Needed to keep a school building running these days: Water, electricity - and broadband.
Skydivers from around the world returned to the air Wednesday at a popular Arizona skydiving location that was the site of a deadly mishap involving two parachutists a day earlier.
With the fight over solving Illinois' worst-in-the-nation pension shortfall now headed to the courts, the financially troubled state faces a grim possibility: The plan could be tossed, and Illinois could wind up in an...
Baby boomers are suckers for appeals to their narcissism. Generation Xers can't stand their parents. And millennials want to feel like do-gooders.
President Barack Obama prodded Congress to raise wages and secure the social safety net as he issued an overarching appeal Wednesday to correct economic inequalities that he said make it harder for a child to escape...
A prominent Jamaican scientist and entrepreneur is launching a company that aims to capitalize on medical marijuana, a growing global industry that he asserted Wednesday could be a boon for the island's chronically...
Security experts say passwords for more than 2 million Facebook, Google and other accounts have been compromised and circulated online, just the latest example of breaches involving leading Internet companies.
The nation's largest freight rail carriers announced Wednesday they will provide health care benefits to the same-sex spouses of their employees, one day after legally married, gay engineers filed a federal lawsuit in...
The stock market continued its sluggish start to the month on Wednesday.
Sex toys. French films. Star Wars action figures. Erotic photos.
New Yorkers who say electronic cigarettes helped them quit smoking asked city lawmakers at a hearing on Wednesday not to ban the nicotine inhalers from restaurants, workplaces and other indoor spaces, saying there...
Paper copies of Newsweek will again roll off the presses starting next year.
Government subsidies to help Americans buy insurance under the health care overhaul may be vulnerable to fraud, a Treasury Department watchdog warned on Tuesday in the latest indication that troubles are far from over for...
Libya's prime minister said on Wednesday that his government is spending billions of dollars to offset the loss of revenue caused by militias who have shut down oil terminals in the country's restive east, one of...
Stocks are ending mostly lower as investors weigh conflicting economic reports and assess the outlook for Federal Reserve stimulus.
Whether on the gridiron or the dance floor, fancy footwork ruled in the ratings last week.
A Federal Reserve survey released Wednesday found that the U.S. economy held steady during the 16-day partial government shutdown, growing moderately in most regions from October through late November.
Need a quick delivery? Jeff Bezos wants to send in the drones.
Iran indirectly challenged OPEC kingpin Saudi Arabia on Wednesday, announcing it plans to pump as much oil as it can once sanctions on its crude exports are lifted, even if its extra output drives prices into the basement.
Tumblr is where the Internet's cool kids hang out. That's why Yahoo paid $1.1 billion to buy the blogging site in one of this year's most buzzed-about deals.
A survey of chief executives at the largest U.S. companies shows a growing number are slightly more optimistic about the economy's prospects for the next six months and expect to boost hiring.
Las Vegas, where the only design rule seems to be that everything must mirror something else, is getting a new mall modeled on Istanbul's Grand Bazaar.
Stocks are little changed on Wall Street as investors pore over the latest economic reports for clues about when the Federal Reserve will start pulling back on its huge stimulus program.
A forecast-busting U.S. jobs report kept markets in check Wednesday as investors pondered the likelihood of an imminent monetary tightening from the Federal Reserve.
Egypt is committed to pay nearly a quarter of the total arrears it owes foreign oil companies and increase economic growth to 3.5 percent by the end of the fiscal year, in a bid to restore investor confidence in an economy...
The European Commission has fined a group of major global banks a total of 1.7 billion euros ($2.3 billion) for colluding to profit from the manipulation of key interest rates.
An IKEA store in Spain says it has received 20,000 applications for just 400 jobs, an unprecedented rush that crashed its computer servers and illustrated the desperation the country's 6 million unemployed people face.
U.S. service sector firms grew in November at the weakest pace since June, evidence that cautious spending by consumers and businesses may be slowing growth.
Americans ramped up purchases of new homes in October after three months of soft sales, evidence that the housing recovery is improving fitfully.
