• Judge in Reno blocks Uber's ride-sharing in Nevada

    Updated: Tue, Nov 25, 2014

    RENO, Nev. (AP) — A Washoe County District Court judge granted the state's request late Tuesday for a court order blocking the ride-sharing company Uber Technologies from operating unregulated in Nevada, saying Uber's refusal to comply with the necessary state licensing requirements could put the public's safety at risk. Nevada's attorney general filed a lawsuit last month arguing that the Internet application matching riders with drivers using personal cars for a fee infringes on the franchise rights of taxi companies and cabdrivers serving fare-paying passengers under state oversight.

  • AP sources: EPA to propose stricter smog standard

    Updated: Tue, Nov 25, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Coming full circle on a campaign promise, the Obama administration will propose Wednesday to reduce the amount of smog-forming pollution allowed in the air, which has been linked to asthma, lung damage and other health problems. The stricter standard makes good on a pledge President Barack Obama made during his first campaign for the White House and one of his first environmental actions as president: reversing a decision by President George W. Bush to set a limit weaker than scientists advised. In 2011, amid pressure from Republicans and industries, and facing a battle for re-election, Obama reneged on a plan by then-Environmental Protection Agency administrator Lisa Jackson to lower the permissible level to be

  • 5th person pleads guilty in drug warehouse heist

    Updated: Tue, Nov 25, 2014

    NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A fifth person has pleaded guilty to participating in a 2010 Connecticut warehouse heist that prosecutors say involved up to $100 million in prescription drugs. Cuban citizen and Miami resident Rafael Lopez pleaded guilty Tuesday to a federal charge of deliberately hiding his knowledge of a felony, acknowledging he was aware of the heist and helped conceal it. Prosecutors say Lopez drove one of the thieves to and from Florida. Prosecutors say five men broke into an Eli Lilly and Co. warehouse in Enfield by scaling a wall and cutting a hole in the roof and stole thousands of boxes of prescription drugs. The theft was believed to be the largest in Connecticut history.

  • Space station's 3-D printer pops out 1st creation

    Updated: Tue, Nov 25, 2014

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The first 3-D printer in space has popped out its first creation. The 3-D printer delivered to the International Space Station two months ago made a sample replacement part for itself this week. It churned out a new faceplate for the print head casing. Space station commander Butch Wilmore removed the small plastic creation from the printer Tuesday, a day after its manufacture. Some of the plastic piece stuck to the print tray, said NASA spokesman Dan Huot. He noted it's part of the learning process and will be further investigated. About 20 objects will be printed in the next few weeks, all for return to Earth for analysis, NASA said.

  • Bad weather could slow holiday travel in Dakotas

    Updated: Tue, Nov 25, 2014

    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Bad weather began moving through the Dakotas on Tuesday, threatening to slow travel just as motorists hit the roads for Thanksgiving. As much as 5 inches of snow was expected in parts of the two states from an Alberta clipper system sweeping southeast out of Canada, according to the National Weather Service. "We've been keeping an eye on it for a couple of days," Adam Jones, a weather service meteorologist in Bismarck, said at dawn Tuesday. "Over the last 24 hours is when we really had increased confidence that there would be widespread accumulations." The Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory from central and southeast North Dakota into northeast South Dakota.

  • Canadian pleads guilty in NY rhino horns case

    Updated: Tue, Nov 25, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — A Canadian antiques dealer swept up in a U.S. crackdown on illegal trafficking in rhinoceros horns pleaded guilty Tuesday to a wildlife smuggling charge. Xiao Ju Guan, also known as Tony Guan, entered the plea to a count of attempted smuggling in federal court in Manhattan. Sentencing was set for next spring, when he faces up to 10 years in prison. Guan, who remains incarcerated, admitted that he tried in March to smuggle two black rhinoceros horns from New York to British Columbia, where he intended to sell them at a store. The 39-year-old Richmond, British Columbia, resident is the owner of an antiques business in his hometown. He said he had smuggled more than $400,000 of rhino horns and sculptures

