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September 21st, 2014
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Nissan CEO: Japan female bosses goal too ambitious

07/17/2014 12:50am
Nissan's chief executive, who has long made a point of promoting women to management positions, said the Japanese prime minister's plan to boost female bosses to 30 percent by 2020 is too ambitious.

Senate panel examining role of GM legal department

07/17/2014 1:20am
A Senate panel will pose questions to a new set of key players Thursday as it delves deeper into General Motors' delayed recall of millions of small cars.

Should online accounts die when you die?

07/17/2014 1:32am
Should your emails, web albums and other online accounts die when you do? Or should you be able to pass them down to a family member much as you would a house or a box of letters?

Senate panel examining role of GM legal department

07/17/2014 1:50am
The CEO of General Motors is expected to get pointed questions today at a Senate hearing looking into how a known defect remained hidden from the public for 11 years.

Japan wary as US, Europe up sanctions on Russia

07/17/2014 2:20am
For Japan, the ramping up of sanctions by the West against Russia can be summed up in a familiar phrase: It's complicated.

Novartis cites momentum in 3 percent profit rise

07/17/2014 2:50am
Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis AG posted a 3 percent rise in second-quarter profits Thursday, reflecting what it described as solid growth and an increased focus on core products.

Answers about immigration checkpoints

07/17/2014 2:50am
The 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.

Minnesota hospitals test mental health transports

07/17/2014 3:00am
Minnesota hospitals are considering ways to transport mental health patients in unmarked vehicles instead of ambulances.

Australia repeals maligned 2-year-old carbon tax

07/17/2014 5:50am
Australia's government repealed a much-maligned carbon tax on the nation's worst greenhouse gas polluters on Thursday, ending years of contention over a measure that became political poison for the lawmakers who imposed it.

Turkey cuts rates again as volatility eases

07/17/2014 6:11am
Turkey's central bank has cut its main interest rate by a further half percentage point as it continues to lower borrowing rates following a big increase earlier this year to support the country's currency.

Microsoft to cut up to 18,000 jobs over next year

07/17/2014 6:41am
Microsoft says it will eliminate up to 18,000 jobs over the next year as it works on integrating the Nokia devices business it bought in April.

EXCHANGE: Golden nursing home gets upgrade

07/17/2014 6:41am
From a window of his home just up the street, Kenny Miller keeps watch over a construction project at Golden Good Shepherd Home.

CORRECTS: Microsoft to cut up to 18,000 jobs over next year

07/17/2014 6:41am
CORRECTS: Microsoft to cut up to 18,000 jobs over next year. (Corrects APNewsAlert to reflect that "up to 18,000" jobs will be cut, not exactly 18,000.)

Applications for US jobless benefits fall to 302,000; 4-week average lowest since June 2007

07/17/2014 6:41am
Applications for US jobless benefits fall to 302,000; 4-week average lowest since June 2007.

Putin: US sanctions hurt bilateral ties, US firms

07/17/2014 6:41am
President Vladimir Putin on Thursday lamented the latest round of U.S. sanctions against Russia, saying they will stalemate bilateral relations and hurt not only Russian but also American businesses.

Indictment alleges mail carrier stashed deliveries

07/17/2014 6:50am
The government says an Ohio mail carrier stashed thousands of pieces of undelivered mail at his home over 18 months.

US home construction drops 9.3 percent in June

07/17/2014 7:20am
U.S. home construction fell in June to the slowest pace in nine months, a setback to hopes that housing is regaining momentum and will boost economic growth this year.

US stock index futures point to lower open

07/17/2014 7:30am
U.S. stock futures pointed to a slightly lower open on Thursday after mixed news about the economy and a batch of corporate earnings.

Philip Morris Int'l 2Q profit falls 13 percent

07/17/2014 7:50am
Philip Morris International's second-quarter profit declined 13 percent, stung by foreign exchange rates for the U.S. dollar.

Criminal charge recommended against ousted Thai PM

07/17/2014 7:50am
An anti-corruption body on Thursday recommended criminal charges against Thailand's ousted prime minister over her government's rice subsidy program, which cost the country's billions of dollars.

Workers to return to Navy Yard building in Feb.

07/17/2014 8:02am
An admiral says workers will start returning in February to the Washington Navy Yard building were 12 were fatally shot last year.

Do e-cigarette ads target teens?

07/17/2014 8:08am
Health officials in Utah are very concerned about what kids might be seeing on TV. Recent studies show an explosion of commercials for electronic cigarettes on TV shows most likely seen by young people.

Do e-cigarette ads target teens?

07/17/2014 8:08am
Health officials in Utah are very concerned about what kids might be seeing on TV. Recent studies show an explosion of commercials for electronic cigarettes on TV shows most likely seen by young people.

