08/20/2014 12:30amAmerican cities looking to be more innovative in how they address local issues can now get a helping hand from former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's charitable foundation.
08/20/2014 2:50amJapan's trade deficit rose in July from the month before to a wider than expected 964 billion yen ($9.4 billion), though exports were higher for the first time in three months, the government said Wednesday.
08/20/2014 2:50amBeer sales in Russia, Ukraine and other Eastern European countries are down and expected to keep falling as political tensions weigh on the region's economy, brewer Carlsberg said Wednesday.
08/20/2014 3:10amState Treasurer Don Stenberg says 81 Nebraska high schools took advantage of a new, state-sponsored financial literacy program in the last school year.
08/20/2014 3:11amIt has been weeks since Donetsk last had a traffic jam.
08/20/2014 3:11amTeachers in Belvidere have returned to their classrooms without a contract.
08/20/2014 3:12amA tea party attempt to overcome a mainstream Republican came up short in Alaska as former state Attorney General Dan Sullivan won the GOP primary to become his party's candidate to take on U.S. Sen. Mark Begich in the fall.
08/20/2014 5:10amLowe's second-quarter net income increased 10 percent, bolstered by improving weather.
08/20/2014 6:50amThe nation's oldest cutlery manufacturer has filed for bankruptcy after 177 years of making knives and other kitchen tools.
08/20/2014 7:10amThe Daily Gazette of Schenectady on government transparency and New York's policy for purging emails.
08/20/2014 7:40amNew York City's Metropolitan Opera reached a deal early Wednesday with its stagehands and said it expects to avert a lockout by reaching agreements with the remaining unions.
08/20/2014 7:41amU.S. stocks are opening lower after two straight days of gains.
08/20/2014 8:20amRenewed Israel-Hamas fighting after the collapse of truce talks in Cairo highlights the steep obstacles to ending the Gaza war. Israel's leadership is under domestic pressure not to hand achievements to Hamas after the Islamic militant group fired thousands of rockets at Israel in the past six weeks. Hamas feels it can't afford to settle for vague Israeli promises about an easing of the blockade of the strip after a war that killed more than 2,000 Gazans and left 100,000 homeless. With chances for diplomacy fading, there's a risk of protracted fighting. Here's a look at what each side wants.
08/20/2014 8:21amFormer state Attorney General Dan Sullivan became the latest mainstream Republican to turn back a tea party challenger, winning the Alaska GOP primary to become his party's candidate to take on U.S. Sen. Mark Begich in the fall.
08/20/2014 8:21amCompanies that insure Medicaid patients in Massachusetts are pressing for an increase in the payments they receive from the state for serving low-income residents.
08/20/2014 8:30amDavenport University says it plans to offer an employment guarantee for all accounting students.
08/20/2014 8:51amEgyptian officials promised Wednesday to end rolling power blackouts that have plagued the country within four months, blaming the outages on a fuel shortage, hot weather and poor maintenance of power plants.
08/20/2014 8:51amChancellor Angela Merkel's emergence as a leader in efforts to resolve Ukraine's crisis — showcased by a visit to Kiev this weekend — underlines Germany's increasing ambition to transform itself from economic power to diplomatic heavyweight.
08/20/2014 8:51amMembers of Tangipahoa Parish's black community gathered at the school system's central office Tuesday to demand the school board abandon its pursuit of a modified desegregation plan.
08/20/2014 9:00amThe state Department of Human Services says someone left a baby at an Iowa medical center under Iowa's safe haven law.
08/20/2014 9:01amThe Bank of England's consensus on maintaining record-low interest rates has crumbled after more than three years, with two members of the central bank's monetary policy committee voting to increase borrowing costs this month.
08/20/2014 9:20amHeineken NV, the Amsterdam-based brewer, has reported first half earnings that show a small drop in both revenues and profits — but says its underlying performance was good.
08/20/2014 9:30amMacy's has agreed to pay $650,000 to settle allegations of racial profiling at its flagship store in Manhattan's Herald Square.
08/20/2014 9:40amThe Missouri education department's process for seeking bids from consultants to study a possible overhaul of the Kansas City school district was biased and included potential conflicts of interest, according to an auditor's report.
08/20/2014 9:42amIt is 4 a.m. and people are already lining up outside Zimbabwe's main passport office — four hours ahead of opening time — in hopes of securing a passport that will allow them to escape their country's dearth of opportunities and search for work abroad.
08/20/2014 9:50amGermany's top culture official has voiced support for hundreds of authors who claim they're being discriminated against by online retailer Amazon amid negotiations with their publisher.
