP seek resolution on nursing home funds

05/07/2014 2:10am
The Maine Legislature has adjourned, but Republican leaders are urging Democrats to reconvene to consider funding for the state's nursing homes.

Budweiser brewer AB Inbev sees sharp profit drop

05/07/2014 2:20am
The maker of Budweiser and Stella Artois beer says its first quarter net profit slumped by almost 24 percent despite rising sales volumes.

All lanes open on freeway where bridge burned

05/07/2014 2:30am
All lanes of Interstate 15 in Hesperia have reopened after a fire on an overpass under construction.

Nintendo sinks to loss on lagging Wii U sales

05/07/2014 3:10am
Nintendo Co. sank to a loss for the fiscal year ended March as sales of its Wii U game machine continued to lag, but the Japanese manufacturer of Pokemon and Super Mario games promised Wednesday to return to profit this year.

Spain's Repsol sells YPF stake to Morgan Stanley

05/07/2014 3:20am
Spain's Repsol oil and gas company says it has sold an 11.86-percent stake it owned in Argentina's YPF energy company to Morgan Stanley for 900 million euros ($1.25 billion), effectively leaving it without a stake in a company it once controlled.

German factory orders drop unexpectedly

05/07/2014 3:30am
German factory orders plunged unexpectedly in March as demand slumped both at home and abroad, particularly from other nations using the euro, and the government cautioned the crisis in Ukraine could contribute to further weakness.

HSBC first quarter profits fall 19 percent

05/07/2014 3:51am
London-based bank HSBC has suffered a 19 percent fall in first-quarter net profit that it blamed in part on declines in the retail banking and wealth management businesses.

Dispute threatens Detroit schools' custodial work

05/07/2014 4:00am
There's a dispute involving the Detroit Public Schools district about a staffing company's work to keep schools clean.

Hamas ends ban on West Bank newspaper

05/07/2014 5:10am
Gaza's Hamas rulers on Wednesday permitted a veteran West Bank newspaper to be distributed in the coastal territory for the first time in six years, taking a new step toward implementing a reconciliation deal with the rival West Bank government.

Here is the latest Utah news from The Associated Press

05/07/2014 5:41am
Several men exiled from Warren Jeffs' polygamous sect are say a judge shouldn't require a man to pay his ex-wives' attorney fees after winning a child custody lawsuit. Six men say in a court filing that if a judge forces polygamist Lorin Holm to pay up to $76,000 in fees accrued by an attorney representing his two ex-wives, it would have a chilling effect on others who have been kicked out and want their children back.

Iraq awards 2 deals worth nearly $1B for oilfield

05/07/2014 5:41am
Iraq's Cabinet has approved two deals with two oilfield services providers jointly worth nearly $1 billion to run operations at the country's largest oil field.

Japan, Europe seek free trade deal faster

05/07/2014 5:50am
The leaders of Japan and the European Union say they want to speed up talks on a wide-ranging free trade agreement.

In the West Bank, conflict stalls sewage solution

05/07/2014 6:00am
Israeli settlers and Palestinians in the West Bank rarely mix, but authorities are hoping their sewage will.

Siemens CEO shakes up company to raise profits

05/07/2014 6:20am
German industrial equipment maker Siemens AG has launched a sweeping restructuring to raise disappointing profits and better compete with peers such as General Electric.

TuneIn adds way to hear 'recently started' songs

05/07/2014 6:20am
Tired of flipping through the radio dial? Internet radio service TuneIn is offering a way to see which songs have just started on 100,000 radio stations around the world, allowing you to listen in soon after the tune starts.

US productivity dropped at 1.7 percent rate in first quarter as labor costs rose

05/07/2014 6:40am
US productivity dropped at 1.7 percent rate in first quarter as labor costs rose.

ABC's 'Nashville' symbolizes waiting week for TV

05/07/2014 6:50am
Stars of "Nashville" including Charles Esten, Clare Bowen and Jonathan Jackson performed songs from the ABC drama at a New York theater this week — and they hope rabid fans weren't the only ones watching.

US productivity fell at 1.7 percent rate in 1Q

05/07/2014 7:01am
U.S. productivity fell in the first quarter while labor costs rose, reflecting the economic slowdown caused at the start of the year by harsh winter weather.

Gov't report: Hospitals improving patient safety

05/07/2014 7:01am
The government says hospitals are becoming safer for patients due to a quality improvement partnership between industry and federal agencies.

