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Feds order reinstatement of nuclear whistleblower

08/21/2014 1:10am
The U.S. Department of Labor has ordered a Hanford Nuclear Reservation contractor to reinstate a worker who the department says was fired for voicing concerns about nuclear and environmental safety, officials announced Wednesday.

As US airstrikes in Iraq grow, details stay thin

08/21/2014 1:10am
America has returned to war, of a sort, in Iraq with airstrikes that have intensified in recent days against Islamic State militants. But details about the execution of this limited campaign, which so far includes no reported U.S. ground combat, are thin.

Flint clinic offers holistic health care services

08/21/2014 2:10am
A new health clinic opened this month in a public housing complex near Flint's southeast side to bring holistic care to people there and in the surrounding neighborhood.

New Mexico educational pension fund up $1 billion

08/21/2014 3:10am
New Mexico's educational pension program reports that strong investment returns helped the retirement fund grow by more than $1 billion in the past year.

W.Va. gets NASA funding for STEM education

08/21/2014 3:40am
West Virginia is sharing more than $17.3 million from NASA to increase student and faculty engagement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics at community colleges and technical schools.

Vegas offering all but marriage to LGBT tourists

08/21/2014 4:00am
While gay couples still can't get married in the marriage capital of the world, Las Vegas wants to let them know they — and their money — are more than welcome to the buffet of other activities Sin City has to offer.

Virginia gets NASA funding for STEM education

08/21/2014 4:10am
Virginia is sharing more than $17.3 million from NASA to increase student and faculty engagement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics at community colleges and technical schools.

California drought stings bees, honey supplies

08/21/2014 4:10am
California's record drought hasn't been sweet to honeybees, and it's creating a sticky situation for beekeepers and honey buyers.

AP NewsAlert

08/21/2014 4:20am
Aid group spokeswoman: American doctor who had Ebola will be released from Atlanta hospital.

Survey indicates eurozone growing slowly

08/21/2014 4:30am
A survey of business activity shows the economy of the 18-country eurozone grew at only a slow pace in August, a sign it remains sluggish after a disappointing second quarter in which it did not expand at all.

German doctor accused of drugging, abusing women

08/21/2014 4:40am
Authorities in Germany have arrested a hospital doctor on suspicion he drugged and sexually abused female patients participating in a fake clinical study he set up.

150 Detroit students to receive back-to-school aid

08/21/2014 5:10am
More than 100 students affiliated with a Detroit nonprofit agency will receive vouchers for school uniforms from a department store retailer.

Animal health company to open plant in St. Joseph

08/21/2014 5:31am
A company that handles animal medicines plans to open a missive new warehouse and packaging plant in St. Joseph next week.

Ticketfly buying WillCall for on-premise data

08/21/2014 7:01am
Ticketfly Inc., a San Francisco-based technology company among several posing a challenge to Ticketmaster, is acquiring WillCall Inc., a crosstown rival that turns your smartphone into a mobile wallet at live events.

Noodles: Friend or foe? S. Koreans defend diet

08/21/2014 7:10am
Kim Min-koo has an easy reply to new American research that hits South Korea where it hurts — in the noodles. Drunk and hungry just after dawn, he rips the lid off a bowl of his beloved fast food, wobbling on his feet but still defiant over a report that links instant noodles to health hazards.

Matthew McConaughey to pitch for Lincoln brand

08/21/2014 7:20am
Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey is the new spokesman for Ford's luxury Lincoln brand.

Family Dollar rejects Dollar General offer

08/21/2014 7:20am
Family Dollar is rebuffing Dollar General's takeover bid, citing antitrust issues. The discounter's board supports its existing merger with Dollar Tree.

Sears 2Q loss widens on sluggish sales

08/21/2014 7:40am
Sears Holdings Inc. recorded a hefty second-quarter loss Thursday on another sales slump, raising more concerns about the future of a company that once was a staple of American shopping.

Stocks open higher; S&P 500 heading for a record

08/21/2014 7:40am
U.S. stocks are opening higher, pushing the Standard & Poor's 500 index closer toward another record high.

Applications for US unemployment aid fall to 298K

08/21/2014 8:00am
Fewer people applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week, another sign the job market is improving.

