05/15/2014 12:50amNew Zealand will become one of the first developed nations to return to a budget surplus since the 2008 financial crisis plunged the global economy into recession, the government said Thursday.
05/15/2014 1:41amGermany's economy grew a robust 0.8 percent in the first quarter of 2014, doubling the rate of the previous quarter with help from mild winter weather and a strong labor market.
05/15/2014 2:10amEarly childhood education activists are pressing Massachusetts lawmakers to dedicate more money to help reduce a waiting list of parents looking to get their children into affordable early education and child care.
05/15/2014 3:01amProsecutors indicted the captain of the sunken South Korean ferry and three crew members on homicide charges today, alleging they were negligent and failed to protect more than 300 people missing or dead in the disaster.
05/15/2014 3:41amHong Kong started incinerating its nearly 30-ton stockpile of confiscated ivory on Thursday to show it's serious about cracking down on an illegal wildlife trade that is devastating Africa's elephant population.
05/15/2014 4:31amA Canadian firm says it has raised 2.8 billion euros ($3.8 billion) to build a major new windmill farm 85 kilometers off the Dutch coast near Germany.
05/15/2014 4:31amNevada's foreclosure rate was eighth in the nation in April after falling behind Florida, Maryland and five other states in the rankings.
05/15/2014 4:50amBritish cellphone seller Carphone Warehouse and consumer electronics retailer Dixons Retail Group announced plans to merge Thursday in a deal that values the combined business at 3.8 billion pounds ($6.4 billion).
05/15/2014 5:11amAn aquarium in a Japanese town known for dolphin hunts is being sued by an American activist who says denying him entry is discriminatory.
05/15/2014 6:01amGermany's Bayer AG says it's selling its interventional division to the Boston Scientific Corporation for $415 million so that it can focus on growth in other areas.
05/15/2014 6:41amThe French government is broadening its authority to intervene when foreign companies want to buy firms the state considers vital, including in the sectors of transport, health and communications.
05/15/2014 7:00amA New York City minister who was the subject of an Associated Press investigation about misspent 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina charity funds has agreed to repay $1.2 million that he took from his congregation to buy an 18th-century farmhouse on seven acres in rural New Jersey.
05/15/2014 7:00amHigher food and gas costs pushed up U.S. consumer prices in April by the most in 10 months, evidence that inflation is ticking up from very low levels.
05/15/2014 7:02amThe number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits fell to the lowest level in seven years last week, a sign the job market is steadily improving.
05/15/2014 7:13amWomen sang improvised ballads about the departed over freshly dug graves Thursday, even as backhoes carved row upon row of graves into the dirt and hearses lined up outside the cemetery with more victims of Turkey's worst mining disaster.
05/15/2014 7:21amUS factory output fell 0.4 percent in April after 2 months of healthy growth.
05/15/2014 7:41amThe Associated Press has withdrawn its story about a judge ordering the release of documents in a secret investigation into Gov. Scott Walker's recall campaign and other conservative groups. The judge has not issued an order. One has been requested by a party in the case.
05/15/2014 7:41amEurope's economy failed to gain any momentum in the first quarter, reinforcing expectations that the European Central Bank will soon deploy fresh stimulus measures to shore up the tepid recovery.
05/15/2014 7:41amItalian bank Intesa SanPaolo says first-quarter earnings rose 64 percent thanks to higher interest income and commissions.
05/15/2014 7:41amMalaysia Airlines said its net loss expanded 59 percent in the first quarter, hit by loss of revenue from China after the disappearance of Flight 370 two months ago.
05/15/2014 7:50amStocks are down in early trading after news of weaker U.S. factory production, higher prices for shoppers and disappointing Wal-Mart earnings.
05/15/2014 8:30amU.S. factory output took a breather in April after two months of strong growth, as manufacturers produced less furniture, machinery and plastics.
05/15/2014 8:41amDutch electronics firm Royal Philips NV has filed a suit against Nintendo in a U.S. court, claiming the Japanese company infringed two of its patents in the control system of its popular "Wii" video game consoles.
05/15/2014 9:01amRussia has ratcheted up pressure on Ukraine, with President Vladimir Putin saying in a letter released Thursday that it only will deliver gas to its struggling neighbor next month if it pays in advance.
