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  • Comcast is dropping $45 billion Time Warner Cable bid
    24 April
    NEW YORK (AP) - Comcast is dropping its $45 billion bid for Time Warner Cable after heavy regulatory pushback. The combined company would have put nearly 30 percent of TV and about 55 percent of broadband subscribers under one roof, which would give the resulting…
  • Tree-planting efforts planned across state to mark Arbor Day
    24 April
    LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan International Speedway and Consumers Energy are pairing to promote the planting of 50,000 trees throughout Michigan. Officials will announce the plan Friday during an Arbor Day celebration at Lansing's Potter Park Zoo. Speedway spokesman Brad Kuhbander says the trees…
  • Report: Man-made earthquakes shake over a dozen areas in US
    23 April
    LOS ANGELES (AP) - Government scientists say more than a dozen regions in the United States have experienced a rise in man-made earthquakes in recent years. A report released Thursday found that 17 areas in eight states have seen small quakes triggered by oil and…
  • Average US rate on 30-year mortgage slips to 3.65 percent
    23 April
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates are down slightly this week and remain near historic lows. Mortgage giant Freddie Mac says the national average for a 30-year fixed -rate mortgage slipped to 3.65 percent from 3.67 percent last week. The average rate for…
  • Southwest tops Street 1Q forecasts
    23 April
    DALLAS (AP) - Southwest is spending about a buck less on every gallon of fuel, and that's helping the airline post record profits quarter after quarter. The airline says April bookings have been strong, but it expects a key revenue figure to decline in the…
  • New York aims to cut waste by 90 percent by 2030
    22 April
    NEW YORK (AP) - New York City is set to mark Earth Day by announcing the ambitious goal of reducing its waste output by more than 3 million tons by 2030. The Zero Waste plan will include an overhaul and expansion of the city's recycling…
  • Lawmakers propose stricter state regulation of pipelines
    22 April
    LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Minority Democrats in the Michigan House say they're reintroducing a package a bills in an effort to ensure better state oversight of oil and gas pipelines. The four-bill package is being announced Wednesday, which is Earth Day. It would require pipelines…
  • Senate leaders propose extending NSA phone records storage
    22 April
    WASHINGTON (AP) - With weeks to go before a key surveillance law expires, leading Senate Republicans have introduced a bill that would allow the National Security Agency to continue collecting the calling records of nearly every American. The bill by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and…
  • Lilly Pulitzer's family couldn't beat the rush at Target
    21 April
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - Lilly Pulitzer's own family couldn't beat the "Pink Sunday" rush for the brightly colored limited edition collection at Target. The Lilly Pulitzer for Target collection sold out online and in stores shortly after debuting Sunday. The granddaughter of the late…
  • Japan's maglev train breaks own speed record at 603 kph
    21 April
    TOKYO (AP) - A Japanese maglev that is the fastest passenger train in the world has broken its own speed record. Operator JR Central said the train reached 603 kilometers per hour (375 miles per hour) in a test run on Tuesday, surpassing its previous…
  • House committee to begin hearings on auto insurance bills
    21 April
    LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan House is wasting no time to consider Senate-approved changes to the state's auto insurance law. The Republican-led House Insurance Committee will hold a hearing Tuesday morning on the fast-moving legislation. No vote is expected until later in the week…
  • A small victory for fliers: summer domestic fares fall $2.01
    20 April
    NEW YORK (AP) - After years of steadily-rising airfare, travelers this summer can expect a tiny bit of relief - a really tiny bit. The average roundtrip domestic ticket this summer now stands at $454, down $2 from last summer. Vacationers to Europe will fare…
  • Canadian shrimp imports up as Maine fishery remains closed
    20 April
    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - The value of Canada's cold water shrimp exports to the United States is growing as the Gulf of Maine's fishery remains closed to fishing. Fishermen from coastal New England and eastern Canada fish for the shrimp, which are popular for their…
  • Leaders and entertainers celebrate Earth Day
    20 April
    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is planning to celebrate Earth Day by visiting the Florida Everglades. In his weekly radio and Internet address Saturday, Obama said "there's no greater threat to our planet than climate change." He said he'll visit the Everglades on Wednesday…
  • Leaders and entertainers celebrate Earth Day
    20 April
    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is planning to celebrate Earth Day by visiting the Florida Everglades. In his weekly radio and Internet address Saturday, Obama said "there's no greater threat to our planet than climate change." He said he'll visit the Everglades on Wednesday…
  • Group seeks rehiring of workers at 5 closed Wal-Mart stores
    20 April
    NEW YORK (AP) - A group representing Wal-Mart workers is asking labor regulators to go to court to force the discounter to rehire all 2,200 employees affected by the abrupt temporary closing of five stores in four states a week ago. The group, called OUR…
  • Verizon slices up the bundle, lets customers choose
    17 April
    NEW YORK (AP) - Verizon is giving its customers have more control over the channels they pay for as the cacophony of cord cutting reshapes cable TV. Verizon's FiOS Custom TV, available Sunday, gives customers the option to buy a $55 base package with more…
  • Higher US gas prices spark modest inflation in March
    17 April
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Rising gas prices in March led to a slight increase in inflation, a sign that some of the broader economic impact from cheaper oil is fading. The Labor Department says the consumer price index rose 0.2 percent in March. Inflation moved at…
  • Proposed rules could raise fees for drilling on federal land
    17 April
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration is taking the first step toward a possible increase in the fees charged for oil and gas companies to drill on federal lands. The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comments on proposed regulations that would give the…
  • Target settles data breach lawsuit with MasterCard for $19M
    16 April
    NEW YORK (AP) - Target and MasterCard say they've agreed to settle lawsuits over Target's December 2013 data breach. Target says it has set aside up to $19 million for MasterCard issuers who were caught in the data breach. MasterCard Inc. says the money will…
  • Apple invests in China solar project, US forest conservation
    16 April
    PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) - Apple is expanding its environmental efforts by investing in a new Chinese solar power project and preserving 36,000 acres of "sustainable" timberland in Maine and North Carolina. The tech giant says it's meeting a self-imposed goal of powering all its…
  • More Americans sought unemployment benefits last week
    16 April
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid rose for the second straight week yet remained at a low level that is consistent with more hiring. The Labor Department says applications increased 12,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 294,000. Despite the increase,…
  • Court: Wal-Mart can exclude gun sales proposal from proxy
    15 April
    DOVER, Del. (AP) - A federal appeals court has ruled that Wal-Mart can exclude from its 2015 proxy statement a shareholder's proposal to review the sale of some guns. The appeals court in Philadelphia on Tuesday reversed a 2014 ruling ordering Wal-Mart to include the…
  • CSX cuts forecast for the year after slower-than-expected 1Q
    15 April
    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - CSX now says that the railroad won't deliver the double-digit profit growth it promised this year because coal demand remains weak. Executives remain optimistic about the railroad's prospects because service is improving, but they said Wednesday, a day after posting first-quarter…
  • U.S. homebuilders' outlook for spring sales surges
    15 April
    U.S. homebuilders are feeling more optimistic about their prospects for a strong spring home-selling season. The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index rose this month to 56, up four points from March. Readings above 50 indicate more builders view sales conditions as…