Obama announces new steps to curb gun violence

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE Associated Press (WASHINGTON, AP) — President Barack Obama announced new steps Friday to help curb gun violence, including by identifying the requirements that “smart guns” would have to meet for law enforcement agencies to buy and use them as well as sharing mental health records with the…

McDonald’s testing McNugget recipe without preservatives

(NEW YORK, AP) — McDonald’s says it is testing Chicken McNuggets with no artificial preservatives as it works to revive its U.S. business. The world’s biggest hamburger chain says it began testing the new recipe in about 140 stores in Oregon and Washington in March. It’s the latest move by…

H&R Block cuts 250 jobs, citing disappointing tax season

(KANSAS CITY, Mo., AP) — H&R Block says it’s laying off 250 workers, citing a disappointing tax season. The Kansas City Star (http://bit.ly/1Qz7yQQ ) reports the downsizing announced Tuesday by the Kansas City, Missouri-based company amounts to 12.6 percent of its workforce. H&R Block said it handled roughly 19.6…

FBI head suggests agency paid more than $1M to access iPhone

(WASHINGTON, AP) — FBI Director James Comey has hinted that the FBI paid more than $1 million to break into…

Dutch court quashes $50 billion Yukos shareholders’ award

By MIKE CORDER Associated Press (THE HAGUE, Netherlands, AP) — A Dutch court on Wednesday quashed a $50 billion award…

Dutch police crack encrypted communications network

(THE HAGUE, Netherlands, AP) — Dutch police and prosecutors say they have taken down an encrypted communications network believed to…

US stocks slip as oil prices skid ahead of OPEC meeting

By MARLEY JAY Associated Press (NEW YORK, AP) — U.S. stocks are taking small losses Friday morning as energy companies…

Obama backs effort to give consumers options on cable boxes

By KEVIN FREKING Asssociated Press (WASHINGTON, AP) — President Barack Obama threw his weight Friday behind an effort to give…

EU approves anti-terror plan to collect air passenger info

By LORNE COOK Associated Press (BRUSSELS, AP) — European Union lawmakers approved Thursday a scheme to share airline passenger information…

Regulators: 5 big banks get failing grades for crisis plans

By MARCY GORDON Associated Press (WASHINGTON, AP) — Federal regulators say five of the biggest banks in the U.S. failed…

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