• A quick look at upcoming blockbusters from Disney

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    The Mouse House is undergoing a revival thanks to its purchase in recent years of major movie brands Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm and the resurrection of its in-house animation studio. Here's a quick glance at the major upcoming movies from The Walt Disney Co. this year and going forward. April-May 2015 - "Avengers: Age of Ultron" July 17, 2015 - "Ant-Man" Dec. 18, 2015 - "Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens" 2016 - "The Incredibles 2" April 29, 2016 - "Captain America: Civil War" June 17, 2016 - "Finding Dory" Dec.

  • Comcast launches voice-controlled remote for some customers

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Fights over the remote are about to get a lot louder. Cable company Comcast launched a voice-controlled TV remote for some of its Xfinity customers Tuesday. Users can search for shows, channels, movies, their TV recordings and on demand programing with their voice. "Say it and see it. It's that simple," said Sree Kotay, a software architect at Comcast Corp. Customers can change the channel after they press a blue button on the remote and say "Watch ESPN," for example. They can also set up a recording with their voice, search for movies based on popular quotes or ask "what's trending?" to see what TV shows are popular.

  • US reopens investigation into Jeep, Dodge sun visors

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    DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. government is reopening an investigation into Jeep and Dodge sun visors after reports that some caught fire even after a recall repair. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles recalled 895,000 2011-2014 Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Durangos worldwide last summer after a government investigation found that a short in the vanity lamp wiring could cause visors to burn. FCA has been adding a plastic part to properly guide the wires. FCA said the defect was only present in SUVs that were incorrectly reassembled after previous repairs. But on Tuesday, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it has reopened its investigation after receiving eight reports that visors caught fire even after the reca

  • EPA releases final plan for contaminated Montana town, says remaining asbestos can be managed

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    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — EPA releases final plan for contaminated Montana town, says remaining asbestos can be managed.

  • Googling on mobile devices surpasses PCs in US for 1st time

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    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google's influential search engine has hit a tipping point in technology's shift to smartphones. More search requests are now being made on mobile devices than on personal computers in the U.S. and many other parts of the world. The milestone announced at a digital advertising conference Tuesday serves as another reminder of how dramatically online behavior has changed since 2007. That's when Apple released the first iPhone, leading to a wave of similar devices that have made it easier for people to stay connected to the Internet wherever they go. The upheaval has rocked PC makers and other tech companies such as Microsoft with businesses tied to sales of desktop and laptop computers.

  • Correction: Earns-NuVasive story

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    SAN DIEGO (AP) — In a story May 4 about NuVasive's first-quarter earnings, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the company expects revenue for the year of $180 million. The company expects full-year revenue of $810 million. A corrected version of the story is below: NuVasive tops Street 1Q forecasts NuVasive posts 1Q profit, results beat Wall Street forecasts SAN DIEGO (AP) — NuVasive Inc. (NUVA) on Monday reported first-quarter net income of $31.6 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier. On a per-share basis, the San Diego-based company said it had profit of 61 cents. Earnings, adjusted for one-time gains and costs, came to 30 cents per share. The results beat

  • Panera CEO on push to banish artificial ingredients

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Panera Bread is the latest company to tout the removal of artificial ingredients, adding fuel to the debate over whether that improves food quality or is just a marketing tool. By the end of the next year, the chain says the dozens of ingredients on its "No No List" will be banished from its menu. Some of the ingredients are already gone, while others are in the process of being expunged. Panera isn't alone. A range of food companies have announced they would remove various ingredients in response to customer feedback. Some high-profile examples from just last month: PepsiCo said it was dropping the artificial sweetener aspartame from Diet Pepsi, and Kraft said it would remove artificial dyes from its mac an

  • Report: 'Legal firewall' shields Chinese firms from lawsuits

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — Chinese companies are shielding themselves from lawsuits in America, denying U.S. businesses and investors their day in court, a report from a federal watchdog says. The report published Tuesday by the U.S.-China Economic Security Commission says that Chinese companies operating in the U.S. have built a legal firewall that keeps them largely immune from the jurisdiction of U.S. courts and regulatory agencies. They use complicated corporate structures that protect their China-based parent companies from U.S. lawsuits. And they often claim that Chinese secrecy and banking laws exempt them from turning over evidence and responding to U.S. court documents. The report calls on Congress to establish that C

  • Build-A-Bear slides after revenue slumps in 1Q

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    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Shares of Build-A-Bear Workshop tumbled Tuesday after the toy retailer said its sales fell in the first quarter as its business in North America struggled. Build-A-Bear said its total revenue decreased 5 percent as sales in North America were hurt by harsh winter weather between Valentine's Day and Easter. The St. Louis company said its business regained strength in the week before Easter, and overall its sales in North America stayed about the same as a year ago. It said sales in Europe improved. Build-A-Bear Workshop Inc., whose stores let customers build and outfit customized stuffed animals, said its net income grew to $6.8 million, or 40 cents per share. Excluding one-time items, the company reported a

  • Family of woman dropped on head by ambulance crew gets $1.5M

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    WOBURN, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts jury has awarded $1.5 million to the family of a woman who died days after an ambulance crew dropped her on her head. The Middlesex Superior Court jury ruled Monday in favor of the family of 67-year-old Barbara Grimes in its lawsuit against American Medical Response. The family said in the wrongful death suit that Grimes was being transported in January 2009 after receiving dialysis in Plymouth when a pair of emergency medical technicians rolling her into an ambulance tipped over her stretcher, causing Grimes to fall and hit her head on the ground. She suffered a brain hemorrhage and died five days later. The family's lawyer called her death "unnecessary" and "'easily preventable."

