Chinese President Xi Jinping has put himself in charge of a new body to coordinate cybersecurity, in a sign of Beijing's concern over its vulnerability to online attacks and its desire to retain tight control over the Internet.
The Academy Awards ceremony will stream live online for the first time to select cable providers in eight U.S. cities.
Utah's Republican governor announced Thursday he wants to reject a full Medicaid expansion that would enroll more people in the government program, and instead seek federal dollars to cover the poor in private plans.
Japan's recovery is holding steady ahead of a looming sales tax hike, economic indicators showed Friday, though weakness in wages and spending suggest it remains vulnerable to a reversal.
The World Bank has postponed a $90 million loan to Uganda over its anti-gay law that has drawn widespread criticism from Western governments, the United Nations and rights groups.
HOUSTON — Snack and soda makers that often are blamed for fueling the nation’s obesity rates also play a role in educating the dietitians who advise Americans on healthy eating.
Texas will begin selling beer and wine at some athletic events, starting Friday at the Texas softball invitational tournament.
As Gov. Jan Brewer approached the podium and read a carefully worded statement on her veto of a bill that would've let businesses refuse service to gays, she found herself in the familiar territory: the national spotlight.
Congratulations to the Tooth Fairy for leading the way to the reappearance of inflation.
Men's clothing company Jos. A. Bank rejected Men's Wearhouse $1.78 billion sweetened acquisition offer late Thursday. But it said it is willing to meet with its rival chain over a possible higher bid.
Total U.S. money market mutual fund assets rose by $19.96 billion to $2.684 trillion for the week that ended Wednesday, according to the Investment Company Institute.
Puerto Rico's Senate approved a bill Thursday that authorizes the U.S. territory to sell up to $3.5 billion in bonds as it prepares to re-enter the market next month with a credit rating downgraded to junk status.
U.S. flower growers normally consider themselves purveyors of joy, but theyre none too happy with the state of their industry these days. This month, 97 percent of the roses Americans purchased for Valentines Day came from foreign countries such as Colombia and Ecuador. And on New Years Day, four of every five flowers used to decorate the floats in the annual Rose Bowl parade in Pasadena, Calif., were imported.
The Standard & Poor's 500 index climbed to an all-time high on Thursday after stocks got a boost from strong earnings from a number of U.S. companies, including the drugmaker Mylan and several retailers. The Dow Jones industrial average also advanced but remains about 2 percent below its record high of 16,576 set Dec. 31.
Drivers in California can legally read a map on their hand-held cellphones while behind the wheel, a state appeals court ruled Thursday.
She may sing "Please Don't Stop The Music," but the music at the Balmain show had well and truly stopped when seven-time Grammy Award-winner Rihanna sneaked in the back door, after everyone had left.
Gov. Jan Brewer's veto of a bill allowing businesses to refuse service to gays exposed a fracture within the Republican Party between social conservatives and the GOP's pro-business wing, a split that Democrats hope to turn into a midterm election campaign issue.
DRUG PROBLEM: Shortages of medicines widely used in hospitals, mostly injectable generic drugs such as antibiotics, anesthetic and painkillers, began rising in 2005. New shortages are declining but others persist for years.
The Interior Department is endorsing seismic exploration for oil and gas in Atlantic waters, a crucial move toward starting drilling off the Carolinas, Virginia and possibly down to Florida.
Energy markets were relatively tame Wednesday, with both oil and natural gas showing small declines.
Rowe Fine Furniture Inc. is recalling about 220 ottomans because young children could become trapped inside its storage compartment and suffocate.
When an important social issue intersected with business in Arizona, Corporate America decided it was time to take a stand.
Among KeyBanks nine regions in 12 states nationwide, Washington has been named as 2013 Region of the Year.
Wheat futures fell sharply Thursday as investors worried about a slowdown in purchases and new supplies coming on the market from Argentina.
The number of state chartered banks in Washington fell by five to a total of 54 - between the end of 2012 and the end of 2013, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. reported this week. Meanwhile, the number of employees working at those state institutions rose from 11,704 to 12,804.
Google's mystery barge is heading on a short cruise to comply with an order requiring it to move from its current home on a San Francisco Bay island.
Wells Fargo & Co. is cutting 700 jobs from its home lending business as mortgage refinancing slows down.
Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Thursday on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market:
The Standard & Poor's 500 index is closing at a record high and has turned positive for the year.
Gap Inc.'s fourth-quarter profit dropped 12.5 percent as the clothing retailer discounted heavily over the holiday shopping season to entice customers.
When it comes to smartphones, consumers have an array of choices from Apple to... well, Android.
Wholesale cash prices Thursday:
Consumers soon might have easier access to their credit scores after federal regulators sent letters urging credit card companies to strongly consider including the information at no cost online and on monthly statements.
Cyprus' lawmakers on Thursday effectively forced the government to revise the terms of legislation that would pave the way for the privatization of state-owned companies, a condition of the debt-laden country's rescue deal with international lenders.
Storms outside can freeze up economic growth.
Lane Home Furniture urged people to check if they own a cedar chest it stopped making nearly 30 years ago, after two children recently suffocated to death inside of them.
U.S. hospitals are coping better with ongoing shortages of hundreds of medications, but a new survey indicates that obtaining drugs from alternate sources is costing them a lot of money they can't spare.
Turns out the worst state for carbon dioxide emissions per person isn't smoggy California or bustling New York, but a place famous for its big, clear skies: Wyoming.
The Blackstone private equity firm has taken a 20-percent stake in Versace with a 210 million-euro ($287 million) capital injection, the fashion house said Thursday.
Greece says it has received a single binding bid for the former Athens airport, a prime seaside property and key part of the recession-mired country's limping privatization drive.
The PGA Tour is closing on a deal for Detroit-based Quicken Loans to become title sponsor of Tiger Woods' tournament at Congressional, The Associated Press has learned.
The producers of Maker's Mark bourbon announced a distillery expansion Thursday to pump up production and keep pace with growing demand for the Kentucky whiskey, known by its distinctive bottles sealed in red wax.
Proposed federal environmental guidelines released Thursday would protect endangered North Atlantic right whales from offshore seismic testing aimed at sizing up oil and gas reserves from Delaware to Florida.
Obama administration officials faced the prospect of contentious questioning Thursday from lawmakers about reports that China and India are significantly expanding imports of Iranian petroleum.
NBC said it worked with Olympic officials to stop some 45,000 instances of illegally posted video or pirate streams that surfaced to show competition during the Sochi games.
Britain's signals intelligence division is stealing screenshots from hundreds of thousands of innocent Yahoo users' webcam videos, according to the Guardian newspaper, which also reported that the years-long operation has swept up a huge haul of intimate photographs.
Who audits the biggest bank of them all? Once dismissed as a crackpot cause, the idea of a complete and real-time audit of the Federal Reserve is gaining support in Congress.
The chief investment officer of Calpers, the largest pension fund in the United States, has died after a battle with cancer, his office said on Wednesday. He was 62.
Residents living above an oil-rich shale formation that stretches across southwest Mississippi and Louisiana have been waiting on a boom for years. A steady trickle of drilling is already boosting the rural region's economy, and spending by two oil companies could make 2014 the year that many other locals finally cash in on the oil far beneath their feet.
Oil companies plan a big increase in drilling activity in 2014 in a shale formation in southwest Mississippi and Louisiana.
The PGA Tour has received another long contract extension with The Travelers Companies announcing a 10-year extension as title sponsor.
The spot month contract for light sweet crude was $102.03 per barrel at 12 p.m. Thursday on the New York Mercantile Exchange.
The U.S. stock market is slightly higher in midday trading as investors respond to encouraging results from several retailers.
The World Cup host city of Recife is scrambling to find private partners to organize the FIFA-required fanfest during the tournament.
Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen noted Thursday that recent economic data have pointed to weaker-than-expected gains in consumer spending and job growth. She said the Fed will be watching to see whether the slowdown proves only a temporary blip caused by severe winter weather.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday proposed a redesigned Nutrition Facts label for packaged foods that will highlight calorie counts and recalculate serving sizes in an effort to reduce the Americans' rate of chronic diseases such as obesity and heart disease.
Former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks admitted in court Thursday that she sometimes paid public officials for information, but insisted she only did so when it was in the public interest.
McDonald's plans to expand a test this year that lets people order customized burgers.
Grain futures were higher Thursday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.
After coming close all week, the stock market reached an all-time high Thursday.
