• John Seigenthaler, Tennessee journalist, dies

    Updated: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — John Seigenthaler, the journalist who edited The Tennessean newspaper, helped shape USA Today and worked for civil rights during the John F. Kennedy administration, died Friday at his Nashville home at age 86, his son said. In his wide-ranging career, Seigenthaler also served on Robert Kennedy's presidential campaign and founded the First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. A statement from his son, broadcast journalist John Seigenthaler Jr., said his father died "peacefully at home," where he was recovering after a recent medical treatment. "We celebrate his life — his devotion to social justice, his advocacy of human rights, and his enduring loyalty to friends and family

  • Bus carrying Chinese tourists crashes in Wyoming

    Updated: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — A bus carrying Chinese tourists flipped on its side on a busy highway in Grand Teton National Park, and eight of the people on board remained hospitalized Friday, officials said. The other 19 people on the bus were taken to a hospital and released after the crash Thursday afternoon, authorities said. Two of the victims were airlifted to a medical center in Idaho Falls, Idaho, and were listed in fair condition Friday, a hospital spokesman said. Six were admitted to hospital in Jackson, Wyoming. They were in good or fair condition, a spokeswoman said. Park spokeswoman Jackie Skaggs said most of the passengers were from China. She didn't know what other countries the passengers migh

  • Amazon asks FAA for permission to fly drones

    Updated: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is asking the Federal Aviation Administration permission to use drones as part of its plan to deliver packages to customers in 30 minutes or less. The news sent shares of the nation's largest e-commerce company up nearly 6 percent on Friday. The online retailer created a media frenzy in December when it outlined a plan on CBS' "60 Minutes" to deliver packages with self-guided aircrafts that seemed straight out of science fiction. In a letter to the FAA dated Wednesday, Amazon said it is developing aerial vehicles as part of Amazon Prime Air. The aircraft can travel over 50 miles per hour and carry loads of up to 5 pounds. About 86 percent of Amazon's deliveries are 5 pounds or less, the company

  • Bill Cosby voices support for pipeline protesters

    Updated: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    BOSTON (AP) — Comedian Bill Cosby and his wife Camille are supporting protesters marching across Massachusetts in opposition to Kinder Morgan's proposed natural gas pipeline. The couple, who own hundreds of acres of protected land in Shelburne Falls, about 100 miles west of Boston, have been opposed to the pipeline since the company notified them last winter of plans to survey their land. Through a spokesman, the couple said it was "astounding" that New England's six governors support the proposal, which they said shows "disrespect for humans, flora and fauna." Supporters of the $3.75 billion Northeast Pipeline Extension Project say it will provide clean-burning natural gas to the Northeast U.S.

  • Biden calls on governors to lead nation

    Updated: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden on Friday condemned the political gridlock crippling Washington, calling on Republican and Democratic governors alike to lead the nation "out of this mess" while insisting that Congress approve billions of dollars to repair the country's aging infrastructure. "The way things have gotten today, and I'm not singling out any party or any group of people — the politics, the culture in Washington, it's become too personal, it's too corrosive," Biden said during a meeting of the National Governors Association. "I think you've got to lead us out of this mess we're in.

  • Lorillard and Fastenal are big market movers

    Updated: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Friday on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market: NYSE MGIC Investment Corp. (MTG), down 88 cents to $8.36 The mortgage-insurer said its available assets would be less than the minimum requirements under newly proposed federal rules. Lorillard Inc. (LO), up $2.92 to $66.01 The tobacco company and its competitor Reynolds American Inc. confirmed that they are in talks and considering a merger. Nordion Inc. (NDZ), up 50 cents to $12.95 The health science technology company said that the Federal Trade Commission will not challenge a proposed buyout of Sterigenics. ChannelAdvisor Corp. (ECOM), up $1.06 to $24.