A judge has given Detroit the green light to cut pensions as a way out of the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history, a decision that puts the case in the laps of thousands of retirees who had hoped that the Michigan...
The European Central Bank says it stands ready to do more, if needed, to boost a weak recovery. But each possible step faces significant drawbacks or even political opposition.
A private survey shows U.S. businesses last month added the most jobs in a year, powered by big gains in manufacturing and construction.
The stock market is opening lower after a strong employment report raised expectations that the Federal Reserve could pull back on its economic stimulus.
Russian aluminum baron Oleg Deripaska's company has launched a 100 million-euro ($1362 million) lawsuit against Montenegro over the handling of its aluminum smelter in the Balkan country.
The U.S. trade deficit fell in October, helped by America's energy boom that lifted overall exports to an all-time high.
Stock futures slid for the third straight day despite a strong employment report on hiring in the private sector and a narrowing U.S. trade deficit.
Nigeria's military is recommending immediate trial for 500 suspected extremist militants and the president is promising an economic boost for the northeast region confronting an Islamic uprising - both issues that...
By PABLO GORONDI Associated Press The price of oil rose above $97 a barrel Wednesday on expectations of a sharp fall in U.S. crude stockpiles.
Philip Morris is buying a 20 percent stake in Megapolis Distribution BV, the holding company for its Russian cigarette distributor, for $750 million.
General Motors says it's in Japan for the long haul despite sales of Cadillac and Chevrolet models barely surpassing 1,000 vehicles a year.
Jeff Bezos' idea to let self-guided drones deliver packages may be too futuristic for Washington to handle.
Further signs emerged Wednesday to show that the paltry economic recovery in the 17-country eurozone is losing steam.
Chances of a breakthrough in global trade negotiations dimmed Wednesday as India refused to budge on food subsidies that are an obstacle to an eleventh-hour agreement at a World Trade Organization summit.
One of the largest insurers in the Netherlands, Achmea NV, says it will cut 4,000 jobs, which represents around 20 percent of its workforce.
Tesco, Britain's largest retailer by revenue, says it struggled at home during the third quarter as consumers continued to feel the pinch.
Portugal wants to look like Ireland, but it can't disguise its resemblance to Greece.
A New York state parole board agreed Tuesday to release former Tyco chief executive Dennis Kozlowski on parole after more than eight years in prison for his conviction in a $134 million corporate fraud case.
An engineer whose speeding commuter train ran off the rails along a curve, killing four people, experienced a hypnosis-like "daze" and nodded at the controls just before the wreck, and by the time he caught himself it was...
A federal prosecutor vowed Tuesday to prove that a former BP drilling engineer was trying to destroy evidence when he deleted hundreds of text messages from a cellphone after the company's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of...
The Illinois Legislature approved a historic plan Tuesday to eliminate the state's $100 billion pension shortfall, a long-delayed decision proponents described as critical to repairing the state's deeply troubled...
Top trade officials began talks Tuesday that will either produce an eleventh hour deal that could boost the global economy by $1 trillion or possibly spell the end of the World Trade Organization's relevance as a forum...
A lawyer for an accounting executive facing charges he aided Bernard Madoff in a massive fraud asked a judge Tuesday for a trial date, saying he wants no delay in getting the case before a jury because aging witnesses may...
Cyber Monday is still on top.
Republicans controlling the House oppose a drive by Democrats to renew jobless benefits averaging less than $300 a week nationwide for the long-term unemployed, a senior GOP lawmaker said Tuesday.
By The Associated Press The holiday weekend and an ongoing shift from cars to small SUVs boosted the auto industry in November.
A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Detroit can use bankruptcy to cut employee pensions and relieve itself of other crushing debts, handing a defeat to the city's unions and retirees and shifting the case into a...
After eight straight weeks of gains, the stock market pullback long anticipated by investors may have arrived.
A worker was missing and presumed dead after a silo collapsed and spilled 50 tons of corn at a facility that was cited this year for six "serious" safety violations, officials said Tuesday.
