09/03/2014 12:10amA string of recent scandals has lifted a lid on Thailand's largely unregulated commercial surrogacy industry, which has been around for over a decade. Here's a look at the controversies, some of the ethical dilemmas they have raised and the Thai military government's new draft law that is expected to outlaw the business of surrogacy.
09/03/2014 1:10amAlongside the exodus of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, soldiers who hail from countries like Singapore and Slovenia, Mongolia and Malaysia have been packing up too, leaving behind an ever-shrinking NATO coalition.
09/03/2014 2:10amA north Mississippi woman has been sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty to forging checks of two elderly residents of an assisted living facility in New Albany.
09/03/2014 2:10amBackers of the federal health care law are creating an advisory council to help maximize the number of 18- to 34-year-olds in Michigan who have insurance.
09/03/2014 3:10amThe union that represents about 680 faculty and staff at the University of Vermont and officials for the school administration say they are at an impasse in efforts to agree on a new contract.
09/03/2014 3:40amEurope's biggest online fashion retailer, Zalando SE, said Wednesday it plans a public listing on the Frankfurt stock exchange this year.
09/03/2014 3:50amSenate candidate Cory Gardner has released a pair of campaign ads reaching out to Colorado's all-important centrist voters, who have soured on some GOP positions, and cast himself as a "new kind of Republican" who supports over-the-counter birth control pills and renewable energy.
09/03/2014 4:10amThe United States' competitiveness among global economies has risen to the No. 3 spot behind Switzerland and Singapore in rankings published annually by the World Economic Forum.
09/03/2014 4:12amThe first item on the to-do list of Indonesia's president-elect is one that successive leaders have struggled with, and could be his toughest: how to wean the country off fuel subsidies that make gasoline almost as cheap as bottled water.
09/03/2014 5:01amIndonesia's anti-graft commission said Wednesday it is investigating the country's minister of energy and mines for alleged corruption.
09/03/2014 6:10amI knew I'd have issues with "The Sims 4" the moment I realized it wasn't possible to buy a dishwasher for the fabulous couple I'd created to live their virtual little lives to the fullest in Oasis Springs, one of the game's two idyllic neighborhoods. The cost wasn't a concern. I was flush with Simoleons — the game's goofy currency — from selling their novels and masterpieces in the mail.
09/03/2014 6:50amA farmer who was attacked by a nearly grown calf has died, making him the third person killed in Austria by cattle in a little more than a month.
09/03/2014 6:50amNetflix Inc. has struck a deal with Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Distribution to run the television series "Gotham" worldwide following its first season.
09/03/2014 7:31amJapan's prime minister picked five women for his Cabinet on Wednesday, matching the past record and sending the strongest message yet about his determination to change deep-seated views on gender and revive the economy by getting women on board as workers and leaders.
09/03/2014 7:40amAmazon.com says its chief financial officer, Thomas Szkutak, will retire after 12 years on the job in June 2015.
09/03/2014 7:50amGeneral Motors says its U.S. sales fell 1.2 percent last month as rising truck and SUV sales couldn't offset falling car sales.
09/03/2014 8:00amIn a story Aug. 31 about computer data centers, The Associated Press, relying on information from the company BYTEGRID, erroneously described electricity costs. Power can cost 13 to 16 cents per kilowatt-hour in the northeastern U.S., not 13 to 16 cents per kilowatt in the northwestern U.S.
09/03/2014 8:11amUS factory orders surge record 10.5 percent in July but business investment category slips .
09/03/2014 8:11amThe U.S. dollar is mixed against other North American currencies in New York trading.
09/03/2014 8:20amFord's U.S. sales were flat in August as slowing pickup truck sales masked gains elsewhere.
09/03/2014 8:22amBusiness orders for U.S. factory goods shot up by a record amount in July, reflecting a surge in demand in the volatile category of commercial aircraft.
09/03/2014 8:31amMore than a year after Detroit filed for the largest public bankruptcy in U.S. history, a federal judge is hearing evidence on whether he should approve the city's plan to emerge from billions of dollars in debt. Here's a look at the past, present and future of the city's finances:
09/03/2014 8:51amThree Michigan health care systems say they've completed an agreement to combine operations into a new $3.8 billion nonprofit.
09/03/2014 9:01amGrain futures were lower Wednesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.
09/03/2014 9:02amOn the day that the outlook for the European economy may have become a bit brighter amid hopes of a cease-fire in eastern Ukraine, a closely watched survey Wednesday showed the extent to which the crisis in the country has weighed on business confidence across the continent.
09/03/2014 9:30amA developer of Israel's offshore natural gas deposits says it has signed a letter of intent to sell gas to Jordan over a 15-year period.
09/03/2014 9:51amBehind those Big Macs and Whoppers is a hidden drama over corporate control.
09/03/2014 10:01amImagine walking to your car after running errands and spotting a dog, panting and helpless, shut inside a hot car. Smashing the window might be your first impulse, but calling police or animal control will protect you from injury and possible lawsuits, experts say.
