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December 18th, 2014
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2 more people kidnapped in Malaysia's Sabah state

06/16/2014 12:40am
Malaysian police said gunmen seized two workers from a fish farm on Borneo island early Monday, the latest kidnapping in the area despite increased security.

ECB policymaker: bank tests may be too tough

06/16/2014 1:11am
A European Central Bank policymaker is voicing concern that Europe may be too tough on banks as they undergo "stress tests" to measure their financial resilience.

Here is the latest Utah news from The Associated Press

06/16/2014 1:31am
A cannon fired by a Civil War re-enactment group at a parade in Utah sparked an explosion that sent three children to the hospital. Investigators say sparks from the cannon landed on a large pouch containing additional charges for the weapon and the pouch then exploded. The accident occurred yesterday at the start of the Summerfest Parade in Orem.

9 of 15 Miss. community colleges to raise tuition

06/16/2014 2:01am
Tuition at Mississippi's two-year colleges will increase by an average of about 4 percent this fall.

Airbus, Safran to merge space launcher businesses

06/16/2014 2:31am
Airbus Group and French engineering company Safran have agreed to merge their rocket launcher businesses into a new joint venture aimed at helping the European space sector stay globally competitive.

Philippines against South China Sea construction

06/16/2014 3:40am
China rejected a suggestion by the Philippines on Monday for a regionwide ban on construction in the South China Sea after Beijing began building a school on a rugged outpost it created to strengthen its claims to disputed waters.

50 years ago, 'Freedom Summer' changed South, US

06/16/2014 3:50am
Roy DeBerry learned at an early age what could happen to a black boy who violated Mississippi's Jim Crow-era social code.

Surgeon is highest-paid doc at OH public facility

06/16/2014 4:30am
An analysis has found that an orthopedic surgeon at a hospital in Chillicothe (chihl-ih-KAHTH'-ee) is the highest-paid doctor employed by a nonprofit or public hospital in Ohio.

Russia leans on companies to rescue Crimea tourism

06/16/2014 5:43am
When Russia annexed the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea earlier this year, it regained not only harbors for its navy and abandoned Ukrainian military bases but also long stretches of pebble beaches that were the summer destination of choice for millions of Soviet citizens. This summer, however, tourists need a push to go and some help in getting there.

Hillshire backs away from Pinnacle Foods offer

06/16/2014 6:10am
Hillshire Brands Co. is backing off of its offer to buy Pinnacle Foods Inc., a move that it needs to make in order for its $7.75 billion proposed deal with Tyson Foods to go through.

US factory output rebounded in May, latest evidence that manufacturing is boosting growth

06/16/2014 7:20am
US factory output rebounded in May, latest evidence that manufacturing is boosting growth.

Oilfield company leaves Switzerland over pay rules

06/16/2014 7:20am
Oilfield services company Weatherford International Ltd. says shareholders have approved a move from Switzerland to Ireland.

Police: Indian factory workers kill CEO in dispute

06/16/2014 7:31am
An angry mob of Indian workers wielding iron rods and stones beat the CEO of a jute factory to death in a dispute over increasing their working hours, police said Monday after arresting six workers.

Here is the latest Nevada news from The Associated Press

06/16/2014 7:31am
A disciplinary talk for a Mormon activist threatened with possible excommunication from the church is being delayed. John P. Dehlin received a letter from an LDS leader last Monday that set a June 18 deadline for them to talk. The Utah researcher-blogger says he was told the leader now has agreed to meet with him on June 29 and expressed a "desire for de-escalation" of the conflict. Dehlin is the creator of a website that provides a forum for church members questioning their faith.

IMF lowers estimate of US economic growth in 2014 to 2 pct. from previous 2.7 pct. forecast

06/16/2014 7:31am
IMF lowers estimate of US economic growth in 2014 to 2 pct. from previous 2.7 pct. forecast.

High court rejects insider trader's appeal

06/16/2014 7:41am
The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from a onetime billionaire hedge fund founder who was convicted on insider trading charges.

Foreign holdings of US Treasury debt increase

06/16/2014 7:51am
Foreign buyers of U.S. Treasury securities increased their holdings in April to another record high even though China cut back on its holdings for a third straight month.

High court rejects Scottie Pippen defamation case

06/16/2014 8:10am
The Supreme Court has declined to revive a defamation lawsuit that former Chicago Bulls star Scottie Pippen filed against several media companies for falsely reporting he had filed for bankruptcy.

Dollar mixed

06/16/2014 8:11am
The U.S. dollar is mixed against other North American currencies in New York trading.

