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In parched North Dakota, cloud-seeding irks some farmers

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 10:56:02 -0500

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — In the parched northern Plains, where the worst drought in decades has withered crops and forced some ranchers to begin selling off their herds, a cloud-seeding program aimed at making it rain would seem a strange…

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The Latest: France send equipment to hurricane-hit islands

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 10:46:00 -0500

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The Latest on Hurricane Maria and its devastation of Puerto Rico (all times local):

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In Wisconsin, GOP pushes to end sulfide mining moratorium

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 10:26:40 -0500

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker voted to ban copper and gold mining in Wisconsin two decades ago. Now he may be asked to lift the one of-a-kind prohibition as his fellow Republicans push to continue opening up the…

Aid begins to flow to hurricane-hit Puerto Rico

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 10:12:16 -0500

GUAJATACA, Puerto Rico (AP) — Large amounts of federal aid have begun moving into Puerto Rico, welcomed by local officials who praised the Trump administration's response but called for the emergency loosening of rules long blamed for condemning the U.S.…

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Sen. Collins likely against GOP health bill in latest blow

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 10:04:36 -0500

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Susan Collins on Sunday all but closed the door to supporting last-ditch Republican health care bill, leaving her party's drive to uproot President Barack Obama's health care law dangling by an increasingly slender thread.

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Shark fin bans might not help sharks, scientists say

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 09:50:29 -0500

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — As lawmakers propose banning the sale of shark fins in the U.S., a pair of scientists is pushing back, saying the effort might actually harm attempts to conserve the marine predators.

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Affordable apartments planned for Detroit's Banglatown

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 08:27:29 -0500

DETROIT (AP) — A vacant school in Detroit's Banglatown neighborhood is expected to be turned into 23 affordable apartments.

The quest to demystify funeral prices

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 06:00:00 -0500

Startups hope to pry open the costs in the funeral industry to allow for easier comparison shopping.

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After German vote, Europe can turn to patching euro's flaws

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 05:10:35 -0500

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Sunday's national election in Germany will sound the starting gun for a renewed debate on fixing flaws in Europe's shared currency to prevent future crises.

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Price to stop private plane use on business during review

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 23:00:40 -0500

WASHINGTON (AP) — Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said Saturday he will stop flying private planes on official business while an internal review of the flights is being done and that he welcomes the review.

Trump aims to achieve congressional balancing act on taxes

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 21:35:07 -0500

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he wants to lure Democratic lawmakers to sign on to a Republican-crafted tax overhaul plan but negotiators must deal with the reality that any handouts to Democrats could quickly turn into turnoffs for…

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Trump trying to turn around GOP holdouts on health bill

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 20:58:20 -0500

WASHINGTON (AP) — Unwilling to concede defeat on a bedrock GOP promise, President Donald Trump on Saturday tried to sway two Republican holdouts on the party's last-ditch health care hope while clawing at his nemesis who again has brought the…

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Repairs to New Zealand pipeline ease airport fuel shortage

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 20:51:15 -0500

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — The main pipeline that delivers jet fuel to New Zealand's largest airport was operational again Sunday after a rupture was repaired. That should soon end a 10-day fuel shortage that has caused about 140 flights…

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Expansion work closes busiest US-Mexico border crossing

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 17:15:22 -0500

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Detoured traffic into Mexico from the busiest border crossing with the United States was unusually light Saturday as motorists heeded calls to avoid freeways during a weekend shutdown for southbound cars.

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French marchers fill Paris streets to protest new work rules

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 14:46:07 -0500

PARIS (AP) — French far-left firebrand Jean-Luc Melenchon urged protesters Saturday to take to the streets and mount strikes to force President Emmanuel Macron to withdraw the labor law changes that are key to his business-friendly economic vision.

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Third round of NAFTA talks opens in Canada

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 11:02:57 -0500

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — A third round of NAFTA renegotiations has begun with chief negotiators from Canada, the U.S. and Mexico meeting in the Canadian capital.

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Solar power facility set for full operation in December

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 10:43:27 -0500

LAFAYETTE, Ala. (AP) — A $140 million solar power facility in eastern Alabama is on track for operation in December.

Pennsylvania's ugly budget fight runs into Amazon courtship

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 10:04:38 -0500

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Mass transit system? Check. Big population center? Check. Top-notch universities? Check. Predictable state government with a top-notch credit rating?

