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December 20th, 2014
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AP Exclusive: North Korea pushes farmers for more

07/15/2014 12:20am
Rim Ok Hua looks out over her patch of farm just across the Tumen River from China with a mixture of satisfaction and concern. Rows of young potato plants, lush and green against the deep brown of the wet soil, stretch into the distance almost as far as the eye can see.

In Seattle, delivering legal pot illegally

07/15/2014 12:32am
William "Jackrabbit" Large pulls his SUV onto the side of a downtown Seattle street, parking behind an Amazon Fresh delivery truck and carrying a product the online retailer doesn't offer: marijuana.

VA cites progress on backlog; Congress disagrees

07/15/2014 1:40am
The Department of Veterans Affairs says it has made "tremendous progress" in reducing a disability claims backlog that reached above 600,000 early last year. Members of Congress and the department's assistant inspector general don't believe it.

German investor confidence in 7th straight fall

07/15/2014 3:30am
A survey shows that German investor confidence fell for the seventh consecutive month in July, in another indication that Europe's biggest economy may be coming off the boil.

Albemarle buying Rockwood in $6.2B deal

07/15/2014 4:51am
Specialty chemicals company Albemarle is buying counterpart Rockwood Holdings Inc. in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $6.2 billion.

Kerry says he'll consult with Obama, Congress about possible extension of nuclear talks

07/15/2014 5:00am
Kerry says he'll consult with Obama, Congress about possible extension of nuclear talks.

AP Exclusive: North Korea pushes farmers for more

07/15/2014 5:10am
Rim Ok Hua looks out over her patch of farm just across the Tumen River from China, where rows of lush, green young potato plants stretch into the distance.

CORRECTS: Cigarette maker Reynolds American to buy rival Lorillard in $27B deal

07/15/2014 5:21am
CORRECTS: Cigarette maker Reynolds American to buy rival Lorillard in $27B deal. (Corrects APNewsAlert to correct deal value.)

US retail sales ticked up 0.2 percent in June, a sign cautious consumers may restrain growth

07/15/2014 6:41am
US retail sales ticked up 0.2 percent in June, a sign cautious consumers may restrain growth.

UK regulator imposes caps on payday loans

07/15/2014 7:10am
Britain's financial regulator on Tuesday announced new limitations on what payday lenders can charge their customers, the latest step in moves to tackle poor conduct in the short-term credit industry.

US retail sales tick up 0.2 percent in June

07/15/2014 7:33am
U.S. retail sales increased slightly in June, evidence that consumers remain cautious despite steady job gains this year.

Cellphones could return to Lafayette schools

07/15/2014 8:01am
Cellphones may find their way on to Lafayette high school students' back-to-school lists.

US businesses restock inventories at solid pace in May in anticipation of sales gains

07/15/2014 8:10am
US businesses restock inventories at solid pace in May in anticipation of sales gains.

German sausage makers fined $460M for price-fixing

07/15/2014 8:10am
Germany's antitrust authority has imposed fines totaling 338 million euros ($460 million) on 21 sausage manufacturers for colluding on prices.

Hewlett-Packard Interim Chairman Whitworth resigns

07/15/2014 8:41am
Hewlett-Packard's interim chairman, Ralph Whitworth, has resigned from the company's board to concentrate on personal health issues.

Higher education commission selects new director

07/15/2014 8:41am
An executive for an Indianapolis-based nonprofit educational advocacy group has been named executive director of Nebraska's Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education.

JPMorgan's second-quarter net income falls

07/15/2014 9:11am
JPMorgan Chase, the nation's largest bank by assets, said Tuesday its second-quarter earnings fell 9 percent as revenue at its investment banking and mortgage businesses dropped.

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07/15/2014 9:11am
Early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade Tue.:

Grain lower, livestock mostly higher

07/15/2014 9:21am
Grain futures were mixed Tuesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Tribune sets Aug. 4 date for publishing spinoff

07/15/2014 10:20am
The Tribune Co. has set Aug. 4 as the date for the expected spinoff of its newspaper publishing business.

UK pound near 6-year high after inflation spike

07/15/2014 10:21am
The British pound spiked near a six-year high against the dollar Tuesday after a surprisingly big increase in U.K. inflation fueled expectations that the Bank of England may start raising interest rates soon, possibly by the end of the year.

STOCKS IN THE SPOTLIGHT

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

US businesses rebuild stockpiles at steady pace

07/15/2014 10:21am
U.S. companies restocked their store shelves and warehouses at a steady pace in May, a sign they expect sales will remain solid in the months ahead.

TV channel vows to stay in Hungary despite ad tax

07/15/2014 11:11am
The head of Hungary's largest broadcaster said Tuesday the company wants to remain in the country despite being seen as the main target of a new tax on advertising revenues.

Where are possibly tainted deer from Pennsylvania?

07/15/2014 11:30am
The day that Donald Hodge Sr. fell and died in Allen Parish, state agriculture officials issued a quarantine against his Lake Charles deer farm.