Level 3 to buy TW Telecom for about $5.6 billion

06/16/2014 8:41am
Level 3 Communications Inc. said Monday that it has agreed to buy TW Telecom in a deal worth about $5.6 billion.

US homebuilder confidence up in June, remains low

06/16/2014 8:50am
U.S. homebuilders are feeling more confident about the housing market but don't think it is healthy yet.

Polish leaders try to limit damage in new scandal

06/16/2014 8:52am
Poland's prime minister said Monday the release of a secretly taped conversation between two top officials that hints at impropriety amounts to an organized attempt to overturn his government.

14 cases remain for Supreme Court

06/16/2014 9:00am
The religious rights of corporations, the speech rights of abortion protesters and the privacy rights of people under arrest are among the big issues still unresolved at the Supreme Court.

Here is the latest Nevada news from The Associated Press

06/16/2014 9:01am
Authorities are searching for a Henderson woman who was last seen hiking in Lake Mead National Recreation Area with a man who was found dead last week. Family and friends of 35-year-old Christina Montes told rangers on Friday she was planning to camp with 62-year-old James Johnson Jr. He was found dead on June 5 near the Colorado River close to Arizona Hot Spring.

Starbucks clears college degree path for employees

06/16/2014 9:01am
Starbucks is giving its baristas a bargain on an online college degree.

Fire damages auto repair shop near Las Vegas Strip

06/16/2014 9:20am
Arson investigators are probing the cause of a weekend blaze in an automotive repair business across Interstate 15 from the Las Vegas Strip.

Giti Tire expected to bring 1,700 jobs to SC

06/16/2014 9:21am
A Singapore-based tire manufacturer plans to spend $560 million on a plant in South Carolina that is expected to create 1,700 new jobs over the next decade.

Cambodian exodus from Thailand grows to 160,000

06/16/2014 9:31am
The number of Cambodians who have returned home from Thailand this month after a threatened crackdown on foreigners working illegally has topped 160,000, a Cambodian official said Monday.

Target: Glitch caused delays at checkout registers

06/16/2014 9:41am
Target Corp. said a glitch in its system caused delays at checkout registers at some of its U.S. stores but it wasn't due to a data security issue or a hacker.

AP Interview: Ex-La education chief back in state

06/16/2014 9:51am
Paul Pastorek, who left the Louisiana superintendent of education post in 2011 for a corporate job in Washington, has stepped down as chief administrative officer of Airbus Group Inc. and plans to work again in education policy.

Admin official: Obama to sign order banning discrimination against LGBT federal contractors

06/16/2014 10:01am
Admin official: Obama to sign order banning discrimination against LGBT federal contractors.

A look at the Russian-Ukrainian gas dispute

06/16/2014 10:11am
Russia's state-controlled gas producer Gazprom on Monday cut shipments to Ukraine in a dispute over prices and unpaid debts.

Target says glitch caused delays at register

06/16/2014 10:21am
Target says it's fixed a technical issue that caused delays at registers in some U.S. stores, but stressed that the glitch was not related to a recent data security breach.

STOCKS IN THE SPOTLIGHT

06/16/2014 10:42am
Sales, noon price and net change of the 15 most active New York Stock Exchange issues, trading nationally.

World stock market subdued as investors await Fed

06/16/2014 10:43am
World stock markets were subdued on Monday as the turmoil in Iraq dampened sentiment and investors held back ahead of the Federal Reserve's monthly policy meeting later in the week.

DreamWorks mixing faves, newbies in YouTube debut

06/16/2014 10:51am
When AwesomenessTV launched as a YouTube channel two years ago, it was a bet by veteran TV and movie producer Brian Robbins on the ability of teen and tween audiences to find videos they love to watch online.

US factory output rebounded in May after April dip

06/16/2014 11:01am
U.S. manufacturing output rose in May at a solid pace, boosting hopes that the economy is expanding briskly after a dismal first three months of the year.

Feds give $102M in storm prevention to 11 states

06/16/2014 11:01am
Eleven states in the eastern U.S. will share $102.7 million in grants from the federal government to protect against future storms, with the greatest amount of funded projects in New Jersey and New York.

With economy hazy, Fed is unlikely to shift course

06/16/2014 11:12am
When Federal Reserve officials gather this week and Fed Chair Janet Yellen speaks with reporters, investors will be seeking clues to two big questions:

Gtech in talks with International Game Technology

06/16/2014 11:21am
Italian lottery operator Gtech says that it is in preliminary talks with Las Vegas casino gaming company International Game Technology about a potential deal.

