• Finalists in Bloomberg European city contest

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — These are the finalists in a 9 million euro city-innovation contest sponsored by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg: — Amsterdam — Athens, Greece — Barcelona, Spain — Bologna, Italy — Bristol, England — Brno, Czech Republic — Cardiff, Wales — Florence, Italy — Gdansk, Poland — Kirklees, England — Krakow, Poland — Lisbon, Portugal — London — Madrid — Schaerbeek, Belgium — Sofia, Bulgaria — Stara Zagora, Bulgaria — Stockholm — The Hague, Netherlands — Warsaw, Poland — York, England

  • The top 10 songs and albums on the iTunes Store

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    iTunes' Official Music Charts for the week ending April 21, 2014: Top Songs 1Happy (From "Despicable Me 2"), Pharrell Williams 2Talk Dirty (feat. 2 Chainz), Jason Derulo 3All of Me, John Legend 4Let It Go, Idina Menzel 5West Coast, Lana Del Rey 6Turn Down For What, DJ Snake, Lil Jon 7Dark Horse (feat.

  • The top iPhone and iPad apps on App Store

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    App Store Official Charts for the week ending April 21, 2014: Top Paid iPhone Apps: 1A Dark Room, Amirali Rajan 2Goat Rampage, Swift Apps 3Heads Up!, Warner Bros. 4Minecraft - Pocket Edition, Mojang 5Afterlight, Simon Filip 6Sleep Cycle alarm clock, Northcube AB 7Hitman GO, SQUARE ENIX INC 8ThemeLab, Judi Peters 9Plague Inc., Ndemic Creations 10Facetune, Lightricks Ltd. Top Free iPhone Apps: 12048 - The Game, Ketchapp 2Piano Tiles, HU WEN ZENG 3Trials Frontier, Ubisoft 4Flappy Smash - The End of a Ti..., Makeover Mania Story Games 5FarmVille 2: Country Escape, Zynga Inc. 6Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff, TinyCo, Inc. 7Snapcha

  • LinkedIn to anchor new San Francisco high-rise

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee says the professional networking site LinkedIn will expand its presence in the city by anchoring a high-rise office building under construction. Lee announced Tuesday that LinkedIn has signed a lease to occupy the entire 26-story structure scheduled to be completed in the city's South of Market neighborhood by 2016. City officials say the nearly 450,000 square feet of office space could accommodate some 2,500 employees. Terms of the deal were not released. Mountain View-based LinkedIn Corp. currently occupies 135,000 square feet in a downtown San Francisco tower and plans to occupy another 87,000 square feet near downtown. Earlier this month, Salesforce.

  • Dayton says he can't impose frack sand moratorium

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton says he lacks authority to impose a two-year moratorium on silica sand mining in southeastern Minnesota. Mining opponents delivered a moratorium petition to St. Paul Tuesday as part of an Earth Day rally at the Capitol. The petitions also call for creation of tough state-level regulations to protect air and water quality from the mining of silica sand, which oil and gas drillers use for hydraulic fracturing. But the Star Tribune reports Dayton's spokesman issued a statement saying the governor "lacks the authority to unilaterally impose his own moratorium." The Land Stewardship Project launched the petition drive in January. The group contends Dayton has executive authorit

  • Feds investigating brakes on Chevrolet Impala

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    DETROIT (AP) — Federal regulators are investigating the 2014 Chevrolet Impala after a driver reported that the emergency braking system activated multiple times without warning. The driver says that in one instance, the Impala was traveling at 40 miles per hour with no one in front of it when the brakes activated. The car was struck in the rear by another vehicle. No injuries were reported. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened the investigation to determine whether the alleged defect is widespread. About 60,580 Impalas of the 2014 model year are on U.S. roads. NHTSA investigations can lead to vehicle recalls. In an emailed statement, GM said it was cooperating with NHTSA. The investiga

  • 5 former Buffalo Bills cheerleaders sue over pay

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Five former Buffalo Bills cheerleaders on Tuesday sued the team over a pay system they say had them working hundreds of hours for free at games and at mandatory public appearances at which they were subjected to groping and sexual comments, and one said they had to take a jiggle test so their boss could see how firm their bodies were. The state Supreme Court lawsuit is the third filed this year against a National Football League team by cheerleaders. The Oakland Raiders and Cincinnati Bengals also have pending wage battles. The case against the Bills says its cheerleaders, the Buffalo Jills, are wrongly classified as independent contractors and are subjected to policies that violate the state's $8 per h

