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September 1st, 2014
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Texas gas town considers banning fracking

06/19/2014 12:10am
Natural gas money has been good to this Texas city: It has new parks, a new golf course and miles of grassy soccer fields. The business district is getting a makeover, and the airport is bustling, too.

Sony investors back CEO, directors despite losses

06/19/2014 12:31am
Sony shareholders voted Thursday to keep Chief Executive Kazuo Hirai and other top executives after heckling them about the Japanese electronics and entertainment company's continuing losses.

13 Indiana students win savings for college

06/19/2014 2:10am
A program from the state's Higher Education Commission is awarding a small group of students money to attend college.

Philippines asks Singapore to probe racist blog

06/19/2014 2:20am
The Philippines has asked Singapore authorities to take action against a blog author who suggested Singaporeans should shove Filipinos on the street and be rude to Filipino workers, the latest sign of growing intolerance toward migrant workers in the wealthy city-state.

Witness says black militant flags fly over Iraqi oil refinery; Baghdad says it is still held

06/19/2014 2:31am
Witness says black militant flags fly over Iraqi oil refinery; Baghdad says it is still held.

Ex-mayor of Jerusalem sentenced in bribery case

06/19/2014 5:21am
An Israeli court on Thursday sentenced a former mayor of Jerusalem to six years in prison for his role in a wide-ranging corruption case that also involved ex-Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.

Men's Wearhouse closes purchase of Jos A Bank

06/19/2014 5:30am
The Men's Wearhouse fight to own its one-time rival Jos. A. Bank is now complete.

Review: Amazon phone watches you watch it

06/19/2014 5:41am
Amazon set out to do something different with the unveiling of its first smartphone Wednesday. How about a completely new way of interacting with your phone, for starters?

Flint school district lays of teachers, staff

06/19/2014 6:11am
The public school district in Flint has laid off 12 teachers, three non-teaching staff and five paraprofessionals.

US Treasury chief presses Russia on Ukraine peace

06/19/2014 6:41am
The U.S. is keeping up pressure on Russia to help a peace plan announced by Ukraine's president, with U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew making clear that Moscow will face further punishment if it keeps backing anti-government militants.

India cracking down on foreign-funded charities

06/19/2014 6:41am
India is cracking down on foreign-funded charities after receiving an internal report alleging they are costing the country up to 3 percent of its GDP by rallying communities against polluting industries.

Applications for US unemployment benefits fell to 312k last week; near pre-recession levels

06/19/2014 6:41am
Applications for US unemployment benefits fell to 312k last week; near pre-recession levels.

China says moving 2nd oil rig closer to Vietnam

06/19/2014 6:51am
China said Thursday it is moving a second oil rig closer to Vietnam's coast, showing its determination to press its territorial claims and continue searching for resources in disputed waters despite a tense confrontation with Vietnam over another oil rig to the south.

Amid militant attacks, Iraq eyes Czech choppers

06/19/2014 7:21am
The Czech Republic is in talks to possibly sell military helicopters to Iraq's government, which is struggling with a militant uprising.

Bezos: Fire phone offers 'something different'

06/19/2014 7:41am
There are two ways to view the smartphone Amazon introduced to the world on Wednesday: It's either the latest in a long line of phones with fancy features many people will never use or a magic wand for shopaholics.

Fewer Americans applying for jobless aid

06/19/2014 7:50am
Fewer Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, as the number of people collecting jobless aid fell to its lowest level in more than six years.

Mail delivery suspended after dog attack

06/19/2014 7:50am
The U.S. Postal Service has suspended delivery to four northern New Jersey homes after a dog attacked a mail carrier.

Argentina's last debt card is a doomsday scenario

06/19/2014 7:50am
Argentina's government is finally preparing to negotiate a payment plan for the $1.5 billion in bad debts and interest it owes to the U.S. hedge funds it demonizes as "vultures."

Hollywood stars in HK for 'Transformers' premiere

06/19/2014 7:51am
The stars of "Transformers: Age of Extinction," including Mark Wahlberg and good-guy robot Optimus Prime, were attending the film's worldwide premiere Thursday in Hong Kong, which was a key part of the blockbuster franchise's latest installment.

