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April 8, 2014 - 11:00am
1 week 3 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's choice to head an agency overseeing some of the riskiest corners of the financial world has moved closer to Senate confirmation.

The Senate Agriculture Committee voted Tuesday to approve the nomination of Timothy Massad as chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and sent it to the full Senate.

Massad said at his recent confirmation hearing that he would act aggressively against market misconduct...

April 8, 2014 - 10:49am
1 week 3 days ago

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — President Barack Obama plans to survey damage from the Washington state mudslide later this month and will meet with victims, first responders and recovery workers, the White House said Tuesday.

The White House said it plans to release further details about the president's trip to Oso, Wash., in the coming days.

Obama spoke with Rep. Suzan DelBene, D-Wash., on Tuesday about the recovery effort.

"He called to...

April 8, 2014 - 10:47am
1 week 3 days ago

NEW YORK (AP) — The Rev. Al Sharpton admitted on Tuesday that he helped the FBI investigate New York Mafia figures in the 1980s, even making secret recordings that appeared to help bring down a mob boss.

But at a news conference, Sharpton insisted he never considered himself a confidential informant, despite a report identifying him as the "CI-7" referenced in recently released court records.

"I was never told I was an informant with a number,"...

April 8, 2014 - 10:38am
1 week 3 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday threatened Russia with tougher economic sanctions if it fails to back down from its chaotic involvement in Ukraine.

"What we see from Russia is an illegal and illegitimate effort to destabilize a sovereign state and create a contrived crisis with paid operatives across an international boundary," Kerry told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Ukrainian officials said security forces drove...

April 8, 2014 - 10:30am
1 week 2 days ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man suspected of shooting up a police station lobby and wounding an officer before being critically injured in a gunbattle had wanted to become a Los Angeles police officer and was rejected, authorities said Tuesday.

Daniel C. Yealu, 29, applied through the personnel department but never made it to the Police Academy, Cmdr. Andrew Smith told The Associated Press.

Smith said he did not know when the application was made and had no...

April 8, 2014 - 10:27am
1 week 3 days ago

The Food and Drug Administration is taking steps to ensure that shoppers who buy honey are getting the real deal.

New guidance issued Tuesday would prevent food companies from adding sugar or other sweeteners to pure honey and still calling it "honey."

The agency said enforcement action is possible against U.S. food businesses or importers if companies try to cut those sweeteners into real honey and do not label the product correctly. If those...

April 8, 2014 - 10:25am
1 week 3 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers posted more job openings in February, a sign that hiring will likely improve in the months ahead.

The Labor Department said Tuesday that employers advertised 4.2 million job openings, up 7.7 percent from January. That's the highest number of postings since January 2008, when the Great Recession was just beginning and the economy had yet to suffer the full shock of the downturn.

There are roughly 2.5 unemployed...

April 8, 2014 - 9:49am
1 week 3 days ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are drifting mostly higher in early trading on Wall Street as the market stabilizes after a three-day slump.

Investors will start to focus on company earnings this week. Aluminum maker Alcoa reports earnings after the close of trading Tuesday.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose three points, or 0.2 percent, to 1,848 in the first few minutes of trading. Energy stocks and companies that make basic materials rose the most....

April 8, 2014 - 9:44am
1 week 3 days ago

NEW YORK (AP) — The rising cost of child care is among likely reasons for a rise in the number of women staying home full-time with their children, according to a new Pew Research Center report released Tuesday.

Other factors cited by Pew to explain the increase include more immigrant mothers, who tend to stay home with children in greater numbers than U.S.-born moms; more women unable to find work; and ambivalence about the impact of working mothers on young children....

April 8, 2014 - 9:30am
1 week 3 days ago

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Residents with mental disabilities would no longer be forced to work long hours doing manual labor for little money and instead would be given the chance at regular employment that pays at least the minimum wage under a settlement announced Tuesday.

The U.S. Department of Justice and Rhode Island entered into a court-ordered consent decree that will require a gradual but dramatic overhaul of employment services to the mentally disabled, officials...

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