• Consumers Energy builds new 24-mile pipeline

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    COLDWATER, Mich. (AP) — Consumers Energy has built a 24-mile natural gas pipeline in southwestern Michigan that's part of a $120 million project. The pipeline runs through St. Joseph and Branch counties and completes a 90-mile pipeline corridor, which the utility says will increase reliability and safety for its 1.7 million natural gas customers. Commercial operation of the 1200B Pipeline began Sept. 18. An event to celebrate the project was planned for Wednesday in Coldwater. The project gives the unit of Jackson-based CMS Energy Corp. the ability to transport larger volumes of natural gas. It now has parallel pipelines along the corridor, so one can be shut down if needed while service continues. The project had abo

  • What to Know in Montana for Oct. 1

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today. COAL COUNTRY LISTENS TO BULLOCK'S CLIMATE OPTIONS: Gov. Steve Bullock took his options to cut the state's greenhouse commissions to Colstrip, home of one of the largest coal-fired power plants in the West. State officials held a public hearing in the eastern Montana town, where 360 workers are employed by the power plant. Bullock says emissions can be reduced through combinations of more renewable energy, greater efficiencies in homes and power plants and technologies to capture and burn the carbon dioxide from burning coal. LAWMAKERS VOTE 'NO CONFIDENCE' IN MEDICAID CONTRACTOR: Members of a state legislative panel said last

  • App teaches kindergartners basic computer coding

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — This computer programming app is so easy to use that even a kindergartener can do it. Researchers in Massachusetts have created a basic computer coding app that they say is the first designed specifically for children as young as 5. Kids who haven't yet learned to read can use the app to craft their own interactive stories and games. With ScratchJr, children can snap together graphical programming blocks to make characters and other elements in their project move, jump, talk and change size. Users can modify various elements in the paint editor, add their own voices and sounds, and even insert their own photos.

  • App teaches kindergartners basic computer coding

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — This computer programming app is so easy to use that even a kindergartener can do it. Researchers in Massachusetts have created a basic computer coding app that they say is the first designed specifically for children as young as 5. Kids who haven't yet learned to read can use the app to craft their own interactive stories and games. With ScratchJr, children can snap together graphical programming blocks to make characters and other elements in their project move, jump, talk and change size. Users can modify various elements in the paint editor, add their own voices and sounds, and even insert their own photos.

  • Court mulls legality of firing for pot use off job

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    DENVER (AP) — Pot may be legal in Colorado, but you can still be fired for using it. Now, the state's highest court is considering whether workers' off-duty use of medical marijuana is protected under state law. Colorado's Supreme Court on Tuesday heard arguments in a case involving Brandon Coats, a quadriplegic medical marijuana patient who was fired by the Dish Network after failing a drug test in 2010. Coats said he never got high at work. But pot's intoxicating chemical, THC, can stay in the system for weeks. Coats says his pot smoking is allowed under a little-known state law intended to protect employees from being fired for legal activities off the clock.

  • Revel auction still taking bids, did not adjourn

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The bankruptcy auction of Atlantic City's former Revel Casino Hotel ground into its third day early Wednesday as lawyers for the bankrupt resort continued to weigh bids. Late Tuesday night, the attorney for Florida developer Glenn Straub said the auction was adjourning until Monday. But both sides later agreed to continue the auction and by early Wednesday a Canadian firm had submitted the high bid thus far. Straub attorney Stuart Moskovitz said rival bidder Brookfield Asset Management, which owns casinos in Las Vegas and the Bahamas, had increased its offer from $98 million to more than $110 million, but was making that bid contingent on it being accepted by 6 a.m. The two companies were vy

  • McAfee names Kimmel its 'most dangerous celebrity'

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — If you're about to Google Jimmy Kimmel, beware. Computer security company McAfee says the talk show host is the most dangerous celebrity to search for online. The company said Tuesday that a search for Kimmel carries a 19 percent chance of landing on a website that has tested positive for spyware, viruses or malware. The company has used its own site ratings to make the determination for the past eight years. Other celebrities McAfee deems dangerous this year include Ciara, Flo Rida, Bruce Springsteen, Chelsea Handler and Christina Aguilera. Kimmel said on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" Tuesday that he can't believe a kid who played the clarinet and carried a briefcase to junior high school grew up to b

