07/16/2014 12:40amAx throwing is encouraged in lumberjack class. It's also OK to dump your classmate in the lake — as long as you're both frantically trying to stay upright on a floating log.
07/16/2014 12:50amA North Texas community that sits on a large natural gas reserve could become the first city in the state to partially ban hydraulic fracturing, with city leaders in Denton set to vote early Wednesday on a citizen-led petition to outlaw new permits for the drilling method.
07/16/2014 1:41amChina's economic growth edged up in the latest quarter and more than 7 million new jobs were created in the first half of the year, easing pressure on communist leaders as they try to prevent a precipitous slowdown in the world's second-largest economy.
07/16/2014 3:02amLine Corp., the operator of a popular mobile messaging app, has submitted an IPO application to the Tokyo Stock Exchange but might also seek a New York listing, its parent company Naver Corp. said Wednesday.
07/16/2014 3:11amThe super-sized malls that dot Dubai and other Gulf Arab cities are stuffed with foreign restaurants, from Burger King and Subway to suburban sit-down staples like IHOP and Red Lobster.
07/16/2014 3:50amDozens of workers wade through a sea of purple, picking lavender blossoms in the sweltering heat. The 100-degree Fahrenheit temperatures give the blossoms their highest concentration of oil — a liquid treasure that is prized by perfume makers around the world.
07/16/2014 5:00amThe Italian lottery operator Gtech is buying slot machine maker International Game Technology for $4.7 billion in cash and stock.
07/16/2014 5:20amThe Army has lost an initial Senate skirmish over a hotly disputed plan to take Apache attack helicopters away from National Guard units in a budget-cutting move that has infuriated governors and state military leaders.
07/16/2014 5:30amTwo professors have withdrawn an effort to stop Bryan College from hiring replacements for them as they sue the school to get their jobs back.
07/16/2014 5:31amChina is telling thousands of civil servants to give up their Audis and get on the bus.
07/16/2014 5:42amThree of the world's leading package delivery businesses are being investigated by France's competition watchdog, and may face fines.
07/16/2014 5:50amThe proportion of workers in Britain has hit its joint-highest level since records began more than 40 years ago, official figures showed Wednesday in a further sign of the strength of the U.K. economic recovery.
07/16/2014 6:20amNew Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will be speaking and lunching with a Wall Street crowd.
07/16/2014 6:21amRestaurant-goers in France will start seeing a funny little symbol on their menus this week: a skillet with a house on top, indicating your menu choice is made in-house.
07/16/2014 6:32amMake room Juan Valdez, it's time to meet the black-aproned barista.
07/16/2014 6:40amUS producer prices up 0.4 percent in June on rising gas costs; overall inflation still mild.
07/16/2014 7:00amNew federal guidelines on job discrimination against pregnant workers could have a big impact on the workplace and in the courtroom.
07/16/2014 7:10amIt's not easy to find models with disabilities in ads for the fashion and beauty industry — unless you look in the Nordstrom catalog.
07/16/2014 7:12amRising gasoline costs pushed up the prices U.S. companies receive for their goods and services in June, but overall inflation remains tame.
07/16/2014 7:20amUS factory output rises for 5th straight month in June, boosting economy after dismal 1Q.
07/16/2014 7:40amStocks are opening higher following strong earnings results from big U.S. companies.
07/16/2014 7:51amInternational investors are regaining their appetite for euros as the shared currency recovers from a debt crisis that threatened to break it up.
07/16/2014 8:01amA Japanese nuclear plant won preliminary approval for meeting stringent post-Fukushima safety regulations Wednesday, an important step toward restarting the country's first reactors under the tighter rules applied after the 2011 disaster.
07/16/2014 8:11amU.S. stocks are rising Wednesday on second-quarter earnings reports and deal news. Investors are also keeping an eye on Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, who is testifying to Congress for a second day.
07/16/2014 8:20amForeign buyers of U.S. Treasury securities increased their holdings in May to another record high.
07/16/2014 8:20amDon't blame the millennial generation for lackluster home sales.
07/16/2014 8:30amU.S. factory output increased for the fifth straight month in June as manufacturers cranked out more aircraft, chemicals and furniture. The modest gain underscored manufacturing's role in helping return the economy to growth after a grim first quarter.
07/16/2014 8:30amA malfunction at a Polish power plant on Wednesday caused a leakage of fuel, prompting emergency officials to work to make sure it doesn't contaminate the nearby Vistula River.
07/16/2014 8:50amA judge has dismissed a portion of a lawsuit filed by the mother of a slain Virginia Tech student against a security company.
07/16/2014 9:21amThe council governing a North Texas city that sits atop a large natural gas reserve rejected a bid early Wednesday that would have made it the first city in the state to ban further permitting of hydraulic fracturing in the community.
07/16/2014 9:41amIf there's anything that can unite Democrats and Republicans in the partisan swamp of Capitol Hill, it's free money.
