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China's inflation picks up on rise in food costs

06/10/2014 1:30am
China's inflation rose to a five-month high of 2.5 percent in May, driven by higher food prices, government data showed Tuesday.

AP IMPACT: Ukraine lost billions from tax cheats

06/10/2014 2:11am
On paper, the Ukrainian trading firm known as Mistral dealt in management consulting and research, doing millions of dollars' worth of deals before going bust after Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych was chased out of office earlier this year.

Singapore charges company over NKorea weapons role

06/10/2014 2:41am
Singapore filed criminal charges Tuesday against a shipping company implicated in a shipment of weapons to North Korea that was seized by Panamanian authorities last year.

China auto sales rise but domestic brands lag

06/10/2014 3:40am
Sales in the world's biggest auto market accelerated in May but domestic Chinese brands lagged and their market share shrank, an industry group reported Tuesday.

IPO could value Euronext exchange at $2.4 billion

06/10/2014 4:20am
IntercontinentalExchange Group, Inc. says its stock exchange operator Euronext could be valued at up to 1.75 billion euros ($2.4 billion) in its planned initial public offering.

AP IMPACT: Tax cheats took billions from Ukraine

06/10/2014 6:10am
As Ukraine's tax chief tells it, the billion-dollar theft was planned at a see-through plastic table in a vault of sound-proof steel.

Greece: IMF pleased with progress, worried on debt

06/10/2014 7:30am
The International Monetary Fund says Greece has made "significant progress" in reforming its economy and has performed better than expected on some fiscal targets, but much remains to be done for the country to pull itself out of its financial crisis.

Croat court to try in absentia Hungary's MOL CEO

06/10/2014 7:41am
A Croatian court says it will try the chairman and CEO of Hungary's MOL energy group in absentia on charges that he bribed a former Croatian prime minister.

DeSoto board improves school security system

06/10/2014 7:41am
A new security system being installed over the next few months at all DeSoto Parish schools will provide more surveillance on the campuses and the ability to give the sheriff's office immediate visual access during emergencies.

US wholesale stockpiles up 1.1 percent in April; steady gains point to stronger growth

06/10/2014 8:11am
US wholesale stockpiles up 1.1 percent in April; steady gains point to stronger growth.

Sierra Leone president fires deputy over mining

06/10/2014 8:31am
Sierra Leone's president fired his powerful chief of staff over how he negotiated a mining agreement and his granting of another company the right to log unlimited amounts of timber.

Philippines may soon make smoking warnings graphic

06/10/2014 8:51am
A Philippine legislative committee approved a bill on Tuesday that would compel cigarette manufacturers to print illustrations of smoking hazards on cigarette packs to curb smoking in a country where tens of thousands die yearly from tobacco-related diseases.

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06/10/2014 8:51am
Early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade Tue.:

Bulgarian professor visits Marcellus Shale region

06/10/2014 8:51am
When it comes to natural gas exploration, the United States and Bulgaria might as well be on different planets.

US wholesale stockpiles rose 1.1 percent in April

06/10/2014 9:01am
U.S. wholesale businesses built up their stockpiles of goods in April, a sign that companies expect stronger economic growth in the coming months.

Power line attacks leave Yemen in the dark

06/10/2014 9:01am
A series of attacks on power lines have left Yemen in the dark without electricity.

GM CEO: No more serious safety issues lurking

06/10/2014 9:01am
A thorough review of General Motors' safety issues is nearing completion and hasn't turned up any more serious problems, the company's CEO said Tuesday.

Grain mixed, livestock mostly lower

06/10/2014 9:03am
Grain futures were mixed Tuesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.

NV health chief named Sandoval's chief of staff

06/10/2014 9:11am
A veteran state administrator is Gov. Brian Sandoval's new chief of staff.

Morgan crash underscores danger of tired truckers

06/10/2014 9:41am
A New Jersey highway crash that severely injured Tracy Morgan and killed another comedian is drawing attention to the dangers of tired truckers just as the industry and its allies in Congress are poised to roll back safety rules on drivers' work schedules.

