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Shell sells $5 billion stake in Woodside

06/17/2014 12:10am
Royal Dutch Shell PLC says it is selling a 19 percent stake in Australia's Woodside Petroleum Limited, worth around $5 billion.

Bitcoin faces biggest threat yet: a miner takeover

06/17/2014 12:21am
The Bitcoin digital currency system is in danger of losing its credibility as an independent payment system because of the growing power of a group that runs some of the computers behind it.

In NC hamlet, residents worry over coal ash ponds

06/17/2014 12:30am
Residents of a North Carolina hamlet adjacent to three massive coal ash dumps at Duke Energy's Buck Steam Station are worried after recent testing by an environmental group suggests their drinking wells could be contaminated.

Oregon moves toward lawsuit over health exchange

06/17/2014 12:30am
Oregon issued legal demands for documents that could become evidence in a possible lawsuit against the developer of the state's failed health insurance website, a solid indication it's preparing for a civil case against technology giant Oracle Corp.

Dukeville concerns over coal ash: 5 things to know

06/17/2014 12:40am
and whether it's affected their health — in the wake of revelations of possible well contamination.

Here is the latest Nevada news from The Associated Press

06/17/2014 2:31am
A 61-year-old man who was arrested after he told police he killed a woman Sunday at a Reno motel had been paroled from prison in November after serving more than 20 years for the murder of his fiance in southern Nevada. Reno police say Zollie Dumas surrendered to authorities. The name of the victim has not been released. Dumas suffers from a mental deficiency.

Belkin to end cycling sponsorship deal

06/17/2014 3:20am
Dutch professional cycling team Team Belkin is looking for a new title sponsor after Belkin announced it is withdrawing its backing at the end of 2014.

German investor confidence slips 6th month in row

06/17/2014 3:50am
A survey shows that German investor confidence has fallen for the sixth consecutive month and has hit its lowest level since December 2012 amid concerns about a soft patch in Europe's largest economy.

Ohio teacher loses position over Facebook posts

06/17/2014 4:20am
A northeastern Ohio school teacher has lost his job following Facebook posts the school board said were racist and derogatory.

EXCHANGE: Public housing farm creates jobs

06/17/2014 6:01am
Kenyatte Moore, 28, a self-professed carnivore, liked veggies after learning how to grow them.

China blocks alliance of world's biggest shippers

06/17/2014 6:20am
A plan by the world's three biggest container shipping operators to create an alliance has been scrapped after Chinese authorities blocked it.

US consumer prices rise 0.4 percent in May, biggest increase in 15 months, with food costs up

06/17/2014 6:41am
US consumer prices rise 0.4 percent in May, biggest increase in 15 months, with food costs up.

US home construction fell 6.5 pct. in May; starts down for single-family houses and apartments

06/17/2014 6:41am
US home construction fell 6.5 pct. in May; starts down for single-family houses and apartments.

Reynolds expanding e-cigarette nationally

06/17/2014 6:50am
Reynolds American Inc. plans to begin national distribution of its Vuse brand electronic cigarette next week.

Toby Keith's bar in Syracuse owes $250K in taxes

06/17/2014 7:01am
The New York location of country music star Toby Keith's chain of restaurants owes more than a quarter-million dollars in sales taxes to the state.

US home building declined 6.5 percent in May

06/17/2014 7:20am
The pace of U.S home construction slipped in May with many Americans still struggling to afford new houses.

US stock futures little changed

06/17/2014 7:20am
U.S. stock futures are little changed, as the Federal Reserve begins its two-day meeting. A government report out Tuesday said the pace of new home construction eased slightly last month.

US consumer prices rise 0.4 percent in May

06/17/2014 7:22am
U.S. consumer prices increased in May by the largest amount in more than a year as the cost of food and gasoline showed big gains and airline fares jumped by the largest amount in 15 years.

Poll: Miami Cuban-Americans support end to embargo

06/17/2014 7:52am
About half of Cuban-Americans surveyed in Miami support an end to the U.S. embargo of Cuba. Even more support resuming diplomatic relations with the communist island's government. That's according to a Florida International University poll released Tuesday.