09/03/2014 10:01amHundreds of newly laid-off casino workers have been filing unemployment claims at the Atlantic City Convention Center today.
09/03/2014 10:01amMost automakers are reporting stronger-than-expected U.S. sales for August.
09/03/2014 10:01amPresident Hollande: France suspends plans to deliver warship to Russia amid Ukraine tensions.
09/03/2014 10:21amSales, noon price and net change of the 15 most active New York Stock Exchange issues, trading nationally.
09/03/2014 10:30amCeeLo Green's reality show won't have a second season.
09/03/2014 10:46amWith skilled laborers in demand now more than ever before, students — and colleges — will need to rethink their educational goals.
09/03/2014 11:01amThe insurance company for the south-central Idaho city of Twin Falls says it won't pay reimbursement costs sought by residents whose homes sustained damage when the city sewers backed up last month.
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09/03/2014 12:01pmThe U.S. military's technological superiority is being challenged by other nations, including China and Russia, and in order to maintain its dominance America must be more innovative in how it develops and buys new technologies, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told industry leaders here Wednesday.
09/03/2014 12:11pmGoogle's ambitious health startup is teaming up with biotechnology drugmaker AbbVie in a $500 million joint venture that will try to develop new ways to treat cancer and other diseases such as Alzheimer's.
09/03/2014 12:21pmSamsung and other electronics companies used the IFA trade show in Berlin to showcase their holiday lineups.
09/03/2014 12:31pmCarrying identification documents and bitterness over their sudden joblessness, hundreds of ex-casino workers began filing for unemployment Wednesday morning, the first attendees at an assistance center that expects to process 5,000 newly laid-off workers over the next three days.
09/03/2014 12:33pmThe U.S. economy strengthened in all regions of the country in July and August, in areas from consumer spending to auto sales to tourism, the Federal Reserve reported in a survey released Wednesday.
09/03/2014 12:41pmMoney from tobacco companies is being used by Alabama to help reduce the number of preventable child deaths, officials said.
09/03/2014 1:21pmThe Food and Drug Administration says there is little evidence that testosterone-boosting drugs taken by millions of American men are beneficial, though the agency is also unconvinced by studies suggesting the hormone carries serious risks.
09/03/2014 1:31pmCrude oil futures prices ended higher on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The near-month contract for the benchmark grade rose $2.66 -- closing at $95.54 a barrel.
09/03/2014 1:31pmThe September gold contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange closed today at $1268.90 an ounce -- up $5.20.
09/03/2014 1:31pmThe U.S. dollar is mixed against other North American currencies in New York trading.
09/03/2014 1:41pmA Quincy hospital and one across the Mississippi River in Missouri are restricting visitors because of an apparent respiratory virus outbreak that largely affects children.
09/03/2014 1:51pmA Republican running for Congress testified Wednesday that former Connecticut Gov. John G. Rowland proposed becoming a consultant to his 2010 campaign while being paid as though he was working for the candidate's animal rescue organization.
09/03/2014 1:51pmGrain futures were lower Wednesday on the Chicago Board of Trade.
09/03/2014 2:01pmPolice say a television news reporter was robbed at gunpoint in San Francisco two days after another TV reporter was assaulted in Oakland.
09/03/2014 2:11pmAP source: Tesla Motors has selected Nevada as site for $5B electric car battery factory.
09/03/2014 2:23pmResponding to international pressure, France suspended the delivery of a warship to Russia at least until November amid security concerns over Moscow's role in the Ukraine crisis, officials said Wednesday.
09/03/2014 2:31pmPrime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Aug. 25-31. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership.
09/03/2014 2:31pmSamsung unveiled two smartphones and a virtual-reality headset Wednesday in a bid to draw consumer attention before its fierce rival, Apple, announces its holiday lineup next week.
09/03/2014 2:51pmA Nevada judge has postponed trial and scheduled a competency hearing for a 25-year-old man accused of firing a gun while trying to steal costumes and props from "Thunder From Down Under" male revue cast members at a resort on the Las Vegas Strip.
09/03/2014 3:01pmVice President Joe Biden on Wednesday said America will follow the terrorists who posted videos showing the beheading of two journalists "to the gates of hell."
09/03/2014 3:02pmThe businessman whose dispute with a fellow airline passenger over a reclined seat sparked a national debate about air-travel etiquette says he's embarrassed by the way the confrontation unfolded and regrets his behavior.
09/03/2014 3:10pmHome Depot may be the latest retailer to suffer a major credit card data breach.
09/03/2014 3:10pmHome Depot may be the latest retailer to suffer a major credit card data breach.
09/03/2014 3:11pmFederal regulators are requiring big banks to keep enough high-quality assets on hand to survive during a severe downturn, the latest move under congressional mandate to lessen the likelihood of another financial meltdown.
09/03/2014 3:13pmMore people were interested in watching a celebration of television's recent past than in seeing anything new on television last week.
09/03/2014 3:21pmTech companies were better prepared to scrub the Web after a second grisly video showing the beheading of an American journalist by Islamic State militants was released, a Silicon Valley insider said Wednesday.
