• Fact sheet: 2014 Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    2014 Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid BASE PRICE: $39,780. PRICE AS TESTED: $40,570. TYPE: Front-engine, front-wheel drive, five-passenger, mid-size, plug-in, gasoline-electric hybrid sedan. ENGINE: 2-liter, double overhead cam, inline, Atkinson-cycle four cylinder with i-VTEC mated to 41-kilowatt electric motor and lithium-ion battery pack. MILEAGE: 115 mpg-equivalent on all-electric power, 46 mpg combined city/highway on gasoline engine. TOP SPEED: NA. LENGTH: 193.5 inches. WHEELBASE: 109.3 inches. CURB WEIGHT: 3,799 pounds. BUILT AT: Japan. OPTIONS: None. DESTINATION CHARGE: $790. .

  • Accord's latest is most fuel efficient

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    The 2014 Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid sedan doesn't amaze and daze with its mainstream looks, nice cloth seats and pleasant ride. Its "wow" factor is, simply, how few times a driver may need to stop at a gasoline station in a year. This most fuel-thrifty Accord four door — the first with an electric plug — is propelled by stored electric power on most short trips of up to 13 miles. It carries along a 141-horsepower, four-cylinder engine for when trips go longer. But even on the longer trips, the engine and regenerative brakes help replenish the onboard electric supply for short spurts of electric-powered driving and supplemental acceleration. As a result, emptying this Accord's gas tank can be a challenge.

  • Stocks open mostly lower following mixed earnings

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are mostly lower in early trading as traders look over a mixed batch of earnings reports. Whirlpool, Ryder systems and Boeing all fell Wednesday morning after reporting their latest quarterly results. Apple was slightly higher after its earnings report late Tuesday came in ahead of what investors were looking for. Apple sold 35.2 million iPhones in the latest quarter, 13 percent more than in the same period a year earlier. The Standard & Poor's 500 index was little changed at 1,984 in the first few minutes of trading. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 27 points, or 0.2 percent, to 17,084 and the Nasdaq composite edged up 10 points, or 0.2 percent, to 4,466. Falling stocks narrowly outp

  • Commercial jets push Boeing profits up 52 percent

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    Increased production of passenger jets helped push up Boeing's profit by 52 percent in the second quarter, topping Wall Street's expectations. The Chicago-based company said net income increased to $1.65 billion, or $2.24 per share, from $1.09 billion, or $1.41 per share, in the same quarter a year ago. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring costs, came to $2.42 per share. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $2.02 per share. Boeing Co. (BA) said Wednesday that revenue climbed 1.1 percent to $22.05 billion from $21.82 billion in the same quarter a year ago. Analysts expected $22.32 billion, according to Zacks. Revenue at Boeing's Commercial Airplanes division inc

  • Tupperware 2Q profit sinks 38 percent

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Tupperware Brands Corp. said Wednesday that its second-quarter profit fell 38 percent from the same period a year ago, hurt by falling sales of its storage containers and cosmetics in North America and Germany and unfavorable currency exchange rates. The Orlando, Florida-based company cut its full-year earnings outlook, and Tupperware shares nearly 8 percent in morning trading Wednesday. Net income fell to $47.6 million, or 93 cents per share, compared with $76.3 million, or $1.43 per share, a year ago. Adjusted to remove one-time items, the company earned $1.47 per share, matching what analysts expected, according to a poll by FactSet. Revenue fell 2 percent to $674.3 million from $688.4 million,

  • EU seeks energy efficiency to ease Russia gas link

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's executive is proposing legislation to curb the energy use of households and firms by almost one third by 2030 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and lower its dependence on gas imports, particularly those from Russia. The Commission proposed Wednesday to increase energy efficiency by 30 percent, an upward revision of its earlier target of 20 percent by 2020. Energy savings can be achieved by improving building insulation, upgrading heating systems or lowering the electricity need of new appliances like fridges. The Commission says that for one additional percent in energy savings, EU gas imports are expected to fall 2.6 percent.

