• Deere ups guidance as construction offsets ag swoon

    Updated: Fri, May 22, 2015

    MOLINE, Ill. (AP) — Solid sales in construction equipment offset a global agricultural slowdown for Deere and the company raised its outlook for the year. Deere reported second-quarter earnings of $690.5 million, down from the $981 million last year, but better than Wall Street had...

  • US consumer prices up slightly in April; drop in energy costs mutes overall gains

    Updated: Fri, May 22, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — US consumer prices up slightly in April; drop in energy costs mutes overall gains.

  • US consumer prices up a slight 0.1 percent in April

    Updated: Fri, May 22, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer prices were up slightly in April, but overall gains were held back by another decline in energy costs that offset the biggest one-month jump in medical care in eight years. The Labor Department says consumer prices edged up 0.1 percent last month...

  • Amid celebrity show offs, $30 million raised at AIDS gala

    Updated: Fri, May 22, 2015

    CAP D'ANTIBES, France (AP) — Amid celebrity schmoozing, glamourous fashions, musical performances and the frequent banging of the auction hammer, the French Riviera's annual, star-filled amfAR gala brought in its expected share of drama — with celebrity invitees including Leonardo...

  • Eiffel Tower closed amid workers' anger about pickpockets

    Updated: Fri, May 22, 2015

    PARIS (AP) — The Eiffel Tower closed to the public Friday as workers protested a rise in aggressive pickpockets around the Paris landmark that attracts thousands of visitors daily. The walkout came a day after Paris authorities said crime against tourists in the French capital had...

  • China stocks hit 7-year high, Europe muted ahead of Fed

    Updated: Fri, May 22, 2015

    HONG KONG (AP) — Chinese stocks hit a seven-year high as investors pinned their hopes on further economic stimulus while most other world markets were subdued Friday ahead of a speech by Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen. KEEPING SCORE: European stocks were mixed in midday trading....

  • Abbas: Israeli settlement expansion blocks any peace deal

    Updated: Fri, May 22, 2015

    SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday said Israel is blocking peace by continuing to expand settlements on occupied territory, but reaffirmed his support for a two-state solution based on the pre-1967 border. "What prevents the achievement of...

  • Obama nominates Miller as US attorney for Vermont

    Updated: Fri, May 22, 2015

    BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — President Barack Obama has nominated Burlington lawyer Eric Miller to serve as the next U.S. attorney for Vermont. Obama said in a statement Thursday that Miller's career has been distinguished and impressive. U.S. Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, D-Vt., recommended...

  • Longtime Clinton adviser sent flood of emails on Benghazi

    Updated: Fri, May 22, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Longtime Clinton confidant Sidney Blumenthal had been blocked from working for Hillary Rodham Clinton at the State Department by wary White House officials. But that didn't cut his direct line to Clinton on one of the most sensitive matters of her tenure at the...

  • Poland presidential vote could bring return to turbulence

    Updated: Fri, May 22, 2015

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Presidential candidate Andrzej Duda is a new face in Polish politics, but he may herald a return to an older era when his right-wing party held power. Duda, 43, is the surprise challenger to incumbent Bronislaw Komorowski in Sunday's presidential election runoff,...

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