Kroger 1Q results top Street; boosts outlook

06/19/2014 7:53am
Kroger saw a 4 percent jump in first-quarter profit and the nation's biggest supermarket raised its earnings forecast for the year.

Rite Aid 1Q profit drops on costs, revenue rises

06/19/2014 8:01am
Rite Aid's fiscal first-quarter profit dropped 55 percent as it dealt with higher-than-expected drug costs and reimbursement rate reductions.

UT man charged in alleged $72M Ponzi scheme

06/19/2014 8:01am
A Kaysville businessman has been charged with defrauding investors across the country of more than $72 million in a Ponzi scheme.

BlackBerry results top expectations

06/19/2014 8:12am
BlackBerry surprised Wall Street by posting financial results that beat analysts' expectations.

Government still controls Iraqi refinery

06/19/2014 8:31am
The Iraqi government still controls the country's largest oil refinery. That word comes both from a top Iraqi security official and one of the militants fighting to capture the facility.

Southwest Airlines plane hits birds in Florida

06/19/2014 8:31am
A Southwest Airlines flight bound for Houston returned to Tampa International Airport after striking a flock of birds.

Lego to introduce mixed digital-physical blocks

06/19/2014 8:41am
On the heels of success with "The Lego Movie," the Danish toy company is giving kids a chance to put their own blocks on the screen, with a new product line that copies their creations into phone and tablet games.

Ukraine open to Western involvement in pipeline

06/19/2014 8:43am
Ukraine on Thursday suggested bringing in European and U.S. companies to help operate the strategic pipeline that carries Russian natural gas across the country to Europe.

Gauge of US economy gains 0.5 percent in May

06/19/2014 8:51am
A gauge designed to predict the economy's future health increased for a fourth month in May, providing further evidence that the economy is gaining strength after a harsh winter caused activity to go into reverse.

India main importer of Nigerian oil, overtakes US

06/19/2014 8:51am
Nigeria's state oil company says India has overtaken the United States as the biggest importer of Nigerian crude.

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06/19/2014 8:51am
Early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade Thu.:

Historic Reno mansion for sale for $20.4M

06/19/2014 8:51am
A historic Reno mansion is up for sale for $20.4 million.

Grain higher, livestock higher

06/19/2014 9:01am
Grain futures were higher Thursday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.

GE makes revised offer for France's Alstom

06/19/2014 9:01am
General Electric Co. on Thursday submitted a revised offer to buy the power generation business of France's Alstom SA that the American company hopes will be enough to win approval from the French government and see off a rival bid by Germany's Siemens AG.

Finding the 1 in 10 who insure themselves

06/19/2014 9:11am
those who buy insurance on their own directly from an insurer or through one of the exchanges — is a difficult group to survey.

Thousands in Missouri may need new doctors

06/19/2014 9:11am
UnitedHealthcare notified more physicians that they will be removed from the company's Medicare Advantage plan on Sept. 1, which may mean thousands of Missourians will have to switch doctors.

Average US 30-year mortgage rate at 4.17 percent

06/19/2014 9:13am
Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages eased slightly this week, remaining near historic lows.

Factory growth fastest in 9 months in Philly area

06/19/2014 9:21am
Manufacturing in the Philadelphia region expanded at a faster pace in June for the fourth straight month, led by more new orders and greater hiring.

Markit climbs after expanded IPO brings in $1.28B

06/19/2014 9:31am
Shares of Markit jumped after the financial information company's initial public offering raised $1.28 billion.

Sanctions lifted on 308 linked to drug cartel

06/19/2014 9:51am
The Treasury Department lifted economic sanctions on Thursday against 308 people and entities with suspected links to a now-defunct Colombian drug cartel.

Chiropractors to get role in Ohio concussion rules

06/19/2014 9:51am
Chiropractors will join doctors to develop guidelines for clearing young athletes for play after head injuries, as the two groups debate over who has the medical expertise to assess concussions and setting up potential changes to state requirements.

World markets mostly rise on Fed rate plans

06/19/2014 10:01am
Most world stock markets rose Thursday after the Federal Reserve signaled U.S. interest rates would remain at record lows. Wall Street, however, declined after making broad gains the day before.

Senate panel OKs $48.3 billion State Dep't budget

06/19/2014 10:11am
A Senate panel has approved a $48.3 billion budget for foreign aid and State Department work next year.

