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China, Russia on verge of gas deal

05/16/2014 1:11am
China plans to sign a multibillion-dollar deal to buy Russian gas during a visit by President Vladimir Putin next week despite U.S. pressure to avoid undermining sanctions on Moscow over the Ukraine crisis.

African entrepreneurs visiting Oklahoma State

05/16/2014 1:11am
Twelve African entrepreneurs are visiting Oklahoma State University to learn about doing business in the United States as part of an educational exchange program at the Stillwater school.

Cost-control plan for health care could cost you

05/16/2014 1:42am
You just might want to pay attention to the latest health insurance jargon. It could mean thousands of dollars out of your pocket.

Northwestern, Cadence Health reach merger deal

05/16/2014 2:10am
The governing boards of two nonprofit health systems in northern Illinois have reached a merger deal, subject to approval from state and federal regulators.

Congress growing impatient on inquiry in VA deaths

05/16/2014 2:12am
Patience is wearing thin in Congress as lawmakers confront allegations of treatment delays and falsified patient-appointment reports at health centers run by the Veterans Affairs Department. A former clinic director says dozens of veterans died while awaiting treatment at the Phoenix VA hospital.

Australians divided on tough budget medicine

05/16/2014 2:40am
Australia's robust economy, triple-A credit rating and low debt has been the envy of other developed nations that have struggled to recover since the global recession. So when the government earlier this week announced a debt crisis requiring drastic spending cuts, Australians could be forgiven a certain amount of disbelief.

Here is the latest Nevada news from The Associated Press

05/16/2014 2:40am
A former Las Vegas Strip dancer sobbed and described for jurors how his ex-girlfriend died in his arms during a heated argument at his house in December 2010. Jason Omar Griffith said in court yesterday that he grabbed Deborah Flores Narvaez from behind in the crooks of his elbows as he fell backward. Griffith says he was defending himself. He thought Flores was reaching for her purse, and that it could have contained a gun or a knife. Prosecutors will question Griffith today about differences between what he told the jury and denials he gave police before Flores' dismembered body was found in January 2011.

Hospitals reach out to attract affluent immigrants

05/16/2014 5:30am
The menu includes pork or chicken dumplings, fried rice or chicken congee soup with jasmine rice and ginger. It's an enviable repast that diners take in bed — hospital beds.

Factors that helped BJP's Modi win Indian election

05/16/2014 5:40am
Indian voters have given the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party and its lead candidate, Narendra Modi, a mammoth mandate for running the next government.

US hospitals compete for affluent immigrants

05/16/2014 5:51am
When it comes to ordering meals at Houston's Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, immigrant patients can choose from dishes similar to those they might eat at home: dumplings or noodles for Asian palates, curry to accommodate Indian tastes.

Lansing schools to privatize busing, cut jobs

05/16/2014 6:01am
The Lansing school board has voted to privatize busing and authorize the layoff of up to 95 employees.

Red Lobster to be sold to investment firm Golden Gate Capital for $2.1 billion, company says

05/16/2014 6:10am
Red Lobster to be sold to investment firm Golden Gate Capital for $2.1 billion, company says.

South Koreans see lax safety beyond ferry sinking

05/16/2014 6:30am
What does a sudden South Korean media obsession with cars parked next to fire hydrants, and construction workers neglecting to wear hard hats, have to do with the country's worst disaster in years? It's a sign of a nation that has been jolted into thinking about safety.

India's next PM has humble roots, focus on economy

05/16/2014 6:41am
India's next prime minister, Narendra Modi, is the son of a poor tea seller and has long set his sights on the highest elected office in the world's largest democracy.

GM recalls midsize cars to fix brake problem

05/16/2014 6:41am
General Motors is recalling about 8,200 midsize cars to fix a problem with the front brakes.

Police unions push for medical coverage of PTSD

05/16/2014 7:01am
Police unions across the U.S. are pushing for officers to be able to collect workers' compensation benefits if they suffer post-traumatic stress disorder, whether they got it from the general stress of police work or from responding to a deadly shooting rampage.

Abbott to spend $2.9B on Latin American drugmaker

05/16/2014 7:01am
Abbott Laboratories will spend about $2.9 billion to broaden its reach in Latin America with the acquisition of branded generic drugmaker CFR Pharmaceuticals.