2 Tennessee hospitals working on merger

07/17/2014 8:11am
The two hospitals in Manchester that are less than three miles apart may merge.

St. Francis hospital may move to north campus

07/17/2014 8:31am
Officials say St. Francis Medical Center's decision whether to move from downtown Monroe and consolidate its acute care hospital services to its facility on U.S. Highway 165 should come before the end of the year.

Open

07/17/2014 8:51am
Early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade Thu.:

Grain higher, livestock lower

07/17/2014 8:51am
Grain futures were higher Thursday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Factory growth fastest in 3 years in Philly region

07/17/2014 9:10am
Manufacturing in the Philadelphia region surged in July, expanding at its fastest pace in more than three years, as new orders, shipments, and hiring all rose.

Japan approves joint missile study, export to US

07/17/2014 9:31am
Japan has approved the export of a locally-made component for a missile defense system to the U.S. and is launching joint research with Britain on air-to-air missile technology for fighter jets.

Average US mortgage rates dip slightly

07/17/2014 9:50am
Average U.S. mortgage rates declined slightly this week with rates remaining near historic lows.

Markets roiled by fresh US sanctions on Russia

07/17/2014 10:11am
Another round of U.S. sanctions on Russia weighed on markets Thursday. News that a Malaysia Airlines passenger plane carrying 295 had been shot down over Ukraine added to the negative tone.

STOCKS IN THE SPOTLIGHT

07/17/2014 10:21am
Sales, noon price and net change of the 15 most active New York Stock Exchange issues, trading nationally.

Dems eye women's vote with bill on contraception

07/17/2014 10:31am
Democrat and Republican lawmakers are fervently pursuing a batch of doomed bills in the U.S. Congress in a bid to woo women whose votes could be decisive in the Nov. 4 midterm elections.

Morgan Stanley quarterly profit more than doubles

07/17/2014 10:41am
Morgan Stanley said Thursday that its quarterly profit more than doubled, thanks to strong performances from its investment banking and money-management units.

For US and Europe, divisions over Russia penalties

07/17/2014 10:42am
The United States and Europe are seeking to maintain a united front against Russia with coordinated announcements of new economic sanctions, but divisions persist over how aggressive the West should be in punishing Moscow for its threatening moves in Ukraine.

Top union negotiator: Tentative deal reached to avert strike at largest US commuter railroad

07/17/2014 11:10am
Top union negotiator: Tentative deal reached to avert strike at largest US commuter railroad.

Fiat denies merger talks with VW

07/17/2014 11:10am
Italian automaker Fiat and its main shareholder denied on Thursday a media report that the company is in merger talks with rival Volkswagen. The German carmaker also said it had no plans for mergers or acquisitions.

EPA: Duke finishes cleaning large pockets of coal ash from river after spill at NC plant

07/17/2014 11:51am
EPA: Duke finishes cleaning large pockets of coal ash from river after spill at NC plant.

Correction: Pets-Sweet Dog Suites story

07/17/2014 12:10pm
In a story July 16 about pet suites being offered in some of its new homes, The Associated Press reported erroneously the number of home communities being built by Standard Pacific Homes. It is 190, not 27. The story also reported erroneously the starting price of the homes. They start at $1.3 million, not $710,000.

House passes tax breaks to boost charitable giving

07/17/2014 12:21pm
The House passed a package of tax breaks Thursday designed to boost charitable donations by seniors, private foundations and procrastinators.

French train collision leaves 25 injured

07/17/2014 12:31pm
French authorities say that two trains carrying a total of 238 passengers have collided near the southwestern French city of Pau, injuring 25.

GM says it's replaced 491,000 ignition switches

07/17/2014 12:40pm
General Motors says it has replaced faulty ignition switches on just under 20 percent of 2.6 million small cars that are being recalled.

Wisconsin judge clarifies medical abortion law

07/17/2014 1:21pm
A Dane County circuit court judge ruled Thursday that doctors do not have to be present when a woman takes drugs prescribed for a medical abortion, a decision that allows the practice to continue in Wisconsin.

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino to open at Lake Tahoe

07/17/2014 1:23pm
The managers of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas have announced plans to open one at Lake Tahoe this winter after a $60 million renovation of the former Horizon Casino Resort at Stateline.

Grain mixed, beef higher, pork lower

07/17/2014 1:30pm
Grain futures were mixed Thursday on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Obama pushes transportation money at closed bridge

07/17/2014 1:40pm
President Barack Obama has announced a new program aimed at attracting more private money to help pay for new roads, bridges and highways. And he's criticizing Congress for refusing to approve a more lasting source of transportation funding.

2 armed men rob passengers on Chicago train

07/17/2014 1:51pm
Chicago police have released the photographs of two men who allegedly boarded a train coming from Midway International Airport, pulled out guns and robbed passengers of their wallets, phones and jewelry as it rolled into downtown Wednesday afternoon.

