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Advice To Democrats: Don't Say 'Recovery'

April 18, 2014 3:20 pm | by David Espo, AP Special Correspondent | News | Comments

Election-year memo to Democratic candidates: Don't talk about the economic recovery. It's a political loser.                           

Appeals Court Rejects Challenge To Cement Plant Pollution Standard

April 18, 2014 12:35 pm | News | Comments

The Natural Resources Defense Council and other environmental groups had argued that the...

Unemployment Rates Fall In 21 States

April 18, 2014 10:45 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

More than two-thirds of the states reported job gains in March, as hiring improves for much of...

Apartheid Abuse Cases Against Ford, IBM Go Forward

April 18, 2014 9:07 am | News | Comments

A federal judge on Thursday declined to toss out decade-old lawsuits that accuse IBM Corp. and...

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Former BP Employee Settles Insider-Trading Charges

April 18, 2014 8:07 am | News | Comments

The U.S. government says a former BP employee who was a coordinator during the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has settled federal charges of using confidential information on the seriousness of the spill to profit illegally from trading in BP stock. 

NASA's Moon-Orbiting Robot Crashes

April 18, 2014 7:43 am | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

Researchers believe the robotic explorer vaporized upon contact because of its high orbiting speed of 3,600 mph, possibly smacking into a mountain or side of a crater.                  

Judge Denies Motion To Park GM Cars

April 17, 2014 2:36 pm | News | Comments

A federal judge in Texas has denied an emergency motion that would have forced General Motors to tell owners of 2 million recalled cars to stop driving their vehicles until their ignition switches are repaired.         

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Miss. Gov. Signs Bills Limiting Union Activities

April 17, 2014 2:34 pm | by Emily Wagster Pettus, Associated Press | News | Comments

Republican Gov. Phil Bryant on Wednesday signed three bills to limit union activities in Mississippi, saying he hopes they strengthen the state's reputation as a place where organized labor has little influence.        

Food Poisoning Report Shows Decline In Salmonella

April 17, 2014 2:11 pm | by Mike Stobbe, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Last year, salmonella cases fell 9 percent, compared to the previous three years. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that's the largest drop in a decade.              

CBO: Boosting Minimum Wage Would Cost Firms $15B

April 17, 2014 2:08 pm | News | Comments

The Congressional Budget Office estimates that a Senate Democratic proposal gradually boosting the minimum wage to $10.10 hourly would force businesses to spend $15 billion more in salaries in 2017.             

Consumer Groups Win 'Company Doe' Appeal

April 17, 2014 12:13 pm | by Jennifer C. Kerr, Associated Press | News | Comments

We soon could know the identity of the manufacturer — only known now as "Company Doe" — in a product safety case that has been linked to a child's death.                  

Tobacco Companies Make Payments Under Settlement

April 17, 2014 11:27 am | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Tobacco Writer | News | Comments

The nation's top cigarette makers say they've made annual payments as part of a settlement in which some companies are paying states billions for smoking-related health care costs.              

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Applications For Jobless Aid Edge Up

April 17, 2014 10:32 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits last week rose 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 304,000. Jobless claims continue to be near pre-recession levels despite the slight increase.           

Fed: Growth Picks Up Across Most Of U.S.

April 17, 2014 8:28 am | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

A Federal Reserve survey shows economic growth picking up across most of the United States over the past two months as bitter winter weather subsided.                   

House Dems Pressing Inquiry Into Tenn. VW Vote

April 17, 2014 8:08 am | by Tom Raum, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two House Democrats are beginning their own inquiry into whether Tennessee state officials may have violated "or otherwise run afoul of" federal law by their alleged conduct ahead of a vote by workers at a Volkswagen factory in Chattanooga, Tenn.

SpaceX Will Try To Launch Station Cargo Friday

April 16, 2014 3:02 pm | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

NASA confirmed the launch date Wednesday, two days after a last-minute rocket leak delayed the delivery mission. Stormy weather, however, is forecast for Friday. Saturday is the backup launch date.            

U.S. Factory Output Extends Solid Gains

April 16, 2014 10:04 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. factory output rose further last month, extending strong growth from February after harsh weather had caused production to tumble in January. Manufacturers produced more furniture, clothing, chemicals and aerospace products.       

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U.S. Won't Name China A Currency Manipulator

April 16, 2014 8:04 am | by Marcy Gordon, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The Obama administration is raising concern about the value of China's currency but is declining, as in recent years, to accuse Beijing of manipulating it.                  

Obama, Biden Announcing $600M For Job Grants

April 16, 2014 8:00 am | by Darlene Superville, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Obama and Vice President Biden are hitting the road to trumpet $600 million in new competitive grants to spur creation of targeted training and apprenticeship programs that could help people land well-paying jobs.      

Judge Blocks Mass. Ban On Zohydro

April 16, 2014 7:56 am | by Steve LeBlanc, Associated Press | News | Comments

The judge issued a preliminary injunction Tuesday after pharmaceutical company, Zogenix, argued in a lawsuit that the ban issued by Gov. Deval Patrick in March is unconstitutional.                

GM Asking Bankruptcy Court For Lawsuit Protection

April 16, 2014 7:51 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

General Motors revealed in court filings late Tuesday that it will soon ask a federal bankruptcy judge to shield the company from legal claims for conduct that occurred before its 2009 bankruptcy.           

Manchin Wants Mines To Tout Coal

April 15, 2014 2:01 pm | News | Comments

The Democratic senator leading the fight against the White House's strategy to fight climate change is urging the mining industry to speak out about coal's role in providing affordable, reliable power to the country.             

N.Y. Updating Oil Spill Preparedness Plans

April 15, 2014 12:28 pm | News | Comments

The state's Department of Environmental Conservation announced last week that it's working with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Coast Guard to revise and update its plans for preventing and responding to spills.    

Court Upholds EPA Emission Standards

April 15, 2014 11:59 am | by Pete Yost, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal appeals court has upheld the Environmental Protection Agency's emission standards for hazardous air pollutants from coal- and oil-fired power plants.                

Consumer Prices Up Slightly In March

April 15, 2014 11:21 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The Labor Department said Tuesday that the consumer price index rose 0.2 percent in March, after scant 0.1 percent increases in the previous two months.                 

FAA Says Hawaiian Didn't Inspect Plane Properly

April 15, 2014 10:21 am | News | Comments

The Federal Aviation Administration says Hawaiian Airlines went eight years without properly inspecting certain components of one of its planes used for commercial flights.                

NSA Coverage Gets Pulitzer Prize

April 15, 2014 8:27 am | by Brett Zongker, Associated Press | News | Comments

Coverage of the National Security Agency's sweeping surveillance program that won the Pulitzer Prize for public service Monday follows a tradition of bucking the U.S. government on matters of secret intelligence.          

Japan Mulls Reducing Corporate R&D Tax Breaks

April 14, 2014 3:21 pm | News | Comments

The government is considering reducing tax breaks for corporate research and development if the corporate income tax rate is cut as sought by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.               

Herbalife Denies Criminal Probe Report

April 14, 2014 1:00 pm | News | Comments

The company said in a statement that it has no knowledge of any ongoing investigation by the DOJ or the FBI. It also said that it has not received any request for information from either agency.           

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