US police seek post-traumatic stress coverage

05/16/2014 7:20am
Police unions across the U.S. are pushing for officers to be able to collect workers' compensation benefits if they suffer post-traumatic stress disorder, whether they got it from the general stress of police work or from responding to a deadly shooting rampage.

Mine owner and government deny negligence

05/16/2014 7:31am
In the aftermath of a deadly explosion and fire in a Turkish coal mine, the mining company and Turkish officials are on the defensive.

US home building climbed 13.2 percent in April

05/16/2014 7:31am
U.S home construction surged in April to its highest pace in five months. Almost all that increase came from the volatile apartment sector, a sign that Americans are still struggling to buy single-family homes.

US stocks open little changed

05/16/2014 8:10am
The stock market is little changed in early trading following sharp declines the previous day.

German official mulls breaking up Google

05/16/2014 8:10am
A senior German official has warned that Google may have such a dominant market position that a breakup of the company "must be seriously considered."

Michael Sam saga apt to expand NFL's gay fan base

05/16/2014 8:20am
Years before Michael Sam was born, gay-rights activists Kate Kendell and Paul Guequierre were already die-hard National Football League fans.

CANNES WATCH: Stars show solidarity with miners

05/16/2014 8:21am
The stars of the Turkish film "Winter's Sleep" are showing their solidarity for those affected by the mining tragedy in that country as they promote the film in Cannes.

AAA: Americans ready to travel after rough winter

05/16/2014 8:30am
A strong case of cabin fever and a little more money to spend should inspire a greater number of Americans to hit the road this Memorial Day weekend.

US government fines General Motors maximum $35 million for ignition switch recall delays

05/16/2014 8:40am
US government fines General Motors maximum $35 million for ignition switch recall delays.


05/16/2014 8:51am
Early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade Fri.:

Grain lower, cattle and pork lower

05/16/2014 9:00am
Grain futures were lower Friday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Here is the latest Nevada news from The Associated Press

05/16/2014 9:11am
Police are investigating a fatal shooting during a party in an opulent penthouse suite with stunning views of the Las Vegas Strip. Authorities say a man was hospitalized with a gunshot to the chest and later died after police were called after 9 last night to the Fantasy Tower at the Palms Hotel and Casino. Police tell the Las Vegas Sun the shooting took place while dozens of people were in the Sky Villa atop the tower.

Nevada jobless rate falls to 8 percent in April

05/16/2014 9:41am
Nevada's unemployment rate fell to 8 percent in April, dropping one-half of a percentage point from the previous month and marking the biggest decline in three decades, the state reported Friday.

Deutsche Bank exec to staff: behave better

05/16/2014 9:41am
Memo to bankers: Behave.

TrueCar jumps in its 1st day on the Nasdaq

05/16/2014 9:51am
TrueCar's stock is surging in its first day as a publicly traded company.

Indian stocks outperform in markets after Modi win

05/16/2014 10:12am
Indian stocks jumped Friday as preliminary results from national elections indicated the opposition had won a landslide victory. Other global markets were subdued at the end of a fairly volatile week.

Swiss mull creation of world's top minimum wage

05/16/2014 10:21am
In a nation of mostly haves and have-mores, Swiss voters head to the polls Sunday to decide on a union proposal that would create a new nationwide minimum wage at 22 Swiss francs ($24.70) an hour — the world's highest.

Unemployment rates below 6 pct. in 25 US states

05/16/2014 10:21am
Unemployment rates fell in nearly all U.S. states last month, and half the states now have rates below 6 percent. The figures are a sign of widespread, if slow, improvement in the nation's job market.

US stocks flip between small gains and losses

05/16/2014 10:21am
The stock market is flipping between minor gains and losses, a day after the Dow Jones industrial average plunged.

AAA: Americans ready to travel after rough winter

05/16/2014 10:21am
A strong case of cabin fever and a little more money to spend should inspire a greater number of Americans to hit the road this Memorial Day weekend.


05/16/2014 10:21am
Sales, noon price and net change of the 15 most active New York Stock Exchange issues, trading nationally.

Lawmakers approve state funding for preschool

05/16/2014 10:41am
Missouri schools could start seeing state funding for preschool programs under a measure given final legislative approval Friday.