07/16/2014 9:51amWisconsin will receive $200,000 for its Medicaid program from the settlement of a multi-state lawsuit accusing a pharmaceutical company of improperly marketing a drug.
07/16/2014 9:51amStocks are moving higher following strong earnings results from big U.S. companies.
07/16/2014 10:21amSales, noon price and net change of the 15 most active New York Stock Exchange issues, trading nationally.
07/16/2014 10:30amMacedonia's parliament has agreed to consider proposed constitutional amendments to effectively ban gay marriage and impose limits on public debt.
07/16/2014 10:41amCSX is optimistic about its long-term performance, but the railroad's profit during this quarter will likely be relatively flat.
07/16/2014 11:01amThe cold winter is still being felt in the waters off Maine, where the nation's largest lobster fishery is off to a slow start.
07/16/2014 11:11amThe owner of three Las Vegas Strip-area liquor stores has taken a plea deal and admitted failing to report business income to the IRS.
07/16/2014 11:20amBMW is expanding a recall of its most popular models to fix an air bag problem that is hitting much of the global auto industry.
07/16/2014 11:30amWichita State University has formed a partnership with an engineering services company from India that officials hope will eventually create new jobs and avoid major layoffs in the aerospace industry.
07/16/2014 11:31amThe arthritis in his knee slows Curtis Phillips down a bit. At 80 years old, he's traded in his dress shoes for sneakers. But Phillips can still pop a shoe shine rag. There's a natural rhythm to it all — the taut rag sliding across the shoe, the pop, the snap — and when Phillips was a much younger man, tap-dance moves and vertical leaps in the air that entertained not only his customers but crowds.
07/16/2014 11:41amThe failure of the Joint Strike Fighter to travel to England this week for a premier air show heaped further embarrassment on its developers as they try to convince skeptics that the $400 billion program was a price worth paying.
07/16/2014 11:41amThe Arkansas Scholarship Lottery's revenue and net proceeds dropped for the second straight year, officials said this week.
07/16/2014 11:50amAirbus has advised airlines to test noisy doors on the world's largest passenger airliner, the A380, after identifying a problem with the door seal that could lead to a fall in the cabin pressure.
07/16/2014 12:00pmFederal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Wednesday it would be a serious mistake for Congress to require the nation's central bank to adopt a formal policy rule to guide its decisions on setting interest rates.
07/16/2014 12:00pmA reduction in state funding combined with rising fixed costs will force layoffs at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
07/16/2014 12:01pmA planned House Republican lawsuit against President Barack Obama is justified because his actions carrying out his health care law dangerously exceed his powers, constitutional lawyers backing the litigation told lawmakers Wednesday.
07/16/2014 12:02pmLongtime GOP Rep. Jack Kingston is positioning himself as the Senate candidate in Georgia who can bridge the factions of a splintered party waiting for a nominee to emerge in a pivotal midterm race.
07/16/2014 12:11pmVolkswagen bumped General Motors out of second place in the global auto sales race during the first half of the year, but Toyota is expected to stay in first place.
07/16/2014 12:21pmA convicted con man who swindled Nashville, Tennessee, businesses out of five-star hotel rooms, stretch limousine rides, helicopter rentals and expensive gifts didn't fare quite as well during a month in the North Dakota oil patch, investigators contend.
07/16/2014 12:30pmYour swimsuit and your sunscreen are in the luggage, and your boarding passes are all printed out.
07/16/2014 12:31pmThe head of Pennsylvania's Department of Health said Wednesday that its experts are responding to health complaints related to natural gas drilling, but there is no quick and easy way to answer questions about the issue.
07/16/2014 12:40pmSenate Republicans block bill to restore free contraception under health care law.
07/16/2014 12:50pmOnce a niche business, locally grown foods aren't just for farmers markets anymore.
07/16/2014 1:01pmPayment processor Visa is launching a new service called Visa Checkout that eliminates a few steps in online payment.
07/16/2014 1:50pmMake room Juan Valdez, it's time to meet the green-aproned barista.
07/16/2014 1:50pmGrain futures were higher Wednesday on the Chicago Board of Trade.
07/16/2014 1:50pmGrain futures were higher Wednesday on the Chicago Board of Trade.
07/16/2014 2:11pmGermany's Daimler AG unveiled a new version of its tiny, two-seat Smart model Wednesday in hopes the car won't just get admiring glances with its unusual design — but make a bigger contribution to profits as well.
07/16/2014 2:11pmDwayne "The Rock" Johnson has body-slammed New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's humorous attempt to sell a pension-reform plan.
07/16/2014 2:13pmApple will refund up to $400 million to consumers ensnared in a plot to raise the prices of digital books unless the company gets a court to overturn a decision affirming its pivotal role in the collusion.
07/16/2014 2:21pmStocks are closing higher following strong earnings results and deal news from big U.S. companies.
07/16/2014 2:21pmThe cold winter is still being felt in the waters off Maine, where the nation's largest lobster fishery is off to a slow start.
07/16/2014 2:21pmThe record-breaking heat in northern Nevada this week also helped set a record for power usage on a single day.
