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  • Honda adds 105,000 vehicles to driver's air bag recall Thursday, 19 Mar 2015 | 7:24 AM ET

    Honda says it's the first recall of 2008 Pilots for potential problems with driver's air bags made by Takata Corp. of Japan. With the added vehicles, Honda has now recalled 5.5 million Honda and Acura cars and SUVs nationwide from the 2001 to 2011 model years because of the air bag problems. Honda says in documents posted Thursday by U.S. safety regulators that it...

  • House, Senate panels adopt balanced-budget plans Thursday, 19 Mar 2015 | 3:29 AM ET

    Shortly before midnight on Wednesday, the House Budget Committee called off a vote on a plan to remove restrictions on additional defense dollars, a proposal to placate lawmakers intent on easing the pain for the Pentagon. The failure of the GOP- led committee to approve its budget blueprint as scheduled was unprecedented in recent memory.

  • Trump said he had formed an exploratory committee to determine whether to run, and that he had hired staff in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. In a telephone interview with Reuters, Trump said he would put his job creation record up against anyone, including the dozen or so Republicans who are considering a White House run in 2016.. The United States for years...

  • Is there any recourse for victims of online photo memes? Wednesday, 18 Mar 2015 | 11:56 AM ET

    "When one of these mobs fixes on you it's like a Lovecraftian horror," said James Grimmelmann, a professor at the University of Maryland who specializes in Internet law. She's fought for her life since she got here, "Pringle told NBC affiliate WCBD-TV near her Summerville home." Pringle's mom, Linda Pringle, had equally strong words for those who memed her little...

  • WASHINGTON, March 18- Real estate mogul and TV personality Donald Trump took the first steps on Wednesday toward launching a 2016 presidential campaign, a sign the businessman may jump into the Republican race after publicly considering it in years past. Trump said he had formed an exploratory committee to determine whether to run, and that he had hired staff in...

  • Trump launching presidential exploratory committee Wednesday, 18 Mar 2015 | 9:29 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Donald Trump announced plans Wednesday to form a presidential exploratory committee. While a step short of a formal campaign launch, the formation of an exploratory allows him to begin raising money and hire staff as he weighs a White House bid. Trump said he's already hired political aides in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, which host the...

  • INDIANAPOLIS— Indiana could ban powdered alcohol before it even has a chance to hit store shelves, as a House committee voted unanimously Wednesday not to allow the new product's sale, purchase or even possession in the state. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, earlier this month approved the sale of the powdered alcohol product, Palcohol.

  • Google's moonshots, gender bias at South by Southwest Wednesday, 18 Mar 2015 | 3:01 AM ET

    The head of Google's division talked about testing driverless cars and delivery drones, gender bias in tech was a hot topic and event-goers checked out the latest products and companies on the trade show floor. Some of Google's most secretive projects like Google Glass and driverless cars have come out of its five-year-old division, so attendees flooded in...

  • Correction: Blue Bell-Listeriosis story Tuesday, 17 Mar 2015 | 5:48 PM ET

    DALLAS— In stories on March 13-14 about listeria contamination of some Blue Bell products, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the Food and Drug Administration found listeria bacteria in 10 Blue Bell frozen novelty products. 3 Kansas hospital patients die of ice cream-related illness. Five people, in all, developed listeriosis in Kansas after...

  • Boeing's SC plant delivers first 787-9 aircraft Tuesday, 17 Mar 2015 | 10:08 AM ET

    NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C.— The first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft assembled at the company's South Carolina plant has been delivered. The company said Tuesday that the stretch version of the standard Dreamliner has been delivered to United Airlines after assembly was completed in January. Work on assembling the first 787-9 in South Carolina began last...

  • CHARLESTON, S.C., March 13- The percentage of Americans who drink a cup of coffee every day declined for the third straight year, the National Coffee Association said on Friday, reflecting slacker consumption from older drinkers. "Our grandparents drank coffee all day," Mark DiDomenico, director of business development at research firm Datassential and former...

  • No jolt for java: U.S. coffee drinking grinds lower Friday, 13 Mar 2015 | 7:18 PM ET

    Charleston, S.C., March 13- The percentage of Americans who drink a cup of coffee every day declined for the third straight year, the National Coffee Association said on Friday, reflecting slacker consumption from older drinkers. "Our grandparents drank coffee all day," Mark DiDomenico, director of business development at research firm Datassential and former...

  • PUNTA GORDA, Fla., March 9- The first peaches are ripe for harvest in Florida, bred to thrive where Mother Nature never intended the fruit to grow, alongside the state's signature rows of orange and grapefruit trees. Peaches naturally belong in cooler climates such as Georgia, whose famous crop is just now poised to bloom, two months away from harvest.

  • WASHINGTON, March 6- Senator Robert Menendez denied any wrongdoing on Friday and said he was "not going anywhere" after CNN reported the U.S. Justice Department is preparing criminal corruption charges against the New Jersey Democrat. Citing unidentified sources briefed on the case, CNN said the charges center on allegations Menendez used his office to...

  • WASHINGTON, March 6- The U.S. Justice Department is preparing criminal corruption charges against New Jersey Democratic Senator Robert Menendez, CNN reported on Friday. Citing unnamed sources briefed on the case, CNN said the charges center on allegations Menendez used his office to promote the business interests of a Democratic Party donor and friend in...

  • WASHINGTON, March 6- The U.S. Justice Department is preparing criminal corruption charges against New Jersey Democratic Senator Robert Menendez, CNN reported on Friday. Holder, who was traveling in South Carolina with President Barack Obama, said he could not comment. Federal authorities have probed Menendez's relationship with Florida ophthalmologist...

  • NEW YORK, March 4- U.S. hospital executives said on Wednesday they were optimistic they will avoid the toughest consequences of a Supreme Court decision on whether millions of Americans can continue to purchase subsidized health benefits under Obamacare. "I am hopeful that the court will recognize and uphold the intent of Congress, which was to expand coverage...

  • CHARLESTON, S.C., March 3- Daimler AG is set to announce it will build Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans at its plant in South Carolina and add 1,200 jobs there as a result, a state politician said on Tuesday. South Carolina State Representative Chip Limehouse, a Republican from Charleston, said officials in North Charleston, South Carolina, told him the German automaker...

  • Feb 26- South Carolina's Supreme Court ordered Johnson& Johnson to pay a penalty of $136 million, upholding a jury's finding that the drugmaker's Janssen unit had improperly marketed its anti-psychotic drug Risperdal and concealed its risks. A trial court had earlier ordered J&J to pay $327 million, but the Supreme Court more than halved that penalty, citing a...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 25- Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen on Wednesday fended off a stream of aggressive questions from Republican lawmakers who accused the central bank of making Democratic political causes a higher priority than its stewardship of the U.S. economy. Speaking in front of the House of Representatives Financial Services Committee, the normally...