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Three-wheeled Elio gets closer to going on sale

08/15/2014 1:00am
Your next commuter car might have two seats, three wheels and get 84 miles to the gallon.

Web marketer stands trial amid China crackdown

08/15/2014 2:30am
The founder of a web marketing company has pleaded guilty to helping delete Internet posts and spreading false information to make money and gain followers, Chinese media reported Friday, using the case to praise a government crackdown on online expression.

Billionaire Berggruen drops stake in German chain

08/15/2014 2:50am
German-American billionaire Nicolas Berggruen has given up his stake in Germany's Karstadt department store chain after failing to turn the ailing company around.

U. Iowa makes changes in economic development jobs

08/15/2014 3:10am
The University of Iowa is announcing staff changes as administrators try to step up the school's support for businesses and entrepreneurs.

HK economy slows as China tourists spend less

08/15/2014 4:01am
Hong Kong cut its forecast for the economy on Friday after quarterly growth fell to its lowest in nearly two years on a sharp drop in spending by Chinese tourists.

Lake body may be suspected Liechtenstein shooter

08/15/2014 4:10am
Police say a body found drifting in Lake Constance may be that of a former Liechtenstein fund manager suspected of fatally shooting a bank's chief executive earlier this year.

New Williston high school, fire station take shape

08/15/2014 6:01am
The growing western North Dakota oil patch hub of Williston is planning a second fire station and a new high school, and doubling the size of its wastewater treatment plant.

Media: Thailand bans surrogate babies from leaving

08/15/2014 6:40am
Several couples from the United States and Australia have been prevented from leaving Thailand with surrogate babies as part of a government crackdown on the burgeoning commercial surrogacy industry, an Australian broadcaster reported Friday.

US producer prices tick up 0.1 percent as gas costs fall, in latest sign of tame inflation

08/15/2014 6:40am
US producer prices tick up 0.1 percent as gas costs fall, in latest sign of tame inflation.

Here is the latest Idaho news from The Associated Press

08/15/2014 6:51am
Federal investigators say they found no evidence of mechanical malfunctions in an experimental airplane before a 2012 crash that killed Micron CEO Steve Appleton. The NTSB also says Appleton didn't take specialized training before crashing while taking off from the airport in Boise, where Micron is based. The report doesn't say what caused the crash that killed the head of the memory chip company.

US producer prices rise just 0.1 percent in July

08/15/2014 6:52am
Falling gasoline costs lowered the prices that U.S. companies received for their goods and services last month, keeping overall inflation in check.

US factory output jumps 1 percent in July; autos, furniture, textiles and metals lead gains

08/15/2014 7:20am
US factory output jumps 1 percent in July; autos, furniture, textiles and metals lead gains.

US stocks open higher, head for weekly gain

08/15/2014 7:40am
U.S. stocks are opening higher as the market heads for a solid weekly gain.

Lehman unsecured creditors to get distribution

08/15/2014 7:40am
Unsecured general creditors of Lehman Brothers will get $4.6 billion in their first round of payouts from the bankrupt investment bank next month.

Hungary: Sanctions on Russia more damaging to West

08/15/2014 7:51am
Hungary's prime minister said the West is "shooting itself in the foot" with inadequately thought through economic sanctions against Russia.

HK news boss counters rival's fake obit with video

08/15/2014 7:51am
A Hong Kong pro-democracy media magnate appeared in a humorous video to counter a fake obituary of him published Thursday in a rival newspaper.

Correction: Film Crew-Train Crash story

08/15/2014 8:01am
In some versions of a story Aug. 14 about a movie production company being cited for workplace safety violations related to a fatal train crash in Georgia, The Associated Press erroneously reported the first name of the singer who is the subject of the film. His name is Gregg Allman, not Greg.

US factory output surges in July

08/15/2014 8:01am
U.S. factory output rose for the sixth consecutive month in July, led by a jump in the production of motor vehicles, furniture, textiles and metals.

Dollar mixed

08/15/2014 8:11am
The U.S. dollar is mixed against other North American currencies in New York trading.

Foreign holdings of Treasury debt top $6 trillion

08/15/2014 8:20am
Foreign buyers of U.S. Treasury securities increased their holdings in June, topping $6 trillion for the first time.

