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  • Nevada rancher defends remarks, loses supporters

    Nevada rancher defends remarks, loses supporters

    Thursday, April 24 2014 8:05 PM EDT2014-04-25 00:05:50 GMT
    A Nevada rancher at the center of a national feud with the federal government over cattle grazing is facing sharp criticism for racist comments he made that were published in a New York Times article.
    A Nevada rancher who became a conservative folk hero for standing up to the government in a fight over grazing rights lost some of his staunch defenders Thursday after wondering aloud whether blacks might have had it...
  • South Korea ferry disaster may cloud Obama visit

    South Korea ferry disaster may cloud Obama visit

    Thursday, April 24 2014 8:05 PM EDT2014-04-25 00:05:25 GMT
    President Barack Obama is rejecting suggestions that an Asia-Pacific trade deal is in danger.
    When President Barack Obama arrives in South Korea on Friday, he will be thrust anew into the role of consoler in chief in a time of crisis, a responsibility he has become all too accustomed to in the United States.
  • Cloud strength helps Microsoft earnings top Street

    Cloud strength helps Microsoft earnings top Street

    Thursday, April 24 2014 7:24 PM EDT2014-04-24 23:24:38 GMT
    Microsoft Corp. posted flat revenue and a decline in net income for the fiscal third quarter. The results still beat analyst expectations.
    Results from Microsoft's first quarterly earnings release under new CEO Satya Nadella offered fresh justification for his focus on cloud computing.
  • Starbucks eyes soda and lunch as US sales climb

    Starbucks eyes soda and lunch as US sales climb

    Thursday, April 24 2014 7:24 PM EDT2014-04-24 23:24:28 GMT
    Starbucks reported a stronger quarterly profit on Thursday as customers in the U.S. continued shelling out more money at its cafes.
    Starbucks keeps finding ways to squeeze more money out of people.
  • Visa's 2Q profit jumps 26 percent as payments grow

    Visa's 2Q profit jumps 26 percent as payments grow

    Thursday, April 24 2014 7:24 PM EDT2014-04-24 23:24:10 GMT
    By ALEX VEIGA AP Business Writer Visa Inc.'s profit jumped 26 percent in its fiscal second quarter from a year earlier as the company benefited from strong growth in payments volume, service...
    By ALEX VEIGA AP Business Writer Visa Inc.'s profit jumped 26 percent in its fiscal second quarter from a year earlier as the company benefited from strong growth in payments volume, service revenue...
  • Major oil and gas firm to list fracking chemicals

    Major oil and gas firm to list fracking chemicals

    Thursday, April 24 2014 7:05 PM EDT2014-04-24 23:05:07 GMT
    A major supplier to the oil and gas industry says it will begin disclosing 100 percent of the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing fluid, with no exemptions for trade secrets. The move by Baker Hughes of Houston...
    A major supplier to the oil and gas industry says it will begin disclosing 100 percent of the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing fluid, with no exemptions for trade secrets. The move by Baker Hughes of Houston is a...
  • Northwestern players to cast historic union vote

    Northwestern players to cast historic union vote

    Thursday, April 24 2014 7:00 PM EDT2014-04-24 23:00:10 GMT
    The National Labor Relations Board has granted Northwestern University's request that it review its ruling that football players at the university are essentially employees of the school with full collective...
    Northwestern University's football players will cast ballots Friday on whether to form the nation's first union for college athletes - a potentially landmark vote that will be kept sealed for months and possibly...
  • Google, Apple settle high-tech workers' lawsuit

    Google, Apple settle high-tech workers' lawsuit

    Thursday, April 24 2014 6:48 PM EDT2014-04-24 22:48:40 GMT
    Google, Apple, Intel and Adobe have settled a class-action lawsuit alleging they conspired to prevent their engineers and highly sought technology workers from getting better job offers from one another.
    Google, Apple, Intel and Adobe Systems have settled a class-action lawsuit alleging they conspired to prevent their engineers and other highly sought technology workers from getting better job offers from one another.
  • Amazon 1st quarter net income jumps

    Amazon 1st quarter net income jumps

    Thursday, April 24 2014 6:14 PM EDT2014-04-24 22:14:59 GMT
    Amazon first quarter profit rose 18 percent as shoppers continued to flock to the online mega retailer to buy goods.
    Amazon's first-quarter profit rose 18 percent as shoppers continued to flock to the online mega retailer to buy goods.
  • UPS blames winter weather for drop in 1Q profit

    UPS blames winter weather for drop in 1Q profit

    Thursday, April 24 2014 6:14 PM EDT2014-04-24 22:14:55 GMT
    First-quarter revenue at UPS slumped 12 percent as winter storms increased costs for the shipping giant and cut into its revenue.
    First-quarter net income at UPS slumped 12 percent as winter storms increased costs for the shipping giant and cut into its revenue.
  • FDA OKs first-ever DNA alternative to Pap smear

    FDA OKs first-ever DNA alternative to Pap smear

    Thursday, April 24 2014 6:14 PM EDT2014-04-24 22:14:49 GMT
    Federal health regulators have cleared a genetic test from Roche as the first ever U.S.-approved alternative to the Pap smear, the decades-old mainstay of cervical cancer screening.
    Federal health regulators have cleared a genetic test from Roche as a first-choice screening option for cervical cancer. It was a role previously reserved for the Pap smear, the decades-old mainstay of women's health.
  • Gas supplies interrupted by Wyoming plant blast

    Gas supplies interrupted by Wyoming plant blast

    Thursday, April 24 2014 5:55 PM EDT2014-04-24 21:55:42 GMT
    Residents and emergency crews were waiting for a fire to burn itself out after an explosion at a natural gas processing plant in a small town in southwestern Wyoming.
    It remains to be seen just how much of a lasting natural gas-price spike people in the West will feel after a dramatic explosion and fire at a major gas processing plant in western Wyoming.
  • Vermont ups the ante on genetically modified foods

    Vermont ups the ante on genetically modified foods

    Thursday, April 24 2014 5:34 PM EDT2014-04-24 21:34:54 GMT
    Vermont lawmakers have passed the country's first state bill to require the labeling of genetically modified foods as such, setting up a war between the behemoth U.S. food industry and an American public that...
    Vermont has raised the stakes in the debate over genetically modified foods by becoming the first state to pass a bill requiring that they be labeled as such in the grocery aisle, making the move despite the opposition of...
  • Stocks close mostly higher on earnings; Apple up

    Stocks close mostly higher on earnings; Apple up

    Thursday, April 24 2014 5:34 PM EDT2014-04-24 21:34:20 GMT
    U.S. stock futures rose sharply 30 minutes before the opening bell as investors cheered strong earnings from Apple and Facebook. Investors also were encouraged by a positive report on orders for long-lasting goods.
    The stock market closed mostly higher Thursday, helped by positive earnings out of several large U.S. companies including Apple and construction equipment maker Caterpillar.
  • Court filing says ship in Texas spill was speeding

    Court filing says ship in Texas spill was speeding

    Thursday, April 24 2014 5:34 PM EDT2014-04-24 21:34:16 GMT
    The owner of a tugboat that collided with a ship last month dumping nearly 170,000 gallons of oil into the Houston Ship Channel claims in court filings the ship was speeding and being operated in a reckless manner.
    The owner of a tugboat that collided with a ship last month, dumping nearly 170,000 gallons of oil into the Houston Ship Channel, claims in court filings the ship was speeding and being operated in a reckless manner.
  • Postal workers unions protest Staples program

    Postal workers unions protest Staples program

    Thursday, April 24 2014 5:26 PM EDT2014-04-24 21:26:56 GMT
    Postal workers in cities big and small protested in front of Staples stores on Thursday, objecting to the U.S. Postal Service's pilot program to open counters in stores, staffed with retail employees.
    Postal workers in cities big and small protested in front of Staples stores on Thursday, objecting to the U.S. Postal Service's pilot program to open counters in stores, staffed with retail employees.
  • US proposes pay-for-priority Internet standards

    US proposes pay-for-priority Internet standards

    Thursday, April 24 2014 5:15 PM EDT2014-04-24 21:15:27 GMT
    The Federal Communications Commission is set to propose new Internet rules that would allow Internet service providers to charge content companies for faster delivery of their services over the so-called "last...
    The nation's top telecoms regulator is proposing to allow a pay-for-priority fast lane on the Internet for movies, music and other services to get to people's homes.
  • Ladies' Home Journal goes newsstand-only

    Ladies' Home Journal goes newsstand-only

    Thursday, April 24 2014 5:04 PM EDT2014-04-24 21:04:18 GMT
    By The Associated Press Meredith Corp. says it is ending subscription service of "Ladies' Home Journal" due to declining advertiser interest.
    By SARAH SKIDMORE SELL AP Business Writer Meredith Corp. is ending subscription service for "Ladies' Home Journal," one of the nation's oldest women's magazines, due to declining advertiser...
  • China set to punish web giant Sina for pornography

    China set to punish web giant Sina for pornography

    Thursday, April 24 2014 4:46 PM EDT2014-04-24 20:46:56 GMT
    China's official news agency says authorities plan to revoke two crucial publication licenses for web giant Sina.com because pornographic content was found on its sites.
    China plans to revoke two crucial publication licenses for Sina.com, which might partially ban the web giant's operations, because obscene content was found during an anti-pornography crackdown, state media said Thursday.
  • First lady gets resume from girl with jobless dad

    First lady gets resume from girl with jobless dad

    Thursday, April 24 2014 4:46 PM EDT2014-04-24 20:46:19 GMT
    Michelle Obama's annual question-and-answer session with the children of Executive Office employees has taken a somber turn.
    Michelle Obama's annual question-and-answer session with the children of Executive Office employees took a serious turn Thursday when a 10-year-old girl in the front row told the first lady that her dad had been out of...
  • Stocks edge higher on earnings gains; Apple up

    Stocks edge higher on earnings gains; Apple up

    Thursday, April 24 2014 4:24 PM EDT2014-04-24 20:24:11 GMT
    Stocks are finishing slightly higher, led by the technology sector after Apple reported a big earnings gain.
    Stocks are finishing slightly higher, led by the technology sector after Apple reported a big earnings gain.
  • Amazon launches grocery service for Prime members

