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Leader of German governing party backs Amazon protest

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 12:36pm

The new leader of one of Germany's governing parties said she supports a protest against working conditions at Amazon during CEO Jeff Bezos' visit to Berlin on Tuesday.

Caterpillar forecast sends stocks plunging; Dow down 500

Marley Jay, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 12:30pm

U.S. stocks are sinking Tuesday as investors fear that growth in company profits will slow down. The worries began to set in after construction and mining equipment maker Caterpillar said it doesn't expect to top its first-quarter profit for the rest of this year. Industrial and basic materials companies and technology firms are taking some of the worst losses as the Dow Jones industrial average fell as much as 619 points.

Senator warns bankers that Dodd-Frank relief could stall

Kevin Freking, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 12:18pm

A Democratic senator who supports rolling back some of the financial rules put in place after the 2008 financial crisis warned bankers Tuesday that the legislation will stall if it comes back to the Senate for another vote.

Markets Right Now: Industrials, big technology stocks sink

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 12:17pm

The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):

MPAA head says theaters will survive rise of streaming sites

Lindsey Bahr, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 12:16pm

Two film industry leaders told theater owners Tuesday that are optimistic about the movie and theatrical exhibition business despite concerns about declining attendance and competition from streaming services.

Steep drops in technology, industrial stocks pull Dow Jones industrial average down 600 points

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 12:08pm

Steep drops in technology, industrial stocks pull Dow Jones industrial average down 600 points.

Lawyer whose work got entangled in Mueller probe leaves firm

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 12:06pm

A prominent Washington lawyer who authored a report that's a key part of the special counsel's investigation into Paul Manafort has left his law firm.

Agency warns retailers not to sell Juul e-cigarette to kids

Matthew Perrone, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 11:52am

Federal health officials on Tuesday announced a nationwide crackdown on underage use of a popular e-cigarette brand following months of complaints from parents, politicians and school administrators.

Former Christie allies: Bridge realignment didn't break law

David Porter, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 11:36am

The tales of political vendettas and back-room machinations that animated the 2013 George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal were replaced Tuesday with comparatively dry legal arguments as two former associates of former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie argued before a federal appeals court to have their convictions overturned.

Court weighs punishment for judge for courthouse affair

Alanna Durkin Richer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 11:29am

A Massachusetts judge who engaged in sexual acts with a social worker in his chambers has damaged the public's faith in the judicial system and can no longer command the respect necessary to remain on the bench, the head of the state's Commission on Judicial Conduct said Tuesday.

Lawyers wrap up case blaming pork giant for ghastly smells

Emery P. Dalesio, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 11:17am

Jurors in North Carolina are getting a round-up of testimony in a lawsuit filed by more than 500 neighbors of an industrial-scale swine operation.

The Latest: $100,000 payment subject of House subpoena

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 11:10am

The Latest on the investigation of Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens (all times local):

Texas unveils special education fix after denying services

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 11:02am

Texas has unveiled a formal plan to overhaul special education statewide, after federal officials found that services were for years illegally denied to students with disabilities.

Southwest has been faced with fines, union safety complaints

David Koenig, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 11:00am

Southwest Airlines runs its planes hard. They make many short hops and more trips per day than other U.S. airliners, which adds to wear and tear on parts, including the engines.

Audi recalls about 1.2M vehicles; coolant pumps can overheat

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 10:58am

Audi is recalling about 1.2 million cars and SUVs worldwide because the electric coolant pumps can overheat and possibly cause a fire.

Tourism authority says Kauai remains open for visitors

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 10:57am

The Hawaii Tourism Authority said it wants visitors to know that Kauai remains open for business after torrential rains caused flood damage.

Alaska Airlines tightens emotional support animal policy

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 10:55am

Alaska Airlines has updated its policy on emotional support animals.

Comey book sells more than 600,000 copies in first week

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 10:54am

James Comey's "A Higher Loyalty" had a very big opening week.

Consumer watchdog becomes alphabet soup of controversy

Ken Sweet, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 10:52am

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is dead. Long live the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection.

Facebook rules at a glance: What's banned, exactly?

Barbara Ortutay, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 10:46am

Facebook has revealed for the first time just what, exactly, is banned on its service in a new Community Standards document released on Tuesday. It's an updated version of the internal rules the company has used to determine what's allowed and what isn't, down to granular details such as what, exactly, counts as a "credible threat" of violence. The previous public-facing version gave a broad-strokes outline of the rules, but the specifics were shrouded in secrecy for most of Facebook's 2.2 billion users.