• Connecticut couple sues airlines in abduction case Tuesday, 23 Sep 2014 | 3:07 PM ET

    BRIDGEPORT, Conn.— A Connecticut couple is suing US Airways and an affiliate for allowing a California man now charged with kidnapping to fly their 14- year-old daughter to Sacramento last year. The Hamden, Connecticut, couple is accusing Arizona- based US Airways and affiliate Piedmont Airlines of negligence and infliction of emotional distress.

  • ACLU sues over Arizona 'revenge porn' bill Tuesday, 23 Sep 2014 | 3:05 PM ET

    PHOENIX— A new Arizona law making "revenge porn" illegal is so broad it criminalizes booksellers, artists, news photographers and even historians and is therefore unconstitutional, the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona said in a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday.

  • Wind energy proposal would light Los Angeles homes Tuesday, 23 Sep 2014 | 1:47 PM ET

    LOS ANGELES— An alliance of four companies proposed an $8 billion project Tuesday that within a decade could send wind power generated on the plains of Wyoming to households in Southern California.

  • UCF moving ahead with plans for downtown campus Tuesday, 23 Sep 2014 | 10:57 AM ET

    ORLANDO, Fla.— The University of Central Florida is moving ahead with plans for a multimillion dollar expanded campus in downtown Orlando that the UCF president called "a game changer" for the school and the community. University President John Hitt announced the joint initiative with Valencia College during a Tuesday breakfast with community leaders.

  • Mexico warns Arizona of waste spill into river Monday, 22 Sep 2014 | 3:02 PM ET

    TUCSON, Ariz.— Authorities are testing water from the San Pedro River in southern Arizona that may be contaminated with toxic waste that traveled north after a massive copper mine spill in Mexico this summer.

  • Judge upholds video limits in Jodi Arias trial Monday, 22 Sep 2014 | 7:03 AM ET

    PHOENIX— A judge Monday refused to lift restrictions on camera coverage of the penalty phase retrial in Jodi Arias' murder case. Judge Sherry Stephens rejected a request from local television stations to allow video footage to be broadcast 30 minutes after the end of each day's proceedings.

  • Production at Arizona factory at standstill Friday, 19 Sep 2014 | 6:58 PM ET

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.— The production of pet food at a Flagstaff factory where an explosion injured four contract workers isn't expected to resume for several weeks. Officials from Nestlé Purina said Friday that the ingredient intake and handling area of the mill building will need repairs.

  • Twitter parody plays differently in middle America Friday, 19 Sep 2014 | 1:35 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Jon Daniel was watching cartoons with one of his sons when he created a spoof Twitter account in the name of the Peoria mayor. "I was like,' Well, OK, that's the end of that chapter,'" he told The Associated Press.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 19- Though diet studies disagree about what's worse for you, carbohydrates or fat, most say nice things about eating protein, including its potential for better weight control. In July, Taco Bell started selling high-protein meals, which contain Greek yogurt options and twice the meat as in its traditional burritos and bowls.

  • Indian company plans 1,200 jobs in North Carolina Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 10:26 AM ET

    CARY, N.C.— Indian information technology services company HCL Technologies said Thursday its American subsidiary will add about 1,200 jobs in North Carolina over the next five years by continuing to prepare not-fully-ready workers to fill the IT jobs.

  • Darrell Hammond takes over for Don Pardo on 'SNL' Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 9:30 AM ET

    NEW YORK— A familiar face— former cast member Darrell Hammond— is taking over for a familiar voice at "Saturday Night Live." Hammond, who acted on the long-running comedy show from 1995 to 2009, is replacing announcer Don Pardo.

  • Manhattan's income gap is widest in US: Census Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 8:20 AM ET
    Manhattan apartment buildings

    The mean income of the top 5 percent of households in Manhattan has soared, giving it the biggest income gap of any U.S. county. The NYT reports.

  • Arizona's jobless rate up for 3rd straight month Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 4:24 AM ET

    PHOENIX— Arizona's unemployment rate is up for a third straight month. Department of Administration economists reported Thursday that the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for August was 7.1 percent, up from 7 percent in July.

  • Ex-VA doctor: Phoenix report a 'whitewash' Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 2:21 PM ET

    Samuel Foote, a former clinic director for the VA in Phoenix, said a report by the department's inspector general appears designed to "minimize the scandal and protect its perpetrators rather than to provide the truth."

  • Sept 15- Massachusetts' highest court on Monday threw out a lawsuit seeking to block Tesla Motors Inc from selling its luxury electric cars directly to consumers in the state, enabling it to bypass traditional dealerships.

  • Business Highlights Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 5:46 PM ET

    'Minecraft' could boost Microsoft's mobile reach. NEW YORK— Microsoft's decision to spend $2.5 billion for the creator of the hit game "Minecraft" could help the Xbox maker grab attention on mobile phones, a new priority for the company. In addition, the founders of Mojang, the Swedish company behind "Minecraft," aren't staying with Microsoft.

  • Sept 15- Isola Group Ltd, a maker of laminate materials, filed with U.S. regulators on Tuesday to withdraw its up to $100 million initial public offering of common shares. Chandler, Arizona- based Isola had applied in October 2011 to list its common stock on the Nasdaq under symbol "ISLA".

  • Sept 15- Massachusetts' highest court on Monday threw out a lawsuit seeking to block Tesla Motors Inc from selling its luxury electric cars directly to consumers in the state, enabling it to bypass traditional dealerships.

  • Once-troubled reverse mortgages poised for rebound Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 2:43 PM ET

    Industry analysts expect strong growth as the housing market improves, particularly in once hard-hit Sun Belt areas including Phoenix, Miami and San Diego, California, and aging Americans find value in growing old in their homes. They are also being boosted by high-appreciation, gentrifying neighborhoods in older cities such as New York's Brooklyn borough.

  • Arizona dog food plant surveyed after explosion Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 2:15 PM ET

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.— A crew from Nestlé Purina is assessing damage from a grain-dust explosion that injured four contract workers at the company's plant in Flagstaff, Arizona. Company spokesman Keith Schopp says a crew from the St. Louis headquarters was on site Monday surveying the damage.