    Amazon launches grocery service for Prime members

    Thursday, April 24 2014 4:05 PM EDT2014-04-24 20:05:44 GMT
    Amazon is taking aim at grocery stores and discounters like Wal-Mart with a grocery service that lets its Prime loyalty club members fill up to a 45-pound box with groceries and get it shipped for a flat rate of...
    Amazon is taking aim at grocery stores and discounters like Wal-Mart with a grocery service that lets its Prime loyalty club members fill up to a 45-pound box with groceries and get it shipped for a flat rate of $5.99.
  • Manufacturers see better times for economy, jobs

    Manufacturers see better times for economy, jobs

    Thursday, April 24 2014 4:04 PM EDT2014-04-24 20:04:54 GMT
    Big companies are finally starting to spend money, and that could mean a better economy and more jobs.
    Companies are finally starting to spend some of the cash they've been sitting on, and that could mean a stronger economy and more jobs are on the way.
  • North Dakota finds more radioactive oil waste

    North Dakota finds more radioactive oil waste

    Thursday, April 24 2014 4:04 PM EDT2014-04-24 20:04:46 GMT
    North Dakota confirmed Thursday the discovery of a new radioactive dump of waste from oil drilling, and separately a company hired to clean up waste found in February at another location said it removed double the...
    North Dakota confirmed Thursday the discovery of a new radioactive dump of waste from oil drilling, and separately a company hired to clean up waste found in February at another location said it removed double the amount...
  • In Disney's shadow, homeless families struggle

    In Disney's shadow, homeless families struggle

    Thursday, April 24 2014 3:54 PM EDT2014-04-24 19:54:56 GMT
    When they moved from Georgia to the theme park playground of central Florida four years ago, Anthony and Candice Johnson found work at a barbecue restaurant and a 7-Eleven. Their combined salaries nevertheless fell...
    When they moved from Georgia to the theme park playground of central Florida four years ago, Anthony and Candice Johnson found work at a barbecue restaurant and a 7-Eleven. Their combined salaries nevertheless fell short...
  • FDA eases into regulating e-cigarettes

    FDA eases into regulating e-cigarettes

    Thursday, April 24 2014 3:47 PM EDT2014-04-24 19:47:24 GMT
    The federal government wants to ban sales of electronic cigarettes to minors and require approval for new products and health warning labels under regulations being proposed by the Food and Drug Administration.
    The federal government's move to regulate e-cigarettes is a leap into the unknown.
  • Google's top social networking executive departs

    Google's top social networking executive departs

    Thursday, April 24 2014 3:46 PM EDT2014-04-24 19:46:59 GMT
    Google's top social networking executive is leaving the Internet company after a nearly eight-year stint highlighted by an audacious challenge to Facebook.
    Google's top social networking executive is leaving the Internet company after a nearly eight-year stint highlighted by an audacious challenge to Facebook.
  • New York Times 1Q profit falls 51 pct

    New York Times 1Q profit falls 51 pct

    Thursday, April 24 2014 3:45 PM EDT2014-04-24 19:45:26 GMT
    The New York Times Co. said Thursday that its first-quarter net profit dropped 51 percent, as higher costs outpaced small increases in circulation and advertising revenue.
    The New York Times Co. said Thursday that its first-quarter net profit dropped 51 percent, as higher costs outpaced small increases in circulation and advertising revenue.
  • GM profit sinks; CEO sees no recall hit to sales

    GM profit sinks; CEO sees no recall hit to sales

    Thursday, April 24 2014 3:14 PM EDT2014-04-24 19:14:20 GMT
    General Motors says first-quarter profit fell 86 percent as a series of recalls dragged down its earnings.
    The cost of recalling nearly 7 million cars and trucks sank General Motors' first-quarter profit, but the company's CEO said the much-publicized recalls have yet to cut into sales.
  • For airlines not named United, it was a great 1Q

    For airlines not named United, it was a great 1Q

    Thursday, April 24 2014 3:04 PM EDT2014-04-24 19:04:22 GMT
    Even with the turbulence of severe winter storms and stubbornly high fuel prices, many of the major airlines are cruising and their stock prices are soaring.
    Even with the turbulence of severe winter storms and stubbornly high fuel prices, many of the major airlines are cruising and their stock prices are soaring.
  • Philadelphia newspaper guild won't bid for company

    Philadelphia newspaper guild won't bid for company

    Thursday, April 24 2014 2:54 PM EDT2014-04-24 18:54:39 GMT
    Workers at Philadelphia's two largest newspapers won't be able to mount a bid for their troubled company, after a wealthy potential backer balked at the projected $77 million opening price.
    Workers at Philadelphia's two largest newspapers won't be able to mount a bid for their troubled company, after a wealthy potential backer balked at the projected $77 million opening price.
  • Russia's Putin calls the Internet a 'CIA project'

    Russia's Putin calls the Internet a 'CIA project'

    Thursday, April 24 2014 2:14 PM EDT2014-04-24 18:14:59 GMT
    President Vladimir Putin has mocked the Internet as a CIA project and pledged to protect Russia's interests online.
    President Vladimir Putin on Thursday called the Internet a CIA project and made comments about Russia's biggest search engine Yandex, sending the company's shares plummeting.
  • US journalist released in east Ukraine

    US journalist released in east Ukraine

    Thursday, April 24 2014 1:24 PM EDT2014-04-24 17:24:42 GMT
    An American journalist who was held by pro-Russia insurgents in eastern Ukraine for several days says he has been released and is in good condition.
    An American journalist who was held by pro-Russia insurgents in eastern Ukraine for several days says he has been released and is in good condition.
  • New drug sales help boost Novartis Q1 profit

    New drug sales help boost Novartis Q1 profit

    Thursday, April 24 2014 12:54 PM EDT2014-04-24 16:54:31 GMT
    Strong new drug sales helped Swiss pharmaceutical firm Novartis AG report a 24 percent rise in first-quarter profit.
    Strong new drug sales and higher operating income helped Swiss pharmaceutical firm Novartis AG report a 24 percent rise in first-quarter profit.
  • Caterpillar 1Q profit climbs 5 pct, forecast rises

    Caterpillar 1Q profit climbs 5 pct, forecast rises

    Thursday, April 24 2014 12:04 PM EDT2014-04-24 16:04:25 GMT
    By The Associated Press Caterpillar's first-quarter earnings climbed 5 percent and the construction equipment maker raised its 2014 forecast. But the company also says a mining equipment...
    By TOM MURPHY AP Business Writer Caterpillar's first-quarter earnings rose 5 percent, and the construction equipment maker raised its 2014 forecast. But the company also said Thursday that a mining...
  • Smart Spending: Get your groove on, on a budget

    Smart Spending: Get your groove on, on a budget

    Thursday, April 24 2014 11:56 AM EDT2014-04-24 15:56:48 GMT
    As the air gets warmer and spring blossoms, the season of music festivals is upon us. From Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Tennessee in June to Lollapalooza in Chicago in August, music lovers across the...
    As the air gets warmer and spring blossoms, the season of music festivals is upon us. From Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Tennessee in June to Lollapalooza in Chicago in August, music lovers across the country will...
  • Aetna's 1Q profit jumps 36 pct, forecast climbs

    Aetna's 1Q profit jumps 36 pct, forecast climbs

    Thursday, April 24 2014 11:55 AM EDT2014-04-24 15:55:19 GMT
    By The Associated Press Aetna says its first-quarter net income soared 36 percent, fueled by gains from a multi-billion-dollar acquisition. The health insurer raised its 2014 earnings forecast.
    By TOM MURPHY AP Business Writer Aetna's first-quarter net income soared 36 percent, fueled by gains from a multi-billion-dollar acquisition, and the health insurer hiked its 2014 earnings forecast...
  • Stocks mostly higher on earnings gains; Apple up

    Stocks mostly higher on earnings gains; Apple up

    Thursday, April 24 2014 11:55 AM EDT2014-04-24 15:55:15 GMT
    Stocks are mostly higher in midday trading, led by the technology sector after Apple reported a big earnings gain.
    Stocks are mostly higher in midday trading, led by the technology sector after Apple reported a big earnings gain.
  • Markets muted despite Apple, Facebook

    Markets muted despite Apple, Facebook

    Thursday, April 24 2014 11:55 AM EDT2014-04-24 15:55:08 GMT
    Asian shares were mixed as stocks in Tokyo slipped Thursday after talks between Japan's prime minister and visiting President Barack Obama produced little on a trade agreement.
    Solid earnings from Apple and Facebook helped shore up global markets on Thursday despite other disappointing earnings and an earlier hefty retreat in Tokyo.
  • Marlboro maker Altria 1Q profit falls

    Marlboro maker Altria 1Q profit falls

    Thursday, April 24 2014 11:34 AM EDT2014-04-24 15:34:15 GMT
    Altria's first-quarter profit dropped 15 percent as the Marlboro maker sold fewer cigarettes and its year-ago results benefited lower expenses from a longstanding legal settlement.
    Altria Group Inc.'s first-quarter profit dropped 15 percent as the Marlboro maker sold fewer cigarettes and its year-ago results benefited from lower expenses from a longstanding legal settlement.
  • Average US 30-year mortgage rate up to 4.33 pct

    Average US 30-year mortgage rate up to 4.33 pct

    Thursday, April 24 2014 11:14 AM EDT2014-04-24 15:14:17 GMT
    Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages rose this week with the spring home-buying season beginning.
    Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages rose this week as the spring home-buying season has gotten off to a slow start.
  • Khodorkovsky criticizes Putin at Kiev forum

    Khodorkovsky criticizes Putin at Kiev forum

    Thursday, April 24 2014 10:54 AM EDT2014-04-24 14:54:47 GMT
    Mikhail Khodorkovsky, once Russia's most famous prisoner, has harshly criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin over the annexation of Crimea and Russian pressure against Ukraine.
    Mikhail Khodorkovsky, once Russia's most famous prisoner, has harshly criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin over the annexation of Crimea and Russian pressure against Ukraine.
  • Verizon 1Q profit surges on Vodafone-related gains