Arkansas lottery scales back budget projections

08/21/2014 8:00am
The Arkansas Lottery Commission has lowered its budget projections for money raised for scholarships by $3 million.

US existing home sales rise for 4th straight month as supply grows, price gains moderate

08/21/2014 8:01am
US existing home sales rise for 4th straight month as supply grows, price gains moderate.

Iowa-based higher education consultants to merge

08/21/2014 8:10am
A Cedar Rapids-based company that provides fundraising and enrollment management services to colleges and universities announced Thursday the acquisition of a company that specializes in higher education consulting and research.

Progressive slots link New Jersey, Nevada casinos

08/21/2014 8:30am
A long-planned initiative to create bigger jackpots by linking casino slot machines in New Jersey and Nevada is up and running.

Terrebonne schools hire more uncertified teachers

08/21/2014 8:31am
Superintendent Philip Martin says low teacher pay has forced the Terrebonne Parish school system to hire 80 non-certified teachers, which is more than last school year.


08/21/2014 8:50am
Early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade Thu.:

Grain higher, livestock lower

08/21/2014 9:10am
Grain futures were higher Thursday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.

More than 200 layoffs at cash-strapped UMC

08/21/2014 9:10am
University Medical Center has eliminated more than 200 positions in a second round of layoffs at Las Vegas' only public hospital.

Card cheat who used invisible ink gets casino ban

08/21/2014 9:20am
A New Jersey man who marked cards with invisible ink that he could see with special contact lenses has been banned from Connecticut's casinos.

California drought stings bees, honey supplies

08/21/2014 9:32am
California's record drought hasn't been sweet to honeybees, and it's creating a sticky situation for beekeepers and honey buyers.

Honda bolsters Fit to boost crash resistance

08/21/2014 9:50am
When the subcompact Fit failed a crash test, Honda went back to the drawing board.

Stocks move higher; S&P 500 heading for a record

08/21/2014 10:01am
U.S. stocks are moving mostly higher, pushing the Standard & Poor's 500 index closer toward another record close.


08/21/2014 10:20am
Sales, noon price and net change of the 15 most active New York Stock Exchange issues, trading nationally.

Bank of America agrees to nearly $17B settlement

08/21/2014 10:50am
The government has reached a $16.65 billion settlement with Bank of America over its role in the sale of mortgage-backed securities in the run-up to the financial crisis, the Justice Department announced Thursday.

Hostess closing bakery that created the Twinkie

08/21/2014 10:50am
Hostess Brands plans to close the suburban Chicago bakery where the Twinkie was invented in 1930, cutting 400 jobs and shuttering a piece of American baking history.

Israeli airstrike in Gaza kills 3 senior Hamas military leaders in major blow to group

08/21/2014 10:50am
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is praising the "superior intelligence" of the Shin Bet security service and the military's "precise execution" following an Israeli airstrike in Gaza that killed three senior Hamas military commanders today.

Columbus college could get local transit service

08/21/2014 11:00am
The city of Columbus and a local community college will discuss extending public transit service to help students get to the campus.

United Airlines is improving first class meal offerings in push to win over business travelers

08/21/2014 11:01am
United Airlines is upgrading first-class food options and replacing snacks with full meals on some of its shortest flights.

Foley's death isn't changing views in Congress

08/21/2014 11:10am
For all its horror, the beheading of an American journalist in Syria appears unlikely to change lawmakers' minds about military intervention against Islamic State extremists. It's equally unclear whether the Obama administration will be asking them to back a new U.S. approach.

Amazon starts selling physical books in Brazil

08/21/2014 11:11am
Online retailer Amazon has started selling physical books in Brazil, two years after it began selling books in digital format in Latin America's biggest country.

Russia checks more McDonald's after closing 3

08/21/2014 11:21am
Russia's food safety agency said Thursday that it was checking McDonald's restaurants around the country, a day after several branches of the chain were shuttered in Moscow.

NYC Council bill to make kids' fast food healthier

08/21/2014 11:50am
Happy Meals might soon need to get healthier.

New restrictions on hydrocodone to take effect

08/21/2014 12:10pm
The federal government is finalizing new restrictions on hundreds of medicines containing hydrocodone, the highly addictive painkiller that has grown into the most widely prescribed drug in the U.S.