On perhaps the busiest online shopping day of the year, the Supreme Court refused to wade into a dispute over state sales taxes for purchases on websites like Amazon.com, an outcome likely to prompt more states to attempt...
Americans proved last month that they're head over heels about small sport utility vehicles. They also wanted to buy more than just video game consoles and big-screen TVs on Black Friday.
J. C. Penney Co. says a key sales measure jumped 10.1 percent in November, helped by a strong start to the holiday shopping season.
President Barack Obama wants to draw attention to the income gap between rich and poor in an economic address meant to both spur short-term congressional action and help set the agenda for the remainder of his presidency.
Employers can require their workers to sign arbitration agreements waiving all rights to class-action lawsuits over workplace grievances, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.
Twelve jurors and three alternates have been picked to hear the Justice Department's case against a former BP drilling engineer charged with deleting text messages and voicemails about the company's response to its...
Stocks are closing lower on Wall Street as investors worry about weak consumer spending as the holiday shopping season gets underway.
Seeking to regroup from his health care law's disastrous rollout, President Barack Obama on Tuesday insisted that the sweeping overhaul is working and warned Republican critics that he would fight any efforts to strip...
Saudi Arabia, the largest Arab economy, urgently needs to create new jobs in the coming years for the millions of young people expected to enter the kingdom's workforce, Saudi business leaders and the International...
The Supreme Court indicated Tuesday it won't offer much help to frequent flyers who want to sue when airlines revoke their miles or their memberships.
RV manufacturers expect to pass another milestone in their steady recovery from the recession that landed the industry in a deep ditch.
President Barack Obama congratulated Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos Tuesday on taking bold steps toward peace in his country and praised a U.S.-Colombia trade agreement that has increased commerce between the two...
Senior Palestinians say the diplomatic pressure that produced the nuclear deal with Iran - world powers negotiating jointly in Geneva and wielding the stick of sanctions - should now be applied to the long-festering...
Speculation that the U.S. Federal Reserve will start reducing its monetary stimulus this month weighed on stock markets Tuesday.
Moncler, an Italian fashion house known for its down jackets, is launching an initial public offering this month in what Milan's main stock exchange hopes will boost its plan to become an international hub for luxury...
Stocks are falling on Wall Street as investors worry about the Federal Reserve winding down its economic stimulus program and weak consumer spending in the U.S.
Iran hopes to use a meeting of OPEC oil ministers on Wednesday as a launch pad for its return as a dominant force in global crude markets after months of sanctions. It faces resistance, however, from regional rival Saudi...
Only four months after a raging fire engulfed the arrivals terminal at Kenya's main airport, Kenya's president on Tuesday broke ground on new construction that officials hope will cement the country as East...
A measure of U.S. home prices rose only modestly in October, adding to signs that prices have stabilized after experiencing big gains earlier this year
Stocks are opening lower on Wall Street as investors hold back ahead of economic reports that could influence when the Federal Reserve will start reducing its stimulus.
Royal Dutch Shell PLC says it has completed building the hull of the world's largest floating facility, which has been constructed to process natural gas off the coast of western Australia.
By PABLO GORONDI Associated Press The price of oil extended gains to around $94 a barrel Tuesday, bolstered by encouraging manufacturing data from the world's top two economies and predictions of a...
U.S. stock futures are falling as investors await a raft of economic data this week to gauge when the Federal Reserve will start reducing its economic stimulus.
Royal Bank of Scotland customers found themselves unable to use debit or credit cards on the busiest shopping day of the year.
The Portuguese government is getting more than 578 million euros ($784 million) from the privatization of a 70 percent stake in national mail company CTT - Correios de Portugal.
The federal consumer finance watchdog is expanding its oversight to Sallie Mae and other companies that collect student loan payments.
Counselors helping people use the federal government's online health exchange are giving mixed reviews to the updated site, with some zipping through the application process while others are facing the same old...
Black Friday deals and the long Thanksgiving weekend lured buyers into U.S. automobile showrooms, and analysts say the surge should boost November sales above a strong month last year.
