• Turkish Cypriots halt gas search for peace talks restart

    Updated: 3 min ago

    NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Breakaway Turkish Cypriots say they have halted their own search for gas off the east Mediterranean island's coast in the latest sign that suspended reunification talks could restart soon. Ozdil Nami, Turkish Cypriot foreign minister, told The Associated Press Monday that a Turkish vessel that has been searching for gas the last few months will be sent back to Turkey. Nami also said that a gas search notice to shipping traffic won't be renewed "if the Greek Cypriot side does not either." Cyprus was divided in 1974 when Turkey invaded after a coup aimed at union with Greece.

  • US consumer spending edges up 0.1 percent in February

    Updated: 18 min ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumers spent just slightly more in February even though their income rose by a healthy amount. But economists hope bigger paychecks will give spending a bigger boost in the coming months. Consumer spending edged up a tiny 0.1 percent following declines of 0.2 percent in both January and December, the Commerce Department reported Monday. The result reflected a 0.4 percent increase in nondurable goods such as food and energy coupled with a 0.1 percent fall in durable goods such as automobiles. Income grew a solid 0.4 percent in February, matching January's rise. With income growing faster than spending, the saving rate jumped to 5.8 percent of after-tax income — the highest level since December 201

  • Delaware drivers see gas prices fall to $2.25

    Updated: 38 min ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Motorists in Delaware are paying 3 cents less at the pump when compared with a week ago. AAA Mid-Atlantic said Sunday in a weekly report that the average price of a gallon of regular unleaded gas in Delaware was $2.25. That's compared to $2.28 a week ago. Motorists in the region are paying $1.25 less per gallon than a year ago. At this time last year Delaware drivers were paying $3.50 per gallon. The price of gas in the state is 17 cents below the national average of $2.42 per gallon.

  • US, UK: Signs of political interference in Nigerian election

    Updated: 57 min ago

    ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — The United States and Britain say there are signs that the final count for Nigeria's presidential election is being subverted by "deliberate political interference." A joint statement says the countries would be "very concerned" by any attempts to undermine the independence of the electoral commission and distort the will of the Nigerian people. It comes as the start of the collation of votes was delayed without explanation from a scheduled noon (1100 GMT) start on Monday.

  • Focus shifts to cause of NYC explosion after 2 bodies found

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — With the recovery of two bodies, focus has shifted to what caused the explosion and fire that leveled three Manhattan apartment buildings. Mayor Bill de Blasio says someone may have improperly tapped a gas line before the explosion. Consolidated Edison said workers discovered in August that a line had been illegally tapped. Twenty-two people were injured in the explosion, four critically. Authorities say they believe the two dead, found Sunday, were the two missing men they had been searching for since Thursday's explosion. Twenty-six-year-old Moises Lucon worked at a restaurant in one building and 23-year-old Nicholas Figueroa was a bowling alley worker who had been there on a date.

  • AAA Michigan: Gas prices fall 7 cents in past week to $2.41

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — AAA Michigan reports statewide gas prices have decreased by about 7 cents a gallon within the past week. The auto club says the average price per gallon of self-serve regular unleaded gasoline was about $2.41 on Sunday. That's about $1.21 less than it was a year ago. Dearborn-based AAA Michigan surveys daily fuel costs at 2,800 Michigan gas stations. It says the cheapest price was about $2.33 a gallon in the Saginaw, Bay City and Midland areas, while the highest price was about $2.46 a gallon in the Jackson area.

  • Run from Cuba, Americans cling to claims for seized property

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The smell of Cuban coffee drifts from the kitchen as Carolyn Chester digs through photos, faded with age, that fill four boxes spread across the dining table. Friends linked arm-in-arm on the sands of a Cuban beach. Men in suits and women in evening gowns at a Havana nightclub. And in almost every frame, a dapper American man with a salt-and-pepper mustache and a raven-haired woman with the arched eyebrows of a 1950s movie star — Chester's father and mother — smiling at the good fortune that, they could not know, would soon be snatched away. "That life is gone," Chester says. "I always heard about Cuba ... and all this money that we lost and 'Maybe one day,' but I didn't understand i

  • Officials: Iran nuke talks solving some issues, not others

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Iran is considering demands for further cuts to its uranium enrichment program but is pushing back on how long it must limit technology it could use to make atomic arms, Western officials involved in the nuclear talks said Sunday. Iran's potential movement on enrichment reflected the intense pressure to close a deal. But substantial differences between the sides may prove too difficult to bridge before Tuesday's deadline for a preliminary agreement, which is meant to set the stage for a further round of negotiations toward a comprehensive deal in June. The goal is a long-term curb on Iran's nuclear activities. In return, Tehran would gain relief from the burden of global economic penalties.

  • Official: 2 found dead in rubble believed to be missing men

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Two bodies were found Sunday amid rubble from the Manhattan apartment building collapse three days earlier and authorities said everyone was accounted for since the apparent gas explosion that caused a massive fire and altogether leveled three buildings and damaged a fourth. Authorities had been looking for signs of two missing men since Thursday's explosion, in which 22 people were injured, including four critically. Officials suspect someone may have improperly tapped a gas line serving one of the buildings.

  • 10 Things to Know for Monday

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Monday: 1. ARAB SUMMIT ENDS WITH VOW TO DEFEAT SHIITE REBELS IN YEMEN Arab leaders also plan to form a joint intervention force, setting the stage for a clash between U.S.-allied Arab states and Iran, accused of backing Houthi rebels in Yemen. 2. WHAT NSA CONSIDERED ABANDONING PRIOR TO SNOWDEN LEAK The National Security Agency discussed ending its secret program to collect and store American phone records before Edward Snowden revealed the practice, The Associated Press learns. 3.

