• For Memorial Day, new stamps showing Service Cross Medals


    NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service is marking Memorial Day by issuing new stamps showing the Service Cross Medals. They are among the nation's highest military honors. The Postal Service dedicated the stamps at a ceremony Monday at the World Stamp Show-NY. The once-a-decade stamp show is happening in New York City. Officially titled "Honoring Extraordinary Heroism: The Service Cross Medals," the new stamps show the four different decorations. They are the Distinguished Service Cross awarded to members of the Army, the Navy Cross, the Air Force Cross and the Coast Guard Cross. They are awarded for extraordinary heroism. The nation's highest military decoration is the Medal of Honor.

  • 4-H program aims to grow next generation of ag scientists

    4-H program aims to grow next generation of ag...


    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — One team is developing GPS ear tags so cattle farmers can track herds from afar. Another thinks drones can protect livestock from predators. Yet another is developing a rechargeable portable warmer to prevent vaccines from freezing when dairy producers inoculate their herds in the winter. These aren't corporate or university researchers, but teenagers in Minnesota's 4-H Science of Agriculture Challenge, which aims to nurture the next generation of agricultural scientists for a country facing a critical shortage. A study last year by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Purdue University found that nearly 60,000 high-skilled agriculture-related jobs open up annually, but there are only about 35,000 college

  • North Dakota ballot measure pits family vs. corporate farms


    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota voters will decide next month whether to uphold the 2015 Legislature's move to loosen the state's nearly century-old ban on corporate farming. Lawmakers decided to allow non-family corporations to own hog and dairy operations. Supporters say the exemption is needed to save the two dying industries by giving them more access to capital and opportunities to expand. They point out that the ban on corporate farming has not stemmed a steady loss of family farms through the years. Opponents say family farming has served North Dakota well, and there's no reason to change. They worry about opening the barn door to large, out-of-state corporations that might be less environmentally responsibl

  • Barge traffic makes a resurgence on the Missouri River


    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Barge traffic is making a slow but steady comeback on the Missouri River, although proponents acknowledge the industry is still swimming upstream against a perception that the river is not reliable enough to be a profitable transportation corridor. Some private barge and tow companies never stopped using the river. But public ports along the 760-mile span from Sioux City, Iowa, to St. Louis virtually disappeared by the early 2000s due to a combination of drought, recession and political infighting. Improved conditions allowed Port KC to reopen the first public port on the Missouri River since 2007 and a public port about an hour north in St. Joseph is undergoing renovations.

  • Uncharted waters: Restoring deep Gulf fouled by BP spill

    Uncharted waters: Restoring deep Gulf fouled by...


    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Far offshore and a mile deep in the dark world below the Gulf of Mexico's gleaming surface, the catastrophic BP oil spill of 2010 did untold damage on the ocean floor. But scientists are unsure they can do much to heal places in the deep that were hurt the most as they undertake what's being called the largest ecosystem restoration effort ever. "We're trying to do something that we've never done before," said Erik Cordes, a Temple University coral expert who's studied the corals damaged by the spill and worked on the government's restoration plans. "We are in uncharted waters here." The continental shelf drops sharply, about 25 miles off the Louisiana coast. A mile below, there's a world of inky cold blac

  • EU negotiators seek leaders' backing for US trade talks


    BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union negotiators who have been locked in protracted talks over free trade with the United States are asking the EU's 28 leaders to publicly back them. The European Commission and Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstroem have been under intense pressure from protesters in many member states, especially Germany and France, to not cave in to free-market demands from Washington. They will ask the leaders to issue a public statement backing the talks when they meet June 28-29. EU spokesman Daniel Rosario said Monday that "we have to make sure that we are all rowing in the same direction.

  • French unions plan strikes to disrupt trains, ports, flights


    PARIS (AP) — Travelers beware: French labor unions plan a string of strikes in the coming days that will target trains, the Paris subway system, ports and possibly airports. Unions are tapping months of public anger over a labor bill that would make it easier for employers to fire workers and lengthen the working week. They're hoping the timing of the walkouts, which start with train service Tuesday, will increase pressure on the government to withdraw the bill: They're happening just as France prepares to host the month-long Euro 2016 European soccer championship, which begins June 10 and is expected to draw 2.5 million people to stadiums around the country.