    Verizon 1Q profit surges on Vodafone-related gains

    Thursday, April 24 2014 10:44 AM EDT2014-04-24 14:44:35 GMT
    Verizon's $130 billion deal to take over of all of Verizon Wireless is helping lift its profit.
    Verizon's $130 billion deal to take over of all of Verizon Wireless is helping lift its profit.
  • Spanish economic growth seen fastest since 2008

    Spanish economic growth seen fastest since 2008

    Thursday, April 24 2014 10:25 AM EDT2014-04-24 14:25:09 GMT
    The recovery in the Spanish economy appears to be gathering steam.
    Spain's economy expanded by 0.4 percent in the first quarter, the Bank of Spain estimated Thursday, the fastest growth in six years and further evidence the recovery is gathering steam.
  • Mixed earnings news leaves stocks little changed

    Mixed earnings news leaves stocks little changed

    Thursday, April 24 2014 10:05 AM EDT2014-04-24 14:05:31 GMT
    Mixed earnings news from big U.S. companies left investors searching for direction in early trading, leaving major indexes little changed.
    Mixed earnings news from big U.S. companies left investors searching for direction in early trading, leaving major indexes little changed.
  • Applications for US unemployment aid jump to 329K

    Applications for US unemployment aid jump to 329K

    Thursday, April 24 2014 10:05 AM EDT2014-04-24 14:05:30 GMT
    The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits surged 24,000 to a seasonally adjusted 329,000 last week, though the gain likely reflected temporary layoffs in the week before Easter.
    The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits surged 24,000 to a seasonally adjusted 329,000 last week, though the gain likely reflected temporary layoffs in the week before Easter.
  • Zimmer buying Biomet in deal valued at $13.35B

    Zimmer buying Biomet in deal valued at $13.35B

    Thursday, April 24 2014 9:55 AM EDT2014-04-24 13:55:29 GMT
    Orthopedic device maker Zimmer is buying privately-held Biomet in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $13.35 billion. Zimmer says the deal will expand its product offerings and services.
    Orthopedic device maker Zimmer is buying privately-held Biomet for about $13.35 billion in a move aimed at helping expand its product offerings and services.
  • Southwest Airlines posts a record 1Q profit

    Southwest Airlines posts a record 1Q profit

    Thursday, April 24 2014 9:55 AM EDT2014-04-24 13:55:19 GMT
    Southwest Airlines says it made a record $152 million in the first quarter, more than doubling the $59 million profit it had during the same time last year.
    Southwest Airlines Co. said Thursday that it made a record $152 million in the first quarter, more than doubling the $59 million it earned during the same time last year.
  • $66M expansion for Mandalay Bay convention center

    $66M expansion for Mandalay Bay convention center

    Thursday, April 24 2014 9:35 AM EDT2014-04-24 13:35:26 GMT
    The Mandalay Bay resort in Las Vegas announced a $66 million expansion project that will boost its convention center from the seventh-largest to the fifth-largest in the United States.
    The Mandalay Bay resort in Las Vegas announced a $66 million expansion project that will boost its convention center from the seventh-largest to the fifth-largest in the United States.
  • US durable goods orders up 2.6 percent in March

    US durable goods orders up 2.6 percent in March

    Thursday, April 24 2014 9:24 AM EDT2014-04-24 13:24:55 GMT
    Orders to U.S. factories for long-lasting manufactured goods posted a solid gain for the second straight month in March. A key category that signals business investment plans increased at the fastest pace in four...
    Orders to U.S. factories for long-lasting manufactured goods posted a solid gain for the second straight month in March. A key category that signals business investment plans increased at the fastest pace in four months.
  • American Airlines swings to $480M 1Q profit

    American Airlines swings to $480M 1Q profit

    Thursday, April 24 2014 9:14 AM EDT2014-04-24 13:14:46 GMT
    American Airlines is making money again and beating expectations after its merger with US Airways.
    American Airlines is making money again and beating expectations after its merger with US Airways.
  • 3M 1Q results improve, but miss Street's view

    3M 1Q results improve, but miss Street's view

    Thursday, April 24 2014 8:55 AM EDT2014-04-24 12:55:37 GMT
    3M says its first-quarter net income rose 7 percent, led by sales growth in its health care business.
    3M's first-quarter net income rose 7 percent, led by sales growth in its health care business.
  • United loses $609M in 1Q; fares don't cover costs

    United loses $609M in 1Q; fares don't cover costs

    Thursday, April 24 2014 8:34 AM EDT2014-04-24 12:34:50 GMT
    By SCOTT MAYEROWITZ AP Business Writer United Airlines is the one U.S. carrier that can't seem to get its act together, losing $609 million during the first three months of this year.
    By SCOTT MAYEROWITZ AP Business Writer United Airlines is the one U.S. carrier that can't seem to get its act together.
  • Oil near $102 on Ukraine crisis, Libya export woes

    Oil near $102 on Ukraine crisis, Libya export woes

    Thursday, April 24 2014 7:55 AM EDT2014-04-24 11:55:04 GMT
    The price of oil rebounded Thursday on worries about tensions in Ukraine.
    By PABLO GORONDI Associated Press The price of oil rebounded to near $102 a barrel Thursday on worries about tensions in Ukraine and continued concerns about crude exports from Libya and Nigeria.
  • 1 year after factory collapse, Bangladeshis suffer

    1 year after factory collapse, Bangladeshis suffer

    Thursday, April 24 2014 6:54 AM EDT2014-04-24 10:54:58 GMT
    One year after the Rana Plaza garment factory collapsed in a pile of concrete slabs and twisted metal, Bangladeshi seamstress Shefali says she would rather starve to death than return to factory work.
    One year after the Rana Plaza garment factory collapsed in a pile of concrete slabs and twisted metal, Bangladeshi seamstress Shefali says she would rather starve to death than return to factory work.
  • Starwood rides economic recovery to strong 1Q

    Starwood rides economic recovery to strong 1Q

    Thursday, April 24 2014 6:54 AM EDT2014-04-24 10:54:41 GMT
    Starwood's first-quarter net income declined 36 percent compared with last year when it booked some big asset sales, but it easily beat Wall Street expectations for profit and revenue.
    Starwood's first-quarter net income declined 36 percent compared with last year when it booked some big asset sales, but it easily beat Wall Street expectations for profit and revenue.
  • Tokyo court starts Mt. Gox bankruptcy proceedings

    Tokyo court starts Mt. Gox bankruptcy proceedings

    Thursday, April 24 2014 6:15 AM EDT2014-04-24 10:15:26 GMT
    Bankruptcy proceedings have begun for Mt. Gox, a move that was widely expected after the Tokyo District Court decided earlier this month that the bitcoin exchange would not be able to resurrect itself.
    Bankruptcy proceedings began Thursday for the Mt. Gox bitcoin exchange, a move that was widely expected after the Tokyo District Court decided earlier this month that the company would not be able to resurrect itself.
  • Draghi wants to publish ECB minutes

    Draghi wants to publish ECB minutes

    Thursday, April 24 2014 5:24 AM EDT2014-04-24 09:24:38 GMT
    European Central Bank head Mario Draghi says the bank's rate-setting council should publish a written account of its deliberations - without names.
    European Central Bank head Mario Draghi says the bank's rate-setting council should publish a written account of its deliberations - without names.
  • US-Japan trade talks suspended without agreement

    US-Japan trade talks suspended without agreement

    Thursday, April 24 2014 5:14 AM EDT2014-04-24 09:14:41 GMT
    Talks between the United States and Japan on a Pacific Rim trade pact have halted for now without any resolution in sight, spoiling plans for a showcase deal during President Barack Obama's visit to Tokyo.
    Talks between the United States and Japan on a Pacific Rim trade pact have halted for now without any resolution in sight, spoiling plans for a showcase deal during President Barack Obama's visit to Tokyo.
  • Alstom shares jump amid talk of GE buyout

    Alstom shares jump amid talk of GE buyout

    Thursday, April 24 2014 4:54 AM EDT2014-04-24 08:54:45 GMT
    Shares in French train and equipment manufacturer Alstom have spiked on reports that General Electric Co. is considering making a bid for the company.
    Shares in French train and equipment manufacturer Alstom have spiked on reports that General Electric Co. is considering making a bid for the company.
  • Unilever first quarter sales hit by strong euro

    Unilever first quarter sales hit by strong euro

    Thursday, April 24 2014 4:24 AM EDT2014-04-24 08:24:35 GMT
    Unilever PLC, the maker of consumer products such as Dove soaps and Ben & Jerry's ice cream, says its underlying sales grew in the first quarter, but revenue was down due to a big impact from the stronger...
    Unilever PLC, the maker of consumer products such as Dove soaps and Ben & Jerry's ice cream, said Thursday that the stronger euro dented its revenues in the first quarter of the year.
  • Large Scania shareholder accepts Volkswagen bid

    Large Scania shareholder accepts Volkswagen bid

    Thursday, April 24 2014 4:14 AM EDT2014-04-24 08:14:49 GMT
    Volkswagen has come closer to realizing its ambition to takeover Scania after the fourth largest shareholder in the Swedish truck maker announced it will accept the 6.7 billion-euro ($9.2 billion) bid.
    Volkswagen has come closer to realizing its ambition to takeover Scania after the fourth largest shareholder in the Swedish truck maker announced it will accept the 6.7 billion-euro ($9.2 billion) bid.
  • Last year's deadbeats do best as stocks stall

    Last year's deadbeats do best as stocks stall

    Thursday, April 24 2014 3:24 AM EDT2014-04-24 07:24:57 GMT
    Financial markets rarely stick to the script, and this year is no different.
    Financial markets rarely stick to the script, and this year is no different.
  • Obama: US would defend Japan in islands dispute