  • HP earnings show continued struggle

    Updated: Tue, Nov 25, 2014

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hewlett-Packard Co.'s latest earnings report shows that despite three years of efforts to turn its business around, the venerable tech giant still has a lot more work ahead. CEO Meg Whitman has decided to split the pioneering Silicon Valley company in two. But she has said it will take a year to disengage the sluggish printer-and-PC division from units that sell commercial tech hardware, software and services, where Whitman believes there are more opportunities for growth. Meanwhile, the company reported Tuesday that its sales fell 2 percent in the most recent three-month period, marking its 12th revenue decline in the last 13 quarters. Profit was down 6 percent from a year ago. For the August-October f

  • Twitter lets merchants offer deals to its users

    Updated: Tue, Nov 25, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Twitter is expanding its reach into commerce with a new tool called "Offers." Advertisers can post promotions and discounts in users' Twitter feeds, whether or not the users follow those merchants on the short-messaging service. To redeem an offer, customers enter their credit or debit card information. They then use the same card to redeem the promotion in a store. After they do, they will get cash back on their card. For now, the feature only works in the U.S. but Twitter could expand it to other countries. San Francisco-based Twitter Inc. says it will encrypt and store the credit card information but users can remove it any time. The company has slowly been branching out into shopping.

  • Judge: FEC improperly narrowed disclosure rules

    Updated: Tue, Nov 25, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Election Commission impermissibly narrowed disclosure requirements for corporations and labor organizations that finance electioneering communications, the political ads that run close to an election, a federal judge ruled Tuesday. In setting aside an FEC regulation, U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson said the commission initiated a rulemaking in response to a Supreme Court decision, but that nothing in the Supreme Court case amounted to a basis for the FEC to narrow the disclosure rules Congress had enacted. She said the FEC regulation was arbitrary, capricious and contrary to law.

  • Sizing up what Apple's $700B market cap could buy

    Updated: Tue, Nov 25, 2014

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple's market value surpassed $700 billion in Tuesday trading, an unprecedented milestone among U.S. companies. Shares backtracked in the afternoon, closing down $1.03 at $117.60 — leaving Apple up 47 percent this year with a still-staggering market value of $690 billion. Exxon Mobil Corp. is a distant second with a market value of about $400 billion. The iPhone and iPad maker is worth so much that it stretches the imagination. Consider the buying power of $700 billion: — It could buy 935 million models of the iPhone 6 Plus with 16 gigabytes of storage. That would be nearly enough to distribute Apple's latest gadget du jour to everyone living in North America and Europe. Or you could j

  • HSBC to pay $12.5 million to settle SEC charge

    Updated: Tue, Nov 25, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — HSBC will pay $12.5 million to settle regulators' charges that its private-banking business based in Switzerland violated U.S. securities laws. The Securities and Exchange Commission said Tuesday that the private-banking unit failed to register with the SEC before providing brokerage services and investment advice to U.S. clients. The SEC says HSBC Private Bank began doing so more than 10 years ago and collected fees totaling about $5.7 million. HSBC, Europe's largest bank by market value, said in a statement that it is pleased to have reached a settlement with the SEC. According to the SEC, HSBC Private Bank decided to exit the U.S. cross-border business in 2010.

  • White House vows to kill deal to extend tax breaks

    Updated: Tue, Nov 25, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is working feverishly to quickly scuttle a congressional effort to permanently renew generous tax breaks for businesses and individuals, saying a plan brewing on Capitol Hill favored corporations over the working class. Speculation on Capitol Hill on Tuesday focused on a potential agreement to permanently enact tax breaks on business investments in new equipment and research and development as part of a plan that would renew dozens of expired tax breaks for businesses and individuals both. The White House immediately weighed in with a veto threat, saying Congress should also make permanent a top Obama administration priority, extending more generous tax credits for the working poor and peop

  • Sony to offer partial refunds for gaming console

    Updated: Tue, Nov 25, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of people who bought the handheld gaming console PlayStation Vita are in line for a partial refund from Sony because of questionable claims in its advertising. The Federal Trade Commission said Tuesday it had reached a settlement with Sony Computer Entertainment America, the U.S.-based arm of the PlayStation business, over advertising claims that the government contended were misleading. As part of the proposed settlement, Sony will provide refunds to those who bought the PS Vita console before June 1, 2012. They'll be eligible for either a $25 cash or credit refund — or a $50 merchandise voucher from Sony. The company will contact consumers about the refunds or vouchers via email.

