• Jackson Hole demonstrators rally against rate hike

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    JACKSON HOLE, Wyoming (AP) — Shadowing central bankers and economists at the annual Federal Reserve conference here, a group of about 10 demonstrators pressed Fed Chair Janet Yellen not to yield to pressure to raise interest rates. Carrying placards and green T-shirts embossed with the slogan "What recovery?" they said they'd come from New York, Missouri, Minnesota and elsewhere to draw attention to people left behind by the recovery and still unable to find work. One demonstrator approached Yellen to press his point as she prepared to enter the opening reception Thursday night. With security guards hovering nearby, the two shook hands and spoke for about a minute before Yellen entered the closed-door gathering.

  • US rig count down 17 to 1,896

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    HOUSTON (AP) — Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. fell 17 this week to 1,896. The Houston firm said Friday in its weekly report that 1,564 rigs were exploring for oil and 330 for gas. Two were listed as miscellaneous. A year ago there were 1,776 active rigs. Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Kansas gained two rigs while Arkansas, Louisiana, West Virginia and Wyoming each rose by one. Texas declined by 13 rigs, Alaska was off three, North Dakota was down two and California, Colorado, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania dropped one apiece. New Mexico, Ohio and Utah were unchanged. The U.S. rig count peaked at 4,530 in 1981 and bot

  • Oregon files lawsuit against Oracle Corp. over state's troubled health exchange website

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon files lawsuit against Oracle Corp. over state's troubled health exchange website.

  • Huckabee: 'Stop the fight' over Common Core

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Conservatives should "stop the fight" over Common Core and instead consider the benefits that the academic standards offer students in struggling schools, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said Friday. The position puts him at odds with a significant bloc of Republicans. Huckabee, who unsuccessfully sought the GOP presidential nomination in 2008 and is considering a 2016 run, acknowledged the standards have become politically unpopular. Tea party-styled conservatives brand the standards as big-government intrusion, while teacher unions oppose having their members graded on how well students learn the more rigorous skills. "Common Core has become toxic, I think it's radioactive," Huckabee said.

  • Southwest jet makes emergency landing in Dallas

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    DALLAS (AP) — A Southwest Airlines jet has made a safe emergency landing after blowing a tire during takeoff. Southwest spokesman Brad Hawkins said Friday that Flight 8 was bound for Austin but returned to Dallas Love Field after the tire blew. Hawkins says the captain of the Boeing 737 flew by the airport so Southwest personnel and air traffic controllers could check for any damage, then landed the plane. It was towed back to the gate. There were 125 passengers and five crew members aboard. Hawkins says they will be put on another plane Friday to fly to Austin.

  • 2.2 million bean bag chairs recalled after deaths

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — About 2.2 million bean bag chairs are being recalled after two children opened them, crawled inside and suffocated to death. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says the zippers on the chairs, which are made by Ace Bayou Corp., can open. A 13-year-old boy from McKinney, Texas, and a 3-year-old girl from Lexington, Kentucky, were found dead inside the chairs after suffocating from the lack of air and inhaling the chair's foam beads. The chairs were sold at Bon-Ton, Meijer, Pamida, School Specialty, Wayfair and Walmart stores and online at Amazon.com, Meijer.com and Walmart.com. They cost between $30 and $100 and were sold before July 2013.

  • Deere to lay off about 460 from Iowa tractor plant

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    MOLINE, Ill. (AP) — Agricultural equipment maker Deere is laying off about 460 employees indefinitely from an Iowa tractor factory as it continues to adjust to market demand. The Moline, Illinois, company said Friday that the latest round of layoffs will be effective October 20. Deere said last week that it would lay off more than 600 employees at four Midwest factories that make harvesting and other agricultural equipment due to slumping demand. The latest layoffs will happen at the company's Waterloo, Iowa, operations. Last week's announcement involved factories in East Moline and Moline, Illinois, as well as Ankeny, Iowa, and Coffeyville, Kansas.

  • Democrats reframe debate on health care

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's unpopular health care law is losing some of its political punch as vulnerable Democrats see it as less of an election-year minus and Republicans increasingly talk about fixing it instead of repealing. Two-term Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor, who is locked in one of the most competitive races in the country, says in an ad this week that he voted for a law that prevents insurers from canceling policies if someone gets sick, as he did 18 years ago when he was diagnosed with cancer. That prohibition on terminating policies in this fashion is one of the more popular elements of the 4-year-old law that Pryor never mentions by its official name — the Affordable Care Act.

  • Gadget Watch: Get ready for the thermal selfie

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Tired of the selfie? Get ready for the "thermie," or as I like to call it, the "hottie." That's when you take a picture of the heat emanating from your body, using an infrared camera that attaches to the back of your iPhone. It sounds unlikely, but it's coming. Apple stores started selling the $349 FLIR One this week. It puts thermal imaging within reach of people who probably have never considered it before, and it opens up a whole new way of looking at the world. Warm things show up bright on the iPhone screen, while cold things are dark. It's like everything glows with its own light. What's striking is that the camera is so sensitive. If two objects differ by one-fifth of a degree Fahrenheit (0.1 degree C

  • Ferguson fallout: A call for police 'body cams'

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — What if Michael Brown's last moments had been recorded? The fatal police shooting of the unarmed black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri, is prompting calls for more officers to wear so-called body cameras, simple, lapel-mounted gadgets that capture video footage of law enforcement's interactions with the public. Proponents say the devices add a new level of accountability to police work. "This is a technology that has a very real potential to serve as a check and balance on police power," says Jay Stanley, senior policy analyst at the American Civil Liberties Union. The case supporters make is simple: Cops and criminal suspects alike are less likely to misbehave if they know they're being recorded. An