05/15/2014 9:01amGrain futures were lower Thursday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.
05/15/2014 9:11amForeign buyers of U.S. Treasury securities increased their holdings in March to a record high.
05/15/2014 9:22amThe Senate warned Google, Yahoo and other leading technology companies Thursday they need to better protect consumers from hackers exploiting their lucrative online advertising networks or risk new legislation that would force them to do so.
05/15/2014 9:22amIt was billed as a battle royal between Latin America's top two spin doctors. In one corner, the campaign guru to such towering leftist leaders as Brazil's Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and Venezuela's Hugo Chavez. In the other, a strategist likened to Karl Rove who is credited with helping return the Institutional Revolutionary Party to power in Mexico after a 12-year-absence.
05/15/2014 9:31amA state senator leading a task force on Arkansas' teacher health insurance plan said this week that he'll likely seek another special session this summer to approve changes aimed at keeping the program solvent.
05/15/2014 9:41amCentral European leaders have agreed to come up with a plan to cooperate over gas supplies in case Russia cuts off deliveries through Ukraine.
05/15/2014 9:42amAverage U.S. rates on fixed mortgages declined this week for a third straight week. The low rates could give a boost to the spring home-buying season, which has gotten off to a slow start.
05/15/2014 9:52amH&M is recalling about 65,000 pairs of leggings for girls because a metal part on the belt can detach, which could pose a choking risk to young children.
05/15/2014 10:01amThe stock market is down sharply after disappointing economic news and a couple bad earnings reports from retailers.
05/15/2014 10:01amDow Jones industrial average falls 200 points after weak economic data, retail earnings.
05/15/2014 10:01amSomething could be missing from your next electric bill: a fee that electric customers have been paying for 31 years to fund a federal nuclear waste site that doesn't exist.
05/15/2014 10:21amThe Dow Jones industrial average has dropped more than 200 points after disappointing economic news and a couple bad earnings reports from retailers.
05/15/2014 10:21amThe Illinois House has passed a $6.7 billion budget for the state's schools.
05/15/2014 10:21amSales, noon price and net change of the 15 most active New York Stock Exchange issues, trading nationally.
05/15/2014 10:31amFamilies in Turkey have begun to bury some of the 282 miners whose bodies have been recovered following the country's worst-ever mining disaster. More than 140 others are still unaccounted for, according to government figures.
05/15/2014 10:42amMore travelers will take to the skies this summer, the U.S. airlines' trade and lobby group predicted Thursday.
05/15/2014 10:42amWhile small, older buildings might not make for an impressive skyline, they may be better for cities than massive, gleaming office towers, according to a study released Thursday.
05/15/2014 10:51amWal-Mart's first-quarter net income fell 5 percent as bad winter weather and financial struggles kept customers from spending at the world's largest retailer.
05/15/2014 10:52amA Senate panel on Thursday approved a bill to keep federal highway programs going for the next six years, but it remained unclear whether Congress would act in time to prevent a disruption in transportation aid to states this summer.
05/15/2014 11:01amWith higher education funding still below pre-recession levels, all six of Kansas' state universities have asked the Board of Regents to raise tuition and fees for the next incoming freshman class.
05/15/2014 11:11amA group of snowboarders suing one of the last U.S. ski resorts to prohibit snowboarding are arguing in a court filing this week that the ban is not only discriminatory and based on stereotypes, but encourages "hostile and divisive skier-versus-snowboarder attitudes."
05/15/2014 11:41amAs Chris Christie fights to recover from scandal, elite Republican business leaders may be close to dismissing him as a serious contender for president.
05/15/2014 11:51amTurkey's prime minister — a man the entire country expects to soon jump into the presidential campaign — should be on the defensive after being forced to seek shelter from angry demonstrators in a supermarket.
05/15/2014 12:01pmFederal health officials are lowering the starting dose of the popular sleeping aid drug Lunesta, due to risks of morning drowsiness that can impair driving ability and lead to injury.
05/15/2014 12:11pmU.S. health officials are lowering the starting dose of the popular sleeping aid drug Lunesta, due to risks of morning drowsiness that can impair driving ability and lead to injury.