    Obama: US would defend Japan in islands dispute

    Thursday, April 24 2014 3:24 AM EDT2014-04-24 07:24:52 GMT
    President Barack Obama is opening a four-country visit to the Asia-Pacific region in Japan, but the West's dispute with Russia over Ukraine is looming.
    Showing solidarity with Japan, President Barack Obama affirmed Thursday that the U.S. would be obligated to defend Tokyo in a confrontation with Beijing over a set of disputed islands, but urged all sides to resolve the...
  • Heineken returns to growth in Western Europe

    Heineken returns to growth in Western Europe

    Thursday, April 24 2014 3:14 AM EDT2014-04-24 07:14:57 GMT
    Heineken NV says it has returned to growth in its crucial Western Europe market in the first quarter, after a long period of stagnation. "Organic" sales - measured by operations held in both years, stripping out...
    Heineken NV says it has returned to growth in its crucial Western Europe market in the first quarter, after a long period of stagnation. Organic sales - a figure which strips out the effects of currencies and acquisitions...
  • Obama: New sanctions against Russia are 'teed up'

    Obama: New sanctions against Russia are 'teed up'

    Thursday, April 24 2014 1:55 AM EDT2014-04-24 05:55:34 GMT
    Warning Russia that new economic sanctions are "teed up," President Barack Obama accused Moscow of failing to live up to an agreement last week to ease tensions in eastern Ukraine.
    Warning Russia that new economic sanctions are "teed up," President Barack Obama accused Moscow of failing to live up to an agreement last week to ease tensions in eastern Ukraine.
  • Obama: Time is now to resolve trade pact issues

    Obama: Time is now to resolve trade pact issues

    Thursday, April 24 2014 12:34 AM EDT2014-04-24 04:34:46 GMT
    President Barack Obama says the time is now to resolve issues preventing the conclusion of a major, 12-nation trade agreement.
    President Barack Obama says the time is now to resolve issues preventing the conclusion of a major, 12-nation trade agreement.
  • China to open 8 state industries for investment

    China to open 8 state industries for investment

    Thursday, April 24 2014 12:24 AM EDT2014-04-24 04:24:52 GMT
    China's government says it will open 80 projects in eight state-run industries to private and foreign investors as part of efforts to make its slowing economy more efficient.
    China's government says it will open 80 projects in eight state-run industries to private and foreign investors as part of efforts to make its slowing economy more productive.
  • Asian stocks mixed on Obama visit, US dip

    Asian stocks mixed on Obama visit, US dip

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 9:44 PM EDT2014-04-24 01:44:35 GMT
    Shares were mixed Wednesday, as weak data from China sapped the upward momentum from an overnight rally on a flurry of deals in the pharmaceutical sector.
    Asian shares lacked a clear direction in early Thursday trading as players took a mostly wait-and-see view ahead of talks between Japan's prime minister and visiting President Barack Obama.
  • FCC to propose pay-for-priority Internet standards

    FCC to propose pay-for-priority Internet standards

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 9:35 PM EDT2014-04-24 01:35:05 GMT
    The Federal Communications Commission is set to propose new open Internet rules that would allow content companies to pay for faster delivery over the so-called "last mile" connection to people's homes.
    The Federal Communications Commission is set to propose new open Internet rules that would allow content companies to pay for faster delivery over the so-called "last mile" connection to people's homes, but enhance...
  • Buffett disapproves of Coca-Cola's pay plan

    Buffett disapproves of Coca-Cola's pay plan

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 9:34 PM EDT2014-04-24 01:34:37 GMT
    Warren Buffett says he disapproves of Coca-Cola's highly contested pay plan for its executives.
    Warren Buffett criticized Coca-Cola's pay plan for its executives on Wednesday.
  • Apple increases stock buyback, will split stock

    Apple increases stock buyback, will split stock

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 8:14 PM EDT2014-04-24 00:14:32 GMT
    Apple plans to buy back an additional $30 billion of its stock and raise its quarterly dividend by 8 percent amid a slowdown in revenue growth.
    Apple is doling out more of its cash to shareholders and preparing to split its stock for the first time in nine years in an attempt to win back investors fretting about the iPhone maker's slowing sales growth and pace...
  • Facebook 1Q results soar; CFO to step down

    Facebook 1Q results soar; CFO to step down

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 6:46 PM EDT2014-04-23 22:46:19 GMT
    Facebook's first-quarter earnings and revenue grew sharply, surpassing Wall Street's expectations thanks to an 82 percent increase in advertising revenue.
    Facebook's earnings nearly tripled and revenue grew sharply in the first quarter, surpassing Wall Street's expectations thanks to an 82 percent increase in advertising revenue.
  • Internet TV case: Justices skeptical, concerned

    Internet TV case: Justices skeptical, concerned

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 6:45 PM EDT2014-04-23 22:45:58 GMT
    The Supreme Court is taking up a dispute between broadcasters and an Internet startup company that has the potential to bring big changes to the television industry.
    Grappling with fast-changing technology, Supreme Court justices debated Tuesday whether they can protect the copyrights of TV broadcasters to the shows they send out without strangling innovations in the use of the internet.
  • US stocks edge lower after a six-day rise

    US stocks edge lower after a six-day rise

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 5:14 PM EDT2014-04-23 21:14:38 GMT
    By The Associated Press U.S. stock futures barely budged in pre-market trading Wednesday as positive earnings news from U.S. companies was offset by a disappointing economic report from China.
    Stocks edged mostly lower Wednesday, breaking a six-day winning streak, as investors were disappointed by the latest round of earnings from U.S. companies.
  • Buffett says stock prices are in reasonable range

    Buffett says stock prices are in reasonable range

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 4:44 PM EDT2014-04-23 20:44:38 GMT
    Investor Warren Buffett says most stocks are trading at reasonable prices even though the market has soared this year.
    Investor Warren Buffett says most stocks are trading at reasonable prices even though the market has soared this year.
  • Russian social media CEO quits, flees country

    Russian social media CEO quits, flees country

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 4:26 PM EDT2014-04-23 20:26:13 GMT
    The founder of Russia's leading social media network - a wunderkind often described as Russia's Mark Zuckerberg - has left his post as CEO and fled the country as cronies of President Vladimir Putin have...
    The founder of Russia's leading social media network - a wunderkind often described as Russia's Mark Zuckerberg - has left his post as CEO and fled the country as cronies of President Vladimir Putin have made...
  • A stock rally falters as US earnings disappoint

    A stock rally falters as US earnings disappoint

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 4:14 PM EDT2014-04-23 20:14:28 GMT
    The stock market is closing slightly lower as several U.S. companies report disappointing earnings.
    The stock market is closing slightly lower as several U.S. companies report disappointing earnings.
  • First lady announces one-stop job site for vets

    First lady announces one-stop job site for vets

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 3:55 PM EDT2014-04-23 19:55:09 GMT
    The government is developing a website to help job-seeking veterans and military spouses create resumes, make connections with employers and become part of a database that companies can mine for skills and talents.
    To help veterans leaving the military as it downsizes, the government on Wednesday started a one-stop job-shopping website for them to create resumes, connect with employers and become part of a database for companies to...
  • Amazon snares classic shows in deal with HBO

    Amazon snares classic shows in deal with HBO

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 2:45 PM EDT2014-04-23 18:45:26 GMT
    Amazon is teaming up with HBO, the first streaming arrangement agreed to by the cable network, in a deal that will make available to Amazon prime members some classic TV like "The Sopranos" and "The Wire."
    Fans of classic HBO shows like "The Sopranos" and "The Wire" will soon have access to those series and more through Amazon Prime in the first online streaming deal signed by the cable network.
  • Bloomberg invests $5M in solar-powered lamp

    Bloomberg invests $5M in solar-powered lamp

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 1:44 PM EDT2014-04-23 17:44:56 GMT
    Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's foundation has announced a $5 million investment in an artsy-looking solar-powered lamp designed for use in off-grid populations in Africa.
    Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's foundation on Tuesday announced a $5 million investment in an artsy-looking solar-powered lamp designed for use in off-grid populations in Africa.
  • Aereo CEO speaks on company, Supreme Court case

    Aereo CEO speaks on company, Supreme Court case

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 1:44 PM EDT2014-04-23 17:44:48 GMT
    Television broadcasters face off at the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday with Aereo, a company that offers live TV over the Internet. The case hinges on whether the service constitutes a public performance in...
    Television broadcasters face off at the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday with Aereo, a company that offers live TV over the Internet. The case hinges on whether the service constitutes a public performance in violation of...
  • Wellness programs grow more popular with employers

    Wellness programs grow more popular with employers

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 1:04 PM EDT2014-04-23 17:04:44 GMT
    By TOM MURPHY and CATHERINE LUCEY Associated Press That little voice nagging you to put down the cake and lace up the running shoes is increasingly coming from your employer and is likely to grow...
    By TOM MURPHY and CATHERINE LUCEY Associated Press That little voice nagging you to put down the cake and lace up the running shoes is increasingly coming from your employer and is likely to grow louder...
  • Norfolk Southern railroad 1Q profit falls 18 pct

    Norfolk Southern railroad 1Q profit falls 18 pct

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 12:54 PM EDT2014-04-23 16:54:35 GMT
    Norfolk Southern Corp.'s first-quarter profit fell 18 percent as severe winter weather slowed shipments and the railroad delivered 1 percent less freight overall.
    Norfolk Southern's first-quarter profit fell 18 percent as severe winter weather slowed the railroad's shipments and coal revenue dropped 15 percent.
  • Greek milestone helps Europe put crisis in past

    Greek milestone helps Europe put crisis in past

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 12:44 PM EDT2014-04-23 16:44:56 GMT
    Official figures show that governments across the 28-country European Union recorded lower budget deficits in 2013 amid lower spending and an economic recovery that shored up revenues.
    Europe's debt crisis is receding farther behind in the rear view mirror.
  • Microsoft expands ad-free Bing search for schools

