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  • Farm owner thought vehicle was fine before hayride crash

    Updated: 30 min ago

    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The owner of a farm where a teenager was killed on a Halloween-themed hayride last fall said he never would have allowed a vehicle with mechanical problems to haul people on the attraction. Peter Bolduc, owner of Harvest Hill Farms, denied knowing about any mechanical...

  • Huckabee earned nearly $4M from speeches, publishing in 2014

    Updated: 46 min ago

    DENVER (AP) — Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee earned nearly $1 million in 2014 from speeches and nearly $3 million more from a publishing company that he runs. The Republican presidential contender and best-selling author filed paperwork with federal regulators on Friday that details his...

  • Judge blocks release of recordings by anti-abortion group

    Updated: 52 min ago

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge has blocked the release of any recordings made at meetings of abortion providers by an anti-abortion group that previously revealed secretly recorded videos of a Planned Parenthood leader. Judge William Orrick in San Francisco issued a temporary restraining...

  • Pipeline companies won't move line from Arkansas watershed

    Updated: 52 min ago

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Two subsidiaries of ExxonMobil said in a court filing Friday that they won't move the Pegasus Pipeline from beneath the watershed where Central Arkansas gets most of its drinking water. Earlier this month, Central Arkansas Water utility officials asked a federal judge...

  • Jason Industries reports 2Q loss

    Updated: 53 min ago

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — Jason Industries Inc. on Friday reported a loss of $1.6 million in its second quarter. The Milwaukee-based company said it had a loss of 7 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted for one-time gains and costs, came to 12 cents per share. The manufacturing company posted revenue of...

  • Judge gives lender 60 days to buy former presidential yacht

    Updated: 54 min ago

    DOVER, Del. (AP) — Frustrated with years of legal wrangling, a Delaware judge has given a lender 60 days to decide whether to buy the former presidential yacht Sequoia, which lies rotting in a Virginia shipyard. The 104-foot Sequoia, built in 1925, is the longest-serving presidential yacht in...

  • Astronomers gather in Hawaii amid telescope tensions

    Updated: 58 min ago

    HONOLULU (AP) — More than 2,500 astronomers from around the world are descending on Hawaii for a conference at a time when telescope construction is a sensitive issue in the state. The International Astronomical Union's general assembly starts Monday. It was planned years in advance but is...

  • Mexico state: Indians approve embattled wind power project

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — The government of the southern Mexico state of Oaxaca says residents of a heavily Indian area have approved the installation of a huge wind power project in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec. The proposed construction of 132 giant wind turbines is meant to generate 396 megawatts of...

  • Citing hacking risk, FDA says Hospira pump shouldn't be used

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — The federal government says health care facilities should stop using Hospira's Symbiq medication infusion pump because of its vulnerability to hacking. The Food and Drug Administration said Friday it's the first time it has warned caregivers to stop using a product because of a...

  • Pacific trade ministers wrapping up talks at Hawaii resort

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) — Ministers from a dozen Pacific Rim nations meeting at a Hawaii resort Friday were wrapping up four days of talks on a new trade agreement that would cover nearly 40 percent of the global economy. The Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations are aimed at erasing most tariffs...

  • Ethics panel clears lawmakers in 2013 Azerbaijan trip

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Ethics Committee said Friday it found no evidence of wrongdoing by a bipartisan group of lawmakers who went on a 2013 trip to Azerbaijan paid for by that country's government. Lawmakers obtained prior approval for the trip from the ethics panel "in good faith" and...

  • Higher wages a surprising success for Seattle restaurant

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    SEATTLE (AP) — Menu prices are up 21 percent and you don't have to tip at Ivar's Salmon House on Seattle's Lake Union after the restaurant decided to institute the city's $15-an-hour minimum wage two years ahead of schedule. It is staff, not diners, who feel the real difference, with wages as...

  • Verizon strike possible as contract deadline looms

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Verizon workers in nine states could walk off the job as soon as early Sunday if union negotiators don't reach an agreement over benefits with the wireless carrier. A contract covering 39,000 Verizon workers represented by two unions expires at the end of Saturday. Last week...

  • Regulators close case questioning California reactor repairs

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Federal regulators have closed a case that questioned whether Southern California Edison violated government rules when it installed faulty equipment at the now-closed San Onofre nuclear power plant. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission ruling Thursday concluded the issue is no...

  • Yahoo tries to get more fashionable with Polyvore purchase

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yahoo is buying style-tip specialist Polyvore in its latest attempt to become a more fashionable place to advertise. Financial terms of the deal announced Friday aren't being disclosed, signaling the price of the acquisition isn't considered to be significant. Polyvore is...

  • With protest over, Shell prepares for Arctic Ocean drilling

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Hours after a repaired Shell icebreaker eased past protesters in Oregon to join an Arctic drilling operation, the oil giant used other vessels in its flotilla to begin excavating off the coast of Alaska in hopes of confirming the presence of billions of barrels of crude...

  • Pot industry's bank bid rejected by federal regulators

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    DENVER (AP) — A Colorado credit union is hoping a federal judge will intervene to let the booming marijuana industry move its finances from cash-stuffed suitcases to the regulated banking system. A pair of lawsuits filed in Denver this week challenge recent decisions by the U.S. Federal Reserve...

  • Rite Aid to put Cosmo behind blinders

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Cosmopolitan magazine is apparently too racy to appear without a wrap on Rite Aid drugstore shelves. The Hearst women's magazine is famous for cover lines such as "The Sex Move He Will Worship You For" and "Epic Summer Sex: 28 OMFG Moves." That lead to a campaign by advocacy...

  • Online viewers won't miss Super Bowl ads shown on TV

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Next year, you won't have to worry about missing the buzziest commercials of the Super Bowl if you can't get to a TV. In the past, not all advertisers bought online time along with a pricy 30-second spot during the most-watched TV event of the year. That meant online viewers...

  • US stocks end lower as energy stocks slump on earnings

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks closed modestly lower Friday as oil titans Exxon Mobil and Chevron led a slump in energy stocks. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 56.12 points, or 0.3 percent, to 17,689.86. The Standard & Poor's 500 index lost 4.71 points, or 0.2 percent, to 2,103.92. The Nasdaq...

  • News Guide: Super PAC backing Cruz gets $10 million donation

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly all of the contenders for president are encouraging their deep-pocketed donors to give not just to their campaigns, but to groups known as super PACs as well. Unlike campaigns, these outside groups aren't limited in how much money they can accept from individual donors....

  • LinkedIn and Expedia are big market movers

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Friday on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market: NYSE LinkedIn Corp., down $23.89 to $203.26 The professional networking service's results topped expectations but it's been caught up in the malaise hitting...

  • Runaway rail car kicked loose by teen hits New York station

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    UTICA, N.Y. (AP) — Video surveillance footage released Friday shows a rail car that was accidentally set in motion by a 13-year-old boy ramming an antique locomotive into a train station, sending passengers waiting for a train scrambling for safety. Oneida County officials released the footage...

  • Taking on Bush and Rubio, Clinton calls for Cuba embargo end

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    MIAMI (AP) — Drawing a sharp distinction with Republican rivals in the pivotal election state of Florida, Hillary Rodham Clinton on Friday called on the GOP-run Congress to end the trade embargo the U.S. has imposed on Cuba since 1962 The Democratic presidential favorite said an opened economic...

  • Facebook's Zuckerberg and wife are expecting a daughter

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his pediatrician wife, Priscilla Chan, are expecting a baby. The co-founder of the world's largest social network used a Facebook post Friday to announce that Chan is pregnant with a healthy baby daughter. He didn't say when the baby is due....



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