05/15/2014 12:31pmThanksgiving Point's latest gem, the Museum of Natural Curiosity, is up and running after years of planning, fundraising and building.
05/15/2014 12:41pmA San Francisco technology CEO is facing felony hit-and-run charges after authorities say he left the scene of a freeway crash.
05/15/2014 12:51pmShareholders sent a strong rebuke to Chipotle on Thursday over how much the chain pays its top executives.
05/15/2014 1:10pmThe White House welcomed bipartisan legislation to overhaul the nation's mortgage financing system that cleared a crucial Senate hurdle on Thursday. The legislation would wind down the giant government-backed lenders Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
05/15/2014 1:21pmFederal regulators say that Dominion's proposal to export liquefied natural gas from a terminal in Maryland would pose "no significant impact" on the environment.
05/15/2014 1:51pmIf you go to work for a newer business, there's a good chance you'll be working for a woman.
05/15/2014 2:01pmAbout 4.5 million Americans were bitten by dogs in the United States last year, including over 2 million children and 5,581 U.S. Postal Service workers, authorities announced Thursday in an effort to promote dog-bite prevention. Houston ranked worst in the nation for dog attacks on letter carriers, pushing Los Angeles, last year's leader, to second place. Here are additional numbers and ways to prevent or avoid dog attacks.
05/15/2014 2:21pmThe Obama administration has given the go-ahead for insurers and employers to use a new cost-control strategy that puts a hard dollar limit on what health plans pay for some expensive procedures, such as knee and hip replacements.
05/15/2014 2:31pmThe Dow Jones industrial average has had its worst day in five weeks following lower earnings from Wal-Mart and mixed news about the economy.
05/15/2014 2:31pmSeattle Mayor Ed Murray wants to raise property taxes to pay for high quality preschool for the city's 3- and 4-year-olds.
05/15/2014 2:31pmMedia giant 21st Century Fox said Thursday that it has agreed preliminarily to merge its TV production company Shine, maker of "The Biggest Loser," with Apollo Management's Endemol and Core Media Group, the makers of shows such as "Big Brother" and "American Idol."
05/15/2014 2:31pmA Chinese real estate tycoon said he's making an offer for a vast swathe of land on Norway's Arctic archipelago to build a holiday village for wealthy travelers.
05/15/2014 2:31pmRecent satellite images show two new North Korean frigates, the largest surface combat ships the nation's navy has constructed in a quarter-century, a North Korea-watching website reported Thursday.
05/15/2014 2:31pmThe University of Mississippi Medical Center plans to lease 4.4 acres on the north edge of its Jackson campus to a developer who wants to build a 224-unit apartment complex with ground-level stores and offices.
05/15/2014 2:51pmPresident Barack Obama, who has said he would "have to think long and hard" before letting a son play football because of the risk of head injuries, is planning a summit this month on youth sports safety and concussions.
05/15/2014 2:51pmSomebody's not telling the Internal Revenue Service the truth about their alimony payments.
05/15/2014 3:23pmInitial claims for unemployment insurance in Nevada fell 15 percent in April compared with the same month last year.
05/15/2014 3:23pmFederal investigators have visited a veterans hospital in suburban Chicago to look into an allegation that secret lists were used to conceal long patient wait times for appointments.
05/15/2014 3:31pmA snapshot of major stock and commodities market indicators Thursday:
05/15/2014 3:41pmWith photos of their loved ones pinned to their chests and chanting the names of lost miners, grieving relatives laid their dead to rest in mass burials Thursday, as gravediggers labored to make room for scores more victims of Turkey's worst mining disaster.
05/15/2014 3:41pmThe Federal Communications Commission has taken the first step toward adopting new regulations that could create fast lanes for Internet traffic from websites that can afford to pay for the privilege.
05/15/2014 3:41pmPlans for Kentucky's first hemp crop in decades so far have produced nothing but headaches.
05/15/2014 3:41pmGeneral Motors' efforts to root out lingering safety problems across its wide range of cars and trucks has produced another big recall — and highlights a sudden shift at GM and throughout the industry toward issuing recalls instead of avoiding them.
05/15/2014 3:41pmSenate Republicans blocked a bill Thursday that would renew more than 50 expired tax breaks affecting millions of businesses and individuals.
