• Marco Rubio says nation doesn't need US Education Department

    Yesterday

    CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Republican presidential hopeful Marco Rubio says the U.S. doesn't need a federal Education Department, arguing that its recommendations to state and local governments often turn into mandates tied to money. The Florida senator made the comments Tuesday during a town hall meeting in Carson City. About 200 people attended the gathering in a community center, part of a tour of northern Nevada. "What starts out as a suggestion ends up being, 'If you want money from us, you must to do it this way,' and you will end up with a version of a national school board," Rubio said. "We don't need a national school board.

  • Comcast teeing up new services targeted at millennials

    Yesterday

    NEW YORK (AP) — Comcast, which became a TV powerhouse by signing up Generation Xers, baby boomers and their parents, now is fighting for millennial eyeballs. The TV giant is investing in online media outlets like BuzzFeed and Vox that attract young viewers. It's setting up a streaming TV service for millennials who don't watch a boob tube. And it's developing a YouTube-like video app and website. It's the latest effort by the TV industry to attract younger customers at a time when ratings are sliding and more millennials are becoming "cord cutters" by ditching traditional cable entirely. People ages 18 to 34 spent on average nearly 109 hours a month watching live TV in the first quarter of this year, according to Niel

  • Texas regulator clears oil and gas company of causing quakes

    Yesterday

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The regulatory agency overseeing Texas' oil and gas industry has determined that a series of small earthquakes in North Texas likely wasn't caused by drilling operations by an Exxon Mobil subsidiary. The preliminary findings mark the first decision by the Texas Railroad Commission since it was authorized last year to consider whether seismological activity was caused by injection wells, which store briny wastewater from hydraulic fracturing. The commission ordered hearings after a university study suggested two companies' wells were responsible for quakes that shook Reno, Texas, in 2013 and 2014.

  • Valeant and Dollar Tree are big market movers

    Yesterday

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Tuesday on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market: NYSE Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc., down $6.55 to $224.05 The drug developer is buying rights to AstraZeneca's psoriasis drug brodalumab, which is in late-stage development. Whirlpool Corp., down $7.90 to $160.20 The appliance maker offered to buy Aga Rangemaster, opening up a potential bidding contest with rival Middleby Corp. Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc., down 73 cents to $24.10 The hotel operator is launching an option for guests to set up automatic notifications to request Uber rides during their stay. M&T Bank Corp., down $5.59 to $112.

  • US lowers estimate of Takata air bags needing repairs

    Yesterday

    DETROIT (AP) — Federal regulators have lowered their estimate of potentially defective Takata Corp. air bags on U.S. roads. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says approximately 23.4 million driver and passenger air bag inflators on 19.2 million vehicles are being recalled and need to be replaced. That's lower than its initial estimate of 34 million inflators. The agency says some air bags from multiple recalls were counted twice. Takata also included some air bags sold overseas in numbers it gave to the government. The agency says 4.4 million air bag inflators have already been replaced. At least eight people have been killed by Takata air bags, which can explode with too much force and spew shr

  • Prosecutor: Ex-Jared Foundation chief to plead guilty

    Yesterday

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The former director of a foundation created by longtime Subway spokesman Jared Fogle has agreed to plead guilty to 12 counts of child exploitation and one count of child pornography, federal prosecutors said Tuesday. Under the plea agreement, Russell Taylor, 44, cannot ask for a sentence of less than 15 years in prison and prosecutors can ask for a sentence of up to 35 years, followed by supervised release for the remainder of his life, prosecutors said. The judge presiding over his case is not bound by the terms. "Adults who sexually exploit children by producing child pornography knowingly cause vast harm to their victims and should expect appropriately strong punishment," U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler sa

  • Approaching health law tax is not just a levy on luxury

    Yesterday

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The last major piece of President Barack Obama's health care law could raise costs for thrifty consumers as well as large corporations and union members when it takes effect in 2018. The so-called Cadillac tax was meant to discourage extravagant coverage. Critics say it's a tax on essentials, not luxuries. It's getting attention now because employers plan ahead for major costs like health care. With time, an increasing number of companies will be exposed to the tax, according to a recent study. The risk is that middle-class workers could see their job-based benefits diminished. First to go might be the "flexible spending accounts" offered by many companies.