07/16/2014 2:41pmThe same federal scientist who uncovered forgotten vials of smallpox earlier this month also found over 300 undocumented vials at the same lab, according to the Food and Drug Administration.
07/16/2014 2:51pmNew Jersey Gov. Chris Christie insisted Wednesday that he hasn't decided whether he's running for president. But he had sharp words for those who have.
07/16/2014 3:01pmThe economy kept expanding in all regions of the country in June and early July, helped by strength in consumer spending, a Federal Reserve survey released Wednesday indicates.
07/16/2014 3:20pmSome Seattle-area taxi drivers are trying charm school as a way to improve their customer service and fight off competition from other ride services.
07/16/2014 3:31pmA snapshot of major stock and commodities market indicators Wednesday:
07/16/2014 3:40pmA woman from China awaiting trial in Iowa on charges she conspired to steal trade secrets from U.S. seed corn companies is asking the government to release her on bond so she can travel to California and to her homeland.
07/16/2014 3:40pmThe House voted Wednesday in support of making it easier for banks to do business with legal pot shops and providers of medical marijuana.
07/16/2014 4:00pmEven though Rupert Murdoch's $76 billion bid for rival media giant Time Warner Inc. has been rejected, that doesn't mean how you watch TV shows and movies will stop changing any time soon.
07/16/2014 4:00pmCombining Time Warner and Fox would result in one media and entertainment juggernaut, bringing together such TV channels as HBO and Fox News Channel and two major production companies whose franchises include "Batman," ''Harry Potter" and "Avatar."
07/16/2014 4:10pmIf House Republicans have their way, District of Columbia residents won't be allowed to walk the streets with a joint in their pocket, and they will be allowed to carry a semi-automatic rifle.
07/16/2014 4:10pmGeneral Motors Co. is the first big automaker to support legislation barring rental-car companies from renting or selling vehicles subject to a recall.
07/16/2014 4:11pmThe Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has heard from hundreds of thousands of consumers who feel wronged by banks and finance companies. Now the agency wants the public to hear from those consumers too.
07/16/2014 4:31pmYum Brands Inc. reported a 19 percent increase in second-quarter profits, boosted by rebounding business at KFC in China where worries about food safety have eased.
07/16/2014 4:41pmResidents of modest neighborhoods near three of the largest oil refineries in California called on the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday to crack down on plant emissions, saying the pollution is choking their children and endangering their health.
07/16/2014 4:42pmThe largest group of bitcoin miners, which maintains and processes transactions in the digital currency, is promising to avoid majority control of the currency as a temporary measure to maintain the payment system's credibility.
07/16/2014 4:50pmA state Health Services Department citation issued to a Planned Parenthood clinic in suburban Phoenix has been cleared after the abortion provider made several small policy changes prompted by a surprise inspection this year.
07/16/2014 5:02pmUnited Airlines is defending the poisoning of birds at Houston's biggest airport, saying it was for health and safety reasons.
07/16/2014 5:10pmYou've probably decided who gets the house or that family heirloom up in the attic when you die. But what about your email account and all those photos stored online?
07/16/2014 5:30pmThe three evenings started innocently enough: The cardiologist says he and a woman who introduced herself as a nursing student went to dinner and, on one occasion, a concert at Madison Square Garden.
07/16/2014 5:31pmA former Texas prosecutor has asked the state to pardon a woman who pleaded guilty in a 2004 car crash that killed her fiance, saying she now believes the accident was caused by a faulty General Motors ignition switch.
07/16/2014 5:50pmThe Detroit Institute of Arts says it has pledges for about 80 percent of the $100 million it promised toward an effort involving the state of Michigan and major foundations to prevent the sale of art and soften cuts to city retirees during Detroit's bankruptcy.
07/16/2014 5:51pmThe arrest of a prominent immigration activist and former journalist at a Texas airport was a reminder of the latitude that the U.S. Border Patrol has in conducting checkpoints.
07/16/2014 7:01pmSome Southern California water districts became so good at saving water and building their own water storage facilities in recent decades that residents are not feeling the effects of the worst drought to hit the state in a generation.
07/16/2014 7:02pmStruggling to defuse the persistent crisis in Ukraine, both the U.S. and European Union imposed new economic sanctions on Russia Wednesday, with President Barack Obama declaring that Russian leaders must see that their actions supporting rebels "have consequences."
07/16/2014 7:50pmThe GOP-controlled House passed a $20 billion measure Wednesday that would slash budgets for enforcing tax laws and new financial regulations, and a healthy food initiative that's a pet cause of first lady Michelle Obama.
07/16/2014 9:00pmThe chief negotiator for the unions at the nation's largest commuter railroad emerged from the restart of talks Wednesday citing progress and vowing to continue working toward a deal that avoids a strike set for 12:01 a.m. Sunday.
07/16/2014 9:20pmChrysler can fix recalled Jeep SUVs far faster than U.S. safety regulators have predicted, the automaker told the government Wednesday.