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April 3, 2014 - 4:11pm
1 week 6 days ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are closing lower for the first time in five days as traders look ahead to a key report on the U.S. job market.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell two points, or 0.1 percent, to close at 1,888 Thursday. The index closed at an all-time high a day earlier.

The Dow Jones industrial edged down half a point to 16,572. The Nasdaq composite fell 38 points, or 0.9 percent, to 4,237.

Barnes & Noble plunged...

April 3, 2014 - 4:09pm
1 week 6 days ago

DALLAS (AP) — Texas prison officials have offered scant evidence to support their claim that pharmacies that supply the state with execution drugs would be in danger of violence if their identities were made public.

If those officials are investigating the threats, including a suggestion a truck bomb could blow up a such a pharmacy, as a serious risk to the safety of the pharmacies or their employees, they refuse to acknowledge doing so.

The...

April 3, 2014 - 4:09pm
1 week 5 days ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton said Thursday night that excessive partisanship flowing through the nation's political system is causing the U.S. to march "backwards instead of forward" and pointed to fall elections as a sign of how the country might tackle problems.

The former secretary of state reflected on her time at the State Department, the U.S. relationship with Russia and the advice she gives to young women during her appearance at the annual Women in the...

April 3, 2014 - 4:06pm
1 week 6 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is warning that the United States may levy sanctions on individuals and entities involved in stoking violence and instability in South Sudan.

Obama signed an executive order Thursday clearing the way for possible visa bans and asset freezes. Officials said the move reflected White House frustration with the lack of progress in ending the violent clashes in South Sudan that broke out late last year.

"Those who...

April 3, 2014 - 3:57pm
1 week 6 days ago

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Parts of the Midwest and South are seeing some severe weather today, including a small tornado that touched down before dawn near St. Louis.

Nobody was hurt by that twister, which hit at around 5:30 this morning and damaged about 100 homes in University City.

But forecasters have been warning of the possibility of additional storms today in Missouri, Arkansas and Louisiana, and in western sections of Kentucky, Tennessee and...

April 3, 2014 - 3:49pm
1 week 6 days ago

CHICAGO (AP) — A Ukrainian oligarch says U.S. charges against him are "politically motived" and that he's a victim of U.S.-Russian power plays.

Dmytro Firtash posted the video statement on his website Thursday, a day after prosecutors in Chicago unsealed the charges.

The 48-year-old says Ukraine is a U.S.-Russian "battlefield" and he has "ended up in the center." He also calls U.S. allegations that he masterminded a scheme to bribe officials in India...

April 3, 2014 - 3:45pm
1 week 6 days ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chris Brown has been taken into custody by U.S. marshals and will be transported to Washington, D.C., for an upcoming misdemeanor assault trial, an official said Thursday.

Brown, 24, was turned over to marshals Wednesday at a Los Angeles jail, marshals' spokeswoman Laura Vega said. She declined to say when the Grammy winner would be sent to Washington.

The singer and his bodyguard are accused of hitting a man outside a Washington...

April 3, 2014 - 3:34pm
1 week 5 days ago

PHOENIX (AP) — A Phoenix man who told police he killed his 12-year-old half brother last month because he "just felt like killing" is now accused of fatally stabbing a cellmate, authorities said Thursday.

Andrew Ward, 27, was arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder in the Wednesday night killing of cellmate Douglas Walker, 33, in a Maricopa County jail in Phoenix, the Sheriff's Office said in a statement.

Walker was stabbed in the eyes with a...

April 3, 2014 - 3:32pm
1 week 6 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Legislation to restore jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed has cleared a final Senate hurdle before a vote on passage set for Monday.

The vote was 61-35 Thursday to advance the bill, one more than the 60 needed.

Most Republicans voted against advancing the bill, citing a Democratic refusal to permit any votes on their proposed changes.

The White House-backed legislation would resurrect a program of...

April 3, 2014 - 3:19pm
1 week 5 days ago

BOSTON (AP) — A Boston firefighter and former Marine killed in an apartment blaze last week was praised Thursday as a courageous, compassionate man who served his country in Iraq and his community at home.

Firefighters from around the country and citizens numbering in the thousands lined the streets as Michael Kennedy's casket, escorted by hundreds of bagpipers and drummers, was carried on a fire engine to a church in the West Roxbury neighborhood where he grew up....

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