Ex-Times editor pulls out of Brandeis commencement

05/16/2014 11:01am
Jill Abramson, the recently ousted executive editor of The New York Times, has backed out of attending Brandeis (BRAN'-dys) University's commencement.

Government fines GM maximum $35 million in safety case

05/16/2014 11:01am
Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx says "silence can kill," literally -- and that's why government safety regulators have fined General Motors $35 million.

2016 campaign checklist: O'Malley

05/16/2014 11:10am
A look at preparations by Gov. Martin O'Malley, D-Md., for a potential 2016 presidential campaign:

Judge: Marijuana licensing process can proceed

05/16/2014 11:41am
A state judge has rejected efforts to temporarily halt Massachusetts' process for licensing medical marijuana dispensaries.

Official says immigration program up for review

05/16/2014 12:01pm
President Barack Obama's review of the nation's deportation policies may result in changes to a contentious program that hands over people booked for local crimes to federal immigration authorities.

US rig count up 6 to 1,861

05/16/2014 12:01pm
Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. rose by six this week to 1,861.

Pfizer seeks early approval for breast cancer drug

05/16/2014 12:01pm
Pfizer Inc. said Friday that the Food and Drug Administration will let the drugmaker apply for approval of its heavily touted experimental breast cancer medicine based on midstage patient testing results.

Former UGA coach Jim Donnan found not guilty in trial related to investment fraud scheme

05/16/2014 12:01pm
Former UGA coach Jim Donnan found not guilty in trial related to investment fraud scheme.

Symbol of Greece's protests, cleaners win in court

05/16/2014 12:12pm
They were a symbol of protest against austerity measures in Greece: Cleaners fired from their jobs at the Finance Ministry and tax offices who for months heckled bailout inspectors and joined daily public protests holding their mops and broomsticks.

Katzenberg celebrates DreamWorks 20th at Cannes

05/16/2014 12:21pm
Sitting on the terrace of the Carlton Hotel on the Cannes coastline, Jeffery Katzenberg gazes out at the teeming Croisette. It's familiar territory.

Ball State moves ahead with hotel education center

05/16/2014 12:22pm
Ball State University is moving ahead with its plan to build a hotel and hospitality industry education center after the owner of a campus-area print shop where the facility will be built announced its closing.

Ag Secretary Vilsack subpoenaed in Breitbart suit

05/16/2014 12:51pm
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has been subpoenaed in a lawsuit filed against the late blogger Andrew Breitbart.

Democrat Burke votes to negotiate union contracts

05/16/2014 1:01pm
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke's vote to negotiate new union contracts for Madison school district teachers is elevating the issue of union rights as she challenges Republican Gov. Scott Walker for re-election.

AP WAS THERE: Original 1954 Brown v. Board story

05/16/2014 1:11pm
EDITOR'S NOTE: On May 17, 1954, a hushed crowd of spectators packed the Supreme Court, awaiting word on Brown v. Board of Education, a combination of five lawsuits brought by the NAACP's legal arm to challenge racial segregation in public schools. The high court decided unanimously that "separate but equal" education denied black children their constitutional right to equal protection under the law, effectively removing a cornerstone that propped up Jim Crow, or state-sanctioned segregation of the races.

Slow start for Chicago private infrastructure plan

05/16/2014 1:11pm
In the city that invented the skyscraper, no small plans will do. In that vein, Mayor Rahm Emanuel promised to transform Chicago with mega-projects so sexy they could be bankrolled entirely by private investors in exchange for a chunk of the profits.


05/16/2014 1:21pm
Futures trading on the Chicago Board of Trade Fri.:

The changing role at the top

05/16/2014 1:32pm
Used to be that CEOs were hired for their knowledge of the industry, years of experience and the ability to lead with a tight fist. But the role of the top job has changed dramatically over the last several years.

6 injured in explosion at Tennessee steel mill

05/16/2014 1:32pm
Investigators on Friday tried to determine what caused an explosion at a Knoxville, Tennessee, steel mill that injured six workers and could be heard by residents from blocks away.

$250K fine for lying on health insurance forms

05/16/2014 1:32pm
Lying to the federal health insurance man could cost you dearly.

Study: Political TV ads on health law total $445M

05/16/2014 1:35pm
A new analysis finds the nation's health care overhaul deserves a place in advertising history as the focus of extraordinarily high spending on negative political TV ads that have gone largely unanswered by the law's supporters.