  • Cirque show scene returns after performer's death

    Updated: Tue, Nov 25, 2014

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — A key battle scene near the end of Cirque du Soleil's "Ka" show is returning more than a year and a half after a performer fell 94 feet to her death when a wire rope snapped during the stunt. Cirque du Soleil officials have invited reporters to a Dec. 3 preview of the scene's return at the MGM Grand hotel-casino on the Strip. Cirque expects to add the scene intermittently to regular performances for the ticket-buying public starting next week, and it will be part of every performance by Dec. 12, said Alexandria Baum, a spokeswoman for the show. Changes have been made to the choreography and equipment used in the scene, she said.

  • High court to review EPA mercury limits

    Updated: Tue, Nov 25, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is stepping into a new case about Obama administration environmental rules, agreeing to review a ruling that upholds emission standards for mercury and other hazardous air pollutants from coal- and oil-fired power plants. The justices on Tuesday said they would hear arguments from industry groups and states that are challenging Environmental Protection Agency rules designed to clean up chromium, arsenic, acid gases, nickel, cadmium as well as mercury and other dangerous toxins. The pollutants contribute to respiratory illnesses, birth defects and developmental problems in children. The federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., upheld the rules in April.

  • High court to review EPA mercury limits

    Updated: Tue, Nov 25, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is stepping into a new case about Obama administration environmental rules, agreeing to review a ruling that upholds emission standards for mercury and other hazardous air pollutants from coal- and oil-fired power plants. The justices on Tuesday said they would hear arguments from industry groups and states that are challenging Environmental Protection Agency rules designed to clean up chromium, arsenic, acid gases, nickel, cadmium as well as mercury and other dangerous toxins. The pollutants contribute to respiratory illnesses, birth defects and developmental problems in children. The federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., upheld the rules in April.

  • As OPEC faces tough test, lower oil prices loom

    Updated: Tue, Nov 25, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — These are the moments OPEC exists for: A sharp drop in global oil prices has reduced the amount of money OPEC countries take in by nearly $1 billion a day. The 12-member group's purpose is to coordinate how much oil is produced in order to keep prices high and stable and maximize member countries' revenue while making sure global demand for oil stays strong. A steep, coordinated cut in output could stop and possibly reverse what has been a 32 percent decline in prices over five months. But there is widespread doubt that OPEC will be able to do much of anything when it meets in Vienna later this week — doubt sent oil down another 2 percent Tuesday. Analysts think OPEC members won't agree to a cut or the cut

  • Conservationists sue over federal coal program

    Updated: Tue, Nov 25, 2014

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Conservation groups sued the government Tuesday to force officials to undertake their first broad review of the federal coal-leasing program in decades and consider how burning the fuel contributes to climate change. The lawsuit from Friends of the Earth and the Western Organization of Resource Councils is being paid for by the philanthropic foundation of Microsoft founder Paul Allen. It was filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. The plaintiffs in the case said there hasn't been a comprehensive review of the government's coal program since 1979. That was before climate-changing greenhouse gases produced by burning coal emerged as a significant public concern.

  • Syracuse mayor releases $1 billion wish list

    Updated: Tue, Nov 25, 2014

    SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — The mayor of Syracuse on Tuesday announced a $1 billion list of projects intended to address long-term infrastructure needs and vowed to aggressively lobby Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Legislature for state support. The list includes $725 million in new water mains to replace a water system that in many places is more than 100 years old. Another $125 million project would use lake water to cool buildings within Syracuse. Mayor Stephanie Miner calls the plan the "Syracuse Billion Agenda," a play on Gov. Andrew Cuomo's "Buffalo Billion" economic development initiative. "This is an opportunity to put a stake in the ground and say when you invest in infrastructure, you build a foundation for the future,

  • Space station's 3-D printer pops out 1st creation

    Updated: Tue, Nov 25, 2014

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The first 3-D printer in space has popped out its first creation. The 3-D printer delivered to the International Space Station two months ago made a sample part for itself this week. It churned out a faceplate for the print head casing. Space station commander Butch Wilmore removed the small plastic creation from the printer Tuesday for eventual return to Earth. About 20 objects will be printed in the next few weeks for analysis back home, NASA said. The space agency hopes to one day use 3-D printing to make parts for broken equipment in space. Made in Space, the Northern California company that supplied the space station's 3-D printer, called it "a transformative moment.