Minimum wage debate pits cities against states

06/19/2014 10:14am
Dominique Mayfield makes $8.25 an hour washing dishes and busing tables at a Syracuse brewpub. Shantel Walker makes $8.50 an hour at her pizzeria in New York City, where the rent is more than double what it is in Syracuse. Two very different cities, but nearly the same wage.

French train workers protest rail reform

06/19/2014 10:22am
Hundreds of train workers have marched in Paris in anger, as support for their 9-day-old strike over a railways reform appears to be shrinking.

STOCKS IN THE SPOTLIGHT

06/19/2014 10:22am
Sales, noon price and net change of the 15 most active New York Stock Exchange issues, trading nationally.

Iowa seeing rising numbers of doctors

06/19/2014 10:22am
Iowa continues to see a steady increase in its supply of doctors, despite gloomy predictions that physicians would flee the profession because of big changes in health care.

Police detain UBS Belgium chief in tax fraud probe

06/19/2014 10:31am
Prosecutors say police have detained the head of the Belgian division of Swiss bank UBS on suspicion that he and the firm helped wealthy clients evade billions of euros in taxes.

Initial Nevada unemployment claims fall 23% in May

06/19/2014 10:41am
Initial claims for unemployment insurance in Nevada fell 23 percent in May compared with the same month last year.

Crime data show iPhone 'kill switch' cuts thefts

06/19/2014 11:11am
New crime data show Apple's addition of a "kill switch" to its iPhones last September has sharply reduced robberies and thefts, authorities said Thursday.

EU ministers squabble over strict deficit limits

06/19/2014 11:55am
Leading European finance officials clashed Thursday over whether the 18-nation eurozone's budget deficit rules are so strict that they choke off economic growth, and the International Monetary Fund called for the rules to be overhauled.

8 homeless programs in NV get $1.6M in funding

06/19/2014 12:01pm
Eight homeless assistance programs around Las Vegas have received a total of $1.6 million in federal grants.

Contaminated parmesan cheese seized in Italy

06/19/2014 12:11pm
Italian police have seized 2,400 wheels of contaminated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and detained four people in the latest safety problem afflicting some of Italy's most prized foods.

$4.6B deals signed as China premier visits Greece

06/19/2014 12:41pm
Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang oversaw the signing of trade and investment deals worth some $4.6 billion with Greece Thursday during a visit expected to help boost the recession-plagued country's economy.

St. Luke's request to stay court ruling rejected

06/19/2014 12:42pm
St. Luke's Health System's request to stay a court ruling that its acquisition of Nampa-based Saltzer Medical Group violated federal antitrust laws has been rejected.

APNewsBreak: Hemp seeds seized at US-Canada border

06/19/2014 12:51pm
Hundreds of pounds of industrial hemp seeds bound from Canada to Colorado have been seized by federal authorities in North Dakota, marking the latest bump along the road to legalization of marijuana's non-intoxicating cousin.

Survey: Number of millionaires up 2M to record

06/19/2014 1:01pm
Nearly 2 million people around the world became millionaires last year, a year-over-year increase of 15 percent, as surging stock and home markets lifted the fortunes of the wealthy. The increase raised the number of millionaires to a record 13.7 million.

Supreme Court tosses 'abstract' software patent

06/19/2014 1:03pm
The Supreme Court on Thursday tossed out an Australian company's patent for business software in a decision that clarifies standards for awarding patents, but not as much as some firms had hoped.

Nigeria gets back $227 million looted by dictator

06/19/2014 1:11pm
Liechtenstein is returning $227 million looted by Nigeria's late military dictator after the Nigerian government made a deal and dropped corruption charges against his eldest son, the government said Thursday.

Lawsuit: Extending eagle death permits illegal

06/19/2014 1:11pm
A conservation group sued the Obama administration Thursday over a new federal rule that allows wind-energy companies to seek approval to kill or injure eagles for 30 years.

Euronext IPO raises about $1.15B

06/19/2014 1:11pm
IntercontinentalExchange Group said Thursday the initial public offering of stock in its Euronext business raised 845 million euros, or about $1.15 billion.