Senate votes to extend terrorism insurance program

07/17/2014 2:01pm
The Senate voted Thursday to extend a program that helped stabilize jittery insurance markets in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Correction: Nielsens story

07/17/2014 2:12pm
In a story July 15 about the Nielsen ratings, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the CBS series "Extant" marked actress Halle Berry's small screen debut. It is her first starring role in a television series, but not her TV debut.

Cooking, catching fish a Minnesota tradition

07/17/2014 2:22pm
Like many fellow Minnesotans, some of Chef Lucia Watson's earliest culinary memories are snacking on fish at her north woods cabin.

New York proposes regulations for bitcoin

07/17/2014 2:31pm
State regulators trying to curb money laundering and safeguard investors on Thursday proposed a special set of rules for firms involved in trading and storing virtual currencies.

Chinese woman in trade secrets case seeks release

07/17/2014 2:41pm
The value of the patented seed allegedly stolen from U.S. seed corn companies likely exceeds $500 million, federal prosecutors said Thursday, higher than previous estimates.

Congressman: DC gun amendment likely to fail

07/17/2014 2:51pm
A Kentucky congressman behind an amendment that would undo the District of Columbia's strict gun control laws said Thursday he doesn't think it will become law.

EPA: Duke done dredging coal ash from NC river

07/17/2014 2:51pm
Duke Energy has completed removal of large pockets of coal ash from the Dan River months after a massive spill at a North Carolina power plant, federal environmental officials said Thursday.

Report: Labor force drop had pre-recession roots

07/17/2014 3:01pm
Declaring the Great Recession only partly to blame, White House economists say the increasing number of Americans dropping out of the labor force dampens economic growth and demands policy changes that create more job opportunities and add workers.

Republicans criticize handling of IRS inquiry

07/17/2014 3:11pm
Republicans chastised the Justice Department on Thursday for failing to share information with Congress about its investigation into the targeting of conservative groups by the Internal Revenue Service. Lawmakers called anew for a special prosecutor to look into the matter.

Facebook tests 'Buy' button

07/17/2014 3:11pm
Facebook is testing a "Buy" button in its latest effort to help businesses boost their sales through the world's biggest online social network.

Airbus beats Boeing in airshow orders race

07/17/2014 3:21pm
Airbus beat rival Boeing in the aircraft order stakes at this year's Farnborough International Airshow, getting nearly twice as many orders and commitments.

Markets-At-A-Glance

07/17/2014 3:31pm
A snapshot of major stock and commodities market indicators Thursday:

Capital One posts higher 2Q profit

07/17/2014 3:31pm
Capital One Financial Corp. said Thursday that second-quarter profit rose 8 percent as it set aside less money for bad loans and its domestic card business returned to growth.

Nasdaq SUMMARY

07/17/2014 3:31pm
Most active Nasdaq issues.

Kingston, Perdue offer few details on budget fixes

07/17/2014 3:44pm
The two Republicans running for the U.S. Senate in Georgia both criticize the federal government's spending and debt.

Microsoft CEO pivots sharply with 18,000 job cut

07/17/2014 4:01pm
Microsoft announced the biggest layoffs in its 39-year history Thursday, outlining plans to cut 18,000 jobs in a move that marked the CEO's sharpest pivot yet away from his predecessor's drive for the company to make its own devices.

Social Security: Field offices to verify benefits

07/17/2014 4:21pm
Bowing to pressure from Congress, the Social Security Administration said Thursday its field offices will continue issuing statements that recipients can use to verify their benefits.

Maine nursing homes to get an additional $13M

07/17/2014 4:21pm
After weeks of wrangling with Democrats over funding for nursing homes, Gov. Paul LePage announced Thursday that Maine's roughly 100 facilities will get an additional $13.1 million this fiscal year through an arrangement that doesn't require the Legislature's approval.

AP names Utah law enforcement reporter

07/17/2014 4:21pm
Reporter Lindsay Whitehurst has been hired to cover law enforcement for The Associated Press in Utah.

Christie aide: I didn't alert bosses about jams

07/17/2014 4:30pm
An aide to Gov. Chris Christie said Thursday that she did not alert any of her bosses when she learned about the closure of lanes leading up to the George Washington Bridge in part because she believed someone else was trying to get to the bottom of it.

Puerto Rico power company's finances spark concern

07/17/2014 4:50pm
U.S. investors on Thursday pressed Puerto Rico government officials about the financial health of the island's power company amid fears it might soon seek to restructure millions of dollars in debt.

Edible marijuana products recalled in Colorado

07/17/2014 4:50pm
A popular Colorado brand of marijuana-infused brownies and other sweets was recalled Thursday amid concerns of contamination from unsanitary equipment.

