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News Guide: Thailand's surrogacy scandals and laws

09/03/2014 12:10am
A 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.

Afghanistan's NATO coalition shrinking fast

09/03/2014 1:10am
Alongside 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.

Pontotoc woman sentenced in check-forging case

09/03/2014 2:10am
A 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.

Backers of health law form youth outreach council

09/03/2014 2:10am
Backers 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.

UVM faculty and school at contract impasse

09/03/2014 3:10am
The 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.

Online fashion retailer Zalando plans IPO

09/03/2014 3:40am
Europe's biggest online fashion retailer, Zalando SE, said Wednesday it plans a public listing on the Frankfurt stock exchange this year.

Cory Gardner says he's 'a new kind of Republican'

09/03/2014 3:50am
Senate 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.

Switzerland, Singapore, US top economic rankings

09/03/2014 4:10am
The 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.

Fuel price hike looms for Indonesia's new leader

09/03/2014 4:12am
The 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.

Indonesia's oil minister named corruption suspect

09/03/2014 5:01am
Indonesia's anti-graft commission said Wednesday it is investigating the country's minister of energy and mines for alleged corruption.

Review: 'Sims 4' aspires to greatness and fails

09/03/2014 6:10am
I 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.

Nearly grown calf kills Austrian farmer

09/03/2014 6:50am
A 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.

Netflix snags deal for 'Gotham' television series

09/03/2014 6:50am
Netflix Inc. has struck a deal with Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Distribution to run the television series "Gotham" worldwide following its first season.

5 women named to Japan's Cabinet, tying past high

09/03/2014 7:31am
Japan'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.

Amazon CFO to retire

09/03/2014 7:40am says its chief financial officer, Thomas Szkutak, will retire after 12 years on the job in June 2015.

GM reports 1.2 percent August sales decline

09/03/2014 7:50am
General Motors says its U.S. sales fell 1.2 percent last month as rising truck and SUV sales couldn't offset falling car sales.

Correction: Server Farms-Cleveland story

09/03/2014 8:00am
In 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.

US factory orders surge record 10.5 percent in July but business investment category slips

09/03/2014 8:11am
US factory orders surge record 10.5 percent in July but business investment category slips .

Dollar mixed

09/03/2014 8:11am
The U.S. dollar is mixed against other North American currencies in New York trading.

Ford's US sales flat in August

09/03/2014 8:20am
Ford's U.S. sales were flat in August as slowing pickup truck sales masked gains elsewhere.

US factory orders up record 10.5 percent in July

09/03/2014 8:22am
Business 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.

Where things stand with Detroit's bankruptcy plan

09/03/2014 8:31am
More 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 8:51am
Early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade Wed.:

Deal completed to combine 3 health care systems

09/03/2014 8:51am
Three Michigan health care systems say they've completed an agreement to combine operations into a new $3.8 billion nonprofit.

Grain lower, livestock mostly higher

09/03/2014 9:01am
Grain futures were lower Wednesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Ukraine crisis dents European business activity

09/03/2014 9:02am
On 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.

Deal signed to sell Israeli natural gas to Jordan

09/03/2014 9:30am
A 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.

Behind Big Macs, a drama over corporate control

09/03/2014 9:51am
Behind those Big Macs and Whoppers is a hidden drama over corporate control.

Spotting a pet in a hot car creates tough choices

09/03/2014 10:01am
Imagine 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.

Casino closures brings mass unemployment filing in Atlantic City

09/03/2014 10:01am
Hundreds of newly laid-off casino workers have been filing unemployment claims at the Atlantic City Convention Center today.

Chrysler, Nissan report double-digit Aug. US sales gains, leading US industry to strong month

09/03/2014 10:01am
Most automakers are reporting stronger-than-expected U.S. sales for August.

President Hollande: France suspends plans to deliver warship to Russia amid Ukraine tensions

09/03/2014 10:01am
President Hollande: France suspends plans to deliver warship to Russia amid Ukraine tensions.


09/03/2014 10:21am
Sales, noon price and net change of the 15 most active New York Stock Exchange issues, trading nationally.

TBS confirms CeeLo's show canceled after 1 season

09/03/2014 10:30am
CeeLo Green's reality show won't have a second season.

New job market presents challenges for students, colleges

09/03/2014 10:46am
With skilled laborers in demand now more than ever before, students — and colleges — will need to rethink their educational goals.

Insurance company rejects S. Idaho homeowners

09/03/2014 11:01am
The 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.

Time Inc.’s ‘PEOPLE’ Announces ‘Live’ Daily Online Show, “PEOPLE Now”

09/03/2014 11:01am
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Hagel: US needs to maintain military superiority

09/03/2014 12:01pm
The 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.

Google's health startup forges venture with AbbVie

09/03/2014 12:11pm
Google'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.

Phones, watches and more unveiled at tech show

09/03/2014 12:21pm
Samsung and other electronics companies used the IFA trade show in Berlin to showcase their holiday lineups.

Casino closures brings mass unemployment filing

09/03/2014 12:31pm
Carrying 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.

Fed survey finds moderate growth across the US

09/03/2014 12:33pm
The 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.

Alabama's preventable child deaths declining

09/03/2014 12:41pm
Money from tobacco companies is being used by Alabama to help reduce the number of preventable child deaths, officials said.

FDA: Little evidence to support testosterone drugs

09/03/2014 1:21pm
The 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 1:21pm
Futures trading on the Chicago Board of Trade Wed.:


09/03/2014 1:21pm
Futures trading on the Chicago Board of Trade Wed.:

Crude rises

09/03/2014 1:31pm
Crude 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.

