US consumer spending surged 0.9 percent in March

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumers ramped up their spending in March at the fastest pace in 4½ years, a sign that the economy is gaining momentum after its winter slowdown. The Commerce Department said Thursday that consumer spending rose 0.9 percent, the largest monthly...
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Ravens RB Ray Rice offered deal in assault case

Baltimore Ravens football player and former Rutgers University standout, Ray Rice holds hands with his wife Janay Palmer as they arrive at Atlantic County Criminal Courthouse in Mays Landing, N.J., Thursday, May 1, 2014. After Rice and Janay Palmer got into a physical altercation...

Pharrell set for 1st iHeartRadio Music Awards

What color hat will Pharrell wear this time? The “Happy” singer is set to perform at the first iHeartRadio Music Awards on Thursday night at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Rihanna, Diddy and Jennifer Lopez will attend, and A-list acts from Drake to Blake...
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Ford’s Fields to replace Mulally as CEO July 1

Ford Motor Company COO Mark Fields delivers his keynote address at the 2014 New York International Auto Show, in New York’s Javits Convention Center, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) Ford Motor Company COO Mark Fields delivers his keynote address at the...
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Police: Simon made 911 call that led to arrests

Singer Paul Simon, left, and his wife Edie Brickell appear at a hearing in Norwalk Superior Court on Monday April 28, 2014 in Norwalk, Conn. The couple were arrested Saturday on disorderly conduct charges by officers investigating a family dispute at their home in New Canaan,...
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China points to suicide blast in Urumqi attack

Heavily armed Chinese paramilitary policemen march past the site of the Wednesday’s explosion outside the Urumqi South Railway Station in Urumqi in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region Thursday, May 1, 2014. Chinese President Xi Jinping has demanded...

Marathon Petroleum reports lower earnings in first quarter of 2014

Scheduled maintenance idled Marathon Petroleum Corp.’s two largest refineries, plunging profit 73 percent last quarter to $199 million, the company reported Thursday. Earnings in the January-March quarter amounted to 67 cents per share, down from $2.17 a year earlier. Marathon...
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Viacom 2Q profit rises 4 pct helped by TV networks

FILE – This Jan. 19, 2010 file photo shows the Viacom logo above the entrance to Viacom’s headquarters, in New York. Viacom reports quarterly earnings on Thursday, May 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File) FILE – This Jan. 19, 2010 file photo shows the Viacom...
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A Whole Bunch of Readin’

Milepost 827 It was a Saturday night and the local railroad museum was having a fish-fry fund-raiser to help finance their new building project. It was the second one that we attended this spring and the first time sure was good so, why not? Besides, it was “all you can...

Ford expected to name Fields next CEO this morning

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Ford Motor Co. is expected to announce this morning that CEO Alan Mulally is retiring soon and will be replaced by Chief Operating Officer Mark Fields. Mulally and Executive Chairman Bill Ford have scheduled a news conference for 9 a.m. ET at the...