Officials in the northeastern Brazilian city of Recife are scrambling to find private partners to organize the fanfest required by FIFA during the World Cup.
The World Cup host city of Recife is scrambling to find private partners to organize the FIFA-required fanfest during the tournament.
Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages rose for a third straight week as new data showed a surprisingly strong pace of new-home sales last month. Rates still remain near historically low levels.
EBay's founder Pierre Omidyar on Thursday said billionaire investor Carl Icahn's claims that the company is not operating in the best manner for shareholders aren't merited.
The European Union's top court has ruled that a fuel tax applied by Spanish regions to help finance health care is illegal, possibly opening the door to compensation claims totaling millions of euros (dollars).
The U.S. stock market edged higher in early trading after some big retailers reported stronger earnings.
The Travelers insurance company announced Thursday it has extended its sponsorship of the Travelers Championship golf tournament for 10 years, keeping the PGA Tour even in Connecticut through 2024.
The International Monetary Fund will answer Ukraine's call for financial help "at this critical moment in its history," fund chief Christine Lagarde said Thursday.
The Tacoma Art Museum marks a milestone for its new wing, raising the final beam for the addition that will hold the Haub family's collection of Western art.
Mortgage giant Freddie Mac posted net income of $8.6 billion for the October through December period, its ninth straight profitable quarter. Earnings were boosted by the continued rise in home prices, which reduced the amounts the company had to set aside to cover losses on mortgages.
The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits rose 14,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 348,000, though the broader trend in applications remained stable.
American businesses ordered fewer durable manufactured goods in January, cutting demand for planes, autos and machines. But a key category that reflects business investment rebounded on the strength of demand for electronics and fabricated metals.
Shares of Mylan Inc. jumped in premarket trading Thursday as the generic drugmaker reported an 11 percent increase in its fourth-quarter earnings, topping expectations despite a rise in expenses.
Kohl's said Thursday that its fiscal fourth-quarter net income fell 12 percent, hurt by one less week in the period and a drop in a key sales barometer. But its earnings still topped analysts' estimates while revenue matched Wall Street's view.
Best Buy returned to a profit in the fourth quarter and topped Wall Street expectations as it cut costs to offset declining sales.
Airlines are once again upping the ante in their international first-class service. But this time, it has little to do with fancy meals or comfy chairs. The carriers are focused on letting wealthy fliers pass through airports without having to mingle with the masses.
The European Union's antitrust authority has formally outlined concerns that Telefonica's proposed 8.55 billion-euro ($11.7 billion) purchase of German mobile operator E-Plus may violate competition rules.
Germany's former president, Christian Wulff, was acquitted Thursday of corruption charges in a case that prompted his resignation two years ago.
Sears Holdings Corp. reported a hefty loss in the fourth-quarter on a 14 percent sales drop, as the beleaguered retailer continues to struggle to bring shoppers into its stores.
British financial group Standard Life said Thursday it is drawing contingency plans to move some of its operations out of Scotland in the event it votes for independence — a decision certain to stoke debate about the fate of business after the Sept. 18 ballot.
Danish shipping and oil group A.P. Moller-Maersk says fourth-quarter profits fell 7.5 percent because of a fall in oil production and lower freight rates.
Spain's National Statistics Institute says the economy grew a smaller-than-expected 0.2 percent in the fourth quarter of 2013 compared with the previous three-month period.
Royal Bank of Scotland was once the biggest bank in the world. Now it's not even the biggest in Britain. And it is about to get smaller still.
Germany is warning its citizens against traveling to Egypt's Sinai in a further blow to tourism in the region.
An executive who guided Tacoma-based Franciscan Health System through a major expansion over the past 16 years is retiring early next year.
Insurance company Allianz says it is increasing its dividend to 5.30 euros ($7.27) from 4.50 euros a share after profits rose 15 percent last year.
Expect sharper, clearer selfies this year.
Tear apart an electric car's rechargeable battery and you'll find a mineral normally associated with No. 2 pencils.
Oil prices eased slightly but held above $102 a barrel on Thursday as expectations for reduced demand due to warmer weather contrasted with a smaller-than-expected increase in U.S. oil supplies.
The White House and the Food and Drug Administration are proposing an overhaul of the "Nutrition Facts" labels on food packages. Among the possible changes:
Ice cream lovers beware: The government knows you're unlikely to stop after half a cup.
