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April 24, 2015 - 9:42am
1 day 17 hours ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Big gains by Amazon and Google are lifting technology stocks in early trading.

Amazon soared 15 percent early Friday after revealing details about its cloud computing service for the first time. Google and Microsoft also rose after reporting their latest quarterly results.

The technology-heavy Nasdaq composite index rose far more than the rest of the market. The Nasdaq gained 32 points, or 0.7 percent, to 5,087 as of 9:35 a.m. Eastern...

April 24, 2015 - 9:39am
1 day 17 hours ago

NEW YORK (AP) — When Amanda Berry's toddler daughter had night terrors and started screaming and running around the room, Berry couldn't always get to her. That's because she was chained and couldn't move far.

Big, heavy chains were a regular part of Berry's life for years as she, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight were held captive in a Cleveland home by Ariel Castro for about a decade before escaping in 2013. So were repeated rapes and other abuse.

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April 24, 2015 - 9:39am
1 day 17 hours ago

Entries are piling up for a slogan contest being held this year by the North American Manure Expo.

The trade show, now in its 13th year, showcases the latest technology in manure handling, treatment and application. It's being held in July in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania.

An official event slogan has already been settled on: "2015 Manure Expo: Manure than you can Handle!" It will appear on the front of a T-shirt.

But contestants...

April 24, 2015 - 9:34am
1 day 9 hours ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The man who shot President Ronald Reagan won't have to wear an ankle monitor if allowed to leave a mental hospital for good.

That's what a judge overseeing John Hinckley Jr.'s case said Friday, brushing aside that request from the government. Hinckley's lawyers are asking the judge to let him live full-time at his mother's home in Virginia, saying the mental illness that drove him to shoot Reagan has long been in remission and he is ready to fully...

April 24, 2015 - 9:02am
1 day 14 hours ago

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri judge is giving strong indications he may toss a lawsuit by activists seeking an independent investigation of a prosecutor's handling of grand jury proceedings in the Michael Brown shooting case.

St. Louis County Circuit Judge Joseph Walsh III heard 90 minutes of arguments Friday. Activists want Walsh to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate what they claim was misconduct by county prosecutor Robert McCulloch.

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April 24, 2015 - 8:57am
1 day 17 hours ago

CHICAGO (AP) — Oprah Winfrey is selling the furniture, artwork, household items and clothing that once filled her Chicago home.

In the market for size 10 yellow patent leather designer shoes? How about a hand-painted porcelain soup tureen valued at $6,000 to $8,000?

More than 500 items with price points from $50 to $120,000 are going on the auction block Saturday.

The low estimate for everything in the sale is about $800,000....

April 24, 2015 - 8:39am
1 day 17 hours ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Comcast is dropping its $45 billion bid for Time Warner Cable after heavy regulatory pushback.

The combined company would have put nearly 30 percent of TV and about 55 percent of broadband subscribers under one roof, which would give the resulting behemoth unprecedented power over what Americans watch and download.

Competitors, consumer groups, and politicians have criticized the deal, saying it would lead to higher prices and less...

April 24, 2015 - 8:38am
1 day 17 hours ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders to U.S. factories for long-lasting manufactured goods increased by the largest amount in eight months. But a key category that tracks business investment plans dropped for a seventh month, suggesting that manufacturing is still struggling through a soft patch.

The Commerce Department says orders for durable goods rebounded 4 percent in March after having fallen 1.4 percent in February. The strength was led by a big jump in demand for commercial...

April 24, 2015 - 8:23am
1 day 18 hours ago

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — An opposition leader in South Sudan says his house in the capital was surrounded overnight by the country's security forces.

Lam Akol told The Associated Press Friday that security operatives closed the two roads leading to his house in Juba, although they had not forced their way into his property.

Information Minister Michael Makuei Lueth denied Akol was under house arrest, saying the politician remains a free citizen....

April 24, 2015 - 8:02am
1 day 18 hours ago

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's attorney general has filed suit against two tanning salon chains, accusing them of downplaying health risks while playing up the allure of bronze skin.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (SHNEYE'-dur-muhn) filed the lawsuits against Portofino Spas and Total Tan Thursday. He says both franchises falsely advertise the health benefits of indoor tanning by promoting it as a safe alternative to tanning outdoors.

Schneiderman...

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