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Summer Movie Preview: Hollywood roars back into action

Lindsey Bahr, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 10:15am

Summer starts early this year in Hollywood with the potentially record-breaking release of "Avengers: Infinity War" Thursday, and the marquee Marvel superheroes couldn't be coming at a better time.

US brands suffer collateral damage in Chinese corporate war

Erika Kinetz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 10:09am

It was looking like a banner year for business in China. The U.S. clothing company was expecting a 20 percent jump in online sales on Alibaba's Tmall, thanks to the e-commerce giant's massive reach.

Attacks on South Sudan health facilities, workers increasing

Sam Mednick, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 10:02am

Everyone and everything is a target in South Sudan's civil war, as attacks against health facilities and aid workers increase, a new report says.

Markets Right Now: Stocks edge higher; bond yields climb

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 9:59am

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

Ocean Resort Casino bringing virtual golf to Atlantic City

Wayne Parry, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 9:58am

Atlantic City's Ocean Resort Casino is starting to get into the swing of things.

URI will try to improve fisheries management in Philippines

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 9:52am

The University of Rhode Island says it will use a $25 million federal grant to help improve the Philippines' struggling fishing industry.

Whistleblower: School used software to get more state money

Julie Carr Smyth, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 9:52am

Education regulators are reviewing a whistleblower's claim that Ohio's then-largest online charter school intentionally inflated attendance figures tied to its state funding using software it purchased after previous allegations of attendance inflation, The Associated Press has learned.

The Latest: Governor candidate seeks e-school investigation

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 9:50am

The Latest on a whistleblower's claims of data manipulation by the Electronic Classroom for Tomorrow (all times local):

Iowa governor claims no evidence or records in ally's firing

Ryan J. Foley and Barbara Rodriguez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 9:46am

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has no documentary evidence or other records explaining why she ordered the abrupt firing of a longtime ally who was accused of workplace sexual harassment, her office says.

AP Explains: Nicaragua pension changes ignite fiery protests

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 9:37am

Nicaragua has been rocked by a week of protests in which over two dozen people have been killed. The protests quickly spread nationwide, with scenes of massive rock throwing, burning barricades, tear gas and some gunfire. The dead included a journalist shot to death while transmitting live on social media. Dozens of shops were looted in Managua, the capital of this Central American nation of 6 million.

CenterPoint paying $6 billion for Vectren

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 9:30am

CenterPoint Energy Inc. is paying just under $6 billion for rival Vectren in a move that will expand the utility operator's reach.

Minnesota judge to rule on Enbridge Energy's Line 3 project

Steve Karnowski, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 9:24am

An administrative law judge faced a Monday deadline for recommending whether Minnesota regulators should approve Enbridge Energy's proposal for replacing its aging Line 3 crude oil pipeline across northern Minnesota.

EU launches probe of Apple's takeover of digital app Shazam

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 9:19am

The European Union is opening an investigation into Apple's acquisition of song-recognition app Shazam to make sure it doesn't limit consumer choice too much.

Southern California airport reopens after partial evacuation

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 9:14am

All gates at Southern California's Ontario International Airport are open again after part of a terminal was briefly evacuated while a bomb squad investigated a suspicious device.

AP-NORC Poll: Amid strikes, Americans back teacher raises

Carole Feldman and Emily Swanson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 9:08am

Americans overwhelmingly believe teachers don't make enough money, and half say they'd support paying higher taxes to give educators a raise.

US existing home sales rose 1.1 percent in March

Josh Boak, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 9:08am

U.S. sales of existing homes increased 1.1 percent on a monthly basis in March, which suggests that buyers are undeterred by the dwindling number of properties available on the market.

Coast Guard responds to oil spill in Mississippi River

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 9:06am

The Coast Guard says hundreds of gallons of heavy fuel oil have spilled into the Mississippi River in Louisiana from a chemical tanker.

Damaged cables, pipelines in Great Lakes waterway inspected

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 9:01am

Officials say a remotely operated underwater vehicle is getting a close-up look at electric cables that were damaged by what Michigan's attorney general has called a tugboat anchor strike in a channel connecting Lake Huron and Lake Michigan.

French train workers occupy building, protesting reforms

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 8:52am

Striking French train workers have occupied a building in a surprise protest against President Emmanuel Macron's changes to the state-run rail company.

Eddie Lampert's firm offers to buy Kenmore from Sears

Damian Troise and Anne D'Innocenzio, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 8:44am

Eddie Lampert's hedge fund, Sears' biggest shareholder, has asked the struggling retailer to sell the Kenmore brand and its home improvement business, the company confirmed Monday.