  • US appeals granting of new trial to ex-BP engineer

    Updated: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Federal prosecutors are appealing a judge's decision to grant a new trial to a former BP engineer convicted of obstructing justice in an investigation of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The notice of appeal in the case of Kurt Mix was filed Friday in U.S. District Court, where Mix was tried, and at the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Prosecutors accused Mix of deliberately deleting text messages to and from a supervisor and a BP contractor about the amount of oil flowing from BP's Macondo well after the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion. In June, U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval threw out Mix's December 2013 conviction and granted him a new trial.

  • Appeals court upholds EPA's mining restraints

    Updated: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court on Friday upheld the Obama administration's environmental protections designed to reduce water pollution from mountaintop-removal coal mining. In a 3-0 decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said the Environmental Protection Agency acted within its authority when it instituted two measures under the Clean Water Act that address damage from surface mining. Under a process set up in 2009, EPA began screening mining permit applications made to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, initiating discussions with the Corps on proposed mining projects that EPA considered likely to damage navigable waters. In 2011, the EPA recommended that states impose mor

  • Morrison named AP's head of US video production

    Updated: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Associated Press has named Vaughn Morrison as its new head of US video production. Morrison, who will be based in Washington, will focus on domestic video output for Associated Press Television News, AP Video-US and online. Morrison spent a decade at CNN in Atlanta as a network supervising producer and also as a supervising broadcast producer for CNN & Time. He then joined Fox Cable Networks as news director for Fox Sports Net South before becoming vice president of programming and production for TV Guide on Demand. There, he built and managed the first multiplatform broadband, mobile and video on demand network made up entirely of original production.

  • White House: 2014 deficit to drop $100B

    Updated: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The government's budget deficit will drop to $583 billion this year, the lowest level of President Barack Obama's tenure, the White House said Friday. Last year's deficit was $680 billion. The latest update from the White House budget office is also $66 billion less than the administration predicted earlier this year when releasing the president's budget. Obama presided over trillion-dollar-plus deficits during his first term as the economy struggled to recover from a deep recession and financial crisis. Attempts to strike deals on spending cuts and revenue increases with GOP leaders such as House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio have failed, though Obama was successful in muscling through a tax increase on we

  • NHTSA probes 500K Ford cars for steering issues

    Updated: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it is investigating steering problems in about 500,000 Ford cars. The investigation covers 2004 to 2007 Crown Victoria, Grand Marquis and Marauder models. NHTSA says a heat shield in the car can rust, dislodge and cause the steering shaft to jam. It has received five complaints about the issue and knows of one injury. In that case, the steering froze as a driver entered a highway entrance ramp, causing the car to roll over and cause injuries. Ford Motor Co. says it will cooperate with the NHTSA on the investigation. Ford shares rose 17 cents to close at $17.47 Friday. They have risen more than 11 percent in the past three months.

  • Stocks finish slightly higher

    Updated: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. stock market is ending slightly higher as investors assess corporate earnings. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 28 points, or 0.2 percent, to finish at 16,943 Friday. The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose two points, or 0.2 percent, to 1,967. The Nasdaq composite rose 19 points, or 0.4 percent, to 4,415. Fastenal, which makes industrial fasteners, fell 4 percent after reporting revenue that fell short of analysts' estimates. The S&P 500 index had its biggest weekly loss since April after closing out the previous week at a record high. It ended down 0.9 percent. Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 2.52 percent.

  • USDA lowers corn harvest estimate, raises soybeans

    Updated: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Rain that has washed out portions of fields in several corn-growing states prompted the government to lower its estimate of this year's corn crop size, but soybean fields may actually produce more than earlier expected, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Friday. June was uncommonly wet in portions of Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Tennessee, with areas of those states reporting more than 12 inches of precipitation for the month. Iowa, for example, had in June the fourth-wettest month in 141 years of records. Early June also delivered high winds, hail damage and flooding to some areas of the corn-growing states.

  • Report drives soybean prices near 4-year low

    Updated: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    Soybean contracts sank to their lowest price in almost four years after a government report bolstered expectations for ample supplies. In a report out Friday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that this season's soybean harvest could reach a record 3.8 billion bushels, which is 165 million bushels higher than its estimate last month. Soybeans sank 18 cents, or 1.6 percent, to $10.75 a bushel. That's the lowest settlement price for soybeans since October 2010, according to the data provider FactSet. The USDA's report also projected big harvests and stockpiles of corn and wheat. Corn slipped 8 cents, or 2 percent, to $3.85 a bushel, while wheat lost 23 cents, or 4.1 percent, to $5.26 a bushel.

