Mom who drove kids into sea faces attempted murder
Fri, 07 Mar 2014 14:44:17 -0500
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A pregnant South Carolina woman who drove a minivan carrying her three young children into the ocean surf off Florida faces attempted murder and other charges Friday, with authorities saying the children were screaming to bystanders that she was trying to kill them.
Taxis, limos upset over rules for tech competition
Fri, 07 Mar 2014 14:44:55 -0500
DENVER (AP) — Frustrated and angry, more than 100 cabbies pulled up outside the Colorado Statehouse early this legislative session to protest tech startups known as ridesharing services.
Accuser takes stand in general's sex assault case
Fri, 07 Mar 2014 14:43:16 -0500
FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — Sobbing on the witness stand, the Army captain whose sexual assault accusations triggered the court-martial of a general testified Friday that they had a three-year affair and that he threatened to kill her and her family — and "do it in a way no one would ever know" — if she ever told anyone.
MasterCard, Visa form group to push for better card security
Fri, 07 Mar 2014 14:41:54 -0500
Visa Inc and MasterCard Inc said they had launched a cross-industry group to improve security for card transactions and press U.S. retailers and banks to meet a 2015 deadline to adopt technology that would make it safer to pay with plastic. The move follows several data breaches at U.S. retailers, including one at Target Corp late last year involving the theft of about 40 million credit and debit card records. The new group - which includes banks, credit unions, retailers and industry trade associations - will initially focus on the adoption of 'EMV' chip technology, MasterCard and Visa said in a statement on Friday. However, the National Retail Federation, the world's largest retail trade association, said it had not joined the group because there were no plans to immediately implement the PIN option, making for a "half-baked solution." "They're not serious about reducing fraud, unless they put a pin on," said Mallory Duncan, the NRF's general counsel.
White House plays down role of natural gas policy in Ukraine crisis
Fri, 07 Mar 2014 14:41:10 -0500
The White House on Friday appeared to play down the possibility of changing U.S. policy on exporting natural gas to address the situation in Ukraine. White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters on Air Force One that policy changes would not have an immediate effect and noted that natural gas stocks in Europe were above normal levels because of a mild winter. "There is no indication currently that there's much risk of a natural gas shortage in the region," he said. Europe and Ukraine are key export markets for Russian natural gas.
Iran, world powers hold 'substantive and useful' nuclear talks
Fri, 07 Mar 2014 14:40:34 -0500
By Fredrik Dahl VIENNA (Reuters) - Iran and six world powers held "substantive and useful" expert-level talks over Tehran's nuclear program this week, they said on Friday, ahead of a new round of political negotiations later this month. Seeking to build on an interim agreement reached late last year in Geneva, Iran and the major powers aim to hammer out a final settlement of the decade-old dispute over the Islamic Republic's atomic activities by late July. But they also acknowledge that there are still big differences over the future scope of Iran's nuclear program and that success is far from guaranteed. "The talks are very serious and substantive and useful," the head of the Iranian delegation at the expert-level talks, senior Foreign Ministry official Hamid Baidinejad, told Iran's Fars news agency ahead of Friday's session.
Job gain in Feb. despite harsh weather lifts hopes
Fri, 07 Mar 2014 14:39:19 -0500
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers stepped up hiring in February despite a blast of harsh winter weather, renewing hopes that the economy could accelerate this year.
AP Newsbreak: Deputy accused of illegal stops
Fri, 07 Mar 2014 14:38:38 -0500
RENO, Nev. (AP) — A rural Nevada sheriff's deputy is accused of stopping travelers on a lonely stretch of U.S. Interstate 80 and confiscating tens of thousands of dollars for the county without bringing charges, according to two federal lawsuits.
4 couples sue Indiana over same-sex marriage ban
Fri, 07 Mar 2014 14:38:30 -0500
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Four gay couples from southern Indiana sued the state Friday, seeking to force Indiana to recognize same-sex marriages from out of state and issue licenses to same-sex couples.
Broersen wins pentathlon at world indoors
Fri, 07 Mar 2014 14:36:23 -0500
SOPOT, Poland (AP) — Nadine Broersen of the Netherlands won the pentathlon at the world indoor championships, containing the damage in the closing 800 meters to beat Brianne Theisen Eaton of Canada on Friday.
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