  • Obama golfs with big money, oil moguls in Florida

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    PALM CITY, Fla. (AP) — President Barack Obama is teeing off in Florida with a trio of oil and private equity moguls. The president is spending the weekend in Palm City in eastern Florida, at the private Floridian National Golf Club. Obama was joined for his round of golf Sunday by Jim Crane, who owns the Floridian. Crane is a major Democratic donor who also owns the Houston Astros and golfed with Obama and Tiger Woods in 2013. He's also a major player in the Texas energy industry. Also in Obama's foursome is Milton Carroll. He's on the board of directors of Halliburton, the oil company closely associated with former Republican Vice President Dick Cheney. Private equity investor Glenn Hutchins rounds out the pres

  • Israel installs solar panels at parliament to save energy

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel has installed solar panels on the roof of its parliament building, creating what it calls the largest solar field of any national assembly in the world. The office of the parliament speaker says energy generated from some 1,500 solar panels will provide 10 percent of the electricity used at the Knesset, Israel's parliament. The Knesset is also advancing other energy-saving projects, like installing energy-saving lights, automatically shutting down lawmakers' computers at the end of each workday, and using air conditioning systems to help irrigate the gardens surrounding the building. The statement says the measures will reduce the Knesset's energy use by a third. Scientists will also cond

  • Northeast, despite highest gas costs, resists more pipelines

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Most people agree the Northeast must expand its energy supply to trim the nation's highest costs and natural gas could be at least a short-term answer. Still, there is loud opposition to building or expanding pipelines here. Last year, a Massachusetts route selected by Texas-based Kinder Morgan generated so much venom that the company moved it to New Hampshire — where it's also generating plenty of venom. That line is one of about 20 pipeline projects being proposed throughout the Northeast, where savvy environmental and political forces combine with population density to provide formidable opposition. The lines are in a region looking to tap the gas-rich Marcellus Shale formation.

  • Who pays for solar power? Utilities, energy firms disagree


    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — One of the more recurring disagreements before the legislature's Energy Committee at a recent meeting centered on whether residents with solar panels are really paying for all they get from the power grid. It is called cost shifting, a phrase that echoed through the hearing room in the Legislative Office Building during conversations on bills that would expand residential solar and enable shared solar facilities in Connecticut.

  • Oklahoma utility OG&E faces multiple challenges in approval of $1 billion plan for environmental compliance and replacement generation

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    Testimony in a hearing on OG&E’s $1 billion plan at the Oklahoma Corporation Commission is on a break until April 7. The utility has faced numerous questions from 13 intervening parties in the case about how it came up with its plan and how ratepayers will be affected.

  • OG&E environmental and generation upgrades

    Published: Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    OG&E environmental and generation upgrades A Who’s Who OG&E’s $1 billion environmental compliance and replacement generation case has attracted 13 intervening parties. Here’s a look at who’s involved in the case at the Oklahoma Corporation Commission: OG&E Filed the $1 billion application looking for the commission to grant it cost recovery from ratepayers for environmental compliance and replacement generation. Number of witnesses: 8 Sierra Club A frequent intervenor in utility cases in Oklahoma. Wants OG&E to stop burning coal and use more renewable energy. Number of witnesses: 4 Oklahoma Industrial Energy Consumers Represents large industrial

  • Eagle & Beagle for Sunday, March 29, 2015

    By Don Mecoy, Business Editor | Published: Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    Don Mecoy: Eagle & Beagle is a weekly look at Oklahoma companies' high-performing (eagle) and low-performing (beagle) stocks.

  • Painstaking search continues after NYC blast, but hope dims

    Updated: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Searching with hands and dogs through scoops of rubble from three apartment buildings leveled in an apparent gas explosion, emergency workers painstakingly looked for signs of two missing people Saturday, though authorities acknowledged the chances were slim. Meanwhile, investigators worked to piece together exactly what caused the blast Thursday that injured 22 people in Manhattan's East Village. More than seven months earlier, utility workers discovered that the gas line to a restaurant in one of the destroyed buildings had been tapped, creating a "hazardous situation," according to Consolidated Edison. On Aug. 6, a meter reader at the restaurant detected the smell of gas and reported it, utility spokesman

  • Boko Haram kills 41, prevents hundreds voting in Nigeria

    Updated: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Boko Haram extremists killed 41 people, including a legislator, and scared hundreds of people from polling stations in the northeast, but millions voted across Nigeria Saturday in the most closely contested presidential race in the nation's history. In electoral violence elsewhere, three people including a soldier were shot and killed in political thuggery in southern Rivers state, and two car bombs exploded at polling stations in the southeast but no one was injured, according to police. All the Boko Haram attacks took place in northeastern Nigeria, where the military Friday announced it had cleared the Islamic extremists from all major centers, including the headquarters of their so-called Islamic ca

  • Duke Energy CEO loses $600K in pay over coal ash pollution

    Updated: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Duke Energy Corp. CEO Lynn Good saw her pay docked about $600,000 in the aftermath of last year's massive spill of collected coal ash that coated 70 miles of a North Carolina river in sludge containing toxic heavy metals. A portion of Good's $8.3 million compensation was reduced 35 percent in 2014 compensation, according to a proxy statement released this week ahead of the company's annual shareholder meeting in May. The compensation of four other top executives that is linked to short-term incentives was also reduced 35 percent.