Three-wheeled Elio gets closer to going on sale

08/15/2014 8:32am
Your next commuter car could have two seats, three wheels and get 84 miles to the gallon.


08/15/2014 8:51am
Early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade Fri.:

Grain mixed, livestock higher

08/15/2014 9:01am
Grain futures were mixed Friday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Mobile dental office offers root canals on wheels

08/15/2014 9:11am
Locksmith Kevin Whitesides had just finished his shift at The Mirage when it was time for a visit to the dentist.

Beef from 2 Whole Foods stores recalled

08/15/2014 9:20am
Two Massachusetts Whole Foods Market stores are recalling 368 pounds of ground beef that may be contaminated with E. coli bacteria.

Regents give preliminary OK to projects budget

08/15/2014 9:31am
The Kansas Board of Regents gave preliminary approval to a $38.6 million budget for specific projects at universities but rejected a suggestion to seek a $23.8 million funding increase to cover inflation.

UW-Stevens Point to go tobacco-free

08/15/2014 9:41am
The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point plans to go tobacco-free this month.

Simplot workers continue strike in Grand Forks

08/15/2014 9:51am
Striking workers at the J.R. Simplot Co. potato processing plant in Grand Forks have rejected the company's latest contract offer.

400,000 must reapply for health coverage

08/15/2014 10:01am
The state is launching a major effort to reach out to almost 400,000 Massachusetts residents who must reapply for health insurance because they were enrolled in temporary plans after the state's health care marketplace website crashed last year.

Holocaust Museum finds site for archive facility

08/15/2014 10:20am
The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum has identified a site in suburban Maryland for a new, $40 million facility that will house its archives.


08/15/2014 10:21am
Sales, noon price and net change of the 15 most active New York Stock Exchange issues, trading nationally.

Cooley Law School cutting faculty, staff positions

08/15/2014 10:41am
Thomas M. Cooley Law School is cutting faculty and staff positions at its Michigan campuses.

Arrested federal judge keeps getting $200K salary

08/15/2014 11:11am
An Alabama federal judge stripped of his caseload following his arrest on domestic violence charges in Atlanta will continue receiving his annual salary of nearly $200,000.

Execution drug cost quadruples for Texas prisons

08/15/2014 11:40am
Texas is paying four times more for its execution drugs from a new supplier, putting it in line with a local consumer rate but well below the cost in at least one other death penalty state.

FDA clears Avastin for late-stage cervical cancer

08/15/2014 11:51am
The Food and Drug Administration has approved Genentech's Avastin for a new use against late-stage cervical cancer, the seventh indication for the blockbuster biotech drug.

Gore sues Al Jazeera America for unpaid millions

08/15/2014 11:52am
Former Vice President Al Gore is suing Al Jazeera America, saying the news network is withholding tens of millions of dollars that it owes for buying Current TV from him and other shareholders for $500 million last year.

US rig count up 5 to 1,913

08/15/2014 12:11pm
Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. rose five this week to 1,913.

App Watch: Foursquare vamps up

08/15/2014 12:31pm
A loyal Foursquare user since 2010, I was annoyed to learn that my favorite "check-in" app was reinventing itself.

Supervalu becomes latest to suffer data breach

08/15/2014 12:31pm
A data breach at Supervalu may have impacted as many as 200 of its grocery and liquor stores and potentially affected retail chains recently sold by the company in two dozen states.

Husband of UPS pilot sues over deadly crash

08/15/2014 12:41pm
The husband of a Tennessee pilot killed in the crash of a UPS cargo jet in Alabama is suing the company that makes equipment used in the aircraft.

Sen. Ron Wyden calls for surveillance policy shift

08/15/2014 12:51pm
Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon is calling for a shift in surveillance policy.

California moves to keep film production at home

08/15/2014 1:01pm
Hoping to keep film production in California, lawmakers have moved to quadruple tax subsidies for location shoots.

Autistic boy's pig a big draw at Weber County fair

08/15/2014 1:11pm
The crowd erupted in applause and began chanting his name as 13-year-old Tucker Doak entered the ring at Weber County's Fair to auction off his hog.

Money laundering charge added to FedEx drug case

08/15/2014 1:13pm
Federal prosecutors say several addicts died soon after receiving shipments of illegal prescription drugs via FedEx.