Authorities: Trucker in Morgan crash hadn't slept

06/10/2014 9:41am
A truck driver's lack of sleep is being blamed for the highway crash that injured Tracy Morgan and killed another comedian in New Jersey.

US businesses ramped up job searches in April

06/10/2014 9:50am
U.S. companies advertised more jobs in April than in any month in six and a half years, a possible harbinger of strong hiring in the months ahead.

US stocks retreat at midday after 4-day win streak

06/10/2014 10:00am
The U.S. stock market is edging lower in midday trading after rising for four straight days.

Obama signs $12.3 billion water projects bill

06/10/2014 10:00am
Capping a rare instance of congressional compromise, President Barack Obama signed a $12.3 billion water projects bill Tuesday, financing improvements ranging from a harbor expansion in Boston to flood control in Iowa and North Dakota.

Market momentum falters after record highs

06/10/2014 10:01am
The positive momentum in stock markets slowed somewhat on Tuesday after major stock indexes in the U.S. and Germany struck record highs.

Africa's women entrepreneurs take the lead

06/10/2014 10:11am
Madinah Nalukenge recalls the day she set out to sell food on the filthy edges of a bus terminal in the Ugandan capital in 2004. She had just $10 left over from a failed attempt to sell bed sheets.

APNewsBreak: Firm seeks to say tobacco cuts risk

06/10/2014 10:11am
Smokeless tobacco maker Swedish Match is asking the Food and Drug Administration to certify its General-branded pouches of tobacco as less harmful than cigarettes.

APNewsBreak: Firm seeks to say tobacco cuts risk

06/10/2014 10:11am
Smokeless tobacco maker Swedish Match is asking the Food and Drug Administration to certify its General-branded pouches of tobacco as less harmful than cigarettes.

STOCKS IN THE SPOTLIGHT

06/10/2014 10:21am
Sales, noon price and net change of the 15 most active New York Stock Exchange issues, trading nationally.

Unmanned aerial vehicles are flying to the farm

06/10/2014 10:22am
Aerial drones, a technology perhaps best known for helping hunt terrorists on the other side of the globe, may soon begin helping U.S. farmers monitor what's happening in their fields.

App Watch: New Instagram tools make pics pop

06/10/2014 10:30am
I started using Instagram in late 2011 and was instantly hooked. I have always loved taking pictures but have felt overwhelmed by all the adjustment options offered by apps such as Snapseed and Camera+.

Walmart.com names new US chief

06/10/2014 10:31am
Walmart.com U.S. CEO and President Joel Anderson is leaving at the end of the month to take a job as president of discount-store chain Five Below Inc.

Greek yogurt maker reorganizes in New York state

06/10/2014 10:51am
Greek yogurt maker Chobani says it will end up with more full-time workers after eliminating fewer than 100 jobs at its upstate New York plant and adding jobs at its nearby headquarters and in New York City.

Autism groups lobby for therapy health coverage

06/10/2014 11:01am
Autism advocates want the North Carolina Senate to sign off on a measure to require state-regulated insurance companies to cover therapy for autism.

Federal views diverge on proper use of painkillers

06/10/2014 11:11am
How do you have a conversation about prescription drugs that provide critical pain relief to millions of Americans yet also cause more fatal overdoses than heroin and cocaine combined?

US Senate bill includes $4.8M for Worcester VA

06/10/2014 11:41am
A U.S. Senate bill includes more than $4.8 million to rehab a Veterans Affairs Department outpatient clinic in Worcester.

United changing how travelers earn mileage rewards

06/10/2014 11:51am
United Airlines is about to reward its big-spending customers at the expense of bargain-hunting travelers who rack up miles with long-distance getaways.

Troubled mining industry now resurgent in Midwest

06/10/2014 11:51am
A way of life dating back more than a century appeared over in Michigan's Upper Peninsula when the last copper mine closed in 1995, idling more than 1,000 employees and turning this once-thriving company town into a forlorn outpost.

Anchorage neighborhood opposes facility expansion

06/10/2014 12:01pm
Residents of an Anchorage neighborhood have come out against a proposed expansion of a small home there for the elderly and physically disabled.

