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The Gulf of Mexico oil spill at a glance

04/11/2014 1:21am
April 20 marks the fourth anniversary of an explosion on the BP-operated drilling rig Deepwater Horizon, which killed 11 workers about 50 miles off the Louisiana coast in the Gulf of Mexico and set off the nation's worst offshore oil disaster.

Here is the latest Utah news from The Associated Press

04/11/2014 1:31am
Federal investigators say a 2009 explosion at a northern Utah oil refinery that damaged a cluster of homes but caused no injuries began with a corroded pipe that went years without proper inspection. The U.S. Chemical Safety Board yesterday afternoon released findings of a report by an outside consulting group into the fire at Silver Eagle Refinery in Woods Cross. It found that a 10-inch reactor pipe tore and ignited after it began gushing hydrogen, launching a fireball toward a nearby neighborhood.

7 die in eastern Ukrainian mine

04/11/2014 2:01am
Seven men have died in a gas explosion at a coal mine in eastern Ukraine.

Revised online services offered by Chicago library

04/11/2014 2:10am
The Chicago Public Library is launching redesigned online services, including a new website and improved library catalog.

China's auto sales cool, local brands squeezed

04/11/2014 3:30am
China's growth in auto sales decelerated further in March and local brands lost market share in the face of intense foreign competition, an industry group reported Friday.

Spain's deflation not as great as first thought

04/11/2014 3:40am
Spain's statistics office says prices were 0.1 percent lower in March than the year before, slightly less than the previous estimate of 0.2 percent.

Nevada food exports hit record levels

04/11/2014 4:20am
Nevada's food and agricultural exports reached a milestone last year, exceeding 2012 sales by more than $19 million.

Man with 1st name 'God' sues credit rating agency

04/11/2014 5:10am
A New York City man claims that a credit reporting agency falsely reported he had no financial history because his first name is God.

Coldwater Creek files for bankruptcy protection

04/11/2014 5:20am
The women's clothing retailer Coldwater Creek has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection after failing to find a potential buyer or a source of capital to help fund its turnaround efforts.

Lafourche panel to consider tax rates

04/11/2014 6:30am
A Lafourche Parish School Board committee will decide next week whether to adjust several property tax rates.

Tax refund fraud is a big frustration for victims

04/11/2014 6:31am
Laura Hankins knew something was wrong when she filed her daughter's tax return and it was rejected hours later: An identity thief already had sent in a return using the 19-year-old's personal information.

US agency closes probe into Ford pickup trucks

04/11/2014 6:32am
U.S. safety regulators have decided against seeking a recall of Ford F-150 pickup trucks after investigating complaints about reduced power in EcoBoost engines.

Here is the latest Idaho news from The Associated Press

04/11/2014 7:01am
The women's clothing retailer Coldwater Creek has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection after failing to find a potential buyer or a source of capital to help fund its turnaround efforts. Coldwater Creek's stores are still open and selling clothing and other goods to shoppers, as is its website. The Sandpoint-based company says it expects to start sales to liquidate inventory in early May.

US producer prices rise 0.5 percent in March

04/11/2014 7:20am
The prices companies receive for their goods and services jumped in March led by gains for food, clothing, jewelry and chemicals.

Earnings drop at JPMorgan drags bank stocks lower

04/11/2014 7:51am
Weaker earnings at JPMorgan Chase are dragging bank stocks lower in early trading.

BMW extends recall worldwide to half-million cars

04/11/2014 7:51am
German automaker BMW is issuing a worldwide recall of many models of cars with certain six-cylinder gas motors after identifying a problem with a bolt used in the engine.

JPMorgan's first-quarter profit falls 20 percent

04/11/2014 7:52am
JPMorgan Chase, the nation's biggest bank by assets, said Friday its first-quarter earnings fell 20 percent, driven by a decline in investment banking and mortgage lending.

Gummy bear loses latest round in copyright fight

04/11/2014 8:10am
Swiss chocolatier Lindt & Spruengli AG has won the latest round in its battle of the bears against Germany's Haribo GmbH.