States move to expand experimental drugs for some

05/16/2014 1:41pm
Frustrated by federal delays getting experimental medications to terminally ill patients, some states are forging so-called "Right To Try" legislation to allow access to the drugs without federal approval.

Hedge funders draw 2 Republican stars to Vegas

05/16/2014 1:54pm
Two high-profile Republicans on Friday courted hedge fund executives at an election-year conference in a glitzy hotel, drawing criticism from Democrats eager to link the GOP to Wall Street as they try to defend their Senate majority.

SAC Capital portfolio manager sentenced to 3 years

05/16/2014 2:01pm
A portfolio manager for one of the nation's largest hedge funds was sentenced on Friday to 3 1/2 years in prison for his insider trading conviction, though a judge cited his overall good character as he showed him leniency.

Grain lower, beef higher and pork lower

05/16/2014 2:01pm
Grain futures were lower Friday on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Grain lower, beef higher and pork lower

05/16/2014 2:01pm
Grain futures were lower Friday on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Gold, silver slip

05/16/2014 2:02pm
The May gold contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange closed today at $1,293.30 an ounce -- down 20 cents.

Obama touts jobs projects, eats lunch with workers

05/16/2014 2:21pm
President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden promoted government-financed work projects as they lunched outside the White House Friday, saying the projects could be endangered if Congress does not act by the end of the summer.

Obama expresses sorrow over Turkey coal mine fire

05/16/2014 2:21pm
President Barack Obama on Friday offered America's condolences to the people of Turkey as they mourn the deaths of scores of people in a mining accident.

Stocks close slightly higher after day of wavering

05/16/2014 2:31pm
The stock market has ended slightly higher after drifting between small losses and gains for most of the day.

CharterCare affiliation gets attorney general's OK

05/16/2014 2:42pm
The state attorney general has approved the affiliation between a California-based health care company and CharterCare Health Partners, which owns two Rhode Island hospitals.

Jury sides with Anheuser-Busch in former executive's sex discrimination lawsuit

05/16/2014 2:51pm
Jury sides with Anheuser-Busch in former executive's sex discrimination lawsuit.

Hillary Clinton recalls a good economy 1990s

05/16/2014 3:11pm
Hillary Rodham Clinton pointed to the 1990s as a time of broad-based prosperity under her husband, former President Bill Clinton, contrasting it Friday with policies under Republicans that she said promoted tax cuts for the wealthy and the emergence of "an entire shadow banking system."

Agreement reached on 2015 Oklahoma state budget

05/16/2014 3:21pm
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin and legislative leaders announced a budget agreement Friday for the upcoming year that is $102 million less than the budget for the current year, but still increases funding for public schools by $80 million.

Wheat logs its biggest weekly decline since 2011

05/16/2014 3:21pm
Wheat logged its biggest weekly drop since 2011 as traders reassessed the outlook for supplies of the grain.

EveryWare temporarily shuts 2 factories

05/16/2014 3:22pm
EveryWare Global Inc., the maker of Oneida plates, forks and spoons, said it is temporarily closing two factories and furloughing workers in order to save money.


05/16/2014 3:31pm
A snapshot of major stock and commodities market indicators Friday:

Utah unemployment falls to 5 year low

05/16/2014 3:31pm
Utah's unemployment rate resumed its pattern of slowly ticking down last month after a slight increase in March.

GM is fined $35 million over deadly defect

05/16/2014 3:41pm
Federal safety regulators slapped General Motors with a record $35 million fine Friday for taking more than a decade to disclose an ignition-switch defect in millions of cars that has been linked to at least 13 deaths.

Worry settles over Wall Street as stocks stall

05/16/2014 3:43pm
Wall Street has caught a case of the jitters.

Illinois budget would mean more money for schools

05/16/2014 3:51pm
A spending plan the Illinois House approved this week includes more money for schools, veterans' homes and prisons.

Former Anheuser-Busch VP loses discrimination suit

05/16/2014 3:52pm
Anheuser-Busch did not discriminate against a former executive by paying her significantly less than a male predecessor, a jury in St. Louis decided Friday.

Missouri lawmakers pass $600M bonding plan

05/16/2014 4:01pm
Missouri lawmakers have given final approval to a $600 million bonding plan for improvements and repairs at state facilities and college campuses.

