North America


  • Norwegian Cruise nears $3B Prestige deal: Sources Sunday, 31 Aug 2014 | 3:40 PM ET

    Norwegian Cruise is in advanced talks to acquire peer Prestige Cruises International for around $3 billion, according to sources.

  • Officials investigate cause of leaks in Ohio dam Sunday, 31 Aug 2014 | 3:29 PM ET

    WAVERLY, Ohio— Leaks found at a southern Ohio dam have led the state to ask boat owners to remove their boats from Lake White while inspectors check for the cause.

  • Online ride-sharing service comes to Wichita Sunday, 31 Aug 2014 | 3:28 PM ET

    WICHITA, Kan.— A smartphone-based ride-sharing service that is popular in many cities has arrived in Wichita. The Wichita Eagle reports that Wichita is one of 22 U.S. cities where San Francisco- based Uber took to the streets Thursday.

  • Thune could play pivotal role in internet access Sunday, 31 Aug 2014 | 2:54 PM ET

    John Thune could play a pivotal role in shaping the future of internet access in America should he become the head of the powerful U.S. Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. But whether he takes charge of the committee or remains the second in command depends on Republicans winning control of the U.S. Senate this November.

  • LOS ANGELES/ NEW YORK, Aug 31- The "Guardians of the Galaxy" misfits reached a new box office stratosphere over the U.S. "Guardians" rang up $16.3 million in U.S. and Canadian ticket sales from Friday through Sunday, topping weekend charts for the third time since its Aug. 1 debut, according to estimates from tracking firm Rentrak.

  • Aug 31- Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd, the world's third largest cruise operator, is in advanced talks to acquire peer Prestige Cruises International Inc for around $3 billion, according to people familiar with the matter.

  • Celebrity chef charged with intoxicated driving Sunday, 31 Aug 2014 | 2:06 PM ET

    SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y.— Celebrity chef Todd English, who has opened restaurants around the country and written multiple cookbooks, was arrested Sunday on a charge of driving while intoxicated, authorities said. Police in Southampton said English was arrested Sunday morning on a county road on Long Island.

  • Incentives states can offer to get Tesla factory Sunday, 31 Aug 2014 | 1:06 PM ET

    LOS ANGELES— Five states are on the short list for a $5 billion factory that Tesla Motors plans to build so it can crank out batteries for a new generation of electric cars. The package of economic incentives that each state offers will help determine where Tesla builds the factory— Nevada, California, Texas, Arizona or New Mexico.

  • Austin not yet seeking pipelines for water needs Sunday, 31 Aug 2014 | 12:56 PM ET

    AUSTIN, Texas— San Antonio is preparing to move forward on a pipeline that could eventually skirt Austin as it brings water to the thirsty Alamo City. As other Central Texas communities mull piping in water to meet growing needs, Austin is largely foregoing pipelines.

  • Feds eye stricter rules for railroad rights of way Sunday, 31 Aug 2014 | 12:50 PM ET

    But the U.S. Department of the Interior's Office of the Solicitor determined it made a mistake 15 years ago by allowing too much discretion on what modern-day railroads can build or allow third parties to build on that land.

  • Tesla Motors dealing as states play factory poker Sunday, 31 Aug 2014 | 12:45 PM ET

    LOS ANGELES— From the start, little has been typical about Tesla Motors' plan for a $5 billion factory to make batteries for a new generation of electric cars. This spring, Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced that Tesla would take the extremely unusual step of spending millions to prepare sites in two states— or perhaps even three— before the finalist was chosen.

  • Merkel unhappy with Draghi's new fiscal focus: Report Sunday, 31 Aug 2014 | 12:07 PM ET
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks with Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank (ECB).

    Draghi said it would be "helpful for the overall stance of policy" if fiscal policy could play a greater role alongside the ECB's monetary policy.

  • Armored truck overturns, spilling bags of money Sunday, 31 Aug 2014 | 11:52 AM ET

    The Providence Journal reports that Deputy Fire Chief Paul Valletta Jr. says passersby arrived at the scene Saturday, but it was not initially known if anyone took money. They were transported for treatment at Rhode Island Hospital. Information from: The Providence Journal, http://www.providencejournal.com.

  • Feds want nuclear waste train, but nowhere to go Sunday, 31 Aug 2014 | 11:02 AM ET

    Putting the cart before the horse, the U.S. Department of Energy recently asked companies for ideas on how the government should get the rail cars needed to haul 150- ton casks filled with used, radioactive nuclear fuel. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Department of Transportation share responsibility for regulating shipments.

  • Cleveland welcomes growing field of server farms Sunday, 31 Aug 2014 | 10:45 AM ET

    CLEVELAND— Northeast Ohio is hardly ready to usurp Silicon Valley as a high-tech mecca, but a growing number of data centers are choosing to locate in and around Cleveland to take advantage of cheap power, an abundance of fiber-optic cable and one of the safest environments in the U.S. for storing digital information.

  • Agriculture equipment sales decline in 2014 Sunday, 31 Aug 2014 | 10:25 AM ET

    MITCHELL, S.D.— Sitting under a tent at an annual agricultural equipment sales event, Shawn Berry noted that orders for the machinery he sells have dramatically slowed down this year— so much so that the Ohio- based company he represents could end up to 30 percent short in sales compared to last year in some states, South Dakota and Minnesota included.

  • Detroit raced toward this week's bankruptcy trial Sunday, 31 Aug 2014 | 10:18 AM ET

    Massive debt, thousands of creditors and complex union and pension issues had many experts thinking Detroit's bankruptcy would take years to resolve, considering two California cities— Stockton and San Bernardino— filed a year before Detroit did and still haven't settled on plans.

  • Scale will matter for success of New York casinos Sunday, 31 Aug 2014 | 10:07 AM ET

    Casinos are closing in Atlantic City, while new ones are opening in Maryland and Massachusetts.

  • *Took Draghi to task about Jackson Hole comments- Spiegel. BERLIN, Aug 31- A German news magazine reported on Sunday that Chancellor Angela Merkel is unhappy with European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi for apparently proposing a greater emphasis on fiscal stimulus over austerity in order to boost growth in Europe.

  • Unions: FairPoint not playing fair in labor talks Sunday, 31 Aug 2014 | 8:52 AM ET

    PORTLAND, Maine— FairPoint Communications workers in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont have known it had to come to an end. Terms of their Verizon contract had carried over when FairPoint purchased the company's land-based telephone operations and had been mostly unchanged for 10 years. "We get that FairPoint doesn't have the deep pockets that Verizon had.