  • Md. recommends tight restrictions on gas drilling

    Updated: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — State regulators on Friday recommended some of the nation's tightest restrictions on shale gas drilling, aimed partly at protecting drinking water from being contaminated by methane leaking from drill sites in western Maryland. The "best practices" recommended by the departments of the environment and natural resources include a general, 2,000-foot buffer between hydraulic-fracturing drill rigs and private water wells. That's twice the distance Maryland currently requires between gas wells and private water wells, and a bigger setback than any other state mandates, said Brigid Kenney, a senior policy adviser with the Department of the Environment.

  • World Cup online: Brazil's shock shatters records

    Updated: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — As the World Cup neared its end this week, Twitter had a field day with Brazil's humiliating 7-1 loss to Germany in the semifinals, which became the most-discussed sports game in the social network's history. While Germany barreled down on a stunned Brazilian team to score five goals in the match's first half, quips such as #ThingMoreLikelyThanBrazilWinningTheWorldCup and #TeamsBetterThanBrazil became top trending topics on Twitter. Teams better than Brazil, naturally, produced lots of photos of children's soccer teams, and at least one of a team of puppies. Here's a look at how the World Cup fared online this week: — "RED WEDDING" With Neymar nursing a back injury, Brazil was already down its

  • Second federal judge wants info on lost IRS emails

    Updated: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A second federal judge has ordered the IRS to provide information about lost emails from a central figure in the agency's tea party controversy. U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton said Friday he wants to know whatever became of Lois Lerner's computer hard drive. IRS officials say Lerner's computer crashed in 2011, destroying an untold number of emails. At the time, Lerner headed the IRS division that processes applications for tax-exempt status. She has since retired. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen has told Congress that Lerner's hard drive was recycled and presumably destroyed. If that's the case, Walton said he wants a sworn affidavit saying so by the end of next week.

  • Corporate eye on expansion could benefit funds

    Updated: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — After years of funneling cash to investors, companies may be looking to spend more on themselves. Mutual fund managers are cheering, even if those dollars could have gone directly to them through dividends and stock buybacks. That's because increased corporate spending on new factories, equipment and computers could help push the economy into its next, more sustainable stage of growth. In the short term, it means companies that play a role in building the new factories or selling the new equipment would benefit from increased revenue. In the long term, it means that companies are investing in ways to drive future sales growth. Both would benefit the entire market. Consider Linda Bakhshian, one of the manager

  • CAMPAIGN WATCH: This week in the race to November

    Updated: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — This week, candidates have been busy introducing legislation and laying out their campaign platforms. Here's a look at the week's most interesting and important developments in Montana's election campaigns: BILLIONS FOR COAL: Democratic U.S. Sen. John Walsh, who is trying to keep the seat he was appointed to earlier this year, gave a lukewarm reception to President Barack Obama's plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants. Now he wants the federal government to spend at least $10 billion over the next decade on new coal technologies. Walsh says climate change is man-made and must be addressed, but in a way that preserves Montana's coal industry.

  • Recalls this week: power adaptors, knives

    Updated: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    More than 30,000 power adaptors for cellphones have been recalled because they can overheat and pose a burn hazard. Other recalled items include charging kits that pose a fire hazard. Here's a more detailed look: POWER ADAPTOR/CHARGER DETAILS: Adaptor/chargers used to charge cellphones and other electronic products and have model number ADCP3-1000 imprinted on the plug side. Recalled chargers come in five colors: black, blue, green, red and white. The recalled adaptors/chargers were distributed free as a promotional giveaway at trade shows nationwide from October 2013 to April 2014. WHY: The adaptors can overheat, posing a burn hazard. INCIDENTS: One report of a consumer who was burned on the hand. HOW