CEO Whitman takes chairman post at Hewlett-Packard

07/17/2014 5:12pm
Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman is assuming the title of chairman after the departure of interim chairman, Ralph Whitworth, who resigned to deal with health issues.

FedEx charged with assisting illegal pharmacies by shipping drugs without prescriptions

07/17/2014 5:20pm
FedEx charged with assisting illegal pharmacies by shipping drugs without prescriptions.

Bolivia legalizes work by children as young as 10

07/17/2014 5:30pm
Alicia weaves through El Alto's stalled traffic under a blazing sun, hawking colorful woven flowers to grumpy drivers and lovers.

Obama pushes transportation money at closed bridge

07/17/2014 5:41pm
President Barack Obama announced a new program Thursday to attract more private money to help pay to build new roads and bridges as he criticized Congress for refusing to approve a more lasting source of funding.

Pence: Austerity steps needed despite big reserves

07/17/2014 6:01pm
The administration of Gov. Mike Pence has told state agencies to hold back 4.5 percent of their funding for the current fiscal year despite the state's $2 billion in reserves, a spokeswoman said Thursday.

Senators call on GM CEO to fire top lawyer

07/17/2014 6:11pm
Lawmakers demanded General Motors fire its chief lawyer and do more to help crash victims as a Senate subcommittee delved deeper into GM's mishandling of the recall of small cars with defective ignition switches.

Ex-Colombia minister ordered jailed on corruption

07/17/2014 6:21pm
A close ally of former President Alvaro Uribe was sentenced in absentia Thursday to more than 17 years in prison for diverting farm subsidies in one of the most prominent corruption cases tied to Uribe's conservative administration.

Trek president calls on Walker to take down ad

07/17/2014 6:31pm
John Burke, the president of Trek Bicycle Corp. and the brother of Wisconsin Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke, said Thursday that Republican Gov. Scott Walker's latest campaign ad, which references Burke's company, is "absolutely false" and should be taken down.

FedEx charged with assisting illegal pharmacies

07/17/2014 6:31pm
Federal authorities on Thursday charged FedEx with assisting illegal pharmacies by knowingly delivering painkillers and dangerous drugs to customers without prescriptions.

States sue 5-Hour Energy over ad claims

07/17/2014 7:10pm
Two attorneys general from the Northwest have sued the companies responsible for the popular 5-Hour Energy drink, alleging they engaged in deceptive advertising.

For Malaysia Airlines, disaster strikes twice

07/17/2014 7:21pm
Two Boeing 777s. Two incredibly rare aviation disasters. And one airline.

Bank settles in California political fraud case

07/17/2014 7:21pm
A California bank that handled the accounts of a former campaign treasurer for several high-profile Democratic politicians has agreed to pay $4 million to settle a lawsuit alleging the bank should have known the treasurer was embezzling money, attorneys for the politicians and the bank said Thursday.

Strike by NY commuter rail workers averted

07/17/2014 7:31pm
After four years of negotiations — and weeks of fretting by 300,000 daily riders about a possible strike — unions and management at the nation's largest commuter railroad reached a tentative contract agreement Thursday.

Mosquito trap causes bomb scare at power plant

07/17/2014 7:41pm
A suspicious device at a southwest Wyoming power plant turned out not to be a bomb, but it might have hurt a mosquito or two.

What is known about plane crash in Ukraine

07/17/2014 8:00pm
Here's what is known, and what has been claimed, about Thursday's crash of a Malaysian jetliner carrying 298 people in eastern Ukraine:

US unemployment aid applications drop to 302,000

07/17/2014 8:11pm
The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits fell last week, a steady decline that suggests a strengthening job market.

Israel invades Gaza after Hamas rejects truce

07/17/2014 8:11pm
The heavy thud of tank shells, often just seconds apart, echoed across the Gaza Strip early Friday as thousands of Israeli soldiers launched a ground invasion, escalating a 10-day campaign of heavy air bombardments to try to destroy Hamas' rocket-firing abilities and the tunnels militants use to infiltrate Israel.

Ukraine accuses pro-Russia rebels of downing Malaysian plane with 298 aboard

07/17/2014 9:50pm
Ukraine is accusing pro-Russian separatists of shooting down a Malaysia Airlines jet Thursday. The rebels are denying it.

China, Russia leaders seek South American inroads

07/17/2014 10:10pm
It's enough to make an aging U.S. Cold Warrior shudder.

Malaysia says jetliner did not make distress call

07/17/2014 10:20pm
The Malaysia Airlines jetliner that went down in war-torn Ukraine did not make any distress call, Malaysia's prime minister said Friday, adding that its flight route had been declared safe by the global civil aviation body.
 
   
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