Crowley hospital to become Acadia General Hospital

05/07/2014 7:40am
Crowley's American Legion Hospital will become Acadia General Hospital as Lafayette General Health takes over management of the 178-bed facility in June.

Dog bite reveals possible hash oil operation

05/07/2014 7:51am
Authorities in southwestern Colorado say they have discovered a suspected home hash oil operation after responding to a dog-bite call.

Russia tensions hit brewer Carlsberg

05/07/2014 7:51am
Danish brewer Carlsberg says uncertainty in its vast Russian market led to a loss of 67 million kroner ($12.49 million) in the first quarter of 2014.

US stocks are mostly higher in early trading

05/07/2014 7:51am
Stocks are mostly higher in early trading as more U.S. companies report positive earnings surprises.

Duke posts loss declining value of power plants

05/07/2014 8:00am
Duke Energy lost $97 million in the first quarter after reducing the value of a fleet of coal-fired power plants in the Midwest that it is trying to sell.

Law clarified for nursing mothers in Perryville

05/07/2014 8:00am
Aldermen in the southeast Missouri town of Perryville have updated the city's public indecency law to protect nursing mothers from potential prosecution.

Utah plan might keep flowers off endangered list

05/07/2014 8:00am
Conservationists are condemning a proposed deal between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and state and county officials in Utah intended to keep two rare species of desert flowers off the federal list of endangered species.

Fed drug sweep in 25 states targets drug makers, sellers, profits in synthetic drug crackdown

05/07/2014 8:11am
Fed drug sweep in 25 states targets drug makers, sellers, profits in synthetic drug crackdown.

Report: Dead Nevada miner caught clothes in drill

05/07/2014 8:21am
Federal mine safety regulators say an experienced worker who was killed in an accident at a gold mine in Elko County apparently got his clothing entangled in equipment while drilling rock underground.

Accountant guilty of mortgage fraud in Nevada

05/07/2014 8:31am
A California accountant has been convicted of federal mortgage fraud in southern Nevada.

Open

05/07/2014 8:50am
Early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade Wed.:

Indians feast on top-quality mangoes after EU ban

05/07/2014 9:01am
Indians are feasting on some of the world's most succulent mangoes after the European Union banned imports of the fruit from India this month, producing a glut and rock-bottom prices for local consumers.

Turkey fans are 'Turketarian' in Butterball's ads

05/07/2014 9:13am
Are you a "Turketarian"?

Here is the latest Nevada news from The Associated Press

05/07/2014 9:21am
Jury selection enters a third day in Las Vegas in a civil wrongful death and medical malpractice lawsuit against a Nevada physician who found the body of pro golfer Erica Blasberg after she committed suicide. Blasberg's father accuses 46-year-old Dr. Thomas Hess of having an inappropriate personal relationship with the 25-year-old golfer, and of failing to provide proper medical care before she died.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln budget cuts imposed

05/07/2014 9:21am
Budget cuts to cover a $4.65 million shortfall have been imposed at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, but they don't include any reduction in academic offerings.

Sanctions meant to hurt Russia take bite in Europe

05/07/2014 9:31am
Sanctions against Russia are taking a toll in Europe as well, figures showed Wednesday, as a top U.S. official negotiated potential new economic punishment for the Kremlin's incursion into Ukraine.

Mondelez and DE Master combining coffee businesses

05/07/2014 9:50am
Mondelez and D.E. Master Blenders will link their coffee businesses together as Mondelez concentrates increasingly on its snack foods division and cost cutting.

China's Alibaba seeks blockbuster IPO in US

05/07/2014 9:51am
Alibaba Group, the king of e-commerce in China, is dangling a deal that could turn into one of the biggest IPOs in history.

Stocks trade mixed; Dow rises while tech skids

05/07/2014 10:01am
The stock market is mostly higher in midday trading even as several Internet companies including AOL and Groupon take a plunge.

'Face of the campaign' mired in health law snags

05/07/2014 10:11am
Celeste Castillo, a Guatemalan immigrant, was invited to a news conference with Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius early last year to help promote enrollment in the country's new health insurance marketplaces.

Oil leak caused Colorado power plant fire

05/07/2014 10:21am
Investigators have traced a fire that shut down a major power plant to an oil leak, the Colorado Springs fire chief said Wednesday.

