• Man with heart issues revived near Newark Liberty bag claim

    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a 74-year-old man found unresponsive on the ground near a baggage carousel at Newark Liberty International Airport has been revived by police officers. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey says four of its officers and two supervisors combined Thursday to help the Magnolia, Texas, man who was suffering from heart problems. The man was found in Terminal C on Thursday afternoon. Responding officers began chest compressions and used a defibrillator to shock him five times. The man then began breathing on his own and was conscious and alert when he was taken to a hospital.

  • US agency: California will get no federal water; farmers say fields could go unplanted

    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — US agency: California will get no federal water; farmers say fields could go unplanted .

  • Providence Journal names Janet Hasson its new publisher

    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A veteran newspaper executive credited with increasing online readership and digital advertising has been named publisher of The Providence Journal. Janet Hasson will be the second female publisher in the 185-year history of Rhode Island's largest newspaper. Hasson has been serving as the president and publisher of the Gannett-owned Journal News Media Group in White Plains, New York, since June 2011. She replaces Bernie Szachara, who was named interim publisher when the paper was purchased by Gatehouse Media and longtime publisher Howard Sutton retired after 15 years at the helm. Szachara says Hasson knows how to transform the business to meet changing customer needs and recognizes the ro

  • As tastes change, big food makers try hipster guises

    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — At a taco shop in Southern California, milkshakes are served in mason jars and a chalkboard menu lists "The 1%er" made with lobster meat. The logo is a pink skull and instead of buzzers, customers are given license plates so servers can identify them when bringing out orders. Nowhere is it evident that the U.S. Taco Co. is an outpost of a chain better known for cheesy gut bombs: Taco Bell. Major companies are testing whether it would pay to tuck away their world famous logos in favor of more hipster guises: PepsiCo, for instance, introduced a craft soda called Caleb's last year and McDonald's opened a cafe that lists lentils and eggplant on its menu.

  • Cash-strapped Ukraine struggles to keep Russia gas supplies

    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    MOSCOW (AP) — Cash-strapped Ukraine sought to buy time in its effort to ensure continued gas supplies from Russia, making a $15 million payment Friday to Moscow as it waits for international rescue loans to arrive. But Moscow says the sum will cover only an additional day, leaving a potential gas cutoff looming Tuesday. That increases the pressure on Ukraine to strike a deal at a meeting Monday with Russian officials in Brussels — a showdown that comes amid rising fears in Europe that energy supplies could be threatened by a shutdown to Ukraine. With Ukraine's economy on the brink of collapse and money from a 15.5 billion-euro ($17.

  • US consumer sentiment slips in February on icy weather

    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Harsh winter weather left U.S. consumers feeling a bit less confident this month, the University of Michigan says. But confidence levels still remain at the highest level in eight years. The University of Michigan says its index of consumer sentiment slid to 95.4 in February from an 11-year high of 98.1 in January. "It is hard not to attribute the small February decline to the temporary impact of the harsh weather," said Richard Curtin, chief economist of the surveys. Consumer confidence sank dramatically in the hard-hit Northeast and Midwest and rose in the South. Overall, consumers' assessment of current economic activity and their expectations for the future both fell.

  • Competitors hungry for Seminole blackjack deal to expire

    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) — As Florida lawmakers appear ready to allow key portions of the state's high-stakes gambling deal with the Seminole to expire, other gambling interests are watching keenly for openings in the multi-billion dollar industry if the tribe and Gov. Rick Scott can't negotiate something new. However, it's not clear if those openings will emerge. The tribe owns six casinos in Florida, including the highly profitable Hard Rock Casinos in South Florida and Tampa. In 2010, the state and the Seminoles signed a 20-year compact giving the tribe the right to operate slot machines at all its casinos in return for revenue sharing of at least $1 billion over five years.

  • Southern Co. unit suing manager from Kemper power plant

    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Southern Co. is suing a key employee who worked on the troubled Kemper County power plant, asking a judge to order him to not talk about the project. Southern Company Services, an arm of Atlanta-based Southern, will be in court Friday against Brett Wingo, who was a project manager at the $6.2 billion power plant being built by Mississippi Power Co., another Southern unit. The utility sued Wingo in Alabama state court on Feb. 19, alleging Wingo had improperly reneged on an initial agreement to terminate his employment. Wingo said that while his lawyer negotiated certain terms by Dec. 31, he rejected them in January when he saw them fully laid out in writing for the first time. Then he fired his lawyer,

  • Stocks slip at midday after weaker estimate of US growth

    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    The stock market is mostly lower in midday trading following news that U.S. economic growth slowed more sharply than previously estimated in the final three months of the year. The Dow Jones industrial average slipped 27 points, or 0.2 percent, to 18,187 as of 11:45 a.m. Eastern time Friday. The Standard & Poor's 500 was flat at 2,110 and the Nasdaq composite slipped six points, or 0.1 percent, to 4,981. The Commerce Department said the economy grew at an annual rate of 2.2 percent in the October-December quarter, weaker than last month's initial estimate and a big drop from the third quarter. J.C. Penney slumped 6 percent after the department store chain reported a surprise loss. Bond prices rose. The yield

  • As tastes change, big food makers try hipster guises

    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — At a taco shop in Southern California, milkshakes are served in mason jars and a chalkboard menu lists "The 1%er" made with lobster meat. The logo is a pink skull and instead of buzzers, customers are given license plates so servers can identify them when bringing out orders. Nowhere is it evident that the U.S. Taco Co. is an outpost of a chain better known for cheesy gut bombs: Taco Bell. Major companies are testing whether it would pay to tuck away their world famous logos in favor of more hipster guises: PepsiCo, for instance, introduced a craft soda called Caleb's last year and McDonald's opened a cafe that lists lentils and eggplant on its menu.

