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October 31st, 2014
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Sony sinks to $1.2 billion quarterly loss on expenses for exiting personal computer business

05/14/2014 12:21am
Sony sinks to $1.2 billion quarterly loss on expenses for exiting personal computer business.

Australia plan to raise pension age to 70 blasted

05/14/2014 12:50am
The Australian government's plan to raise the state pension age to 70 has been criticized as unfair for those in physically demanding jobs, the poor and indigenous people.

Illinois receives $4.4 million in AmeriCorps grant

05/14/2014 2:10am
Illinois is set to receive millions in federal grant money for volunteer educational programs throughout the state.

West Virginia mine was doing risky retreat mining

05/14/2014 2:41am
The two workers killed in an underground coal mine were performing a risky method known as retreat mining, where the roof is intentionally collapsed to retrieve more coal.

British executive accused in China drug bribery

05/14/2014 5:00am
Chinese police Wednesday accused a British executive of GlaxoSmithKline of leading a sprawling scheme to bribe doctors and hospitals to use its drugs.

Sony sinks to $1.3B quarterly loss on PC expenses

05/14/2014 5:00am
Sony Corp. sank to a 138 billion yen ($1.3 billion) quarterly loss, hit by costs from selling its personal computer business, and is forecasting more red ink as it struggles to execute a long-promised turnaround.

Samsung apologizes to sickened chip workers

05/14/2014 6:30am
Samsung Electronics Co. apologized and promised compensation to chip factory workers who suffered cancers linked to chemical exposure, a rare win for families and activists seven years after the death of a 23-year-old employee from leukemia galvanized a movement to hold the company to account.

Netflix's share of peak Internet traffic rises

05/14/2014 6:30am
Netflix increased its share of fixed-line Internet traffic in North America in the first half of 2014, accounting for 34 percent of data flowing to consumers during peak times, up from 32 percent in the latter half of 2013.

Chicago airports returning to normal after halt

05/14/2014 6:40am
Operations at Chicago's two airports are returning to normal after an electrical problem at a regional radar facility forced a shutdown of all incoming and outgoing flights.

Yahoo snaps up the mobile messaging app Blink

05/14/2014 6:50am
Yahoo is buying the mobile messaging app Blink.

Britain's economy returning to normal

05/14/2014 7:00am
The Bank of England dampened expectations Wednesday that interest rates in the U.K. will be raised imminently as Governor Mark Carney said the country's economy has only begun heading back to normal.

Here is the latest Idaho news from The Associated Press

05/14/2014 7:00am
Amber Beierle and Rachael Robertson say they'll be the first in line if Idaho starts issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples on Friday. They've tried before, but now they have the federal court on their side after yesterday's ruling that the state's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. They were joined by their fellow plaintiffs and attorneys in front of the federal courthouse in Boise last night, celebrating the win.

Iran, 6 powers wrestle over text of nuke deal

05/14/2014 7:51am
Nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers moved to an ambitious new stage on Wednesday, with the two sides sitting down to start writing the text of a final deal. But with major issues still unresolved, any initial draft is likely to be a patchwork affair — and agreement remains uncertain.

US stocks open lower; Deere sinks

05/14/2014 7:51am
Stocks are opening lower, a day after the market hit all-time highs.

OU Medical Center adds ER fee for some patients

05/14/2014 8:11am
OU Medical Center plans to charge an extra fee to patients who receive treatment in the ER for injuries or illnesses that aren't urgent, with the aim of alleviating overcrowding in the emergency room.

Hearing set on New Mexico medical marijuana rules

05/14/2014 8:11am
New Mexico health officials plan a June 16 hearing in Santa Fe on proposed new rules for the state's medical marijuana program, including new limits on how many plants that producers and licensed patients could grow.

Tea party leader endorses immigration overhaul

05/14/2014 8:21am
A national tea party leader is endorsing immigration overhaul legislation including legal status for the 11.5 million people now here illegally.

Former Baltimore mayor to head UB

05/14/2014 8:30am
The University System of Maryland Board of Regents named former Baltimore Mayor Kurt Schmoke president of the University of Baltimore on Wednesday.

