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May 15, 2015 - 4:09pm
1 week 5 days ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are ending mostly higher, giving the Standard & Poor's 500 index its second straight record close.

Major indexes wavered between small gains and losses through much of the day Friday.

The S&P 500 edged up a point, less than 0.1 percent, to 2,122.

The Dow Jones industrial average rose 20 points, or 0.1 percent, to 18,272. The Nasdaq composite edged down two points to 5,048.

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May 15, 2015 - 4:07pm
1 week 5 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal authorities say they are sending $3 million in checks to consumers who bought a cactus-based fruit drink from TriVita Inc. based on bogus health claims.

The Federal Trade Commission settled charges against Trivita in July alleging that the company's informercials and advertisements deceived customers about the benefits of its drink, Nopalea. The agency said it is mailing 500,000 checks to consumers. The check amounts vary per customer based on...

May 15, 2015 - 4:01pm
1 week 5 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior U.S. official says Vietnam's desire to be in the Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade pact is the best leverage Washington has to press for improved human rights there.

Tom Malinowski is the State Department's point man on human rights. He told reporters Friday that Vietnam has shown greater restraint in arrests and prosecution of dissent this year as deliberations on the 12-nation pact enter their closing stages.

But he...

May 15, 2015 - 4:01pm
1 week 5 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Foreign holdings of U.S. debt rose in March as China ramped up its purchases and displaced Japan as the leading owner of U.S. Treasury securities.

The Treasury Department says overseas ownership of U.S. debt rose 2.1 percent in March to $6.18 trillion. That is below January's record of $6.22 trillion.

China added $37.3 billion of Treasury debt, bringing its stockpile to $1.26 trillion. That's ahead of Japan, which added just $2.5...

May 15, 2015 - 3:55pm
1 week 5 days ago

Reaction to the death sentence a federal jury imposed Friday on Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev:

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"Now he will go away and we will be able to move on. Justice. In his own words, 'an eye for an eye.'" — Bombing victim Sydney Corcoran, who nearly bled to death and whose mother, Celeste Corcoran, lost both legs

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"This is nothing to celebrate. This is a matter of justice. ... He wanted to go to...

May 15, 2015 - 3:50pm
1 week 5 days ago

CEOs of the three largest U.S. airlines are stepping up their attack against Middle Eastern competitors that they say get unfair government subsidizes.

The CEOs of American, Delta and United made a rare public appearance together Friday in Washington to detail their claims. United's Jeff Smisek (SMY'-sihk) said the three can compete against other airlines but not against the governments and energy riches of Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.

The U.S...

May 15, 2015 - 3:46pm
1 week 5 days ago

A jury on Friday sentenced Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death. Last month, the same jury found Tsarnaev guilty of all 30 federal counts against him. Here are the charges:

— Conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction resulting in death.

— Use of a weapon of mass destruction resulting in death; aiding and abetting (two counts.)

— Possession and use of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence...

May 15, 2015 - 3:34pm
1 week 5 days ago

5:25 p.m.

U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz says Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) will pay for his crimes with the death sentence he received.

Ortiz spoke at a news conference Friday, hours after a jury decided that Tsarnaev would be put to death for the bombings at the 2013 Boston Marathon.

She says, "Today the jury has spoken. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will pay for his crimes with his life."...

May 15, 2015 - 3:30pm
1 week 6 days ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A second round of rain from a rare springtime storm has swept into Southern California -- along with heavy winds, and snow in the mountains.

The cold storm from the Gulf of Alaska brought bands of brief, heavy downpours yesterday to Los Angeles County and areas to the east and south. Firefighters rescued six motorists and a dog who became trapped in three feet of water on a San Diego street.

Forecasters have predicted scattered...

May 15, 2015 - 3:29pm
1 week 6 days ago

DENVER (AP) — Beset by power plant closures and changes in how they pay royalties, coal mines are facing a new obstacle — a review of how coal extracted and burned will impact the air and global warming.

Under a series of rulings by U.S. judges in Denver over the last year, federal agencies have been told to take into account the indirect environmental impacts of mining coal.

The immediate effects appear limited to a single Colorado mine that could...

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