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  • US rig count decreases 43 to 1,267

    HOUSTON (AP) — Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. fell by 43 this week to 1,267 amid depressed oil prices. The Houston-based company said Friday in its weekly report that 86 rigs were exploring for oil and 280 for gas. One was listed as miscellaneous. A year ago...

  • Miss America Organization president is stepping down

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The president of the Miss America Organization is stepping down after nearly two years at the helm. Sharon Pearce has served the group for the past nine years. She became president in 2013. The organization announced Friday that Sam Haskell, its chairman and CEO, has been promoted to executive chairman and will...

  • Recalls this week: hand trucks, ceiling fans

    More than 250,000 hand trucks are being recalled this week because of a faulty wheel hub. Other consumer products being recalled this week include faulty ceiling fans and electric cooking ranges. Here's a more detailed look: CONVERTIBLE HAND TRUCKS DETAILS: Cosco Home & Office Products 3-in-1 convertible aluminum hand trucks with model...

  • Man with heart issues revived near Newark Liberty bag claim

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a 74-year-old man found unresponsive on the ground near a baggage carousel at Newark Liberty International Airport has been revived by police officers. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey says four of its officers and two supervisors combined Thursday to help the Magnolia, Texas, man who was...

  • US agency: California will get no federal water; farmers say fields could go unplanted

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — US agency: California will get no federal water; farmers say fields could go unplanted .

  • Southwest nearly done inspecting planes that were grounded

    DALLAS (AP) — Southwest Airlines says it expects to meet a federal deadline this weekend and finish examining 128 planes that were grounded because of missed inspections. Southwest Airlines Co. spokeswoman Brandy King said Friday that the airline had inspected 115 of the planes and would check the others by the Sunday night deadline. The...

  • As tastes change, big food makers try hipster guises

    HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — At a taco shop in Southern California, milkshakes are served in mason jars and a chalkboard menu lists "The 1%er" made with lobster meat. The logo is a pink skull and instead of buzzers, customers are given license plates so servers can identify them when bringing out orders. Nowhere is it evident that the U.S....

  • Providence Journal names Janet Hasson its new publisher

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A veteran newspaper executive credited with increasing online readership and digital advertising has been named publisher of The Providence Journal. Janet Hasson will be the second female publisher in the 185-year history of Rhode Island's largest newspaper. Hasson has been serving as the president and publisher of the...

  • US consumer sentiment slips in February on icy weather

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Harsh winter weather left U.S. consumers feeling a bit less confident this month, the University of Michigan says. But confidence levels still remain at the highest level in eight years. The University of Michigan says its index of consumer sentiment slid to 95.4 in February from an 11-year high of 98.1 in January. "It is...

  • Competitors hungry for Seminole blackjack deal to expire

    MIAMI (AP) — As Florida lawmakers appear ready to allow key portions of the state's high-stakes gambling deal with the Seminole to expire, other gambling interests are watching keenly for openings in the multi-billion dollar industry if the tribe and Gov. Rick Scott can't negotiate something new. However, it's not clear if those openings will...

  • Stocks slip at midday after weaker estimate of US growth

    The stock market is mostly lower in midday trading following news that U.S. economic growth slowed more sharply than previously estimated in the final three months of the year. The Dow Jones industrial average slipped 27 points, or 0.2 percent, to 18,187 as of 11:45 a.m. Eastern time Friday. The Standard & Poor's 500 was flat at 2,110 and the...

  • Fiat Chrysler recalls 467K SUVs for possible stalling

    DETROIT (AP) — Fiat Chrysler is recalling more than 467,000 Dodge and Jeep SUVs worldwide to fix a faulty fuel pump relay at the root of a potential stalling problem. It's the same problem that caused the recall of 189,000 other SUVs in September of last year, bringing the total to more than 656,000. A safety advocate says the recall should be...

  • Business events scheduled for the coming month

    All times are Eastern MONDAY, March 2 WASHINGTON — Commerce Department releases personal income and spending for January, 8:30 a.m. Eastern; Institute for Supply Management releases its manufacturing index for February, 10 a.m.; Commerce Department releases construction spending for January, 10 a.m. BARCELONA, SPAIN — Day 1 of Mobile World...

  • Signed contracts to buy US homes rise to 18-month high

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans signing contracts to buy homes rose at a healthy pace in January, a sign that home sales are poised to accelerate after a slow start to the year. The National Association of Realtors said Friday that its seasonally adjusted pending home sales index increased 1.7 percent to 104.2 last month. December's...

  • Correction: Sears-Results story

    NEW YORK (AP) — In a story Feb. 27 about Sears Holdings Corp., The Associated Press reported erroneously that Chief Financial Officer Rob Schriesheim said in a statement that the actions Sears took in 2014 — such as store closures and inventory reduction — generated $2.3 billion in liquidity. Sears says the actions that generated that cash...

  • Obama to host European Council president next month

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will host European Council President Donald Tusk at the White House next month. The White House says the two will review a range of issues, including Ukraine, Russia, a pending trade deal between the U.S. and European countries, economic growth, energy security, climate change and countering violent...

  • US economic growth in Q4 revised down to 2.2 percent

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy slowed more sharply in the final three months of the year than initial estimates, reflecting weaker business stockpiling and a bigger trade deficit. The Commerce Department said Friday that the economy as measured by the gross domestic product grew at an annual rate of 2.2 percent in the October-December...

  • Stock market slips after weaker than expected growth in US

    The stock market is opening slightly lower after the U.S. economy slowed more sharply than expected in the final three months of the year. The Dow Jones industrial average slipped 15 points, or 0.1 percent, to 18,199 in early trading Friday. The Standard & Poor's 500 index was flat at 2,110 and the Nasdaq slipped less than a point to 4,987....

  • Oil train wrecks increase pressure for tougher safety rules

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Fiery wrecks of trains hauling crude oil have intensified pressure on the Obama administration to approve tougher standards for railroads and tank cars despite industry complaints that it could cost billions and slow freight deliveries. On Feb. 5, the Transportation Department sent the White House draft rules that would...

  • US economy grew at moderate 2.2 percent in fourth quarter, slower than previously believed

    WASHINGTON (AP) — US economy grew at moderate 2.2 percent in fourth quarter, slower than previously believed.

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