• University of Delaware scraps data center plans

    Updated: 14 min ago

    DOVER, Del. (AP) — University of Delaware officials said Thursday that they are pulling the plug on plans for development of a data center at the former Chrysler assembly plant site in Newark. Officials said in a statement issued by the university that an internal working group concluded that the proposed facility, which included a 279-megawatt power plant, was not consistent with plans for its Science, Technology and Advanced Research, or STAR campus. "The university is committed to providing economic development opportunities for the region and state.... We have carefully examined The Data Centers' plans, and have determined that they are not a good fit for the STAR campus," said UD President Patrick Harker.

  • North Dakota pipeline spill cleanup may take weeks

    Updated: 17 min ago

    MANDAREE, N.D. (AP) — A pipeline has leaked 1 million gallons of oil drilling saltwater into the ground at a North Dakota Indian reservation, and some of the byproduct ended up in a bay that feeds the lake that provides the reservation's drinking water, company and tribal officials said. Cleanup at the Fort Berthold reservation site continued Thursday, two days after the leak was discovered. It was expected to last for weeks, said Miranda Jones, the vice president of environmental safety and regulatory at Houston-based Crestwood Midstream Services Inc. Jones said the leak at the underground pipeline, owned by Crestwood subsidiary Aero Pipeline LLC, likely started over the Fourth of July weekend.

  • Police: Prostitute linked to boyfriend's death

    Updated: 25 min ago

    MILTON, Ga. (AP) — Georgia authorities are re-examining the 2013 heroin death of a bar owner dating the woman charged in the overdose death of a Google executive on a yacht in California, police said Thursday. Dean Riopelle, 53, died of a heroin overdose in September 2013 in Milton, about two months before Google executive Forrest Hayes died of an overdose on his yacht. Milton police Capt. Shawn McCarty said Thursday that Alix Tichelman, 26, called 911 on Sept. 17 to report that Riopelle, her boyfriend, had overdosed. She told investigators that he had been drinking and using heroin throughout the day, and that she found him on the ground after she got out of the shower.

  • Chelsea Clinton speaking fees can reach $75,000

    Updated: 27 min ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Like her parents, Chelsea Clinton has become a sought-after speaker who can generate large fees for her appearances. The 34-year-old Clinton, the daughter of the former president and ex-secretary of state, can command as much as $75,000 per speech. Her speaking fees were first reported by The New York Times. A spokesman for Clinton, Kamyl Bazbaz (kah-MEEL' BAHZ'-bahz) says her speeches are made on behalf of the Clinton Foundation and it receives 100 percent of the fees. He says most of the speeches are unpaid. The younger Clinton has taken an active role in the family's foundation. She and her husband are expecting their first child this fall.

  • Agriculture industry seeks to create right to farm

    Updated: 39 min ago

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — In the nation's agricultural heartland, farming is more than a multibillion-dollar industry that feeds the world. It could be on track to become a right, written into law alongside the freedom of speech and religion. Some powerful agriculture interests want to declare farming a right at the state level as part of a wider campaign to fortify the ag industry against crusades by animal-welfare activists and opponents of genetically modified crops. The emerging battle could have lasting repercussions for the nation's food supply and for the millions of people worldwide who depend on U.S. agricultural exports.

  • Highlights of Pennsylvania's 2014-15 budget

    Updated: 42 min ago

    Highlights of the $29 billion spending package signed by Gov. Tom Corbett for the fiscal year that started July 1. Comparisons are to the budget approved for the previous fiscal year: THE BIG PICTURE — Authorizes a spending increase of $651 million, or 2.3 percent, to $29 billion over last year's approved budget. Counting another $220 million that it adds to the books of the previous fiscal year, the entire package is a $871 million increase, or about 3.1 percent. — Generates $29.5 billion through taxes, fees and other revenue sources, an increase of $940 million, or 3.3 percent. TAXES/REVENUES — Contains no new taxes.