    Microsoft expands ad-free Bing search for schools

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 12:24 PM EDT2014-04-23 16:24:53 GMT
    Microsoft is expanding a program that gives schools the ability to prevent ads from appearing in search results when they use its Bing search engine. The program, launched in a pilot program earlier this year, is...
    Microsoft is expanding a program that gives schools the ability to prevent ads from appearing in search results when they use its Bing search engine. The program, launched in a pilot program earlier this year, is now...
  • Labor Dept. cuts levels of allowable coal dust

    Labor Dept. cuts levels of allowable coal dust

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 12:24 PM EDT2014-04-23 16:24:42 GMT
    The Obama administration said Wednesday it is cutting the amount of coal dust allowed in coal mines in an effort to help reduce black lung disease.
    The Obama administration said Wednesday it is cutting the amount of coal dust allowed in coal mines in an effort to help reduce black lung disease.
  • Gannett 1Q net profit falls 43 pct

    Gannett 1Q net profit falls 43 pct

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 12:24 PM EDT2014-04-23 16:24:38 GMT
    Gannett Co. said Wednesday that its first-quarter net profit dropped 43 percent, pulled down by restructuring costs, but its adjusted profit managed to beat Wall Street predictions by a penny.
    Gannett Co. said Wednesday that its first-quarter net profit dropped 43 percent, pulled down by restructuring costs, but its adjusted profit managed to beat Wall Street predictions by a penny.
  • Faster production brings Boeing $965M 1Q profit

    Faster production brings Boeing $965M 1Q profit

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 12:14 PM EDT2014-04-23 16:14:46 GMT
    By SCOTT MAYEROWITZ AP Airlines Writer Boeing's increased rate of commercial jet manufacturing is starting to pay off for shareholders.
    By SCOTT MAYEROWITZ AP Airlines Writer Boeing's increased rate of commercial jet manufacturing is starting to pay off for shareholders.
  • Delta navigates nasty winter, tops profit forecast

    Delta navigates nasty winter, tops profit forecast

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 12:14 PM EDT2014-04-23 16:14:44 GMT
    Delta is making more money by filling more seats on its planes and fuel costs inch downward from last year.
    Delta Air Lines Inc. is making more money by filling more seats on its planes and paying a bit less for fuel.
  • Textron eliminating 750 Cessna, Beechcraft jobs

    Textron eliminating 750 Cessna, Beechcraft jobs

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 12:14 PM EDT2014-04-23 16:14:38 GMT
    Just over a month after buying Beechcraft for $1.4 billion, Textron announced 750 job cuts at that company and at its Cessna division.
    Just over a month after buying Beechcraft for $1.4 billion, Textron announced 750 job cuts at that company and at its Cessna division.
  • A stock rally falters as US earnings disappoint

    A stock rally falters as US earnings disappoint

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 12:05 PM EDT2014-04-23 16:05:02 GMT
    The stock market is slightly lower after a six-day advance as several U.S. companies report disappointing earnings.
    The stock market is slightly lower after a six-day advance as several U.S. companies report disappointing earnings.
  • Procter & Gamble 3Q net income up on cost cuts

    Procter & Gamble 3Q net income up on cost cuts

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 11:14 AM EDT2014-04-23 15:14:30 GMT
    Procter & Gamble Co.'s fiscal third-quarter net income rose 2 percent, bolstered by some lower expenses and a reduced tax rate.
    Procter & Gamble's fiscal third-quarter net income rose 2 percent as it cut costs to offset sluggish sales in categories like beauty and family products.
  • Spacious new Heathrow Terminal 2 set for opening

    Spacious new Heathrow Terminal 2 set for opening

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 11:14 AM EDT2014-04-23 15:14:29 GMT
    The rundown, overcrowded Terminal 2 at London's sprawling Heathrow Airport is long gone, about to be replaced by a spacious new building built to handle 20 million passengers each year.
    The rundown, overcrowded Terminal 2 at London's sprawling Heathrow Airport is long gone, about to be replaced by a spacious new building built to handle 20 million passengers each year.
  • Q&A: A French economist's grim view of wealth gap

    Q&A: A French economist's grim view of wealth gap

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 11:04 AM EDT2014-04-23 15:04:37 GMT
    If you'd like to live in Downton Abbey, the good news is that our economy has entered a second Gilded Age of opulence and elegance.
    If you'd like to live in Downton Abbey, the good news is that our economy has entered a second Gilded Age of opulence and elegance.
  • Union protests postal counters in Staples stores

    Union protests postal counters in Staples stores

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 10:54 AM EDT2014-04-23 14:54:59 GMT
    Postal workers plan protests in 27 states Thursday against the opening of postal counters in Staples stores that are staffed with Staples employees.
    Postal workers plan protests in 27 states Thursday against the opening of postal counters in Staples stores that are staffed with Staples employees.
  • Sales of new US homes plunge 14.5 percent in March

    Sales of new US homes plunge 14.5 percent in March

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 10:44 AM EDT2014-04-23 14:44:25 GMT
    The number of Americans buying new homes plummeted in March to the slowest pace in seven months, a sign that real estate's spring buying season is off to a weak start.
    The number of Americans buying new homes plummeted in March to the slowest pace in eight months, a sign that real estate's spring buying season is off to a weak start.
  • A stock rally falters as US earnings disappoint

    A stock rally falters as US earnings disappoint

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 10:04 AM EDT2014-04-23 14:04:59 GMT
    A six-day rally on the stock market is petering out as some U.S. companies report earnings that disappoint investors.
    A six-day rally on the stock market is petering out as some U.S. companies report earnings that disappoint investors.
  • Europe recovery shows signs of strengthening

    Europe recovery shows signs of strengthening

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 9:44 AM EDT2014-04-23 13:44:39 GMT
    Business activity in Europe has risen to its highest level in three years as a once-shaky economic recovery gains speed.
    A closely watched survey has found business activity across the 18-country eurozone running at a three-year high, in perhaps the clearest sign yet that the economic recovery is gaining momentum.
  • Oil below $102 as US crude supplies seen rising

    Oil below $102 as US crude supplies seen rising

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 9:44 AM EDT2014-04-23 13:44:25 GMT
    By PABLO GORONDI Associated Press The price of oil slipped closer to $104 a barrel Monday as investors weighed expectations of rising U.S. crude stockpiles against tensions in Ukraine.
    By PABLO GORONDI Associated Press The price of oil slipped further below $102 a barrel Wednesday as traders awaited weekly data that are expected to show rising U.S. crude stockpiles.
  • Yields fall sharply in Portuguese debt auction

    Yields fall sharply in Portuguese debt auction

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 9:05 AM EDT2014-04-23 13:05:23 GMT
    Portugal's chances of ending its three-year bailout program without requiring more help have increased after interest rates fell steeply in a 10-year bond auction.
    Portugal's chances of ending its three-year bailout program without requiring more help have increased after interest rates fell steeply in a 10-year bond auction Wednesday.
  • France raises deficit forecasts amid low growth

    France raises deficit forecasts amid low growth

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 8:05 AM EDT2014-04-23 12:05:57 GMT
    The French government has raised its public deficit forecasts amid slow growth, but is still pledging to meet the European Union deficit target of 3 percent next year.
    The French government has raised its public deficit forecasts amid slow growth, but is still pledging to meet the European Union deficit target of 3 percent next year.
  • Reynolds American 1Q profit falls more than 28 pct

    Reynolds American 1Q profit falls more than 28 pct

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 8:05 AM EDT2014-04-23 12:05:52 GMT
    Reynolds American Inc. says its first-quarter profit fell more than 28 percent as the company experienced lower cigarette sales and higher spending on its electronic cigarettes and legal costs.
    Reynolds American Inc.'s first-quarter profit fell more than 28 percent as the company sold fewer cigarettes and spent more on expanding its electronic cigarette brand and legal costs.
  • Finalists named in Bloomberg European city contest

    Finalists named in Bloomberg European city contest

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 6:04 AM EDT2014-04-23 10:04:48 GMT
    Twenty-one European cities from Cardiff, Wales, to Stara Zagora, Bulgaria, are finalists in a lucrative innovation contest devised by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
    Amsterdam wants to create an online game to get unemployed young people engaged in finding jobs across Europe. Schaerbeek, Belgium, envisions using geothermal mapping to give households personalized rundowns of steps to...
  • Ericsson in $260 million first-quarter profit

    Ericsson in $260 million first-quarter profit

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 2:35 AM EDT2014-04-23 06:35:17 GMT
    Wireless equipment maker Ericsson says first-quarter profit increased to 1.7 billion kronor ($260 million) mainly because of restructuring and licensing income even as revenue fell by 9 percent compared to the same...
    Wireless equipment maker Ericsson says first-quarter profit increased to 1.7 billion kronor ($260 million) mainly because of restructuring and licensing income even as revenue fell by 9 percent compared to the same period...
  • Toyota sells 2.58 million vehicles, outselling GM

    Toyota sells 2.58 million vehicles, outselling GM

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 2:24 AM EDT2014-04-23 06:24:29 GMT
    Toyota kept its position at the top in global vehicle sales for the first quarter of this year, outpacing rivals General Motors and Volkswagen.
    Toyota kept its position at the top in global vehicle sales for the first quarter of this year, outpacing rivals General Motors and Volkswagen.
  • Amnesty: Qatar fails to protect domestic workers

    Amnesty: Qatar fails to protect domestic workers

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 2:14 AM EDT2014-04-23 06:14:08 GMT
    An international human rights group has slammed Qatar for failing to protect foreign maids and other domestic workers from exploitation, adding pressure on the Gulf state over its labor practices as it gears up to...
    An international human rights group has slammed Qatar for failing to protect foreign maids and other domestic workers from exploitation, adding pressure on the Gulf state over its labor practices as it gears up to host the...
  • Australia lifts F-35 order from 14 to 72 fighters

    Australia lifts F-35 order from 14 to 72 fighters

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 1:04 AM EDT2014-04-23 05:04:06 GMT
    Australia has increased its order for F-35 Joint Strike Fighters by 58 to 72 to be fully operational by 2023 in a declaration of confidence in the troubled stealth war plane.
    Australia announced Wednesday that it had increased its order for F-35 Joint Strike Fighters by 58 to 72 to be fully operational by 2023 in a declaration of confidence in the troubled stealth war plane.
  • Asia shares mixed on lackluster China data

