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  • NEW YORK— Stephen Colbert is dead. Nine years of Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report" came to an end Thursday night along with its mythical presiding pundit, as the real-life Stephen Colbert bade the audience farewell. Before that, after offing the Grim Reaper and declaring himself immortal, he led a glorious singalong in the studio with a room of luminaries...

  • The watchdog announced sanctions totaling 345.2 million euros on cleaning products makers Colgate-Palmolive, Henkel, Unilever, Procter& Gamble, Reckitt Benckiser, Sara Lee, SC Johnson and Bolton Solitaire. It announced a further 605.9 million euros of fines relating to personal hygiene products against Colgate-Palmolive, Henkel, Unilever, Procter& Gamble,...

  • The watchdog announced fines of a total of 345.2 million euros against cleaning product manufacturers Colgate-Palmolive, Henkel, Unilever, Procter& Gamble, Reckitt Benckiser, Sara Lee, SC Johnson and Bolton Solitaire. It announced a further 605.9 million euros of fines relating to personal hygiene products against Colgate-Palmolive, Henkel, Unilever,...

  • COLUMBIA, S.C.— Judge rules black boy shouldn't have been executed in 1944 in deaths of 2 white girls in SC.

  • Where Christmas is most loved—and hated—in the US Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 2:39 PM ET
    Atlanta Falcons cheerleaders during game in Atlanta.

    Every part of the U.S. loves Christmas, but one region loves it more than anywhere else.

  • WASHINGTON— A Congress that began with bright hopes for immigration legislation is ending in bitter divisions on the issue even as some Republicans warn that the political imperative for acting is stronger than ever for the GOP. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, an author of the comprehensive immigration bill that passed the Senate last year with bipartisan...

  • NC group wants Duke Energy to slow plants building Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 12:09 PM ET

    RALEIGH, N.C.— A North Carolina group advocating renewable energy said Tuesday it is pressing federal regulators to investigate whether Duke Energy should buy power from other Southeast electric companies and build fewer power plants that cost consumers. Duke Energy responded in a statement that NC WARN is complaining after the company built natural gas...

  • Powdered alcohol? Not so fast, lawmakers say Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 5:13 PM ET

    DENVER— Powdered alcohol, touted by its inventor as an easy way to mix a drink on-the-go, hasn't even arrived in stores but states are moving to ban the product amid concern that it will increase underage drinking. Colorado is the latest state considering banning "Palcohol," marketed as an ounce of rum or vodka in powdered form. "I think being proactive and jumping out...

  • How low can gas go? Low, high prices by state Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 2:53 PM ET

    A 78- day plunge in gasoline prices that is showing no signs of slowing has dropped the national average price to $2.60 a gallon, its lowest level since December of 2009. It's saving a typical household $60 a month compared to last year around this time, enough for an extra holiday gift or two.

  • Spending bill cleaves Pelosi from Obama and Senate Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 3:24 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Democratic House leader Nancy Pelosi was the odd person out when the Democratic-led Senate and the Democratic president joined most House Republicans in backing a $1.1 trillion spending bill she opposed. She said she was "enormously disappointed" the White House backed it. Less than three hours before the government was to run out of money, Pelosi...

  • Doctors face steep Medicaid cuts as fee boost ends Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 4:00 PM ET

    That could squeeze access just when millions of new patients are gaining Medicaid coverage. But they could reach 50 percent or more for primary care doctors in California, New York, New Jersey, and Illinois— big states that have all expanded Medicaid under the health law. Meager pay for doctors has been a persistent problem for Medicaid, the safety-net health...

  • BMW gets new CEO; another BMW exec bails for VW Tuesday, 9 Dec 2014 | 5:00 AM ET

    The biggest news: Luxury carmaker BMW AG said its chief executive, Norbert Reithofer, was leaving his post to become board chairman. Volkswagen poached a top BMW executive— who was immediately seen as a potential successor to VW boss Martin Winterkorn. —Reithofer will become chairman of the board of directors at BMW's shareholder meeting on May 13.

  • UAW reaches top tier of VW labor policy at US unit Monday, 8 Dec 2014 | 5:42 PM ET

    NASHVILLE, Tennessee— The United Auto Workers on Monday qualified for the top tier of a new labor policy at the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee, giving the union its first formal role within a foreign-owned auto plant in the southern U.S. Volkswagen said that an independent auditor had verified that the UAW's Local 42 had signed up at least 45 percent of workers at...

  • High court rejects BP appeal of spill settlement Monday, 8 Dec 2014 | 9:38 AM ET

    NEW ORLEANS— The Supreme Court is leaving in place BP's multibillion-dollar settlement with lawyers for businesses and residents over the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The court's decision makes the economic and property damage settlement final, starting a six-month deadline for filing claims, said plaintiffs' attorney Joe Rice of Mount Pleasant,...

  • These states- Texas, Florida, Arizona, Nevada, North and South Carolina, Georgia and California- accounted for about half of the total job growth in the 12 months to September, according to RBC Capital Markets. The shift bodes well for D.R. Horton Inc, the largest U.S. homebuilder, and rivals Lennar Corp and PulteGroup Inc, each of which gets a large part of its revenue...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 2- U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner urged fellow Republicans on Tuesday to pass a long-term government spending bill next week, avoiding a government shutdown and pushing any budget fight over President Barack Obama's executive order on immigration into 2015.. At a closed meeting of House Republicans to plot strategy on how...

  • TOKYO, Nov 30- Shigehisa Takada, the third-generation head of Takata Corp, shows little sense of the crisis engulfing the Japanese air bag maker at the centre of one of the auto industry's biggest safety recalls, according to three people who have met him recently. More than 16 million vehicles have been recalled worldwide since 2008 over Takata's air bag...

  • Honda admits under-reporting serious US accidents Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 | 1:10 AM ET

    Honda failed to notify U.S. safety regulators of 1,729 claims of injuries and deaths related to accidents in its vehicles since 2003.

  • The Japanese automaker's U.S. arm responded to a Nov. 3 order from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, seeking an explanation for why Honda failed to fulfill its legal obligation to report deaths and injuries, especially those involving air bags. Honda and Japanese supplier Takata Corp have been at the center of investigations of defects in...

  • Honda said in a statement that its count of underreported claims came from a third-party audit. Honda and Japanese supplier Takata Corp have been at the center of investigations of defects in Takata air bags. Since 2008, Honda has recalled more than 7.5 million U.S. cars because defects can cause the inflators in some Takata air bags to rupture, spraying metal...