Music site SoundCloud to start paying artists

08/21/2014 12:11pm
SoundCloud said Thursday that it will start paying artists and record companies whose music is played on the popular streaming site, a move that will bring it in line with competitors such as YouTube and Spotify.

United lures top fliers with promise of a hot meal

08/21/2014 12:31pm
To win the hearts of frequent business travelers, United Airlines is going through their stomachs.

Average US 30-year mortgage rate at 4.10 pct

08/21/2014 12:31pm
Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates declined this week, with the 30-year loan rate hitting its 52-week low.

Gauge of US economy rises 0.9 percent in July

08/21/2014 12:33pm
A gauge designed to predict the economy's future health posted the sharpest advance in four months in July, indicating the economy is gaining traction headed into the last half of the year.

Cornhog, anyone? Boise man brings out the bacon

08/21/2014 12:41pm
Nicholas Jones was an MBA student at the University of Notre Dame when he came up with the idea for his Western Idaho Fair concession stand, now in its second year.

USS Saratoga carrier heads off to be scrapped

08/21/2014 12:50pm
The decommissioned aircraft carrier USS Saratoga left its port in Rhode Island on Thursday for its final journey to Texas, where it will be scrapped.

6,500 tickets sold for pipeline opposition concert

08/21/2014 1:00pm
Organizers say nearly all the $50 tickets for a Willie Nelson and Neil Young concert organized by opponents of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline have been sold.


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

Grain higher, beef mixed, pork higher

08/21/2014 1:30pm
Grain futures were mostly higher Thursday on the Chicago Board of Trade.

S&P 500 closes at a record; Hewlett-Packard gains

08/21/2014 2:11pm
Another round of buying on the stock market is sending the Standard & Poor's 500 index to its latest record high.

Ford recalling more than 160,000 vehicles

08/21/2014 2:11pm
Ford is recalling more than 160,000 vehicles in North America for two safety issues.

NPRI suit seeks Tahoe-Douglas sewer pay records

08/21/2014 2:11pm
A conservative Nevada think tank that argues many government employees are overpaid is suing the Tahoe Douglas Sewer Improvement District to try to force the release of the district's employee salary records.

Lawmakers likely to borrow less for universities

08/21/2014 2:51pm
Mississippi's public universities are likely to have less money to spend on capital projects in the state's 2016 budget year, under projections the universities agreed to with lawmakers in 2013.

Gap reports higher profit, plans India expansion

08/21/2014 3:01pm
Gap Inc. said its profit rose 10 percent in the second quarter as the clothing retailer cut expenses and managed to lift sales.

Venezuela proposes fingerprinting grocery shoppers

08/21/2014 3:11pm
Venezuelans could soon have to scan their fingerprints to buy bread.

NKorea launch pad expansion 'nearing completion'

08/21/2014 3:11pm
Construction to upgrade North Korea's main rocket launch pad should be complete by this fall, allowing Pyongyang to conduct a launch by year's end if it decides to do so, a U.S. research institute said Thursday.


08/21/2014 3:31pm
A snapshot of major stock and commodities market indicators Thursday:

Bank of America settlement likely to benefit few

08/21/2014 3:40pm
Bank of America's record $16.65 billion settlement for its role in selling shoddy mortgage bonds — $7 billion of it geared for consumer relief — offers a glint of hope for desperate homeowners.

LSU sends collection letter to hospital manager

08/21/2014 3:41pm
LSU sent a collection letter this week to the research foundation running its hospitals in Monroe and Shreveport, saying the foundation owes the university system $25.3 million and accusing it of using LSU like its "personal piggy bank."

Study: Wealth gap widened in the last decade

08/21/2014 3:50pm
A report from the Census Bureau is the latest evidence that the rich are getting richer while the poor get poorer.

ESPN's Linda Cohn sues NY rink over off-ice injury

08/21/2014 4:00pm
An ESPN anchor is suing a suburban New York hockey rink over a painful off-ice injury.

Home Depot says Menear will become CEO on Nov. 1

08/21/2014 4:00pm
Home Depot said Thursday that Craig Menear, the president of its U.S. retail operations, will become president and CEO of the company Nov. 1.

Gov. Scott promises to raise school funding again

08/21/2014 4:00pm
Hammered by his chief rival over cuts to school budgets, Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday made an election-year promise to boost money for public schools if he's re-elected.