The Sun rises in new play about Murdoch's tabloid revolution

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 09:37:57 -0500

LONDON (AP) — Rupert Murdoch has power, wealth — and legions of detractors, who say the media mogul's tabloids and TV stations have fueled crass celebrity culture, phone hacking and fake news.

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London mayor: Uber to blame for loss of license in city

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 09:07:39 -0500

LONDON (AP) — London's mayor said Saturday that people angry about the decision by transit authorities to strip Uber of its license to operate in the city should blame the ride-hailing company itself.

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China imposes limit on oil supply to North Korea

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 23:29:24 -0500

BEIJING (AP) — China announced Saturday that it will limit energy supplies to North Korea and stop buying its textiles under U.N. sanctions imposed over its nuclear and missile development, further reducing support from Pyongyang's last ally.

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Federal government notifies 21 states of election hacking

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 22:58:09 -0500

The federal government on Friday told election officials in 21 states that hackers targeted their systems before last year's presidential election.

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GOP's 'Obamacare' repeal all but dead; McCain deals the blow

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 21:03:08 -0500

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. John McCain declared his opposition Friday to the GOP's last-ditch effort to repeal and replace "Obamacare," dealing a likely death blow to the legislation and, perhaps, to the Republican Party's years of vows to kill the…

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The Latest: In AP tally, 21 states confirmed hacking targets

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 19:58:46 -0500

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the federal government's notification to 21 states about election hacking (all times local):

Colorado: Some low-level radioactive waste handled illegally

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 19:47:44 -0500

DENVER (AP) — Some types of low-level radioactive waste have been illegally buried in landfills that are not approved to handle them because of a contradiction in state laws, Colorado health officials said Friday.

Southern U chooses contractor to grow medical marijuana

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 19:29:43 -0500

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Southern University has selected a vendor to run its medical marijuana program.

The Latest: Colorado wrestles with laws on radioactive waste

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 18:35:37 -0500

DENVER (AP) — The Latest on radioactive waste disposal in Colorado (all times local):

Hannity boycott call fizzling, at least publicly

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 18:27:32 -0500

NEW YORK (AP) — More than a month after a liberal advocacy group publicly called on advertisers to boycott Sean Hannity's show on Fox News Channel, luxury carmaker Cadillac has been the only new company to publicly back away from…

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Washington cyberstalking law on thin ice after hearing

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 18:00:17 -0500

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington's law against cyberstalking faces a dubious future after the state Attorney General's Office took a pass on defending its constitutionality during a federal court hearing Friday.

Senate bill would make online political ads more transparent

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 17:39:26 -0500

WASHINGTON (AP) — Legislation floated by two Democratic senators would enhance transparency for online political ads, requiring social media companies like Facebook and Twitter to keep a public file of election ads and communications.

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In new setback, Uber to lose license to work in London

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 17:38:48 -0500

LONDON (AP) — Uber will lose its license to operate in London because it may be endangering public safety and security, the local regulator said Friday, in a severe blow to a company already facing big questions over its corporate…

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Company to pay $35M for falsely marketing cholesterol drug

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 17:42:20 -0500

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts drug company has agreed to pay more than $35 million to resolve criminal and civil charges that it falsely marketed a cholesterol medication.

Loud talkers beware: Reno buses will be listening

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 17:35:59 -0500

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A federal judge has given northern Nevada's largest public transit system the green light to begin recording audio along with video surveillance on city buses despite objections from the bus drivers' union that it's an illegal…

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Facebook nixes plan for new stock class ahead of court fight

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 17:27:03 -0500

NEW YORK (AP) — Mark Zuckerberg said Friday that Facebook is withdrawing plans to create a new class of stock that would have let him keep tight reins on the social media company even as he sold down his stake…

Pennsylvania sheriff says gun permit website is a scam

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 17:20:21 -0500

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A sheriff is warning that a website promising to help Pennsylvania residents apply and pay for concealed-carry gun permits online is a scam.

First airline flights land in Puerto Rico since Maria hit

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 17:15:27 -0500

The first airline flights to hurricane-battered Puerto Rico arrived Friday, but difficult conditions at the island's main airport caused airlines to scale back plans for more flights over the weekend.

Mercedes-Benz agreeing to replace seat heaters after lawsuit

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 16:39:28 -0500

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge has granted preliminary approval of a lawsuit settlement requiring Mercedes-Benz to replace seat heaters in up to 270,000 SUVs.

