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December 19th, 2014
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Judge tells California to teach English learners

08/13/2014 12:30am
California was ordered to educate all children who don't speak English after reports revealed a quarter of its school districts fail to meet that requirement, which is mandated by both the federal government and California itself.

Deadline to clear up health law eligibility near

08/13/2014 1:23am
The clock is ticking for hundreds of thousands of people who have unresolved issues affecting their coverage under the new health care law.

Police say Philippine train smashes into concrete barrier, injuring scores of passengers.

08/13/2014 3:00am
Police say Philippine train smashes into concrete barrier, injuring scores of passengers.

Entrepreneurship the answer for some with autism

08/13/2014 4:30am
When Matt Cottle asked his boss to let him work in the supermarket's bakery, she told him he'd never do anything more than collect grocery carts.

Games, WeChat boost Tencent profit to $949 million

08/13/2014 4:50am
China's Tencent Holdings Ltd., which operates online games and the popular WeChat messaging service, said Wednesday its quarterly profit rose 59 percent due to strong growth in its mobile business.

Kellogg wants suppliers to report carbon emissions

08/13/2014 5:31am
Kellogg said Wednesday it will step up efforts to reduce planet-warming emissions in its supply chain as part of a broader initiative designed to be more environmentally friendly.

Bank of England cautions on UK wage growth

08/13/2014 5:50am
The Bank of England modestly upgraded its growth forecast for the U.K. on Wednesday but signaled its concerns over the failure of wages, which are actually falling for the first time since 2009, to keep track with the projected expansion.

Study: NJ public employee benefits among highest

08/13/2014 6:00am
A new study finds New Jersey's public employees receive one of the most expensive health benefit plans in the nation.

US retail sales basically flat in July; recent job growth fails to boost consumer spending

08/13/2014 6:40am
US retail sales basically flat in July; recent job growth fails to boost consumer spending.

Here is the latest Idaho news from The Associated Press

08/13/2014 7:01am
A massive, dramatic dust storm more often associated with the Southwest blew through Eastern Washington and north Idaho last evening in advance of thunderstorms, lightning and rain. The National Weather Service says winds of 40 to 50 mph kicked up a wall of dust in advance of the thunderstorms as the weather front moved up through Eastern Washington and western Idaho and kept heading north.

US retail sales flat in July

08/13/2014 7:11am
U.S. retail sales were essentially flat in July, providing evidence that consumers have yet to shed their doubts about the economy despite recent job gains.

Insurer WellPoint plans name change to Anthem

08/13/2014 8:01am
WellPoint, one of the biggest players on the health care overhaul's new insurance exchanges, wants to switch its corporate name back to the Anthem brand its customers know by the end of this year.

US indexes open higher; Amazon gains, Macy's drops

08/13/2014 8:01am
U.S. stocks are opening modestly higher as global markets overcame a contraction in Japan's economy.

Conde Nast spins off Lucky mag in BeachMint deal

08/13/2014 8:01am
Lucky magazine is no longer part of the Conde Nast media company.

Report: White House didn't OK immigrant releases

08/13/2014 8:03am
More than 2,000 immigrants facing deportation in 2013 were released strictly for budget reasons by immigration agency officials who kept the homeland security secretary in the dark about the plan, according to a federal watchdog's report.

US businesses boosted stockpiles 0.4 percent in June; sales slowed from previous rapid gains

08/13/2014 8:10am
US businesses boosted stockpiles 0.4 percent in June; sales slowed from previous rapid gains.

Dollar mixed

08/13/2014 8:11am
The U.S. dollar is mixed against other North American currencies in New York trading.

Greek economy contracts at slowest rate since 2008

08/13/2014 8:12am
Greece's economy is shrinking at its slowest rate in nearly six years, official figures showed Wednesday, reinforcing hopes that the end of the country's punishing recession is in sight.

Amazon debuts mobile payment app and card reader

08/13/2014 8:21am
Amazon is taking direct aim at mobile payment systems such as Square by introducing the Amazon Local Register, a credit-card processing device and mobile app designed to help small business owners accept payments through their smartphones and tablets.

Philippine train rolls onto busy street, hurts 34

08/13/2014 8:21am
A Philippine commuter train rammed through a concrete barrier at the end of the rail line and rolled into a busy intersection on Wednesday, injuring at least 34 people and damaging two vehicles on the street.

US businesses boosted stockpiles 0.4 pct. in June

08/13/2014 8:30am
U.S. businesses added to their stockpiles at a slightly slower pace in June compared with May, possibly reflecting weaker sales in the past two months.

Ex-MIT professor agrees to plead guilty to fraud

08/13/2014 8:51am
A former Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor and his son who ran hedge funds have agreed to plead guilty to securities fraud charges that federal prosecutors say cost their investors $140 million.

Boston promises healthier school meals

08/13/2014 9:00am
Students in Boston's public schools will enjoy healthier, more locally sourced food and get a bigger say in planning menus under a new food service contract.

Did North West say mama or dada 1st?

