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New Zealand government projects budget surplus

05/15/2014 12:50am
New Zealand will become one of the first developed nations to return to a budget surplus since the 2008 financial crisis plunged the global economy into recession, the government said Thursday.

German 1Q GDP grows robust 0.8 pct

05/15/2014 1:41am
Germany's economy grew a robust 0.8 percent in the first quarter of 2014, doubling the rate of the previous quarter with help from mild winter weather and a strong labor market.

Activists push for early childhood education funds

05/15/2014 2:10am
Early childhood education activists are pressing Massachusetts lawmakers to dedicate more money to help reduce a waiting list of parents looking to get their children into affordable early education and child care.

15 crew indicted over SKorean ferry disaster

05/15/2014 3:01am
Prosecutors indicted the captain of the sunken South Korean ferry and three crew members on homicide charges today, alleging they were negligent and failed to protect more than 300 people missing or dead in the disaster.

Hong Kong starts destroying ivory cache

05/15/2014 3:41am
Hong Kong started incinerating its nearly 30-ton stockpile of confiscated ivory on Thursday to show it's serious about cracking down on an illegal wildlife trade that is devastating Africa's elephant population.

Canadian firm gets funding for Dutch windmill farm

05/15/2014 4:31am
A Canadian firm says it has raised 2.8 billion euros ($3.8 billion) to build a major new windmill farm 85 kilometers off the Dutch coast near Germany.

Nevada foreclosure rate down to No. 8 in US

05/15/2014 4:31am
Nevada's foreclosure rate was eighth in the nation in April after falling behind Florida, Maryland and five other states in the rankings.

UK retailers Carphone Warehouse, Dixons to merge

05/15/2014 4:50am
British cellphone seller Carphone Warehouse and consumer electronics retailer Dixons Retail Group announced plans to merge Thursday in a deal that values the combined business at 3.8 billion pounds ($6.4 billion).

US activist turned away at Japanese aquarium sues

05/15/2014 5:11am
An aquarium in a Japanese town known for dolphin hunts is being sued by an American activist who says denying him entry is discriminatory.

Bayer sells division to Boston Scientific

05/15/2014 6:01am
Germany's Bayer AG says it's selling its interventional division to the Boston Scientific Corporation for $415 million so that it can focus on growth in other areas.

When foreigners are buying, France gets more sway

05/15/2014 6:41am
The French government is broadening its authority to intervene when foreign companies want to buy firms the state considers vital, including in the sectors of transport, health and communications.

NYC minister to repay $1.2M after AP probe

05/15/2014 7:00am
A New York City minister who was the subject of an Associated Press investigation about misspent 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina charity funds has agreed to repay $1.2 million that he took from his congregation to buy an 18th-century farmhouse on seven acres in rural New Jersey.

US consumer prices rise by most in 10 months

05/15/2014 7:00am
Higher food and gas costs pushed up U.S. consumer prices in April by the most in 10 months, evidence that inflation is ticking up from very low levels.

Fewest Americans in 7 years seek unemployment aid

05/15/2014 7:02am
The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits fell to the lowest level in seven years last week, a sign the job market is steadily improving.

Turkish families bury miners as toll rises to 282

05/15/2014 7:13am
Women sang improvised ballads about the departed over freshly dug graves Thursday, even as backhoes carved row upon row of graves into the dirt and hearses lined up outside the cemetery with more victims of Turkey's worst mining disaster.

US factory output fell 0.4 percent in April after 2 months of healthy growth

05/15/2014 7:21am
US factory output fell 0.4 percent in April after 2 months of healthy growth.

STORY REMOVED: Wisconsin Governor-Investigation

05/15/2014 7:41am
The Associated Press has withdrawn its story about a judge ordering the release of documents in a secret investigation into Gov. Scott Walker's recall campaign and other conservative groups. The judge has not issued an order. One has been requested by a party in the case.

Recovery gains no steam in Europe as France lags

05/15/2014 7:41am
Europe's economy failed to gain any momentum in the first quarter, reinforcing expectations that the European Central Bank will soon deploy fresh stimulus measures to shore up the tepid recovery.

Commissions boost Intesa SanPaolo's Q1 profit

05/15/2014 7:41am
Italian bank Intesa SanPaolo says first-quarter earnings rose 64 percent thanks to higher interest income and commissions.