  • Dow Chemical 2Q adj. profit climbs, revenue rises

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    MIDLAND, Mich. (AP) — Dow Chemical's second-quarter net income slid 62 percent as the prior-year period benefited from a $2.16 billion payment related to a scrapped joint venture. But its adjusted profit and revenue topped analysts' estimates. The stock climbed in premarket trading on Wednesday. The specialty chemical company's earnings after preferred stock dividends dropped to $882 million, or 73 cents per share, from $2.34 billion, or $1.87 per share, a year ago. A year earlier Dow Chemical received a $2.16 billion payment from Petrochemical Industries Co. of Kuwait tied to a joint venture deal that fell apart. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring costs, came to 74 cents per share.

  • Oil stays above $102 amid Gaza peace efforts

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    The price of oil inched further above $102 a barrel Wednesday amid a new push for a cease-fire between Israel and Palestine and after Europe imposed additional sanctions on Russia that fell short of a heavy hit. By early afternoon in Europe, the benchmark U.S. oil contract for September delivery was up 20 cents to $102.59 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. On Tuesday, the contract slipped 47 cents. Brent crude for September delivery, a benchmark for international oils, was up 43 cents to $107.76 on the ICE Futures exchange in London.

  • Whirlpool 2Q profit falls 9.6 percent

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    BENTON HARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Whirlpool Corp. (WHR) on Wednesday reported net income that declined by 9.6 percent in its second quarter, and missed analysts' expectations. The Benton Harbor, Michigan-based company said profit fell to $179 million, or $2.25 per share, from $198 million, or $2.44 per share, in the same quarter a year earlier. Earnings, adjusted for one-time gains and costs, came to $2.62 per share. The average per-share estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for profit of $2.88. The maker of Maytag, KitchenAid and other appliances said revenue declined 1.4 percent to $4.68 billion from $4.75 billion in the same quarter a year ago, and missed Wall Street forecasts. Analysts expected

  • Women business owners face gender gap, report says

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Women who own small business are still far behind their male counterparts when it comes to getting loans and government contracts, a congressional report said Wednesday. The report by Democratic staffers of the Senate Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee found that while businesses owned by women account for 30 percent of small companies, they receive only 4.4 percent of the total dollars in conventional small-business loans. That amounts to $1 for every $23 loaned. In terms of numbers of loans, businesses owned by women receive only 16 percent of all conventional small-business loans, and 17 percent of loans backed by the Small Business Administration.

  • NRC names new resident inspector at Farley Nuclear

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    COLUMBIA, Ala. (AP) — The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has named a new resident inspector at the Farley Nuclear Plant in southeast Alabama. Kenneth Miller is taking over the job at the Southern Nuclear Operating plant near Columbia. Miller previously worked as an inspector at TVA's Watts Bar plant in Tennessee. Each U.S. nuclear plant has at least two resident inspectors, and Miller joins another senior resident inspector at Farley. Resident inspectors are based in plants to conduct inspections, monitor large projects and provide general government oversight. Farley is a twin-reactor plant located near the Chattahoochee River in Houston County.

  • Australian guilty in $41M biodiesel scam in Vegas

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — A 64-year-old Australian man has pleaded guilty to charges in federal court in Nevada for his role in a scheme to bilk a U.S. biodiesel fuel program out of more than $41 million. Nathan Stoliar pleaded guilty in Las Vegas Tuesday to two counts of wire fraud and one count each of conspiracy, conspiracy to engage in money laundering and making false statements under the Clean Air Act. Under a plea agreement, Stoliar must forfeit $4 million and pay $1 million restitution. He faces up to 69 years in prison and $2 million in fines at his Oct. 30 sentencing.

  • Excerpts from conflicting health law rulings

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Two federal appeals courts issued conflicting rulings Tuesday in a dispute involving crucial financing for President Barack Obama's health care law. A three-judge panel of the appeals court in Washington said the plain language of the law states that financial aid to help people pay insurance premiums can be provided only in states that have set up their own insurance exchanges. But a similar panel of the 4th Circuit in Richmond, Virginia, said the language of the law is confusing and that the Internal Revenue Service reasonably interpreted the will of Congress when it said that tax credits can also be provided in states where the federal government is running the markets. The Washington case is Halb