California judge says he'll write gas tax ballot language

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 16:33:56 -0500

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California judge said Friday he'll write the official ballot description for an initiative that would repeal a recent gas tax increase after he ruled that the title and summary written by Democratic Attorney General Xavier…

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Head of House panel seeks tax relief for hurricane victims

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 16:25:49 -0500

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the House's tax-writing committee is putting forward legislation to give temporary tax relief to victims of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.

Energy leads US stocks indexes to a mostly higher finish

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 16:22:16 -0500

A listless day on Wall Street finished with U.S. stocks eking out small gains Friday, as strength in energy, phone and industrial companies offset losses elsewhere.

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Weekly Summary Corporate dividends, name changes, new listings

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 16:11:23 -0500

NEW YORK (AP) — Changes announced in corporate dividends Sept. 18-Sept. 22.

Closure at busy US-Mexico border crossing promises headaches

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 16:12:56 -0500

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The busiest border crossing in the United States will close this weekend to the more than 40,000 cars that pass through it daily to Mexico.

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Muni bond Friday update: 10-year yield falls

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 15:59:18 -0500

A look at the AP Municipal Bond Index for Friday, Sept. 22:

Prosecutors subpoenaing documents in failed nuke project

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 15:58:38 -0500

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The variety of documents that federal prosecutors have demanded from the two utilities involved in a failed nuclear power plant project in South Carolina could offer some hints about what investigators are focusing on in their…

GrubHub and Scana fall while CarMax and Finish Line soar

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 15:30:51 -0500

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Friday:

Delta: Mysterious website tricks people who put pets on jets

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 15:24:09 -0500

ATLANTA (AP) — A website is tricking people into thinking they're dealing with Delta Air Lines when arranging for their pets to fly on jets, the Atlanta-based company maintains in a new federal lawsuit.

Markets Right Now: Stocks end mostly higher

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 15:14:18 -0500

NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on developments in financial markets (All times local):

Lawsuit filed to stop mining near Yellowstone in Montana

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 15:13:07 -0500

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Opponents of mining near Yellowstone National Park filed a lawsuit Friday challenging a decision by Montana environmental regulators to allow a Canadian company to explore for precious metals just north of the park.

Amazon signs deal to boost its restaurant delivery service

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 15:10:06 -0500

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon wants to deliver more burritos and hamburgers to your doorstep.

Amazon signs deal to boost its restaurant delivery service

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 15:10:06 -0500

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon wants to deliver more burritos and hamburgers to your doorstep.

Duke Energy reverses, will disclose coal ash disaster maps

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 15:07:13 -0500

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The country's largest electric company says it will publish federally mandated maps that it previously refused to publish, showing what could happen to neighboring properties if a coal-ash pit burst.

BC-Cash Prices, 1st Ld-Writethru,0342

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 15:03:52 -0500

NEW YORK (AP) — Wholesale cash prices Friday

Ontario joins California's market to sell pollution credits

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 14:58:29 -0500

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California on Friday expanded its market for buying and trading permits to emit greenhouse gases to include the Canadian province of Ontario.

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Does NKorean H-bomb threat push US closer to war?

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 15:01:25 -0500

WASHINGTON (AP) — Would exploding a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific, as North Korea has threatened, push the current war of words between the U.S. and North Korea closer to actual war?

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3 Top Reasons Why Rentals Are Denied

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 15:00:00 -0500

MoneyTipsHas your rental application just been rejected? Determined to make lemonade out of lemons, you resolve to find out why you were rejected and change the situation so that your next application is approved.Assuming that you filled out the application…

Batman comic series to feature scenery from Portland, Maine

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 14:49:49 -0500

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Holy hometown, Batman!

Michigan lawsuit tossed in 'halal pepperoni' case

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 14:45:29 -0500

DETROIT (AP) — A judge dismissed a lawsuit against Little Caesars Pizza that alleged that pork was sold as "halal pepperoni" at a restaurant in a Detroit suburb that has a large Muslim population.

Advance manufacturer NN moving global HQ from Tenn. to NC

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 14:39:30 -0500

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A manufacturer of high-precision components for aerospace, defense, automotive and other industries is moving its corporate headquarters from Tennessee to North Carolina.