  • Comcast 1Q earns surge on upbeat NBC results

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Comcast Corp. said Tuesday that its first-quarter net income rose by 30 percent as ad revenue surged at broadcast network NBC, helped by the Winter Olympics in Sochi and Jimmy Fallon's elevation as host of "The Tonight Show." The results beat Wall Street estimates and its shares edged up in morning trading. Comcast is the largest cable company in the country with 22 million video customers and 21.1 million Internet customers. It is in the midst of an expected yearlong review of its $45 billion acquisition of No. 2 rival Time Warner Cable Inc. In the company's conference call with investors, Comcast CEO Brian Roberts called the proposed deal an "exciting and unique opportunity.

  • Business Highlights

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    ___ Job market for college grads better but still weak WASHINGTON (AP) — The job market for college graduates is brightening a bit. The Labor Department said Tuesday that the unemployment rate for 2013 college graduates was 10.9 percent. That's down from 13.3 percent in 2012. But unemployment for recent grads was still higher than the 9.6 percent rate for all Americans ages 20 to 29 last October, when the government collected the numbers. Finding work remains tough and many new graduates are settling for jobs outside their fields of study or for less pay than they'd expected. Still, Americans who have college degrees are far more likely to find employment and to earn more than those who don't.

  • Business Highlights

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    ___ Job market for college grads better but still weak WASHINGTON (AP) — The job market for college graduates is brightening a bit. The Labor Department said Tuesday that the unemployment rate for 2013 college graduates was 10.9 percent. That's down from 13.3 percent in 2012. But unemployment for recent grads was still higher than the 9.6 percent rate for all Americans ages 20 to 29 last October, when the government collected the numbers. Finding work remains tough and many new graduates are settling for jobs outside their fields of study or for less pay than they'd expected. Still, Americans who have college degrees are far more likely to find employment and to earn more than those who don't.

  • Business Highlights

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    ___ Job market for college grads better but still weak WASHINGTON (AP) — The job market for college graduates is brightening a bit. The Labor Department said Tuesday that the unemployment rate for 2013 college graduates was 10.9 percent. That's down from 13.3 percent in 2012. But unemployment for recent grads was still higher than the 9.6 percent rate for all Americans ages 20 to 29 last October, when the government collected the numbers. Finding work remains tough and many new graduates are settling for jobs outside their fields of study or for less pay than they'd expected. Still, Americans who have college degrees are far more likely to find employment and to earn more than those who don't.

  • New York AG seeks Airbnb's NYC sublet information

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Airbnb urged a New York judge Tuesday to reject a subpoena for information about those using the global website to offer apartment rentals in New York City, its attorney calling that "a fishing expedition." The subpoena filed last year by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is improperly "overbroad" and certain to snare information about thousands people who haven't broken any laws, attorney Roberta Kaplan said. "This is private information. This is confidential information," she said. State investigators are seeking that information about its so-called "hosts" going back three years, and it's clear from press reports they're not interested in charging everyone who may casually sublet their

  • AT&T had strong 1Q on wireless installment plans

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — AT&T's wireless business had a strong first quarter as the company added more than 1 million subscribers and benefited from an installment plan that permits frequent phone upgrades. Although customers in the installment plan, called Next, aren't locked into traditional two-year service contracts, they pay the entire cost of phones in installments. As a result, AT&T doesn't have to pay hundreds of dollars per customer in subsidies. In return, customers can get a new phone as often as every year instead of every other year. The company's first-quarter net income was $3.7 billion, or 70 cents per share, compared with $3.7 billion, or 67 cents, a year earlier, when AT&T had more shares outstanding.

  • Attacks on payment systems trail other cybercrimes

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — While the theft of millions of credit card numbers from Target customers last year drew attention to Internet crime, a new study finds that breaches of retail payment systems are less common than other kinds of attacks. A report from Verizon found that Internet attacks in which data were compromised resulted more often from various small online acts, such people clicking on malicious Web links and choosing easy-to-guess passwords. The report, considered to be one of the top annual looks at Internet-related crime, includes information from 50 organizations around the world, ranging from law enforcement to security companies. The report was due out Wednesday. Target Corp.