  • Asian stocks mixed after Wall Street decline

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    BANGKOK (AP) — Asian stocks were mixed Wednesday after Wall Street slid and South Korea reported factory output contracted, while markets in China and Hong Kong were closed for a holiday. KEEPING SCORE: Tokyo's Nikkei 225 index rose 0.1 percent to 16,192.15 points, Taipei gained 0.5 percent to 9,012.64 and Sydney and Jakarta also rose. Seoul's Kospi slid 0.6 percent to 2,008.86 and Singapore and New Zealand also were down. WALL STREET: Wall Street ended a stormy month with a loss for September after low oil prices hurt energy stocks and Ford Motor Co. cut its profit forecast. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 0.2 percent and the broader Standard & Poor's 500 fell 0.3 percent. The Nasdaq composite also lost 0.3 percent.

  • Michelin Guide knocks Daniel down to 2 stars

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    The Michelin Guide's latest roster of top New York City restaurants says Brooklyn and Queens are hot, but Daniel Boulud has lost a little sizzle. For the past three years, the same seven restaurants have held a virtual lock on the organization's coveted three-star rating: Daniel, Per Se, Masa, Le Bernardin, Eleven Madison Park, Jean Georges and Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare. But this year, only six maintained the honor for the guide's 10th edition, which goes on sale Wednesday. Daniel, Boulud's flagship Upper East Side restaurant, was bumped down to two stars. "We obviously prefer to give stars than to take them away.

  • Casino mogul says experience, not gambling, is key

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Steve Wynn had some advice. It hasn't been the gambling that's key to casinos' success. It's everything else. That's why after he recently won the opportunity to build Boston's first casino-hotel, he said he has grand plans for a property that will feature an entry akin to those in Las Vegas, but will tuck slot machines and table games away. The billionaire developer who has shaped the Las Vegas Strip offered that advice Tuesday night to a crowd gathered for the gambling industry's annual G2E Global Gaming Expo. The industry has been rattled by troubles in Atlantic City. Four casinos have closed there this year, eliminating 8,000 casino jobs. Competition has grown fierce as more states have lega

  • Netflix takes aim at the theatrical window

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Hollywood's carefully controlled system of movie rollouts is officially under siege. Windowing — the practice of opening a movie first in theaters and then in other stages of home video, streaming and television release — has been under increasing pressure as smaller screens fight against the prominence of the theatrical big screen. Now, Netflix has sounded the most notable blow against windowing, announcing plans to release a sequel to "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" on the day it hits Imax theaters next August. The film, produced by the Weinstein Co., isn't a studio production, so it's in many ways only marginally more significant than the plethora of independent films regularly released on video-on-d

  • AP Source: US and Brazil resolve trade fight

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and Brazil have resolved a decade-long trade battle over subsidies Washington provided to American cotton growers, an official close to the negotiations said late Tuesday. The agreement would resolve a bitter trade fight that had strained relations between the two countries since 2002 when Brazil brought a case against the United States charging that the subsidies Washington paid American cotton farmers were a violation of global trade rules. The World Trade Organization ruled in Brazil's favor and the United States had been forced to make annual payments to Brazil. The agreement resolving the dispute was to be signed Wednesday in Washington by U.S.

  • What's PayPal's first solo move?

    Yesterday

    NEW YORK (AP) — PayPal's impending split from long-time partner eBay Inc. will ratchet up its appeal to online retail competitors such as Amazon.com and give it the freedom to aggressively take on new mobile pay challenger Apple Pay. For eBay, the challenge will be how to drive revenue without its fastest-growing division. The move marks a 180-degree turn for eBay Inc. CEO John Donahoe, who had been adamant in spurning activist investor Carl Icahn's call months ago to spin off PayPal. Donahoe, who will step down after the split is finalized in the second half of next year, said he now agrees that it's the right path for both companies.