Grain mixed, livestock mixed

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 14:38:05 -0500

Wheat for Dec. was 3 cents lower at 4.4950 a bushel; Dec. corn rose 3.25 cents at 3.5350 bushel; Dec. oats was off 2 cents at $2.48 bushel; while Nov. soybeans advanced 13.50 cents at $9.8425 a bushel.

Archaeologists: More protections needed for Chaco region

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 14:32:30 -0500

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Archaeologists and other researchers are calling for more protections of an expansive area surrounding Chaco Culture National Historical Park.

GM to furlough 3rd shift at Tennessee plant as demand slows

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 14:20:59 -0500

SPRING HILL, Tenn. (AP) — General Motors is laying off the third shift at its Spring Hill, Tennessee, SUV factory as it deals with a slowing U.S. auto market.

Miss Turkey dethroned over 'unacceptable' tweet on coup

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 14:07:45 -0500

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Organizers have stripped Miss Turkey 2017 of her crown over a social media posting that was deemed insulting to the memory of the 250 people killed while opposing last year's failed military coup.

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Ex-water corporation boss gets 8 years for $1 million fraud

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 13:43:56 -0500

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The former head of a not-for-profit corporation formed to oversee the water services for the city was sentenced on Friday to more than eight years in prison for accepting nearly $1 million in kickbacks.

US rig count drops by 1 this week to 935

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 13:43:42 -0500

HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. fell by one this week to 935.

Initial public offerings scheduled to debut next week

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 13:23:23 -0500

NEW YORK (AP) — The following is a list of initial public offerings planned for the coming week. Sources include IPO ETF manager Renaissance Capital, and SEC filings.

Recalls this week: infant bib and bootie sets, lawn tractors

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 12:51:13 -0500

A line of infant bib and bootie sets are being recalled because a piece poses a choking hazard. Other recalled consumer products this week include lawn tractors with potentially faulty transmissions.

The top 10 songs and albums on the iTunes Store

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 12:43:16 -0500

iTunes Official Music Charts for the week ending September 14, 2017:

Granite City port getting $700,000 federal grant

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 12:15:00 -0500

GRANITE CITY • America's Central Port in the Mississippi River town of Granite City is receiving a $700,000 federal grant for rail and roadway improvements to spur business growth in the region.

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May tries to reboot Brexit, offers 2-year transition period

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 12:06:46 -0500

FLORENCE, Italy (AP) — Britain is prepared to abide by European Union rules and pay into the bloc's coffers for two years after leaving the EU in March 2019, Prime Minister Theresa May said Friday in a conciliatory speech intended…

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Trade panel: Cheap imports hurt US solar industry

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 11:58:52 -0500

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. trade panel has ruled that low-cost solar panels imported from China and other countries have caused serious injury to American manufacturers, raising the possibility of the Trump administration imposing tariffs that could double the price…

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U.S. finds solar panel imports harm domestic makers

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 12:00:00 -0500

International Trade Commission will now recommend tariffs or other relief measures to President Trump.

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Lawyer: Hacker in Spanish custody sought by US, Russia

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 11:57:05 -0500

MADRID (AP) — Russian authorities are fighting the extradition of an alleged Russian hacker from Spain to the United States, the suspect's lawyer said Friday, in the latest move by Moscow to block U.S. prosecution of suspected Russian cybercriminals.

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RIDOT says truck tolls could start as soon as January

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 10:48:29 -0500

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island truckers could be paying a toll as soon as January.

Forest Service, Idaho work to boost logging on federal land

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 10:32:30 -0500

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service and Idaho have forged 10 agreements for logging and restoration projects on federal land in what officials say could become a template for other Western states to create jobs and reduce the…

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T-Mobile, Sprint said to be close to reaching merger deal

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 10:30:00 -0500

Japan's SoftBank Group Corp, which controls Sprint, will own 40 to 50 percent of the combined company, sources say.

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Public shaming likely but GOP wary of new laws after Equifax

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 10:16:04 -0500

WASHINGTON (AP) — Prospects are good for a public shaming in the Equifax data breach, but it's unlikely Congress will institute sweeping new regulations after hackers accessed the personal information of an estimated 143 million Americans.

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iPhone X might be glitzy, but the iPhone 8 is fine for most

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 10:00:00 -0500

The reviews are in: While the iPhone X might be tempting based on looks alone, it's probably not worth for most people. Here's a look at what your really getting with the new models.

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Grains higher, Livestock mixed

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 09:52:34 -0500

CHICAGO (AP) — Grain futures were higher Friday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.