Greenpeace loses $5.2M on rogue employee trading

06/16/2014 11:21am
Greenpeace has suffered a 3.8 million-euro ($5.2 million) loss on an ill-timed bet in the currency market by a well-intentioned — if reckless — employee in its finance department.

Feds aren't inspecting 4 in 10 higher-risk wells

06/16/2014 11:40am
Four in 10 new oil and gas wells near national forests and fragile watersheds or otherwise identified as higher pollution risks escape federal inspection, unchecked by an agency struggling to keep pace with America's drilling boom, according to an Associated Press review that shows wide state-by-state disparities in safety checks.

Domino's introduces a 'Siri' to take mobile orders

06/16/2014 11:51am
Domino's is introducing its own version of Siri.

ING sets pricing range for insurance arm IPO

06/16/2014 11:51am
ING Group NV says it has set a pricing range for the sale of its European insurance arm that indicates the business is worth roughly 7 billion euros ($9.5 billion).

Nielsen throws out family that cheated system

06/16/2014 12:11pm
The Nielsen company has delayed its ratings for Los Angeles radio stations because it found an employee of a Univision-owned radio station was cheating the system.

McQueen updates classic tailoring at London show

06/16/2014 12:14pm
In the world of women's fashion, London often plays second fiddle to other style capitals — it lacks the allure of Paris's haute couture or the polish of Milan's luxury labels.

Energy giant starts work on $12M Morocco factory

06/16/2014 12:21pm
The multinational energy company Eaton broke ground Monday on a new $12 million electronics plant in Morocco that could signal increased foreign investment for this North African country.

Miami says JP Morgan had discriminatory mortgages

06/16/2014 12:51pm
The city of Miami claims in a new lawsuit that JP Morgan Chase engaged in discriminatory lending practices for years that worsened the foreclosure crisis in minority neighborhoods.

ANF 'treatment' status could increase logging

06/16/2014 12:51pm
Without any public notice or announcement, Gov. Tom Corbett has successfully petitioned the U.S. Agriculture Department to designate the entire Allegheny National Forest as an "insect and disease treatment area," which forest advocates say will lead to more logging.

Government enlisting hackers for fight against robocallers

06/16/2014 1:11pm
Hate those annoying automated telemarketing calls? Well, help is on the way.

4 months into GM recall, only 7 pct. of cars fixed

06/16/2014 1:21pm
More than four months after General Motors began recalling 2.6 million small cars to fix ignition switches, the company has repaired only 7 percent of the vehicles.

Supreme Court rules on 'straw purchaser' law

06/16/2014 1:31pm
A divided Supreme Court sided with gun control groups and the Obama administration Monday, ruling that the federal ban on "straw" purchases of guns can be enforced even if the ultimate buyer is legally allowed to own a gun.

Grain lower, livestock mixed

06/16/2014 1:31pm
Grain futures were lower Monday on the Chicago Board of Trade.

White House: IRS made good-faith effort on e-mails

06/16/2014 1:31pm
Facing a furor from angry Republican lawmakers, the White House said Monday that the Internal Revenue Service engaged in a good faith effort to find lost emails from an IRS official whose division processed applications for tax-exempt status by politically oriented groups.

Russia cuts gas supply to Ukraine as tensions soar

06/16/2014 1:31pm
Russia halted natural gas deliveries to Ukraine on Monday, spurning Ukraine's offer to pay some of its multibillion-dollar gas debt and demanding upfront payments for future supplies.

Siemens, Mitsubishi look to derail GE-Alstom deal

06/16/2014 1:41pm
Engineering giants Siemens of Germany and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries of Japan on Monday jointly offered to buy parts of France's Alstom and start a long-term partnership, a move that could derail a competing bid by General Electric.

Congress to scrutinize GM's corporate culture

06/16/2014 1:41pm
U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette wants General Motors to explain how it plans to fix what's been described as a lax corporate culture and how the company plans to compensate victims of crashes tied to faulty ignition switches.

Dollar mixed

06/16/2014 1:41pm
The U.S. dollar is mixed against other North American currencies in New York trading.

Crude falls

06/16/2014 1:41pm
Crude oil futures prices ended lower on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The near-month contract for the benchmark grade fell 1 cent -- closing at $106.90 a barrel.

Gold, silver up

06/16/2014 1:41pm
The June gold contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange closed today at $1274.90 an ounce -- up $1.20.

Tech giants seek to halt overseas snooping by US

06/16/2014 1:51pm
Microsoft Corp. and four other large American technology companies are using a Manhattan court case to draw a line in the cloud, saying the U.S. government has no right to seize computer data stored outside the country.

