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Grain mostly higher, livestock higher

03/28/2014 1:01am
Grain futures were mostly higher Thursday on the Chicago Board of Trade.

AP-AM Prep-Music

03/28/2014 1:10am

AP-AM Prep-Kickers

03/28/2014 1:10am

Investigation far from over in Houston oil spill

03/28/2014 1:51am
The barge operator that spilled nearly 170,000 gallons of tar-like oil into the Houston Ship Channel, closing one of the nation's busiest seaports for several days, will be fined by Texas regulators regardless of the outcome of state and federal investigations.

Technology hindered, helped search for Flight 370

03/28/2014 1:51am
The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has presented two tales of modern technology.

Japan family spending falls before sales tax hike

03/28/2014 2:11am
Japanese household spending fell 1.5 percent in February from a year earlier, suggesting consumers are tightening belts ahead of an April 1 hike in the country's sales tax.

New Zealand announces energy company sale

03/28/2014 3:10am
New Zealand is closing the books on a contentious, multibillion dollar program of asset sales.

Workers at some Vegas casinos vote to allow strike

03/28/2014 4:00am
Union members at several downtown Las Vegas casinos have voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike if bargaining doesn't yield a new contract.

Philippines signs contract to buy 12 fighter jets

03/28/2014 4:23am
The Philippines has signed contracts worth $527 million to buy 12 fighter jets from South Korea and four combat utility helicopters from Canada to boost the capability of its air force, one of the weakest in Southeast Asia.

Philippine tax collector guns for higher revenues

03/28/2014 4:23am
The sharp-shooting bureaucrat in charge of getting Filipinos to pay their fair share of taxes couldn't have chosen a higher profile target: Manny Pacquiao, the world champion boxer and hero to millions.

GM's Opel unit to pull out of China

03/28/2014 4:40am
General Motors Co.'s Opel unit will end its small presence in the Chinese market — a decision its chief executive describes as long-overdue.

Japan Fukushima nuclear worker dies in mudslide

03/28/2014 5:41am
A worker died Friday at the Japanese nuclear plant devastated by the 2011 tsunami after getting buried in a mudslide, in the first death from an accident during efforts to control and decommission the facility.

Worker at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant dies in mudslide

03/28/2014 5:51am
A mudslide at Japan's crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi (foo-koo-SHEE'-mah dy-EE'-chee) nuclear plant has killed a worker there today.

H&M withdraws vest over anti-Semitism controversy

03/28/2014 6:22am
Fashion retailer H&M has pulled a vest from its shelves worldwide after accusations its design, which featured a menacing skull in the center of a Star of David, was anti-Semitic.

Action, special effects helps Hollywood in China

03/28/2014 6:31am
Captain America and Spider-Man are seeking to dominate the Chinese box office in the coming weeks, proving that U.S. patriotic superheroes can overcome China's leeriness of foreign films if they promise big money.

Intesa SanPaolo bank posts big loss, sells assets

03/28/2014 6:31am
Intesa SanPaolo has cleaned out its books with a 5.8 billion-euro ($7.95 billion) write-down on its investments as it joined other Italian banks in preparing for a rigorous Europe-wide stress test, while announcing a slate of asset sales under a plan to boost earnings and dividends.

Stakes are high for Cuba foreign investment law

03/28/2014 7:21am
Cuban authorities are on the verge of enacting a new foreign investment law considered one of the most vital building blocks of President Raul Castro's effort to reform the country's struggling economy.

E. Idaho motorist injured in collision with train

03/28/2014 7:21am
Authorities in eastern Idaho are investigating a collision between a passenger vehicle and a train south of Pocatello that injured a 21-year-old man.

Taco Bell's ads star real-life Ronald McDonalds

03/28/2014 7:26am
Taco Bell is name-dropping an unlikely clown to promote its new breakfast menu — Ronald McDonald.

Taco Bell's ads star real-life Ronald McDonalds

03/28/2014 7:26am
Taco Bell is name-dropping an unlikely clown to promote its new breakfast menu — Ronald McDonald.