    Asia shares mixed on lackluster China data

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 12:14 AM EDT2014-04-23 04:14:11 GMT
    World stocks fluctuated Tuesday as a Wall Street rally powered by positive earnings reports offset investor cautiousness before a report on Chinese manufacturing and possible sanctions against Russia over Ukraine.
    Shares were mixed in Asia on Wednesday, as weak data from China sapped upward momentum from an overnight rally on a flurry of deals in the pharmaceutical sector.
  • Obama visit to Asia seen as counterweight to China

    Obama visit to Asia seen as counterweight to China

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 12:04 AM EDT2014-04-23 04:04:55 GMT
    President Barack Obama's travels through Asia in coming days aim to reassure partners about the renewed U.S. commitment to the region, with an eye both to China's rising assertiveness and the fast-growing...
    President Barack Obama's travels through Asia aim to reassure partners about the renewed U.S. commitment to the region, with an eye both to China's rising assertiveness and the fast-growing markets that are the...
  • Survey: China manufacturing shrinks for 4th month

    Survey: China manufacturing shrinks for 4th month

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 11:34 PM EDT2014-04-23 03:34:10 GMT
    An early survey says factory activity in China shrank at a slightly slower rate in April.
    Factory activity in China shrank for the fourth straight month in April, though the decline was slightly slower, a survey on Wednesday said, in a possible sign the slowdown in the world's No. 2 economy is stabilizing.
  • No solution in sight for China shoe factory strike

    No solution in sight for China shoe factory strike

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 8:54 PM EDT2014-04-23 00:54:00 GMT
    Workers on strike at a Chinese factory owned by the world's largest maker of athletic shoes have rejected management's latest offer.
    Workers on strike at a Chinese factory owned by the world's largest maker of athletic shoes have rejected management's latest offer in an ongoing labor dispute that is crimping production for brands such as Nike...
  • Valeant, Ackman make $45.6B Allergan bid

    Valeant, Ackman make $45.6B Allergan bid

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 8:44 PM EDT2014-04-23 00:44:04 GMT
    Valeant Pharmaceuticals and activist investor Bill Ackman have unveiled details of their offer to buy Botox maker Allergan, proposing a cash-and-stock deal that could be worth about $45 billion.
    Valeant Pharmaceuticals and activist investor Bill Ackman have unveiled details of their offer to buy Botox maker Allergan, proposing a cash-and-stock deal that could be worth about $45.6 billion.
  • Advocates vow to revive Navajo junk-food tax

    Advocates vow to revive Navajo junk-food tax

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 7:34 PM EDT2014-04-22 23:34:20 GMT
    Lawmakers on the country's largest American Indian reservation will consider a bill this week that could resurrect a proposal for a junk food tax.
    Facing a high prevalence of diabetes, many American Indian tribes are returning to their roots with community and home gardens, cooking classes that incorporate traditional foods, and running programs to encourage healthy...
  • Investor pressure pushing drugmaker M&A deals

    Investor pressure pushing drugmaker M&A deals

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 7:14 PM EDT2014-04-22 23:14:00 GMT
    By LINDA A. JOHNSON AP Business Writer Drugmakers eager to satisfy shareholders by boosting profits and share prices are wheeling, dealing and in one case even making trades like a pro sports team...
    By LINDA A. JOHNSON AP Business Writer Drugmakers eager to satisfy shareholders by boosting profits and share prices are wheeling, dealing and in one case even making trades like a pro sports team looking...
  • Comcast 1Q earns surge on upbeat NBC results

    Comcast 1Q earns surge on upbeat NBC results

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 6:46 PM EDT2014-04-22 22:46:05 GMT
    Comcast's first-quarter net income rose by nearly a third as ad revenue surged at broadcast network NBC, helped by the Winter Olympics in Sochi and Jimmy Fallon's elevation as host of "The Tonight Show."
    Comcast Corp. said Tuesday that its first-quarter net income rose by 30 percent as ad revenue surged at broadcast network NBC, helped by the Winter Olympics in Sochi and Jimmy Fallon's elevation as host of "The Tonight...
  • Health care site flagged in Heartbleed review

    Health care site flagged in Heartbleed review

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 6:45 PM EDT2014-04-22 22:45:44 GMT
    People who have accounts on the enrollment website for President Barack Obama's signature health care law are being told to change their passwords following an administration-wide review of the government's...
    People who have accounts on the enrollment website for President Barack Obama's signature health care law are being told to change their passwords following an administration-wide review of the government's...
  • AT&T had strong 1Q on wireless installment plans

    AT&T had strong 1Q on wireless installment plans

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 6:24 PM EDT2014-04-22 22:24:12 GMT
    AT&T says its first quarter earnings were unchanged from the first three months of last year, but revenue grew as the wireless business added more than 1 million subscribers.
    AT&T's wireless business had a strong first quarter as the company added more than 1 million subscribers and benefited from an installment plan that permits frequent phone upgrades.
  • Attacks on payment systems trail other cybercrimes

    Attacks on payment systems trail other cybercrimes

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 6:04 PM EDT2014-04-22 22:04:22 GMT
    While Target's massive data breach last year caused consumers to panic and drew attention to Internet crime, a new study finds that breaches on retailer payment systems are less common than other kinds of attacks.
    While the theft of millions of credit card numbers from Target customers last year drew attention to Internet crime, a new study finds that breaches of retail payment systems are less common than other kinds of attacks.
  • Earnings and corporate deals lift US stocks

    Earnings and corporate deals lift US stocks

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 5:14 PM EDT2014-04-22 21:14:05 GMT
    Stock futures were little changed Tuesday ahead of a report on existing home sales. Companies are also reporting first-quarter earnings.
    Corporate deals and some solid earnings reports propelled the stock market to its sixth straight gain Tuesday.
  • Maine baby lobster decline could end high catches

    Maine baby lobster decline could end high catches

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 5:04 PM EDT2014-04-22 21:04:24 GMT
    Scientists say the number of baby lobsters settling off the rocky coast of Maine continues to steadily decline - possibly foreshadowing an end to the recent record catches that have boosted New England's...
    The number of baby lobsters settling off the rocky coast of Maine continues to steadily decline - possibly foreshadowing an end to the recent record catches that have boosted New England's lobster fishery, scientists say.
  • Oklahoma faces budget crisis despite economic boom

    Oklahoma faces budget crisis despite economic boom

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 4:34 PM EDT2014-04-22 20:34:34 GMT
    Oklahoma's oil patch is booming, its capital city is thriving and the unemployment rate is falling through the floor, testifying to the state's roaring recovery from the recession.
    Oklahoma's oil patch is booming, its capital city is thriving and the unemployment rate is falling through the floor, testifying to the state's roaring recovery from the recession.
  • AT&T explores expansion of super-fast Internet

    AT&T explores expansion of super-fast Internet

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 4:34 PM EDT2014-04-22 20:34:27 GMT
    AT&T says it will expand super-fast Internet services to as many as 100 additional cities in 25 metropolitan areas.
    AT&T plans a major expansion of super-fast Internet services to cover as many as 100 municipalities in 25 metropolitan areas.
  • Apple offering free recycling of all used products

    Apple offering free recycling of all used products

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 4:34 PM EDT2014-04-22 20:34:24 GMT
    Apple is offering free recycling of all its used products and vowing to power all of its stores, offices and data centers with renewable energy to reduce the pollution caused by its devices and online services.
    Apple is offering free recycling of all its used products and vowing to power all of its stores, offices and data centers with renewable energy to reduce the pollution caused by its devices and online services.
  • Stocks move higher as more earnings roll in

    Stocks move higher as more earnings roll in

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 4:24 PM EDT2014-04-22 20:24:07 GMT
    The stock market is notching its sixth gain in a row as more U.S. companies report solid earnings.
    The stock market is notching its sixth gain in a row as more U.S. companies report solid earnings.
  • Harley-Davidson 1Q earnings roar ahead

    Harley-Davidson 1Q earnings roar ahead

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 3:13 PM EDT2014-04-22 19:13:55 GMT
    Harley-Davidson's first-quarter earnings rose 18.7 percent as motorcycle sales grew worldwide and efficiency efforts took hold.
    Harley-Davidson reported an 18.7 percent rise in first-quarter earnings, saying motorcycle sales grew 5.8 percent worldwide and efficiency efforts took hold during the quarter.
  • Hawaii is genetically engineered crop flash point

    Hawaii is genetically engineered crop flash point

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 2:54 PM EDT2014-04-22 18:54:27 GMT
    You can trace the genetic makeup of most corn grown in the U.S., and in many other places around the world, to Hawaii.
    You can trace the genetic makeup of most corn grown in the U.S., and in many other places around the world, to Hawaii.
  • GM, lawyers fight over bankruptcy protections

    GM, lawyers fight over bankruptcy protections

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 2:24 PM EDT2014-04-22 18:24:34 GMT
    General Motors Co. has filed suit in a U.S. bankruptcy court asking a judge to protect the company from legal claims for actions that took place before it emerged from bankruptcy in 2009.
    General Motors Co. and a battalion of trial lawyers are preparing for an epic court fight over whether GM is liable for the sins of its corporate past.
  • Job market for college grads better but still weak

    Job market for college grads better but still weak

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 1:34 PM EDT2014-04-22 17:34:18 GMT
    The job market for new college graduates is brightening but remains weaker than before the Great Recession began.
    With college commencement ceremonies nearing, the government is offering a modest dose of good news for graduating seniors: The job market is brightening for new grads - a bit.
  • McDonald's 1Q profit slips as US sales decline

    McDonald's 1Q profit slips as US sales decline

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 1:24 PM EDT2014-04-22 17:24:02 GMT
    McDonald's reported a lower profit for the first quarter as the world's biggest hamburger chain saw global sales remain weak.
    McDonald's is fighting to hold onto customers in the U.S.
  • Novartis reshapes business with GSK, Lilly deals

