Oregon may end self-serve gas ban _ but only in rural areas
SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon is one of only two states where motorists aren't allowed to pump their own gas. The other is New Jersey....
In Seattle, 'kayaktivists' take on Arctic oil drilling
SEATTLE (AP) -- Royal Dutch Shell wants to park two massive Arctic oil drilling rigs in Seattle's waterfront - but the petroleum giant will have to get around protesters in kayaks and a mayor determined to take on climate change....
Beijing tries to tap brakes on stock market boom
BEIJING (AP) -- China's leaders are trying to tap the brakes on a stock market boom that could run out of control and disrupt economic reform plans....
German factory orders pick up in March, but below forecast
BERLIN (AP) -- Factory orders in Germany, Europe's biggest economy, picked up in March after two consecutive declines thanks to higher domestic demand - but the improvement was smaller than economists expected....
For some long-term unemployed, hope arises: A job audition
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Bill Lewis was under more pressure than most new hires when he began a job in information technology last year in Monroe, Connecticut. Jobless for a year, he had eight weeks to persuade his employer to keep him and pay his salary....
Fries at the doorstep: Fast-food pushes into delivery
NEW YORK (AP) -- On the same day McDonald's said it would begin testing delivery in New York, an order placed for two cheeseburgers, two large fries and a vanilla shake took about a half-hour to arrive at The Associated Press headquarters....
Lower oil prices dent Repsol profits in Q1
MADRID (AP) -- Spanish energy company Repsol says its first-quarter profit fell by 6 percent compared with the same period last year following a sharp drop in oil prices and interruptions in Libyan production....
Global shares roiled by Yellen comment on high valuations
TOKYO (AP) -- Global markets drooped Thursday after comments from the U.S. Federal Reserve chief fanned fears about the American economy....
According to the Associated Press, Republican Senators want to end Pennsylvania's debt-ridden pension plans for state and public school employees and require concessions from many current workers to provide immediate taxpayer savings. The plan is designed to whittle down the estimated $50 billion pension debt that Republicans call Pennsylvania state government's biggest fiscal problem.
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