McDonald's offers free coffee for breakfasters

03/28/2014 7:31am
McDonald's is offering free coffee to its customers for a limited time as competition for the breakfast crowd intensifies.

Officials defend Toledo abortion clinic pact

03/28/2014 7:31am
Officials say it's reasonable for a University of Michigan hospital to be the emergency-transfer provider for the last abortion clinic left in Toledo — even though it's more than 50 miles away.

Maria Bartiromo launches Fox Sunday show

03/28/2014 7:40am
Political junkies have plenty of choices on Sunday-morning television. That's not the case for those who follow business, a niche that Maria Bartiromo hopes to fill starting this weekend on Fox News Channel.

Illinois plans midnight insurance sign-up events

03/28/2014 7:50am
With the final deadline for health insurance sign-ups just days away, Illinois officials are planning late-night enrollment events at hospitals, a library and at Ann Sather, a popular Chicago restaurant known for Swedish pancakes.

Morocco bans daring online news website

03/28/2014 7:50am
Morocco's Internet regulatory authority has banned a taboo-breaking news website, its editor said Friday as he threatened to go on a hunger strike to reopen it.

Stocks start higher on Wall Street

03/28/2014 8:01am
Stocks are moving higher in early trading as investors are encouraged by more evidence that Americans are spending more.

BlackBerry revenue falls below a $1 billion

03/28/2014 8:20am
BlackBerry reported a steep drop in profit and revenue Friday as it transitions from a smartphone company to a software business under its new chief executive. Shares rose five percent in morning trading as CEO John Chen cut expenses quicker than expected.

US consumer spending up modest 0.3 percent

03/28/2014 8:40am
Americans barely increased their spending in February following a weak January performance, strong evidence that the severe winter will hold back the economy in the first quarter.

Dollar mixed

03/28/2014 8:51am

INL contractor gets 5-year extension

03/28/2014 8:51am
Battelle Energy Alliance has received a five-year extension on its 10-year contract to operate the Idaho National Laboratory near Idaho Falls.

Here is the latest Nevada news from The Associated Press

03/28/2014 9:01am
Union members at several downtown Las Vegas casinos have voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike if bargaining doesn't yield a new contract. Culinary Union Local 226 said that more than 99 percent voted for the authorization in balloting yesterday. The Culinary is the largest union in Nevada, with some 55,000 workers.

Lufthansa pilots to stage 3-day strike next week

03/28/2014 9:11am
A union representing pilots at Germany's Lufthansa airline called Friday for a three-day strike next week in a long-running pay dispute, but said it is ruling out any further work stoppages until the end of Easter vacation.

Unemployment rates fall in 29 US states last month

03/28/2014 9:21am
Unemployment rates fell in most states in February and two-thirds of the states reported job gains, evidence that most of the country is benefiting from slow but steady improvement in the job market.

Mass. pot companies to undergo additional scrutiny

03/28/2014 9:30am
The Massachusetts Public Health Department said it will deeply scrutinize companies given provisional approval to run medical marijuana dispensaries.

Dakota Wesleyan plans $10 million wellness center

03/28/2014 9:31am
Dakota Wesleyan University plans to break ground this fall on a two-story, 90,000-square-foot health and wellness center on the south side of the Mitchell campus.

House to vote next week on aid to Ukraine

03/28/2014 9:50am
Aid to cash-strapped Ukraine and sanctions on Russia remain on track in Congress, but it will take a few days longer before the legislation gets to President Barack Obama.

Feds close investigation of Tesla battery fires

03/28/2014 10:02am
The U.S. government's auto safety watchdog has closed an investigation into Tesla electric car battery fires after the company said it would install more shields beneath the cars.

Stocks rise as consumer spending inches higher

03/28/2014 10:10am
Stocks are higher at midday, shaking off a two-day slump, as traders are encouraged by an increase in consumer spending last month.