    Novartis reshapes business with GSK, Lilly deals

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 12:14 PM EDT2014-04-22 16:14:09 GMT
    Drug maker Novartis says it has signed several multibillion-dollar deals with GlaxoSmithKline and Lilly that will affect some 15,000 of its employees.
    Swiss pharmaceutical firm Novartis AG launched a major overhaul of its business Tuesday, unveiling a series of multibillion-dollar deals with Britain's GlaxoSmithKline PLC and the U.S.'s Eli Lilly & Co. that...
  • Stocks move higher as more earnings roll in

    Stocks move higher as more earnings roll in

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 11:54 AM EDT2014-04-22 15:54:36 GMT
    Stocks are moving higher as more U.S. companies report solid earnings.
    Stocks are moving higher as more U.S. companies report solid earnings.
  • AT&T joins crowded field with online video plans

    AT&T joins crowded field with online video plans

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 11:35 AM EDT2014-04-22 15:35:11 GMT
    AT&T and the investment firm Chernin Group have formed a venture to invest in and form online video services rivaling Netflix and Hulu.
    AT&T and an investment firm run by former News Corp. executive Peter Chernin have formed an online video venture that could rival Netflix and Hulu.
  • Sales of US existing homes slip to a 20-month low

    Sales of US existing homes slip to a 20-month low

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 11:23 AM EDT2014-04-22 15:23:55 GMT
    Sales of existing U.S. homes slipped in March to their lowest level since July 2012 as rising prices and a tight supply of available homes discouraged many would-be buyers.
    Sales of existing U.S. homes slipped in March to their lowest level since July 2012 as rising prices and a tight supply of available homes discouraged many would-be buyers.
  • Unilever says it will use less plastic per bottle

    Unilever says it will use less plastic per bottle

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 10:26 AM EDT2014-04-22 14:26:51 GMT
    Unilever PLC, the producer of countless disposable containers that clutter the landfills of the world, says it is adopting technology that will cut the amount of plastic it needs to use in each bottle by 15 percent.
    Unilever PLC, the producer of countless disposable containers that clutter the landfills of the world, says it is adopting technology that will cut the amount of plastic it needs to use in each bottle by 15 percent.
  • Philips shares slump over weak 1st-quarter profits

    Philips shares slump over weak 1st-quarter profits

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 10:26 AM EDT2014-04-22 14:26:14 GMT
    Royal Philips NV says its first-quarter profits declined as growth slowed in several divisions and consumers spent less on light bulbs.
    Shares in Royal Philips, the world's leading light maker, slumped Tuesday after the Dutch company reported a drop in first-quarter profits blamed partly on sluggish sales of its health care products and consumer lights.
  • Tesla delivers first China cars, plans expansion

    Tesla delivers first China cars, plans expansion

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 10:04 AM EDT2014-04-22 14:04:00 GMT
    Tesla Motors Inc. delivered its first eight electric sedans to customers in China on Tuesday and CEO Elon Musk said the company will build a nationwide network of charging stations and service centers as fast as it...
    Tesla Motors Inc. delivered its first eight electric sedans to customers in China on Tuesday and CEO Elon Musk said the company will build a nationwide network of charging stations and service centers as fast as it can.
  • Stocks edge higher as more earnings roll in

    Stocks edge higher as more earnings roll in

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 10:03 AM EDT2014-04-22 14:03:56 GMT
    Stocks are moving higher in early trading as investors assess more corporate earnings.
    Stocks are moving higher in early trading as investors assess more corporate earnings.
  • Japan, US struggle to bridge gap on freer trade

    Japan, US struggle to bridge gap on freer trade

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 7:14 AM EDT2014-04-22 11:14:28 GMT
    Japanese and U.S. negotiators are struggling to reach a preliminary agreement on a free trade pact that might have served as a centerpiece for President Barack Obama's visit to Tokyo this week.
    Japanese and U.S. negotiators are struggling to reach a preliminary agreement on a free trade pact that might have served as a centerpiece for President Barack Obama's visit to Tokyo this week.
  • E-cig industry awaits looming federal regulation

    E-cig industry awaits looming federal regulation

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 6:33 AM EDT2014-04-22 10:33:12 GMT
    Smokers are increasingly turning to battery-powered electronic cigarettes to get their nicotine fix. They're about to find out what federal regulators have to say about the popular devices.
    Smokers are increasingly turning to battery-powered electronic cigarettes to get their nicotine fix. They're about to find out what federal regulators have to say about the popular devices.
  • US newspaper industry revenue fell 2.6 pct in 2013

    US newspaper industry revenue fell 2.6 pct in 2013

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 3:43 AM EDT2014-04-22 07:43:44 GMT
    U.S. newspaper industry revenue continued to fall last year, as increases in circulation revenue failed to offset shrinking demand for print advertising.
    U.S. newspaper industry revenue fell last year, as increases in circulation revenue weren't high enough to make up for shrinking demand for print advertising, an industry trade group said Friday.
  • German tax income jumps in 1st quarter

    German tax income jumps in 1st quarter

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 3:24 AM EDT2014-04-22 07:24:02 GMT
    Germany's Finance Ministry says the government's tax income rose sharply in March and saw a healthy overall first-quarter rise as Europe's biggest economy picked up momentum.
    Germany's Finance Ministry says the government's tax income rose sharply in March and saw a healthy overall first-quarter rise as Europe's biggest economy picked up momentum.
  • AP names Klug to top SKorea editorial position

    AP names Klug to top SKorea editorial position

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 2:13 AM EDT2014-04-22 06:13:03 GMT
    The Associated Press has named Seoul news editor Foster Klug as its chief of bureau for South Korea.
    The Associated Press has named Seoul news editor Foster Klug as its chief of bureau for South Korea.
  • Asian stocks edge mostly higher on US earnings

    Asian stocks edge mostly higher on US earnings

    Monday, April 21 2014 11:53 PM EDT2014-04-22 03:53:02 GMT
    Global stocks were mixed Monday in light trading after Japan reported a record annual trade deficit and investors looked ahead to economic data this week from China and South Korea.
    Asian stocks edged higher on Tuesday following a Wall Street rally powered by positive earnings reports but the mood was still cautious before a report on Chinese manufacturing and possible sanctions against Russia over...
  • PG&E pleads not guilty in fatal pipeline blast

    PG&E pleads not guilty in fatal pipeline blast

    Monday, April 21 2014 8:13 PM EDT2014-04-22 00:13:00 GMT
    Pacific Gas & Electric Co. pleaded not guilty Monday to a dozen felony charges stemming from alleged safety violations in a deadly 2010 natural gas pipeline explosion that leveled a suburban neighborhood in the...
    Pacific Gas & Electric Co. pleaded not guilty Monday to a dozen felony charges stemming from alleged safety violations in a deadly 2010 natural gas pipeline explosion that leveled a suburban neighborhood in the San...
  • Valeant to bid for Botox maker Allergan

    Valeant to bid for Botox maker Allergan

    Monday, April 21 2014 8:12 PM EDT2014-04-22 00:12:56 GMT
    Valeant Pharmaceuticals has teamed up with activist investor Bill Ackman to make a bid for Botox maker Allergan.
    Valeant Pharmaceuticals has teamed up with activist investor Bill Ackman in a bid for Botox maker Allergan that could be worth about $40 billion.
  • Affordable Care Act only chips away at a core goal

    Affordable Care Act only chips away at a core goal

    Monday, April 21 2014 8:03 PM EDT2014-04-22 00:03:01 GMT
    The federal health care overhaul is providing coverage for millions of Americans, but it has only chipped away at one of its core goals: to sharply reduce the number of people without insurance.
    Swan Lockett had high hopes that President Barack Obama's health overhaul would lead her family to an affordable insurance plan, but that hasn't happened.
  • Netflix poised to raise prices after strong 1Q

    Netflix poised to raise prices after strong 1Q

    Monday, April 21 2014 8:02 PM EDT2014-04-22 00:02:57 GMT
    Netflix's first-quarter earnings soared as another season of the popular political drama "House of Cards" helped attract an additional 2.25 million subscribers to the Internet video service.
    Netflix is preparing a sequel unlikely to be a hit with its subscribers. The Internet video service is about to raise its prices for the first time in three years to help pay for more Internet video programming such as its...
  • Powdered alcohols no longer have label approvals

    Powdered alcohols no longer have label approvals

    Monday, April 21 2014 6:42 PM EDT2014-04-21 22:42:49 GMT
    Don't expect powdered alcohol to hit store shelves anytime soon.
    Don't expect powdered alcohol to hit store shelves anytime soon.
  • US: Russia has 'days, not weeks' to follow accord

    US: Russia has 'days, not weeks' to follow accord

    Monday, April 21 2014 6:13 PM EDT2014-04-21 22:13:28 GMT
    Russia has "days, not weeks" to abide by an international accord aimed at stemming the crisis in Ukraine, the top U.S. diplomat in Kiev warned Monday as Vice President Joe Biden launched a high-profile show of...
    Russia has "days, not weeks" to abide by an international accord aimed at stemming the crisis in Ukraine, the top U.S. diplomat in Kiev warned Monday as Vice President Joe Biden launched a high-profile show of support for...
  • Thawing out: Warmer temperatures lift US economy

    Thawing out: Warmer temperatures lift US economy

    Monday, April 21 2014 6:04 PM EDT2014-04-21 22:04:24 GMT
    Spring's thaw is reviving the economy, too.
    Spring's thaw is reviving the economy, too.
  • Stocks log longest winning streak in six months

    Stocks log longest winning streak in six months

    Monday, April 21 2014 5:42 PM EDT2014-04-21 21:42:54 GMT
    U.S. stock futures are edging higher Monday as more companies report their first quarter earnings. The Standard & Poor's 500 index had its best week since July last week.
    The stock market logged its longest winning streak in six months Monday as another big week for company earnings began.
  • UAW ends withdraws appeal of Volkswagen union vote