UI could request 4 percent state-funding increase

07/15/2014 11:41am
The University of Illinois is seeking about a 4 percent increase in state funding for the 2016 fiscal year.

Drones: Next big thing in aviation is small

07/15/2014 12:00pm
The next big thing in aviation may be really small.

Lay's newest flavor: Cappuccino?

07/15/2014 12:20pm
American palates have changed considerably over the years, but is the country ready for cappuccino-flavored Lay's?

Caller ID Spoofing Scams on Increase

07/15/2014 12:31pm
only to find out it is an unwanted sales call or someone attempting to collect personal information to attempt identity theft.

Obama presses for more lasting highway funding

07/15/2014 12:41pm
President Barack Obama said Tuesday he supports temporary measures to keep federal transportation aid flowing to the states and to keep construction crews on the job, while he also pressed Congress for a more permanent solution to the longstanding shortfall in funding for road and bridge-building projects.

Officials: Kamiah using land owned by tribe

07/15/2014 1:01pm
The Bureau of Indian Affairs has ordered the northern Idaho city of Kamiah to vacate a 4.6-acre section of land the bureau says is owned by the Nez Perce Tribe.

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07/15/2014 1:20pm
Futures trading on the Chicago Board of Trade Tue.:

Tobacco firm Reynolds American to buy Lorillard

07/15/2014 1:20pm
Joe Camel is bulking up to take on the Marlboro Man.

Chris Christie releases mock movie trailer

07/15/2014 1:20pm
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is channeling Hollywood in his push for more cuts to state workers' benefits.

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07/15/2014 1:20pm
Futures trading on the Chicago Board of Trade Tue.:

BNSF contractor dies after falling into grain car

07/15/2014 1:31pm
Kansas City, Kansas, officials say a contractor for BNSF Railway died after falling into a train car full of grain.

Maggots in food among new prison food complaints

07/15/2014 1:31pm
Maggots in food, staffing shortages and reports of running out of main and side dishes are among new complaints against the vendor that won the contract to feed Ohio inmates.

UAF greenhouse to be dismantled for power plant

07/15/2014 1:31pm
The University of Alaska Fairbanks needs to find a new home for the nearly 25,000 seedlings growing in its greenhouse, which are used every year to beautify campus.

NC Senate urged to pass bill on autism therapy

07/15/2014 1:31pm
Advocates for people with autism want state senators to vote on a bill that would extend insurance coverage for autism therapy in North Carolina.

Correction: Amazon-Drones story

07/15/2014 1:41pm
In a story on July 11 about Amazon seeking permission from the Federal Aviation Administration to fly drones, The Associated Press misstated the year that Congress gave the FAA a deadline for granting drones access to U.S. skies. Congress set the September 2015 deadline in 2012, not last year.

Anxiety grows as possible NY rail strike nears

07/15/2014 1:51pm
Anxiety grew among the nearly 300,000 daily riders caught in the middle of a labor dispute as a weekend strike at the nation's largest commuter railroad grew closer.

Idaho ends budget year with more cash than planned

07/15/2014 1:51pm
State officials say Idaho closed the 2014 fiscal year with $7.2 million more than anticipated.

100 Kansas GOP endorse Democrat for governor

07/15/2014 2:11pm
Democratic challenger Paul Davis sought Tuesday to give his campaign for Kansas governor a bipartisan boost by announcing endorsements from more than 100 moderate Republicans who've split with conservative GOP Gov. Sam Brownback over education and tax policy.

Labor market still needs Fed support, chair says

07/15/2014 2:51pm
Despite recent sizable job gains, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen is signaling that her agency is in no rush to withdraw the massive support it is providing the U.S. economy.

House votes to slash IRS tax enforcement budget

07/15/2014 2:51pm
The GOP-controlled House has voted to slash the budget for the Internal Revenue Service's tax enforcement division by $1.2 billion, a 25 percent cut that would mean fewer audits of taxpayers and make it more likely that people who cheat on their taxes will get away with it.

House votes to extend moratorium on Internet taxes

07/15/2014 3:01pm
The House voted Tuesday to make permanent a moratorium that prevents state and local governments from taxing access to the Internet.

Wyoming wind-farm developers granted more time

07/15/2014 3:11pm
Wyoming regulators have extended deadlines for a Utah energy developer to line up financing and begin construction on a planned wind farm with 46 turbines near Glenrock.

Google appoints Ford ex-CEO Mulally to board

07/15/2014 3:20pm
Google has appointed Alan Mulally, the former CEO of Ford Motor Co., to its board.

Buffett makes annual stock donations to charities

07/15/2014 3:21pm
Warren Buffett has given several charities Berkshire Hathaway stock worth more than $2.8 billion as part of his plan to give away his fortune gradually through annual gifts.

House passes highway bill as deadline looms

07/15/2014 3:22pm
With an August deadline looming, the House voted Tuesday to temporarily patch over a multibillion-dollar pothole in federal highway and transit programs while ducking the issue of how to put them on a sound financial footing for the long term.

Boulder, Colorado, celebrates Tube To Work Day

07/15/2014 3:31pm
A few commuters in Boulder, Colorado, may have arrived at work dripping wet because they observed Tube To Work Day.