  • US stocks drift lower in midday trading; oil price jumps

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are moving lower in midday trading following two days of gains that brought the market close to a record high. Vornado Realty Trust slumped 3 percent Tuesday after reporting results that fell short of analysts' forecasts. Other companies rose after reporting earnings that beat estimates. Disney rose 1 percent and Estee Lauder jumped 6 percent. Energy stocks did better than the rest of the market as the price of oil climbed above $60 a barrel. Oil hasn't closed above that level since December. The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell 15 points, or 0.8 percent, to 2,098 as of 11:45 a.m. Eastern time Tuesday. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 92 points, or 0.5 percent, to 17,975. The Na

  • Oklahoma treasurer reports overall collections slightly up

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    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Overall collections to the state treasury improved slightly last month, but are still feeling the pinch of slumping oil and natural gas prices. Oklahoma Treasurer Ken Miller reported Tuesday that monthly collections in April totaled $1.32 billion, exceeding last April's collections by less than 1 percent. The biggest boost came from income tax collections, which were up by more than $53 million, or 8.2 percent, from last April. But declining revenue from energy production continues to hamper state collections, with both production and prices dropping since last year. Miller reported collections from oil and natural gas production dropped by more than 54 percent from the same month last year.

  • Michigan voters deciding on tax increase for road repairs

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    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan voters were deciding Tuesday whether to approve higher taxes to improve the state's deteriorating roads and bridges. Proposal 1, a constitutional amendment subject to a statewide vote, would raise Michigan's 6 percent sales tax to 7 percent to trigger $1.3 billion more a year for highways, roads, bridges and public transit. Lawmakers put the measure on the ballot in December after failing to directly increase taxes themselves or to divert money from elsewhere in the budget. Michigan is one of the most frugal of the states in spending on infrastructure such as highways. Polls opened at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

  • 7-foot trench collapses outside New Jersey home; worker dies

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    SOMERSET, N.J. (AP) — A 7-foot trench has collapsed outside a New Jersey home, killing a Maryland man who was working in a drainage ditch. The accident occurred at around 4 p.m. Monday in Franklin Township. Authorities say firefighters found the 43-year-old Salisbury man buried in the trench when they arrived at the home. Five other workers were nearby when the accident occurred, and they tried to free him after the walls of the hole gave way. Firefighters soon built shoring to extricate the man, and he was freed after about two hours. But he was pronounced dead shortly after 6 p.m. Authorities say the house was under construction and the workers were digging a trench for utilities.

  • Growth in US services firms picked up speed last month

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. service firms' growth accelerated in April, fueled by more orders, rising sales and an uptick in hiring. The figures provide solid evidence that the economy is recovering from its first-quarter stumble. The Institute for Supply Management said Tuesday that its services index rose to 57.8 in April from 56.5 in March. The April reading is its highest level in five months. Any reading over 50 indicates that service providers are expanding. The healthy showing supports analysts' forecasts that the economy's stumble in the first three months of the year will be temporary. Hiring slowed in March and the economy may have even shrunk in the first three months of the year. But most economists expect growth wil

  • Macy's to open first 4 off-price stores in NYC area

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    NEW YORK (AP) — The outlet wars are heating up. Macy's Inc. has named its new discount stores Macy's Backstage, and says the first four test stores will open this fall in New York City and the surrounding area. The details, announced Tuesday, come four months after the department store chain announced it was exploring an "off-price" retailing business, throwing down the gauntlet with the likes of T.J. Maxx, Ross and a Nordstrom Rack. This would mark the first off-price business for the Macy's brand. Meanwhile, the parent company is opening its 14th outlet store for its upscale chain Bloomingdale's this fall in New York's Manhattan borough. It will mark the first outlet store for Bloomingdale's in an urban location.

  • Kellogg profit falls but tops Wall Street expectations

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    BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) — Kellogg Co. (K) on Tuesday reported first-quarter earnings of $227 million, down 44 percent from last year amid sales declines and the effect of the strong dollar. The Battle Creek, Michigan-based company said it had profit of 64 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring costs, were 98 cents per share. The results surpassed Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of eight analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 92 cents per share. The maker of Frosted Flakes, Pop Tarts and Eggo waffles saw revenue fall 5 percent to $3.56 billion from a year earlier, also exceeding Street forecasts. Five analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $3.55 billion.

  • US trade deficit jumps to 6-year high of $51.4 billion

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. trade deficit in March swelled to the highest level in more than six years, propelled by a flood of imports that may have sapped the U.S. economy of any growth in the first quarter. The deficit rose to $51.4 billion, the largest trade gap since October 2008 and more than 43 percent higher than in February, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday. Exports were up 0.9 percent to $187.8 billion, while imports increased 7.7 percent to $239.2 billion. The trade deficit is the short-fall between exports and imports. The result suggests that international trade played a bigger-than-expected role in the U.S. economy's anemic growth in the January-March.

  • High-tech sensors help kids keep eye on aging parents

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Each time 81-year-old Bill Dworsky or his 80-year-old wife Dorothy opens the refrigerator, closes the bathroom door or lifts the lid on a pill container, tiny sensors in their San Francisco home make notes on a digital logbook. The couple's 53-year-old son, Phil, checks it daily on his smartphone. If there's no activity during a designated time, the younger Dworsky gets an automated email, so he can decide whether to call or stop by. "This is peace of mind, really," he says of the system he installed last year. The Silicon Valley tech executive lives just across town, but the sensors help him keep an eye on his aging parents while also raising a teenage daughter and frequently traveling for work.

  • US service firms grew at a faster pace in April, driven by more orders, uptick in hiring

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — US service firms grew at a faster pace in April, driven by more orders, uptick in hiring.




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