CUSTOMS PROBES USE OF HELICOPTER FOR SCHOOL STUNT: McLEAN, Va. (AP) - After a government helicopter was used in an over-the-top invitation to a high school dance, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials are reviewing the incident and an agency pilot has been reassigned.
TOKYO (AP) - Japanese trading company Itochu Corp. said Tuesday it has agreed to buy Dole Food Co.'s worldwide packaged foods and Asia fresh produce businesses for $1.7 billion.
DETROIT (AP) - Ford CEO Alan Mulally said Tuesday that he hasn't told the company's board when he plans to retire.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - It's not much - $878 - but Sina Takafua isn't balking at her first annual payout from Alaska's oil savings account.
NEW YORK (AP) - Elmo, Big Bird and the rest of the "Sesame Street" crew have always talked to kids. Now, they'll try to have a two-way conversation with their pint-sized audience using Kinect, the motion and voice-sensing controller created by Microsoft.
NEW YORK (AP) - FedEx Corp. says the global economy is stalling, and it's going to get worse next year.
DALLAS (AP) - American Airlines is sending layoff warning notices to more than 11,000 employees although a spokesman says the company expects job losses to be closer to 4,400.
BEIJING (AP) - China filed a World Trade Organization case Monday challenging U.S. anti-dumping measures on billions of dollars of kitchen appliances, paper and other goods, adding to worsening trade strains as global demand weakens.
CUPERTINO (AP) - Orders for the iPhone 5 topped 2 million in their first 24 hours, more than double the amount of its predecessor over the same period.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Google has snapped up the digital photo editing service Snapseed as part of its effort to compete against Facebook's online social network.
NEW YORK (AP) - After surging over four days to near pre-recession highs, stocks slipped further from that goal Monday following a new sign of a slowdown in the U.S. economy and worries over Europe's struggle to keep its currency union intact.
AMSTERDAM (AP) - Royal Dutch Shell PLC said Monday it will no longer seek oil off the coast of Alaska this year after suffering several setbacks.
NEW YORK (AP) - McDonald's is introducing noodle dishes this week at its restaurants in Austria.
NEW YORK (AP) - Egan-Jones, an independent credit-research firm, downgraded its rating on U.S. government debt to AA- from AA on Friday, citing the Federal Reserve's plans to try to stimulate the economy.
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LOS ANGELES (AP) - The nation's second-largest chain of rent-to-own furniture and appliance stores has agreed to pay $28.4 million to settle a case in which it allegedly violated California's consumer protection and privacy laws, attorney general Kamala Harris announced Monday.
HOUSTON (AP) - The Houston Astros' improvement this year from baseball's worst team cost a Houston furniture mogul Jim McIngvale more than $4 million to make good on a promise to fans.
NEW YORK (AP) - McDonald's wants to explain why its burgers may not rot and that there are no worms in its beef.
NEW YORK (AP) - Americans are expected to spend at the highest rate in three years during what's traditionally the busiest shopping season of the year, according to the nation's largest retail industry trade group.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Drug Enforcement Administration set up a fake Facebook account using photographs and other personal information it took from the cellphone of a New York woman arrested in a cocaine case in hopes of tricking her friends and associates into revealing incriminating drug secrets.
FRESNO (AP) - California has fined two oil companies a total of nearly a half-million dollars for dumping oilfield fluid into unlined pits in Kern County.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Millions of Americans may qualify for waivers from the most unpopular part of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. But getting that exemption could be an ordeal.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration announced Tuesday that it is delaying enforcement of its initiative to extend minimum-wage and overtime protections to the nation's nearly 2 million home-care workers.
POINT REYES (AP) - A popular family-owned oyster farm whose lease at the Point Reyes National Seashore in Northern California has expired will be allowed to keep operating until the end of the year under a legal agreement with the federal government announced Monday.
PALO ALTO (AP) - Personal computer sales have been in a slump for years, as customers flock to increasingly powerful smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices. Now Hewlett-Packard, the Silicon Valley stalwart that was once the world's biggest seller of personal computers, is splitting off its PC and printing businesses. It's the latest shakeup in a tech industry that's being reshaped by the mobile revolution.
NEW YORK (AP) - Wal-Mart is taking one-stop shopping to another area: health insurance.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - It's a tough challenge for the National Football League to entice fans off their comfy couches and into stadiums when ticket prices are almost as high as the sport's TV ratings.
WINDSOR, Conn. (AP) - More cars and trucks are being equipped with cameras, radar, automatic braking and other safety technology that help avoid accidents, but drivers may not see their insurance bills go down anytime soon, experts in the auto and insurance industries said Thursday.
CUPERTINO (AP) - Facebook has tightened its research guidelines following uproar over its disclosure this summer that it allowed researchers to manipulate users' feeds to see if their moods could be changed.