  • You think the stock market is crazy? Look at oil prices.

    Yesterday

    NEW YORK (AP) — Commodity markets are renowned for their booms and busts but the last four days in the crude oil market have even experienced traders wide-eyed. The price of oil plunged 8 percent on Tuesday, following a three-day ascent of 27 percent, the biggest such jump in 25 years. "It's wild!" said Phil Flynn, energy analyst at the Price Futures Group. "Buckle up." The stock market has been volatile too, but nothing like oil. The S&P 500 has moved up or down by 6 percent or more only once since 2008. Oil has moved by at least 6 percent each of the last four trading days. Big moves — mostly down — have been a hallmark of the oil market over the past year. Starting last summer oil began to fall, sliding f

  • Consumer panel: Airlines should disclose fees, seat size

    Yesterday

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Airlines should clearly disclose the cost of change and cancellation fees, as well as the size of the plane's seats, before a passenger buys a ticket, a federal panel said Tuesday. Hotels should also be required to include any mandatory fees in their room rates, the Transportation Department's Advisory Committee for Aviation Consumer Protections recommended. Some hotels have begun adding mandatory resort and other fees to bills even though customers say they weren't informed of them when they booked their rooms. The panel's recommendation on hotels was directed to the Federal Trade Commission, which has been investigating such so called drip pricing.

  • Google refines logo as it prepares to join Alphabet

    Yesterday

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is refining its famous logo as it prepares to become a part of a new holding company called Alphabet. The revised design unveiled Tuesday features the same mix of blue, red, yellow and green that Google has been using throughout its nearly 17-year history, though the hues are slightly different shades. Google also invented a new typeface called "Product Sans" that is meant to resemble the simple printing in a grade-school book. It will replace a serif typeface that Google has been using in its logo for more than 16 years. The "e'' in the company's name will remain slightly tilted to reflect Google's sometimes off-kilter thinking.

  • Judge asked to lift hold on drilling lease near Glacier park

    Yesterday

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — An attorney for a Louisiana oil company has asked a judge to reject the government's proposed timeline for lifting its hold on an energy lease on land in Montana that's sacred among American Indians. The request comes as a federal historic preservation panel plans a public hearing Wednesday in Choteau on whether to allow drilling on the 6,200-acre lease site near Glacier National Park. The Blackfeet tribes of the U.S. and Canada are opposed to drilling on what they consider their spiritual homeland. They argue the lease was illegally issued because the Montana tribe was not consulted first. But Solenex LLC of Baton Rouge wants U.S.

  • Stocks plunge on more worries about slowing growth in China; S&P 500 drops almost 3 percent

    Yesterday

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks plunge on more worries about slowing growth in China; S&P 500 drops almost 3 percent.

  • Fracking foes say Ohio elections chief exceeds his authority

    Yesterday

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Residents in three Ohio counties where Secretary of State Jon Husted invalidated anti-fracking ballot issues this fall argued in a court filing Tuesday that voters, not the elections chief, should decide the substance of such issues. Residents in Fulton, Medina and Athens counties told the Ohio Supreme Court that Husted was supposed to decide the validity of their petitions, not the merits of the "community rights county charters" they proposed. "The rule is that there can be no substantive review of an initiative pre-election," the filing said.

  • White House: Alaska's Medicaid expansion 'right decision'

    Yesterday

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The White House on Tuesday praised the decision by Alaska Gov. Bill Walker to expand Medicaid to thousands of residents over the wishes of the Republican-led Legislature, calling it the "right decision." Alaska on Tuesday became the 29th state to expand Medicaid, opening up health care through what it calls the Healthy Alaska Plan to an estimated 20,000 low-income residents. "Many Alaskans are working two or three jobs to make ends meet, and have not been able to afford health insurance," Walker said. "The Healthy Alaska Plan ensures that working Alaskans will no longer have to choose between health care and bankruptcy.