CANNES WATCH: Movie about tragedy in the works

05/16/2014 4:11pm
It's not a Hollywood production, but a movie about the Malaysian plane tragedy is in the works and should be in theaters by fall.

Moody's upgrades Ireland's debt rating 2 notches

05/16/2014 4:11pm
Moody's Investors Services says it has upgraded Ireland's credit rating by two notches.

Woman admits cashing dead mom's checks since 1983

05/16/2014 4:31pm
A Pennsylvania woman accused of stealing more than $520,000 in her dead mother's Social Security checks over the span of 30 years has pleaded guilty.

Stock market manages slight gain after choppy day

05/16/2014 4:41pm
Better results from retailers and demand for telecommunications shares helped push the stock market to a small gain on Friday.

New fight emerges in Ohio treasure hunter dispute

05/16/2014 4:50pm
The Ohio company owned by a fugitive treasure hunter is fighting to gain control over recently recovered gold from a ship that sank off the South Carolina coast in 1857 in one of the worst maritime disasters in U.S. history, arguing that the Florida company now salvaging the sunken treasure from the shipwreck is trespassing.

Officials blast Mexican teachers' salaries report

05/16/2014 5:01pm
Education officials and a teachers union on Friday blasted a recent study that found that several Mexican teachers earn more than the country's president, saying it lacks veracity and contains mistakes.

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05/16/2014 5:01pm
Trading for the week in New York Stock Exchange issues:

Here is the latest Nevada news from The Associated Press

05/16/2014 5:31pm
Authorities have identified a 25-year-old Henderson man who died after being shot at a posh suite in the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. Clark County coroner's officials identified the victim as Evan Plunkett. Police say he was shot last night after a fight erupted between Plunkett and three other men during a party in the hotel's Fantasy Tower.

GM recall investigation reveals banned words

05/16/2014 5:31pm
What do the words "safety," ''chaotic" and "problem" have in common?

US regulators close small lender in Illinois

05/16/2014 5:32pm
Regulators have closed a small lender in Illinois, marking the seventh U.S. bank failure of 2014 after 24 closures last year.

'Halo' TV series, 'Halo 5' game launching in 2015

05/16/2014 5:40pm
Master Chief is returning to the battlefield next year.

Texas agency: Firefighters unprepared for blast

05/16/2014 6:00pm
Brian Renegar saw emergency crews fighting a blaze consuming his small Texas town's sprawling fertilizer plant. The former plant employee raced to the scene and warned the fire chief to get everyone out.

Rural county, feds locked in water-rights dispute

05/16/2014 6:10pm
The latest dispute over federal control of land and water in the West has erupted along the banks of the Agua Chiquita, a small spring-fed stream in the mountains of southern New Mexico where the federal government has installed metal fences and locked gates to keep cattle out.

Federal authorities investigate 2 passenger jetliners that got too close over Hawaii

05/16/2014 6:50pm
Federal officials are investigating why two passenger jetliners got too close to each other in the air near Hawaii.

Missouri lawmakers wrap up annual session

05/16/2014 7:10pm
Missouri lawmakers gave the OK for teachers to carry guns in the classroom Friday as they closed out a historic session in which they cut income tax rates for the first time in nearly a century, approved one of the nation's longest abortion waiting periods and overhauled the state's criminal laws for the first time in decades.

Hidden camera found by students in Hershey School

05/16/2014 7:20pm
An employee at a Pennsylvania school established by the Hershey chocolate company's founder has been fired after a hidden video camera was found in the boys' bathroom.

FAA, NTSB investigate near-collision off Hawaii

05/16/2014 7:20pm
Federal officials are investigating how two passenger jetliners got on potentially dangerous paths toward each other near Hawaii at an altitude of about 33,000 feet.

Billboard Awards can use Michael Jackson hologram

05/16/2014 7:22pm
A federal judge ruled Friday that the Billboard Music Awards can use a hologram of deceased pop icon Michael Jackson at this weekend's show, rejecting efforts from tech companies seeking to block the digital performance.

Landslide win for Indian opposition party

05/16/2014 7:51pm
India's opposition leader, Narendra Modi, will become the next prime minister of the world's largest democracy, winning the most decisive election victory the country has seen in three decades and sweeping the long-dominant Congress party from power.