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  • Ex-DHS watchdog put on leave after critical report

    WASHINGTON (AP) — It took just hours for Homeland Security Secretary Jeh (jay) Johnson to put the agency's former internal watchdog on leave after a Senate report concluded the employee was too cozy with senior Homeland Security Department officials. The report says he also delayed or...

  • HK bankers add to calls for democracy from Beijing

    HONG KONG (AP) — A group of Hong Kong finance industry professionals are pledging to join an Occupy-style movement as a way to express their worries about Beijing's growing influence, which they say is undermining the Asian financial hub's economy. The bankers, traders, stockbrokers and...

  • S&P cuts Russia's credit rating

    MOSCOW (AP) — The Standard & Poor's credit agency has cut Russia's credit rating from BBB to BBB-, citing the capital flight and risk to investment in the wake of the Ukraine crisis. Credit ratings are important for the economy because they determine how expensive it will be for a country or...

  • Cover Oregon board to decide exchange's future

    DURHAM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon is set to make a final decision on whether to become the first state in the nation to drop its problem-plagued online health exchange and link up with the federal website. Cover Oregon's board will decide Friday whether to approve an advisory committee's...

  • Iran cuts portion of gasoline subsidies

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran has cut a portion of its gasoline subsidies, nearly doubling some prices at the pump as part of a second round of cuts delayed since 2012. Friday's move will test public support for moderate President Hassan Rouhani in a nation battered by inflation and economic...

  • Honda's profit doubles on weak yen, strong sales

    TOKYO (AP) — Honda's profit for the fiscal fourth quarter zoomed to more than double the previous year's as the benefits of a weak yen added to strong sales. Honda Motor Co. said Friday that January-March net profit totaled 170.5 billion yen ($1.67 billion), up from 75.7 billion yen the same...

  • KPN sales fall; barely profitable in first quarter

    AMSTERDAM (AP) — Royal KPN NV, the Dutch telecommunications company partly owned by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim, says revenues fell in the first quarter and earnings dropped 98 percent due to falling profitability of its mobile businesses, and a shrinking business market in the...

  • Egypt tries to save money on wheat subsidies

    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt will try to save half the money it spends on wheat subsidies by issuing a new smart card system to ensure that the cheap bread goes to only the neediest. Egypt is the world's largest importer of wheat and the country's supply is subject to price changes on the international...

  • Credit card reader co. opening NYC headquarters

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Square, Inc., the company behind the credit card payment system that attaches to mobile phones, is opening its East Coast headquarters in New York City. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday the San Francisco-based company expects to move into its new headquarters in SoHo this...

  • Baidu profit up 24.1 percent on strong ad revenue

    BEIJING (AP) — Baidu Inc., operator of China's most popular Internet search engine, said Friday its quarterly profit jumped 24.1 percent over a year earlier as its mobile business grew. Profit rose to 2.5 billion yuan ($407.8 million) in the three months ending March 31, according to the...

  • Sina suspends book site after pornography reported

    BEIJING (AP) — Sina.com says it has temporarily closed its literature site after the Chinese web giant was alleged to be hosting pornography. A notice on its reading channel Friday said Sina had decided to take books off its site while it undergoes "a self-correction action" to screen their...

  • Where will calorie labels appear? Not just menus

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Diners could soon see calorie counts on menus of chain restaurants. But what about the roasted chicken sold at grocery stores, or the hot dogs convenience stores offer? Will movie theaters have to tell patrons the number of calories in a giant soda and bucket of popcorn?...

  • Europe gives Electrolux a Q1 profit boost

    STOCKHOLM (AP) — Swedish home appliance-maker Electrolux says the economic recovery in Europe helped the company's first-quarter net profit rise 19 percent to 431 million kronor ($66 million) from 361 million kronor. The world's second largest appliance maker said Friday that the pick-up in...

  • Deadline approaching for job matchmaking summit

    DETROIT (AP) — The deadline is approaching to apply online for the jobs available at a state-sponsored event being held at Ford Field. More than 110 Michigan businesses will interview qualified job candidates for positions during Dream Job at the home of the Detroit Lions on June 13....

  • Nurses to strike 1 day in Hazard, Beckley, W.Va.

    HAZARD, Ky. (AP) — Registered nurses are planning a one-day strike at two hospitals in Kentucky and West Virginia operated by Appalachian Regional Healthcare. The National Nurses United labor union issued a news release in which the nurses said they will strike May 1 to protest hospital...



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    From Brandeis on the Atlantic to Azusa on the Pacific, an iron curtain has descended across academia. Behind that line lie all the classrooms of the ancient schools of America. Wesleyan, Brown,...

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