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March 31, 2015 - 11:16am
9 hours 19 min ago

DETROIT (AP) — More than 13,000 Detroit-area property owners have entered into payment plans hoping to avoid losing their homes to tax foreclosure, and that number will likely rise.

Hundreds of applicants lined up before 7 a.m. Tuesday outside the Wayne County Treasurer's Office in Detroit before the tax repayment plan deadline. Chief Deputy Treasurer David Szymanski says another 16,000 owners living in their homes still are facing foreclosure.

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March 31, 2015 - 11:11am
9 hours 39 min ago

DETROIT (AP) — There's a little-known danger on the nation's roads from truck tires.

Nearly all truck tires are built for a maximum sustained speed of 75 miles an hour. That's been the standard since the middle of last decade, when drivers across the vast majority of the U.S. were allowed to go no faster than 65 or 70.

But many tractor-trailers are driven faster than that. Fourteen states, mainly west of the Mississippi River, now have speed limits...

March 31, 2015 - 11:07am
10 hours 29 min ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is imposing new sanctions on Syria's government aimed at blunting its weapons programs and pushing it into negotiations with rebels.

The Treasury Department's action targets Batoul Rida, a Syrian central bank official, and three "front companies" that help fund Syria's development of ballistic missiles and nonconventional weapons.

It cites Rida's involvement in cash transfers with U.S.-sanctioned institutions that enable...

March 31, 2015 - 11:04am
10 hours 29 min ago

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Freedom Industries and state regulators have signed an agreement for a cleanup of the site of a 2014 chemical spill into the Elk River.

The cleanup will be done through the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection's Voluntary Remediation Program.

The voluntary remediation agreement sets deadlines for Freedom to submit reports and work plans to the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection. The company's...

March 31, 2015 - 11:04am
10 hours 29 min ago

NEW YORK (AP) — A financial services company and a technology firm have signed five-year leases at New York City's One World Trade Center.

The Durst Organization and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced Tuesday that Tinypass and Casablanca Capital LLC will move into the skyscraper.

Tinypass creates e-commerce software that helps online publishers sell their content through paywalls or other means. It has leased 4,936 square feet on...

March 31, 2015 - 10:52am
10 hours 39 min ago

SHAMOKIN, Pa. (AP) — Police say a Pennsylvania man turned his mother's day care center into a heroin den once the kids left for the day.

The Shamokin News Item reports Tuesday (http://bit.ly/1NziRYJ ) that Ryan Varano told police he and another man would use Jesus' Lil Helpers Daycare to sell and use heroin on nights and weekends.

Police say they used children's tables, chairs and cabinets to package heroin and load syringes.

The...

March 31, 2015 - 10:35am
10 hours 39 min ago

MIAMI (AP) — A stripper is accused of a hit-and-run crash that critically injured a Canadian tourist who was attending the Ultra Music Festival in Miami.

According to an affidavit released Monday night, 26-year-old Olivia Bennett is charged with hitting 22-year-old Alex Sanghwan early Sunday morning. The crash happened near Diamonds strip club.

Police say Sanghwan was visiting from Ontario, Canada, and was in a well-lit area when Bennett's blue BMW...

March 31, 2015 - 10:34am
10 hours 49 min ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — An improving job market drove U.S. consumer confidence higher this month after a dip in February.

The Conference Board's consumer confidence index rose to 101.3 in March from revised 98.8 reading in February.

The business group takes into account expectations for the future and consumers' assessment of current conditions. Consumers were more optimistic about the future, but a little less impressed with current economic conditions....

March 31, 2015 - 10:22am
10 hours 49 min ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Fast-food labor organizers are expanding the scope of their campaign for $15 an hour and unionization, this time with a day of actions including college campuses.

Kendall Fells, organizing director for Fight for $15, said Tuesday that the protests will take place April 15 and include actions on about 170 college campuses, as well as cities around the country and abroad.

Among those joining fast-food workers and their supporters will...

March 31, 2015 - 10:21am
9 hours 9 min ago

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A jewelry expert is testifying against a political fundraiser charged in a $20 million insurance scheme that Pennsylvania prosecutors say involved three mansion fires in five years.

Prosecutors hope to show GOP hostess Claire Risoldi claimed losses for jewelry that later turned up in her bank deposit box.

Prosecution expert Don Palmieri believes that at least some of the jewelry reported stolen after a 2013 fire were custom...

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