Malaysia Airlines says 1Q loss rose 59 percent

05/15/2014 7:41am
Malaysia Airlines said its net loss expanded 59 percent in the first quarter, hit by loss of revenue from China after the disappearance of Flight 370 two months ago.

Stocks open lower on disappointing economic news

05/15/2014 7:50am
Stocks are down in early trading after news of weaker U.S. factory production, higher prices for shoppers and disappointing Wal-Mart earnings.

US factory output retreats after 2 strong months

05/15/2014 8:30am
U.S. factory output took a breather in April after two months of strong growth, as manufacturers produced less furniture, machinery and plastics.

Philips sues Nintendo over Wii remote

05/15/2014 8:41am
Dutch electronics firm Royal Philips NV has filed a suit against Nintendo in a U.S. court, claiming the Japanese company infringed two of its patents in the control system of its popular "Wii" video game consoles.

Putin says Ukraine must pay cash for gas in June

05/15/2014 9:01am
Russia has ratcheted up pressure on Ukraine, with President Vladimir Putin saying in a letter released Thursday that it only will deliver gas to its struggling neighbor next month if it pays in advance.

Grain lower, cattle mixed and pork lower

05/15/2014 9:01am
Grain futures were lower Thursday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Foreign holdings of US Treasury debt hits record

05/15/2014 9:11am
Foreign buyers of U.S. Treasury securities increased their holdings in March to a record high.

Senate: Firms must protect against malicious ads

05/15/2014 9:22am
The Senate warned Google, Yahoo and other leading technology companies Thursday they need to better protect consumers from hackers exploiting their lucrative online advertising networks or risk new legislation that would force them to do so.

US adviser helps candidate win Panama presidency

05/15/2014 9:22am
It was billed as a battle royal between Latin America's top two spin doctors. In one corner, the campaign guru to such towering leftist leaders as Brazil's Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and Venezuela's Hugo Chavez. In the other, a strategist likened to Karl Rove who is credited with helping return the Institutional Revolutionary Party to power in Mexico after a 12-year-absence.

Senator eyes special session for teacher insurance

05/15/2014 9:31am
A state senator leading a task force on Arkansas' teacher health insurance plan said this week that he'll likely seek another special session this summer to approve changes aimed at keeping the program solvent.

Central European nations working on gas strategy

05/15/2014 9:41am
Central European leaders have agreed to come up with a plan to cooperate over gas supplies in case Russia cuts off deliveries through Ukraine.

Average US 30-year mortgage rate dips to 4.2 pct.

05/15/2014 9:42am
Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages declined this week for a third straight week. The low rates could give a boost to the spring home-buying season, which has gotten off to a slow start.

H&M recalls girls' leggings over safety risk

05/15/2014 9:52am
H&M is recalling about 65,000 pairs of leggings for girls because a metal part on the belt can detach, which could pose a choking risk to young children.

US stocks slide after disappointing economic news

05/15/2014 10:01am
The stock market is down sharply after disappointing economic news and a couple bad earnings reports from retailers.

Dow Jones industrial average falls 200 points after weak economic data, retail earnings

05/15/2014 10:01am
Dow Jones industrial average falls 200 points after weak economic data, retail earnings.

Fee to build phantom nuke waste site ends

05/15/2014 10:01am
Something could be missing from your next electric bill: a fee that electric customers have been paying for 31 years to fund a federal nuclear waste site that doesn't exist.

Dow Jones industrial average drops over 200 points

05/15/2014 10:21am
The Dow Jones industrial average has dropped more than 200 points after disappointing economic news and a couple bad earnings reports from retailers.

Illinois House passes education budget

05/15/2014 10:21am
The Illinois House has passed a $6.7 billion budget for the state's schools.


05/15/2014 10:21am
Sales, noon price and net change of the 15 most active New York Stock Exchange issues, trading nationally.

Turkish families bury miners as toll rises to 282

05/15/2014 10:31am
Families in Turkey have begun to bury some of the 282 miners whose bodies have been recovered following the country's worst-ever mining disaster. More than 140 others are still unaccounted for, according to government figures.

Airlines expect more travelers to fly this summer

05/15/2014 10:42am
More travelers will take to the skies this summer, the U.S. airlines' trade and lobby group predicted Thursday.

Study: Older, smaller buildings better for cities

05/15/2014 10:42am
While small, older buildings might not make for an impressive skyline, they may be better for cities than massive, gleaming office towers, according to a study released Thursday.

