Asia's factories stay sluggish, stimulus lacks traction
Japanese manufacturing activity shrank in April at the fastest pace in more than three years as deadly earthquakes disrupted production, while output in China and the rest of Asia remained lukewarm at best. "The backdrop remains one of sub-trend growth, inflation that is below target, difficulty in increasing revenue as margins are sacrificed to win modest volume gains, slow wage growth cramping spending and central banks that have used up much of their policy ammunition," was the sober assessment of Alan Oster, chief economist at National Australia Bank.
Arrests in Seattle as May Day marchers take to streets
Seattle police used pepper spray to disperse black-clad anti-capitalist protesters authorities say threw rocks, flares, bricks and Molotov cocktails at officers during a rowdy May Day gathering. At least ...
Q&A: Puerto Rico's debt crisis explained
'Grown in Washington': the marijuana farms near US power hub
Security cameras and barbed wire suggested this was the right place -- the old warehouse on a dead-end street not far from the White House that hosts one of the handful of legal marijuana farms in the US capital. "We're going to do the visit with a panic button... in case of a break-in," Matt Lawson-Baker, the co-owner of Alternative Solutions, told AFP. Alternative Solutions is one of seven facilities in Washington authorized to grow medical marijuana for nearly 3,700 local patients.
Monkey bars alert: Playground concussions are on the riseCHICAGO (AP) ? Playground concussions are on the rise, according to a new government study, and monkey bars and swings are most often involved.
Red Sox beat Yankees 8-7 to complete 3-game sweep
Battling Blues level NHL series with Stars, Sharks down Predators
David Backes scored the winner halfway through overtime to lift the St. Louis Blues to a 4-3 win over the Dallas Stars in game two of their second round NHL playoff series. With the Blues on the powerplay, Alexander Steen's initial shot was stopped by Dallas goaltender Antti Niemi, but American Backes found the loose puck and tapped it home to even the best-of-seven series at one game apiece. "We just stuck with it found a way to win," said Backes.
DeRozan has 30 points, Raptors beat Pacers 89-84 in Game 7
Kelly Ripa, Michael Strahan share in Daytime Emmy award
Outrage over college's plans to sell political memorabilia
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) ? One of America's largest collections of political and campaign memorabilia is headed for the auction block as the University of Hartford seeks to sell off the trove it once displayed at a government-funded museum.