STOCKS IN THE SPOTLIGHT

05/07/2014 10:21am
Sales, noon price and net change of the 15 most active New York Stock Exchange issues, trading nationally.

Fiat shares shed 10 pct on plan financing concerns

05/07/2014 10:31am
Fiat shares sank more than 11 percent Wednesday as investors expressed skepticism over a new business plan to launch Fiat Chrysler Automobiles as a leading global player.

Review: Pregnancy apps track baby, mom's progress

05/07/2014 10:41am
When I became pregnant with my daughter, now 4, I didn't even own a smartphone. I did most of my pregnancy research with my desktop computer and those pregnancy books that nearly every first-time mom reads.

Behind Alibaba IPO is unlikely China success story

05/07/2014 10:51am
The mammoth IPO planned by e-commerce giant Alibaba Group highlights founder Jack Ma's improbable rise to China's entrepreneur-in-chief.

Fed suit against for-profit colleges can proceed

05/07/2014 11:21am
A Justice Department lawsuit against a Pittsburgh-based company that runs more than 100 for-profit secondary schools for artists, chefs and other trades nationwide can continue even though the company has provided statistics that it claims shows its recruiters weren't illegally paid, a federal judge ruled.

Opinion: Utah needs to plan for economic future

05/07/2014 11:40am
Utah is often cited as a success story. Generally speaking, Utahns take pride in the state's economic performance, sound management and positive attributes. However, success and growth brings their own set of challenges and danger.

Opinion: Utah needs to plan for economic future

05/07/2014 11:40am
Utah is often cited as a success story. Generally speaking, Utahns take pride in the state's economic performance, sound management and positive attributes. However, success and growth brings their own set of challenges and danger.

Jet to change from print to digital app

05/07/2014 11:41am
Jet magazine, which first hit newsstands at the dawn of the civil rights movement, is ceasing regular print publication and transforming into a digital magazine app.

Freeport-McMoRan selling Texas assets for $3.1B

05/07/2014 11:42am
Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. is selling its Eagle Ford Shale assets in Texas for $3.1 billion as it looks to lower its debt.

Yale announces partnership with Geithner

05/07/2014 11:51am
Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner will deliver a series of lectures at Yale University in the fall on the global financial crisis, the Ivy League school announced Wednesday.

New program in Santa Fe provides prenatal care

05/07/2014 11:51am
A Santa Fe hospital is among several organizations launching a new program to provide prenatal care to pregnant women in Santa Fe County regardless of their ability to pay.

Fear of economic blow as births drop around world

05/07/2014 12:00pm
Nancy Strumwasser, a high school teacher from Mountain Lakes, New Jersey, always thought she'd have two children. But the layoffs that swept over the U.S. economy around the time her son was born six years ago helped change her mind. Though she and her husband, a market researcher, managed to keep their jobs, she fears they won't be so fortunate next time.

Yellen foresees continued low borrowing rates

05/07/2014 12:11pm
Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Wednesday that the U.S. economy is improving but noted that the job market remains "far from satisfactory" and inflation is still below the Fed's target rate.

Aspen Surgical to expand operations in Puerto Rico

05/07/2014 12:20pm
A disposable surgical supplies company is investing more than $3 million to expand its operations in Puerto Rico.

Fear of economic blow as births drop around world

05/07/2014 12:20pm
Nancy Strumwasser, a high school teacher from Mountain Lakes, New Jersey, always thought she'd have two children. But the layoffs that swept over the U.S. economy around the time her son was born six years ago helped change her mind. Though she and her husband, a market researcher, managed to keep their jobs, she fears they won't be so fortunate next time.

No gains for 12th-graders on national exam

05/07/2014 12:30pm
Handing out dismal grades, the Nation's Report Card says America's high school seniors lack critical math and reading skills for an increasingly competitive global economy.

Cash-strapped Henderson cutting hours at pools

05/07/2014 12:31pm
City officials in Henderson are cutting hours at public pools, raising admission fees and eliminating an underutilized weekend food program at senior centers in an effort to close a budget gap.

Egypt government restores daylight saving time

05/07/2014 1:01pm
Egypt's interim government said Wednesday it is restoring daylight saving time this month to alleviate a crippling energy crisis, three years after previous officials abolished it.

