06/13/2014 1:00amSix months ago, China's housing market was so red-hot that Feng Xiaowei, a sales manager at a real estate agency in the eastern city of Hangzhou, rarely took a day off.
06/13/2014 1:10amMultiplayer action has been part of video-games going back to "Pong," and ever since home consoles went online, few major games are released without some way to compete or cooperate with friends.
06/13/2014 2:11amIllinois officials say they've launched a program to help prevent the dangerous and inappropriate use of prescription drugs to subdue nursing home patients.
06/13/2014 4:00amMalaysia Airlines has begun giving out $50,000 in advance insurance payments to families of people aboard missing Flight 370, but many Chinese relatives have indicated they'll reject it.
06/13/2014 4:20amA high-speed ferry heading to Macau crashed into a breakwater in the Asian gambling hub's harbor Friday, leaving 58 people with minor injuries.
06/13/2014 4:40amMore than 20,000 elephants were poached last year in Africa where large seizures of smuggled ivory eclipsed those in Asia for the first time, international wildlife regulators said Friday.
06/13/2014 5:10amChina's government announced plans Friday to build up a handful of large producers of infant formula in its latest effort to revive an industry that is reeling from a scandal over tainted milk.
06/13/2014 5:30amBill Ackman's Pershing Square Capital Management, seeking legal cover in its $53 billion takeover bid for Allergan, filed a lawsuit to confirm that its push for a special meeting of shareholders won't trigger a defensive "poison pill" plan from the Botox maker.
06/13/2014 6:10amPriceline to buy restaurant reservation specialist OpenTable for $2.6B to expand services.
06/13/2014 6:10amBill Ackman's Pershing Square Capital Management, seeking legal cover in its $53 billion takeover bid for Allergan, filed a lawsuit to confirm that its push for a special meeting of shareholders won't trigger a defensive "poison pill" plan from the Botox maker.
06/13/2014 6:40amTwo universities in the Dakotas are each getting close to $50,000 in federal money to help educate farmers and ranchers about the new farm bill.
06/13/2014 6:41amUS producer prices slip 0.2 percent in May on cheaper gas and food, a sign inflation is tame.
06/13/2014 7:50amA leading French newspaper is reporting that lawyers for BNP Paribas warned the French bank in 2006 that some of its transactions could be in violation of U.S. sanctions against Iran and other countries.
06/13/2014 8:00amThe head of Thailand's military junta said Friday he is considering a 3 trillion baht ($93 billion) plan to build more rail lines and other infrastructure, adding more than $30 billion to a canceled project of the government it ousted.
06/13/2014 8:11amThe U.S. dollar is mixed against other North American currencies in New York trading.
06/13/2014 8:20amThe prices U.S. companies receive for their goods and services fell in May, offering evidence that inflation is mild.
06/13/2014 8:40amP.F. Chang's confirmed Friday that data from credit and debit cards used at its restaurants was stolen.
06/13/2014 8:40amHungary should reconsider its new tax on media advertising revenues because it could damage media diversity, a European media watchdog said Friday.
06/13/2014 9:11amGrain futures were higher Friday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.
06/13/2014 9:20amA group of German investigative reporters have succeeded in raising enough money through crowd funding to launch a new online magazine.
06/13/2014 10:01amThe lone Democratic senator who joined Republicans in voting for a Virginia budget says the move was made in error.
06/13/2014 10:01amJapan has caught 30 whales off its northern coast in its first hunt since an international court ordered the halt of its annual expedition in the Antarctic, officials said Friday.
06/13/2014 10:01amWorld stock markets were mixed on Friday as investors weighed disappointing U.S. economic data and upbeat forecasts from Intel, the computer chipmaker.
06/13/2014 10:20amThe pound jumped on Friday to reach its highest level against the dollar in nearly five years after the Bank of England's governor predicted an interest rate hike might come sooner than expected.
06/13/2014 10:21amSales, noon price and net change of the 15 most active New York Stock Exchange issues, trading nationally.
06/13/2014 10:21amThe Republican-led House has given its final support to a $21 billion spending plan for North Carolina government that once again garnered several Democratic "yes" votes.
06/13/2014 10:31amIgnition switches once again are causing problems for General Motors.