US Ambassador Kennedy visits Fukushima plant

05/14/2014 8:41am
Caroline Kennedy, the U.S. ambassador to Japan, got a firsthand look Wednesday inside the Japanese nuclear plant devastated by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

Open

05/14/2014 8:51am
Early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade Wed.:

Open

05/14/2014 8:51am
Early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade Wed.:

Factories burned in anti-China protest in Vietnam

05/14/2014 9:01am
Mobs burned and looted scores of foreign-owned factories in Vietnam following a large protest by workers against China's recent placement of an oil rig in disputed Southeast Asian waters, officials said Wednesday.

CANNES WATCH: Campion blasts sexism in cinema

05/14/2014 9:20am
Jane Campion, the only female director in Cannes Film Festival history to win the Palme d'Or, threw a punch at the male-dominated film industry during Cannes' inaugural jury press conference.

EU wants ban on driftnets to save dolphins, tuna

05/14/2014 9:41am
The European Union's executive on Wednesday proposed to ban all use of driftnets in EU waters and on its vessels by year's end to better enforce the protection of dolphins, sharks, swordfish and bluefin tuna.

Cabela's recalling 600 electronic jerky blasters

05/14/2014 9:51am
Cabela's is recalling approximately 600 electronic jerky blasters because of a possible fire hazard.

Southwest Airlines makes buyback, lifts dividend

05/14/2014 9:51am
Southwest Airlines is raising its quarterly dividend to 6 cents from 4 cents and plans to buy back $1 billion in company stock.

US stocks move lower; Deere sinks

05/14/2014 10:01am
U.S. stocks are moving lower a day after the market hit its latest all-time high.

STOCKS IN THE SPOTLIGHT

05/14/2014 10:21am
Sales, noon price and net change of the 15 most active New York Stock Exchange issues, trading nationally.

Argentine court orders probe of Chevron-YPF deal

05/14/2014 10:31am
A federal appellate court in Argentina has ordered a criminal investigation into the approval of a billion-dollar deal with U.S.-based Chevron Corp. to produce oil and gas by hydraulic fracturing in the world's third-largest shale deposit.

Romanian, Bulgarian worker numbers dip in UK

05/14/2014 10:31am
The number of Romanians and Bulgarians working in Britain dropped since restrictions on immigration were lifted, figures published Wednesday showed — the first sign that fears of a huge wave of eastern European migrants were unfounded.

US soldier's widow speaks on post-traumatic stress

05/14/2014 10:31am
Amy Miner says the last night of her husband's life got off to an amazing start.

April sales surge bolsters Macy's optimism

05/14/2014 10:41am
After a slow, cold winter, Macy's Inc. saw its business improve in April as the spring thaw heated up shoppers' demand for shorts and T-shirts, the department store chain said Wednesday.

Sears considering selling its Canadian operations

05/14/2014 10:41am
Sears is considering selling its Canadian operations as the retailer looks for ways to prop up its sagging business.

Qatar considers changes to migrant labor policies

05/14/2014 10:41am
The government of Qatar, the Gulf nation that will host the 2022 World Cup, said Wednesday it is introducing a draft law that could eventually end a controversial employee sponsorship system that ties expatriate workers to a single employer.

Las Vegas company won't buy Miss. casino

05/14/2014 10:51am
Las Vegas-based Full House Resorts won't buy Fitzgerald's Casino in Tunica from Majestic Star Casino LLC.

Domino's CEO on chain's image, Italy prospects

05/14/2014 10:51am
Italy may not seem like the ideal place for a Domino's Pizza shop, but the man who heads the American chain remains optimistic about the possibility.

Fire chief defends Las Vegas ambulance responses

05/14/2014 11:01am
The fire chief in Las Vegas is insisting that all emergency calls in the city are handled equally, regardless of neighborhood or anticipated ability to pay for ambulance transport.

Pew: Student loans often mean more overall debt

05/14/2014 11:01am
Young adults who took out loans for college have significantly more overall debt than those who didn't have to borrow for their education, researchers report.

WHO: MERS virus isn't an emergency _ yet

05/14/2014 11:11am
The spread of a puzzling respiratory virus in the Middle East and beyond doesn't yet constitute a global health emergency despite a recent spike in cases, the World Health Organization said Wednesday.

Builders: Vegas housing market 'stuck in neutral'

05/14/2014 11:31am
Builders say southern Nevada's housing market appears to be "stuck in neutral," with new home sales down from last year.

Review: Roku stands out among streaming sticks

05/14/2014 11:41am
Google's much-talked-about $35 Chromecast streaming device is remarkable for its low cost. Its main problem, however: It works with a limited number of video services.