Airlines, cruise ships monitoring Caribbean system

08/21/2014 4:11pm
Airlines and cruise ship companies are monitoring the progress of a tropical disturbance approaching the Lesser Antilles at the eastern end of the Caribbean.

Head of securities firm sentenced for fraud

08/21/2014 4:11pm
The president of a failed southwest Idaho property-management company has been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for defrauding investors.

North Texan one of 10 still living in iron lung

08/21/2014 4:21pm
As a tow-headed 6-year-old, Paul Alexander took apart everything, including his mother's blender, simply to understand how it worked. His father would be close behind, putting the pieces back together.

UT Medical Branch equipped to care for Ebola

08/21/2014 4:21pm
Let's say a businessman returns from West Africa, gets off an airplane in Houston, and heads home to Galveston. That night, he has flu-like symptoms — fever, weakness, muscle aches, a headache and a sore throat. By the time he decides to go to the emergency room, he has diarrhea, a raised rash and is vomiting. These are the symptoms of Ebola Virus Disease.

US housing recovery appears to be back on track

08/21/2014 4:31pm
A fourth straight monthly increase in sales of existing homes provided the latest evidence Thursday that the U.S. housing market is rebounding from a weak start to the year.

UW regents OK $95 million budget increase request

08/21/2014 4:31pm
The University of Wisconsin System's regents on Thursday approved asking Gov. Scott Walker for $95 million in additional tax dollars in the state's next two-year budget after system President Ray Cross assured them the money would help boost the state's economy.

Drought hits food supplies in Central America

08/21/2014 5:10pm
Central America is having one of its worst droughts in decades, and experts warned Thursday that major farm losses and the deaths of hundreds of cattle in the region could leave hundreds of thousands of families without food.

Guide on TV's 'Wild West Alaska' pleads guilty

08/21/2014 5:20pm
A hunting guide who appears on Animal Planet's "Wild West Alaska" television show has pleaded guilty to four misdemeanor hunting or guiding violations, what his attorney calls "paperwork violations."

Central Ala. VA leaders on administrative leave

08/21/2014 5:41pm
The Southeast Network Director of the Veterans Administration announced a leadership shakeup for the embattled Central Alabama Veterans Healthcare System.

State confirms 2 cases of TB at 2 Tunica casinos

08/21/2014 6:01pm
State health regulators confirm they're investigating two cases of tuberculosis affecting two casinos in Tunica County.

Russian student worker missing at Grand Teton

08/21/2014 6:20pm
Authorities searched Thursday for a Russian college student reported missing after failing to turn up at his summer job in Grand Teton National Park.

Mexican mining firm complains about probe of spill

08/21/2014 6:50pm
A mining conglomerate charged Thursday that it is being subjected to "punitive" legal actions by Mexican officials because one of its mines spilled acid-laced copper sulfate and heavy metals into two rivers.

American Air will charge for solo kids up to 14

08/21/2014 8:30pm
American Airlines says it will extend its fee for unaccompanied minors to charge $150 extra each way for children between 5 and 14.

Former AP photo editor Toby Massey dies

08/21/2014 9:40pm
Toby Massey, a photographer and photo editor who directed coverage of presidents and political conventions as well as natural disasters, the space program and sporting events during a 38-year career with The Associated Press, died Thursday. He was 80.

Asian stocks higher after S&P 500 record close

08/21/2014 9:41pm
Asian stocks inched higher on Friday after a record day on Wall Street powered by upbeat data that adds to evidence the world's biggest economy is gaining strength. Gains were tempered as investors awaited a key meeting of U.S. central bankers that's expected to shed light on the interest rate outlook.

NY judge scolds Argentina, but no contempt order

08/21/2014 9:50pm
A federal judge in Manhattan on Thursday said Argentina's plans to evade his orders by failing to make required payments to U.S. bondholders is illegal and cannot be carried out, but he stopped short of finding the South American nation in contempt of court.

Deported Mexicans find new life at call centers

08/21/2014 10:11pm
Henry Monterroso is a foreigner in his own country. Raised in California from the age of 5, he was deported to Mexico in 2011 and found himself in a land he barely knew.

New go-to career for New England's young: Farming

08/21/2014 11:42pm
Farming is hip in New England.