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  • Policies of GOP governors could find national play Saturday, 27 Dec 2014 | 3:20 AM ET

    MADISON, Wis.— One group of potential candidates for president probably won't be shuffling off to Iowa, New Hampshire or other early campaign spots in the new year. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, Mike Pence of Indiana, Rick Snyder of Michigan and John Kasich of Ohio were all elected after Republicans began taking political control of the middle of the country back in...

  • Missouri 1st to see average gas price below $2 Friday, 26 Dec 2014 | 3:14 PM ET

    KANSAS CITY, Mo.— Missouri became the first state Friday to have an average statewide gas price fall below $2 per gallon since 2009, while Oklahoma's average was expected to drop below that threshold sometime over the weekend, according to AAA. Missouri's average on Friday morning was $1.98, according to AAA. Oklahoma had the second-lowest average at $2.01 and "is...

  • Flying high: Airstream can't keep up with demand Friday, 26 Dec 2014 | 10:48 AM ET

    JACKSON CENTER, Ohio— Bob Wheeler still gets the question sometimes when people find out he runs the company that builds those shiny aluminum campers: "Airstreams? Not only are the retro-looking "silver bullet" travel-trailers still being built by hand at the same western Ohio site that has produced them for 60 years, but the company also can't roll them out of...

  • College sees small, big benefits with loan promise Friday, 26 Dec 2014 | 1:28 AM ET

    ADRIAN, Mich.— When it came time to pick a college, Abby Slusher leaned toward a private school near her southeastern Michigan home for the small campus and class sizes. Her mother pushed Adrian College for another reason: A new program guaranteeing every graduate would make more than $37,000, or get some or all student loans reimbursed. Adrian is among the first...

  • NEW YORK/ LOS ANGELES, Dec 25- "The Interview," the Sony Pictures film about a fictional plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, opened in more than 300 cinemas across the United States on Christmas Day, drawing sell-out audiences in many theaters where outspoken patrons said they were championing freedom of expression. Seth Rogen, who co-stars in the...

  • Legislature will renew attempt to repair Lake Erie Thursday, 25 Dec 2014 | 10:22 AM ET

    TOLEDO, Ohio— A plan to slow down some of what's feeding the toxic algae in Lake Erie will be back in front of state lawmakers early next year. A key state lawmaker behind the bill, which would ban farmers in northwestern Ohio from spreading manure on frozen and saturated fields, expects those proposals to come back before the Legislature in January.

  • LOS ANGELES, Dec 25- "The Interview," the Sony Pictures film about a fictional plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, opened in midnight screenings in a smattering of U.S. cinemas on Christmas Day, drawing moviegoers who said they supported the studio's decision to stand up to efforts to censor the low-budget comedy. Seth Rogen, who co-stars in the film...

  • TOKYO, Dec 25- Fuji Heavy Industries, the maker of Subaru brand cars and SUVs, has scrapped a plan to shift production of the new XV Crosstrek to its U.S. plant and will instead make the SUV in Japan, a source familiar with the company's production plans said. Fuji Heavy, which has a policy of making cars in markets where they are sold, decided to make the new vehicle in...

  • TOKYO, Dec 25- Fuji Heavy Industries, the maker of Subaru brand cars and SUVs, has scrapped a plan to shift production of the new XV Crosstrek to its U.S. plant in Indiana and will instead make the crossover SUV in Japan, a source familiar with the company's production plans said. Fuji Heavy, which has been moving production to Indiana due to the strong yen and a policy of...

  • Firm recalls caramel apples amid listeria fears Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 10:51 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— A Missouri firm is recalling its Happy Apple brand caramel apples because of the potential that they could be contaminated with listeria. Happy Apple Co. of Washington, Missouri, said in a statement Wednesday that one of the apple suppliers to its California facility reported that there may be a connection between the listeria outbreak and the...

  • Church-based institutions ponder same-sex benefits Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 | 1:22 PM ET

    Many religious-based institutions are making no changes or sitting on the sideline, perhaps waiting to see if the U.S. Supreme Court will settle whether gay couples should be able to marry in every state. The University of Notre Dame almost immediately decided to offer benefits to same-sex spouses after a court ruling in October cleared the way for gay...

  • Indianapolis airport solar farm expansion completed Monday, 22 Dec 2014 | 4:32 PM ET

    INDIANAPOLIS— Contractors have finished bringing online dozens of acres of solar panels at Indianapolis International Airport, solidifying its status as the home of the nation's largest airport-based solar farm. The airport southwest of Indianapolis now has a total of 76,000 solar photovoltaic panels that turn sunlight into electricity and feed that...

  • NEW YORK— Eli Lilly will sell its heartworm treatment for dogs to garner U.S. approval for its $5.4 billion acquisition of the animal health division belonging to Norvartis. The Federal Trade Commission said Monday that it is requiring the sale of Eli Lilly's Sentinel heartworm products because the Novartis deal would reduce competition and lead to higher...

  • NEW YORK— Despite an early start, sales data provided to The Associated Press shows that stores may once again have to rely on procrastinators to save the holiday shopping season. Sales were up 1.8 percent from Nov. 1 through Monday compared with the same period a year ago, according to payment technology company First Data Corp., which declined to provide sales...

  • Dec 19- A U.S. federal appeals court has slashed the damages that Zimmer Holdings Inc will have to pay Stryker Corp for infringing its patents on a surgical cleaning wand. Last year a jury in Grand Rapids, Michigan, awarded medical device maker Stryker $70 million in lost profits and found Zimmer's conduct to have been willful. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of...

  • Sugarland, promoter settle with state fair victims Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 3:10 PM ET

    MERRILLVILLE, Ind.— Country duo Sugarland, concert promoter Live Nation and 16 other defendants have agreed to pay $39 million to settle claims stemming from the deadly 2011 Indiana State Fair stage collapse, lawyers for the victims and their families announced Friday. Friday's settlement resulted from mediation that began in the spring and is in addition to...

  • INDIANAPOLIS— Eli Lilly and Co. could pay more than $570 million to French pharmaceutical company Adocia under an agreement to develop a fast-acting insulin that is in the early stages of clinical testing. Lilly said Friday that it will pay $50 million upfront and an additional $280 million and $240 million if the insulin reaches some development and sales...

  • Finish Line 3Q results mixed, cuts 2015 outlook Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 7:15 AM ET

    INDIANAPOLIS— The Finish Line Inc. reported a higher fiscal third-quarter profit, but its adjusted results fell short of Wall Street's expectations as it dealt with some charges and merchandise margin pressure. Finish Line which sells shoes, clothing and accessories, earned $2.6 million, or 5 cents per share, for the period ended Nov. 29. Sales at Finish Line...

  • Wisconsin ranks 32nd in private-sector job growth Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 10:01 AM ET

    MADISON, Wis.— Wisconsin ranks 32nd in private-sector job growth and lags behind the national average for the 12- month period that ended in June, according to the latest figures released Thursday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The numbers are consistent with where Wisconsin has ranked in recent years. Wisconsin ranked 32nd nationally in...

  • Indiana officer asked to stop selling 'divisive' shirts Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 7:55 AM ET

    SOUTH BEND, Ind.— Some officials in the Indiana city of South Bend have called on a police officer to stop selling T-shirts that make light of the "I can't breathe" refrain used in recent protests of the police killing of a New York City man. Mishawaka police officer Jason Barthel this week began selling T-shirts with the message "Breathe easy, don't break the law" at a...