Consumers losing doctors with new insurance plans

05/14/2014 11:51am
Some consumers who bought insurance under President Barack Obama's health care law are experiencing buyer's remorse after realizing that their longtime doctors aren't accepting the new plans.

Fed govt acknowledges gaps in oil well inspections

05/14/2014 12:11pm
The federal agency tasked with managing oil and gas development on Wednesday acknowledged it needed to do more to improve oversight of drilling, pointing to a lack of funding as reasons it failed to inspect oil and gas wells it considers potentially high risks for water contamination.

Google resumes Glass sales in the US

05/14/2014 12:21pm
Google is once again selling its Internet-connected eyewear to anyone in the U.S. as the company fine-tunes a device that has sparked intrigue and disdain for its potential to change the way people interact with technology.

Citigroup's Mexican bank fires 11 in oil scandal

05/14/2014 12:21pm
Citigroup's Mexican bank subsidiary said Wednesday it has fired 11 employees for not following proper procedures in dealing with a Mexican oil services company that allegedly defrauded Citigroup of up to $400 million.

Smithsonian to fly drones for 'future' festival

05/14/2014 12:21pm
Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos is getting some competition from the Smithsonian Institution in testing personal delivery drones for the future.

Deficit hawks press ahead despite obstacles

05/14/2014 12:21pm
Washington's outgunned deficit hawks huddled Wednesday for their annual pep rally, but this year's gathering came as lawmakers and the White House have given up any pretense of tackling the country's budget woes in the run-up to November's midterm elections.

US producer prices jump; hint of rising inflation

05/14/2014 12:31pm
The prices that U.S. companies receive for their goods and services rose in April by the most in 19 months, a sign that inflation may be picking up from very low levels.

Report highlights child labor on US tobacco farms

05/14/2014 12:52pm
An international rights group is pushing the federal government and the tobacco industry to take further steps to protect children working on U.S. tobacco farms.

American Airlines flight diverted to Tulsa

05/14/2014 1:02pm
An American Airlines flight going from Arkansas to Dallas has made an emergency landing in Tulsa after the pilot reported mechanical issues aboard the plane.

Close

05/14/2014 1:21pm
Futures trading on the Chicago Board of Trade Wed.:

Post Office seeks to delivery 1945 letter

05/14/2014 1:22pm
In 1945, a letter was addressed to a western Michigan couple and mailed from a sergeant at an Army base in New York State.

Pennsylvania court weighs gas drilling rules

05/14/2014 1:31pm
A Pennsylvania appeals court appeared skeptical of gas drilling rules that would limit what "trade secrets" the industry must share after a spill.

Europe's recovery gains speed, faces obstacles

05/14/2014 2:02pm
Official figures are expected to confirm that Europe's recovery from recession gathered pace in the first three months of the year.

Grain mixed, beef and pork higher

05/14/2014 2:11pm
Grain futures were mixed Wednesday on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Grain mixed, beef and pork higher

05/14/2014 2:11pm
Grain futures were mixed Wednesday on the Chicago Board of Trade.

South Dakota delegation makes China trade deal

05/14/2014 2:11pm
Delegates on South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard's third trade mission to China have closed one deal and others are in the works, Daugaard said in a Wednesday call from Shanghai.

Record $14M fine for titanium waste in Henderson

05/14/2014 2:11pm
A company that manufactures titanium jet parts faces a record $14 million fine for illegally making and disposing of a cancer-causing chemical in Henderson, the Environmental Protection Agency announced Wednesday.

US stocks move lower; Deere sinks

05/14/2014 2:21pm
U.S. stocks are closing lower a day after the market hit its latest all-time high.

Kentucky ag agency sues for release of hemp seeds

05/14/2014 2:21pm
Kentucky's Agriculture Department has sued federal officials, seeking the release of imported hemp seeds.

Retailers launch cybercrime info sharing center

05/14/2014 2:31pm
Some of the nation's largest retailers are banding together in hopes of protecting consumers' personal and financial information from hackers and thieves.

Deere 2Q profit falls, sales outlook cut

05/14/2014 2:33pm
Deere reported a 9.5 percent decline in second-quarter net income Wednesday on lower demand for farming equipment and cut its sales forecast for the year.

NC court frees taxpayer money to private schools

05/14/2014 2:41pm
There's a new chance that North Carolina students will receive taxpayer money for private or religious school tuition next fall after the state Supreme Court decided Wednesday to remove an order freezing the new program.