CNN's Savidge not ready to bust out of cockpit

03/28/2014 10:20am
Thanks for the concern, but CNN's Martin Savidge says he's not looking to escape from the Canadian flight simulator where he has spent much of the past two weeks testing theories on what happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

US consumer confidence slips in March

03/28/2014 10:21am
U.S. consumer sentiment slipped in March from the previous month, as Americans said they were less likely to buy cars and homes because of slightly higher interest rates.

Bus strike loosens a city's renowned safety net

03/28/2014 10:41am
In this lakefront city once nicknamed the People's Republic of Burlington for its liberal politics and social services, a long bus strike is testing the community's ability to care for its neediest and youngest.

Spain falls into deflation, upping pressure on ECB

03/28/2014 10:51am
Spain's inflation rate dipped into negative territory this month, official data showed Friday, a development likely to add pressure on the European Central Bank to ease its monetary policies.

Ukraine crisis complicates trade

03/28/2014 10:51am
When Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered troops into Ukraine, the resulting crisis disrupted the trade plans of some Idaho businesses.

World stocks gain on US data, China stimulus hopes

03/28/2014 11:01am
World stock markets pushed higher Friday after a measure of U.S. consumer spending rose and expectations grew that China will move to counter its economic slowdown.

GOP governors back Adelson on online gambling

03/28/2014 11:41am
Three Republican governors who weren't invited to GOP super donor Sheldon Adelson's political gathering in Las Vegas this week are nonetheless trumpeting their agreement with him against Internet gambling.

UK to charge 3 in rate-rigging Yen LIBOR probe

03/28/2014 11:52am
Britain's Serious Fraud Office is charging three former employees of broker ICAP PLC in the scandal related to the rigging of a key market interest rate.

Woolly creatures join tourists in Louvre Museum

03/28/2014 12:01pm
It's not every day that you can stand in line at the Louvre Museum next to a flock of live sheep.

Texas firm fined over reporting in Wyoming, Utah

03/28/2014 12:01pm
A Texas energy company has been fined for not submitting timely production reports on oil and gas leases in Wyoming and Utah.

Greek market overhaul angers retailers, opposition

03/28/2014 12:10pm
Greek associations of bakers, pharmacies, booksellers, and milk farmers expressed angry opposition to plans to overhaul trading rules, fearing they will wipe out independent stores and producers — as unions and opposition parties readied new anti-austerity protests.

Chile's Codelco 2013 profit halves

03/28/2014 12:10pm
Chile's state-run copper giant Codelco says its profit halved in 2013 from the previous year due to dwindling ore grades and tumbling prices for the red metal.

Cyprus ends cash withdrawal limits from banks

03/28/2014 12:10pm
Cyprus scrapped all limits on daily cash withdrawals from banks Friday in a significant loosening of capital controls that were imposed following the country's painful financial rescue deal a year ago.

Pilots at American Eagle reject contract offer

03/28/2014 12:10pm
Pilots at regional airline American Eagle rejected a contract proposal that they said would freeze their pay and cut health-insurance benefits.

Nevada February jobless rate drops to 8.5 percent

03/28/2014 12:10pm
Nevada's jobless rate fell to 8.5 percent in February, marking more than three straight years of an improved job market.

Egypt: Protests after el-Sissi announces candidacy

03/28/2014 12:31pm
Hundreds of supporters of ousted Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi took to the streets Friday to protest the decision by the country's former military chief to run in upcoming presidential elections, sparking scattered clashes that claimed four lives.

China's Xi presides over business deals in Germany

03/28/2014 12:31pm
Chinese President Xi Jinping presided over the signing of a string of deals with automakers and others as he started a visit to Germany on Friday, while Chancellor Angela Merkel prodded him on the importance of free speech.

AP IMPACT: Gov't safety agency missed Cobalt clues

03/28/2014 12:31pm
For years, the U.S. government's auto safety watchdog sent letters to worried owners of the Chevrolet Cobalt and other General Motors small cars, saying it didn't have enough information about problems with unexpected stalling to establish a trend or open an investigation.