Close

05/07/2014 1:21pm
Futures trading on the Chicago Board of Trade Wed.:

US consumer borrowing rose $17.5 billion in March

05/07/2014 1:31pm
Consumers increased their borrowing in March by the largest amount in more than a year, using their credit cards and taking out more auto and student loans.

Argentine carmakers suspend staff as sales plunge

05/07/2014 1:33pm
Argentine automakers are reducing production and suspending factory workers as sales plunge because of a gathering storm of economic trouble.

New abortion rules edge closer to final passage

05/07/2014 1:41pm
New Louisiana abortion restrictions that would require doctors performing the procedure to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles are nearing final legislative passage, over the opposition of abortion-rights groups that say the bill will shutter clinics.

Grain lower, beef and pork lower

05/07/2014 1:42pm
Grain futures were lower Wednesday on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Jet to stop printing, change to digital app

05/07/2014 1:50pm
Jet magazine, which first hit newsstands at the dawn of the civil rights era, is ceasing regular print publication and transforming into a digital app.

Denver police investigate pot theft caught on tape

05/07/2014 1:51pm
Police are looking for three men caught on surveillance video stealing marijuana plants from a Denver grow house.

Nintendo says no to virtual equality in life game

05/07/2014 2:01pm
Nintendo isn't allowing gamers to play as gay in an upcoming life simulator game.

US indexes end mostly higher even as tech swoons

05/07/2014 2:21pm
The stock market is ending mostly higher even as several Internet companies including AOL and Groupon take a plunge.

Lions Gate to develop Power Rangers movie

05/07/2014 2:41pm
Hollywood is taking another stab at bringing the Power Rangers to the big screen, two decades after the last movie flopped at the box office.

NBC News names new 'Today' show leader from ESPN

05/07/2014 2:41pm
NBC News is bringing in an ESPN executive to take charge of the "Today" show as it competes against the morning ratings leader, ABC's "Good Morning America."

Andy Cohen book to be published this fall

05/07/2014 2:51pm
Television executive and personality Andy Cohen has more to spill about the glamorous life.

Health insurers: Payment rates above 80 percent

05/07/2014 3:21pm
Top health insurance companies told members of Congress Wednesday that more than 80 percent of people who've signed up under the president's new health care law have gone on to pay their premiums — a necessary step for the enrollment figures touted by the Obama administration to hold up.

Stock market climbs even as Internet names skid

05/07/2014 3:21pm
Soothing words from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen helped pull the stock market out of a morning slump Wednesday. But Internet companies and Whole Foods Market plunged, taking the Nasdaq down.

Ford says it will buy back $1.8B in stock

05/07/2014 3:21pm
Ford says it will buy back up to about 116 million shares of company stock worth about $1.8 billion.

US financial regulatory group seeks more openness

05/07/2014 3:22pm
A group of U.S. regulators has adopted rules intended to make its deliberations more open as it monitors threats to the financial system.

Obama climate rules can't wait 'til after election

05/07/2014 3:24pm
Within weeks, President Barack Obama's administration is set to unveil unprecedented emissions limits on power plants across the U.S., much to the dismay of many Democratic candidates who are running for election in energy-producing states. Fearful of a political backlash, they wish their fellow Democrat in the White House would hold off until after the voting.

Legal interpretation may erase pension glitch

05/07/2014 3:31pm
A troublesome piece of last year's state pension-reform law may not cut university retirees' pensions after all, the State Universities Retirement System now says.

Markets-At-A-Glance

05/07/2014 3:31pm
A snapshot of major stock and commodities market indicators Wednesday:

Nasdaq SUMMARY

05/07/2014 3:31pm
Most active Nasdaq issues.

Grimes to talk jobs on 50-county Kentucky bus tour

05/07/2014 3:50pm
Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes says she is launching a 50-county bus tour across Kentucky on Friday to highlight her jobs plan — and jab Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell.

Windfall means 'moment of reckoning' for Yahoo CEO

05/07/2014 4:21pm
Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer faces a $10 billion decision in a few months.

Report: Jet landed long in Jamaica crash landing

05/07/2014 4:21pm
An investigation into a plane accident almost five years ago at a Jamaican airport has concluded that an American Airlines jet flying in from Miami botched the landing and the flight crew may have been fatigued.

UMaine-led offshore wind project loses $47M grant

05/07/2014 4:21pm
A University of Maine-led effort to build an offshore wind pilot project was dealt a significant blow Wednesday when it failed to a win a competition for a $47 million federal grant, expected to be a key source of funding.