05/15/2014 3:51pmLabor organizers turned up the pressure on McDonald's and other fast-food chains to raise worker pay on Thursday, with plans to stage actions in more than 30 countries.
05/15/2014 4:01pmInvestors retreated from stocks Thursday, leading the Dow Jones industrial average to its worst day in five weeks, after disappointing earnings from Wal-Mart and mixed news about the global economy.
05/15/2014 4:01pmA judge in Detroit's bankruptcy refused to grant hands-on access to a valuable trove of art Thursday, telling creditors who face steep losses in the case that they can visit a city museum and browse the walls like any other patron.
05/15/2014 4:01pmThe global economy is plodding ahead in fits and starts as the largest countries struggle to achieve consistent growth.
05/15/2014 4:01pmA dancer in a Las Vegas Strip show who says he was stalked and threatened by his ex-girlfriend is back on the witness stand in his trial on charges that he killed and dismembered the woman in December 2010. Jason Griffith is expected to face tough questions from prosecutors about his claims that Deborah Flores Narvaez (nar-VAYZ') was violent, and that her death was a case of self-defense.
05/15/2014 4:11pmDeutsche Bank AG is cutting itself free of The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas resort and casino, saying it's selling the swanky but unprofitable high-rise complex on the Strip to Blackstone Real Estate Partners VII for $1.73 billion.
05/15/2014 4:21pmDespite a federal court order against their current law, Missouri legislators voted Thursday to toughen requirements even further for people seeking to work as insurance guides under President Barack Obama's health care law.
05/15/2014 4:21pmA measure that would have barred local government entities from unintentionally paying women less than men for the same work was killed Thursday by the House labor committee.
05/15/2014 4:31pmVisitors spent more and stayed a little longer during this year's Sundance Film Festival, leading to a larger economic impact to the state than the previous year, shows a new University of Utah report released Thursday.
05/15/2014 4:41pmThe Associated Press and Fox Sports are selling their sports-data joint venture Stats LLC to Vista Equity Partners, a San Francisco-based private equity firm.
05/15/2014 4:50pmTexas environmental advocates are applauding a new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposal to reduce oil refinery pollution by forcing operators to adopt new technology that better monitors and controls emissions.
05/15/2014 4:50pmWarren Buffett's company disclosed a new investment of 11 million shares in Verizon Communications Inc. Thursday and increased its stakes in Wal-Mart and IBM.
05/15/2014 4:50pmA jury will continue deliberations in a gender discrimination lawsuit filed by a former Anheuser-Busch executive who claims the company paid her less than half as much as her male predecessor.
05/15/2014 5:01pmJ.C. Penney said a key sales figure rose in its first quarter, offering an encouraging sign for the beleaguered department store operator.
05/15/2014 5:21pmSouthern Nevada's primary terrorism preparedness program is getting a boost in federal funding.
05/15/2014 5:31pmThe sale of the Maine-based railroad blamed for a deadly oil train derailment in Quebec has been completed 10 months after the disaster that claimed 47 lives.
05/15/2014 5:31pmThe U.S. military fired or disciplined nearly 500 workers for sexual harassment in a 12-month period, and nearly 13 percent of the complaints filed involved repeat offenders, according to new data.
05/15/2014 5:31pmLoras College in Dubuque has received a $1 million donation for its business education program.
05/15/2014 5:31pmSame-sex couples planning to marry and supporters hoping to help them celebrate at courthouses across Idaho saw their plans put on hold Thursday by a federal appeals court.
05/15/2014 5:31pmArthur Sulzberger Jr., the publisher of the New York Times and chairman of its parent company, is denying media reports that executive editor Jill Abramson's dismissal had to do with her complaints over unequal pay.
05/15/2014 5:41pmAs we hiked down the Illinois River Trail, tight-roping the edge of a burnt-orange canyon carved by the river 2,000 feet below, it felt as though we were searching for a needle in a haystack.
05/15/2014 6:01pmAn American Airlines jet with 183 passengers aboard returned to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport after flames were seen in one of the Boeing 757's two engines.
05/15/2014 7:00pmMexican cement giant Cemex SA said Thursday that it has named a new chairman of the board and a new chief executive officer.