  • House speaker says surplus douses Dayton gas-tax proposal

    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota House Republicans are using news of a $1.87 billion budget surplus to douse Gov. Mark Dayton's call for increased gasoline taxes for road work. House Speaker Kurt Daudt reacted Friday to the forecast by saying his caucus would push for tax cuts and to apply some of the money to transportation projects. Daudt says the surplus shows Minnesota government is collecting too much and should lower rates. Dayton wants lawmakers to approve a 10-year transportation funding plan that includes a new 6.5 percent wholesale tax on fuel. Republicans have been resistant to that approach. Daudt says the extra money in the general treasury is partly due to low gas prices, which freed up discretionary inc

  • Fiat Chrysler recalls 467K SUVs for possible stalling

    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) — Fiat Chrysler is recalling more than 467,000 Dodge and Jeep SUVs worldwide to fix a faulty fuel pump relay at the root of a potential stalling problem. It's the same problem that caused the recall of 189,000 other SUVs in September of last year, bringing the total to more than 656,000. A safety advocate says the recall should be expanded even further, contending that problems affect up to 5 million Fiat Chrysler vehicles with similar parts. The recall announced Friday by the company covers 2012 and 2013 Dodge Durangos and 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokees outside North America. The Jeeps have diesel engines. Chrysler says fuel pump relays can deform and cause the pumps to malfunction. That can cause unexpected

  • Signed contracts to buy US homes rise to 18-month high

    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans signing contracts to buy homes rose at a healthy pace in January, a sign that home sales are poised to accelerate after a slow start to the year. The National Association of Realtors said Friday that its seasonally adjusted pending home sales index increased 1.7 percent to 104.2 last month. December's figure was also revised higher to show a decline of only 1.5 percent, considerably better than a previously estimated drop of 3.7 percent. The index is now 8.4 percent above its level one year ago and is at the highest level since August 2013. The data point to a rebound in sales of existing homes in the coming months, particularly as the spring buying season gets underway.

  • Correction: Sears-Results story

    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — In a story Feb. 27 about Sears Holdings Corp., The Associated Press reported erroneously that Chief Financial Officer Rob Schriesheim said in a statement that the actions Sears took in 2014 — such as store closures and inventory reduction — generated $2.3 billion in liquidity. Sears says the actions that generated that cash included: the spinoff of Lands' End, domestic real estate transactions, a rights offering for senior unsecured notes with warrants, a short-term loan secured by certain real properties and a rights offering for 40 million common shares in Sears Canada.

  • School of Mines raises $1.4M toward oil, gas industry effort

    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology has raised $1.4 million for an effort to help meet the demand for workers in the region's oil and gas industry. The public university in Rapid City is now launching a search for a director for its Energy Resources Initiative, an effort announced last summer that includes the addition of a minor degree in petroleum systems. The first students in that program enrolled last fall, school President Heather Wilson said.

  • UN free speech expert praises US net neutrality decision

    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    BERLIN (AP) — The U.N.'s independent expert on freedom of speech has praised the U.S. Federal Communications Commission for voting to enforce "net neutrality" rules for the broadband industry. David Kaye says Thursday's decision was "a real victory for freedom of expression and access to information in the United States." In a statement Friday, Kaye said he hoped the rules preventing U.S. Internet service providers from blocking or slowing Web traffic for some sites while favoring others would serve as a model for governments elsewhere in the world.

  • Obama to host European Council president next month

    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will host European Council President Donald Tusk at the White House next month. The White House says the two will review a range of issues, including Ukraine, Russia, a pending trade deal between the U.S. and European countries, economic growth, energy security, climate change and countering violent extremism and terrorism. Tusk's visit is scheduled for March 9. The European Council sets the policy agenda for the 28-member European Union. The White House says the E.U. is a valued partner of the United States and that Obama looks forward to consulting with Tusk.

  • Study: Smokers may tap into multiple sources for nicotine

    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The first peek at a major study of how Americans smoke suggests many use combinations of products, and often e-cigarettes are part of the mix. It's a preliminary finding, but it highlights some key questions as health officials assess electronic cigarettes. "Are e-cigarettes a step toward a cigarette smoker getting off of cigarettes? Or are e-cigarettes a crutch so they can get nicotine in places and times when they wouldn't normally be allowed to smoke cigarettes?" asked Dr. Andrew Hyland of the Roswell Park Cancer Institute, the primary investigator for a huge government study of trends in smoking and tobacco use.

  • Stock market slips after weaker than expected growth in US

    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    The stock market is opening slightly lower after the U.S. economy slowed more sharply than expected in the final three months of the year. The Dow Jones industrial average slipped 15 points, or 0.1 percent, to 18,199 in early trading Friday. The Standard & Poor's 500 index was flat at 2,110 and the Nasdaq slipped less than a point to 4,987. The Commerce Department said the U.S. economy grew at an annual rate of 2.2 percent in the October-December quarter, weaker than the 2.6 percent first estimated last month. It marked a major slowdown from the third quarter, which had been the strongest growth in 11 years. Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 2.02 percent.

  • US economic growth in Q4 revised down to 2.2 percent

    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy slowed more sharply in the final three months of the year than initial estimates, reflecting weaker business stockpiling and a bigger trade deficit. The Commerce Department said Friday that the economy as measured by the gross domestic product grew at an annual rate of 2.2 percent in the October-December quarter, weaker than the 2.6 percent first estimated last month. It marked a major slowdown from the third quarter, which had been the strongest growth in 11 years. Economists, however, remain optimistic that the deceleration was temporary. Many forecast that growth will rise above 3 percent in 2015, which would give the country the strongest economic growth in a decade.




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