• Getty oil heir found dead wrote of serious health problem

    Updated: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Andrew Getty, among the heirs in a family whose name is synonymous with elite American wealth, said in a court filing before he was found dead that he suffered from a serious health problem that could endanger his life. Getty, 47, whose grandfather J. Paul Getty's...

  • Search, social & shopping: Pinterest turns 5

    Updated: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — In its five short years of life, Pinterest has become 'the' place where brides-to-be create wish boards of wedding china photos and do-it-yourself home renovators bookmark shiny turquoise tiles for bathrooms. It's where people share ideas and ingenuity and get...

  • McDonald's: Workers to get pay hikes at company-owned stores

    Updated: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald's says it's raising pay for workers at its company-owned U.S. restaurants, making it the latest employer to sweeten worker incentives in an improving economy. The company owns about 10 percent of its more than 14,300 U.S. restaurants, representing about 90,000...

  • Senate has new deadline to avoid doctors' Medicare cuts

    Updated: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress will get a little extra time to prevent a threatened 21 percent cut in Medicare payments to doctors. Technically, the cut was to take effect Wednesday. But the Department of Health and Human Services said it will hold off processing claims at the lower rate...

  • US car buyers tap the brakes in March, following torrid run

    Updated: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) — U.S. car buyers tapped the brakes in March, a sign of a long-expected slowdown in the blistering pace of sales. March sales were up less than 1 percent compared with the same month a year ago. U.S. consumers bought 1.5 million new cars and trucks in March, according to...

  • Hot cars at the New York International Auto Show

    Updated: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — The New York International Auto Show opens this week with a mix of mainstream sedans and glitzier models from automakers across the globe. There a handful of new midsize cars and compact cars, including the Malibu from Chevrolet, the Optima from Kia, Scion's first-ever...

  • US stocks ease for second day; price of crude oil soars

    Updated: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    A batch of discouraging economic news deepened investors' concerns about corporate earnings, pulling major U.S. stock indexes down on Wednesday for the second day in a row. The modest slide cut the Standard & Poor's 500 index's gain for the year to less than one-tenth of a percent....

  • US stocks ease for a second day; price of crude oil soars

    Updated: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are closing modestly lower, continuing a downward trajectory from the day before. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 77 points, or 0.4 percent, to 17,698 Wednesday. The Dow slumped 200 points on Tuesday. The Standard & Poor's 500 index lost eight...

  • Allegiant pilots plan Thursday strike, scrapping 250 flights

    Updated: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    Pilots at discount carrier Allegiant Air are planning a strike Thursday which they say could ground 250 flights, affecting 33,000 customers. The Las Vegas-based airline has gone to federal court to block the strike, calling it illegal. The airline does not have enough replacement...

  • KBR Inc. to pay $130K penalty over whistleblowers dispute

    Updated: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A global technology and engineering firm has agreed to pay a $130,000 penalty in the first action taken for an alleged violation of a whistleblower protection rule enacted in response to the recent financial crisis, federal regulators said Wednesday. The Securities...

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