By FARID HOSSAINAssociated Press
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) - The defects and errors that led to the world's deadliest garment-industry accident extend from the swampy ground the doomed Rana Plaza was built on, to "extremely poor quality" construction materials, to the massive, vibrating equipment
By KRISTEN WYATTAssociated Press
DENVER (AP) - In the most prominent challenge of its kind, Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. is asking a federal appeals court Thursday for an exemption from part of the federal health care law that requires it to offer employees health coverage that includes access to the
By ANGELA CHARLTON
PARIS (AP) - International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde is facing questions at a special Paris court Thursday over her role in the 400 million euro ($520 million) pay-off to a controversial businessman when she was France's finance minister.
The court hearing
By PABLO GORONDIAssociated Press
The price of oil fell to near $93 a barrel on Thursday after a survey showed manufacturing activity in China falling to its lowest level in seven months, a sign that the recovery in the world's No. 2 economy is fading.
By early afternoon in Europe, benchmark oil
By PHILIP ELLIOTTAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - House lawmakers are ready to pass legislation that links student loan rates to the financial markets in spite of a veto threat from President Barack Obama.
Supported by Republicans, the bill would avoid a rate increase for students with new
By JIM KUHNHENNAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - The economy is recovering, the White House is dealing with multiple controversies, and President Barack Obama appears generally unaffected either way.
Several recent polls show the president sustaining an overall approval rating around 50 percent,
By JOE McDONALDAP Business Writer
BEIJING (AP) - Computer maker Lenovo Group said Thursday its latest quarterly profit rose 90 percent as sales of smartphones and mobile computing technology expanded.
Lenovo said it earned $127 million, or 1.22 cents per share, in the three months ending March 31.
By ELAINE KURTENBACHAP Business Writer
TOKYO (AP) - Japan's financial markets gyrated wildly Thursday, underscoring the vulnerability of its economy to a loss of investor confidence as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attempts shock monetary easing to end two decades of stagnation.
Interest rates, or
By PAN PYLAS and PAMELA SAMPSONAP Business Writers
LONDON (AP) - Financial markets around the world were roiled Thursday after Japanese stocks suffered their biggest slide since the country was hit by a devastating tsunami more than two years ago.
Several reasons have been blamed for the 7.3
By HOPE YENAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - Urban renewal? New census estimates show that most of the nation's largest cities further enhanced their allure last year, posting strong population growth for a second straight year.
Big cities surpassed the rate of growth of their surrounding
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama will travel to tornado-ravaged Moore, Okla., on Sunday. That's according to a White House official, who wasn't authorized to publicly discuss the trip ahead of the official announcement and requested anonymity. A
By TAMARA LUSH and BARBARA RODRIGUEZAssociated Press
ZEPHYRHILLS, Fla. (AP) - It could be an anxious wait of up to two months for people in a small Florida city to find out who won the highest Powerball jackpot in history: an estimated $590.5 million.
The lucky ticket was bought sometime Saturday
BICKLETON, Wash. (AP) - A freak snow has given students a snow day in May in the Klickitat County town of Bickleton. School Superintendent Ric Palmer says 10-to-12 inches fell in places overnight and heavy snow brought some tree branches down on lines, knocking out power and