  • Enbridge delays ND oil pipeline at least a year

    Yesterday

    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Canadian company that wants to build the largest oil pipeline yet from western North Dakota's booming oil patch is delaying the project for at least a year due to permitting problems in Minnesota. Calgary, Alberta-based Enbridge Energy Partners LP disclosed the delay of the $2.6 billion Sandpiper pipeline in a filing Tuesday with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Enbridge is trying to build the 612-mile pipeline to carry 225,000 barrels of oil a day through northern Minnesota to a hub in Wisconsin. The pipeline was expected to be ready in early 2016, but because of a "longer than expected permitting process" in Minnesota, it likely won't be in service until 2017, Enbridge spokeswoman Katie

  • Shares of companies testing Ebola vaccines rise

    Yesterday

    NEW YORK (AP) — Shares of some companies that are studying potential vaccines for Ebola climbed after federal officials announced that the first case of the disease has been diagnosed in the U.S. The Centers for Disease Control said a patient being treated at a hospital in Dallas tested positive for the disease. Ebola is believed to have sickened more than 6,500 people in West Africa, and more than 3,000 people have died. The World Health Organization has worked to speed up the use of some experimental vaccines and companies are ramping up testing. Earlier this month NewLink Genetics said it would start safety testing of a vaccine within a few weeks, while Inovio Pharmaceuticals said it would start human trials of a D

  • FTC to retailers: Drop your caffeinated drawers

    Yesterday

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — If you purchased caffeine-infused underwear because of promises it will make you thinner, federal regulators say you were hoodwinked — but at least you can get your money back. The Federal Trade Commission announced this week that two companies have agreed to refund $1.5 million to consumers who purchased "shapewear" that supposedly can reduce cellulite and fat because it's infused with caffeine, vitamin E and other things. The FTC says there's no scientific evidence to back up those claims. In a settlement, Norm Thompson Outfitters of Oregon, and Wacoal America Inc. of New Jersey agree not to make claims that their products cause weight loss or a reduction of body size.

  • Judge eyes Trump Entertainment pension obligations

    Yesterday

    WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A Delaware bankruptcy judge will hold a hearing Thursday on a request by Trump Entertainment Resorts to be relieved of its pension obligations under a collective bargaining agreement with workers at the Taj Mahal casino. The judge had previously scheduled a mid-October hearing on Trump's request for permission to terminate the labor agreement as part of an effort to reorganize and avoid closing the casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. But company attorneys have been unable to persuade the union to agree to replace the pension plan with a 401(k) plan. They said Tuesday that they need a quick decision on the pension liability because it could torpedo efforts to reorganize.

  • Windows 10 tries blending new with familiar

    Yesterday

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Microsoft is trying to soften an unpopular redesign of Windows by reviving features from older versions while still attempting to nudge desktop users into a world of touch screens and mobile devices. The company on Tuesday gave an early preview of the new Windows 10 software, which it aims to begin selling by the middle of next year. Although the current version is called Windows 8, Microsoft says it's skipping ahead to Windows 10 to emphasize its effort to move forward. "Windows 10 represents the first step in a whole new generation of Windows," said Terry Myerson, executive vice president of Microsoft's operating systems group. Windows 8 was introduced two years ago as an answer to the growing d

  • SEC charges 2 with insider trading of Herbalife

    Yesterday

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Securities and Exchange Commission said Tuesday that it charged two men with insider trading after they learned that hedge fund manager Bill Ackman was betting against Herbalife Ltd.'s stock. The SEC said Filip Szymik, 28, was told by his roommate, then an analyst at Ackman's hedge fund, Pershing Square Capital Management, that Ackman was going to announce a negative view of Herbalife Ltd. The roommate was not named by the SEC because he is not accused of wrongdoing. The SEC said that Szymik then told another friend, 30-year-old Jordan Peixoto, that Ackman was going to announce a negative view of Herbalife. Ackman has bet heavily against the weight loss and nutritional company and described it as a

  • Exxon fracking report responds to shareholders

    Yesterday

    NEW YORK (AP) — Exxon Mobil issued a report Tuesday that acknowledges the environmental risks of hydraulic fracturing but also defends the practice as being better for the environment than other types of energy production and generation. Under pressure from the corporate responsibility group As You Sow, as well as New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer and other shareholders, Exxon agreed earlier this year to reveal more about how it manages the risks involved with the drilling technique, known as fracking.