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July 17, 2014 - 10:34am
1 week 13 hours ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers demanded General Motors fire its chief lawyer and do more to help crash victims as a Senate subcommittee delved deeper into GM's mishandling of the recall of small cars with defective ignition switches.

Thursday's grilling was GM's fourth appearance before Congress, but senators aren't done with their investigation. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., who chairs the subcommittee, said she will hold a hearing in the next few weeks to ask government...

July 17, 2014 - 10:28am
1 week 17 hours ago

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — State regulators trying to curb money laundering and safeguard investors on Thursday proposed a special set of rules for firms involved in trading and storing virtual currencies.

New York is the first state to propose issuing separate regulations for virtual currencies, demonstrating the importance regulators attach to the fledgling field. New York City is home to several startups dealing in bitcoin, the most popular virtual currency, and some Wall...

July 17, 2014 - 10:27am
1 week 22 hours ago

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Lawyers for the Florida Legislature and the state's election supervisors have asked a judge to delay any changes to the state's congressional districts until after the November elections.

Judge Terry Lewis held a hearing Thursday to consider which steps to take now since ruling that the current map is unconstitutional. Republican legislative leaders announced this week that they do not plan to appeal the ruling.

Lewis...

July 17, 2014 - 10:25am
1 week 21 hours ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Manufacturing in the Philadelphia region surged in July, expanding at its fastest pace in more than three years, as new orders, shipments, and hiring all rose.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia said Thursday that its index of regional factory activity rose to 23.9 in July from 17.8 in June. Any reading above zero indicates growth. July's figure is the highest since March 2011. It also is much higher than last year's average of 6.4, according to...

July 17, 2014 - 10:09am
1 week 22 hours ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — There's a lot more purging going on in this inevitable sequel to last summer's surprise horror hit "The Purge." Expanding the parameters of the low-budget original by taking the action literally out into the streets, "The Purge: Anarchy" efficiently exploits its high-concept premise while delivering far more visceral thrills than its predecessor. Like it or not, a new franchise seems to have been born.

Set ten years in the future, the film written and...

July 17, 2014 - 10:00am
1 week 23 hours ago

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Muldowney twins will share plenty of things in life, but the same birthday isn't one of them.

Tammy Muldowney gave birth to her first child, daughter Kennedy Clare, at around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Women and Children's Hospital in Buffalo.

Muldowney and husband Bryan, from nearby Hamburg, say they expected the second baby to be born soon afterward, but he wasn't ready yet. It would be nearly 12 hours later before twin brother...

July 17, 2014 - 9:52am
1 week 23 hours ago

Stocks are opening slightly lower following mixed news about the economy and the latest batch of corporate earnings.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell three points, or 0.2 percent, to 1,978 in the first few minutes of trading Thursday.

The Dow Jones industrial average fell fifteen points, or 0.1 percent, to 17,122. The Nasdaq composite lost five points, or 0.1 percent, to 4,421.

Mattel fell 7 percent in early trading after...

July 17, 2014 - 9:47am
1 week 23 hours ago

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — An admiral says workers will start returning in February to the Washington Navy Yard building were 12 were fatally shot last year.

Vice Adm. William Hilarides (hill-AHR'-ih-dees) told defense contractors at a breakfast meeting Thursday in Arlington, Virginia, that he expects all 2,700 to be back in Building 197 by the end of April. The building will be renamed for Joshua Humphreys, designer of the first Navy frigates.

Hilarides...

July 17, 2014 - 9:35am
1 week 22 hours ago

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A country music extravaganza featuring some of the biggest names in the genre will descend on Las Vegas this fall, taking a cue from the massive rock, pop, electronic dance music and indie festivals that have recently made Sin City home.

Concert producer Live Nation and casino company MGM Resorts International announced Thursday that they're collaborating on the inaugural, three-day Route 91 Harvest festival, set to take place Oct. 3-5 in an empty lot...

July 17, 2014 - 9:30am
1 week 18 hours ago

DETROIT (AP) — A young man who participated in a mob attack on a Detroit-area motorist needed a father to "beat the hell" out of him as a kid to discourage him from committing such a crime, a judge said Thursday.

The stunning remarks by Wayne County Judge James Callahan came as he sentenced Latrez Cummings to six months in jail.

In response to the judge's question, Cummings, 19, said his father wasn't around when he was growing up....

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