Nigerian immigrant brings entrepreneurial drive

06/10/2014 12:11pm
For one Pittsburgh immigrant, the chickens really did come before the eggs.

FDA: Pregnant women should eat low-mercury seafood

06/10/2014 12:11pm
Pregnant women are being advised by the government to eat more fish, but there won't be any labels or signs to let them know which fish have low mercury levels and are safest for dinner.

Target names chief information security officer

06/10/2014 12:21pm
Target Corp. has named Brad Maiorino as chief information security officer as the company overhauls its security department in the wake of a massive data breach.

Sept. 11 firefighter returns for Pa. graduation

06/10/2014 12:31pm
In May of 2002, Capt. Vinnie McManus of the Long Beach (N.Y.) Fire Department promised a class of Austin kindergarten students that he would return for their high school graduation to thank them for sending firefighters a hand-printed American flag following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the country.

86 dealers picked for Alfa's North American return

06/10/2014 12:31pm
Italian sports car brand Alfa Romeo will initially be sold at 86 dealers when it returns to North America this summer.

Japan urges compromise with US to spur trade pact

06/10/2014 12:31pm
The U.S. and Japan should reach a compromise in bilateral trade negotiations to help conclude a trans-Pacific free trade pact by year's end, a senior Japanese official said Tuesday.

8 UPS employees claim racial discrimination

06/10/2014 12:40pm
A group of eight current and former employees of United Parcel Service in Kentucky have sued the company saying they faced racial discrimination, poor treatment based on race and retaliation after they complained.

California Hispanics worry about long-term care

06/10/2014 12:41pm
When it comes to planning for old age, Hispanics in California worry much more than whites about their ability to pay for care they may need and the prospect that they will be left alone without family and friends.

Brands use music to speak globally in World Cup

06/10/2014 12:51pm
Companies that are advertising for the World Cup are hoping music will strike a chord with fans globally.

Government says more flights arriving on time

06/10/2014 12:53pm
Airlines are doing a better job of arriving on time, although more than one in five flights still run late.

Cost of Florida prepaid tuition plan to drop

06/10/2014 1:02pm
Florida's prepaid tuition plan is going to get cheaper.

Dunkin' CEO: Our sandwiches are snacks, not lunch

06/10/2014 1:12pm
If you're grabbing a sandwich at Dunkin' Donuts, the chain wants you to consider it a snack, not a full lunch.

OPEC ministers signal output to remain on hold

06/10/2014 1:21pm
All is not well within OPEC as the oil cartel focuses on how much crude to pump for the rest of the year.

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06/10/2014 1:21pm
Futures trading on the Chicago Board of Trade Tue.:

FAA OKs commercial drone flights over land

06/10/2014 1:21pm
The Federal Aviation Administration said Tuesday it has granted the first permission for commercial drone flights over land, the latest effort by the agency to show it is loosening restrictions on commercial uses of the unmanned aircraft.

Kuwaitis protest against government corruption

06/10/2014 1:21pm
More than 6,000 Kuwaitis protested Tuesday against government corruption, demanding better services, transparency in government and an economic revival in the Gulf Arab country that was once one of the region's most attractive for foreign investment.

Court rules against Wells Fargo

06/10/2014 1:41pm
A federal appeals court says Wells Fargo cannot avoid new allegations of misconduct stemming from the mortgage crisis even though the bank has already paid $5 billion in a national settlement between the government and financial institutions.

Doctors settle with hospital over abortion concern

06/10/2014 1:41pm
Two doctors whose clinics perform abortions have had their admitting privileges at a Dallas hospital reinstated as part of a settlement in their lawsuit.

St. Martinville, Breaux Bridge spar about donation

06/10/2014 1:41pm
Two groups are fighting to donate property for a new community college campus.

Poland wins 1st world computer coding championship

06/10/2014 1:51pm
Polish team Need for C has won the world's first computer coding championship held in the Finnish capital, Helsinki.

Grain mixed lower, livestock mostly higher

06/10/2014 1:51pm
Grain futures were mixed Tuesday on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Grain mixed lower, livestock mostly higher

06/10/2014 1:51pm
Grain futures were mixed Tuesday on the Chicago Board of Trade.