06/13/2014 11:01amA dispute between the two entities responsible for providing services to Southwest Idaho seniors and vulnerable adults erupted last month, with the state having to defend itself in court and a local nonprofit organization losing a significant source of income.
06/13/2014 11:11amThose who seek to make food healthier by adding chia powder should avoid several recalled brands that are linked to salmonella illnesses, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.
06/13/2014 11:20amGame makers at this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo went for the jugular.
06/13/2014 11:41amVeterans aren't the only ones who can find it tough to get a quick appointment with a new doctor.
06/13/2014 11:41amOilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by six this week to 1,854.
06/13/2014 11:51amChevron sold to Chad its interest in oil producing assets in the Central African nation for about $1.3 billion.
06/13/2014 12:11pmSquirrels and birds are turning the lights out on customers in Alaska's capital.
06/13/2014 12:14pmAuthorities say a federal grand jury has indicted a former marketing director from Utah at Symantec Corp. on charges of embezzling more than $1.3 million to help fund a lavish lifestyle.
06/13/2014 12:21pmThe 2014 Electronic Entertainment Expo wasn't as dramatic as last year's, when Sony and Microsoft were battling for attention in advance of the fall debuts of their new game consoles, the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
06/13/2014 12:41pmThe owner and operator of the PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker brands is selling itself to Amaya Gaming Group Inc. in a $4.9 billion deal that is part of its plan to hopefully return to the U.S. market after a dustup with federal authorities three years ago.
06/13/2014 1:01pmThe crew of a private jet that crashed in Massachusetts, killing Philadelphia Inquirer co-owner Lewis Katz and six other people, did not perform a flight control check before attempting takeoff, a federal report issued Friday suggests.
06/13/2014 1:01pmVeterans aren't the only ones who can find it tough to get a quick appointment with a new doctor.
06/13/2014 1:22pmIf Netflix CEO Reed Hastings is the star of the Internet video-streaming phenomenon, then Roku CEO Anthony Wood is the best supporting actor.
06/13/2014 1:31pmThe June gold contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange closed today at $1273.70 an ounce -- up 10 cents.
06/13/2014 1:31pmCrude oil futures prices ended higher on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The near-month contract for the benchmark grade rose 38 cents -- closing at $106.91 a barrel.
06/13/2014 1:31pmThe U.S. dollar is mixed against other North American currencies in New York trading.
06/13/2014 1:31pmGrain futures were higher Friday on the Chicago Board of Trade.
06/13/2014 1:51pmThe Federal Communications Commission is setting out to unravel the mystery behind the Internet traffic jams bogging down the delivery of Netflix videos and other online content.
06/13/2014 2:01pmEgypt has asked YouTube to remove a video of a woman being sexually assaulted in Tahrir Square during a rally supporting the country's newly elected president.
06/13/2014 2:01pmGov. Mary Fallin says she supports a program that provides college scholarships for low- and middle-income students and is vowing to fully fund it.
06/13/2014 2:01pmA lawsuit seeking millions of dollars in damages on behalf of thousands of employees at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino in Reno claims its parent company intentionally deprived workers of wages and overtime they were entitled to by repeatedly requiring them to complete assigned chores off the clock.
06/13/2014 2:41pmFormer Dodgers owner Frank McCourt testified Friday in a lawsuit filed over a severe beating at Dodger Stadium that he wasn't personally involved in security matters at the venue but did suggest a fan code of conduct.
06/13/2014 2:42pmA northern Idaho company that makes medical respirators has filed a lawsuit against its former president and CEO contending he attempted to weaken the company so he could buy it at a reduced price or use its resources to form a rival company.
06/13/2014 3:01pmA coalition of Louisiana business and civic groups Friday called on Gov. Bobby Jindal to keep the Common Core education standards in Louisiana public schools, saying any attempt to unilaterally scrap them would violate "the spirit of the democratic process."
06/13/2014 3:01pmIn a major environmental case, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled Friday that residents can bring a nuisance lawsuit against a Muscatine manufacturer accused of routinely blanketing their properties with soot and chemicals.
06/13/2014 3:03pmUnder a new law, abortions will be illegal in Florida at any point in a woman's pregnancy if her doctor determines that the fetus could survive outside the womb.
06/13/2014 3:21pmA flurry of corporate deals and a positive outlook for the technology industry gave the stock market a lift Friday.