  • Asian stocks rise after Wall Street gains

    Asian stocks rise after Wall Street gains

    Updated: Sun, May 29, 2016

    BEIJING (AP) — Asian stocks rose Monday following Wall Street's gains as investors looked ahead to economic data this week from China, Australia and Korea. KEEPING SCORE: Tokyo's Nikkei 225 rose 0.9 percent to 16,985.20 and the Shanghai Composite Index gained 0.2 percent to 2,825.79. Hong Kong's Hang Seng added 0.4 percent to 20,668.57 and benchmarks in New Zealand, the Philippines and Indonesia also advanced. Sydney's S&P ASX 200 was unchanged at 5,402.80 and Seoul's Kospi held steady at 1,967.39. WALL STREET: Stocks recorded their strongest week in almost three months. Banks gained after Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen said the central bank intends to keep raising interest rates provided the economy improves.

  • The Latest: Woman found dead in Hill Country after flood

    The Latest: Woman found dead in Hill Country...

    Updated: Sun, May 29, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on severe weather and flooding around the U.S. (all times local): 4:20 p.m. Flash flooding in the Texas Hill Country has left at least one person dead and widespread damage in at least one town. Kendall County sheriff's Cpl. Reid Daly says Cypress Creek had flooded a street in the town of Comfort, about 45 miles north of San Antonio, when a car containing three people was swept from the street about 1:30 a.m. Sunday. The driver made it to shore, and a female passenger was rescued from a tree. But Daly says 23-year-old Florida Molima was missing until her body was found around 11 a.m. Sunday about 8 miles downstream. She becomes the sixth flood-related death in Texas this Memorial Day we

  • Lake Superior State celebrating 30 years of salmon releases

    Updated: Sun, May 29, 2016

    SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) — The Aquatic Research Laboratory at Lake Superior State University is celebrating three decades of raising and releasing Atlantic salmon in the St. Marys River. A 30th anniversary program is scheduled for Friday at the Cloverland Electric Cooperative power plant and Alford Park in Sault Ste. Marie. It will include the release of this year's group of nearly 37,000 salmon yearlings. All have been identified with a right pelvic fin clip. Lab officials say they hope to hear from anglers who catch the salmon so they can continue documenting where the fish show up in the upper Great Lakes and beyond.

  • Depp's 'Alice' bombs, 'X-Men: Apocalypse' on top with $65M

    Depp\'s \'Alice\' bombs, \'X-Men: Apocalypse\' on...

    Updated: Sun, May 29, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) — Johnny Depp's "Alice Through the Looking Glass" bombed over the Memorial Day weekend with just $28.1 million through Sunday in North American theaters, while "X-Men: Apocalypse" debuted on top with an estimated $65 million. The anticipated showdown of the two big-budget films turned out to be little contest for 20th Century Fox's latest "X-Men" installment. Both films were lambasted by critics, and neither drew the audience many expected over the holiday weekend. Disney's "Alice Through the Looking Glass" had more than bad reviews to deal with. On Friday, as the film was hitting theaters, Amber Heard, Depp's wife, was granted a restraining order after alleging the actor previously assaulted her.

  • Students seeking sugar daddies for tuition, rent

    Students seeking sugar daddies for tuition, rent

    Updated: Sun, May 29, 2016

    Candice Kashani graduated from law school debt-free this spring, thanks to a modern twist on an age-old arrangement. During her first year, she faced tuition and expenses that ran nearly $50,000, even after a scholarship. So she decided to check out a dating website that connected women looking for financial help with men willing to provide it, in exchange for companionship and sex — a "sugar daddy" relationship as they are known. Now, almost three years and several sugar daddies later, Kashani is set to graduate from Villanova University free and clear, while some of her peers are burdened with six-digit debts. As the cost of tuition and rent rises, so does the apparent popularity of such sites among students.

  • AAA: Md. drivers paying $2.32 per gallon

    Updated: Sun, May 29, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Motorists in Maryland are paying 5 cents more at the pump when compared with a week ago. AAA Mid-Atlantic said Friday in a report that the average price of a gallon of regular unleaded gas in Maryland was $2.32, up from $2.27 a week ago. The price of gas in the state is the same as the national average. The average price of a gallon of regular unleaded gas in cities around the state includes $2.31 in Baltimore, $2.39 in Cumberland, $2.34 in Hagerstown and $2.20 in Salisbury. Motorists in the state are paying 38 cents less per gallon than at this time last year when the average price of a gallon of regular gas was $2.70 per gallon.

