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  • Drought takes toll on winter wheat in western Kansas Monday, 13 Apr 2015 | 4:24 PM ET

    WICHITA, Kan.— Rains that swept through parts of arid Kansas during the weekend missed vast stretches of parched winter wheat crops in the western part of the state. But weather forecasts that predict heavy rains in western Kansas and eastern Colorado later this week— followed by another generous round of rain expected next week— have sparked a measure of...

  • Man killed wife at Dunkin' Donuts shop, police say Monday, 13 Apr 2015 | 9:42 AM ET

    HANOVER, Md.— Police are searching for a man charged with killing his wife at the Dunkin' Donuts where they worked. Patrons called police Sunday night after discovering no workers at the Dunkin' Donuts on Arundel Mills Boulevard in Hanover. Police say the woman, 21- year-old Palak Bhadreskumar Patel of Hanover, died at the scene.

  • Clorox apologizes for 'emojis' tweet Monday, 13 Apr 2015 | 9:07 AM ET
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    Clorox has apologized after it sparked outrage by tweeting "where's the bleach."

  • Clorox apologizes for 'emojis' tweet Saturday, 11 Apr 2015 | 3:47 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— Clorox has apologized for a social media misstep after the household products company sparked outrage by tweeting "where's the bleach" in reference to last week's introduction of new "emoji" cartoons for iPhones that include several faces of people with black and brown skin. This is someone being thoughtless, and really not focused on what was...

  • Argan posts 4Q profit Friday, 10 Apr 2015 | 9:01 AM ET

    ROCKVILLE, Md. _ Argan Inc. on Friday reported fiscal fourth-quarter earnings of $6 million. On a per-share basis, the Rockville, Maryland- based company said it had profit of 40 cents. For the year, the company reported profit of $30.4 million, or $2.05 per share.

  • CHARLESTON, W.Va.— Attorneys for Don Blankenship say they have conducted a survey showing that the former Massey Energy CEO cannot get a fair trial in southern West Virginia, but prosecutors say he's short of warranting a move elsewhere. His attorneys have suggested Martinsburg or Baltimore. Blankenship was charged with conspiring to violate safety...

  • CHICAGO, April 9- Illinois is the national poster child for state budget messes. Illinois exempts all retirement income from state taxes- Social Security, private and public pensions, and annuities. And we're hardly alone: 36 states that have an income tax allow some exemption for private or public pension benefits, and 32 exempt all Social Security benefits from...

  • NEW YORK, April 9- A Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate, Donna Edwards, pledged on Thursday to swear off all campaign donations from Wall Street banks, the latest Democrat to assail big financial institutions. She said she was "outraged" by a Reuters report that major Wall Street banks had met to discuss ways to urge Democrats such as Massachusetts Senator...

  • Here's the best new reason to wash your car often Thursday, 9 Apr 2015 | 7:00 AM ET

    The message came Wednesday from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which closed a five-year investigation into rusting pipes that carry brake fluid in about 5 million older Chevrolet, Cadillac and GMC pickups and SUVs, without seeking a recall. NHTSA's finding that the GM trucks weren't defective came even though it received 3,645...

  • BALTIMORE— The Baltimore Police Department has an agreement with the U.S. government to withhold certain information about secretive cellphone surveillance technology from the public and even the courts, according to a confidential agreement obtained by The Associated Press. The agreement also makes clear that neither the police department nor...

  • In the White House, President Barack Obama barely noticed Tuesday's disruption. The mechanical failure occurred shortly before 1 p.m. Tuesday at a transfer station in Charles County, Maryland, that is controlled by utilities serving Washington and southern Maryland. Homeland security officials in Washington and Maryland said there was an explosion at the...

  • WASHINGTON, April 7- A power line broke loose at an electrical substation near Washington on Tuesday, briefly. dimming the White House, emptying museums and cutting. The Justice Department and State Department were among thousands of customers whose power was cut in the early afternoon, along with the University of Maryland and some World Bank offices.

  • WASHINGTON, April 7- A power outage hit the White House and much of the Washington area on Tuesday, snarling trains, emptying museums and cutting electricity to government buildings and the U.S. Capitol for hours. The Justice Department and State Department were among thousands of customers affected, along with the University of Maryland and some World Bank...

  • WASHINGTON, April 7- A power outage hit the White House and much of the Washington area on Tuesday, snarling trains, emptying museums and cutting electricity to government buildings and the U.S. Capitol. The Justice Department and State Department were also affected, along with the University of Maryland. Power was briefly knocked out to the White House, delaying...

  • YOUR MONEY-How to bank your child's money Thursday, 2 Apr 2015 | 8:00 AM ET

    NEW YORK, April 2- When I told my 7- year-old that her wallet was getting full and it was time to open a bank account, her eyes widened. 1. Bank of Mom and Dad. Don't be in a rush to move away from the bookshelf bank, says financial literacy expert Susan Beacham.

  • COLUMN-The battle of the robo-advisers heats up Thursday, 2 Apr 2015 | 8:00 AM ET

    CHICAGO, April 2- Here's something you don't see every day: two investment companies in a very public fight about values, greed and putting the interests of customers first. This is what has happened since Charles Schwab launched Schwab Intelligent Portfolios last month, becoming the first major investment company to leap into the so-called "robo-advisory"...

  • Senator Robert Menendez said on Wednesday he will temporarily step aside as ranking member, or top Democrat, on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, in the wake of his indictment on corruption charges. "I believe it is in the best interests of the committee, my colleagues, and the Senate, which is why I have chosen to do so," he said in a letter to Senate Democratic...

  • NEW YORK, April 1- U.S. The 30- year Treasury, a maturity favored by many foreign investors, jumped and was last up 1-12/ 32 and yielding 2.4776 percent, according to Thomson Reuters data. "The market is bracing for the payrolls number on Friday," said Wilmer Stith, fixed income portfolio manager at Wilmington Trust in Baltimore.

  • TREASURIES-Prices climb on soft private-jobs report Wednesday, 1 Apr 2015 | 11:15 AM ET

    NEW YORK, April 1- U.S. The 30- year Treasury, a maturity favored by many foreign investors, jumped more than 1 full point and was last up 1-19/ 32 and yielding 2.4595 percent, according to Thomson Reuters data. "The market is bracing for the payrolls number on Friday," said Wilmer Stith, fixed income portfolio manager at Wilmington Trust in Baltimore.

  • An outbreak of Ebola killed close to 10,000 people across West Africa over the last year, with Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone being the worst affected. Private company Mapp Biopharmaceutical and Tekmira Pharmaceuticals Corp have shown that their Ebola drugs could cure non-human primates. The other companies that are currently testing potential...