06/20/2014 1:31amIt's not easy to get to the right of U.S. Rep. James Lankford, a staunch conservative from a state that prides itself on being "the reddest of the red." The Baptist minister and onetime leader of one of the nation's largest Christian youth camps came to Congress three years ago and has preached a hard-right doctrine heavy on gun rights, abortions and the evils of Obamacare.
06/20/2014 2:00amThe price of oil was little changed with global crude a near nine-month high Friday, following days of fighting between Iraqi soldiers and Islamic militants for control of the country's biggest refinery.
06/20/2014 2:11amThe Tennessee Treasury Department is hosting workshops to help parents save money for their children's college tuition.
06/20/2014 2:30amA Las Vegas mother is expected to face felony charges that could get her decades in prison for allegedly throwing her baby, her toddler and herself out a second-story window. A police report made public recently says 34-year-old Luz Ibarra is she's expected to face attempted murder and felony child abuse charges for the critical injuries to the two children, both younger than 2.
06/20/2014 2:50amA popular Filipino senator and action movie star surrendered Friday after an anti-graft court ordered his arrest on large-scale corruption charges in a rare spectacle of the country's political elite being made to answer for alleged crimes.
06/20/2014 2:50amTwo Japanese farmers whose livelihoods were wrecked by the 2011 nuclear disaster staged a protest Friday at Tokyo's agriculture ministry, scuffling briefly with police as they unsuccessfully tried to unload a bull from a truck.
06/20/2014 4:00amState-backed Lloyds Banking Group PLC has increased the number of shares it is selling in its TSB unit amid strong investor demand.
06/20/2014 5:11amTens of thousands of Hong Kongers voted Friday in an unofficial referendum on democratic reform that has alarmed Beijing and sets the stage for a possible showdown with the government, with mass protests aimed at shutting down the Chinese capitalist enclave's financial district.
06/20/2014 5:20amWorld stock markets struggled Friday as the euphoria faded from the Fed's promises of prolonged low rates to boost growth.
06/20/2014 5:30amThe Dublin-based drugmaker Shire said Friday it has rejected an unsolicited 27 billion-pound ($46.2 billion) offer from AbbVie Inc., arguing that it fundamentally undervalues the company and its prospects.
06/20/2014 5:40amChinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang visited Friday Greece's largest port of Piraeus, where his country has made a big investment, as part of a three-day trip focusing on business deals.
06/20/2014 6:10amProsecutors on Friday said the CEO and four employees of the operator of a sunken South Korean ferry caused the accident by overloading the ship with poorly stowed cargo after a risky redesign and neglecting safety by spending less than $2 last year on crew training.
06/20/2014 7:00amMerck is starting a tender offer on Friday to buy all of the outstanding shares of hepatitis C treatment maker Idenix Pharmaceuticals Inc.
06/20/2014 7:01amBulgaria's fourth-largest lender, Corpbank, has been hit by a run, leading the central bank to put the firm under special supervision for three months in a bid to stabilize it.
06/20/2014 7:10amFrom outside the gates of Neverland Ranch, it appears as if Michael Jackson's former home and fantasyland has been frozen in time.
06/20/2014 7:31amU.S. stock futures are edging up ahead of the opening bell Friday, and major stock indexes are set to close out the week with solid gains. Oracle's shares slumped after the company's quarterly results fell short of Wall Street's forecasts.
06/20/2014 8:10amThe Spanish government has approved plans to cut company and income taxes in 2015 and 2016 in a bid to boost spending and investment as the country tries to recover from a double-dip recession.
06/20/2014 8:21amDarden's fiscal fourth-quarter profit dropped 35 percent, dragged down by charges and costs tied to its strategic plan to reshape the restaurant company.
06/20/2014 9:00amThe head of the IRS says his agency's inspector general is investigating a hard drive failure in connection with a congressional probe.
06/20/2014 9:00amGrain futures were lower Friday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.
06/20/2014 9:11amGermany's finance minister on Monday issued a stark warning that global central banks' efforts to inject more liquidity into the financial system are feeding asset bubbles — which could eventually burst and cause the next crisis.
06/20/2014 9:21amThe European Union is closing a loophole that allows companies to shift some of their profits between different country divisions to avoid taxation.
06/20/2014 9:21amProsecutors in South Korea say the CEO and four employees of the operator of a sunken ferry caused the accident by overloading the ship with cargo that was poorly stored. And they say the five neglected safety by spending just two dollars last year on crew training.
