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Governors step into New England supermarket feud

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, August 18, 2014 - 11:10 AM

BOSTON (AP) — As an employee revolt at a New England grocery store chain headed into its fifth week, the governors of Massachusetts and New Hampshire took the unusual step of personally stepping into negotiations aimed at ending a standoff threatening the future of the popular low-priced supermarkets.

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan participated in negotiations Sunday with the owners of the Market Basket chain — feuding cousins Arthur T. Demoulas and Arthur S. Demoulas — as well as several other shareholders.


Cianci sauce made no money for charity in 4 years

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, August 18, 2014 - 11:08 AM

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Former Mayor Buddy Cianci's face beams from the label of his Mayor's Own Marinara Sauce, which also promises that sales are "Benefiting Providence School Children" and have helped hundreds of students attend college.

But in recent years, no money from the sauce's sales has been donated to Cianci's charity scholarship fund, The Associated Press has learned. From 2009 to 2012, the sauce made a total of $3 in income, longtime Cianci adviser Charles Mansolillo told the AP.


Father of abducted Amish girls sorry for suspects

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, August 18, 2014 - 11:03 AM

OSWEGATCHIE, N.Y. (AP) — The father of two Amish girls abducted last week said he feels sorry for the man and the woman authorities say kidnapped and sexually abused them before letting them go.

The parents of the 7- and 12-year-old sisters spoke to the Johnson Newspapers at their home in Oswegatchie on Sunday, two days after Stephen Howells Jr. and Nicole Vaisey were charged with kidnapping with the intent to physically or sexually abuse the girls.

"It's sad," the 44-year-old father said. "They must have ruined their whole life."


County autopsy: unarmed teen shot 6 to 8 times

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, August 18, 2014 - 11:03 AM

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — A St. Louis County autopsy has found that the unarmed black teenager killed during a confrontation with a white police officer was shot six to eight times.

County medical examiner's office administrator Suzanne McCune says the autopsy showed Michael Brown was hit in the head and chest. McCune would not confirm whether Brown was hit elsewhere on his body or discuss other details.

Full findings of the autopsy aren't expected for about two weeks.


PriceWaterhouseCoopers to pay $25M in bank case

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, August 18, 2014 - 10:55 AM

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — PriceWaterhouseCoopers will pay $25 million and face a two-year suspension from consulting for new bank clients under an agreement with New York regulators following an investigation that showed the company improperly altered a report about Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi laundering money.

Monday's agreement followed a $250 million settlement between the bank and the same regulators last year.


Author charged with DUI in fatal crash in Virginia

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, August 18, 2014 - 10:55 AM

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — An acclaimed journalist and author was in jail without bond Monday on charges of driving under the influence stemming from a crash that killed a 75-year-old Virginia man.


Spacewalking astronauts release baby satellite

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, August 18, 2014 - 10:13 AM

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Spacewalking astronauts launched a tiny Peruvian research satellite Monday, setting it loose on a mission to observe Earth.

Russian Oleg Artemiev cast the 4-inch box off with his gloved right hand as the International Space Station sailed 260 miles above the cloud-flecked planet. The nanosatellite gently tumbled as it cleared the vicinity of the orbiting complex, precisely as planned.

"One, two, three," someone called out in Russian as Artemiev let go of the satellite.


US homebuilder confidence rises in August

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, August 18, 2014 - 09:56 AM

U.S. homebuilders are feeling more confident in their sales prospects headed into next year, a sign that home construction and sales of newly built homes may pick up after stalling this summer.

The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index released Monday rose this month to 55, up two points from a revised reading of 53 in July.


McDonald's confronts its junk food image

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, August 18, 2014 - 09:44 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — At a dinner McDonald's hosted for reporters and bloggers, waiters served cuisine prepared by celebrity chefs using ingredients from the chain's menu.

A Kung Pao chicken appetizer was made with Chicken McNuggets doused in sweet and sour sauce and garnished with parsley. Slow-cooked beef was served with gnocchi fashioned out of McDonald's french fries and a fruit sauce from its smoothie mix. For dessert, its biscuit mix was used to make a pumpkin spice "biznut," a biscuit-doughnut hybrid.


US stocks open higher; Family Dollar jumps

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, August 18, 2014 - 09:35 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are opening higher, following gains in Europe.

The Dow Jones industrial average rose 94 points, or 0.6 percent, to 16,757 as of 9:34 a.m. Eastern time Monday.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 10 points, or 0.5 percent, to 1,965. The S&P 500 rose 1.2 percent last week.

The Nasdaq composite climbed 26 points, or 0.6 percent, to 4,490.

European markets also rose. Germany's DAX rose 1.4 percent and France's CAC-40 rose 1.2 percent.


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