Legal battle over pet food ingredients escalates

05/14/2014 3:12pm
A legal battle over pet food ingredients has escalated with a new federal lawsuit against the United States' largest pet food maker.

Stocks fall back from record levels

05/14/2014 3:12pm
Stocks fell back from record levels on Wednesday as investors decided it was better to play it safe.

Markets-At-A-Glance

05/14/2014 3:31pm
A snapshot of major stock and commodities market indicators Wednesday:

Anger, grief swell in Turkey after 274 coal miners die; Many blame PM Erdogan and his govt

05/14/2014 3:31pm
High gas concentrations have brought rescue operations to a halt inside a coal mine in western Turkey following a deadly explosion and fire.

2 Orlando hospital workers test negative for MERS

05/14/2014 3:31pm
Two employees tested negative for a rare virus days after coming into contact with a Saudi resident infected with the second confirmed MERS case in the U.S., a spokeswoman for an Orlando hospital said Wednesday.

LePage: Nursing home funding need is 'critical'

05/14/2014 3:41pm
Maine Gov. Paul LePage said Wednesday that the state's nursing homes are at risk because of the Legislature's failure to fully fund them and pledged to find the money to ensure that they won't be forced to close their doors.

FBI: Drunken passenger gropes 3 on UK-bound flight

05/14/2014 3:51pm
A drunken, unruly airline passenger groped three women before air marshals arrested him and the London-bound plane turned back to Philadelphia, according to court documents.

Health secretary nominee faces cordial senators

05/14/2014 3:51pm
President Barack Obama's pick to be the nation's new health secretary faced some pointed questions Wednesday over the health care law, but she also won praise as Republican senators largely passed up the chance for an all-out assault on "Obamacare."

'Palo Alto' promising debut for Gia Coppola

05/14/2014 4:10pm
It took a dark tale of teens and a pedophile in a Northern California suburb for Gia Coppola, the granddaughter of Francis and niece of Sofia, to also become a filmmaker.

Minnesota enacts 1st law on cellphone disabling

05/14/2014 4:12pm
Minnesota enacted the nation's first law Wednesday requiring smartphones and tablets sold in the state to have a remote shut-off feature as a way to deter theft.

Layoff notice preceded fatal W.Va. mine accident

05/14/2014 4:20pm
Weeks before an underground accident killed two workers, employees at a problem-plagued West Virginia mine were notified that they may lose their jobs because the coal was selling for less than the cost of digging it out.

Lawmakers back closure of LSU's Pineville hospital

05/14/2014 4:32pm
Gov. Bobby Jindal received legislative permission Wednesday to shutter the LSU-run public hospital in Pineville as part of a health care privatization deal for central Louisiana.

Senators overwhelmingly support new abortion rules

05/14/2014 4:32pm
The Louisiana Senate agreed Wednesday to require the state's abortion clinics to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles, moving the Texas-style restrictions one step from final legislative passage.

Brown seeks money for troubled prison medical unit

05/14/2014 4:51pm
Gov. Jerry Brown is seeking millions of dollars more to fix problems at an $839 million prison medical complex that was built to help end years of federal court oversight.

AP Interview: President says WNBA in 'good place'

05/14/2014 5:11pm
WNBA President Laurel J. Richie is heading to Minnesota as part of the league's opening weekend and help the Lynx unveil their 2013 championship banner.

House sets up Senate negotiation on hospital tax

05/14/2014 5:11pm
New Hampshire's House approved a plan Wednesday to address a court ruling that found the state's tax on hospitals unconstitutional, setting the stage for negotiations with the Senate over a compromise.

Notes from the La. Legislature's regular session

05/14/2014 5:21pm
Louisiana's "navigator" organizations that get grants to help consumers enroll in insurance available under the federal health care law would have to be licensed by the state, under a bill heading to the Senate floor for consideration.

NC legislators at odds on insurance mandate stay

05/14/2014 5:21pm
North Carolina lawmakers reached an impasse on disputed legislation surrounding autism insurance coverage and the federal health care overhaul before the first gavel fell Wednesday to open this year's session.

Owner of bankrupt Mexico airline seeking US asylum

05/14/2014 5:41pm
The fugitive businessman who controlled Mexicana airlines before it went bankrupt and was recently charged with illegal use of the airline's funds has asked for asylum in the United States, a federal official said Wednesday.