The head of troubled bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox says in a web post that he is still in Japan, and "working very hard" to find a solution to the Tokyo-based organization's problems.
Qantas Airways on Thursday said it will cut 5,000 jobs and posted a first-half loss of 235 million Australian dollars ($211 million) amid tougher competition, sending its shares down more than 7 percent.
A U.S. appeals court ordered YouTube on Wednesday to take down an anti-Muslim film that sparked violent riots in parts of the Middle East and death threats to the actors.
Baidu Inc., which operates China's leading search engine, said Thursday its quarterly profit edged down 0.4 percent as it spent heavily to promote mobile services amid an industrywide scramble to keep up with users who increasingly surf the Web on smartphones.
Complete transcript of statement read by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer on Wednesday regarding her veto of a bill allowing religious reasons for refusing service to gays:
Real estate developer Donald Trump told a group of New Jersey Republicans he expects New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to make it through the scandals that are plaguing his administration.
A Los Angeles County jury has ordered Lisa Kudrow to pay her former manager $1.6 million in residuals from her work on "Friends."
Buyers and sellers from around the world are attending this week's Go West Summit at the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center.
American Airlines has ended its policy of extending special fares to passengers who must book a last-minute flight because of a relative's death.
Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air employees Wednesday received more than five weeks' additional pay as a bonus for helping the SeaTac-based airlines meet performance goals.
The U.S. Postal Service will grant pay increases and bonuses to recruit and retain mail carriers in western North Dakota's oil patch, where the region's soaring population has led to overwhelmed workers, long lines at post offices and tardy or undelivered mail.
Major League Baseball issued a statement criticizing legislation in Arizona that Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed a few hours later.
The chief of a federal agency tasked with improving the safety of crude oil shipments by rail declined Wednesday to give lawmakers a date for new tank car rules that railroads and safety officials have sought for years.
Alaska Air Group CEO Brad Tilden urges Arizona governor to veto bill that would allow businesses to refuse service to gays
The Senate's top Democrat criticized a pair of billionaire brothers in unusually harsh terms Wednesday, accusing the conservative duo of being "un-American," spreading lies about President Barack Obama's health care overhaul and lacking a conscience.
As deaths from heroin and powerful painkillers skyrocket nationwide, governments and clinics are working to put a drug that can reverse an opiate overdose into the hands of more paramedics, police officers and the people advocates say are the most critical group — people who abuse drugs, and their friends and families.
The chairman of the Republican-led House of Representatives’ tax-writing panel proposed on Wednesday the first complete overhaul of the nation’s tax code since 1986, a plan that both political parties are likely to debate throughout this election year.
A consulting firm that helped write an environmental review of the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline complied with federal rules regarding possible conflict of interest, the State Department's inspector general said Wednesday in a report that buoyed supporters of the controversial pipeline and disappointed critics.
Berkshire Hathaway Inc. investors will be looking for details of how the conglomerate performed and the best advice CEO Warren Buffett has to offer in his annual letter this Saturday.
Tossing batting practice to Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins and the rest of the Philadelphia Phillies has turned into a busy, post-retirement career for Rob Potts.
A Texas judge has rejected Lance Armstrong's request to stop an arbitration panel from reviewing $12 million in bonuses the cyclist was paid before admitting he used performance-enhancing drugs.
New Zealand's national airline on Thursday posted a record first-half profit on slightly lower revenues.
For a third straight day the Standard & Poor's 500 index traded above its record close but failed to hold on to its gains. The Dow Jones industrial average edged higher. An early move higher Wednesday was led by retailers and home builders, but the stock market's gains mostly petered out in the afternoon. By the closing bell the S&P 500 index was up just a fraction of a point.
Electric car maker Tesla Motors said Wednesday it's considering sites in Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas for a massive battery factory that would employ around 6,500 people.
Snack and soda makers that often are blamed for fueling the nation's obesity rates also play a role in educating the dietitians who advise Americans on healthy eating.
The bill has galvanized business leaders and gay-rights supporters nationwide, united libertarians and Christian conservatives and stirred up a passionate debate on topics like religion and discrimination.