06/20/2014 9:32amMississippi Sen. Thad Cochran appears a bit frayed as he tries to fend off a challenger born the year he was first elected to Congress.
06/20/2014 9:32amFailure to meet minimum standards in fighting human trafficking has landed Thailand and Malaysia on a State Department blacklist, a move that could strain relations with two important U.S. partners in Asia.
06/20/2014 9:51amPresident Barack Obama is naming the acting commissioner of the Social Security Administration to officially fill the job overseeing the massive retirement and disability program amid looming financial challenges.
06/20/2014 9:51amUnemployment fell in 20 states last month and nearly three-quarters of the states added jobs, as the nation at large posted a fourth straight month of solid hiring.
06/20/2014 10:01amDarden said Friday that sales continued to slide at Olive Garden and Red Lobster, with other costs dragging down its profit by 35 percent in the latest quarter.
06/20/2014 10:21amSales, noon price and net change of the 15 most active New York Stock Exchange issues, trading nationally.
06/20/2014 10:31amUkrainian interior ministry: Unilateral cease fire to start by end of day, last 1 week.
06/20/2014 10:41amShares of Eclipse Resources slipped Friday after the oil and gas company's initial public offering of stock raised more than $800 million, while Kite Pharma's shares soared after the company expanded its offering.
06/20/2014 10:51amIt took some travels across the country for me to appreciate a tablet with a keyboard cover.
06/20/2014 10:51amPoland's top justice official said Friday that prosecutors were overzealous while trying to obtain secret recordings of a compromising conversation between two top officials that threatens to topple the government
06/20/2014 11:01amApple is likely to launch a computerized wristwatch this fall that includes more than 10 sensors to take health measurements and other data, according to a published report.
06/20/2014 11:01amUkraine President Poroshenko orders cease-fire for 7 days, makes 1st visit to restive east.
06/20/2014 11:51amThe commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service is telling the congressional committee that oversees its activities that he won't share any more details about lost emails with Congress until the IRS completes its own review.
06/20/2014 12:11pmInterfax: Kremlin says Ukrainian peace plan looks like an ultimatum, lacks offer of talks.
06/20/2014 12:11pmA Los Angeles hospital has agreed to pay $40,750 to settle a case involving a patient who waited in the emergency department for more than six hours and never received care for acute appendicitis.
06/20/2014 12:21pmAtlantic City's Revel Casino Hotel is "a melting ice cube" that needs immediate help to stay open until a buyer can be found, its lawyer told a bankruptcy court judge Friday.
06/20/2014 12:41pmNevada's unemployment rate continued to shrink in May, to 7.9 percent, marking the lowest point in nearly six years, according to a state report made public Friday.
06/20/2014 1:01pmAn effort by deep-pocketed philanthropists to save the bankrupt city of Detroit's art treasures began with a chance meeting last year and culminated Friday when Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed a bill authorizing millions in state help.
06/20/2014 1:20pmLuca Simeone rides his bike along the sunny beachfront of Naples while his little daughter sleeps on the baby seat.
06/20/2014 1:22pmStarbucks is raising prices on some of its drinks by 5 cents to 20 cents starting next week, and customers can also soon expect to pay $1 more for the packaged coffee it sells in supermarkets.
06/20/2014 1:31pmThe marijuana in those pot brownies isn't the only thing that can potentially make consumers sick. The industry and regulators are taking a closer look at how pot-infused edibles are actually made.
06/20/2014 1:31pmThe U.S. Forest Service has given an Australia-based mining company permission to conduct exploratory drilling at eight locations at Hall Mountain in northern Idaho to search for rare earth elements.
06/20/2014 1:51pmU.S. conglomerate General Electric Co. looked set Friday to win its months-long fight to acquire the power generation business of France's Alstom SA after the French government dropped its objections and threw its support behind the American offer.
06/20/2014 1:51pmGrain futures were mostly lower Friday on the Chicago Board of Trade.
06/20/2014 2:01pmThe San Francisco Bay Area city of Berkeley is moving forward with plans to put climate-change warning labels on gas pumps in what could be the first such requirement of its kind in the nation.
06/20/2014 2:20pmDemocratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe vowed Friday to bypass the General Assembly and expand Medicaid eligibility for about 400,000 low-income residents on his own, a move Republican lawmakers immediately promised to fight.
06/20/2014 2:21pmCalifornia regulators are investigating whether Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of California misled consumers about which doctors they covered under federal health care reform packages.