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06/19/2014 1:21pm
Futures trading on the Chicago Board of Trade Thu.:

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06/19/2014 1:21pm
Futures trading on the Chicago Board of Trade Thu.:

Grain higher, livestock higher

06/19/2014 1:31pm
Grain futures were higher Thursday on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Grain higher, livestock higher

06/19/2014 1:33pm
Grain futures were higher Thursday on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Exchange: No criminal proof despite backpack probe

06/19/2014 1:42pm
Despite an ongoing criminal investigation by federal and local authorities, officials from Connecticut's health insurance exchange said Thursday they believe a call center employee mistakenly left behind a backpack containing clients' personal information and had no intent to misuse the information.

Oil rises

06/19/2014 1:43pm
Crude oil futures prices ended higher on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The near-month contract for the benchmark grade rose 46 cents -- closing at $106.43 a barrel.

Hospitals say they won't heed '2-midnight rule'

06/19/2014 2:01pm
It's called the two-midnight rule, and some hospitals want to avoid it like a measles epidemic.

Covered California board reform heads to governor

06/19/2014 2:01pm
A bill sent to the governor's office on Thursday responds to a problematic rollout of health care reform in California by diversifying the board tasked with overseeing the state health insurance exchange.

Corinthian Colleges warns it may shut down

06/19/2014 2:21pm
Corinthian Colleges, a for-profit education company with about 75,000 students nationwide, warned Thursday that it may fail as it clashes with U.S. regulators over student data.

Spacewalkers complete antenna installation

06/19/2014 2:21pm
Two spacewalking astronauts have been able to install a new antenna outside the International Space Station, despite some equipment trouble.

Security fee on airline tickets set to rise

06/19/2014 2:41pm
Airline passengers are about to pay more for security screening.

Paynesville program gives kids a place to hang out

06/19/2014 2:51pm
It's about 3:30 in the afternoon on a warm spring day. As Mary Jane Kane approaches the Uzone in Paynesville, kids press their faces to window screens, shouting, "Hi, Mary Jane!"

Universal's new Harry Potter park: 1 ride, 7 shops

06/19/2014 3:01pm
Harry Potter fans helped increase attendance by 50 percent at Universal Orlando Resort in the past few years, and interest in a second Harry Potter park opening there July 8 could keep numbers going up. But even if the new park doesn't lead to the surge in visitors that accompanied the original Harry Potter park, Universal's cash registers will surely be ringing.

Activities aplenty on Middle Fork of the Payette

06/19/2014 3:11pm
The Middle Fork of the Payette River means a lot of different things to different folks.

GM could face another fine for Impala recall

06/19/2014 3:13pm
An old e-mail from a General Motors employee warning of a "serious safety problem" could help trigger another government fine against the automaker.

Markets-At-A-Glance

06/19/2014 3:31pm
A snapshot of major stock and commodities market indicators Thursday:

Here is the latest Nevada news from The Associated Press

06/19/2014 3:31pm
An overnight fire at a Las Vegas home has left two children dead and their parents hospitalized. Deputy Clark County Fire Chief Jon Klassen says the parents tried to fight the fire with a garden hose from outside a window until firefighters were able to get inside. The children were a 4-year-old boy and a 2-year-old girl. Police say the fire appears to be accidental.

Nasdaq SUMMARY

06/19/2014 3:31pm
Most active Nasdaq issues.

US-born Latinos hold more jobs than foreign-born

06/19/2014 3:32pm
For the first time in more than two decades, Latinos who are immigrants hold fewer jobs in the United States than those who are born in this country.

Harley-Davidson testing electric motorcycles

06/19/2014 3:41pm
Would a Harley still be a Harley if it didn't have that out-of-my-way rumble and those fat, hydrocarbon-belching exhausts?

Starbucks degree program not as simple as it seems

06/19/2014 4:01pm
The scholarship portion of a new education program Starbucks is offering to help workers pay for an online degree consists of a discount from Arizona State University, not money from the chain.

Revel casino warns it will close without buyer

06/19/2014 4:02pm
Atlantic City's Revel Casino Hotel warned its staff Thursday that it will shut down this summer if a buyer can't be found in bankruptcy court.

Not falling down: London bridges inspire new show

06/19/2014 4:21pm
London is a city of bridges, but it's not a City of Bridges. It has never been graced with the elegant arches of Venice or Paris.