  • Judges in health care rulings vote party line

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Six federal judges on two appeals courts have weighed in on a key component of President Barack Obama's health care law. Their votes lined up precisely with the party of the president who appointed them. It was the latest illustration that presidents help shape their legacies by stocking federal courts with judges whose views are more likely to align with their own. The legal drama played out Tuesday on two appeals courts in Washington, D.C., and Richmond, Virginia. Those courts issued dueling decisions about subsidies that help millions of low- and middle-income people afford health insurance. Republican appointees in Washington sided with challengers to the health care law. Democratic appointees in

  • Ultra high definition TVs boost LG Display profit

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — LG Display Co. says its earnings for the April-June quarter more than doubled thanks to improved demand for ultra-high-definition TVs. The South Korean display panel maker said Wednesday its net income reached 256 billion won ($250 million), compared with 105 billion won a year earlier. Analysts polled by FactSet, a financial data provider, expected profit of 114 billion won. The panel supplier for Apple Inc. said higher demand for UHD TVs during the World Cup increased panel shipments. LG Display's parent company, LG Electronics Inc., is among the TV makers betting that a quadrupling of the resolution of high-definition TVs will convince consumers to upgrade.

  • Texas jury awards municipal utility $30 million


    NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas (AP) — A Central Texas jury has delivered a nearly $30 million verdict against the Lower Colorado River Authority. A Comal County jury on Tuesday returned the verdict in favor of New Braunfels Utilities. The Austin-based river authority manages water resources and provides electricity. New Braunfels Utilities says the LCRA violated their 1999 wholesale power contract by overcharging for electricity. The LCRA says New Braunfels Utilities and other utilities have unlawfully broken their contracts. The New Braunfels Utilities CEO tells the Austin American-Statesman that the money will go toward reducing electricity costs and expanding energy efficiency programs. A LCRA spokesman says the author

  • AP source: Thieves got into 1K StubHub accounts

    Updated: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Cyber thieves got into more than 1,000 StubHub customers' accounts and fraudulently bought tickets for events through the online ticket reseller, a law enforcement official and the company said Tuesday. Arrests were expected in a case that sprawled across international borders, said the official, who wasn't authorized to discuss it ahead of arrests being announced and spoke on the condition of anonymity. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. was expected to hold a news conference Wednesday with London and Royal Canadian Mounted Police officials. A spokeswoman for Vance's office declined to comment Tuesday night on the case, which comes amid growing concern about data thieves targeting retailers and

  • Review: Amazon Fire offers new ways to use phones

    Updated: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — What I find fascinating about Amazon's Fire phone isn't the gizmos such as the 3-D imagery or the camera scanner that helps you get more information about products. Rather, I like that Amazon is thinking a lot about how phones ought to work. The iPhone and its Android smartphone rivals are so much alike that companies have been suing each other for stealing ideas. The Fire phone uses Android, but Amazon has modified it to the point that it's barely recognizable. That means the phone offers new ways to navigate, discover and, of course, shop — all enabled by new features from the world's largest online retailer. That doesn't mean everyone should rush out to get a Fire phone.

  • Senate, House on collision course on border money

    Updated: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats prepared Tuesday to whack $1 billion from President Barack Obama's emergency spending request for the border, while leaving out policy changes Republicans have demanded as their price for agreeing to any money. The developments pointed to a hardening stalemate over the crisis in South Texas with lawmakers preparing to leave Washington for their annual summer recess at the end of next week. Legislation being finalized by Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski would spend $2.7 billion for more immigration judges, detention facilities and other resources for the southern border, where unaccompanied kids are arriving by the tens of thousands from Central America.

  • GateHouse Media parent to buy Providence Journal

    Updated: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The parent company of Gatehouse Media LLC on Tuesday announced an agreement to buy The Providence Journal and related print and digital assets from A.H. Belo Corp. for $46 million cash. New York-based New Media Investment Group Inc. said it expects to complete the deal for the newspaper in the third quarter. "The Providence Journal is one of the most established and prominent newspapers in the United States and is the pre-eminent provider of local content to the greater Providence marketplace," New Media President Michael Reed said. "We are very excited to welcome the paper, its employees and the community into the growing New Media family.