Sony warns of battery issue in some Vaio laptops

04/11/2014 8:10am
Sony is advising consumers to quit using some of its VAIO laptop computers and unplug them, saying that it's possible that its non-removable battery pack could overheat.

Ukraine, Westinghouse seal nuclear fuel deal

04/11/2014 8:10am
Nuclear technology firm Westinghouse says it has reached a deal with Ukraine to deliver fuel for its reactors through 2020, a move that helps the country reduce its reliance on Russia for energy supplies as it squabbles with Moscow over unpaid gas bills.

Scientists try 3-D printer to build human heart

04/11/2014 8:18am
It may sound far-fetched, but scientists are attempting to build a human heart with a 3-D printer.

Dollar higher

04/11/2014 8:21am
The U.S. dollar is higher against other North American currencies in New York trading.

Tech sell-off roils global markets

04/11/2014 8:31am
Renewed weakness in the tech-heavy Nasdaq index in the U.S. roiled global markets Friday.

Webster school's security system nears completion

04/11/2014 8:31am
If there ever will be a violent threat to a Webster Parish school, officials are better prepared to eliminate it.

Agency offers lifeline for the visually impaired

04/11/2014 8:41am
Evelyn Nickel operates a sewing machine to stitch the corner sections of bedsheets.


04/11/2014 8:51am
Early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade Fri.:

Obama announces Sebelius resignation, names budget director as successor at HHS

04/11/2014 9:02am
Obama announces Sebelius resignation, names budget director as successor at HHS.

Sebelius: Work at HHS is the 'cause of my life'

04/11/2014 9:31am
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius (seh-BEEL'-yuhs) says the government is making "tremendous progress" toward fixing what she called a broken health system.

Dieters move past calories, food makers follow

04/11/2014 9:54am
Obsessing over calories alone has left dieters with an empty feeling.

Earnings drop at JPMorgan drags bank stocks lower

04/11/2014 10:01am
Weaker earnings at JPMorgan Chase are dragging bank stocks lower in midday trading.

Warship's namesake, Zumwalt, fought racism, sexism

04/11/2014 10:10am
Bud Zumwalt took what he learned during the tumultuous 1960s with him when he became the nation's youngest chief of naval operations, earning a reputation as a reformer who fought racism and sexism and worked to improve the lives of sailors.

Turkmen president: 2015 start for pipeline work

04/11/2014 10:20am
Turkmenistan's president has demanded that construction work begin in 2015 on a pipeline that will carry natural gas from his energy-rich country to Afghanistan, Pakistan and India.


04/11/2014 10:21am
Sales, noon price and net change of the 15 most active New York Stock Exchange issues, trading nationally.

Senate approves bill on ailing nursing schools

04/11/2014 10:51am
The Senate on Friday moved to try to address sliding test scores for nursing school graduates and a glut of poorly performing programs, passing a measure that would require accreditation for all new schools within five years of accepting students.

Ala. governor signs education budget without raise

04/11/2014 10:51am
Gov. Robert Bentley signed the education budget for the next fiscal year on Friday even though it did not include the 2 percent raise that he sought for teachers and school employees.

Appeals court finds EPA carbon decision reasonable

04/11/2014 11:01am
A federal appeals court says the Environmental Protection Agency acted reasonably in deciding not to change the primary air quality standard for carbon monoxide.

A look at Ukraine's fast-growing Russian gas bill

04/11/2014 11:11am
The amount Russia says it is owed by Ukraine's cash-strapped government for natural gas has ballooned as if by magic — from $1.7 billion at the beginning of April to a staggering $35.4 billion, according to a letter sent by President Vladimir Putin this week to 18 European leaders.

Kuwait orders secret probe into coup allegations

04/11/2014 11:20am
The Kuwaiti prosecutor's office has ordered a secret probe into a videotape that contains allegations that a number of people conspired to overthrow the government and called for a media blackout of the investigation.

