SANTA BARBARA May 22- Government prosecutors are investigating the company at the center of the California oil spill for possible criminal sanctions, according to the district attorney of Santa Barbara- a city that helped spawn the modern environmental movement. Perhaps one of the worst places on Earth for a crude oil leak, Santa Barbara is a beautiful...» Read More
MOSCOW-- Sarah Brightman's voice, beloved by audiences and renowned for its three-octave range, rocketed to fame more than two decades ago as the heroine of The Phantom of the Opera. On Wednesday, Brightman told a news conference in Moscow that she has booked a trip to the International Space Station.
NEW YORK-- The Federal Trade Commission said Wednesday that credit reporting firm Equifax Inc. will pay $393,000 to resolve allegations it broke the law by selling lists of consumers who were late on their mortgage payments. The agency said Equifax and Direct Lending Source violated the FTC Act and the Fair Credit Reporting Act.
WASHINGTON-- Stronger housing markets helped boost economic growth at the end of the summer in nearly every region of the United States, according to a Federal Reserve survey released Wednesday. The Fed said growth improved in 10 of its 12 regional banking districts from mid-August through September, while leveling off in one region and slowing in another.
PHILADELPHIA-- For a year the Joker's been out of sight, out of mind and out of trouble. That changed Wednesday in the pages of "Batman" No. 13, when the clown prince of crime returned to Gotham with a mission to help Batman become a better man, even if it means going after everyone and everything that the Dark Knight and his alter ego, Bruce Wayne, hold dear.
NEW YORK-- Shares of Chevron Corp. plunged Wednesday after the oil giant said its third-quarter earnings are expected to be "substantially lower" than in the second quarter. In addition, results from refining and marketing dropped after a fire damaged Chevron's refinery in Richmond, Calif., and Hurricane Isaac disrupted production at a refinery in Mississippi.
HAVANA-- Cuba shuttered hundreds of medical facilities last year, including 54 hospitals, as the country reorganizes its health care sector. Cuba is proud of the universal, free health system installed after Fidel Castro's 1959 revolution, but his younger brother and successor Raul Castro has stressed that medical care must be more efficient and less wasteful.
NEW TAKE ON NETFLIX: A new book about Netflix Inc. provides the most comprehensive look yet at the video subscription service that has revolutionized home entertainment during the past decade.
Claire McCaskill took aim Wednesday at Republican challenger Todd Akin with a new series of TV ads featuring rape survivors outraged by Akin's remark about "legitimate rape" and his opposition to emergency contraception.
NEW YORK-- Shares of Monster Beverage Corp. fell Wednesday after a Stifel Nicolaus analyst lowered his rating on the energy drink maker, citing slowing sales growth and regulatory risks.
MINEOLA, N.Y.-- Justin Bieber appears in a new anti-cyberbullying video released Wednesday by a New York prosecutor as part of a plea deal resolving misdemeanor charges against one the pop star's managers and a record executive, stemming from a mall fan frenzy in 2009..
PARIS-- He fires up the succulent pork over gnarled, carbonated pig bones, grows sweet greens in a soil mixed with pumice left over by the hazelnut oil industry and he's creating a new kind of wheat, named after himself _ Barber. But Dan Barber, the prize-winning American chef, insists he's not an ecologist who likes to cook.
In a story Oct. 9 about the iTunes-Music-Top 10 list, The Associated Press reported erroneously the No. 3 song. iTunes' Official Music Charts for the week ending Oct. 8, 2012. 6. "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," Taylor Swift.
NASHVILLE, Tenn.-- A Nashville judge has delayed a public intoxication and vandalism case against two-time Olympic gold medalist Shaun White. The 26- year-old snowboarder was accused of pulling the fire alarm and destroying a phone at a Nashville hotel.
LOS ANGELES-- California gas prices dipped slightly Wednesday after surging more than 40 cents a gallon in the past week. The weeklong spike was the largest, single-state weekly increase since Hurricane Katrina, and the highest weekly increase in California history, AAA spokesman Avery Ash said.
WASHINGTON-- Nearly all regions of the United States are reporting that stronger housing markets have helped boost economic growth since the middle of August, according to a survey by the Federal Reserve. The Fed says growth improved in 10 of its 12 regional banking districts, while leveling off in one region and slowing in another.
SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine-- Representatives from 35 airports and a dozen airlines are in Maine discussing the future of airline services. The two-day Eastern Airports Conference is being held Wednesday and Thursday at the Marriott at Sable Oaks in South Portland.
WASHINGTON-- Thousands of motorists may be driving cars and trucks installed with dangerous counterfeit bags and they should have them replaced at their own expense, the Obama administration warned Wednesday.
PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad-- Former world soccer vice president Jack Warner has forbidden the release of crime reports and statistics in his capacity as Trinidad's national security minister, saying that publicizing such information encourages people to commit more crime.