CEO: iHeartRadio revenue 'hundreds of millions'

06/17/2014 8:01am
Clear Channel CEO Bob Pittman says online streaming service iHeartRadio makes "hundreds of millions" of dollars in annual revenue, putting it in the range of Internet radio leader Pandora.

Dollar mixed

06/17/2014 8:11am
The U.S. dollar is mixed against other North American currencies in New York trading.

In NC hamlet, residents worry over coal ash ponds

06/17/2014 8:51am
The sweet tea served in the tidy kitchen of Joanne Thomas' antebellum home comes with an ominous warning.

In NC hamlet, residents worry over coal ash ponds

06/17/2014 8:51am
The sweet tea served in the tidy kitchen of Joanne Thomas' antebellum home comes with an ominous warning.

Grain lower, livestock higher

06/17/2014 8:52am
Grain futures were lower Tuesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.

House Republicans book $30M in television ads

06/17/2014 9:01am
House Republican and Democratic campaign committees have already booked almost $75 million in ads ahead of November's elections, stacking planned ads atop airtime slots already set aside by the candidates themselves and super PACs.

Here is the latest Nevada news from The Associated Press

06/17/2014 9:01am
Police are looking for the driver of a car that jumped a curb in Las Vegas and seriously injured an 11-year-old boy last night. Police say the car struck the boy while he was standing on the sidewalk, and the driver left the scene. The car was later found by a police officer, but the driver has not been found. The boy was hospitalized in serious condition.

US CEOs more optimistic on hiring, sales this year

06/17/2014 9:31am
Optimism among chief executives of large U.S. companies has reached a two-year high, driven by a more positive outlook toward hiring and sales.

Valeant planning hostile bid for Allergan

06/17/2014 9:40am
Valeant plans to take a buyout offer for Allergan directly to its shareholders this week, as the Botox maker continues to rebuff its proposals that have risen as high as $53 billion.

Prosecutors probe bugging of Polish top officials

06/17/2014 9:41am
Polish prosecutors on Tuesday launched a criminal investigation into the recording of a private conversation between the country's interior minister and the head of the central bank that was recently published by a magazine.

Siemens, Mitsubishi make case for deal to rival GE

06/17/2014 9:51am
The CEOs from Siemens and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries met with the French president on Tuesday to promote their joint offer to buy parts of French engineering company Alstom and head off a rival bid from General Electric Co.

World stocks mixed after US economic data

06/17/2014 10:11am
World stock markets struggled to rise Tuesday after mixed U.S. economic data and as investors became cautious ahead of a U.S. Federal Reserve meeting.

House GOP measure blocks IRS on political groups

06/17/2014 10:20am
A GOP-controlled House committee unveiled legislation Tuesday to block the Internal Revenue Service from issuing new rules intended to rein in the use of tax-exempt groups for political campaigning.


06/17/2014 10:21am
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Health group suing Vegas-area school district

06/17/2014 10:31am
A health plan consultant is suing the Clark County School District, saying administrators missed a deadline and wrongfully canceled its contract Dec. 31.

FDA prepping long-awaited plan to reduce salt

06/17/2014 10:41am
Food companies and restaurants could soon face government pressure to make their foods less salty — a long-awaited federal effort to try to prevent thousands of deaths each year from heart disease and stroke.

UK says cyber-spies monitor Facebook, Google use

06/17/2014 10:43am
The U.K.'s electronic spy agency is legally allowed to track the online activities of millions of Britons who use U.S.-based platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Google, Britain's top counterterrorism official has said.

Report: Chinese phone comes preloaded with spyware

06/17/2014 10:51am
A cheap brand of Chinese-made smartphones carried by major online retailers comes preinstalled with espionage software, a German security firm said Tuesday.

Blast hits Ukraine pipeline, terrorism suspected

06/17/2014 10:51am
An explosion hit a pipeline carrying Russian natural gas across Ukraine to Europe on Tuesday, and the government said it suspected it may have been a "terrorist act."

Report: Vegas-area employment will rebound by 2016

06/17/2014 11:21am
The southern Nevada economy is on the rebound, and employment will return to pre-recession levels by early 2016, according to forecasters at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

$1,000-a-pill Sovaldi jolts US health care system

06/17/2014 11:33am
Your money or your life?