  • US stocks claw back from early European jitters

    Updated: 46 min ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — After spending most of Thursday morning sharply lower, stocks had recovered most their losses heading into late afternoon. Worries about the soundness of a European bank scared U.S. investors at the start of trading, prompting them to sell off stocks and snap up less risky assets like gold and governments bonds. KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average was down 44 points, or 0.3 percent, to 16,940 at 1:35 p.m. Eastern. The blue-chip index had fallen as much as 180 points in the first half hour of trading on news out of Europe about accounting irregularities at a company connected to a major Portuguese bank. The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell five points, or 0.2 percent, to 1,968 and the Nasda

  • Retail gasoline prices across Texas drop 2 cents

    Updated: 57 min ago

    IRVING, Texas (AP) — Retail gasoline prices across Texas have declined 2 cents this week to reach $3.48 per gallon. AAA Texas on Thursday reported that compares to the nationwide price at the pump of $3.64 per gallon, which is down 3 cents from a week ago. Drivers in El Paso have the most expensive gasoline in Texas this week at $3.54 per gallon. The association survey found Amarillo has the cheapest retail gasoline at $3.38 per gallon. AAA officials say high wholesale gasoline prices have begun to subside in many parts of the country. Analysts expect pump prices for many U.S. motorists to decline in the next week.

  • Correction: Murphy Oil-Headquarters story

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    EL DORADO, Ark. (AP) — In a story July 9 about Murphy Oil's new headquarters, The Associated Press reported erroneously the building's size. The headquarters will have 86,000 square feet, not 860,000 square feet. A corrected version of the story is below: Murphy Oil to build new HQ in El Dorado Murphy Oil plans new headquarters in El Dorado; construction to begin in August EL DORADO, Ark. (AP) — Construction is set to begin next month on Murphy Oil Corp.'s new headquarters in El Dorado. Several former law offices and an abandoned house will be demolished to make room for the 86,000-square-foot headquarters. A company spokeswoman says construction is expected to be complete in September 2015. The El

  • FTC sues Amazon over kids' app charges

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Federal Trade Commission is suing Amazon over charges that the company has not done enough to prevent children from making unauthorized in-app purchases, according to a complaint filed Thursday in federal court. The move had been expected since last week, when Amazon said it wouldn't settle with the FTC over the charges. Amazon said in a letter to the FTC last week that it had already refunded money to parents who complained and was prepared to go to court. On Thursday Amazon said its statements in the letter still apply and did not comment further.

  • TRW Automotive gets preliminary acquisition offer

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    LIVONIA, Mich. (AP) — Auto parts supplier TRW Automotive said Thursday that it has received a preliminary acquisition offer. Livonia, Michigan-based TRW said that it is evaluating the non-binding proposal. It did not name the bidder. TRW also said it is looking at other strategic options that may help boost shareholder value. TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. said that it will continue to use its existing business plan during its review, which does not have a set timetable. The company, through its subsidiaries, operates in 24 countries. Its products include braking and steering systems, seat belts and air bags, electronics and engine parts as well as replacement parts. TRW's 2013 sales were $17.4 billion. The

  • Senate panel backs tighter rules on political cash

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of the Democratic-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday sent to their colleagues a long-shot proposed change to the Constitution that would rein in political spending. Democrats who lead the Judiciary Committee moved forward with an effort to limit deep-pocketed political campaign donors' influence. Republicans called the proposal a political stunt aimed at rallying Democrats during this election year and a ploy to gin up populist outrage against wealthy donors who tend to side with conservatives. "How can I compete if someone is to put in $1 billion?" asked Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn. Republicans on the panel criticized the proposal as overly broad and punitive against conservati

  • Va. power company preps for offshore winds

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — Dominion Virginia Power's plan to develop a wind farm off Virginia's coast has brought a 110-foot ship to waters off Virginia Beach. The U.S.-flagged long-lift vessel will be working offshore from Camp Pendleton this month to obtain core samples of the ocean bottom for the design of an underground electric distribution line. Dominion said Thursday the Inez Eymard will conduct the borings from 300 to 3,300 feet from shore. The power company has received two Department of Energy grants totaling $51 million for a wind turbine demonstration project. It's intended to help the company design turbines suitable for open Atlantic conditions.