06/20/2014 2:53pmThe public will have more time to weigh in on a federal proposal to regulate electronic cigarettes and other tobacco products.
06/20/2014 3:01pmRadioShack's stock closed below $1 per share Friday for the first time in its history, reflecting investors' concern over what lies in store for the long-struggling consumer electronics chain.
06/20/2014 3:01pmThe top U.S. securities regulator said that she is taking steps aimed at making trading in the bond markets more transparent for investors.
06/20/2014 3:01pmColorado authorities have arrested a man wanted on a murder charge in Illinois who escaped while being transported from Las Vegas.
06/20/2014 3:01pmMoving to prevent more insurance chaos this fall, the nation's new health care chief on Friday revamped the management of HealthCare.gov.
06/20/2014 3:11pmDefiant before skeptical Republicans, the head of the IRS refused to apologize Friday for lost emails that might shed light on the tax agency's targeting of tea party and other groups before the 2010 and 2012 elections.
06/20/2014 3:11pmIdaho's unemployment rate has dropped below 5 percent for the first time in nearly six years.
06/20/2014 3:31pmA deadly tree fungus that's been detected for the first time in Indiana poses a real threat to the black walnut trees that are the state's most valuable tree, the state entomologist said Friday.
06/20/2014 3:31pmA snapshot of major stock and commodities market indicators Friday:
06/20/2014 3:31pmIdaho's unemployment rate has dropped below 5 percent for the first time in nearly six years. The Idaho Department of Labor said today the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 4.9 percent in May. The number of jobless workers in the state dropped below 38,000 for the first time since July 2008. Idaho's economy has added 29,000 jobs since January.
06/20/2014 3:43pmThe U.S. stock market is back to setting records.
06/20/2014 4:11pmThousands of Nigerian fishermen have rejected an offer of $50 million from Royal Dutch Shell for "some of the largest oil spills in history," their British lawyers said Friday after winning a landmark court ruling.
06/20/2014 4:21pmA federal judge has banned guns from a Native American casino in Northern California that is at the center of an escalating tribal dispute, citing a potential threat to public safety.
06/20/2014 4:32pmThe Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved a new antibiotic from Cubist Pharmaceuticals to treat common skin infections often acquired in the hospital.
06/20/2014 4:41pmDonald Trump is coming to Chicago to see his name in lights.
06/20/2014 4:50pmCrews have started dismantling the structurally flawed Harmon casino tower on the Las Vegas Strip, a process that's been delayed for years as the owner and builder remain locked in a legal battle over the half-finished building.
06/20/2014 5:01pmRegulators have closed two lenders in Illinois and Florida, bringing U.S. bank failures this year to 11 after 24 closures in all of 2013.
06/20/2014 5:11pmTrading for the week in New York Stock Exchange issues:
06/20/2014 5:51pmA defiant head of the IRS is refusing to apologize for lost emails that might shed light on the tax agency's targeting of tea party and other groups.
06/20/2014 6:30pmA year after the Supreme Court struck down a law barring federal recognition of gay marriages, the Obama administration granted an array of new benefits Friday to same-sex couples, including those who live in states where gay marriage is against the law.
06/20/2014 6:30pmGov. Tom Corbett's administration said Friday that insurers are showing strong interest in the Republican's plan to extend private health insurance to hundreds of thousands of working poor and pay for it with federal Medicaid expansion dollars.
06/20/2014 6:41pmAbout 65 percent of senior executives at the Veterans Affairs Department got performance bonuses last year despite widespread treatment delays and preventable deaths at VA hospitals and clinics, the agency said Friday.
06/20/2014 7:21pmAdvertising changes for North Carolina's lottery that House budget writers wanted to help fund teacher pay raises next year would leave them short of their funding target, the legislature's top economist said Friday.
06/20/2014 7:50pmGov. Bobby Jindal used light strokes with his veto pen Friday when he addressed next year's $24.6 billion state operating budget.
06/20/2014 8:10pmArgentina's president said Friday that she'll seek a U.S. judge's support for resolving all of her nation's unpaid debts in some kind of grand bargain.
06/20/2014 9:01pmAbout 65 percent of senior executives at the Veterans Affairs Department got performance bonuses last year despite widespread treatment delays and preventable deaths at VA hospitals and clinics.
06/20/2014 9:11pmA San Francisco congresswoman unveiled legislation Friday that would regulate electronic cigarettes in the same way as typical tobacco products, accusing the e-cigarette industry of targeting children and teenagers with its marketing.
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