09/03/2014 3:30pmAn attorney for one of Detroit's creditors told a judge overseeing the city's historic bankruptcy Wednesday that Detroit could afford to pay 75 cents on the dollar to settle its debt if it sold some masterpieces from the art museum.
09/03/2014 3:30pmA criminal case against a thrill-seeking teenager who climbed the World Trade Center's centerpiece tower was closed Wednesday with a community-service sentence he'd already completed.
09/03/2014 3:31pmA snapshot of major stock and commodities market indicators Wednesday:
09/03/2014 3:41pmApple shares are getting bit by a rival.
09/03/2014 3:51pmThe maker of Blue Bunny ice cream says it will close a plant in Utah and shift production to northwest Iowa.
09/03/2014 3:51pmThe nation's respite from troublesome health care inflation is ending, the government said Wednesday in a report that renews a crucial budget challenge for lawmakers, taxpayers, businesses and patients.
09/03/2014 3:51pmThe seismic shift in American car-buying toward trucks and crossover SUVs is creating great deals on compact and midsize cars.
09/03/2014 4:01pmCSX Transportation twice denied producers of a biographical movie about singer Gregg Allman permission to shoot on its railroad tracks before a freight train slammed into the film's crew in south Georgia, killing one worker and injuring six, the company said in court documents.
09/03/2014 4:11pmGov. Jay Nixon enlisted the support of health care professionals Wednesday as he sought to persuade lawmakers to sustain his veto of legislation exempting electronic cigarettes from state tobacco taxes and regulations.
09/03/2014 4:31pmCompare unemployment rates, and America's job market looks much stronger than Europe's. The U.S. rate for August, being released Friday, is expected to be a near-normal 6.1 percent. In the 18 countries that use the euro currency, by contrast, it's a collective 11.5 percent.
09/03/2014 4:41pmThe head of a food services company says in a letter that officials at Alabama State University threatened to cancel the company's contract after it declined to commit to providing thousands of dollars of free catering for the new president's inaugural.
09/03/2014 4:42pmA Los Angeles immigration lawyer was charged Wednesday with running a fraudulent scheme to recruit Chinese and Korean immigrant investors for an ethanol project that was never built.
09/03/2014 4:50pmQuentin Tarantino is moving forward with "The Hateful Eight."
09/03/2014 5:11pmThe political factions holding up President Nicolas Maduro appear to each have won a slice of power with a Cabinet shuffle that breaks up the control one man held over Venezuela's oil and economy.
09/03/2014 5:21pmPacific Gas & Electric Co. plans to appeal a $1.4 billion penalty recommended by California regulatory judges for a gas pipeline explosion in a San Francisco suburb that killed eight people, the utility said in a filing Wednesday with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
09/03/2014 6:11pmNew Jersey Gov. Chris Christie stepped out on the international stage Wednesday to talk trade with Mexico, but he stayed mum on one of the most pressing questions confronting the two countries and his party: immigration reform.
09/03/2014 6:42pmWorld leaders, nervously eyeing a growing threat from Islamic State militants, will seek to build a united front this week against the violent extremist group and keep it from creeping beyond its borders.
09/03/2014 6:51pmComing to Nevada's high desert: A massive, $5 billion factory that will pump out high-tech batteries for hundreds of thousands of electric vehicles.
09/03/2014 6:51pmLuxury retailer Neiman Marcus is opening its first store in New York City.
09/03/2014 7:41pmAndrew Madoff, Bernard Madoff's last surviving son, died of cancer on Wednesday, years after turning his father in and insisting he had been duped like the rest of the world into believing history's most notorious Ponzi king was an honest financier.
09/03/2014 8:01pmA federal judge plans to decide next week whether to block the release of oil and gas leases in Nevada that critics say will be used for hydraulic fracturing and cause more environmental harm than the Bureau of Land Management admits.
09/03/2014 8:41pmFormer Mayor Michael Bloomberg is returning to lead the financial data and news company he founded in 1981 but left to serve three terms in City Hall.
09/03/2014 8:51pmBritish architect Norman Foster and Mexico's Fernando Romero have had their design chosen for Mexico City's new $9.2-billion airport, which is expected to quadruple the current airport's capacity to 120 million passengers per year, authorities announced Wednesday.
09/03/2014 9:11pmA Utah judge sided with the parents of missing mother Susan Powell, ruling that her father was within his bounds to cut out Josh Powell's mother and sister from a trust that is set to receive $2 million in life-insurance proceeds in a few months.
09/03/2014 9:40pmAsian stock markets were lackluster Thursday after Wall Street fell and as investors looked ahead to a European Central Bank meeting and U.S. economic data.
09/03/2014 11:10pmThe European Central Bank has said it could use quantitative easing — the purchase of large amounts of financial assets such as bonds — as a way to boost the struggling economic recovery in the 18-country eurozone.
09/03/2014 11:52pmSilicon Valley firms were prepared this week to quickly block video of an Islamic State militant beheading an American journalist after a previous video by the same group showing the death of James Foley ricocheted through social networks in what was seen by some as a propaganda coup for the extremists.