  • Plan to keep highway aid flowing advances in House

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A House committee took a step Thursday toward keeping highway and transit aid flowing to states just three weeks before transportation programs are forecast to go broke. The Ways and Means Committee approved by a voice vote a bill by its chairman, Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., that cobbles together $11 billion in pension tax changes, customs fees and money from a fund to repair leaking underground fuel storage tanks to shore up the federal Highway Trust Fund through May 2015. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has warned that by the first week in August the fund will no longer have enough money to cover promised aid to states, and the government will begin slowing down payments. The fund is forecast to reach

  • Compounding pharmacy oversight changes signed

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has signed a law overhauling state oversight of compounding pharmacies. The measure had been in the works for nearly two years, since a nationwide meningitis outbreak linked to the now-closed New England Compounding Center in Framingham. A tainted steroid produced by the company was blamed for 64 deaths and hundreds of illnesses. Patrick said in signing the bill on Thursday that it will help clear up "gray areas" in state regulation of compounding pharmacies that typically mix customized medications. Officials say the bill includes new requirements for licensing, labeling and education.

  • Report: Chinese hackers hit US personnel networks

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Chinese hackers broke into the computer networks of the Office of Personnel Management earlier this year with the intention of accessing the files of tens of thousands of federal employees who had applied for top-secret security clearances, according to The New York Times. Senior U.S. officials say the hackers gained access to some of the agency's databases in March before the threat was detected and blocked, the Times reported in an article posted on its website Wednesday night. How far the hackers penetrated the agency's systems was not yet clear, the newspaper said. Accusations of hacking by China and counterclaims of such activity by the U.S. government have strained U.S.-Chinese relations. Chinese hac

  • US stocks fall at midday over Portugal worries

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are lower at midday as fears about the health of a European bank weigh on the market. The Dow Jones industrial average was down 109 points, or 0.7 percent, at 16,876 moments as of 11:45 a.m. on Thursday. The Standard & Poor's 500 index was lower by 11 points, or 0.6 percent, at 1,961. The Nasdaq was off 29 points, or 0.7 percent, at 4,389. U.S. markets were hit by earlier stock losses in Europe, where worries over the health of one of Portugal's largest financial groups slammed stocks and pushed investors into safer bonds. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note slipped to 2.52 percent from 2.55 percent late Wednesday. Yields fall when demand for bonds rises.

  • Beanie Babies creator defends probation sentence

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    CHICAGO (AP) — Lawyers for the billionaire creator of Beanie Babies say a federal judge didn't let him off too easily by giving him probation and no prison time for hiding at least $25 million from U.S. tax authorities in Swiss banks. In a 57-page filing Thursday with the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, Ty Warner denies the judge in Chicago sent a message that there's a different standard for the wealthy. That's the prosecutors' argument in their recent appeal asking for a do-over of Warner's sentencing. They want Warner to spend at least some time behind bars. In sentencing him to two years of probation in January, Judge Charles Kocoras heaped praise on Warner for his charitable giving.

  • Boeing raises forecast for new airplane demand

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    CHICAGO (AP) — Boeing Co. raised its long-term forecast for new airplane demand by more than 4 percent, based on expected orders of smaller, more fuel-efficient planes and burgeoning travel in Asia. The Chicago company said Thursday that it expects deliveries of 36,770 new airplanes over the next 20 years, with total list prices valued at an estimated $5.2 trillion. That's up from Boeing's forecast last year that global airlines would need 35,280 jets worth $4.8 trillion over the next 20 years. Low-cost carriers are fueling the fastest growing segment of the market — single-aisle airplanes. Those aircraft, such as the Boeing 737 and rival Airbus A320, make up 70 percent of all orders, with the heart of that demand

  • Treasury sanctions Hezbollah procurement network

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury Department on Thursday targeted a procurement network suspected of helping Hezbollah, an Islamic militant group based in Lebanon. Treasury sanctioned Kamel and Issam Mohamad Amhaz and the brothers' electronics business in Beirut called Stars Group Holding, the company's subsidiaries in Lebanon, China and the United Arab Emirates and managers and individuals linked to them. "With disturbing reach far beyond Lebanon, Hezbollah's extensive procurement networks exploit the international financial system to enhance its military capabilities in Syria and its terrorist activities worldwide," said Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David Cohen.