Official figures show the number of people registered as unemployed in Spain fell by a little under 2,500 in November, the first drop during the month since the current system was introduced 1997.
Washoku, the traditional cuisine of Japan, is being considered for designation as part of the world's priceless cultural heritage by the U.N. this week. But even as sushi and sake booms worldwide, purists say its finer...
Volkswagen turns off some employees' email 30 minutes after their shifts end. Goldman Sachs is urging junior staff to take weekends off. BMW is planning new rules that will keep workers from being contacted after hours.
President Barack Obama's new and improved health care website faces yet another test in just a couple of weeks, its biggest yet. If HealthCare.gov becomes overwhelmed by an expected year-end crunch, many Americans will...
A commuter train that derailed over the weekend, killing four passengers, was hurtling at 82 mph as it entered a 30 mph curve, a federal investigator said Monday. But whether the wreck was the result of human error or...
Power up and shop.
Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. said Monday that it could raise as much as $2.37 billion, making it one of the year's biggest IPOs.
The final month of a stellar year for stocks began with a thud.
Fast-food workers in about 100 cities will walk off the job on Thursday, organizers say, which would mark the largest effort yet in a push for higher pay.
The modest office at 110 Wall Street didn't look special, but it was the breeding ground of Bernard Madoff's $17 billion Ponzi scheme, says longtime employee Frank DiPascali.
The stock market is closing lower after the holiday shopping season got off to a disappointing start.
Facing huge anti-government demonstrations after spurning a deal with the European Union, Ukraine's embattled president sought Monday to quell public anger by moving to renew talks with Brussels.
Swedish-based Volvo Car Group has joined the race to develop self-driving cars, saying it plans to build 100 such vehicles in a pilot project.
A French court on Monday ordered a trial for carmaker Daimler AG and industrial conglomerate Lagardere SCA as well as executives for Airbus parent EADS in an insider trading investigation dating back to 2006.
Major stock indexes are little changed in midday trading as investors weigh encouraging news about construction and manufacturing against weaker holiday shopping sales.
U.S. manufacturing grew in November at the fastest pace in 2½ years as factories ramped up production, stepped up hiring and received orders at a healthy clip.
U.S. developers boosted construction spending in October at the fastest pace in more than four years, propelled by a surge in government projects. But spending on home construction and commercial projects both fell.
Two and a half years after Saab shut down production due to financial trouble, the Swedish car rolled a new sedan off its assembly lines in Trollhattan, in south-west Sweden, on Monday.
Retailers got Americans into stores during the start to the holiday shopping season. Now, they'll need to figure out how to get them to actually shop.
The stock market is little changed is early trading after eight straight weeks of gains and the long holiday weekend.
Twitter just issued its IPO but a lingering question is how the popular worldwide microblog company will turn a profit. One Colorado-based company thinks it has found one way to help Twitter, and itself, make money.
Encrypted email, secure instant messaging and other privacy services are booming in the wake of the National Security Agency's recently revealed surveillance programs. But the flood of new computer security services is...
The Chinese government has declared victory in cleaning up what it considers rumors, negativity and unruliness from online discourse, while critics say the moves have suppressed criticism of the government and ruling...
Dow Chemical is looking to spin off or sell about 40 manufacturing plants from its business as it continues to move away from cyclical commodity products.
By PABLO GORONDI Associated Press The price of oil drifted up to around $93 a barrel as China's manufacturing growth held steady at a modest pace in November.
U.S. stock futures are in a holding pattern following the holiday weekend and eight straight weeks of gains for the S&P 500.
Energy company Hess is selling its Indonesia assets to a joint venture between PT Pertamina and PTT Exploration and Production Co. Ltd. for $1.3 billion.
Lloyds Banking Group PLC has named Norman Blackwell to the role of chairman, succeeding Winfried Bischoff when he retires next year.
Serial startup firm Rocket Internet is targeting the growing market for peer-to-peer lending with the launch of a new site in Germany.
Greek authorities say a 13-year-old girl has died after inhaling fumes from a wood-burning stove her mother was using to heat the home after its electricity was disconnected.