HGTV pulling plug on real estate show amid protest

05/07/2014 4:50pm
The HGTV network says it's pulling the plug on an upcoming real estate show after it was pointed out one of its hosts has campaigned against gay marriage and denounced homosexuality.

Sikorsky wins $1.24 billion US helicopter deal

05/07/2014 5:10pm
Helicopter manufacturer Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. announced Wednesday a $1.24 billion contract to build the next fleet of "Marine One" presidential helicopters, ending a yearslong effort to return the high-profile aerospace project to Connecticut.

Tesla loses $50 million in 1Q as costs rise

05/07/2014 5:20pm
Electric car maker Tesla Motors lost $49.8 million in the first quarter as it accelerated the development of its new crossover and made improvements to its Model S sedan.

Caesars posts larger loss but Vegas a bright spot

05/07/2014 5:30pm
Caesars Entertainment on Wednesday reported a wider first-quarter loss as gambling revenue fell and the company's casinos outside of Las Vegas faced stiffer competition and bad weather.

Hopes for Keystone XL vote fade as talks fail

05/07/2014 5:41pm
A bid by supporters of the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline to force a vote on the controversial project fell apart Wednesday amid partisan bickering over how the vote should be conducted.

Fox 3Q earnings top expectations

05/07/2014 5:41pm
Twenty-First Century Fox Inc. on Wednesday reported third-quarter earnings that topped analyst expectations as revenue grew thanks to higher advertising sales and a popular Super Bowl.

State defends new restrictions for painkiller

05/07/2014 5:50pm
Restrictions on the potent new painkiller Zohydro are within the Massachusetts' right to regulate the dispensing of prescription drugs, state officials argued in a legal brief filed Wednesday in a federal lawsuit challenging the rules' constitutionality.

Jewell announces $700K in tribal energy grants

05/07/2014 5:51pm
Federal officials announced Wednesday that nine tribes will share in more than $700,000 in grant funding meant to spur renewable energy development in Indian Country and that a second large solar project on tribal land in Nevada had been approved.

California back in running for Tesla battery plant

05/07/2014 6:21pm
California is back in the running for a massive battery plant that electric car maker Tesla Motors plans to start building this year, but CEO Elon Musk said the state remains in the "improbable" category for winning the plant because of the time it will take to win regulatory approval.

National Australia Bank posts 16 pct profit hike

05/07/2014 7:01pm
National Australia Bank Ltd., one of Australia's biggest lenders, on Thursday posted a 16 percent increase in half-year profit to 2.86 billion Australian dollars ($2.67 billion), helped by a reduction in bad debts and an improving British economy.

$4B Resorts World Vegas project crosses hurdle

05/07/2014 7:12pm
A Malaysian conglomerate that hopes to build a $4 billion Asian-themed resort at the site of a long-stalled hotel construction project on the Las Vegas Strip crossed a major regulatory hurdle Wednesday.

House votes to hold ex-IRS official in contempt

05/07/2014 7:21pm
House Republicans voted Wednesday to hold a former Internal Revenue Service official in contempt of Congress for refusing to testify at a pair of committee hearings about her role in the agency's tea party controversy.

Cirque du Soleil to open permanent show Mexico

05/07/2014 7:40pm
Cirque du Soleil will base a permanent troupe in Mexico's Mayan Riviera, south of the Cancun resort area in the Yucatan Peninsula, organizers announced Wednesday.

Senators debating punishing colleges for books

05/07/2014 8:01pm
A Democratic senator called his colleagues homophobic Wednesday for trying to punish two South Carolina universities that assigned gay-themed books to incoming freshmen.

Top NYC hospital pays $4.8M in privacy settlement

05/07/2014 8:21pm
A top New York hospital has paid $4.8 million in what federal health regulators announced Wednesday was the largest settlement for a privacy breach since strict standards took effect in 2003.

China's April exports rebound to 0.9 percent growth; imports up 0.8 percent amid weak demand

05/07/2014 8:41pm
China's April exports rebound to 0.9 percent growth; imports up 0.8 percent amid weak demand.

House panel backs Pentagon on sex assault cases

05/07/2014 8:50pm
The Pentagon posted a narrow win Wednesday as a House panel endorsed leaving the authority to prosecute rapes and other serious crimes with military commanders.
 
   
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