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  • New tourism director hopes to work with colleges Sunday, 28 Dec 2014 | 8:42 AM ET

    CONCORD, N.H.— Happy to be back in New Hampshire, the state's new head of travel and tourism also wants to return to school, in a sense, by working with colleges and universities to attract more students. One of her long-term goals is to partner with the education community to highlight why New Hampshire is both an attractive place to visit and to earn a degree.

  • Clinton economic approach under scrutiny Saturday, 27 Dec 2014 | 8:28 AM ET

    More than two decades after Bill Clinton won the presidency, Hillary Rodham Clinton is considering another White House bid— and for her, too, it's still "the economy, stupid." Democrats are watching closely, including members of the party's liberal wing who are wary of her ties to Wall Street and six-figure speaking fees. Clinton is widely expected to announce a...

  • 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...

  • Cellphones cut off, Ohio suburb weighs bankruptcy Friday, 26 Dec 2014 | 11:24 AM ET

    EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio— East Cleveland has long been one of the poorest cities in the state, a model for what urban decay looks like— streets filled with blighted and boarded-up homes and tired commercial districts. East Cleveland in recent years lost two of its biggest employers and the income taxes paid by those who worked there. East Cleveland has been there...

  • Things to know about the enduring Airstream Friday, 26 Dec 2014 | 11:00 AM ET

    The western Ohio plant that builds Airstream travel-trailers is seeing such hot demand that there's a three-month backlog on orders, and ground has been broken on a major expansion that will increase production capacity. An annual camping event at the Ohio factory sponsored by Airstream Life magazine draws 120 to 150 units. The first stop for Apollo 11...

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • Faithful flock to Bethlehem for Christmas Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 9:19 AM ET

    BETHLEHEM, West Bank— Several thousand Christian pilgrims on Wednesday flocked to the biblical town of Bethlehem for Christmas Eve celebrations at the traditional birthplace of Jesus, lifting spirits after a year of conflict and failed peace efforts. A Palestinian host welcomed members of Gaza's tiny Christian community, who were permitted to cross...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 23- Investors in U.S.-based mutual funds pulled $9.4 billion out of bond funds in the week ended Dec. 17 on profit-taking following gains in bonds this year, data from the Investment Company Institute showed on Tuesday. Funds that specialize in U.S. stocks posted $4.2 billion in outflows, while funds that mainly hold international shares posted $2.4...

  • 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...

  • FDA going after sellers of pure caffeine powder Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 | 3:04 AM ET

    The FDA warned consumers to avoid pure powdered caffeine this summer after the death of an Ohio teen. Since the FDA doesn't have the legal authority to just pull such a substance off the shelves, the agency is in the process of building a legal case against those who are marketing it in bulk in an attempt to persuade them to stop. Michael Taylor, FDA's deputy...

  • 13 primates die at South Texas research facility Monday, 22 Dec 2014 | 4:41 PM ET

    Covance, which is headquartered in Princeton, New Jersey, provides animal testing to aid in the development of drugs for an array of ailments, from heart disease to diabetes, said Covance spokeswoman Melissa Thompson. USDA is now considering what actions it should take, spokeswoman Tanya Espinosa said in a Monday. Federal guidelines require that animal...

  • Arizona to change drugs it uses in executions Monday, 22 Dec 2014 | 3:23 PM ET

    TUCSON, Ariz.— Arizona officials said Monday they have been cleared of any wrongdoing in an execution this year that lasted nearly two hours, but they are nevertheless changing the drugs they use to put inmates to death. Instead, it will try to obtain pentobarbital or Sodium Pentothal, the powerful sedative also known as sodium thiopental that was used in lethal...

  • Dec 22- Procter& Gamble Co said it would sell its soap brands Camay and Zest to Unilever Plc for an undisclosed amount to focus on its faster-growing brands. The company will also sell its Talisman facility in Mexico to Unilever. The Cincinnati- based company sold its Duracell battery business to Berkshire Hathaway Inc in November and its pet food business in...

  • NY farmers lament lost opportunity for gas riches Sunday, 21 Dec 2014 | 11:41 AM ET

    ALBANY, N.Y.— While environmental groups are doing a victory dance over New York's decision to ban fracking, farmers such as apple grower David Johnson are grieving for dashed hopes and dreams. That's what they've done since the Marcellus Shale gas drilling boom began in 2008 and New York launched an environmental review that effectively put a moratorium in...

  • California puzzles over safety of driverless cars Sunday, 21 Dec 2014 | 10:41 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES— California's Department of Motor Vehicles will miss a year-end deadline to adopt new rules for cars of the future because regulators first have to figure out how they'll know whether "driverless" vehicles are safe. It's a rare case of the law getting ahead of an emerging technology and reflects regulators' struggle to balance consumer protection...

  • Ohio enacts law shielding execution drug sources Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 5:37 PM ET

    John Kasich has signed a bill into law shielding the names of companies that provide the state with lethal injection drugs. Supporters say such confidentiality is necessary to obtain supplies of the drugs, and the measure is needed to restart Ohio executions. The legislation also shields the names of participants in Ohio executions.

  • Student hit by truck settles Ohio State lawsuit Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 4:47 PM ET

    COLUMBUS, Ohio— An Ohio State University student who was run over by a dump truck on campus and lost a leg will receive $500,000 and free tuition in a settlement. Freshman James Hughes was riding his bike to class in September 2013 when he was hit by the dump truck near the entrance to a construction site. The then-18-year-old lost his right leg and suffered severe...

  • Retailers vow to follow NY's toy gun law Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 2:59 PM ET

    ALBANY, N.Y.— Big name retailers say they are taking steps to follow a New York state law that prohibits the sale of toy guns that could be mistaken as the real thing. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman on Thursday said his office wrote to Amazon, K-Mart, Sears and Walmart after an investigation found that non-compliant toys were sold online.