  • Nielsen's top programs for Aug. 24-30

    Yesterday

    Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Aug. 24-30. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership. 1. "America's Got Talent" (Tuesday), NBC, 10.34 million. 2. "60 Minutes," CBS, 8.53 million. 3. "America's Got Talent" (Wednesday), NBC, 8.46 million. 4. "NCIS," CBS, 8.39 million. 5. "Fear the Walking Dead," AMC, 8.18 million. 6. Exhibition Football: Arizona vs. Oakland, NBC, 7.51 million. 7. "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 7.25 million. 8. "Big Brother" (Sunday), CBS, 6.73 million. 9. "Big Brother" (Wednesday), CBS, 6.46 million. 10. "Big Brother" (Thursday), CBS, 6.37 million. 11. "Zoo," CBS, 6.18 million. 12. "Criminal Minds," CBS, 5.83 million.

  • MTV spreads out its awards show to get more viewers

    Yesterday

    NEW YORK (AP) — MTV boosted the viewership of its annual Video Music Awards, this year hosted by Miley Cyrus, with a little help from its friends. The Nielsen company said just over 5 million people watched the program on MTV on Sunday night, which would have represented a sharp drop from last year's 8.3 million and the 10.1 million who watched in 2013. Instead, MTV's corporate parent Viacom aired the show simultaneously on 10 separate networks. It was seen on MTV and its offshoots, but also on Comedy Central, BET, CMT, TV Land and Logo. Add in that viewership and MTV said the awards were seen by 9.8 million people, with the show still being seen in reruns or on DVRs.

  • 7-Eleven expands deliveries, but Slurpees not included

    Yesterday

    NEW YORK (AP) — 7-Eleven expanded its delivery service to three cities Tuesday, but its most well-known item, the Slurpee, isn't on the menu for now. Customers in Chicago, Los Angeles and parts of New York can order other items from the convenience store chain, including chicken wings, cold medicine and paper towels. Orders are made through the app or website of DoorDash, the online delivery company that 7-Eleven has partnered with in those cities. Stores in Washington D.C. and Boston will offer delivery in the coming months, the companies said, and more cities are planned. Slurpees, the brightly-colored slushy frozen treats, are "best when consumed immediately," said 7-Eleven spokeswoman Margaret Chabris.

  • US auto market remains bright spot as China pulls back

    Yesterday

    DETROIT (AP) — As China's auto market recoils, the U.S. remains a bright spot as it rolls on toward its best performance in more than a decade. China is still the No. 1 market, but sales there are slowing as the economy cools and cities impose car ownership limits to curb smog and congestion. At the same time, U.S. sales remain on pace to top 17 million this year for the first time since 2001. It's a reversal from six years ago, when U.S. vehicle sales plunged during the recession and China easily surpassed the U.S. as the world's largest car market. At least temporarily, automakers are left to rely on the U.S. — and a recovering Western Europe auto market — for sales growth.

  • September is historically the stock market's worst month

    Yesterday

    If August wasn't bad enough, historical trading patterns suggest that investors shouldn't expect a quick rebound this month. September is statistically the worst month of the year for the stock market, with the S&P 500 index logging an average decline of 1.03 percent in the month over the last 87 years, according to data from S&P Dow Jones Indices. While there is no specific reason for the stock market's so-called seasonality, traders and investors do closely follow the historical trends. That could make them a little more nervous this September and, as a result, stocks could remain volatile for a few weeks yet.

  • 'Taxi of Tomorrow,' a Nissan minivan, arrives in NYC

    Yesterday

    NEW YORK (AP) — It's go time for the city's new taxis: Tuesday marked the official start for the new standard for yellow cabs. The Nissan NV200, known as the "Taxi of Tomorrow," has been in the works for a few years, with several hundred already on city streets. The vans have charging ports for riders' electronics as well as large skylight roofs. From this point on, most yellow cab owners will be required to switch to the Nissan models when it comes time to replace their current vehicles. Taxi officials estimate about 80 percent of the city's 13,600 yellow cabs will be NV200s. Some owners still will be able to choose from a short list of hybrid and wheelchair-accessible vehicles. The full-scale implementation of the n




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