By DONNA CASSATAAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - Defense Secretary Leon Panetta pleaded with Congress Wednesday to avoid the disaster of automatic defense cuts even as he criticized lawmakers' affection for protecting aging ships and aircraft.
Ramping up t
By MATTHEW DALYAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's nominee to chair the Nuclear Regulatory Commission promised Wednesday to try to restore harmony at an agency marked by discord in recent years.
Allison Macfarlane, a geologist named t
By DAVID CRARYAP National Writer
NEW YORK (AP) - A corporate executive who serves on the governing board of the Boy Scouts of America says he doesn't support the Scouts' policy of excluding gays and will work from within to seek a change.
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NEW YORK (AP) - Dell Inc.'s stock rose Wednesday as investors embraced the computer maker's announcement that it will soon pay its first dividend.
THE SPARK: On Tuesday Dell said that its strong cash flow will enable it to add a dividend program beginning
By BRIAN SKOLOFFAssociated Press
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - An air tanker dropping retardant on a southern Utah wildfire earlier this month veered off its flight path while following a lead plane moments before crashing into mountainous terrain, killing both pilots aboard, according t
NEW YORK (AP) - The nation's crude oil supplies declined slightly last week, the government said Wednesday.
Crude supplies fell by 200,000 barrels, to 384.4 million barrels, which is 5.2 percent above year-ago levels, the Energy Department's Energy Informa
By TOM HAYSAssociated Press
NEW YORK (AP) - A former Goldman Sachs board member fed secrets about the banking giant to a close friend and fellow Wall Street heavyweight who used the information to make a killing on the stock market, a prosecutor said Wednesday in closing argument
By BARBARA ORTUTAYAP Technology Writer
NEW YORK (AP) - Quirky.com, a website that lets users collaborate on designing household products, is launching its first U.S.-manufactured item, a take on the traditional milk crate, on Wednesday.
The storage crates will b