08/13/2014 9:10am
Recently Kim Kardashian West sent her stepfather, Bruce Jenner, a text because of something she read online.

Jaguar Land Rover recalling nearly 41,000 vehicles

08/13/2014 9:21am
Jaguar Land Rover North America is recalling nearly 41,000 vehicles because the front air bag on the passenger's side might not work properly in a crash.

Israel-Hamas deal may hinge on seaport for Gaza

08/13/2014 9:51am
A deal on ending the monthlong Gaza war could hinge on a seaport for the territory on the Mediterranean coast that is blockaded by Israel and Egypt.

Amazon debuts credit-card reader and mobile payment app for small businesses

08/13/2014 10:01am
Amazon is by introducing a credit-card processing device and mobile app designed to help small business owners accept payments through their smartphones and tablets.

US indexes move higher; Amazon gains, Macy's drops

08/13/2014 10:11am
Stocks are moving higher in midday trading, bringing the Dow Jones industrial average back into the black for the year.

STOCKS IN THE SPOTLIGHT

08/13/2014 10:21am
Sales, noon price and net change of the 15 most active New York Stock Exchange issues, trading nationally.

Autistic business owners capitalize on strengths

08/13/2014 10:31am
A growing movement to find work for autistic people is helping some start their own businesses.

Toe dispute prompts arrest of beauty contestant

08/13/2014 11:41am
Officials say a 22-year-old beauty pageant contestant has been arrested in California after being caught on video walking comfortably in high heels while collecting workers' compensation benefits after saying she had a broken toe.

Deere takes a hit as farm economy weakens

08/13/2014 12:11pm
Deere's profit slumped 15 percent in the third quarter and the farming equipment maker, seeing weak sales ahead, trimmed its outlook and will cut production.

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08/13/2014 1:21pm
Futures trading on the Chicago Board of Trade Wed.:

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08/13/2014 1:21pm
Futures trading on the Chicago Board of Trade Wed.:

Dollar mixed

08/13/2014 1:31pm
The U.S. dollar is mixed against other North American currencies in New York trading.

Crude rises

08/13/2014 1:31pm
Crude oil futures prices ended higher on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The near-month contract for the benchmark grade rose 22 cents -- closing at $97.59 a barrel.

Gold rises, silver falls

08/13/2014 1:31pm
The August gold contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange closed today at $1312.80 an ounce -- up $4.00.

Grain mostly lower, livestock mixed

08/13/2014 1:51pm
Grain futures were mostly lower Wednesday on the Chicago Board of Trade.

App to hail taxis, limos launches in Las Vegas

08/13/2014 2:01pm
Las Vegas visitors can now hail a ride from a taxi or limo company using their smartphone, even if they can't use the popular ridesharing apps available in many other U.S. cities.

US victims of Hamas terror attacks go after bank

08/13/2014 2:31pm
Steve Averbach was seated on a packed commuter bus in Jerusalem in 2003 when a Hamas suicide bomber disguised as an Orthodox Jew set off an explosion that left the New Jersey native paralyzed.

Managers' violent words cause unethical behavior, study says

08/13/2014 2:39pm
While many bosses like to motivate their employees with "fighting words," a new study says they may want to rethink their tactics because their violent rhetoric affects their employees' ethics.

FDA approves new sleeping drug from Merck

08/13/2014 2:41pm
Merck & Co. Inc. has won federal approval for a new type of sleeping pill designed to help people with insomnia stay asleep.

Ex-peanut plant head testifies on salmonella

08/13/2014 2:41pm
A former manager of a south Georgia peanut processing plant linked to a deadly salmonella outbreak reviewed emails and documents and testified Wednesday about the company's operations.

Otonomy shares rise after IPO raises $100M

08/13/2014 3:03pm
Shares of Otonomy rose Wednesday after the biotech drug developer's initial public offering raised $100 million.

Lighter sentences sought for some business crimes

08/13/2014 3:11pm
The federal panel that sets sentencing policy eased penalties this year for potentially tens of thousands of nonviolent drug offenders. Now, defense lawyers and prisoner advocates are pushing for similar treatment for a different category of defendants: swindlers, embezzlers, insider traders and other white-collar criminals.

Revel casino still talking with potential bidders

08/13/2014 3:13pm
A day after announcing it will shut down next month, Revel Casino Hotel told a bankruptcy court judge it is still negotiating with potential buyers.

Markets-At-A-Glance

08/13/2014 3:31pm
A snapshot of major stock and commodities market indicators Wednesday:

Nasdaq SUMMARY

08/13/2014 3:31pm
Most active Nasdaq issues.

Correction: Postal Service-Losses story

08/13/2014 3:31pm
In a story Aug. 11 about U.S. Postal Service Revenues, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the agency blamed its $2 billion loss for the quarter ending June 30 on increases in compensation and benefit costs. Although those costs did increase slightly, the overall loss reflected the agency spending $18.4 billion in operating costs against revenues of $16.5 billion.

Hundreds attend hearing on Alaska mine proposal

08/13/2014 3:51pm
Hundreds of people turned out in Anchorage to comment on a proposal that would severely restrict development of a massive gold-and-copper mine in the Bristol Bay region.