  • Judge orders release of documents in Trump University suit

    Updated: Sun, May 29, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge is ordering the release of Trump University internal documents in a class-action lawsuit against the now-defunct real estate school owned by presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. The order by U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel in San Diego, which came Friday in response to a request by The Washington Post, calls for the documents to be released by Thursday. The Post reported the order in a story on its website Saturday. Trump University has been cited in anti-Trump political ads during the primary campaign as evidence that Trump doesn't fulfill his promises.

  • Futures File: Traders send oil prices higher as they wait for OPEC to meet

    Futures File: Traders send oil prices higher as...

    Published: Sun, May 29, 2016

    Walt and Alex Breitinger: Crude oil prices have nearly doubled since falling near $26 in February, rising as global oil production has slowed, especially due to output shortfalls in Canada, Libya, and Nigeria.

  • Taking Stock: When 'the greatest thing since sliced bread' is recommended, buy the stock

    Published: Sun, May 29, 2016

    Malcolm Berko: In the past 15 years, there have been at least 13 increases in Flowers Foods revenues, earnings and dividends. And those are bragging rights.

  • Militants blow up Shell, Agip pipelines in Nigeria

    Updated: Sat, May 28, 2016

    WARRI, Nigeria (AP) — Militants blew up strategic gas and crude pipelines belonging to Shell and Agip on Saturday in an increasingly fierce campaign that has chopped Nigeria's oil production in half, militants and residents said. A new militant group, calling itself the Niger Delta Avengers, reported in social media that they had dynamited the trunkline linking the Dutch-British Shell company's Bonny terminal and the Brass export terminal of the Italian company Agip. A local community leader Eke-Spiff Erempagamo confirmed the attack. Nigeria's oil production had already fallen from a projected 2.2 million barrels a day to 1.4 million barrels before the latest attacks on the oil industry in southern Nigeria, including three

  • New York City's storied Four Seasons restaurant relocating

    Updated: Sat, May 28, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) — A restaurant considered by many to be New York City's original power lunch spot has found a new location. The Four Seasons has been a favorite of celebrities and business titans since it opened in the landmark Seagram Building in 1959. It is scheduled to close in July. The building's owner said last year he was not renewing the lease. Restaurant owners Alex von Bidder and Julian Niccolini said Saturday they are relocating the restaurant to 280 Park Ave., an office tower on Manhattan's East Side. An 18-month renovation of the space will begin next week. The space in the Seagram will be leased to a team that's opened several trendy downtown eateries. The restaurant is hosting a series of events in

  • French fuel shortages improve as hints of compromise emerge

    French fuel shortages improve as hints of...

    Updated: Sat, May 28, 2016

    PARIS (AP) — France's nationwide fuel shortages — the consequence of a bare-knuckle dispute over labor reforms which have pit militant unions against the government — are easing amid signs that both sides may be seeking a compromise. Fuel shortages that have led to long lines at the pump are dissipating, the country's junior transport minister, Alain Vidalies, told journalists Saturday, although he warned that the crisis wasn't over and unions, including the far left CGT, have promised even more dramatic action next week. Some union-watchers say both sides have dropped hints that they're looking for a way out of the confrontation.

  • As in 'Celebrity Apprentice,' Trump fosters rivalries

    As in \'Celebrity Apprentice,\' Trump fosters...

    Updated: Sat, May 28, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) — When Donald Trump acquired a pair of Atlantic City casinos in the mid-1980s, he pitted his managers against each other in a ferocious competition over everything from booking entertainers to attracting high-rolling gamblers. That one of those managers was his wife, Ivana Trump, didn't earn her any slack. "His tactic there, as our success surpassed the Castle's in 1987, was to shove the Plaza's performance in Ivana's face, like a mirror, holding it up for her to see the reflection of a less than successful manager," John O'Donnell, Ivana Trump's rival in the casino wars, wrote in a 1991 book.