Big tobacco looks to keep pace with e-cigarettes

06/17/2014 11:52am
Tobacco companies are moving quickly to keep pace with the evolution of their industry by embracing the increasingly popular e-cigarettes and making them more available to consumers.

$1,000-a-pill Sovaldi jolts US health care system

06/17/2014 12:01pm
The latest pill for hepatitis C sounds like a difficult choice.

GM sales, used-car values hold up through recalls

06/17/2014 12:11pm
Consumers looking for a used vehicle aren't shying away from GM models — even though more than 20 million GM cars and trucks have been recalled this year.

Major retailers agree to list unit prices online

06/17/2014 12:21pm
Shoppers can skip the math. It's about to get easier to compare prices on products from breakfast cereals to toothpaste at some of the nation's major online retailers.

Vilsack in Europe to make US case on farm trade

06/17/2014 12:22pm
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has come to Europe to make the U.S. case on disputed issues in farm trade, as the Obama administration and European Union negotiate a new trade and investment agreement.

Brat makes 1st appearance since beating Cantor

06/17/2014 12:41pm
Dave Brat, the insurgent GOP candidate who took down House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, launched his general election campaign Tuesday with the beginnings of a campaign message of economic prosperity for Virginians. He's hired a spokesman experienced in Virginia state politics. But office equipment? Working on it.

Apple, publishers settle on damages in e-book case

06/17/2014 12:51pm
Apple and several major publishers have reached a settlement on the damages owed in a case that concluded the companies illegally conspired to drive up the prices of digital books.

Fish taken from California hatcheries amid drought

06/17/2014 1:01pm
Workers evacuated rainbow trout on Tuesday from a hatchery on the American River as part of rescue efforts prompted by concerns that California's drought will increase water temperatures and kill the fish.

UPS to consider box size in ground-shipping prices

06/17/2014 1:21pm
UPS says it will consider box size when setting prices for ground shipment of parcels within the U.S. and Canada.

Troubled Phoenix VA doled out $10M in bonuses

06/17/2014 1:21pm
Workers at the Phoenix VA Health Care System — where investigators say veterans' health was jeopardized when employees covered up long wait times for patients — received about $10 million in bonuses, newly released records show.

Trade deals signed as China premier visits UK

06/17/2014 1:21pm
China's premier has made an official visit to London marked with pomp and ceremony -- and the signing of trade deals with Britain that are worth billions of dollars.


06/17/2014 1:21pm
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06/17/2014 1:31pm
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Gold falls, silver rises

06/17/2014 1:31pm
The June gold contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange closed today at $1271.70 an ounce -- down $3.20.

Crude falls

06/17/2014 1:31pm
Crude oil futures prices ended lower on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The near-month contract for the benchmark grade fell 54 cents -- closing at $106.36 a barrel.

Dollar mixed

06/17/2014 1:31pm
The U.S. dollar is mixed against other North American currencies in New York trading.

Grain mostly lower, livestock mixed

06/17/2014 1:41pm
Grain futures were mostly lower Tuesday on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Grain mostly lower, livestock mixed

06/17/2014 1:41pm
Grain futures were mostly lower Tuesday on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Could Texas' Perry be mulling move to California?

06/17/2014 1:51pm
Could Texas Gov. Rick Perry be California dreamin'?

Wisconsin's Walker dogged by a promise not kept

06/17/2014 2:30pm
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is best known for what he did three years ago.

Ralph Lauren reflects on 5 decades in fashion

06/17/2014 2:41pm
For Ralph Lauren, the American flag is not just a motif. When he uses the flag as inspiration for his designs — including his U.S. Olympic uniforms — he believes in what that represents.

Amazon is about to jump into smartphones

06/17/2014 2:51pm
Amazon, a company of seemingly boundless ambition, appears to be venturing into yet another market: smartphones.

Obama setting aside massive Pacific Ocean preserve

06/17/2014 2:51pm
Vowing to protect fragile marine life, President Barack Obama acted Tuesday to create the world's largest ocean preserve by expanding a national monument his predecessor established in waters thousands of miles from the American mainland.