08/15/2014 1:21pm
Futures trading on the Chicago Board of Trade Fri.:

Gold, silver fall

08/15/2014 1:31pm
The August gold contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange closed today at $1304.50 an ounce -- down $9.40.

Crude rises

08/15/2014 1:31pm
Crude oil futures prices ended higher on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The near-month contract for the benchmark grade rose $1.77 -- closing at $97.35 a barrel.

Dollar mixed

08/15/2014 1:31pm
The U.S. dollar is mixed against other North American currencies in New York trading.

Grain and livestock mostly higher

08/15/2014 1:32pm
Grain futures were mostly higher Friday on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Correction: SmallBiz-Autistic Owners story

08/15/2014 1:32pm
In a story Aug. 13 about business owners with autism, The Associated Press reported erroneously the name and abbreviation of the Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center, or SARRC.

Grain and livestock mostly higher

08/15/2014 1:41pm
Grain futures were mostly higher Friday on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Grain and livestock mostly higher

08/15/2014 1:41pm
Grain futures were mostly higher Friday on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Correction: Berkshire Hathaway Investments

08/15/2014 1:51pm
In a story Aug. 14 about changes to Berkshire Hathaway's stock portfolio, The Associated Press reported erroneously the company had reduced its stake in engineering and construction firm Chicago Bridge & Iron Co. by 1.1 million shares. Berkshire Hathaway has increased its position in Chicago Bridge & Iron by 1.2 million shares.

OSU wins grant for manufacturing innovation

08/15/2014 1:51pm
Oregon State University researchers are hoping to restore some lost U.S. manufacturing jobs by developing improved injection molding techniques using a $590,000 grant from Wal-Mart.

No bidders for possibly booby-trapped land

08/15/2014 2:01pm
No one bid for the compound of a tax-evading couple convicted of amassing an arsenal of weapons and holding federal law enforcement officials at bay for months.

Stocks overcome a midday tumble on Ukraine

08/15/2014 2:11pm
The stock market recovered from a midday swoon caused by the latest worries over Ukraine and ended little changed.

Figures on government spending and debt

08/15/2014 2:11pm
Figures on government spending and debt (last six digits are eliminated). The government's fiscal year runs Oct. 1 through Sept. 30.

Renewed fighting in Ukraine rattles stocks

08/15/2014 2:31pm
Renewed fighting in Ukraine rattled markets on Friday. Reports that Ukrainian forces attacked Russian military vehicles that had crossed the border knocked stock markets down in the afternoon and sent traders into the safety of U.S. government bonds.

US: Puppy imports must be healthy, 6 months old

08/15/2014 2:51pm
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved a regulation that will require all imported puppies to be at least 6 months old, healthy and up-to-date on vaccinations.

Jeb Bush lends political star power to Rick Scott

08/15/2014 3:11pm
Jeb Bush is lending his political star power to embattled Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who is locked in a tight race for re-election in the nation's largest swing-voting state.

Execution drug cost quadruples for Texas prisons

08/15/2014 3:31pm
Texas is paying four times more for its execution drugs from a new supplier, putting it in line with a local consumer rate but well below the cost in at least one other death penalty state.

Official: Feds should look at e-cigs on planes

08/15/2014 3:41pm
Federal authorities should consider further restrictions for electronic cigarettes on planes, airport officials said after one of the devices apparently started a small fire that forced passengers to briefly evacuate a plane last weekend.


08/15/2014 3:41pm
A snapshot of major stock and commodities market indicators Friday:


08/15/2014 3:41pm
Most active Nasdaq issues.

Sen. Ron Wyden calls for surveillance policy shift

08/15/2014 3:42pm
When it comes to searches by law enforcement, U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden believes people's online communication should have just as much protection as their homes and property.

Clinton's break with Obama on Syria _ what's next

08/15/2014 4:00pm
Hillary Rodham Clinton's split with President Barack Obama over a foreign policy "organizing principle" isn't likely to be the last time differences emerge between the two. How she handles those breaks could be among her biggest challenges to a successful run for president in 2016.

Fire underneath New Jersey bridge contained

08/15/2014 4:11pm
Construction work on the 82-year-old Pulaski Skyway likely caused a fire at the base of a bridge pillar Friday, sending smoke billowing over the area but not causing any structural damage to the span, a state transportation official said.

