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Chinese officials will buy more electric cars

07/13/2014 4:10am
At least 30 percent of newly purchased government cars will be electric and other types of "new energy vehicles," China's official news agency reported Sunday, as the country attempts to tackle air pollution and encourage the electric car market.

Massachusetts Sen. Warren hits road for Democrats

07/13/2014 6:40am
Sen. Elizabeth Warren is quickly becoming a top Democratic fundraiser and campaign powerhouse, hitting the road on behalf of candidates in key races the party will need to win to retain control of the U.S. Senate in November.

See how they run: The 2016 presidential checklist

07/13/2014 7:00am
For a year, The Associated Press has been tracking movements and machinations of more than a dozen prospective presidential candidates. Here's the latest presidential prep checklist:

Chinese firm buys UK's Pizza Express chain

07/13/2014 9:00am
Pizza Express, one of Britain's best-known chain restaurants, has been sold to a Chinese private equity firm for about 900 million pounds ($1.5 billion.)

Dentist on road, treats elderly in nursing homes

07/13/2014 9:10am
Add this to the list of things that get more difficult as we grow older: Going to the dentist.

US, Germany vow cooperation despite espionage spat

07/13/2014 9:20am
The United States and Germany put a brave face on an escalating espionage dispute, stressing on Sunday the importance of their cooperation to solving several global crises but offering little indication they've fully mended ties.

Developer determined to find use of old hospital

07/13/2014 11:20am
A developer who has owned the vacant Halstead Hospital and Hertzler Clinic for eight years is still promising that to reopen it, if he can get some help from the government.

Teachers become students to improve classes

07/13/2014 11:30am
MaryAnn DiMaria stood before a blank canvas, holding a pencil in one hand and a small magazine photo of a young Bob Dylan in the other.

Young entrepreneurs climb trees to learn teamwork

07/13/2014 11:30am
Neon ropes hung down like strangler fig vines from an old oak tree named Charlotte. Students strapped onto each line and pulled themselves up toward the canopy. Some paused to flip upside down, letting their hair fall beneath their inverted heads.

Public, industry weigh in on oil train safety

07/13/2014 12:30pm
The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is drafting regulations to improve the safety of rail shipments of crude oil following a series derailments, explosions and fires. With billions of dollars at stake, the railroad, oil, ethanol and chemical industries have been trying to shape the rules to their advantage in a series of meetings with the White House and PHMSA. A key issue is tougher standards for tank cars used to ship oil. The public has weighed in primarily through letters, emails and phone calls to the agency.

'Planet of the Apes' thumps chest with $73M debut

07/13/2014 1:03pm
The monkey business is a good business to be in at the box office.

Engineering company Aecom to buy URS for $4B

07/13/2014 1:30pm
Engineering design company Aecom Technology Corp. said Sunday it is buying URS Corp. for $4 billion in cash and stock, or about $56.31 per URS share.

Early results show newcomers win Slovenia vote

07/13/2014 1:51pm
A party led by a political newcomer better known as the son of Slovenia's famous Olympic medalist won the most votes Sunday in the second early election in three years, according to preliminary returns. The outcome meant potentially more uncertainty for a small eurozone nation struggling to pull out of an economic downturn.

US gas prices drop 4 cents to $3.67 a gallon

07/13/2014 2:20pm
A survey says the average price of a gallon of regular gasoline in the U.S. has fallen 4 cents over the last three weeks to $3.67.

FBI cyber expert is ex-discount furniture salesman

07/13/2014 2:50pm
J. Keith Mularski's world has expanded greatly since he stopped selling discount furniture to join the FBI in 1998. Especially since he transferred from Washington, D.C., in 2005 to fill a vacancy in the Pittsburgh field office's cyber squad — which he now heads.

BLM to remove fewer mustangs across West

07/13/2014 3:41pm
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management says it will remove fewer wild horses and burros from the range across the West this summer because of budget constraints and overflowing holding pens.

INFLUENCE GAME: Shaping railroad safety rules

07/13/2014 4:40pm
A string of fiery train derailments across the country has triggered a high-stakes but behind-the-scenes campaign to shape how the government responds to calls for tighter safety rules.

Nevada pot initiative backers launch ad campaign

07/13/2014 5:41pm
A group that seeks to legalize marijuana for recreational use in Nevada is launching its first ad campaign in a unique venue.

200 evacuated in New Jersey train derailment

07/13/2014 8:40pm
Authorities say 200 passengers have been evacuated from a passenger train that derailed in New Jersey.

Outage: Monorail train evacuated at Disney in Fla

07/13/2014 9:00pm
A Walt Disney World spokeswoman says dozens of passengers were safely evacuated from a monorail train halted by a power outage during bad weather at its central Florida amusement complex. She says no one was hurt.

Asian stocks rebound after Portuguese bank scare

07/13/2014 10:10pm
Asian stocks rebounded Monday from jitters about a struggling Portuguese bank as investors looked ahead to a busy week of data releases in the U.S., China and Europe.

U. Iowa ad campaign seeks more students, and money

07/13/2014 11:40pm
Iowans are going to hear, read and see a lot about the University of Iowa in the coming weeks.