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December 25th, 2014
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Lawmakers push to approve unified veterans' bill

06/12/2014 1:32am
After two overwhelming votes in two days, members of Congress say they are confident they can agree on a bill to improve veterans' health care and send it to the president's desk by the end of the month.

Why so many police used in raid of Korean church?

06/12/2014 1:40am
Several thousand police officers — 6,000 on Wednesday and 3,000 on Thursday — were mobilized to raid a sprawling South Korean church compound near Seoul to hunt for Yoo Byung-eun, a fugitive billionaire businessman and member of the church wanted in relation to the deadly ferry sinking in April. Authorities believe Yoo owns the ship and that alleged corruption may have contributed to its sinking. The government is offering a $500,000 reward for tips about his whereabouts.

Qataris cast eyes on foreigners in modesty push

06/12/2014 1:42am
Mariam Saleh avoids malls and outdoor markets on the weekends because the low-cut tops, sheer dresses and miniskirts that foreign women wear reveal much more than she would like her impressionable young children to see.

MDA to take up Natchez Regional issue next week

06/12/2014 2:40am
The city of Natchez has joined with Adams County in asking the Mississippi Development Authority for the sale of Natchez Regional Medical Center to Community Health Systems to be considered a Regional Economic Development Act project.

Perry discusses view of homosexuality

06/12/2014 3:02am
Texas Gov. Rick Perry, during a visit that focused primarily on economic issues, drew on a reference to alcoholism to explain his view of homosexuality.

Boeing, 5 Japanese suppliers ink 777X deal

06/12/2014 4:30am
Boeing inked a deal Thursday for five Japanese companies to manufacture key components for its twin aisle 777X jets but the contract doesn't include making the wings, which were a source of delays for the 787 Dreamliner.

EXCHANGE: Little Free Libraries popping up in Ill.

06/12/2014 4:50am
Daniel Askew and his family have good access to the Barclay Public Library, but that could change after he graduates from high school and they have fewer reasons to drive to Warrensburg from their home in Latham.

Indian IT outsourcer Infosys names new CEO

06/12/2014 5:51am
Indian outsourcing giant Infosys appointed a new chief executive on Thursday to help revive its flagging fortunes.

Long waits for US veterans' mental health care

06/12/2014 6:21am
Nick D'Amico, a deeply troubled U.S. Army veteran, had been seeing a counselor every other week. But he found it next to impossible to get a follow-up appointment at the local Veterans Administration facility with a psychiatrist who could adjust his medication, according to his mother.

US retail sales rose 0.3 percent in May, adding to signs of spring economic rebound

06/12/2014 6:40am
US retail sales rose 0.3 percent in May, adding to signs of spring economic rebound.

Applications for US unemployment benefits rise to 317k last week; still at pre-recession level

06/12/2014 6:40am
Applications for US unemployment benefits rise to 317k last week; still at pre-recession level.

Applications for US jobless aid up modestly

06/12/2014 7:00am
More Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week, but claims for jobless aid remain near pre-recession levels.

Gadget Watch: Huawei's Mate2 phone good at $299

06/12/2014 7:10am
Mention Huawei in the U.S., and you're likely to get a blank look. Either that person has never heard of the Chinese phone maker or has heard something about security concerns raised by lawmakers in Washington.

Swiss winemaker, spy among 4 arrested over hacking

06/12/2014 7:10am
Swiss authorities say they have arrested a Swiss winemaker, a spy and two others on charges of hacking the computers of at least two journalists.

Germany awards Jewish family $68M for lost assets

06/12/2014 8:00am
A Berlin court has ordered Germany to pay the heirs of Jewish owners of a department store chain an additional 50 million euros ($68 million) in compensation for property seized by the Nazis.

How states fared on unemployment benefit claims

06/12/2014 8:00am
The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits rose 4,000 to 317,000 last week. The slight increase keeps jobless aid near its pre-recession levels, a sign that workers are dealing with fewer layoffs.