Mental health admissions soar after Deeds tragedy

04/11/2014 11:31am
Admissions at mental health facilities have spiked following the high profile suicide of a state senator's son.

US rig count up 13 to 1,831

04/11/2014 11:51am
Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. rose by 13 this week to 1,831.

Merkel, in Athens, praises Greek reform progress

04/11/2014 11:54am
Greece won praise Friday from German Chancellor Angela Merkel — the lead advocate of eurozone austerity — for its painful economic turnaround and successful return to markets.

Mediation in Rhode Island pension lawsuits fails

04/11/2014 12:13pm
Talks to salvage a proposed settlement designed to end the legal fight over Rhode Island's 2011 landmark pension overhaul have failed and the original court challenge is moving ahead, both sides of the case said Friday.

Exxon CEO's compensation rises 3 percent to $28.1M

04/11/2014 12:23pm
The CEO of Exxon Mobil Corp. received compensation worth $28.1 million last year, a 3 percent increase over the previous year, according to an Associated Press analysis of a company regulatory filing.

Subway: 'Yoga mat chemical' almost out of bread

04/11/2014 12:40pm
Subway says an ingredient dubbed the "yoga mat chemical" will be entirely phased out of its bread by next week.

GM stock drops 4 percent, hits 10-month low

04/11/2014 12:42pm
Shares of General Motors Co. sank to a 10-month low Friday after Standard & Poor's raised doubts that the company's credit rating would be restored to investment grade status this year.

Protests in Libya's capital cause fuel crisis

04/11/2014 1:11pm
The Libyan government has blamed a fuel crisis in the country's capital on protests that have blocked the roads to the main western oil terminal, leaving gas stations without new supplies.

Dollar higher

04/11/2014 1:22pm
The U.S. dollar is higher against other North American currencies in New York trading.

Crude rises

04/11/2014 1:22pm
Crude oil futures prices ended higher on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The near-month contract for the benchmark grade rose 34 cents -- closing at $103.74 a barrel.


04/11/2014 1:22pm
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04/11/2014 1:22pm

Palestinians condemn Israeli sanctions as 'piracy'

04/11/2014 1:31pm
The Palestinian negotiator in Mideast peace talks is calling Israel's decision to stop tax money transfers "piracy."

Salesforce to anchor West Coast's tallest building

04/11/2014 1:32pm is set to become the anchor tenant in an office tower under construction in San Francisco that's expected to be the tallest building on the West Coast.

Grain lower, livestock higher

04/11/2014 1:42pm
Grain futures were lower Friday on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Heartbleed could harm a variety of systems

04/11/2014 2:00pm
It now appears that the "Heartbleed" security problem affects not just websites, but also the networking equipment that connects homes and businesses to the Internet.

Pro-Obama group raises $5.88M since January

04/11/2014 2:11pm
A nonprofit group backing President Barack Obama's agenda raised nearly $6 million during the first three months of 2014.


04/11/2014 2:12pm
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Proposal out to protect teacher retirement plan

04/11/2014 2:12pm
Top state and teachers' union officials proposed a plan Friday they said would ensure the financial security of the Vermont State Teachers' Retirement System by setting up a separate fund to pay for retirees' health care.

Tech stocks slide again; Nasdaq falls for 3rd week

04/11/2014 2:21pm
Technology stocks are dropping for a second day in a row as investors flee highflying Internet and biotechnology companies.

Minnesota Senate rivals tied to investment firm

04/11/2014 2:31pm
Democrats fighting to protect Minnesota U.S. Sen. Al Franken's seat want to replicate the last presidential campaign playbook by casting a well-funded GOP challenger as a corporate raider who put profit over people.

State funeral for longtime Canada finance minister

04/11/2014 2:31pm
Canada's prime minister has announced a state funeral for former longtime finance minister Jim Flaherty.

Judge refuses to halt Wal-Mart proxy distribution

04/11/2014 2:42pm
A federal judge in Delaware says Wal-Mart can send its annual proxy statement to shareholders without a Manhattan church parish's proposal for a shareholder vote involving gun sales.