  • IRS awards bonuses to 1,100 who owe back taxes

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Internal Revenue Service has paid more than $2.8 million in bonuses to employees with recent disciplinary problems, including $1 million to workers who owed back taxes, a government investigator said Tuesday. More than 2,800 workers got bonuses despite facing a disciplinary action in the previous year, including 1,150 who owed back taxes, said a report by J. Russell George, the Treasury inspector general for tax administration. The bonuses were awarded from October 2010 through December 2012. George's report said the bonus program doesn't violate federal regulations, but it's inconsistent with the IRS mission to enforce tax laws.

  • Spotify's Top 10 most viral tracks

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    The following list represents the most viral tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Monday April 14, to Sunday April 20, via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify. UNITED STATES 1. Lana Del Rey, "West Coast" (Interscope Records) 2. Twin Shadow, "To The Top" (4AD) 3. Jason Derulo, "Wiggle (feat. Snoop Dogg)" (Beluga Heights/Warner Bros.) 4. Kygo, "I See Fire" (Kygo) 5. Twenty One Pilots, "Car Radio" (Fueled By Ramen) 6. Dustin Lynch, "Where It's At" (Broken Bow Records) 7. Timeflies, "Monsters" (Island Records) 8. Bob Dylan, "Hurricane" (Columbia) 9. Blackstreet, Dr. Dre, "No Diggity" (Universal Music Enterpri

  • Duke: Moving coal ash would cost up to $10 billion

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Duke Energy says that removing all of the company's coal ash away from North Carolina's rivers and lakes would take decades and cost up to $10 billion, with the state's electricity customers likely footing nearly all the bill. Duke's North Carolina president Paul Newton told state lawmakers Tuesday the company needs flexibility to consider more cost-efficient options that include leaving much of its 100 million tons of toxic ash in place after being covered with giant tarps and soil. State officials say all 33 of Duke's unlined dumps are contaminating groundwater. Environmental groups are calling for new legislation requiring Duke to move its coal ash to lined landfills away from waterways following the

  • How the Dow Jones industrial average fared Tuesday

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    The stock market logged its sixth straight day of gains on Tuesday. Corporate deals and some respectable earnings reports gave stocks a lift. Netflix and Harley-Davidson both jumped after reporting earnings that beat analysts' expectations. Allergan, which makes Botox, jumped after Valeant Pharmaceuticals and activist investor Bill Ackman disclosed that they are trying to buy the company. On Tuesday: The Dow Jones industrial average rose 65.12 points, or 0.4 percent, to 16,514.37. The Standard & Poor's 500 index gained 7.66 points, or 0.4 percent, to 1,879.55. The Nasdaq composite added 39.91 points, or 1 percent, to 4,161.46. For the week: The Dow Jones industrial average rose 105.83 points, or 0.6 pe

  • Spotify's Top 10 most streamed tracks

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    The following list represents the top streamed tracks on Spotify from Monday, April 14, to Sunday April 20: UNITED STATES 1. John Legend, "All of Me" (Columbia Records) 2. Katy Perry, "Dark Horse" (Capitol Records) 3. Jason Derulo, "Talk Dirty - feat. 2 Chainz" (Warner Bros. Records) 4. Bastille, "Pompeii" (Virgin Records Ltd) 5. Idina Menzel, "Let It Go" (Disney Enterprises, Inc.) 6. Aloe Blacc, "The Man" (XIX Recordings LLC/Interscope Records) 7. Lorde, "Team" (Republic Records) 8. Coldplay, "Magic" (Parlophone UK) 9. DJ Snake & Lil Jon, "Turn Down for What" (Columbia Records) 10. Pharrell Williams, "Happy (from Despicable Me 2)" (Back Lot Music/Columbia Records) U

  • Michaud calls for Maine to cut heating oil usage

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    YARMOUTH, Maine (AP) — U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud on Tuesday called for Maine to cut its dependency on heating oil in half by implementing mandatory energy efficiency ratings for new homes and boosting the state's use of renewable energy such as, wind and solar. Michaud, a Democratic candidate for governor, said his plan to help residents, business and towns install solar panels, alternative heating systems or other new technology would benefit Maine by cutting energy use while also reducing its impact on the environment. "Technology is advancing at lightning speed, and we need to take advantage of that," he said Tuesday in Yarmouth during an Earth Day celebration.