Pa. law to allow recordings on school buses

06/12/2014 8:10am
The days of hearsay "he said, she said" reports on school bus incidents might be over, at least in Pennsylvania.

Lafayette General to partner with Kaplan hospital

06/12/2014 8:10am
Lafayette General Health may add Abrom Kaplan Memorial Hospital to the list of Acadiana-area hospitals it is managing.

Dollar mixed

06/12/2014 8:11am
The U.S. dollar is mixed against other North American currencies in New York trading.

Portugal waives its last bailout instalment

06/12/2014 8:20am
Portugal's government says it is forgoing the final 2.6 billion-euro ($3.5 billion) instalment of its three-year bailout package because it cannot meet creditors' deadlines for the latest promised austerity measures, which have run into legal challenges.

Court rules for Pom Wonderful in dispute with Coke

06/12/2014 8:20am
The Supreme Court says juice maker Pom Wonderful can bring false advertising claims against the Coca-Cola Co. over a competing juice product.

US businesses boost stockpiles 0.6 percent in April, largest gain in 6 months as sales rise

06/12/2014 8:21am
US businesses boost stockpiles 0.6 percent in April, largest gain in 6 months as sales rise.

UK to toughen laws for London-based global markets

06/12/2014 8:31am
In an effort to protect the integrity of London as a financial hub, Britain's Treasury chief is set to propose Thursday new criminal sanctions covering foreign exchange trading, the latest global market to be hit by scandal.

Terrebonne adds hiring new teachers to budget

06/12/2014 8:31am
Terrebonne Parish's largest employer will increase the size of its staff for the first time in five years.

Gazprom to sell its stake in Lithuanian utilities

06/12/2014 8:40am
The Lithuanian government says Russian gas giant Gazprom plans to sell its stake in Lithuanian companies for some 417 million litas ($164 million).

Frankel's first foal to be auctioned on Monday

06/12/2014 8:50am
The first foal fathered by Frankel, widely regarded one of the world's greatest racehorses, is going up for auction.

At E3, not everyone diving headfirst into VR

06/12/2014 8:51am
While the lines to try virtual reality have been among the longest at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, the buzzed-about technology isn't necessarily a dominating force at the game industry's annual gathering, not when there are dozens of other queues — and immediate financial prospects — for traditional games.

Average US 30-year mortgage rate up to 4.20 pct

06/12/2014 8:51am
Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages rose this week for a second straight week but remained near historic lows.

Open

06/12/2014 8:51am
Early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade Thu.:

Grain mixed, livestock mostly higher

06/12/2014 8:52am
Grain futures were mixed Thursday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.

US businesses boost April stockpiles 0.6 percent

06/12/2014 9:01am
U.S. businesses increased their stockpiles in April by the largest amount in six months, signaling business optimism that future demand will keep rising.

Court: Inherited IRAs not protected in bankruptcy

06/12/2014 9:20am
A unanimous Supreme Court ruled Thursday that inherited Individual Retirement Accounts are not shielded from creditors in bankruptcy proceedings, a decision that clears up confusion about the status of unspent IRAs that parents leave to their children.

ND in-state pig movement restrictions relaxed

06/12/2014 9:21am
North Dakota's Board of Animal Health has relaxed some hog movement restrictions put in place earlier this year to guard against the spread of a deadly pig virus.

SAfrica: possible deal reached to end mine strike

06/12/2014 9:50am
A deal to end South Africa's longest mining strike has been reached in "principle" between three platinum-producing companies and leaders of a union representing tens of thousands of miners, the companies said Thursday.

World stocks lag after US data, oil rises on Iraq

06/12/2014 10:01am
World stock markets were sluggish on Thursday after new data showed retail sales grew less than expected in the U.S. in May, while oil prices rose amid escalating violence in Iraq.

May sales disappoint, but Aprils are revised higher

06/12/2014 10:11am
Analysts say any disappointment in the retail sales numbers for May is offset by a gain in April that turns out to be better than initially reported.

