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  • SYLVA, N.C.— Authorities say a fingerprint has led them to a man who placed a pipe bomb near small propane tanks in a Walmart in the North Carolina mountains. Officials say there were no serious injuries at the store in Sylva when the bomb exploded in September 2007. Federal court records say Larry Bowlsby's fingerprint was found on a shopping cart after the...

  • May 27- A tropical storm warning, the year's first for the United States, was issued on Friday by the National Weather Service for the coast of South Carolina, five days before the official start of the Atlantic hurricane season. The bulletin, posted by the National Hurricane Center in Miami, warned of tropical storm conditions reaching South Carolina's...

  • RALEIGH, N.C.— Organizers of North Carolina's world-renowned furniture market are releasing attendance figures Friday that could be an important barometer of business reaction to the state's new law limiting protections for LGBT people. The twice-a-year High Point Markets bring an estimated $5 billion a year in economic activity to North Carolina.

  • OAK BROOK, Ill./ LOS ANGELES, May 26- U.S. restaurant operators would probably not replace workers with robots if they had to pay the $15 hourly wage demanded by protesters, McDonald's Corp Chief Executive Officer Steve Easterbrook told shareholders at the company's annual meeting on Thursday. The picketers are part of a national "Fight for $15" movement that, along...

  • The picketers are part of a national "Fight for $15" movement that, along with an improving job market, has spurred pay raises at major employers such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc and McDonald's, though not to the level demanded by protesting workers and supporters. Workers seeking pay of at least $15 per hour and the right to unionize, and their supporters, have protested...

  • WASHINGTON— Angry House conservatives voted down a routine spending bill Thursday in a fight over gay rights, underscoring the passions surrounding a social issue that is dividing the Republican Party and the nation in this election year. The 305-112 vote killed a spending bill for energy and water projects, and may imperil GOP efforts to pass any more of the 12...

  • More than 40 Republicans helped Democrats power the gay rights measure over the opposition of GOP conservatives who dominate the chamber. Conservatives did prevail in a separate vote designed to make sure federal funding isn't taken away from the state of North Carolina over its controversial bathroom law for transgender people. This time, GOP leaders let...

  • More than 40 Republicans helped Democrats power the gay rights measure over the opposition of GOP conservatives who dominate the chamber. Conservatives did prevail in a separate vote designed to make sure federal funding isn't taken away from the state of North Carolina over its controversial bathroom law for transgender people. Then, GOP leaders twisted...

  • NEW YORK, May 25- Oil prices were up more than 1 percent on Wednesday, with market bulls targeting $50 a barrel and beyond, on expectations the U.S. government will report a large crude stockpiles drawdown for last week. The American Petroleum Institute, a trade group, said on Tuesday that U.S. crude inventories fell by 5.1 million barrels in the week to May 20, twice...

  • Alabama- Jay Grinney, HealthSouth, $7.8 million. Arizona- Don Slager, Republic Services, $10.9 million. Arkansas- Doug McMillon, Wal-Mart Stores, $19.8 million.

  • HARTFORD, Conn.— Michelle Plante scoured a surveillance video for clues, trying to identify the man seen shooting at someone in a Hartford playground recently in broad daylight. Plante, who works in the new Real-Time Crime and Data Intelligence Center for Hartford police, determined the address of the house and who lived there. In Hartford, Plante quickly found a...

  • NEW YORK— Bank of America Corp. was not liable for fraud and subject to a penalty of more than $1.2 billion for its actions before the economy collapsed in 2008 despite a jury's finding to the contrary, a federal appeals court ruled Monday. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan said there was insufficient evidence for a jury to conclude at a 2013 trial...

  • "And they'll have windshield wipers, so when they're dirty or get water on them, you can wipe it up," said Azariah Drungo, a fifth-grader at Public School 307 in Brooklyn. "As an African-American in the tech industry it can be a very, very small community," said Landon Fears, a software engineer at Brooklyn- based Flocabulary and one of the mentors taking part in the program,...

  • NEW YORK— Lowe's completed a $2.4 billion buyout of Canadian home improvement retailer Rona Inc., the company said Friday, one week after Canadian regulators signed off on the deal. Lowe's and rival Home Depot have seen sales boom in the midst of a strong recovery in the U.S. housing market. Lowe's Companies Inc. this week reported a 31 percent spike in...

  • COLUMBUS, Ohio— In a move that would allow craft brewers the freedom to make boozier beers, Ohio lawmakers have voted to scrap a cap on alcohol content for beer that's been on the books since just after Prohibition. Ohio legislators this week followed the lead of other states in voting to get rid of the 12 percent cap to make life easier for the booming craft beer...

  • *Losses pared, Nigeria oil terminal initially reported shut. NEW YORK, May 19- Oil prices tumbled on Thursday as U.S. rate hike expectations lifted the dollar, though some of those losses were pared on worries about more supply outages from Nigeria's main crude oil terminal. By Thursday afternoon, Brent and WTI were sharply off session lows after the Qua Iboe crude...

  • *Losses pared after Nigeria oil terminal initially reported shut. NEW YORK, May 19- Oil prices tumbled on Thursday as U.S. rate hike expectations lifted the dollar, but crude pared losses on worries about more supply outages from Nigeria's main crude oil terminal. By Thursday afternoon, Brent and WTI were sharply off session lows after the Qua Iboe crude oil...

  • BETHLEHEM, Pa.— A Pennsylvania drug and medical device manufacturer has agreed to pay up to $7.8 million for selling contaminated syringes, federal prosecutors say. The company, based in Melsungen, Germany, has U.S. headquarters in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The company started buying saline syringes from AM2PAT in North Carolina in March 2006 and announced a...

  • CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ Cato Corp. on Thursday reported fiscal first-quarter net income of $35.9 million. The Charlotte, North Carolina- based company said it had profit of $1.29 per share. Cato expects full-year earnings in the range of $2.25 to $2.38 per share.

  • HOUSTON— With clay soil and tabletop-flat terrain, Houston has endured flooding for generations. Its 1,700 miles of man-made channels struggle to dispatch storm runoff to the Gulf of Mexico. The latest calamity occurred April 18, killing eight people and causing tens of millions of dollars in damage.