IMF lowers estimate of US economic growth in 2014

06/16/2014 1:52pm
The U.S. economy is poised to accelerate after a dismal start to the year even though the job market won't return to full employment until 2017.

AP NewsAlert

06/16/2014 2:02pm
General Motors recalling 3.2 million additional cars in the US for ignition switch problems.

GM recalls 3.2M more US cars for ignition problems

06/16/2014 2:22pm
General Motors is recalling 3.2 million more cars in the U.S. because of ignition switch problems.

China premier in UK visit to boost trade ties

06/16/2014 2:22pm
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang arrived Monday in Britain for a visit that includes an unusual meeting with Queen Elizabeth II and talks aimed at boosting fragile diplomatic relations.

Clinton: Keystone not a proxy for Canada relations

06/16/2014 2:31pm
Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday that the proposed Keystone XL pipeline shouldn't be seen as a proxy for the relationship between Canada and the United States.

Administration, allies push for minimum wage hike

06/16/2014 2:32pm
Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez teamed up with the top Democrat on the House Education and Workforce Committee, to meet Monday with kitchen workers at a local restaurant and deliver a lunchtime plea for Congress to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10.

Box office top 20: '22 Jump Street' collects $57M

06/16/2014 2:51pm
Sequels reigned supreme at the weekend box office. Sony's buddy-cop comedy "22 Jump Street" debuted in the top spot with $57 million, followed closely by Fox's animated adventure "How to Train Your Dragon 2," which opened with $49.5 million.

Miss. sues credit-reporting firm, alleging errors

06/16/2014 3:01pm
Mississippi has sued Experian, the world's largest firm that collects detailed information about consumers to evaluate their financial trustworthiness. The lawsuit — and a separate investigation of the industry by 32 other states led by Ohio — represent a significant new legal challenge to the industry over allegations of paperwork errors and violations of consumer protection laws.

Alibaba's growth slips to slowest pace in 6 years

06/16/2014 3:01pm
Alibaba's quarterly revenue growth has slipped to its slowest pace in six years, a development that could dampen demand to invest in the Chinese e-commerce company's upcoming stock offering.

California tenure issue unlikely to hit Wyoming

06/16/2014 3:11pm
Any ripple effect from a recent ruling by a California judge against that state's tenure system for public-school teachers is unlikely to hit Wyoming, where teachers don't have tenure in the first place.

Ben & Jerry's aiding Vermont in GMO-labeling fight

06/16/2014 3:11pm
Iconic Vermont ice cream maker Ben & Jerry's announced a name change for a popular flavor Monday to help raise money to defend a new state law that requires the labeling of foods containing genetically modified organisms.

Democrats propose repealing Michigan abortion law

06/16/2014 3:21pm
Democrats on Monday announced long-shot legislation to repeal Michigan's law requiring people or businesses wanting abortion insurance coverage to buy an extra policy in advance, an attempt to keep the issue in voters' minds before the November election.

Nasdaq SUMMARY

06/16/2014 3:31pm
Most active Nasdaq issues.

Markets-At-A-Glance

06/16/2014 3:31pm
A snapshot of major stock and commodities market indicators Monday:

GPS tracking case has left unsettled questions

06/16/2014 3:44pm
Judges around the country are grappling with the ripple effects of a 2-year-old Supreme Court ruling on GPS tracking, reaching conflicting conclusions on the case's broader meaning and tackling unresolved questions that flare in a world where privacy and technology increasingly collide.

Antigua, China investors plan big tourism project

06/16/2014 3:52pm
The new government of Antigua & Barbuda has signed an agreement with Chinese investors to build a major resort and residential development project in the twin-island Caribbean nation.

Here is the latest Nevada news from The Associated Press

06/16/2014 4:01pm
A man who was arrested after he told police he killed a woman Sunday at a Reno motel had been released from prison in September after serving more than 20 years for the murder of his fiance in southern Nevada. A review of state records by The Associated Press shows the Nevada Board of Parole granted 61-year-old Zollie Dumas parole last June 17 effective Sept. 1.

Obama to sign order extending LGBT protections

06/16/2014 4:31pm
After years of pressure from gay rights groups, President Barack Obama plans to sign an executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating against employees on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity, the White House said Monday.

Obama's economic focus seeks to unify Democrats

06/16/2014 4:31pm
This was the year President Obama would go all in on the economy, elevating the struggles of the poor and the middle class to the top of his agenda. But that focus has been sporadic, overshadowed by foreign policy hot spots in Ukraine and Iraq and controversies like the swap for a U.S. prisoner in Afghanistan.

Senate bill would double veterans' health spending

06/16/2014 4:40pm
Spending on veterans' health care could double in three years under the Senate's solution to the long waits experienced by thousands seeking medical care at VA hospitals and clinics, according to congressional budget experts.