The late President Hugo Chavez's dream of leveraging Venezuela's oil wealth to spread revolution across Latin America is crumbling under the weight of an economic crisis that is forcing his hand-picked successor to...
Chinese manufacturing barely expanded in November, growing at about the same rate as the previous month, two surveys showed in further evidence that the world's No. 2 economy is undergoing a sluggish recovery.
By ANNE D'INNOCENZIO AP Retail Writer The holiday shopping season started as a marathon, not a sprint.
President Barack Obama is doing his part to support small businesses.
By STEVE ROTHWELL Thanksgiving Day is no longer all about turkey: It's eating away at Black Friday shopping.
By JESSICA HERNDON AP Film Writer "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" and 3-D animated musical "Frozen" dished up box office records over the Thanksgiving holiday.
A protest by about 300,000 Ukrainians angered by their government's decision to freeze integration with the West turned violent Sunday, when a group of demonstrators besieged the president's office and police drove...
Company executives say new models of Rubik's Cube are being launched in an effort to battle counterfeit models, many of which are made in China.
The worst of the online glitches, crashes and delays may be over for the problem-plagued government health care website, the Department of Health and Human Services said Sunday.
The Gaza Strip's ruling Hamas movement canceled its upcoming anniversary rally Sunday, saying it was inappropriate to celebrate at a time of deep economic woes in the crowded seaside territory.
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani says his country intends to increase production from a giant gas field shared with neighboring Qatar.
Growth of Chinese manufacturing barely expanded in November and stayed at the same rate as in the previous month, indicating a continual sluggish recovery, the China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing said Sunday.
By The Associated Press The holiday shopping season kicked off early, as several retailers began offering deals on Thanksgiving. Many people complained about the early start and the mad rush for deals -...
The Obama administration says it will meet its self-imposed deadline of fixing the troubled health care website so that 50,000 people can log in at the same time starting late Saturday. Yet questions remain about the...
Where's a Black Friday shopper to turn for a 19th century vampire-killing kit?
About 10,000 anti-government demonstrators angry about Ukraine's refusal to sign a pro-European Union agreement converged Saturday on a square outside a monastery where protesters driven away in a pre-dawn clash with...
The nuclear deal struck by Iran and six world powers will put more rubber on the road in the Islamic Republic.
Agriculture economists have long warned that farmers are getting old and staying on their land longer, delaying the turnover to a younger generation. But an Ohio State University professor argues that those fears are...
Mexican drug cartels looking to diversify their businesses long ago moved into oil theft, pirated goods, extortion and kidnapping, consuming an ever larger swath of the country's economy. This month, federal officials...
By ANNE D'INNOCENZIO AP Retail Writer Millions of Americans turned out as the holiday buying season started earlier this year on Thanksgiving Day. But there's still a lot of shopping left.
The troubled Vatican bank announced its new top manager Saturday, promoting an outside consultant who had stepped in when the bank's top two managers resigned amid scandal last summer.
Small businesses interested in buying marketplace health insurance plans for their workers will have to purchase them from agents, brokers or insurance companies for the next year, rather than through the government website.
Ratings agency Moody's late Friday upgraded Greece's credit rating, citing improved results in the crisis-hit country's economic adjustment program.
By The Associated Press The holiday shopping season kicked off early, as several retailers began offering deals on Thanksgiving Day. Many people complained about the early start and the mad rush for...
Oil remained below $93 a barrel Friday, in light trading a day after the Thanksgiving holiday in the U.S.
Motorola will start selling a cheap smartphone in the U.S. more than a month ahead of schedule.
Engineers who used to work for Nokia are hoping to grab a share of the lucrative and highly competitive smartphone market with a new handset, which is based on the former world No. 1 cellphone maker's old software and...
This holiday shopping season, it's Amazon vs. everyone else.
The Cayman Islands has signed an agreement with the U.S. government to fight offshore tax evasion and encourage financial transparency.
The stock market fizzled Friday at the end of a holiday-shortened trading day, but still logged its longest streak of weekly gains in a decade.
