LONDON— Prime Minister David Cameron and his main opponent agree on one thing going into Britain's May 7 election: Voters should choose the next leader based on the health of the economy. The opposition Labour Party is urging voters to look behind the headlines. "It's about austerity and globalization," said John Curtice, a professor of politics at the University...» Read More
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.
NEW YORK-- There's a fresh push to get Holly Golightly onto a Broadway stage. Producers said Wednesday that a new adaptation of "Breakfast at Tiffany's" is aiming for a Shubert theater in New York City in February 2013.
ALLEGAN, Mich.-- Perrigo Co., which makes store-brand over-the-counter drugs and infant formulas, said Wednesday that it received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to market an over-the-counter nicotine product similar to Nicorette mini lozenges.
WASHINGTON-- Four years ago, Joe Biden was careful not to appear overly aggressive in his vice presidential debate with Sarah Palin, then a newcomer to the national stage. Now, as he prepares to debate Paul Ryan, a 14- year House veteran and the top Republican budget writer, Biden is less concerned about looking like a bully.
WASHINGTON-- Supreme Court justices sharply questioned the University of Texas' use of race in college admissions Wednesday in a case that could lead to new limits on affirmative action. Justice Anthony Kennedy, whose vote could be decisive, looked skeptically on Texas' defense of the program. "
House Majority Leader Tom DeLay told an appeals court Wednesday that the onetime GOP heavyweight's efforts to influence Texas elections may have been distasteful but weren't illegal.
NEW YORK-- True Religion Apparel's stock soared on Wednesday as investors embraced the clothing company's announcement that it is considering putting itself up for sale. THE ANALYSIS: Dorothy Lakner of Caris& Co. said in a client note that there's been speculation in the past that True Religion might look to sell itself, but believes that this time it's for real.
BRUSSELS-- A European Union official warns that time's running out to create a system to prevent Internet users from having every click recorded. Neelie Kroes, EU digital agenda commissioner, plans to warn in a speech Thursday that efforts to create a "do not track" Internet header aren't succeeding.
RICHMOND, Va.-- Virginia is easing drought advisories for central Virginia and the northern Piedmont region, but keeping a watch in place for the Roanoke River region. The region includes 10 counties, from Appomattox to Prince Edward, and the cities of Colonial Heights, Petersburg and Hopewell.
BELLINGHAM, Wash.-- The Bonneville Power Administration has proposed a 10- year power sales agreement with Alcoa Inc.' s Intalco smelter in Ferndale. The Portland- based federal power marketing agency is taking public comment on the proposal through Nov. 7. The BPA says the deal should help maintain the 625 jobs at the smelter six miles north of Bellingham.
John Lynch said Wednesday that New Hampshire is in pretty good financial shape after achieving a $13.8 million budget surplus in the fiscal year that ended June 30. He said the surplus was notable given that there was a $22 million shortfall in Medicaid enhancement tax revenues and a $12 million drop in tobacco tax revenue.
The euro rose to $1.2888 in afternoon trading from $1.2880 late Tuesday. The British pound slipped to $1.6003 from $1.6004. The dollar rose to 78.24 Japanese yen from 78.22 yen.
Shares of Darling International slumped 7 percent Wednesday following a downgrade by a BMO Capital Markets. THE ANALYSIS: Zaslow lowered his 2012 earnings estimate to $1.17 from $1.21 and his 2013 estimate to $1.40 from $1.55. SHARE ACTION: Darling International Inc. fell $1.14 to $16.41 by midday.
MADRID-- The Spanish Red Cross on Wednesday launched its first-ever campaign for donations to help Spaniards hit by economic crisis, in a sign of how needy this nation has become. The Red Cross and other aid groups say soaring unemployment and government austerity measures are leaving tens of thousands of people in need of food and financial help.
NEW YORK-- Stocks are down again on Wall Street, this time because of the prospect of weaker earnings for Alcoa and Chevron. Just before the lunch hour, the Dow Jones industrial average is down 67 points at 13,406. The Standard& Poor's 500 index is down three at 1,437. And the Nasdaq composite index is off three at 3,061..
PARIS-- French and Swiss prosecutors say they've dismantled a major drug trafficking and money laundering network, arresting 20 people on Wednesday, including employees of a finance company and major international bank.