Gold, silver rise

09/03/2014 1:31pm
The September gold contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange closed today at $1268.90 an ounce -- up $5.20.

Dollar mixed

09/03/2014 1:31pm
The U.S. dollar is mixed against other North American currencies in New York trading.

2 hospitals restrict visits, citing virus

09/03/2014 1:41pm
A Quincy hospital and one across the Mississippi River in Missouri are restricting visitors because of an apparent respiratory virus outbreak that largely affects children.

Testimony: Rowland wanted payment outside campaign

09/03/2014 1:51pm
A 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.

Grain lower, beef and pork higher

09/03/2014 1:51pm
Grain futures were lower Wednesday on the Chicago Board of Trade.

San Francisco Bay Area TV reporters beaten, robbed

09/03/2014 2:01pm
Police say a television news reporter was robbed at gunpoint in San Francisco two days after another TV reporter was assaulted in Oakland.

AP source: Tesla Motors has selected Nevada as site for $5B electric car battery factory

09/03/2014 2:11pm
AP source: Tesla Motors has selected Nevada as site for $5B electric car battery factory.

France puts warship delivery to Russia on hold

09/03/2014 2:23pm
Responding 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.

Nielsen's top programs for Aug. 25-31

09/03/2014 2:31pm
Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Aug. 25-31. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership.

Samsung kicks off battle for holiday spending

09/03/2014 2:31pm
Samsung 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.

Trial postponed in Vegas 'Thunder' shooting case

09/03/2014 2:51pm
A 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.

Biden: We'll follow terrorists to 'gates of hell'

09/03/2014 3:01pm
Vice 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."

Recline rancor: Passenger recalls seat dispute

09/03/2014 3:02pm
The 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.

Home Depot probes possible credit card data breach

09/03/2014 3:10pm
Home Depot may be the latest retailer to suffer a major credit card data breach.

Home Depot probes possible credit card data breach

09/03/2014 3:10pm
Home Depot may be the latest retailer to suffer a major credit card data breach.

Regulators set rules meant to ward off bank crisis

09/03/2014 3:11pm
Federal 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.

NBC's Emmy viewers dominate TV's week

09/03/2014 3:13pm
More people were interested in watching a celebration of television's recent past than in seeing anything new on television last week.

Tech insiders: Firms halted spread of grisly video

09/03/2014 3:21pm
Tech 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.

Creditor wants 75 cents on dollar for Detroit debt

09/03/2014 3:30pm
An 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.

With service, case closed in teen's tower climb

09/03/2014 3:30pm
A 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 3:31pm
A snapshot of major stock and commodities market indicators Wednesday:


09/03/2014 3:41pm
Most active Nasdaq issues.

Apple shares fall after Samsung unveils new phones

09/03/2014 3:41pm
Apple shares are getting bit by a rival.

Wells closes Utah plant, shifts production to Iowa

09/03/2014 3:51pm
The maker of Blue Bunny ice cream says it will close a plant in Utah and shift production to northwest Iowa.

Gov't forecasts rising health care inflation

09/03/2014 3:51pm
The 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.

Booming crossover SUV sales trigger car discounts

09/03/2014 3:51pm
The seismic shift in American car-buying toward trucks and crossover SUVs is creating great deals on compact and midsize cars.

CSX: Film crew denied track access before crash

09/03/2014 4:01pm
CSX 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.

Nixon enlists health professionals on e-cigarettes

09/03/2014 4:11pm
Gov. 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.

Europe's job market has strengths the US doesn't

09/03/2014 4:31pm
Compare 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.

Vendor in dispute with Alabama univ. over catering

09/03/2014 4:41pm
The 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.

Immigration lawyer charged with investment fraud

09/03/2014 4:42pm
A 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.

Weinstein to release Tarantino's 'Hateful Eight'

09/03/2014 4:50pm
Quentin Tarantino is moving forward with "The Hateful Eight."

Venezuela president plays to factions with shakeup

09/03/2014 5:11pm
The 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.

PG&E plans to appeal $1.4B penalty in deadly blast

09/03/2014 5:21pm
Pacific 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.

Christie tests overseas diplomacy with Mexico trip

09/03/2014 6:11pm
New 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.

World leaders eye united front against militants

09/03/2014 6:42pm
World 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.

AP source: Tesla selects Nevada for battery plant

09/03/2014 6:51pm
Coming to Nevada's high desert: A massive, $5 billion factory that will pump out high-tech batteries for hundreds of thousands of electric vehicles.

Neiman Marcus to open its first store in NYC

09/03/2014 6:51pm
Luxury retailer Neiman Marcus is opening its first store in New York City.

Andrew Madoff dies of cancer in NYC

09/03/2014 7:41pm
Andrew 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.

Judge to rule next week in Nevada fracking case

09/03/2014 8:01pm
A 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.

Michael Bloomberg returning to lead Bloomberg LP

09/03/2014 8:41pm
Former 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.

Norman Foster, Romero to build Mexico airport

09/03/2014 8:51pm
British 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.

Judge sides with missing mom's parents in dispute

09/03/2014 9:11pm
A 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.

Asia stocks drift, Samsung gains on Edge launch

09/03/2014 9:40pm
Asian 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.

What is quantitative easing, or QE?

09/03/2014 11:10pm
The 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.

Silicon Valley firms halted spread of grisly video

09/03/2014 11:52pm
Silicon 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.