By The Associated Press The holiday shopping season kicked off early, as several retailers began offering deals on Thanksgiving Day. Many people complained about the early start and the mad rush for...
Standard & Poor's stripped the Netherlands of its triple-A credit rating Friday, saying that the country's growth prospects have deteriorated and it is not performing as well as peers.
Major stock indexes are ending the day mixed in a holiday-shortened session.
Financial markets were subdued Friday as investors digested a run of economic figures in Europe and awaited clues on the strength of U.S. consumer spending on the first day of the Christmas shopping season.
Retailers are leading stocks higher at midday, putting the market on track for another strong month.
Welcome news on inflation and unemployment on Friday will ease pressure on the European Central Bank to act again next week to shore up the 17-country eurozone economy. But they do little to ease longer-term worries over...
The Swiss government says it has cleared the first batch of banks to cooperate with U.S. authorities under a deal to stem tax evasion.
EU leaders Friday revived Cold War rhetoric Friday, accusing Russia of bullying Ukraine into ditching a landmark deal so the former Soviet republic would stay locked in Moscow's orbit.
In a story Nov. 25 about a strike against Amazon.com in Germany, The Associated Press erroneously reported that the union ver.di represents about 2,000 Amazon employees in Leipzig and 3,300 in Bad Hersfeld.
Stocks are opening higher with all eyes on retailers, who are hoping for a deluge of customers at the start of the holiday shopping season.
U.S. stock futures are heading higher with all eyes on retailers who are hoping that a deluge of customers this Black Friday breaks open what has been a rather lackluster year.
Politicians didn't like it, the public didn't like it, so the gigantic Louis Vuitton suitcase is being booted out of Red Square.
TeliaSonera says it has fired its chief financial officer and three other executives for their role in questionable deals in Central Asia.
Striking Portuguese postal workers have scuffled with police during a protest against the national mail company's privatization.
German retail sales dropped for the second month in a row in October, underlining concerns abroad that Europe's largest economy is overly dependent on its exports to drive growth.
Credit rating agency Standard & Poor's has upgraded Cyprus' sovereign debt by one notch to B- over what it says is a receding risk that the bailed-out country will default on its government borrowings.
A wet and blustery storm along the East Coast made driving hazardous and tangled up hundreds of flights Wednesday but didn't cause the all-out gridlock many Thanksgiving travelers had feared.
Australia on Friday blocked the 3.4 billion Australian dollar ($3.1 billion) takeover bid by U.S. food giant Archer Daniels Midland Co. for GrainCorp Ltd.
Shoppers gobbled turkey, but saved the pumpkin pie for later on Thanksgiving Day.
Asian stock markets were mostly lower Friday as traders awaited European inflation data and the first day of the U.S. Christmas shopping season.
Japan's economy is gaining momentum, data for October showed, with consumer prices excluding food and energy rising 0.3 percent from a year earlier, the biggest gain since 1998. However, household spending remained...
While the Obama administration is making diplomatic progress on some of the Mideast's thorniest security issues, problems are piling up in Asia, a region that President Barack Obama had wanted to play a bigger part in...
By The Associated Press The Australian government has rejected Archer Daniels Midland Co.'s bid to acquire grain handler GrainCorp Ltd, saying the proposed buyout would be contrary to the national...
With Russia warily looking on, European Union leaders on Thursday implored Ukraine to sign a landmark association agreement and reverse the geopolitical defeat they suffered last week when the former Soviet republic sought...
Venezuela's state-run oil company has secured $1 billion in financing from Russia's Gazprom to help the oil-dependent economy boost sagging output.
BlackBerry's interim chief executive has shaken up BlackBerry's management team in a move seen as prelude to him taking the top job himself.
Struggling airline Alitalia says it is well on the way to raising the 300 million euros ($408 million) it has asked from shareholders as part of a broader rescue plan.
Pope Francis on Thursday named his top assistant to look into the work of two commissions of inquiry he set up last summer to investigate the finances of the troubled Vatican bank and Holy See administration.