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February 20, 2015 - 12:18pm
1 week 4 days ago

PASCO, Wash. (AP) — The rallying cry in Ferguson was "Hands up, don't shoot!" In New York, it was "I can't breathe!" In the city of Pasco, Washington, these days, the protest signs say things like "It was just a rock!!!"

In a case with unmistakable echoes of Ferguson and New York, demonstrators have gathered every day over the past week in front of the Pasco City Hall.

They are demanding answers in the deadly police shooting of Antonio Zambrano-...

February 20, 2015 - 12:08pm
1 week 4 days ago

DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — Warm weather and low snowfall in Telluride, Colorado, have been hampering the filming of Quentin Tarantino's snow-centric movie in the ski town.

The Durango Herald (http://bit.ly/1CUqLIV ) reports that Telluride has only had 7 inches of snow in the last 30 days, forcing the director to shoot indoor scenes of "The Hateful Eight," which is set during a post-Civil War blizzard.

The Oscar-winning Tarantino could get a break this...

February 20, 2015 - 12:02pm
1 week 4 days ago

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. stock market is little changed at midday as investors monitor the tough debt negotiations between Greece and its European creditors.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index edged down three points, or 0.2 percent, to 2,095 as of 11:50 a.m. Friday. The Dow Jones industrial average is eked out a gain of seven points, a rise of less than 1 percent, to 17,993. The Nasdaq edged up one point, or 0.03 percent, to 4,926.

Greece is trying...

February 20, 2015 - 12:00pm
1 week 4 days ago

MOUNT CARBON, W.Va. (AP) — Most residents living along a road where an oil train derailed in southern West Virginia are returning to their homes.

State public safety agency spokesman Lawrence Messina said Friday that the last of the small fires at the scene of Monday's fiery crash in Mount Carbon are out. In addition, one lane of the nearby state highway reopened Friday.

About 225 people living in 100 homes along the road had been staying in hotels...

February 20, 2015 - 11:48am
1 week 4 days ago

NEW YORK (AP) — A large mirror fell off the wall at a trendy New York City restaurant and injured one person.

The mirror toppled onto diners at Balthazar, a French brasserie in Manhattan, on Friday morning at about 10 a.m. A spokesman for the Fire Department of New York says one person was transported to Bellevue Hospital with minor injuries.

The restaurant declined to comment.

February 20, 2015 - 11:38am
1 week 4 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says it's "not an accident" that the economy is improving on his watch and that Republicans' "doom and gloom" predictions haven't come true.

Speaking to the Democratic National Committee's winter meeting, Obama said the party's belief in "middle class economics," including his health care law, has spurred economic growth and job creation.

The president says he is encouraged that some Republicans are talking...

February 20, 2015 - 11:27am
1 week 4 days ago

FAIRBORN, Ohio (AP) — The president of Wright State University and its dining services vendor have apologized for a Black History Month menu that included fried chicken and collard greens.

The menu screens at the Ohio university also offered mashed potatoes and cornbread under photos of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and other black leaders. The Dayton Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/1DGCPii) that people circulated images of it on social media, calling it offensive...

February 20, 2015 - 11:22am
1 week 4 days ago

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Caterpillar Inc. has announced it's keeping its headquarters in downtown Peoria and expanding its corporate campus in what it calls a re-commitment to the central Illinois city.

Chief Executive Doug Oberhelman told a crowd of about 200 people Friday that after two years of study, the $55 billion global construction equipment maker will modernize its riverfront complex to include a three-tower building.

The company said it will...

February 20, 2015 - 11:02am
1 week 4 days ago

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal appeals court says thousands of victims of Bernard Madoff's multibillion-dollar fraud are not entitled to interest or inflation when they get a share of recovered funds.

The Securities and Exchange Commission said publicly in 2009 and again before a bankruptcy judge that Madoff's victims should get an inflation adjustment.

On Friday, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan said that was inconsistent with the SEC's...

February 20, 2015 - 10:58am
1 week 4 days ago

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has a simple message on labor and economic development for automakers looking to build new plants: We're not Tennessee.

The Democrat is touting Kentucky's neutrality on labor matters as "a positive sales point" and a contrast to Tennessee. That's where GOP officials have pulled out all the stops to keep the United Auto Workers from gaining collective bargaining rights at Volkswagen's plant in Chattanooga....

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