Pigs, cows and votes: Candidates try for farm cred

08/15/2014 4:20pm
For candidates in the Midwest, almost nothing tops a photo opportunity with a barnyard animal or a colorful anecdote about life on the farm.

Rival bidders aim to derail Chiquita-Fyffes deal

08/15/2014 4:30pm
An investor group representing rival bidders is asking shareholders of Chiquita Brands to vote against the banana company's proposed combination with Irish produce distributor Fyffes.

Drive-unit warranty on Tesla Model S now 8 years

08/15/2014 4:30pm
Electric car maker Tesla Motors says it has extended the drive-unit warranty for its Model S sedan to make it good for eight years and unlimited miles.

Mexico fines Chinese trade center $555,000

08/15/2014 4:50pm
Mexican environmental authorities have levied a $555,000 fine against a project to build a massive trade center south of Cancun to showcase Chinese products.

Commuter train delayed after collision with truck

08/15/2014 5:01pm
Four people suffered minor injuries when a commuter train hit a maintenance truck in North Salt Lake Friday.

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08/15/2014 5:01pm
Trading for the week in New York Stock Exchange issues:

FDA approves Biogen's MS drug Plegridy

08/15/2014 5:31pm
Biogen Idec says that federal regulators have approved the specialty drugmaker's new treatment for people with relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis.

Chinese man accused of hacking for defense data

08/15/2014 5:31pm
A federal grand jury in Los Angeles has charged a Chinese businessman with a computer hacking scheme to steal information on military projects, including fighter jets, to sell to Chinese companies.

USDA: Puppy imports must be healthy, 6 months old

08/15/2014 6:02pm
Foreign dog breeders have gone unregulated for years, shipping puppies so young and so sick that one in four died before reaching a U.S. airport, animal welfare workers say.

Company to bring new glass plant to Baton Rouge

08/15/2014 6:21pm
Glaz-Tech Industries will make a $4 million investment and create 50 new jobs in Baton Rouge at a new glass manufacturing facility, state and company officials said Friday.

Revel casino to close 8 days earlier than planned

08/15/2014 6:22pm
The $2.4 billion Revel Casino Hotel that opened just over two years ago as a hoped-for savior for Atlantic City's flagging casino industry will close a week earlier than originally planned, the company announced in an email Friday.

Feds close probe of refinery blast that killed 7

08/15/2014 7:22pm
The U.S. Justice Department said Friday it will file no criminal charges following a four-year investigation into the April 2010 explosion that killed seven workers at the Tesoro Corp. refinery in Anacortes.

Russian hacking suspect ordered held until trial

08/15/2014 7:31pm
A federal judge on Friday ordered the son of a prominent Russian lawmaker to remain in custody until his trial on computer hacking charges, after a prosecutor said evidence recovered from his laptop after his arrest in the Maldives gave new insight into the breadth of his activities.

Panama Canal turns 100 as expansion hits snags

08/15/2014 7:41pm
It was supposed to be a grand celebration of the engineering triumph that forged a nation.

John Kerry talks Asian relationships, trade pact

08/15/2014 9:31pm
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's address to Hawaii's East-West Center think tank this week drew attention primarily for its focus on the need for a constructive relationship with China to ensure regional peace and stability. However, Kerry touched also on U.S. relationships with five other key players in the region — Australia, Indonesia, Vietnam, the Philippines and Thailand — some of them locked in contentious disputes with Beijing. He also dwelt at length on the Trans-Pacific Partnership — a free trade pact the U.S. is negotiating with 11 other nations. Here's what Kerry had to say about those overlooked issues, and what it means.

Police: Chemicals in tea due to earlier mix-up

08/15/2014 9:32pm
An industrial cleaning solution that ended up in tea that a woman drank at a Utah restaurant was unintentionally mixed into a bag of sugar a month earlier, authorities said Friday.

Perry indictment exposes Texas' political divide

08/15/2014 11:13pm
A grand jury has indicted Texas Republican Gov. Rick Perry on two felony counts of abuse of power for making good on a veto threat — a case the possible 2016 presidential hopeful is dismissing as nakedly political, but which his opponents say is just deserts.