Elon Musk takes on carbon with solar, battery bets

06/17/2014 2:51pm
The energy world is not keeping up with Elon Musk, so he's trying to take matters into his own hands.

More ocean off Massachusetts open for wind energy

06/17/2014 3:04pm
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell say a large area off the coast is being opened for commercial wind energy leases.

Lawmakers: IRS lost more emails in tea party probe

06/17/2014 3:11pm
The Internal Revenue Service has lost more emails connected to the tea party investigation, congressional investigators said Tuesday.

Canadian government approves pipeline that would allow oil to be shipped to Asia.

06/17/2014 3:11pm
Canadian government approves pipeline that would allow oil to be shipped to Asia. .

2 new insurers interested in joining kynect

06/17/2014 3:11pm
At least two new insurance companies say they want to sell policies on Kentucky's state-run health exchange after more than 421,000 people signed up for health insurance during the first round of open enrollment.

App Watch: Facebook's Slingshot for fleeting posts

06/17/2014 3:11pm
Facebook is taking another stab at ephemeral mobile messaging with an app called Slingshot.

Inflation data give Fed another topic for debate

06/17/2014 3:21pm
The Federal Reserve received some further cause for discussion at its policy meeting this week with a report Tuesday of a surprising jump in consumer inflation.

Lawyer for Stanley Marsh 3: Artist, businessman who created road-side 'Cadillac Ranch' is dead

06/17/2014 3:21pm
Lawyer for Stanley Marsh 3: Artist, businessman who created road-side 'Cadillac Ranch' is dead.


06/17/2014 3:31pm
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Dr. Oz scolded at hearing on weight loss scams

06/17/2014 3:52pm
Under pressure from Congress, celebrity doctor Mehmet Oz on Tuesday offered to help "drain the swamp" of unscrupulous marketers using his name to peddle so-called miracle pills and cure-alls to millions of Americans desperate to lose weight.

YouTube to launch music service amid indie dispute

06/17/2014 3:52pm
YouTube will launch a new subscription music service, the company acknowledged Tuesday after being dragged into a public dispute over royalties that will result in the blockade of some independent artists' music videos.

Gov't pays 76 percent of premium under health law

06/17/2014 4:10pm
People who signed up for coverage under President Barack Obama's health care law are paying about $80 a month in premiums on average, the administration reported Wednesday.

Pension cuts before tax increase, Corbett says

06/17/2014 4:11pm
Gov. Tom Corbett acknowledged Tuesday that Pennsylvania's budget situation is not pretty but insisted he will not listen to arguments for a tax increase until lawmakers pass major legislation slashing public employee pension costs.

NC House cancels meeting on medical marijuana bill

06/17/2014 4:31pm
A House committee was poised to consider a bill Tuesday that would have cleared the way for use of a kind of medicinal marijuana to treat a seizure disorder. But the committee meeting was cancelled just before it was scheduled to meet.

NYC jury picked for ex-hedge fund owner's brother

06/17/2014 4:41pm
A jury was chosen Tuesday for the insider trading trial of the brother of an imprisoned onetime billionaire hedge fund founder.

Capitol's spending bosses rare bipartisan success

06/17/2014 5:01pm
On the face of it, one of the most powerful pairings in Washington is a hopeless mismatch — a former social worker and liberal Democrat from Baltimore's working-class Fells Point neighborhood and an old-school, cigar-chomping GOP conservative raised in a dry county in the mountains of southeastern Kentucky.

Washington residents rail against oil shipments

06/17/2014 5:01pm
Numerous speakers told a state Senate committee Tuesday that they oppose the rapid increase in railcars carrying crude oil from the Bakken fields of North Dakota and Montana through the state.

NC lawmakers, McCrory hone in on budget variances

06/17/2014 5:01pm
Senate Republicans and Gov. Pat McCrory staked out claims Tuesday on their preferences for North Carolina's 2015 budget as negotiations moved up a notch in intensity, now that the House has passed its spending plan.

Congress nears $48.3B foreign operations budget

06/17/2014 5:11pm
Senate appropriators on Tuesday advanced a $48.3 billion budget for foreign aid and State Department work next year.