Bad weather hurts Wal-Mart in 1Q, outlook weak

05/15/2014 10:51am
Wal-Mart's first-quarter net income fell 5 percent as bad winter weather and financial struggles kept customers from spending at the world's largest retailer.

Senate panel approves 6-year highway bill

05/15/2014 10:52am
A Senate panel on Thursday approved a bill to keep federal highway programs going for the next six years, but it remained unclear whether Congress would act in time to prevent a disruption in transportation aid to states this summer.

Kansas universities seek tuition, fee increases

05/15/2014 11:01am
With higher education funding still below pre-recession levels, all six of Kansas' state universities have asked the Board of Regents to raise tuition and fees for the next incoming freshman class.

Snowboarders say ban encourages hostility

05/15/2014 11:11am
A group of snowboarders suing one of the last U.S. ski resorts to prohibit snowboarding are arguing in a court filing this week that the ban is not only discriminatory and based on stereotypes, but encourages "hostile and divisive skier-versus-snowboarder attitudes."

Business execs skeptical of Christie's chances

05/15/2014 11:41am
As Chris Christie fights to recover from scandal, elite Republican business leaders may be close to dismissing him as a serious contender for president.

Turkish PM's ambitions seen unscathed by disaster

05/15/2014 11:51am
Turkey's prime minister — a man the entire country expects to soon jump into the presidential campaign — should be on the defensive after being forced to seek shelter from angry demonstrators in a supermarket.

FDA lowers Lunesta dose due to next-day drowsiness

05/15/2014 12:01pm
Federal health officials are lowering the starting dose of the popular sleeping aid drug Lunesta, due to risks of morning drowsiness that can impair driving ability and lead to injury.

US lowers Lunesta dose due to next-day drowsiness

05/15/2014 12:11pm
U.S. health officials are lowering the starting dose of the popular sleeping aid drug Lunesta, due to risks of morning drowsiness that can impair driving ability and lead to injury.

Museum of Natural Curiosity in works a decade

05/15/2014 12:31pm
Thanksgiving Point's latest gem, the Museum of Natural Curiosity, is up and running after years of planning, fundraising and building.

San Francisco tech CEO charged with hit-and-run

05/15/2014 12:41pm
A San Francisco technology CEO is facing felony hit-and-run charges after authorities say he left the scene of a freeway crash.

Chipotle shareholders reject executive pay plan

05/15/2014 12:51pm
Shareholders sent a strong rebuke to Chipotle on Thursday over how much the chain pays its top executives.

White House welcomes Senate panel's housing vote

05/15/2014 1:10pm
The White House welcomed bipartisan legislation to overhaul the nation's mortgage financing system that cleared a crucial Senate hurdle on Thursday. The legislation would wind down the giant government-backed lenders Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.


05/15/2014 1:21pm
Futures trading on the Chicago Board of Trade Thu.:

Regulators: No major impact in gas exports plan

05/15/2014 1:21pm
Federal regulators say that Dominion's proposal to export liquefied natural gas from a terminal in Maryland would pose "no significant impact" on the environment.


05/15/2014 1:21pm
Futures trading on the Chicago Board of Trade Thu.:

Women starting small businesses at torrid pace

05/15/2014 1:51pm
If you go to work for a newer business, there's a good chance you'll be working for a woman.

2013 dog-bite stats include 5,581 postal carriers

05/15/2014 2:01pm
About 4.5 million Americans were bitten by dogs in the United States last year, including over 2 million children and 5,581 U.S. Postal Service workers, authorities announced Thursday in an effort to promote dog-bite prevention. Houston ranked worst in the nation for dog attacks on letter carriers, pushing Los Angeles, last year's leader, to second place. Here are additional numbers and ways to prevent or avoid dog attacks.

New health cost controls get go-ahead from feds

05/15/2014 2:21pm
The Obama administration has given the go-ahead for insurers and employers to use a new cost-control strategy that puts a hard dollar limit on what health plans pay for some expensive procedures, such as knee and hip replacements.

Stocks drop on Wal-Mart earnings, mixed econ news

05/15/2014 2:31pm
The Dow Jones industrial average has had its worst day in five weeks following lower earnings from Wal-Mart and mixed news about the economy.

Seattle mayor proposes property tax for preschool

05/15/2014 2:31pm
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray wants to raise property taxes to pay for high quality preschool for the city's 3- and 4-year-olds.