IRS to publicize 'Bill of Rights' for taxpayers

06/10/2014 2:11pm
The Internal Revenue Service wants to read taxpayers their rights.

Wheat prices drop on Russian crop outlook

06/10/2014 2:11pm
Wheat prices fell Tuesday as the outlook for the crop in Russia improves amid cooler and wetter weather.

Lawmakers hike K-12 funding, nix standardized test

06/10/2014 2:11pm
Michigan will spend 4 percent more next year on public schools and pause plans to replace its standardized test with one being developed by a group of states, under a K-12 budget headed toward final approval this week.

Senate panel OKs $2 billion for child immigrants

06/10/2014 2:11pm
A Senate appropriations panel voted Tuesday to give the Obama administration $2 billion it requested to handle the dramatic increase in child immigrants caught trying to illegally cross the Mexican border without their parents.

Ex-Goldman board member seeks to stay out of jail

06/10/2014 2:31pm
The good character of a convicted former Goldman Sachs and Procter & Gamble board member would be enough to acquit him of insider trading if he wins a new trial, his lawyers said as they asked a Supreme Court justice to suspend his two-year prison sentence until his appeals are finished.

S&P 500 ends lower, snapping 4-day winning streak

06/10/2014 2:41pm
The Standard & Poor's 500 index has ended lower after rising four days in a row.

Appeals court backs NYC's 'Taxi of Tomorrow' plan

06/10/2014 2:41pm
A plan to remake the New York's yellow cab fleet by requiring owners to purchase Nissan minivans is legal, an appeals court ruled Tuesday.

Hershey company clashes with Maryland candidate

06/10/2014 2:43pm
The Hershey company says a Maryland candidate is milking its classic chocolate bar for political gain.

TV rarity: Belmont tops everything in prime time

06/10/2014 2:51pm
The most-watched event on television in the past week was a double rarity: on a Saturday and before prime time.

Google buying satellite maker Skybox for $500M

06/10/2014 3:11pm
Google is buying Skybox Imaging in a deal that could serve as a launching pad for the Internet company to send its own fleet of satellites to take aerial pictures and provide online access to remote areas of the world.

Court: School districts can't charge for bus rides

06/10/2014 3:11pm
The Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that a Marion County school district acted unconstitutionally when it indirectly charged fees for students to ride buses to school.

S&P 500 slips, ending 4-day run of record highs

06/10/2014 3:12pm
A run of record highs in the stock market came to an end Tuesday as the Standard & Poor's 500 index lost ground for just the second time this month.

Judges defend high rate of approval of disability claims

06/10/2014 3:12pm
Four of the judges who've been accused by congressional investigators of rubber-stamping claims for Social Security disability benefits are defending their work.

Illegal profits: A look at insider trading

06/10/2014 3:31pm
Few crimes on Wall Street generate more headlines than insider trading.

Markets-At-A-Glance

06/10/2014 3:31pm
A snapshot of major stock and commodities market indicators Tuesday:

Cheese world fears crackdown on wood boards

06/10/2014 3:31pm
Aging cheese on wood boards is a common practice among artisan cheesemakers at home and overseas. Now, some in the industry are worried regulators may crack down on it.

Markets-At-A-Glance

06/10/2014 3:31pm
A snapshot of major stock and commodities market indicators Tuesday:

Mental health becomes key in corrections budget

06/10/2014 3:42pm
Democrats in the Legislature want the state corrections budget to spend tens of millions of dollars more on mental health services as a way to improve treatment and increase rehabilitation options.

CIA disciplines 15 officers in harassment cases

06/10/2014 3:51pm
When Ilana Sara Greenstein was a CIA case officer working at headquarters a decade ago, she said, a married senior manager who was responsible for her promotions made sexual advances toward her.

Congress moving to ensure speedier care for vets

06/10/2014 3:51pm
United in response to a national uproar, Congress is suddenly moving quickly to address military veterans' long waits for care at VA hospitals.

