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  • 14 charged in deadly 2012 meningitis outbreak

    BOSTON (AP) — Mold and bacteria were in the air and on workers' gloved fingertips. Pharmacists used expired ingredients, didn't properly sterilize them and failed to test drugs for purity before sending them to hospitals and pain clinics. Employees falsified logs to make it look as if the so-called clean rooms had been disinfected. Federal...

  • Alaska ferry project caught in flap over US steel

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A U.S. requirement that American steel be used to update an Alaska ferry terminal is causing some tension with Canadian officials, potentially threatening the project. The terminal is on Canadian soil, in British Columbia, but the land is leased to the state of Alaska. Under a 50-year lease signed last year, the state is...

  • New York to ban fracking; environmentalists cheer

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Handing environmentalists a breakthrough victory, New York plans to prohibit fracking for natural gas because of what regulators say are its unexplored health risks and dubious economic benefits. New York, which overlies part of the gas-rich Marcellus Shale formation that has led to a drilling boom in Pennsylvania and other...

  • Fed to be 'patient' about a rate hike; stocks soar

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve is edging closer to raising interest rates from record lows given a strengthening U.S. economy. But it will be "patient" in deciding when to do so. That was the message sent Wednesday as the Fed ended a meeting amid heightened expectation about a forthcoming rate increase. At a news conference afterward,...

  • Launch pad where rocket exploded back next year

    WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) — Despite a massive explosion in October, authorities say a state-owned launch pad at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility should be repaired and ready for testing late next year. Orbital Sciences' Antares rocket exploded seconds after liftoff on Oct. 28. The rocket was carrying a cargo ship was bound for the International...

  • Stocks gain most in more than a year on Fed, oil

    NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. stock market had its best day in more than a year after the Federal Reserve said it would to remain "patient" in its approach to raising interest rates. Stocks rose from the open on Wednesday, led by energy companies, as oil prices showed signs of stabilizing from a big slump. The market's gains were extended after Fed...

  • 5 things to know: Alcohol calorie labels on menus

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Want to know how many calories are in that alcoholic drink you're about to order? You might be able to find out just by reading the menu. Five things to know about the Food and Drug Administration's new menu labeling rules, which will require chain restaurants with 20 or more outlets to list the amount of calories in...

  • Business Highlights

    ___ US-Cuba thaw could benefit farmers, energy and travel firms WASHINGTON (AP) — Freighters once carried Cuban nickel and limestone to the port of New Orleans and North Dakota beans to Havana. Cuban families ate bowls of American rice, while U.S. tourists flocked to casinos and nightclubs in Havana. The United States' commercial ties with...

  • US official says federal investigators connect Sony hacking to North Korea

    WASHINGTON (AP) — US official says federal investigators connect Sony hacking to North Korea.

  • American Kennel Club adds 4 new dog breeds

    NEW YORK (AP) — A Spanish farm and fishing dog, a Sicilian rabbit-hunting breed, an Italian sheepdog with a distinctive matted coat and a rugged South African watchdog are joining the American Kennel Club pack. The kennel club announced Wednesday that the Spanish water dog, the Cirneco dell'Etna (cheer-NAY-koh-dehl-eht-nah), the Bergamasco and...

  • Stocks with exposure to Cuba rise sharply

    NEW YORK (AP) — A batch of stocks with exposure to Cuba rose sharply Wednesday after President Obama moved to restore diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Caribbean island after more than 50 years of hostility. The move could re-establish economic ties between the countries for the first time since 1961, when Fidel Castro took power....

  • Analysis: 53 years on, time right for US, Cuba

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — After 53 years of hostility between the United States and Cuba, the timing to make amends was perfect for both governments. The breakthrough in US-Cuban relations came with the release of American Alan Gross and an unnamed US intelligence agent, and the freeing of three jailed Cuban agents. The longtime enemies announced...

  • New York panel recommends 3 upstate resort casinos

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Three economically distressed counties in upstate New York have been selected as sites for casinos, a panel announced Wednesday, bringing an end to a fierce competition among developers and job-hungry communities. The Gaming Facility Location Board chose sites in Sullivan, Schenectady and Seneca counties and decided not to...

  • Oracle beats Street 2Q forecasts

    REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (AP) — Oracle Corp. posted better-than-expected results Wednesday in its first quarterly report since co-founder Larry Ellison gave up the helm of the business software maker. The company reported net income of $2.5 billion, or 56 cents a share, in its fiscal second quarter that ended Nov. 30. That was down slightly from...

  • US travel industry carefully eyeing Cuba tourism

    NEW YORK (AP) — Cuba was once a haven for sun-seeking American tourists. Beautiful beaches, lively casinos and late-night dancing made it the perfect getaway, only an hour's flight from Miami. But the Cuban revolution led by Fidel Castro and the subsequent Cold War embargo of the communist island nation put an end to that. President Barack...

  • Study: Wealth gap largest on record

    NEW YORK (AP) — There's even more proof that the rich are getting richer while everyone else gets poorer. In a new report, Pew Research Center said Wednesday that the gap between the nation's wealthiest households and middle- and low- income earners is the widest it has been since the government began collecting data 30 years ago. Pew, which...

  • Figures on government spending and debt

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Figures on government spending and debt (last six digits are eliminated). The government's fiscal year runs Oct. 1 through Sept. 30.

  • MOVERS & SHAKERS

    Aubrey McCoy has been promoted to director of operations and marketing for the Colorado Springs Sports Corp. She came to Colorado Springs in 2011 as an El Pomar Foundation fellow, working with the Sports Corp. on several events that included the annual Rocky Mountain State Games. She was hired at in 2013 as full-time event coordinator for...

  • MGM Resorts and FedEx are big market movers

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Wednesday on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market: NYSE MGM Resorts International, down 84 cents to $18.01 The casino operator and six contractors avoided a trial after reaching a settlement deal in a breach-of-contract lawsuit. FedEx Corp., down $6.48 to...

  • BlackBerry launches Classic in last-ditch effort

    NEW YORK (AP) — BlackBerry is returning to its roots with a new phone that features a traditional keyboard at a time when rival Apple and Android phones — and most smartphone customers — have embraced touch screens. With the Classic, BlackBerry is courting its core customer, the business user. The physical keyboard is something traditional...

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