Fox to merge Shine with Endemol, 'Idol' maker Core

05/15/2014 2:31pm
Media giant 21st Century Fox said Thursday that it has agreed preliminarily to merge its TV production company Shine, maker of "The Biggest Loser," with Apollo Management's Endemol and Core Media Group, the makers of shows such as "Big Brother" and "American Idol."

Chinese investor eyes Norway's Arctic islands

05/15/2014 2:31pm
A Chinese real estate tycoon said he's making an offer for a vast swathe of land on Norway's Arctic archipelago to build a holiday village for wealthy travelers.

New NKorea warships seen in satellite images

05/15/2014 2:31pm
Recent satellite images show two new North Korean frigates, the largest surface combat ships the nation's navy has constructed in a quarter-century, a North Korea-watching website reported Thursday.

Apartments slated for leased land on UMMC campus

05/15/2014 2:31pm
The University of Mississippi Medical Center plans to lease 4.4 acres on the north edge of its Jackson campus to a developer who wants to build a 224-unit apartment complex with ground-level stores and offices.

Obama plans conference on youth sports concussions

05/15/2014 2:51pm
President Barack Obama, who has said he would "have to think long and hard" before letting a son play football because of the risk of head injuries, is planning a summit this month on youth sports safety and concussions.

Ex-spouses tell IRS different stories on alimony

05/15/2014 2:51pm
Somebody's not telling the Internal Revenue Service the truth about their alimony payments.

Initial Nevada unemployment claims fall in April

05/15/2014 3:23pm
Initial claims for unemployment insurance in Nevada fell 15 percent in April compared with the same month last year.

Chicago-area veterans hospital under scrutiny

05/15/2014 3:23pm
Federal investigators have visited a veterans hospital in suburban Chicago to look into an allegation that secret lists were used to conceal long patient wait times for appointments.


05/15/2014 3:31pm
A snapshot of major stock and commodities market indicators Thursday:


05/15/2014 3:31pm
Most active Nasdaq issues.

Grief and rage as Turkey buries mine disaster dead

05/15/2014 3:41pm
With photos of their loved ones pinned to their chests and chanting the names of lost miners, grieving relatives laid their dead to rest in mass burials Thursday, as gravediggers labored to make room for scores more victims of Turkey's worst mining disaster.

Some facts about net neutrality

05/15/2014 3:41pm
The Federal Communications Commission has taken the first step toward adopting new regulations that could create fast lanes for Internet traffic from websites that can afford to pay for the privilege.

Lawsuits halts Kentucky's 1st hemp crop in decades

05/15/2014 3:41pm
Plans for Kentucky's first hemp crop in decades so far have produced nothing but headaches.

GM recalls 2.7M more cars; industry on record pace

05/15/2014 3:41pm
General Motors' efforts to root out lingering safety problems across its wide range of cars and trucks has produced another big recall — and highlights a sudden shift at GM and throughout the industry toward issuing recalls instead of avoiding them.

Republicans block bill to renew expired tax breaks

05/15/2014 3:41pm
Senate Republicans blocked a bill Thursday that would renew more than 50 expired tax breaks affecting millions of businesses and individuals.

Fast-food protests spread overseas

05/15/2014 3:51pm
Labor organizers turned up the pressure on McDonald's and other fast-food chains to raise worker pay on Thursday, with plans to stage actions in more than 30 countries.

Dow dips to worst day in 5 weeks; bond prices jump

05/15/2014 4:01pm
Investors retreated from stocks Thursday, leading the Dow Jones industrial average to its worst day in five weeks, after disappointing earnings from Wal-Mart and mixed news about the global economy.

Detroit bankruptcy judge nixes art access request

05/15/2014 4:01pm
A judge in Detroit's bankruptcy refused to grant hands-on access to a valuable trove of art Thursday, telling creditors who face steep losses in the case that they can visit a city museum and browse the walls like any other patron.

Uneven global economy a test for central banks

05/15/2014 4:01pm
The global economy is plodding ahead in fits and starts as the largest countries struggle to achieve consistent growth.

Here is the latest Nevada news from The Associated Press

05/15/2014 4:01pm
A dancer in a Las Vegas Strip show who says he was stalked and threatened by his ex-girlfriend is back on the witness stand in his trial on charges that he killed and dismembered the woman in December 2010. Jason Griffith is expected to face tough questions from prosecutors about his claims that Deborah Flores Narvaez (nar-VAYZ') was violent, and that her death was a case of self-defense.