STOCKS IN THE SPOTLIGHT

06/12/2014 10:21am
Sales, noon price and net change of the 15 most active New York Stock Exchange issues, trading nationally.

Greek central bank sees end to 6-year recession

06/12/2014 10:41am
Greece's outgoing central bank chief said Thursday that the country's battered economy is on track to expand again after a punishing six-year recession, but warned that any slippage in reforms could still lead to disaster.

Warren to campaign with Grimes in Kentucky

06/12/2014 10:41am
Sen. Elizabeth Warren is coming to Kentucky to campaign with Alison Lundergan Grimes about reducing college student loan debt in a U.S. Senate race that has so far been dominated by coal.

Starbucks to offer wireless charging pads

06/12/2014 10:51am
Soon you may not have to fumble or fight for a power outlet to charge your phone at your neighborhood Starbucks.

York Electronic Systems expanding in Oklahoma

06/12/2014 10:51am
York Electronic Systems hopes to nearly double its size through two growth strategies.

Pryor proposes curbs on veterans' wait times

06/12/2014 11:12am
U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor of Arkansas has proposed legislation to prevent veterans from being dropped from the VA health care system following long periods between doctor's appointments.

House votes to make business tax break permanent

06/12/2014 12:01pm
The House voted Thursday to make permanent a generous tax break that makes it easier for small businesses to buy new equipment and improve their property, part of an election-year showdown over a series of expired tax breaks worth billions.

Executive of French bank leaves amid US probe

06/12/2014 12:31pm
A top executive at French bank BNP Paribas is leaving the company amid a trans-Atlantic dispute over a potential multi-billion-dollar U.S. fine for the bank's activities in Iran, Sudan and Cuba.

Residents question builders on west Maui hospital

06/12/2014 12:31pm
A new hospital is planned for Lahaina, but residents at a community meeting questioned whether physicians can be attracted to the West Maui Hospital and Medical Center.

Emerald pools, mossy trees on this forest hike

06/12/2014 12:41pm
Rob Glassman of Tacoma wanted a hiking and camping location away from crowds and traffic.

US retail sales rose 0.3 percent in May

06/12/2014 12:51pm
U.S. retail sales rose modestly in May as consumers turned cautious in their spending. But the weaker-than-expected result is unlikely to derail overall economic growth in the second quarter.

APNewsBreak: Federal funds for citrus greening

06/12/2014 1:02pm
Federal agriculture officials said Thursday that they are allocating millions of dollars toward research to solve problems caused by the devastating citrus greening bacteria that threatens Florida's $9 billion citrus industry.

Company recalls 4,012 pounds of beef

06/12/2014 1:02pm
A Missouri company has recalled possibly tainted beef products distributed to two restaurants and a grocery chain, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said.

Lawsuit filed against E. Idaho nuclear contractor

06/12/2014 1:02pm
A lawsuit has been filed involving a 2011 accident at an eastern Idaho nuclear facility that exposed 16 workers to plutonium.

4 journalists win Livingston reporting awards

06/12/2014 1:21pm
Reporters for The Star-Ledger of Newark, New Jersey, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and The New York Times Magazine won Livingston Awards, given to journalists under the age of 35 for outstanding work, sponsors said Thursday.

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06/12/2014 1:21pm
Futures trading on the Chicago Board of Trade Thu.:

Amazon launches music streaming for Prime members

06/12/2014 1:31pm
Amazon's newly announced music streaming service is yet another attempt by the company to move beyond e-commerce and infuse itself into the daily lives of Americans with an increasing number of offerings —including grocery delivery and streaming TV.

Crude rises

06/12/2014 1:31pm
Crude oil futures prices ended higher on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The near-month contract for the benchmark grade rose $2.13 -- closing at $106.53 a barrel.

Gold, silver rise

06/12/2014 1:31pm
The June gold contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange closed today at $1273.60 an ounce -- up $12.80.