Feds want time to decide on retrial for BP

06/17/2014 5:13pm
Federal prosecutors are asking a judge for additional time to decide whether they should appeal an order throwing out the conviction of a former BP engineer in connection with the 2010 Gulf oil spill investigation.

American Airlines cutting flights to Venezuela

06/17/2014 5:20pm
American Airlines said Tuesday that it will cut nearly 80 percent of its flights to Venezuela in a dispute over revenue being held by the South American country.

2 Russian journalists killed in eastern Ukraine

06/17/2014 5:31pm
Two Russian journalists for a Russian state-owned TV channel died Tuesday in eastern Ukraine after being hit by mortar fire, the Rossiya 24 network said.

Argentina plans debt swap for restructured debt

06/17/2014 6:02pm
The Argentine economy minister said Tuesday the government is working on a debt swap that would make payments in Argentina to creditors who accepted previous debt restructurings.

Forecast shows uptick in Washington state revenue

06/17/2014 6:11pm
Slow economic growth is expected to continue in Washington state, but officials on Tuesday warned that the state still faces a "significant budget challenge" while writing a new two-year budget next year.

Businessman accused of bilking investors arrested

06/17/2014 6:20pm
Federal prosecutors say a businessman accused of swindling churchgoers in an investment scheme has been arrested.

Bill that would have made California first state to require warnings on sugary drinks fails

06/17/2014 6:21pm
Bill that would have made California first state to require warnings on sugary drinks fails.

North Dakota pumps 1 million barrels of oil a day

06/17/2014 6:31pm
North Dakota has joined the ranks of the few places in the world that produce more than a million barrels of oil per day, due in large part to the rich Bakken shale formation in the western part of the state.

Oregon expands coordinated care to state workers

06/17/2014 6:31pm
Elements of Gov. John Kitzhaber's effort to improve the health care system are expanding from Medicaid patients to state employees and their families.

Despite uptick in inflation, Fed likely to remain in wait-and-see mode at this week's meeting

06/17/2014 6:51pm
A surprising jump in consumer inflation has given the Federal Reserve something more to discuss at this week's policy meeting.

Prosecutor details 14 killings in Blackwater trial

06/17/2014 7:20pm
In a recitation of death and destruction, a federal prosecutor on Tuesday chronicled for a jury the alleged conduct of four Blackwater security guards accused of killing 14 Iraqis and wounding 18 others in downtown Baghdad nearly seven years ago.

US, SunTrust announce nearly $1B settlement

06/17/2014 7:21pm
SunTrust has agreed to pay nearly $1 billion to resolve allegations that it underwrote and endorsed faulty mortgage loans, the Justice Department announced Tuesday.

Man accused of swindling churchgoers arrested

06/17/2014 7:30pm
A businessman accused of swindling churchgoers in an investment scheme was arrested Tuesday on fraud charges, federal prosecutors in Atlanta said.

Japan logs 23rd month of trade deficit in May

06/17/2014 7:50pm
Japan logged its 23rd successive month of trade deficits in May, as exports and imports both declined despite signs of recovering demand in the U.S. and Europe.

New Jersey hospital to offer veterans priority

06/17/2014 8:00pm
Veterans will go to the front of the line at a private New Jersey health care system under a new program being started in response to problems with the federal Veterans Administration's health system.

Audit: California agency not ensuring limo safety

06/17/2014 8:00pm
Citing incidents like the 2013 limousine fire that killed five women on the San Mateo Bridge, California's state auditor said Tuesday that the commission responsible for overseeing passenger carriers has failed to ensure consumer safety.

Canada OKs oil pipeline to the Pacific Coast

06/17/2014 8:31pm
Canada's government on Tuesday approved a controversial pipeline proposal that would bring oil to the Pacific Coast for shipment to Asia, a major step in the country's efforts to diversify its oil exports if it can overcome fierce opposition from environmental and aboriginal groups.

Obama at NY fundraisers, including gay donor gala

06/17/2014 8:41pm
To a raucous embrace, President Barack Obama told gay donors Tuesday that American society and its laws have advanced the cause of gay rights over the past 10 years but said the job was hardly over in the United States and especially abroad.