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Major U.S. stock indexes veered between small gains and losses in late-afternoon trading Friday. Investors were weighing new economic data and the latest corporate earnings news. Utilities stocks were among the biggest gainers.
BOSTON (AP) - A jury sentenced Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death Friday for the Boston Marathon bombing, sweeping aside pleas that he was just a "kid" who fell under the influence of his fanatical older brother.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and five-time heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield are set to square off at a charity fight night event in Salt Lake City on Friday night.
U.S. stocks edged lower in early trading Friday, a day after the Standard & Poor's 500 index notched a new high. Investors were digesting mixed data on U.S. manufacturing and the latest corporate earnings news. Energy stocks were among the biggest decliners as a slide in oil prices deepened.
NEW YORK (AP) - When I realized I was paying off six different credit cards and not getting anywhere, I decided to consolidate my debt, like millions of other Americans.
NEW YORK (AP) - George Stephanopoulos apologized to viewers Friday for donating $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation and failing to disclose it earlier, as ABC News now finds its chief anchor in a credibility crisis on the eve of a presidential campaign.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Fewer students say they are being bullied at school. Those who are bullied are more likely to be girls than boys and more likely to be white than minority students.
LAS VEGAS (AP) â" B.B. King, whose scorching guitar licks and heartfelt vocals made him the idol of generations of musicians and fans while earning him the nickname King of the Blues, died late Thursday at home in Las Vegas. He was 89.
NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks are closing with solid gains on Wall Street, breaking a three-day slump.
NEW YORK (AP) - ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos has apologized for not notifying his employer and viewers about two contributions totaling $50,000 that he made to the Clinton Foundation.
WASHINGTON (AP) - A senior official at the Department of Veterans Affairs says the agency is improperly spending at least $5 billion a year for medical care and supplies that are being purchased outside of required practices for competitive bidding and written contracts.
U.S. stocks climbed in early trading Thursday, snapping a three-day losing streak. Investors sized up the latest batch of corporate earnings and applauded a government report indicating that applications for unemployment benefits fell to a 15-year low last week. Technology companies rose the most.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The engineer at the controls of the speeding Amtrak train that lurched off the tracks in Philadelphia, killing at least seven people, has no recollection of the crash, his attorney said.
NEW YORK (AP) - Defending the use of American military power, Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio on Wednesday called for an increase in military spending and for the U.S. to aggressively confront Russia, China and others that he says threaten the nation's economic interests.
NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks are little changed in early trading on Friday as investor pore over the latest corporate earnings. GE jumped after announcing plans to get out of the lending business.
NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks are ending modestly higher, led by gains in energy stocks as the price of oil rose.
NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks were little changed in early trading Thursday as investors assessed company earnings. Energy stocks were among the early gainers as oil recouped some of its losses from a big sell-off on Wednesday.
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Three of golf's greatest players began the Masters with ceremonial tee shots.
HOUSTON (AP) - A federal judge has wrongly prevented "common-sense policies" from taking effect by blocking President Barack Obama's executive action that seeks to shield millions of immigrants from deportation, and the federal government plans to continue its fight in a higher court, the White House said Wednesday.
NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks are closing slightly higher as health care stocks gained after the latest deal in the industry was announced.
BOSTON (AP) - Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) has been convicted in the 2013 bombing of the Boston Marathon.
ATLANTA (AP) - Forecasters say strong to severe thunderstorms are expected in Georgia as a cold front approaches the state.
NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks were little changed in late morning trading as investors waited for the release of minutes from the Federal Reserve's latest meeting later Wednesday. Investors were also waiting for companies to start reporting their first-quarter earnings. Alcoa, a metals company, will be one of the first major companies to report earnings after the close of the market.
NEW YORK (AP) - Drivers will see the lowest summer gasoline prices in about 6 years, according to the Energy Department.
NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks crept higher in early trading on Tuesday, putting the market on track for its third gain in a row. Global stock markets rallied on expectations the U.S. Federal Reserve will put off an interest rate increase until late in the year.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky entered the campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination Tuesday with a declaration that he's running for the White House to "return our country to the principles of liberty and limited government."
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. (AP) - A single dad and his seven children were found dead in their one-story home, relatives said, and though officials gave no details on the cause of the deaths, the man's stepfather said he had been trying to keep the family warm with a generator after the power was cut because of an outstanding bill.
NEW YORK (AP) - Jon Stewart is voicing full support for his "Daily Show" successor Trevor Noah, calling the incoming host "incredibly thoughtful and considerate and funny and smart."
NEW YORK (AP) - Expectations that the Federal Reserve will be slow to raise interest rates following a weak jobs report last week helped send the stock market up on Monday. A jump in the price of crude oil set off a rally in energy stocks.