The United States on Wednesday warned Russia against a military intervention in Ukraine, saying such a move would be a "grave mistake," as troops in western Russia were placed on high alert for massive new war games in the area, including near the Russian-Ukrainian border.
The price of oil rose Wednesday as U.S. oil supplies increased less than expected. But natural gas futures fell again on expectations for warmer weather by the middle of March.
Business apparently is good for the Marijuana Policy Project, the nations largest pot lobby: After 19 years of existence, it announced today that it has bought office space in Washington, D.C., just two miles north of the White House.
A photo posted on Instagram that appeared to show a soldier deliberately avoiding saluting the flag touched off a military investigation and a storm of criticism.
Silver and gold futures fell Wednesday, a day ahead of the next public appearance of the new chief of the Federal Reserve.
Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Wednesday on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market:
Joe Wilczek, chief executive of Tacoma's Franciscan Health System for 16 years, will retire next January, he announced Wednesday.
J.C. Penney's turnaround seems to be getting some legs.
Major League Soccer has appointed Nelson Rodriguez as president of Chivas USA.
History doesn't always repeat itself.
A DNA test of a pregnant woman's blood is more accurate than current methods of screening for Down syndrome and other common disorders, new research finds. If other studies bear this out, it could transform prenatal care by giving a more reliable, non-invasive way to detect these problems very early in pregnancy.
The stock market is closing slightly higher as investors respond to an increase in new home sales and earnings gains at major retailers.
The U.S. government's auto safety watchdog is investigating whether General Motors acted quickly enough to recall 1.6 million older-model small cars in a case linked to 13 deaths.
Rail tank cars being used to ship crude oil from North Dakota's Bakken region are an "unacceptable public risk," and even cars voluntarily upgraded by the industry may not be sufficient, a member of the National Transportation Safety Board said Wednesday.
Wholesale cash prices Wednesday:
Several U.S. senators on Wednesday introduced a bill that would curb electronic cigarette marketing while the fast-growing industry awaits regulation by the Food and Drug Administration.
Grain futures were mixed Wednesday on the Chicago Board of Trade.
Fighting back against what they call unfair targeting of conservatives, House Republicans on Wednesday voted to delay efforts by the Obama administration to further restrict political activities of groups claiming tax-exempt status.
The Justice Department is asking a secret federal court to let the government keep telephone records collected by the National Security Agency beyond a five-year limit, arguing that it has an obligation to retain evidence in lawsuits it is facing.
Lawmakers introduced on Wednesday a measure that would gradually lower liquor sales taxes from 20.5 percent to 6.5 percent over eight years.
Sony Corp. says it is closing about two-thirds of its U.S. Sony Stores is part of a wide-ranging company restructuring it announced earlier this month.
Republican lawmakers blasted the Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday for secretly monitoring the emails of agency scientists who went public with allegations that they were pressured to approve certain medical devices.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau filed suit Wednesday against a large, for-profit college chain alleging that it pushed students into high-cost private student loans knowing they would likely end in default.
A sweeping House Republican plan to overhaul the nation's tax laws would wipe out a slew of popular tax breaks to help pay for lower overall tax rates, a politically risky move in an election year that drew quick opposition Wednesday.
Despite lukewarm embrace from party leaders, the Republican chairman of tax-writing House Ways and Means offers a plan for the first overhaul of tax code since 1986.
Former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks said Wednesday that she offered a job to a reporter convicted of phone hacking to keep him from going public with allegations. But she insisted she had not known that illegal activity was taking place under her command.
Jason Collins hasn't even worn his No. 98 jersey in a game yet, and already it's a big seller.
The stock market is higher in midday trading as investors respond to a sharp increase in new home sales and earnings gains at major retailers.
The spot month contract for light sweet crude was $102.76 per barrel at 12 p.m. Wednesday on the New York Mercantile Exchange.
Shares of Chesapeake Energy Corp. fell Wednesday after the oil and natural gas company reported a fourth-quarter loss, hurt by one-time charges.
The Cubs and Under Armour have agreed to a multiyear naming rights deal for the training center at Chicago's spring training complex.
A Harvest Co. is recalling about 720 of its Cork Stacker block sets due to a potential choking hazard.
The European Parliament on Wednesday voted for tougher anti-smoking rules that will make health warnings on cigarette packs larger and include mandatory pictures of rotting teeth or cancer-infested lungs.
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