Deutsche Bank sells Vegas casino for $1.73 billion

05/15/2014 4:11pm
Deutsche Bank AG is cutting itself free of The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas resort and casino, saying it's selling the swanky but unprofitable high-rise complex on the Strip to Blackstone Real Estate Partners VII for $1.73 billion.

Missouri backs criminal checks for health advisers

05/15/2014 4:21pm
Despite a federal court order against their current law, Missouri legislators voted Thursday to toughen requirements even further for people seeking to work as insurance guides under President Barack Obama's health care law.

Notes from the La. Legislature's regular session

05/15/2014 4:21pm
A measure that would have barred local government entities from unintentionally paying women less than men for the same work was killed Thursday by the House labor committee.

Report: 2014 Sundance brought $86M impact to Utah

05/15/2014 4:31pm
Visitors spent more and stayed a little longer during this year's Sundance Film Festival, leading to a larger economic impact to the state than the previous year, shows a new University of Utah report released Thursday.

AP, Fox Sports to sell Stats venture

05/15/2014 4:41pm
The Associated Press and Fox Sports are selling their sports-data joint venture Stats LLC to Vista Equity Partners, a San Francisco-based private equity firm.

EPA proposes changes to refinery emission rules

05/15/2014 4:50pm
Texas environmental advocates are applauding a new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposal to reduce oil refinery pollution by forcing operators to adopt new technology that better monitors and controls emissions.

Buffett's company discloses new Verizon investment

05/15/2014 4:50pm
Warren Buffett's company disclosed a new investment of 11 million shares in Verizon Communications Inc. Thursday and increased its stakes in Wal-Mart and IBM.

1st day deliberations end in Anheuser-Busch suit

05/15/2014 4:50pm
A jury will continue deliberations in a gender discrimination lawsuit filed by a former Anheuser-Busch executive who claims the company paid her less than half as much as her male predecessor.

JC Penney beats expectations as sales improve

05/15/2014 5:01pm
J.C. Penney said a key sales figure rose in its first quarter, offering an encouraging sign for the beleaguered department store operator.

Las Vegas gets boost in terrorism preparedness

05/15/2014 5:21pm
Southern Nevada's primary terrorism preparedness program is getting a boost in federal funding.

Bankrupt railroad in Quebec derailment sold

05/15/2014 5:31pm
The sale of the Maine-based railroad blamed for a deadly oil train derailment in Quebec has been completed 10 months after the disaster that claimed 47 lives.

Pentagon punished nearly 500 for sexual harassment

05/15/2014 5:31pm
The U.S. military fired or disciplined nearly 500 workers for sexual harassment in a 12-month period, and nearly 13 percent of the complaints filed involved repeat offenders, according to new data.

Loras College announces $1 million donation

05/15/2014 5:31pm
Loras College in Dubuque has received a $1 million donation for its business education program.

Idaho gay marriage placed on hold; rallies planned

05/15/2014 5:31pm
Same-sex couples planning to marry and supporters hoping to help them celebrate at courthouses across Idaho saw their plans put on hold Thursday by a federal appeals court.

NYT publisher: Pay had no part in Abramson ouster

05/15/2014 5:31pm
Arthur Sulzberger Jr., the publisher of the New York Times and chairman of its parent company, is denying media reports that executive editor Jill Abramson's dismissal had to do with her complaints over unequal pay.

Oregon's Illinois River: wildflowers, wilderness

05/15/2014 5:41pm
As we hiked down the Illinois River Trail, tight-roping the edge of a burnt-orange canyon carved by the river 2,000 feet below, it felt as though we were searching for a needle in a haystack.

American flight returns to Dallas with engine fire

05/15/2014 6:01pm
An American Airlines jet with 183 passengers aboard returned to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport after flames were seen in one of the Boeing 757's two engines.

Mexico's Cemex names new CEO, board chairman

05/15/2014 7:00pm
Mexican cement giant Cemex SA said Thursday that it has named a new chairman of the board and a new chief executive officer.

Illinois president asks potential retirees back

05/15/2014 7:00pm
With the state's new pension law on hold, University of Illinois President Bob Easter on Thursday urged employees planning to retire this spring to reconsider.