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  • NEW YORK, May 25- An Air France flight from Paris was escorted by U.S. fighter jets to New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport on Monday after an anonymous threat was made against the flight, according to WABC television. Citing an unnamed senior U.S. official, ABC News said the Maryland State Police Fusion Center, which handles intelligence gathering,...

  • Dog lovers and restaurateurs say the proposal would safely accommodate people who want to dine out with man's best friend in places from Manhattan sidewalk cafes to country ice cream stands. They're my boys, "Vargas said while relaxing this past week with her poodle mixes, Luigi and Carmine, and a friend's wire fox terrier at an outdoor Manhattan park cafe.

  • WASHINGTON— Congress has sent President Barack Obama a bill to keep highway and transit aid flowing to states for another two months and prevent shutdown of summer construction projects. It's the 33rd time in more than six years that Congress has resorted to a temporary patch to keep transportation programs going, 12 bills specific to highway and transit...

  • Congress passes 2-month highway, transit aid extension Saturday, 23 May 2015 | 1:46 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Congress sent President Barack Obama a bill to keep highway and transit aid flowing to states for another two months and prevent shutdown of summer construction projects. It's the 33rd time in more than six years that Congress has resorted to a temporary patch to keep transportation programs going, 12 bills specific to highway and transit...

  • SACRAMENTO, Calif.— The California Assembly on Friday approved one of the nation's toughest bans on plastic, exfoliating microbeads that are polluting waterways. Manufacturers already have pledged to phase out the materials, including L'Oreal, Unilever and Johnson& Johnson, and use natural alternatives such as apricot shells and cocoa beans.

  • May 22- Investors worldwide pulled $8.5 billion out of funds that specialize in U.S. stocks in the week ended May 20 on appetite for cheaper share prices in Europe, data from a Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Research report showed on Friday. Stock funds overall returned to outflows, with $600 million pulled after $1.9 billion in inflows the prior week,...

  • NEW HAVEN, Conn.— Two former Wesleyan University students pleaded not guilty Friday to federal charges they distributed synthetic party drugs that resulted in on-campus overdoses and sent 11 people to hospitals. The defendants, Zachary Kramer, 21, of Bethesda, Maryland, and Eric Lonergan, 22, of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, appeared in federal court in New Haven.

  • U.S. Senate Democrats press for Amtrak funding increase Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 4:44 PM ET

    One day after an Amtrak train derailed on May 12 near Philadelphia, killing eight passengers, the Republican-controlled House Appropriations Committee approved a $1.14 billion Amtrak budget, a $252 million cut from fiscal 2015.. "Philadelphia was preventable and it was predictable," Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut said at a news conference.

  • Amtrak says the system will be ready by year's end throughout the Northeast Corridor, which stretches from Boston to Washington, with the exception of some track owned by commuter railroads in New York. Democrats want Congress to give Amtrak the entire $2 billion in subsidies the railroad requested for the budget year that starts Oct. 1. They say GOP lawmakers...

  • Amazon adds one-hour store delivery in New York City Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 9:30 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Amazon will begin offering one-hour delivery from local stores in New York City as competition in the delivery arena increases. The service, offered in the city's Manhattan borough, is part of Amazon's Prime Now delivery service and will initially include grocery chains D'Agostino and Gourmet Garage and bakery Billy's Bakery, with Italian food...

  • WASHINGTON, May 21- A surge in bank repossessions of properties last month pushed overall foreclosure activity across the United States to an 18- month high, according to a report by industry firm RealtyTrac released on Thursday. "In this particular market, an influx of distressed inventory could actually help stimulate sales during the spring and summer...

  • CareFirst says data breach affects about 1.1M people Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 4:11 PM ET

    They also didn't get access to Social Security numbers, medical claims, or credit cards, and the company said there is no evidence of other breaches. It provides health insurance and services to 3.4 million people in Maryland, Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. The company is offering two years of free credit monitoring and identity theft protection to...

  • May 20- CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, which sells health insurance in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia, said on Wednesday that a cyberattack compromised the data of 1.1 million current and former members. Anthem Inc, the second-largest U.S. insurer, said early this year that the records of 80 million people were accessed by hackers.

  • Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced the pact that Equifax, Experian and TransUnion struck with attorneys general in 31 states. "I am pleased that our agreement brings about reforms that will provide for more effective dealings and better communication between consumers and the credit reporting agencies," said Alabama Attorney General Luther...

  • Economic incentives on Arkansas governor's session agenda Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 3:14 PM ET

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark.— A special legislative session focusing on economic development incentives also will include an effort to move up Arkansas' primary, a reorganization of some agencies and a change in the state's driving while intoxicated law, Gov. The Republican governor detailed the items that will be on the agenda for next week's session, which he called to...

  • Spark electric car's price sparks a sales run Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 12:01 PM ET

    Chevrolet lowered the starting retail price for the plucky subcompact electric car to $25,995 last month, making it the lowest-priced 2015 electric car with two rows of seats offered in the U.S. by a major auto manufacturer. With the $7,500 tax credit, the purchase price can wind up at just $18,495— akin to the price of a gasoline-powered small car like the Honda...

  • Man who caught listeria-related meningitis sues Blue Bell Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 10:14 AM ET

    AUSTIN, Texas— A man is suing Blue Bell, saying he contracted listeria-related meningitis after eating ice cream produced by the company. David Philip Shockley seeks unspecified damages in the negligence lawsuit filed Tuesday in Austin. The lawsuit says Shockley was hospitalized with respiratory failure and septic shock in October 2013 after eating Blue...

  • LOS ANGELES— Los Angeles is the latest and biggest city to endorse a hike in the minimum wage, adding to a string of successes for unions and advocates for the poor who have made it a primary objective as American wages stagnate. But even those who backed the City Council's vote for a $15- an-hour wage by 2020— more than double the current federal minimum requirement—...

  • House votes to fund Capitol Hill operations Tuesday, 19 May 2015 | 5:24 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The House on Tuesday approved a $3 billion measure that would continue to freeze the salaries and office expenses of lawmakers on Capitol Hill. And when Capitol Hill itself is frozen, kids will be able to sled on it without being rousted by the cops. The measure contains a provision that freezes lawmakers' salaries at $174,000, a level that hasn't been...

  • BOSTON, May 19- The now-defunct Massachusetts pharmacy behind a deadly 2012 meningitis outbreak that killed at least 64 people will pay out $200 million to its victims and creditors under a bankruptcy reorganization plan approved on Tuesday. The bankruptcy reorganization plan was approved by U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Henry Boroff. Deaths of patients...