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May 27, 2015 - 12:01pm
17 min 7 sec ago

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. stock market is moving higher in midday trading, making back some of the ground it lost the day before.

Technology and health care stocks led the gains Wednesday. Apple, Microsoft and Intel had the biggest gains in the Dow Jones industrial average.

The Dow was up 114 points, or 0.6 percent, to 18,154 as of 11:45 a.m. Eastern time Wednesday. The index slumped 190 points on Tuesday.

The Standard & Poor'...

May 27, 2015 - 11:53am
17 min 7 sec ago

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City transit officials say the massive theft of copper cable along subway train tracks has caused major disruptions in service for hundreds of thousands of commuters.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority says the crime disrupted service along the entire length of the A and C lines on Wednesday morning.

At least 500 feet of cable was discovered stolen from roughly 12 locations along the A train tracks near Howard Beach,...

May 27, 2015 - 11:39am
17 min 7 sec ago

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A baby is in critical condition after authorities found the child in respiratory arrest at an Atlantic City casino.

WCAU-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1FXHznr ) the 2-month-old, who was born prematurely, was taken from Bally's Atlantic City Hotel and Casino on Monday night and airlifted to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

It's unclear who was with the baby and how long they were at the casino.

The...

May 27, 2015 - 11:29am
17 min 7 sec ago

NEW YORK (AP) — A painting by Victorian-era British artist Frederic Leighton is going on view for the first time in New York City.

"Flaming June" depicts a young woman in a gauzy saffron dress.

The work will be at The Frick Collection from June 9 through Sept. 6. It's on loan to the museum from Puerto Rico's Museo de Arte de Ponce (moo-SAY'-oh day AHR'-tay day PAHN'-say).

It'll appear with a small oil sketch loaned by a private...

May 27, 2015 - 11:09am
17 min 6 sec ago

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — A Harvard Law School professor who served as a top legal adviser to President Barack Obama has died. Daniel Meltzer was 63.

Harvard announced Wednesday that Meltzer died Sunday after a battle with cancer.

Meltzer had been on the Harvard Law faculty since 1982. He took a leave of absence in 2009 and 2010 to serve as the Principal Deputy Counsel to Obama.

Meltzer was a key player on nearly every major legal...

May 27, 2015 - 11:00am
17 min 6 sec ago

CHICAGO (AP) — An attorney for a suburban Chicago man accused of trying to join al-Qaida-affiliated fighters in Syria says her client intends to change his plea to guilty.

Abdella Ahmad Tounisi's (too-NEE'-seez) attorney, Molly Armour, told a federal judge in Chicago about the change of plea at a Wednesday hearing. She and a prosecutor said the sides expect to seal a plea agreement within several weeks.

The 20-year-old was arrested at a Chicago...

May 27, 2015 - 10:55am
17 min 6 sec ago

The first report from a big project to improve genetic testing shows it is not as rock solid as many people believe.

Many companies offer gene tests to gauge a person's risk of developing various disorders. Several years ago, the government helped start a database to track the results. The study finds that labs often disagree on how harmful or benign certain gene variants are. That means some people are wrongly told to worry and others are wrongly told they can relax....

May 27, 2015 - 10:52am
17 min 6 sec ago

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A giant sea lion impaled by a homemade spear is recovering at SeaWorld after being rescued just off the Southern California coast.

Los Angeles news station KNBC-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1KzORi8 ) that a team spent much of Tuesday searching Channel Islands Harbor before spotting the injured male sea lion nicknamed Bubba.

Rescuers managed to hit the animal with tranquilizer darts and drag him ashore in a net. He's estimated to weigh...

May 27, 2015 - 10:39am
17 min 6 sec ago

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — SeaWorld Orlando plans to build a 200-foot tall roller coaster that will race as fast as 73 mph when it opens next year.

SeaWorld officials said Wednesday that the new coaster will be called Mako and will be the tallest and fastest coaster in Orlando.

The coaster will have 4,760 feet of steel track, and will be in a section of the park themed for sharks.

The addition of Mako will give the marine-themed park...

May 27, 2015 - 10:35am
17 min 6 sec ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. banks' earnings rose 6.9 percent in the first quarter from a year earlier as revenues increased, delinquent loans continued to fall and the number of "problem" banks reached a six-year low.

The data issued Wednesday by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. showed "gradual but steady improvement" for the banking industry, FDIC Chairman Martin Gruenberg said. Still, low interest rates continued to crimp banks' profit margins on loans during the January...

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