Plan to house immigrant children in Va. on hold

06/16/2014 4:41pm
A U.S. government plan to temporarily shelter hundreds of Central American children and teenagers on the campus of a closed college in rural Virginia was put on hold Monday amid complaints by local officials that they were kept in the dark.

Coaches were Washington's best-paid state workers

06/16/2014 4:50pm
The football coaches at the University of Washington and Washington State University were the best paid state employees in 2013.

Famous Amos gives cookie business another try

06/16/2014 4:52pm
The Hawaii man who lost ownership of his Famous Amos cookie company in the 1980s is reinventing his brand yet again.

Vegas OK'd to give $28M in federal tax credits

06/16/2014 5:11pm
Las Vegas has been authorized to give $28 million in federal tax credits through a program that encourages investments in low-income communities.

Plan to house immigrant children in Va. on hold

06/16/2014 5:20pm
U.S. officials are looking into temporarily housing hundreds of Central American immigrant children and teenagers on the campus of a closed college in rural Virginia.

APNewsBreak: Oregon closer to health exchange suit

06/16/2014 5:20pm
Oregon has taken new steps toward a potential lawsuit against the developers of its failed health insurance website by hiring a phalanx of lawyers and issuing demands for evidence and other material that could be used in a civil case against technology giant Oracle Corp.

Alleged revenge porn site operator heads to trial

06/16/2014 5:20pm
A San Diego judge determined prosecutors have enough evidence against the alleged operator of a revenge porn site for him to face trial on conspiracy, identity theft and extortion charges, a state spokesman said Monday.

Former employees sue over Salt Lake Tribune deal

06/16/2014 5:21pm
A group of former employees of The Salt Lake Tribune has filed a lawsuit to suspend and repeal the latest changes to the newspaper's joint operating agreement with the Deseret News, arguing the terms violate federal antitrust laws and undermine the Tribune's role as an independent voice.

Officials: Wildlife products may finance terrorism

06/16/2014 5:23pm
Federal officials say the U.S. government is cracking down on the illegal trafficking of wild animal products across borders — especially through New York's Kennedy Airport, where some of the imports may be linked to terrorists.

GM recalls 3.4M more cars for ignition problems

06/16/2014 5:51pm
General Motors is recalling another 3 million cars because of a defect that causes a similar problem to one that led to an earlier massive recall of small cars, and is linked to 13 deaths.

House panel weighs limit on Guantanamo transfers

06/16/2014 5:51pm
A House panel would impose new restrictions on the transfer of enemy combatants from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, a reflection of congressional anger over President Barack Obama's swap of five Taliban leaders for an American soldier held captive for five years in Afghanistan.

Paradigm Capital, owner Weir paying $2.2M in case

06/16/2014 5:52pm
A hedge fund and its owner will pay $2.2 million to settle federal charges that the firm set up trades that represented a conflict of interest and then retaliated against a high-ranking employee who reported the conduct to regulators.

Utah Oktoberfest likely to include beer after all

06/16/2014 6:41pm
Beer is back on the table for a 40-year tradition at a Utah ski resort — Oktoberfest — after an apparent turnabout by the state liquor board.

Correction: Higher Education Budget story

06/16/2014 6:41pm
In a story June 14 about Washington's higher education budget, The Associated Press reported erroneously the tax that officials say isn't keeping up with job growth. It is the sales tax.

Judge: JC Penney interfered with Macy's pact

06/16/2014 6:41pm
A New York State Supreme Court judge ruled in favor of Macy's claim that J.C. Penney interfered with a merchandising contract with Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc. when it cut a deal in 2011 under its previous CEO to create a collection of home goods.

Atlantic City courting gay tourism market

06/16/2014 6:41pm
Atlantic City is planning a series of events to attract gay tourists, who are becoming an increasingly important part of the resort's growth strategy.

Pilot recounts bailing from damaged skydiver plane

06/16/2014 7:00pm
Like in a scene from a James Bond movie, Shawn Kinmartin found himself with fast-dwindling options as he struggled to control a skydiving plane after a jumper's parachute damaged the aircraft's tail.

Vegas' LINQ being repaired after weekend flooding

06/16/2014 7:11pm
Crews are working to repair pavement after a water main broke and flooded the newly opened LINQ outdoor mall on the Las Vegas Strip.

Starbucks clears college degree path for workers

06/16/2014 7:29pm
Starbucks is giving its baristas a shot at an online college degree, an unusual benefit in an industry where higher education is often out of reach for workers.
 
   
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