08/20/2014 10:01amU.S. stocks are drifting in midday trading as traders wait for the latest news from the Federal Reserve.
08/20/2014 10:21amRoyal Caribbean's newest ship has attractions not usually seen on cruise liners, including bumper cars, a skydiving simulator and a glass observation capsule on a mechanical arm that lifts its passengers high into the air.
08/20/2014 10:21amSales, noon price and net change of the 15 most active New York Stock Exchange issues, trading nationally.
08/20/2014 10:31amJanet Yellen has won credit for guiding the Federal Reserve's first six months of transition from the Ben Bernanke era. Bernanke's Fed had steered the U.S. economy through a grave crisis by slashing interest rates and restoring confidence in banks. Yellen has so far carried on his approach with barely a hiccup.
08/20/2014 10:40amThe Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled unconstitutional a mandatory $75,000 fine imposed on a Pittsburgh casino poker dealer convicted of having stolen $200 worth of chips.
08/20/2014 10:40amNolan Stilwell steps into his black chef's jacket. He's moving slowly, thoughtfully. His father, Randy Stilwell, helps with the sleeves and buttons. Normally Nolan would don a gauzy white cap to work in the kitchen, but today he has a show to put on. He goes instead with a snug black hat emblazoned with the words "The Jam Man" across the front, and a big smile.
08/20/2014 11:10amJanet Yellen has won credit for guiding the Federal Reserve's first six months of transition from the Ben Bernanke era. Bernanke's Fed had steered the economy through a deep crisis by slashing interest rates and restoring confidence in banks. Yellen has so far carried on his approach with barely a hiccup.
08/20/2014 11:10amBarnes & Noble and Samsung unveiled a new reading-focused tablet that will replace the bookseller's own Nook tablets.
08/20/2014 11:58amAn innovative rehab clinic has bucked the traditional rehab business model to give patients a better life. The clinic was started by Dr. Dale Hull, a local doctor who started it after a trampoline accident left him a quadriplegic.
08/20/2014 12:01pmTarget Corp. slashed its annual profit outlook for the second time in three months as the retailer reels from a massive customer-data breach, a botched Canadian expansion and sluggish U.S. sales.
08/20/2014 12:11pmGerman chip maker Infineon Technologies AG says it has agreed to pay $3 billion in cash for California-based semiconductor firm International Rectifier, which produces power-management components used in everything from cars to satellites.
08/20/2014 12:21pmCome to Venezuela and you might get a longer trip than you bargained for.
08/20/2014 12:41pmThe trustee representing Yellowstone Club creditors offered a reward Wednesday to anyone who can help uncover property or bank accounts the luxury resort's co-founder might have hidden from bankruptcy proceedings.
08/20/2014 12:41pmDubai's developer Nakheel behind the famed man-made palm-shaped islands said Wednesday it is repaying 7.9 billion dirhams, or roughly $2.15 billion this month — nearly four years before the last installment is due.
08/20/2014 1:31pmThe federal government has sold more than 400,000 acres in the western Gulf of Mexico off the Texas coast for oil and gas exploration and development.
08/20/2014 1:32pmGrain futures were lower Wednesday on the Chicago Board of Trade.
08/20/2014 1:51pmA year ago, 22 Pembroke Hill students and their driver sustained injuries when their school bus slid off a Kansas highway ramp, tipped and slammed onto the ground.
08/20/2014 1:51pmThe transition from the safe environment of high school to the realities of the working world can be rough for anyone, but add a developmental disability and the road to the real world can be that much bumpier.
08/20/2014 2:01pmGov. Bobby Jindal's revised financing plan for six LSU hospital privatization deals is running into questions from federal health officials who rejected a previous version.
08/20/2014 2:02pmSome Federal Reserve officials think the U.S. economy is improving fast enough that the Fed will need to act sooner than previously thought to slow the extraordinary support it's been providing through ultra-low interest rates.
08/20/2014 2:10pmAn Ohio man who uses a biblical reference and a statement against "poisoned waters" on billboards opposing wells for disposal of gas-drilling wastewater is fighting a legal threat from the Texas well owner on free-speech grounds.
08/20/2014 2:31pmA Hanford Nuclear Reservation contractor has been ordered to reinstate a worker who the U.S. Department of Labor says was fired for voicing concerns about nuclear and environmental safety, officials said Wednesday.
08/20/2014 2:40pmApple's stock touched a new high Wednesday, reflecting investors' renewed faith in CEO Tim Cook's ability to outwit the competition and expand the technological hit factory built by the late Steve Jobs.
