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San Diego buys high-rise in $91 million deal
The city of San Diego is buying an 18-story high-rise next to City Hall where more than 800 municipal employees work.
American Indian tribes to discuss legal pot at conference
American Indian tribes wrestling with whether to legalize marijuana have scheduled a national conference on the topic next month in Washington state.
Google expanding fiber service to 4 Southeastern metro areas
Google is bringing its ultra-fast fiber optic Internet service to four metro areas in the Southeast.
Oppenheimer paying $20M in settlements with US regulators
Oppenheimer & Co. is paying $20 million in civil settlements with U.S. regulators who accused the investment firm of improper sales of penny stocks and inadequate controls against money laundering.
US stock market opens lower after disappointing earnings
The U.S. stock market is opening sharply lower following disappointing corporate earnings and weak economic news.
Arkansas' unemployment rate declines to 5.7 percent
The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services says Arkansas' unemployment rate declined two-tenths of a percentage point in December, from 5.9 percent in November to 5.7 percent.
Gold nuggets stolen from Wells Fargo museum in San Francisco
Thieves in an SUV smashed through the glass doors of the Wells Fargo History Museum in downtown San Francisco and made off with gold nuggets on display.
Obama aide asks Congress for enhanced trade-deal authority
The Obama administration's top trade official says Congress must return enhanced negotiating powers to the White House in order to cut important trade deals with Pacific-rim nations and others.
'American Sniper' maintains lead position at box office
"American Sniper" continued to stay in moviegoers' sights.
CBO: Deficit to shrink to lowest level of Obama presidency
The Congressional Budget Office says the federal budget deficit will shrink this year to its lowest level since President Barack Obama took office.
US stock exchanges expect business as usual amid storm
The major stock exchanges expect to remain open for trading Tuesday even as a blizzard barrels down on New York City.
Clemson, Greenville Tech building $25M innovation center
Clemson University and Greenville Technical College are building a new $25 million center to train students for high-tech jobs in automotive, transportation and other industries.
Boeing, SpaceX will beat Russia on price for astronaut rides
NASA expects to save millions of dollars in launch costs, once its commercial crew program starts flying in a couple of years.
S&P downgrades Russia credit rating to junk
Standard & Poor's rating agency has downgraded Russia's credit grade by one notch to junk status, citing a weakened economic outlook.
BlackBerry boss demands fair shot at market
The boss of cellphone company BlackBerry has penned an open letter to members of U.S. Congress
Wylde unveils own brand of equipment
Rocker Zakk Wylde is launching his own range of guitars and amps.
Norfolk Southern 4Q profit flat as coal revenue falls 15 pct
Norfolk Southern Corp. reported its profit was little changed in the fourth quarter from a year ago because the railroad's coal revenue fell 15 percent on weak demand from utilities and export markets.
Cuban youth build secret computer network despite Wi-Fi ban
Young Cubans may be cut off from the Internet, but they have quietly linked thousands of computers into a hidden network that stretches miles across Havana. It lets them chat with friends, play games and download hit movies in a mini-replica of the online world that most can't access.
Turkish court orders Facebook pages blocked
Turkey's state-run news agency says a court has ordered authorities to block access in the country to Facebook pages that "insult" the Prophet Muhammad, in the latest move to censor the Internet.
Obama to seek wilderness designation for Alaska refuge
President Barack Obama says he will ask Congress to designate more than 12 million acres of the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge, including the Coastal Plain, as a wilderness area. The designation would seal the area off from oil exploration and give it the highest degree of federal protection available to public lands.
Travelers like plan for rail link to NY's LaGuardia Airport
Some business travelers and others are applauding New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposal to construct a 1.5-mile rail link from a transit hub in Queens to LaGuardia Airport.
'American Sniper' holds top spot at weekend box office
"American Sniper" hit the mark with moviegoers again.
New Fisher-Price photo studio seeks ad, packaging diversity
Fisher-Price has been using local kids on its packaging for years, eschewing "professional" models in favor of the babies and toddlers parents trundle in to the toy maker's headquarters in the quaint village of East Aurora, outside Buffalo.
West Fargo 6th-graders build app to help class start on time
A group of West Fargo sixth graders has continued a trend started by other students in the city by winning its state competition in a national app-creation challenge.
Jury awards family $165M in FedEx wrongful death lawsuit
A jury in Santa Fe has awarded an El Paso, Texas family $165 million in a wrongful death lawsuit against FedEx.
Thirst for craft beer fuels large crop of hops
A thirst for craft beer helped hop growers produce their largest crop of hops in five years.
Ex-Major League Baseball player Ted Lilly accused of fraud
Former Major League Baseball player Ted Lilly has been charged in California with three felonies related to insurance fraud.
Kia recalling nearly 87,000 Fortes because of fire risk
Kia Motors America is recalling nearly 87,000 of its 2014 Forte sedans because of faulty equipment that could cause the cars to catch fire.
Oregon focus of effort to expand background checks for guns
Fresh off a victory in Washington state, a leading gun control group backed by billionaire Michael Bloomberg hopes to make Oregon its next prize in a campaign to require all gun sales go through universal background checks.
Nevada considering strict condom regulation for porn films
Adult film production migrated from California to Nevada after voters in Los Angeles County approved a law requiring condom use on set. Now, a condom use requirement could follow.
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