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  • Oil prices recoup earlier losses on Ukraine woes

    TOKYO (AP) — The price of oil rebounded Thursday on worries about tensions in Ukraine. U.S. crude for May delivery added 31 cents to close at $101.75 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. On Wednesday, it fell by about the same amount. Brent crude, an international benchmark for oil,...

  • New drug sales help boost Novartis Q1 profit

    GENEVA (AP) — Strong new drug sales helped Swiss pharmaceutical firm Novartis AG report a 24 percent rise in first-quarter profit. The company said Thursday that its net profit of nearly $2.97 billion, which was up from $2.42 billion in the same period last year, was helped by sales growth...

  • Alstom shares jump amid talk of GE buyout

    PARIS (AP) — Shares in French train and equipment manufacturer Alstom have spiked on reports that General Electric Co. is considering making a bid for the company. Alstom said in a statement Thursday that it has not been "informed of any potential public tender offer for shares of the...

  • Freedom of information training video available

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A new training video is available to help Virginia's more than 4,000 public board and commission members understand the state's Freedom of Information Act. The eight-minute video was put together by the State Council of Higher Education, the Attorney General's Office and...

  • Postal workers to protest in Richmond

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Postal workers are planning a protest at a Staples store in Richmond. It is part of an American Postal Workers Union protest spanning 27 states Thursday. The workers are opposing the opening of postal counters in Staples stores that are staffed with store employees. Last...

  • Events set for Jamestown's 407th anniversary

    WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) — A celebration of the 407th anniversary of the founding of Jamestown, America's first permanent English settlement, is set for May 10. Jamestown Day will feature a variety of entertainment and educational programs at two local attractions. Historic Jamestown is the...

  • Md. flags flown half-staff to honor Torrey Brown

    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland's flag is flying at half-staff over the State House and at all Maryland Department of Natural Resources facilities to honor a former Maryland Department of Natural Resources secretary who died. Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley ordered the flag flown at half-staff...

  • Farmers learn of changes in new Farm Bill

    NEW MIDWAY, Md. (AP) — The U.S. Agriculture Department is offering Maryland farmers a chance to learn about changes in the 2014 Farm Bill affecting natural resources conservation. The meeting Thursday morning in New Midway is the first of two in the state hosted by the USDA's Natural...

  • 'Voice' winner to perform for Memorial Day in DC

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The 2013 winner of TV's "The Voice" will perform at this year's National Memorial Day Concert on the Capitol lawn in Washington. Organizers are announcing plans Thursday for the Memorial Day festivities on May 25. The lineup this year includes Colin Powell along with...

  • Obama: US would defend Japan in islands dispute

    TOKYO (AP) — Showing solidarity with Japan, President Barack Obama affirmed Thursday that the U.S. would be obligated to defend Tokyo in a confrontation with Beijing over a set of disputed islands, but urged all sides to resolve the long-running dispute peacefully. Wading cautiously into a...

  • Magnitude 6.6 quake off British Columbia coast

    PORT ALICE, British Columbia (AP) — A magnitude 6.6 quake was recorded Wednesday night in the Pacific Ocean off the northwest corner of British Columbia's Vancouver Island, the U.S. Geological Survey's National Earthquake Information Center said. There were no immediate reports of damage or...

  • Wyoming gas explosion prompts evacuation of town

    OPAL, Wyo. (AP) — Residents and emergency crews were waiting for a fire to burn itself out after an explosion at a natural gas processing plant in a small town in southwestern Wyoming. No injuries were reported in the explosion Wednesday in Opal, a town of about 95 people about 100 miles...

  • Nepal officials go to Everest to try to end crisis

    KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — With the Mount Everest climbing season increasingly in doubt, Nepalese tourism officials traveled to base camp Thursday to negotiate with Sherpas who want to walk off the job after an avalanche killed 16 of the mountain guides. Friday's avalanche — the worst ever...

  • Obama says further Russia sanctions are "teed up" in response to Ukraine crisis

    TOKYO (AP) — Obama says further Russia sanctions are "teed up" in response to Ukraine crisis.

  • Obama says Russia isn't abiding by spirit or letter of Geneva agreement on Ukraine

    TOKYO (AP) — Obama says Russia isn't abiding by spirit or letter of Geneva agreement on Ukraine.



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