Kearney hospital cafe might not reopen for months

08/13/2014 3:51pm
It could be several months before the public cafeteria reopens at Kearney's Good Samaritan Hospital, which was inundated by floodwater that overwhelmed the city's storm sewer system this past weekend.

Robin Williams' public joy, private pain

08/13/2014 3:51pm
In public, Robin Williams shared only the joy he found in life, never the sorrow. He was the same man in private, shielding even longtime friends from the darkness of depression that finally enveloped him.

Here is the latest Nevada news from The Associated Press

08/13/2014 4:01pm
A status hearing has been postponed for a 24-year-old man accused of killing and dismembering several dogs in a Nevada motel room. Jason Brown was arrested after a maid found a dead dog in a south Reno motel room on July 9. Brown's attorney has said that his client has mental health issues. A half-dozen animal rights protesters demonstrated outside the courthouse today.

Mexico: State firm gets 83 percent of oil reserves

08/13/2014 4:01pm
Mexico's state-owned oil company will retain rights to exploit 83 percent of the country's proven and probable reserves under the newly enacted opening of the energy business, although the company will form alliances with private firms in some of those fields, the government announced Wednesday.

Drugmaker not ready to use Ebola drug in Africa

08/13/2014 4:10pm
A Canadian drugmaker working on an experimental drug for Ebola said Wednesday that it is not ready to make the treatment available in Africa, despite assurances by international health officials that it is ethical to use untested treatments to fight the deadly outbreak.

New Mexico opens trade center in Mexico City

08/13/2014 4:11pm
New Mexico officials have announced the state has opened up a "trade and higher education center" in Mexico City.

Burger King nixes lower-calorie 'Satisfries'

08/13/2014 4:22pm
Burger King is getting rid of its lower-calorie french fries at most restaurants after less than a year.

Tech Tips: Considerations when phone contracts end

08/13/2014 4:30pm
As my two-year contract with Verizon came to an end last month, I had to resist the company's various promotions and discounts.

Group challenges immunity for pesticide sprayers

08/13/2014 4:31pm
A group of people whose families, homes and pets came under a cloud of herbicides meant for neighboring timberlands is challenging the constitutionality of the Oregon Right to Farm and Forest Act.

State Rep. Turner's company sold in $2.3B deal

08/13/2014 4:41pm
A company that was part of an ethics investigation into a top Republican lawmaker is being sold to an Ohio company as part of a $2.3 billion deal.

FBI agent testifies about ex-governor's debts

08/13/2014 5:10pm
Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, were swamped with heavy credit card debt and money-losing real estate investments when they turned to a wealthy businessman for financial help, an FBI agent testified Wednesday.

Mississippi seeks new ruling on abortion law

08/13/2014 5:32pm
Mississippi is asking a federal appeals court to uphold a 2012 state law requiring abortion clinic doctors to obtain hospital admitting privileges.

You too can be a Broadway producer with just $10K

08/13/2014 5:40pm
The lead producers behind the 1940s song-and-dance Broadway revival of "On the Town" are offering a modern twist for its financing: accredited folk can buy a part of it for as little as $10,000.

Ex-CEO of red-light firm faces corruption charges

08/13/2014 6:11pm
A former executive of a Phoenix-based company was indicted on public corruption charges Wednesday in an ongoing federal investigation in Chicago of one of the nation's largest red-light camera programs.

Apple bans use of 2 chemicals in iPhone assembly

08/13/2014 6:11pm
Apple is banning the use of two potentially hazardous chemicals during the final assembly of iPhones and iPads as part of the company's latest commitment to protect the factory workers who build its trendy devices.

Woman drives to hospital after Alaska bear mauling

08/13/2014 6:20pm
A 57-year-old woman drove herself to a hospital after she was mauled by a brown bear in Alaska, state troopers said Wednesday.

Plane stowaway gets jail for probation violation

08/13/2014 9:01pm
A woman who flew from San Jose to Southern California without a ticket was sentenced to 177 days in jail Wednesday after acknowledging that she violated her probation by returning to the Los Angeles airport.

Lenovo profit up 23 percent on mobile growth

08/13/2014 9:40pm
Lenovo Group, the world's biggest personal computer maker, said Thursday its latest quarterly profit rose 23 percent on strong growth in sales of smartphones and other mobile devices.

Australian stocks lead Asia on healthy earnings

08/13/2014 9:50pm
Asian stock markets were mostly higher Thursday, with Australia's benchmark leading gains on a crop of healthy corporate earnings reports.

China panel fires adviser over Qualcomm tie

08/13/2014 10:31pm
A panel that advises China's Cabinet on anti-monopoly policy has fired an economist who was paid to help prepare a report for Qualcomm, a U.S. company that is the target of a pricing investigation, according to state media.

Californians to vote on $7.5 billion water plan

08/13/2014 11:11pm
Driven to action by the state's historic drought, California lawmakers on Wednesday voted to place a $7.5 billion water plan before voters in November.
 
   
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