06/13/2014 3:31pmPresident Barack Obama's lead coordinator on Detroit is joining Vice President Joe Biden's team.
06/13/2014 3:31pmThe Justice Department is finalizing a lawsuit against Citigroup over the bank's sale of residential mortgage-backed securities after negotiations to resolve the matter broke down.
06/13/2014 3:31pmFacebook successfully defended itself against a lawsuit that claimed the social media company infringed on patents held by a Dutch programmer who launched a website called "Surfbook" more than a decade ago.
06/13/2014 3:31pmA snapshot of major stock and commodities market indicators Friday:
06/13/2014 3:41pmThe growth and construction at South Dakota universities reflects two of the schools' recent ascent to NCAA Division I athletics status and the Board of Regents' 10-year plan, said Board of Regents Executive Director Jack Warner.
06/13/2014 3:41pmLate-night wrangling over hiking taxes to improve roads overshadowed Michigan lawmakers' final days in Lansing before they broke for much of the summer.
06/13/2014 3:51pmTarget Corp.'s final shareholder vote tally showed a rise in dissent against key board members, highlighting how a massive data breach is eroding faith among its investors.
06/13/2014 4:01pmAn Atlantic City casino does not have to pay $1.5 million won by a group of gamblers who realized the cards had not been shuffled, and can move to recover more than $500,000 it already paid them, a judge ruled Friday.
06/13/2014 4:01pmStandard & Poor's is brightening its outlook for the United Kingdom amid signs that the country's economy will continue to grow at a healthy rate through next year.
06/13/2014 4:11pmThe Labor Department violated federal law when it lowered wages and worsened working conditions in the herding industry without notice or comment, an appeals court ruled Friday.
06/13/2014 4:21pmThe man who hopes to unseat Juan Manuel Santos as president was seething.
06/13/2014 4:21pmBaltimore police shot and killed a steer that escaped from a city slaughterhouse on a downtown street Friday morning, a spokeswoman said.
06/13/2014 4:31pmPriceline has negotiated a $2.6 billion entree into the restaurant business.
06/13/2014 4:31pmGov. Jerry Brown, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, all Democrats, have agreed on the main points of a state budget for the fiscal year that will start July 1. Not all budget figures were available Friday because the administration and legislative staff were still finalizing the details. Because the budget needs only a simple majority to pass the Legislature, support from minority Republicans is not required. The Assembly and Senate have scheduled floor sessions for 4 p.m. Sunday to begin voting on the budget.
06/13/2014 4:41pmDemocratic gubernatorial candidate Sen. Vincent Sheheen has called for South Carolina to have the power to investigate its Veteran Affairs facilities over the ongoing crisis concerning waiting times for medical appointments.
06/13/2014 4:41pmMGM Springfield on Friday was named the state's first official casino operator, capping a more than two-year process that saw four other rival plans in western Massachusetts fall by the wayside.
06/13/2014 5:01pmTrading for the week in New York Stock Exchange issues:
06/13/2014 5:41pmGov. Jerry Brown, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, all Democrats, have agreed on the main points of a state budget for the fiscal year that will start July 1. Not all budget figures were available Friday because the administration and legislative staff were still finalizing the details. Because the budget needs only a simple majority to pass the Legislature, support from minority Republicans is not required. The Assembly and Senate have scheduled floor sessions for 4 p.m. Sunday to begin voting on the budget.
06/13/2014 6:00pmHere's a look at the who, what, when and where of the 2016 presidential contest at the cusp of summer. Why? Because more is going on than you might think two years from the event.
06/13/2014 6:00pmBob Stapleton has been elected chairman of the USA Cycling' board of directors, while Alex Nieroth has been chosen vice-chairman during the organization's meetings this week.
06/13/2014 6:41pmA San Francisco technology CEO has been convicted after pleading no contest to misdemeanor hit-and-run for leaving the scene of a freeway crash.
06/13/2014 6:43pmThe old farm boy who used to raise cattle in a place called Big Spraddle Creek says at age 87, he doesn't even raise a garden.
06/13/2014 8:10pmTo the frustration of many of his supporters, President Barack Obama is backing away from immigration changes he could make on his own. He is kicking the issue to House Republicans instead, despite mounting evidence they won't address the millions of immigrants living illegally in the United States.
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