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Sen. Durbin says preserve basics of immigration reform plan

WASHINGTON, May 5 (UPI) — A leading Democrat in the U.S. Senate said the bones of an immigration reform bill will remain in place despite some anticipated tweaks. Senate Majority…

West, Texas, fertilizer plant had only $1 million liability coverage

WEST, Texas, May 5 (UPI) — The fertilizer plant where an explosion killed 15 people in Texas carried $1 million in liability insurance, a fraction of the cost of damage,…

Abbas to ask for Chinese help with economy

BEIJING, May 5 (UPI) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas arrived Sunday in China, saying he planned to ask China to help the Palestinian economy. Before his visit, Abbas told China’s…

Caterpillar to lay off 300 in Decatur, Ill.

PEORIA, Ill., May 4 (UPI) — Caterpillar Inc. says it will lay off another 300 workers at its Decatur, Ill., factory by the middle of the summer. The announcement Friday…

Mountain Dew drops Lil Wayne over Emmett Till lyric

PURCHASE, N.Y., May 3 (UPI) — Soft drink brand Mountain Dew said Friday it cut ties with U.S. hip-hop artist Lil Wayne because one of his lyrics defiled civil rights…

Judge approves $2.43 billion Bank of America settlement

Judge approves $2.43 billion Bank of America settlement

NEW YORK, May 4 (UPI) — A federal judge in New York approved a $2.43 billion settlement to end claims Bank of America misled shareholder when it purchased Merrill Lynch…

Chrysler to recall 4,783 cars in China

BEIJING, May 4 (UPI) — U.S. automaker Chrysler is preparing to recall 4,783 Compass and Patriot model cars in China due to fuel tank problems, a Chinese government agency said.…

U.S. Cellular joins the iPhone crowd

CUPERTINO, Calif., May 4 (UPI) — U.S. Cellular is the latest cellphone company to carry the Apple smartphone, and analysts say two other major providers may soon offer the iPhone…

Robert Downey Jr. earned $50 million for ‘The Avengers’

HOLLYWOOD, May 4 (UPI) — U.S actor Robert Downey Jr. said he earned approximately $50 million after box-office bonuses for his role as Iron Man in last year’s “The Avengers.”…

Toyota headlamps too bright, on recall

WASHINGTON, May 3 (UPI) — Japanese automaker Toyota said it would recall 11,489 FJ Cruiser SUVs due to headlights that could temporarily blind oncoming drivers. The recall involves 2007-13 Cruisers…

Iraq: Shell’s $17 billion gas project ‘a milestone’

BAGHDAD, May 3 (UPI) — Iraq has inaugurated a $17 billion natural gas project run by Royal Dutch Shell that the Financial Times hails as a “milestone” in the country’s…

Amtrak getting states to pick up cost of unprofitable routes

NEW YORK, May 3 (UPI) — Amtrak is chugging along with its efforts to get U.S. states to pick up the cost of subsidizing unprofitable routes, officials said. Amtrak is…

Department of Defense looking to allow Apple, Samsung devices

WASHINGTON, May 3 (UPI) — BlackBerry may lose favor with a big customer — the U.S. Defense Department — as department officials say they’re considering Apple and Samsung alternatives. Following…

Microsoft says Outlook.com accounts reach 400 million

REDMOND, Wash., May 3 (UPI) — Microsoft says it has finished transferring Hotmail.com users to Outlook.com and has 400 million active Outlook.com accounts as a result. Microsoft on Thursday announced…

App will let Google Glass wearers snap photos by blinking

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., May 2 (UPI) — A U.S. developer for the Google Glass wearable computer says he’s written an app called Winky that will let users snap photos by…

Poll: Workers appear more anxious about their jobs

NEW YORK, May 2 (UPI) — Concern among U.S. workers about income, benefits and job security is on the rise, research firm Harris Interactive said Thursday. “American workers are increasingly…

Couple get prison for stealing GM trade secrets

DETROIT, May 2 (UPI) — A Michigan woman who once worked for GM as an engineer and her husband have received prison terms for conspiring to sell hybrid-vehicle technology to…

Markets recover previous session’s losses

NEW YORK, May 2 (UPI) — U.S. stocks headed higher Thursday after the European Central Bank lowered its lending rate to 0.5 percent, a historic low. The Dow Jones industrial…

University of Iowa embarks on $1.7 billion fundraising campaign

IOWA CITY – On Thursday at the Old Capitol on the campus of the University of Iowa, university leadership, students, and donors announced For Iowa. Forever More: The Campaign for the…

Mortgage activity rises with rates mostly lower

WASHINGTON, May 1 (UPI) — U.S. mortgage activity rose modestly last week as long-term interest rates were mostly lower, the Mortgage Bankers Association said Wednesday. The association said mortgage activity…