  • Stocks little changed on Ukraine, Yellen speech

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are little changed at midday after a speech by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen left investors unsure on how the bank will proceed on interest rates. Investors were also monitoring another flare-up in tensions between Ukraine and Russia. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 25 points, or 0.2 percent, to 17,014 as of noon Eastern time Friday. The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell three points, or 0.1 percent, to 1,990. The Nasdaq composite index rose six points, or 0.1 percent, to 4,538. Aeropostale plunged 10 percent after forecasting a big loss in the current quarter. Gap rose 5 percent after reporting higher profit in the latest quarter. Bond prices were little changed. The yield

  • McDonald's names new US president again

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald's named a new president for its struggling U.S. division on Friday, marking the second change in the high-profile spot in less than two years. The world's biggest hamburger chain says it's bringing back a longtime McDonald's executive, Mike Andres, to fill the role effective Oct. 15. Andres replaces Jeff Stratton, who is retiring, and inherits some major challenges. Stratton, 58, took over in late 2012 and replaced Jan Fields. That shakeup was made shortly after McDonald's Corp. reported its first monthly sales drop in nearly a decade. Sales in the U.S. have remained weak ever since, with the company facing intensifying competition and changing eating habits. In the April-to-June quarter, the compan

  • Vegas' storied Sahara casino reborn, transformed

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Moroccan-themed Sahara casino that once hosted the Rat Pack and the Beatles is opening as the SLS Las Vegas after a complete transformation. The property will officially welcome the public at the stroke of midnight, after a party Friday night that includes rapper Iggy Azalea and a fireworks show. Owner SBE Entertainment Group spent $415 million gutting the casino, renovating it and stuffing it with trendy restaurants the company has been cultivating in Southern California. SLS Las Vegas is the first major resort to open on the Las Vegas Strip since 2010. It's expected to breathe new life into the north end of the boulevard, which is better known for empty lots and stalled casino projects.

  • Keurig strikes deal with Kraft on coffee brands

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Keurig Green Mountain says it struck a deal to make Kraft's branded coffees, such as Maxwell House and Gevalia, for its single-serve brewing systems in the U.S. The companies did not disclose financial terms of the deal. Keurig, based in Waterbury, Vermont, makes at-home brewing machines that let people make cups of coffee one serving at a time. The company is also working on a machine that would let people make cold, carbonated drinks at home, and has partnered with Coca-Cola to let people make various Coke drinks at home. Kraft had also announced a deal to distribute packaged McDonald's coffee to supermarkets and other retailers. That deal will mean people will also be able to make McCafe drinks with

  • Yellen says shifts in job market since Great Recession make Fed rate decisions more difficult

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Yellen says shifts in job market since Great Recession make Fed rate decisions more difficult.

  • Dynegy to spend $6.25B on power plant acquisitions

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    Dynegy plans to spend more than $6 billion to buy several coal and gas power generation plants from Duke Energy and Energy Capital Partners. Shares of the Houston power producer soared Friday before markets opened and after it announced the deals. The company plans to spend $2.8 billion on Duke's retail business and ownership interest in several plants and $3.45 billion for assets of Energy Capital Partners, or ECP. The deal will add about 12,500 megawatts of coal and gas generation and expand Dynegy's retail business into Ohio, Pennsylvania and Michigan. Dynegy said that the deals will boost its presence in the Midwest and New England, including three new markets: Ohio, Pennsylvania and Michigan.

  • Ukraine jitters send US stocks slightly lower

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are little edging lower in early trading amid concerns of an escalation in the Ukrainian crisis after a Russian aid convoy entered the country. Investors are also looking ahead to a meeting of central bankers for clues about when the U.S. Federal Reserve might start raising interest rates. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 20 points, or 0.1 percent, to 17,018 as of 9:37 a.m. Eastern time Friday. The Standard & Poor's 500 fell three points, or 0.1 percent, to 1,989. The index closed at a record high the day before. The Nasdaq composite fell five points, or 0.1 percent, to 4,527. Gap rose 3 percent after reporting higher profit in the latest quarter. Bond prices rose. The yie

  • American Air will charge for solo kids up to 14

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — American Airlines says it will extend its fee for unaccompanied minors to charge $150 extra each way for children between 5 and 14. The change starts Sept. 3. Currently, American charges a fee on top of the regular fare for unaccompanied minors between 5 and 11. The airline announced the change Thursday in an employee publication. American says extending the fee to more youths will ensure the safest possible travel for them and match the policy at US Airways. The two merged in December to form American Airlines Group Inc. United Airlines charges $150 each way for minors 5 to 11; Delta charges $100 each way for those 5 to 14; at Southwest it's $50 each way for kids 5 to 11.

  • Yellen speech awaited for any hint on rate timing

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Two days after the Federal Reserve revealed an intensifying internal debate over interest rates, Chair Janet Yellen will address the annual Fed conference in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, with investors seeking any clear hints of when it will start raising rates. The subject of Yellen's remarks Friday will be labor markets, which is the theme of this year's gathering of central bankers. Minutes of the Fed's July 29-30 meeting released Wednesday showed that officials engaged in a sharp debate over whether to raise rates sooner than expected if the economy keeps strengthening.

  • Public meeting on fracking to be held in Sanford

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    SANFORD, N.C. (AP) — Residents in Sanford will get a chance to voice their opinions on hydraulic fracturing drilling at a public meeting that is the second of four such gatherings planned by the state Mining and Energy Commission. The hearing will be held Friday evening. It follows one held Wednesday in Raleigh that nearly 400 people attended. Fracking opponents will hold a news conference before the hearing begins Friday in Sanford in Lee County, one of the places where scientists believe pockets of natural gas exist in layers of shale. Gov.