Markets-At-A-Glance

07/15/2014 3:31pm
A snapshot of major stock and commodities market indicators Tuesday:

Markets-At-A-Glance

07/15/2014 3:31pm
A snapshot of major stock and commodities market indicators Tuesday:

Nasdaq SUMMARY

07/15/2014 3:41pm
Most active Nasdaq issues.

Hospital group airing ads in Kansas for Roberts

07/15/2014 3:50pm
The American Hospital Association has disclosed spending $212,000 on television advertisements praising Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts as he faces tea party challenger Milton Wolf in the state's Aug. 5 primary.

BRICS nations agree to create own development bank

07/15/2014 4:10pm
The leaders of five emerging market powers said at a summit Tuesday that they gave final agreement to creating their own development bank worth $100 billion that will have its headquarters in China.

Apple, IBM team up in mobile devices, applications

07/15/2014 4:20pm
Apple is teaming up with former nemesis IBM in an attempt to sell more iPhones and iPads to corporate customers and government agencies.

Review: Systematic errors led to bridge collapse

07/15/2014 4:30pm
Insufficient route planning, a distracted pilot driver and an inadequate permitting process by the state of Washington all played a part in last year's Interstate 5 bridge collapse north of Seattle, which sent two cars into a river below, the National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday.

Groups seek ban of oil in older railroad tank cars

07/15/2014 4:30pm
Environmental groups asked the U.S. Department of Transportation to immediately ban shipments of volatile crude oil in older railroad tank cars, citing oil train wrecks and explosions and the agency's own findings that accidents pose an imminent hazard.

Investor submits signatures to split California

07/15/2014 4:43pm
Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper began submitting signatures Tuesday for a ballot initiative that would ask voters to split California into six separate states, a move he said would create governments that are more manageable and responsive to residents' needs.

Senate backs 2 nominees to serve on energy panel

07/15/2014 5:00pm
The Senate approved two nominees for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Tuesday under an unusual political deal in which a FERC staff member will eventually be promoted to lead the commission.

New NC Senate offer tries to unravel budget knot

07/15/2014 5:01pm
Another solution to unravel North Carolina's budget knot was proposed Tuesday, this time by Senate Republicans offering 8 percent average pay raises for teachers but retaining the elimination of funding for other classroom personnel.

'Los Jets': A Latino soccer team, Southern town

07/15/2014 5:10pm
Journalist Paul Cuadros traveled to North Carolina in 1999 seeking to report on immigrant poultry industry workers in the South. He stayed as a high school soccer coach who saw the sports program become a boost for its Latino players and a bridge between people.

Tenn. leaders downplay union debate at VW plant

07/15/2014 5:41pm
Tennessee leaders downplayed the often public wrangling over organized labor's role at Volkswagen's Chattanooga factory on Tuesday, focusing on the company's recent announcement that it would add a new line there to produce a seven-passenger SUV.

Charges detailed for Utah ex-attorney generals

07/15/2014 6:20pm
After investigating for more than a year, authorities on Tuesday arrested two former Utah attorneys general on charges of bribery, misusing public funds and other counts. Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill on Tuesday laid out allegations against John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff that involve gold coins, luxury houseboats and jets and thousands of dollars in cash or campaign contributions. Swallow and Shurtleff, both Republicans, have denied wrongdoing and the accusations against them.

Obama seeks to ease Germany's concerns on spying

07/15/2014 7:20pm
President Barack Obama sought to allay German concerns Tuesday over allegations of espionage, pledging to work to improve cooperation during his first conversation with Germany's leader since two Germans were revealed to have spied on their country for the United States.

Agency toughens protections for pregnant workers

07/15/2014 7:30pm
Pregnant women have new protections against on-the-job discrimination.

Sling Media unveils 2 devices for out-of-home TV

07/15/2014 7:40pm
Sling Media, the maker of devices that let people watch their cable channels while traveling, is trying to become more relevant in the living room.

China's state TV targeted in anti-corruption drive

07/15/2014 9:31pm
For months, Chinese state television has publicized a steady drumbeat of accusations of bribery and other abuses by a string of officials. Now, the state-run broadcaster faces allegations of graft in its own ranks.

AirAsia X inks deal to buy 50 Airbus planes

07/15/2014 9:50pm
Long-haul budget airline AirAsia X has inked a deal to buy 50 Airbus A330neo planes as part of its regional expansion.

Japanese nuclear plant deemed safe, nears restart

07/15/2014 10:00pm
A Japanese nuclear plant won preliminary approval Wednesday for meeting stringent post-Fukushima safety requirements, clearing a major hurdle toward becoming the first to restart under the tighter rules.

US preparing unilateral sanctions on Russia

07/15/2014 10:41pm
The United States is considering imposing unilateral sanctions on Russia over its threatening moves in Ukraine, a shift in strategy that reflects the Obama administration's frustration with Europe's reluctance to take tougher action against Moscow, according to U.S. and European officials.
 
   
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