Grain mixed, livestock higher

06/12/2014 1:41pm
Grain futures were mixed Thursday on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Antigua's ruling party seeks 3rd straight term

06/12/2014 1:41pm
Antigua & Barbuda's ruling party faced an uphill battle for a third term in office in Thursday's election in the tiny Caribbean country, which has been hit hard by the global economic crisis.

Grain mixed, livestock higher

06/12/2014 1:41pm
Grain futures were mixed Thursday on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Clarification: Graduation Requirements story

06/12/2014 1:51pm
In a story June 4, The Associated Press reported that under new state graduation requirements, high school students taking accelerated options, such as Advanced Placement courses, would be exempt from end-of-course exams in those subjects. The story should have specified that the exemption applies only to certain subjects.

Greek former economy czar questioned on Swiss list

06/12/2014 2:01pm
Greek former finance minister George Papaconstantinou has appeared before an investigating judge to answer criminal charges over his handling of data on Greeks with Swiss bank accounts.

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06/12/2014 2:11pm
Futures trading on the Chicago Board of Trade Thu.:

Police say 6 killed at India steel plant

06/12/2014 2:11pm
At least six people were killed and 29 more injured in an explosion and a subsequent gas pipeline leak on Thursday at a government-run steel plant in central India, a plant spokesman said.

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06/12/2014 2:11pm
Futures trading on the Chicago Board of Trade Thu.:

Gov't sets wage increase for many of its workers

06/12/2014 2:11pm
Many federal workers and contractors who earn the minimum wage are getting a raise next year.

Families struggle amid decades-old war on poverty

06/12/2014 2:31pm
Fifty years after President Lyndon Johnson declared war on poverty, the U.S. finds itself still grappling with homelessness, mental illness, joblessness, urban blight and other persistent issues connected with being impoverished, unemployed, uneducated or otherwise unable to find opportunity.

US pushing local cops to stay mum on surveillance

06/12/2014 2:32pm
The Obama administration has been quietly advising local police not to disclose details about surveillance technology they are using to sweep up basic cellphone data from entire neighborhoods, The Associated Press has learned.

Ford lowering fuel economy on 6 vehicle

06/12/2014 2:45pm
Ford is lowering the fuel economy estimates for six models, including hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions of the Fusion sedan, after internal tests found errors in the way they were calculated.

Twitter COO Ali Rowghani resigns

06/12/2014 2:52pm
Twitter's chief operating officer, Ali Rowghani, has resigned from his post and won't be replaced as CEO Dick Costolo seeks more direct involvement with the company's engineering and product teams.

AP Interview: VA leader talks about patient delays

06/12/2014 3:02pm
The director of the Veterans Administration health services in central Alabama said Thursday he has eliminated paper waiting lists, has added staff and has worked to bring stability to an operation that has some of the longest patient waiting lists in the country.

Iraq violence threatens OPEC's precarious balance

06/12/2014 3:11pm
The upheaval in Iraq could throw the world's remarkably stable oil market out of balance, threatening a delicate equilibrium that has kept prices steady for much of the last four years.

Intel lifts revenue forecasts on business PC sales

06/12/2014 3:13pm
Intel on Thursday raised its revenue guidance, saying sales of computers for businesses have been stronger than expected.

Stocks fall on so-so economic news, Iraq turmoil

06/12/2014 3:21pm
A combination of so-so economic news and violence in Iraq helped push the stock market sharply lower Thursday.

Interior seeks $533,520 penalty from gas developer

06/12/2014 3:31pm
The Interior Department office that oversees revenue collection from oil and gas leases announced Thursday it is seeking a $533,520 civil penalty against a gas developer the agency said failed to report production on federal leases in northeast Wyoming.

Markets-At-A-Glance

06/12/2014 3:31pm
A snapshot of major stock and commodities market indicators Thursday:

Nasdaq SUMMARY

06/12/2014 3:31pm
Most active Nasdaq issues.

La. tour operators ordered to stop feeding gators

06/12/2014 3:41pm
Authorities have ordered swamp boat tour operators in the South Louisiana community of Jefferson Parish to stop feeding alligators after video of a tour guide doing so went viral.

