Wednesday, Apr. 16, 2014
Companies across the U.S. from Texas to Virginia and Nebraska are struggling to fill positions with metropolitan jobless rates below the 5.2 percent to 5.6 percent level the Federal Reserve regards as full employment nationally. Competition for workers is prompting businesses to raise wages, increase hours for current employees, add benefits and recruit from other regions.
Two billionaire hedge fund executives have joined Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts’s super-political action committee as it works to elect Republicans to Congress, a U.S. Federal Election Commission report showed.
The pace of U.S. home construction rebounded less than forecast in March, held back by declines in warmer parts of the country that indicate the recovery in residential building will be slow to develop.
The U.S. urged China to reduce currency interventions and let markets play a bigger role in setting the value of the yuan, in a report that declined to name any major trading partner a foreign-exchange manipulator.
An unmanned submarine trolling for the missing Malaysian jet went on its third deep-sea dive to scan the Indian Ocean floor after technical issues cut short two fruitless sorties.
Industrial production rose 0.7 percent, more than forecast in March, after a February gain that was twice as big as previously estimated, indicating U.S. factories recovered after a weather-depressed start to the year.
UK – Paul Flowers, the former chairman of Co-Operative Bank, was charged with possession of cocaine, crystal meth and ketamine, almost a month after the lender said it would post a full-year loss of as much as $2.2 billion.
New wind and solar plants generate cheaper low-carbon electricity than the latest nuclear reactors; a study shows, indicating they will lead a global push for green energy.
The Energy Department plans to strengthen its energy-efficiency standards for certain types of light bulbs by up to 12.9 percent over current levels.
AP Top Stories
A ferry carrying 459 people, mostly high school students on an overnight trip to a tourist island, sank off South Korea’s southern coast on Wednesday, leaving nearly 300 people missing despite a frantic, hours-long rescue by dozens of ships and helicopters. At least four people were confirmed dead and 55 injured.
NATO is strengthening its military footprint along its eastern border immediately in response to Russia’s aggression in Ukraine, the alliance’s chief said Wednesday.
Ukrainian and pro-Russian forces flexed their military muscles in the restive east of the country on Wednesday, a day ahead of high-level diplomatic talks on the escalating crisis.
A high-tech screening tool for cervical cancer is facing pushback from more than a dozen patient groups, who warn that the genetic test could displace a simpler, cheaper and more established mainstay of women’s health: the Pap smear.
Syrian rebels fighting to topple President Bashar al-Assad for the first time received at least 20 US-made TOW anti-tank missiles from a “Western source,” a rebel official told AFP Tuesday.
Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal on Tuesday said the “grave news” that President Bashar al-Assad’s forces had carried out two poison gas attacks last week was a challenge to “international will”.
A recent report says that same-sex marriage results in better health care, and less anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues.
The mayor of a city known as a stronghold of Mexico’s Knights Templar drug cartel was arrested on suspicion of extorting money on the cartel’s behalf.
The New York Police department shuttered a secret program designed to listen to and track Muslims in the city’s neighborhoods to identify threats.
The Nigerian military joined the search for at least 100 teenage girls abducted from a school in the remote northeast.
China’s economy expanded by 7.4% in the first quarter of the year, better than expected but down from 7.7% at the end of 2013.
Jordanian warplanes have targeted and destroyed several vehicles trying to cross the border from Syria, the Jordanian military said.
Graphic photographs of prisoners allegedly tortured by Syrian government forces have been shown to members of the UN Security Council. The images, reportedly smuggled out by a defector, appear to show evidence of abuse, including beatings, strangulation and long-term starvation.
In a move lawmakers and farmers are calling “the biggest land grab in the history of the world,” the Environmental Protection Agency is requesting jurisdiction over all public and private streams in the United States that are “intermittent, seasonal and rain-dependent.”
When President Obama needed a preacher to fulfill the closing prayer duties at the annual White House Easter Prayer Breakfast, he turned to none other than the Episcopal Church’s first openly gay bishop – who said he was as shocked as anyone at the appointment.
Rising numbers of infants lack the motor skills needed to play with building blocks because of an “addiction” to tablet computers and smartphones, according to teachers. Some older children were unable to complete traditional pen and paper exams because their memory had been eroded by overexposure to screen-based technology.