08/20/2014 2:41pmThe U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a discrimination lawsuit against supermarket chain Food Lion, saying it fired a Jehovah's Witness who requested certain days off for his religion.
08/20/2014 2:51pmThe New Mexico Lottery generated $40.9 million in the most recent budget year for a popular college scholarship program but the revenue is down about 6 percent because of a slump in ticket sales.
08/20/2014 3:01pmPresident Barack Obama is considering key changes in the nation's immigration system requested by tech, industry and powerful interest groups, in a move that could blunt Republicans' election-year criticism of the president's go-it-alone approach to immigration.
08/20/2014 3:11pmPicture this: A woman walking down the street wearing a dirndl skirt and bust-hugging bodice paired with ankle boots. Or a man sporting lederhosen — leather shorts, traditionally worn with suspenders — with a T-shirt and sneakers.
08/20/2014 3:21pmMost of a reddish-brown sheen created by thousands of gallons of fuel oil that spilled into the Ohio River from a power plant was dissipating as a cleanup estimated to cost hundreds of thousands of dollars a day continued Wednesday, federal officials said.
08/20/2014 3:21pmDepleted uranium from federal energy facilities can be buried at a nuclear-waste dumping site in West Texas, state regulators decided Wednesday.
08/20/2014 3:22pmWarren Buffett's company has agreed to an $896,000 penalty for failing to tell regulators about a December 2013 investment in wallboard maker USG Corp. beforehand.
08/20/2014 3:40pmA snapshot of major stock and commodities market indicators Wednesday:
08/20/2014 3:50pmThe Arkansas lottery is to close three regional claim centers in a move that will make an extra $381,000 available for college scholarships. Six jobs will be lost.
08/20/2014 4:11pmRepublican Texas Gov. Rick Perry has formally pleaded not guilty to criminal charges of leveraging his power to try to oust a Democratic district attorney convicted of drunken driving, according to court documents obtained Wednesday.
08/20/2014 4:30pmU.S. Sen. Mark Pryor reached into his own medical history Tuesday to explain his vote on the nation's new health care law, telling Arkansans his battle with a rare cancer 18 years ago influenced him.
08/20/2014 4:40pmThe extremists of the Islamic State group have turned their social media into a theater of horror, broadcasting a stomach-turning stream of battles, bombings and beheadings to a global audience.
08/20/2014 5:22pmThe FDA announced Tuesday that nSpired Natural Foods Inc. is voluntarily recalling several lots of peanut, almond and other nut butters on fears of salmonella contamination. The nationwide recall also includes nut butters sold in Smith's Food and Drug stores.
08/20/2014 5:31pmHow much will Bank of America's expected $17 billion mortgage settlement cost the company? The answer is, almost certainly not that much.
08/20/2014 5:41pmKentucky's U.S. Senate candidates had a hard time talking about farming without slinging mud.
08/20/2014 5:42pmBank of America has reached a record settlement of nearly $17 billion to resolve an investigation into its role in the sale of mortgage-backed securities before the 2008 financial crisis, officials directly familiar with the matter said Wednesday.
08/20/2014 6:21pmArgentina will make its next round of scheduled debt payments, the economy minister said Wednesday as he defended a new plan to pay creditors locally and avoid the jurisdiction of a U.S. court that forced the country into default last month.
08/20/2014 6:40pmNorth Carolina lawmakers have approved legislation they say makes the state the nation's first to address decades of toxic water pollution from residue left behind by coal-burning electricity plants.
08/20/2014 6:50pmThey've turned to politicians, bureaucrats, businessmen and union reps to try to save their jobs at three Atlantic City casinos scheduled to close soon. Now, hundreds of soon-to-be unemployed dealers, cocktail servers and hotel workers are turning to what many say could be their last, best chance.
08/20/2014 7:00pmA power failure has knocked out the main subway line in Chile's capital, trapping thousands of riders and throwing Santiago's evening rush hour into chaos.
08/20/2014 7:01pmWhat was supposed to be a forum on agriculture turned into a political slugfest as the candidates in a key Senate race traded verbal blows on everything from attendance in committee meetings to allegations of improper campaign finance.
08/20/2014 9:40pmGrowth in China's vast manufacturing industry weakened in August, suggesting that the recovery in the world No. 2 economy is losing momentum and Beijing may need to spoon out more stimulus.
08/20/2014 10:10pmNivea dos Santos got her first job as a live-in maid at age 12, dusting, vacuuming, ironing and polishing the silver of a wealthy Rio de Janeiro family from dawn until she'd fall, exhausted, into bed. More than two decades later, Brazil has passed legislation aimed at preventing such abuses.