Court rules for Pom Wonderful in dispute with Coke

06/12/2014 3:51pm
Coca Cola's version of pomegranate juice is not quite the real thing, and a competitor has another chance to prove it in court.

US Marshals to auction seized bitcoin

06/12/2014 4:11pm
The U.S. Marshals Service said Thursday it will auction roughly $18 million in bitcoins seized last fall from Silk Road, a website that was effectively the eBay of illegal drugs.

2 from tiny Virginia campus run for Cantor's seat

06/12/2014 4:21pm
Ask anyone at Randolph-Macon College about the tiny school's professors running for the seat held by deposed House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, and you'll get glowing remarks about their intellectual vigor, their connection with students and even their playing style during intramural basketball games.

Anheuser-Busch, MillerCoors post beer ingredients

06/12/2014 4:31pm
Anheuser-Busch and MillerCoors, two of the world's biggest beer makers, are posting online what's inside bottles of Budweiser and Miller Lite after pressure from a food blogger.

Perry proposes plan to ease VA medical backlog

06/12/2014 4:51pm
Gov. Rick Perry on Thursday proposed a partnership between Texas health care providers and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs that would help reduce backlogs at VA facilities by expanding health care options for veterans in the state.

Delaware officials: bridge review finds no threats

06/12/2014 5:21pm
Vehicles and materials found stored under several major bridges in Delaware after the emergency closure of an interstate bridge did not pose any threats to safety, officials said Thursday.

Morgan showing signs of improvement after crash

06/12/2014 5:41pm
Actor and comedian Tracy Morgan is showing signs of improvement following a highway crash that badly injured him and killed one of his friends, his spokesman said Thursday.

Report: Port agency faces Securities bridge probe

06/12/2014 5:41pm
Officials from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey have confirmed the Securities and Exchange Commission is the latest agency to launch an investigation into its operations after the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal.

Governor, lawmakers face weekend budget deadline

06/12/2014 6:01pm
Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic lawmakers are trying to work out the final details of a budget for the coming fiscal year that largely adheres to the governor's call for fiscal prudence while providing a modest boost to social and education programs.

Michigan Legislature OKs $53.2 billion budget

06/12/2014 6:11pm
Michigan lawmakers on Thursday finished sending Gov. Rick Snyder a $53.2 billion state budget, approving increased aid for local governments and money to hire more state troopers and conservation officers.

Tesla handing over the keys to its technology

06/12/2014 6:41pm
Electric car maker Tesla Motors is handing over the keys to its technology in an unusual effort to encourage other automakers to expand beyond gasoline-burning vehicles.

Samsung tablets to have richer colors in screens

06/12/2014 6:50pm
New tablet computers from Samsung will feature screens that are richer in color than standard LCDs.

Single Wisconsin mom lives on tight budget

06/12/2014 7:31pm
Christy McFarlane has given up trying to work full time.

New trial ordered for ex-BP engineer

06/12/2014 8:10pm
A new trial was ordered Thursday for a former BP engineer convicted of deleting text messages related to the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Senators introduce new veterans' health care bill

06/12/2014 8:11pm
A new bill has been introduced in Congress that aims to offer relief to veterans that have had to pay for emergency health services.

NC House gives initial OK to $21B state budget

06/12/2014 8:11pm
The Republican-led House gave initial approval Thursday night to North Carolina government budget adjustments that favor raising lottery profits to raise teacher pay and Gov. Pat McCrory's spending recommendations more than the Senate's rival plan.

Workers in key industries getting most pay raises

06/12/2014 10:14pm
If you hope to get a raise that finally feels like one, it helps to work in the right industry.

Virginia passes budget with Medicaid restriction

06/12/2014 11:21pm
The General Assembly passed a new state budget late Thursday night after adopting a Republican-backed amendment to ensure that Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe cannot expand Medicaid without legislative approval.
 
   
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