    UAW ends withdraws appeal of Volkswagen union vote

    Monday, April 21 2014 5:03 PM EDT2014-04-21 21:03:39 GMT
    The United Auto Workers announced Monday it is withdrawing an appeal of the outcome of a union vote at Volkswagen's assembly plant in Tennessee.
    The United Auto Workers dropped its appeal of a worker vote against unionizing at a Volkswagen plant in Tennessee, a move that the union said should put pressure on Republican politicians to quickly approve incentives the...
  • Halliburton posts $622M in 1st-qtr net income

    Halliburton posts $622M in 1st-qtr net income

    Monday, April 21 2014 5:02 PM EDT2014-04-21 21:02:56 GMT
    By The Associated Press Halliburton says it was profitable in the first-quarter after reporting a loss for the period a year ago.
    Halliburton made money in the first quarter on rising revenue in the Middle East and Asia, and the CEO said Monday that he sensed an upturn in the North American market.
  • US rules against Mexico, Turkey in steel dispute

    US rules against Mexico, Turkey in steel dispute

    Monday, April 21 2014 4:43 PM EDT2014-04-21 20:43:00 GMT
    President Barack Obama's administration on Monday sided with American steel producers in a politically charged international trade dispute, ruling that imported steel reinforcing bar from Mexico and Turkey...
    President Barack Obama's administration on Monday sided with American steel producers in a politically charged international trade dispute, ruling that imported steel reinforcing bar from Mexico and Turkey unfairly...
  • Stocks post modest gains as earnings roll in

    Stocks post modest gains as earnings roll in

    Monday, April 21 2014 4:23 PM EDT2014-04-21 20:23:21 GMT
    Stocks are closing higher as more U.S. companies report first-quarter earnings.
    Stocks are closing higher as more U.S. companies report first-quarter earnings.
  • Hasbro posts 1Q profit, sales of girls' toys rise

    Hasbro posts 1Q profit, sales of girls' toys rise

    Monday, April 21 2014 4:13 PM EDT2014-04-21 20:13:00 GMT
    Hasbro returned to profitability in its first quarter, driven by sales of girls' toys such as My Little Pony and Nerf Rebelle. The prior-year period was dragged down by restructuring charges.
    Hasbro returned to profitability in its first quarter, driven by sales of girls' toys such as My Little Pony and Nerf Rebelle. The prior-year results were dragged down by restructuring charges.
  • Supreme Court considers juice label dispute

    Supreme Court considers juice label dispute

    Monday, April 21 2014 2:54 PM EDT2014-04-21 18:54:13 GMT
    The Supreme Court seems likely to rule that juice maker Pom Wonderful can bring false advertising claims against the Coca-Cola Co. over a competing juice product.
    Count Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy among consumers who feel misled by a beverage called "Pomegranate Blueberry Flavored Blend of 5 Juices."
  • Gunmen detain 3 journalists in eastern Ukraine

    Gunmen detain 3 journalists in eastern Ukraine

    Monday, April 21 2014 2:44 PM EDT2014-04-21 18:44:34 GMT
    Three foreign journalists were temporarily detained by pro-Russia insurgents in city in eastern Ukraine.
    Three foreign journalists were temporarily detained by pro-Russia insurgents in city in eastern Ukraine on Monday.
  • US justices seek middle ground in Argentina case

    US justices seek middle ground in Argentina case

    Monday, April 21 2014 1:35 PM EDT2014-04-21 17:35:48 GMT
    The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing arguments Monday in Argentina's decade-long battle with holders of its defaulted bonds.
    The U.S. Supreme Court appeared to be searching for a middle ground Monday in the decade-long battle between Argentina and holders of its defaulted bonds.
  • Late sign-ups improve outlook for Obama health law

    Late sign-ups improve outlook for Obama health law

    Monday, April 21 2014 1:34 PM EDT2014-04-21 17:34:38 GMT
    The outlook for President Barack Obama's health care law is getting better, with more people enrolled overall and a much-needed surge of interest among young adults.
    A surge of eleventh-hour enrollments has improved the outlook for President Barack Obama's health care law, with more people signing up overall and a much-needed spark of interest among young adults.
  • Report: Sandy's fallout affecting small business

    Report: Sandy's fallout affecting small business

    Monday, April 21 2014 1:14 PM EDT2014-04-21 17:14:55 GMT
    The Federal Reserve Bank of New York says a third of small businesses in tri-state Superstorm Sandy disaster areas reported financial losses a year later.
    When suburban New York delicatessen owner P.J. Whelan heard the findings of a Federal Reserve Bank of New York poll released Monday on Superstorm Sandy's effect on small businesses, he began nodding in agreement.
  • Stocks post modest gains as earnings roll in

    Stocks post modest gains as earnings roll in

    Monday, April 21 2014 12:13 PM EDT2014-04-21 16:13:58 GMT
    Stocks are moving higher at the beginning of another big week for company earnings.
    Stocks are moving higher at the beginning of another big week for company earnings.
  • Gauge of US economy up for 3rd straight month

    Gauge of US economy up for 3rd straight month

    Monday, April 21 2014 10:33 AM EDT2014-04-21 14:33:33 GMT
    A measure of the U.S. economy's health rose in March for the third consecutive month, a sign of stronger growth after harsh winter weather caused the economy's pace to slow.
    A measure of the U.S. economy's health rose in March for the third consecutive month, a sign of stronger growth after harsh winter weather caused the economy's pace to slow.
  • Stocks edge higher as major earnings week starts

    Stocks edge higher as major earnings week starts

    Monday, April 21 2014 10:15 AM EDT2014-04-21 14:15:47 GMT
    Stocks are edging higher as another big week for company earnings begins.
    Stocks are edging higher as another big week for company earnings begins.
  • High court to hear dispute about TV over Internet

    High court to hear dispute about TV over Internet

    Monday, April 21 2014 8:34 AM EDT2014-04-21 12:34:01 GMT
    Thirty years ago, big media companies failed to convince the Supreme Court of the threat posed by home video recordings.
    Thirty years after failing to convince the Supreme Court of the threat posed by home video recordings, big media companies are back and now trying to rein in another technological innovation they say threatens their...
  • Oil stays above $104 amid Ukraine jitters

    Oil stays above $104 amid Ukraine jitters

    Monday, April 21 2014 4:43 AM EDT2014-04-21 08:43:33 GMT
    The price of oil edged down Monday but stayed above $104 per barrel as investors watched simmering tensions in Ukraine.
    The price of oil edged down Monday but stayed above $104 per barrel as investors watched simmering tensions in Ukraine.
  • 5 features an Amazon phone might offer

    5 features an Amazon phone might offer

    Monday, April 21 2014 3:35 AM EDT2014-04-21 07:35:30 GMT
    Rumors of an Amazon smartphone reached a fever pitch this week, with several tech blogs speculating that the device could be due out this year.
    A report this week in The Wall Street Journal that Amazon is planning to release a smartphone has prompted industry analysts and technology blogs to muse about what the device might offer.
  • Higher costs pressured businesses in 1st quarter

    Higher costs pressured businesses in 1st quarter

    Monday, April 21 2014 12:13 AM EDT2014-04-21 04:13:02 GMT
    Rising costs for materials and labor appear to be pressuring businesses, according to a quarterly survey from the National Association of Business Economics.
    Rising costs for materials and labor appear to be pressuring businesses, according to a quarterly survey from the National Association of Business Economics.
  • Asian stocks mixed after holiday weekend

    Asian stocks mixed after holiday weekend

    Sunday, April 20 2014 11:23 PM EDT2014-04-21 03:23:03 GMT
    Asian stocks were mixed Monday in light trading after Japan reported a jump in its trade deficit and investors looked ahead to economic data this week from China and Korea.
    Asian stocks were mixed Monday in light trading after Japan reported a jump in its trade deficit and investors looked ahead to economic data this week from China and Korea.
  • Japan logs record $134B trade deficit in FY 2013

    Japan logs record $134B trade deficit in FY 2013

    Sunday, April 20 2014 10:13 PM EDT2014-04-21 02:13:01 GMT
    Japan's trade deficit surged nearly 70 percent to a record 13.75 trillion yen ($134 billion) in the last fiscal year as exports failed to keep pace with surging costs for imported oil and gas.
    Japan's trade deficit surged nearly 70 percent to a record 13.75 trillion yen ($134 billion) in the last fiscal year, the third straight year of deficit, as exports failed to keep pace with surging energy costs.
  • Kraft recalls 96,000 pounds of Oscar Mayer wieners

    Kraft recalls 96,000 pounds of Oscar Mayer wieners

    Sunday, April 20 2014 7:42 PM EDT2014-04-20 23:42:52 GMT
    Kraft Foods is recalling 96,000 pounds of its Oscar Mayer wieners because they may mistakenly contain cheese.
    Kraft Foods is recalling 96,000 pounds of its Oscar Mayer wieners because they may mistakenly contain cheese.
  • Documents detail another delayed GM recall

    Documents detail another delayed GM recall

    Sunday, April 20 2014 7:33 PM EDT2014-04-20 23:33:19 GMT
    Government documents show that General Motors waited years to recall nearly 335,000 Saturn Ions for power steering failures despite getting thousands of consumer complaints and warranty repair claims.
    General Motors waited years to recall nearly 335,000 Saturn Ions for power steering failures despite getting thousands of consumer complaints and more than 30,000 warranty repair claims, according to government documents...
  • 'Capt. America' tops box office for third week

    'Capt. America' tops box office for third week

    Sunday, April 20 2014 2:43 PM EDT2014-04-20 18:43:32 GMT
    Captain America continues to vanquish box office foes, triumphing in ticket sales for the third consecutive week and beating formidable contender Johnny Depp.
    Captain America continues to vanquish box office foes, triumphing in ticket sales for the third consecutive week and dominating over megastar Johnny Depp's new movie.
  • Big names among prospective Buffalo Bills buyers

    Big names among prospective Buffalo Bills buyers

    Sunday, April 20 2014 2:43 PM EDT2014-04-20 18:43:22 GMT
    Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly is prepared to make a bid to buy the Buffalo Bills. Donald Trump's on board, too.
    Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly is prepared to make a bid to buy the Buffalo Bills. Donald Trump's on board, too.
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