• NYC blast probe highlights problem of stealing gas

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — While officials caution that they aren't certain what caused last week's blast in New York's East Village, the explosion is highlighting a long-known problem: the illegal siphoning of natural gas. Statistics are limited. The president of New York's Consolidated Edison...

  • Student loan recipients go on repayment strike, face default

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Former and current college students calling themselves the "Corinthian 100" say they are on a debt strike and refuse to pay back their student loans. The name comes from Corinthian Colleges Inc., which operated the for-profit Everest College, Heald College and...

  • US treasury secretary presses Beijing on technology curbs

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    BEIJING (AP) — U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew pressed Chinese leaders to suspend proposed curbs on foreign security technology and said a Beijing-led regional bank should work in partnership with existing institutions. The United States and Europe say Beijing is improperly blocking...

  • Asian stocks gain on economic data, China stimulus hopes

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    TOKYO (AP) — Asian stock markets climbed Tuesday, boosted by positive economic data from major economies and hopes for stimulus in China. KEEPING SCORE: Hong Kong's Hang Seng added 0.7 percent to 25,018.57 and the China's Shanghai Composite Index rose 0.5 percent to 3,803.86. Japan's...

  • US offer for climate treaty: Up to 28 percent emissions cut

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In a highly anticipated announcement, the United States will offer a roughly 28 percent emissions cut as its contribution to a major global climate treaty nearing the final stages of negotiation, according to people briefed on the White House's plans. The U.S. plans...

  • Pharmacists' group discourages providing execution drugs

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — A leading association for U.S. pharmacists adopted a policy Monday that discourages its members from providing drugs for use in lethal injections — a move that could make carrying out such executions even harder for states with the death penalty. The declaration...

  • BNSF railroad adds new safety rules for crude oil trains

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — BNSF railroad has started taking additional safety measures for crude oil shipments because of four recent high-profile derailments in the U.S. and Canada. The railroad said Monday that is slowing down crude oil trains to 35 mph in cities with more than 100,000...

  • Ex-FBI agent sentenced to 10 years in Afghan kickback scheme

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A former FBI agent accused of trying to derail a Utah investigation into an alleged defense contractor kickback scheme was sentenced to 10 years in prison Monday. Prosecutors say that in exchange for promised riches, now-retired New York counterintelligence agent...

  • Amid bird flu outbreak, turkey farmers increase security

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Poultry producers in the nation's top turkey state are taking extra steps to protect their flocks after a devastating strain of bird flu was confirmed at two Minnesota farms in as many days last week, a disease that had already slammed the doors shut on some key...

  • Rates for US Treasury bills edged up at weekly auction

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Interest rates on short-term Treasury bills rose in Monday's auction to the highest levels in two weeks. The Treasury Department auctioned $24 billion in three-month bills at a discount rate of 0.035 percent, up from 0.020 percent last week. Another $24 billion in...

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