NC Legislature return to work, as do GOP critics

05/14/2014 5:41pm
North Carolina lawmakers returned to work Wednesday, met by some interest groups calling for the GOP-controlled legislature to reverse course.

Geneva jewelry auction hauls record $154.2 million

05/14/2014 5:51pm
Christie's says its spring auction has sold a world record of $154.2 million in jewelry including the largest flawless vivid blue diamond in the world.

Secret lists, deaths: Claims roil Veterans Affairs

05/14/2014 6:01pm
A team of federal investigators swept into Phoenix last month amid allegations of a disturbing cover-up at the veterans hospital.

SC bill seeks to accelerate college construction

05/14/2014 6:11pm
A bill that would save colleges time and taxpayer money by speeding up reviews of construction projects has advanced in the South Carolina House.

Obama: GOP captured by rigid ideology of 'no'

05/14/2014 6:31pm
Rousing Democrats for their fight to keep the Senate, President Barack Obama mounted a searing critique of the Republican Party on Wednesday, accusing his political foes of thwarting progress on everything from wages to scientific research and climate change.

Canada: Pipeline firms will pick up spill costs

05/14/2014 6:51pm
Pipeline companies will be liable for all costs and damages from a spill, regardless of fault or negligence under a new law, the Canadian government announced Wednesday, as it appears set to approve a controversial pipeline.

NC governor's proposed 2014-15 budget adjustments

05/14/2014 6:51pm
Highlights of adjustments in the $21 billion spending plan for the 2014-15 fiscal year unveiled Wednesday by Gov. Pat McCrory. Any monetary figures are adjustments to what the legislature already budgeted for the year in the two-year spending plan approved in July 2013.

McCrory unveils $21B NC budget for next year

05/14/2014 7:11pm
Gov. Pat McCrory and his top financial aide described the governor's $21 billion state budget proposal for the coming year Wednesday by highlighting what's absent in his spending plan about as much as what's included.

Ex-Chicago official charged in red-light program

05/14/2014 8:20pm
Federal authorities Wednesday arrested a retired Chicago official who managed one of the nation's largest red-light camera programs, accusing him of accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash, an Arizona condominium and other gifts to steer $124 million in city contracts to Phoenix-based Redflex Traffic Systems Inc.

My hesitation with the new Entrepreneur Barbie

05/14/2014 8:38pm
Reluctantly, Barbie dolls are apart of my daughter's life. Thankfully she's not crazy about them, and I'm glad Mattel manages dolls more interesting than just Beach Barbie. But with the launch of Entrepreneur Barbie next month, I'm underimpressed.

Taiwanese official: 1 Chinese national killed in riot at Taiwanese steel mill in Vietnam

05/14/2014 8:51pm
Taiwanese official: 1 Chinese national killed in riot at Taiwanese steel mill in Vietnam.

Warhol selfies auctioned for $30.1M in New York

05/14/2014 9:21pm
What's a selfie worth?

California governor declares state of emergency as fires scorch San Diego County

05/14/2014 9:50pm
California Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency for San Diego County, where at least half a dozen wildfires have forced thousands to flee burning homes.

Jury: Hyundai owes $240M in punitive damages

05/14/2014 10:02pm
A Montana jury has ordered Hyundai to pay $240 million in punitive damages after finding that a manufacturing defect in a Hyundai vehicle caused a crash that killed two Missoula cousins in July 2011.

274 dead in Turkey's worst-ever mine disaster

05/14/2014 10:41pm
Amid wails of grief and anger, rescue workers coated in grime trudged repeatedly out of a coal mine Wednesday with stretchers of bodies that swelled the death toll to 274 — the worst such disaster in Turkish history.

Manila says China reclaiming land in disputed sea

05/14/2014 10:50pm
The Philippines has protested China's reclamation of land in a disputed reef in the South China Sea that can be used to build an airstrip or an offshore military base in the increasingly volatile region, the country's top diplomat and other officials said.

Riots in Vietnam leave 1 Chinese dead, 90 injured

05/14/2014 11:00pm
A 1,000-strong mob stormed a Taiwanese steel mill in Vietnam overnight, killing at least one Chinese worker and injuring 90, Taiwan's ambassador said Thursday, the first deadly incident in a wave of anti-China protests prompted by Beijing's deployment of an oil rig in disputed seas.
 
   
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