AMA policy backs strict e-cigarette restrictions

06/10/2014 4:01pm
The American Medical Association is pledging to use its lobbying power to seek strict limits on electronic cigarettes.

White House threatens veto of GOP school meal bill

06/10/2014 4:01pm
A House bill that would allow some schools to opt out of healthier meal standards drew a veto threat Tuesday from the White House.

Report: Social Security judges rubber-stamp claims

06/10/2014 4:01pm
Amid complaints about lengthy waits for Social Security disability benefits, congressional investigators say nearly 200 administrative judges have been rubber-stamping claims, approving billions of dollars in lifetime payments from the cash-strapped program.

Congress moving to ensure speedier care for vets

06/10/2014 4:10pm
United in response to a national uproar, Congress is suddenly moving quickly to address military veterans' long waits for care at VA hospitals.

US Congress moves to ensure speedier care for vets

06/10/2014 4:51pm
Congress is suddenly moving quickly to address military veterans' long waits for care at the U.S. Department of Veterans' Affairs hospitals in response to a national uproar.

Timeline of shootings of Vegas officers, shopper

06/10/2014 5:00pm
Authorities provided new details about the sequence of events in the killings of two Las Vegas police officers in a restaurant and a shopper at a nearby Wal-Mart.

Tenn. drops investigation into liquor giant Diageo

06/10/2014 5:11pm
Alcohol regulators on Tuesday abruptly ended an investigation into whether global liquor giant Diageo PLC violated state laws by storing whiskey made in Tennessee in neighboring Kentucky.

Vietnam urges China to withdraw oil drilling rig

06/10/2014 5:21pm
Vietnam's U.N. ambassador urged China on Tuesday to withdraw its oil rig and more than 100 ships from the South China Sea to create "an environment" for negotiations on the disputed waters.

Presidential checklist: jockeying for position

06/10/2014 5:30pm
Here's a look at the who, what, when and where of the 2016 presidential contest at the cusp of summer. Why? Because more is going on than you might think two years from the event.

Western governors' views on proposed EPA rules

06/10/2014 5:52pm
Ten western governors met Tuesday with Gina McCarthy, the Environmental Protection Agency administrator, to talk about cleaner power plant rules proposed by the Obama administration — including cuts in greenhouse gas emissions from coal. A sampling of what some governors have to say about it:

House approves transportation, housing measure

06/10/2014 6:01pm
The GOP-controlled House on Tuesday passed a huge bill providing money for transportation and housing programs despite protests from Democrats that the $105 billion measure shortchanges transit projects, Amtrak and rent subsidies for the poor.

Agent gears up for 2nd murder trial in Honolulu

06/10/2014 6:31pm
The federal agent charged with murder in a 2011 shooting inside a Waikiki fast-food restaurant is gearing up for a retrial, nearly a year after his first trial ended with a deadlocked jury.

NC House budget doubles down on lottery ads

06/10/2014 6:31pm
Known historically for their opposition to gambling, House Republicans are doubling down on North Carolina state lottery advertising to help fund teacher raises next year.

Workers safe after blasts, fire at Montana plant

06/10/2014 7:20pm
Explosions and a fire rocked a fiberboard plant Tuesday in northwest Montana, but all of the workers inside were safely led from the building, and no major injuries were reported, authorities said.

Oil company, group agree on Congo park plan

06/10/2014 7:51pm
An agreement announced Wednesday between a London-based oil company and a wildlife protection group could prevent oil drilling in a national park in Africa where 200 endangered mountain gorillas live.

Texas veterans struggle to get appointments

06/10/2014 8:21pm
U.S. Army veteran Nick D'Amico was already at the Veterans Affairs clinic in El Paso in November 2012 when he was told his appointment with a psychiatrist was canceled.

Judge: UNCW must pay $700K for prof's legal fees

06/10/2014 9:01pm
A North Carolina public university is being ordered to pay more than $700,000 in legal fees for a professor denied promotion because of his conservative Christian views.

Nintendo reveals 'Skylanders'-like toy line at E3

06/10/2014 10:11pm
Nintendo is taking a cue from "Skylanders" and "Disney Infinity."
 
   
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