Poll: Many still struggle to pay health premiums

06/19/2014 4:21pm
Most people who signed up under President Barack Obama's health care law rate their new insurance highly, but a substantial number are struggling with the cost, according to a poll released Thursday.

Montana man gets 20-year sentence for Ponzi scheme

06/19/2014 4:41pm
A man convicted of running an investment scam that prosecutors say took in $5.38 million from at least 140 investors in 20 states was sentenced Thursday to 20 years in prison.

New York sued over transgender Medicaid coverage

06/19/2014 5:01pm
A lawsuit filed Thursday against New York state seeks Medicaid coverage for transgender people seeking what they consider to be life-saving health treatments, including gender change procedures.

5 things to know about electric motorcycles

06/19/2014 5:01pm
The new electric motorcycle unveiled this week by Harley-Davidson is a sleek, futuristic bike with powerful acceleration and the hum of a jet airplane taking off. The public will get its first look at handmade demonstration models of the new LiveWire at an invitation-only event Monday in New York. Harley will then take the bikes on tour for riders to try out and review. Here are five things to know about electric motorcycles before you take a test ride:

Florida woman charged with branding children

06/19/2014 5:10pm
A southwest Florida woman is facing charges after authorities say she branded her two children with a heated stick.

Records: Duke warned about pipe that caused spill

06/19/2014 5:31pm
Records subpoenaed by federal prosecutors show engineers working for Duke Energy warned the company nearly 30 years before a massive coal ash spill that a stormwater pipe running under an ash dump was made of corrugated metal and needed to be monitored for leaks.

US settles credit discrimination suit against bank

06/19/2014 5:51pm
GE Capital Retail Bank has agreed to pay $169 million to settle a lawsuit that accused it of discriminating against Hispanic credit card customers, the Justice Department said Thursday.

NC Medicaid road map approved by House committee

06/19/2014 5:51pm
House Republicans pressed ahead on Thursday with a plan to overhaul Medicaid spending in North Carolina that has received the backing of Gov. Pat McCrory's administration and at least one key medical group. But they'll still have to convince senators the plan is worth backing in the General Assembly session's final weeks.

Missouri, St. Louis-area landfill reach agreement

06/19/2014 6:11pm
Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster's office and the owners of the Bridgeton Landfill reached an agreement Thursday on measures aimed at better controlling underground smoldering and reducing a strong odor that for months has troubled residents in a densely populated area of suburban St. Louis.

Reid pulls spending bill after spat with GOP

06/19/2014 6:21pm
In a major blow to efforts to get Congress' troubled budget process back on track, the Senate's top Democrat yanked a $180 billion spending measure from the Senate floor Thursday after Republicans protested a plan that would have denied them the chance to more easily win changes to the measure.

CEO of South Korean ferry operator to enter plea

06/19/2014 6:33pm
The chief of the operator of the sunken South Korean ferry and four employees are to appear in court Friday to enter pleas on charges that their negligence caused the April disaster that left more than 300 people dead or missing.

Feds get time to decide on retrial for BP engineer

06/19/2014 6:41pm
Federal prosecutors have been granted additional time to decide whether they should appeal an order throwing out the conviction of a former BP engineer accused of deleting texts about the amount of oil flowing from a blown-out well during the 2010 Gulf oil spill.

Federal judge rules against Lance Armstrong

06/19/2014 6:43pm
A federal judge on Thursday refused to dismiss the government's lawsuit against disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong and a number of associates for alleged doping and use of banned performance-enhancing techniques.

New Rowling book finally available on Amazon

06/19/2014 7:11pm
J.K. Rowling's latest novel has quickly climbed up the best-seller lists now that it's finally available for purchase on Amazon.com.

Map details top revenue producing companies in each state

06/19/2014 8:21pm
In case you have ever wondered which local business has the largest revenue in your state, an infographic has been created to detail it.

NYC mayor, council agree on $75B budget plan that holds taxes steady, doesn't hire more cops

06/19/2014 8:31pm
NYC mayor, council agree on $75B budget plan that holds taxes steady, doesn't hire more cops.

Court overturns Los Angeles ban on living in cars

06/19/2014 8:40pm
A federal appeals court on Thursday struck down a 31-year-old Los Angeles law that bars people from living in parked vehicles, saying the vaguely written statute discriminates against the homeless and poor.
 
   
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