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First lady announces one-stop job site for vets

11 hours 59 min ago
FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) -- First lady Michelle Obama has announced a new online effort to link soldiers leaving the military with jobs that match their skill sets....

Spy plane outlasts Cold War, but not defense cuts

12 hours 4 min ago
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U-2 spy plane outlasted the Cold War, outlived its successor and proved crucial a half-century ago when two superpowers were on the brink of nuclear war....

Wellness programs grow more popular with employers

12 hours 29 min ago
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 with a looming change under the federal health care overhaul....

China, US data keep a lid on global stocks

13 hours 4 min ago
LONDON (AP) -- Lackluster economic data out of China and the U.S. offset a string of positive developments in Europe to keep a lid on global stock markets on Wednesday following a strong run, particularly on Wall Street....

Gannett 1Q net profit falls 43 pct

13 hours 6 min ago
MCLEAN, Va. (AP) -- 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....

US stocks edge lower after a six-day rise

13 hours 7 min ago
NEW YORK (AP) -- The stock market slipped Wednesday, after rising for six straight days, as investors worked through another round of quarterly earnings reports from U.S. companies. Intuitive Surgical was among those announcing disappointed results. A worse-than-expected report on the housing market also weighed on the broader market....

Labor Dept. cuts levels of allowable coal dust

13 hours 14 min ago
WASHINGTON (AP) -- 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....

Gay business owners still face challenges

13 hours 18 min ago
NEW YORK (AP) -- It happens a few times a year: A customer refuses to work with Dave Greenbaum because he's gay....

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

14 hours 27 min ago
NEW YORK (AP) -- 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....

Sales of new US homes plunge 14.5 percent in March

14 hours 47 min ago
WASHINGTON (AP) -- 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....

High court hears streaming TV case

Tue, 2014-04-22 10:56
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Supreme Court justices are weighing whether they can side with broadcasters in a copyright challenge to an Internet startup company without threatening the burgeoning world of cloud computing....

Aereo CEO speaks on company, Supreme Court case

Tue, 2014-04-22 10:48
NEW YORK (AP) -- 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 copyright law....

Job market for college grads better but still weak

Tue, 2014-04-22 10:43
WASHINGTON (AP) -- 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....

Bloomberg invests $5M in solar-powered lamp

Tue, 2014-04-22 10:42
NEW YORK (AP) -- 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....

Novartis reshapes business with GSK, Lilly deals

Tue, 2014-04-22 10:02
GENEVA (AP) -- 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 heralds more restructuring in the fast-changing industry....

General Motors seeks more protection from suits

Tue, 2014-04-22 09:49
DETROIT (AP) -- General Motors Co. is asking a U.S. bankruptcy judge to shield it from legal claims for actions that took place before the company's 2009 bankruptcy....

McDonald's profit slips amid weak sales

Tue, 2014-04-22 08:01
NEW YORK (AP) -- McDonald's is fighting to hold onto customers in the U.S....

Valeant, Ackman make $45.6B Allergan bid

Tue, 2014-04-22 06:45
NEW YORK (AP) -- 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....

E-cig industry awaits looming federal regulation

Tue, 2014-04-22 04:44
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- 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 justices hear arguments in Argentina debt case

Mon, 2014-04-21 09:37
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. Supreme Court appears to be searching for a middle ground in the decade-long battle between Argentina and holders of its defaulted bonds....