• In this July 29, 2010 file photo, a worker monitors the water in Talmadge Creek in Marshall Township, Mich., near the Kalamazoo River as oil from a ruptured pipeline, owned by Enbridge Inc, is vacuumed out the water. The U.S. Department of Transportation wants to expand rules for pipelines carrying oil, gasoline and other hazardous liquids inspections requirements to include rural areas that are currently exempt, and for companies to more closely analyze the results of their inspections. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

    Feds want tougher rules for pipelines after series of spills

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. officials said Thursday they want tighter safety rules for pipelines carrying crude oil, gasoline and other hazardous liquids after a series of ruptures that included the costliest onshore oil spill in the nation’s history in Michigan.

  • In this Monday, Aug. 17, 2015, photo, Shoneji Robison, left, and Catarah Hampshire, owners of Southern Girl Desserts, pose for a photo in their bakery, in Los Angeles. In less than two years, Southern Girl Desserts took out six loans and was in a financial mess that made it difficult to buy ingredients and pay workers. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

    Fast and easy loans come at price for small businesses

    NEW YORK (AP) — It sounded like a sweet deal: A loan broker walked into Southern Girl Desserts offering the Los Angeles bakery a $40,000 loan that could be deposited in a bank account quickly. Already rejected for a loan from a bank, co-owner Catarah Hampshire took the offer and hired more workers to whip up peach cobblers and sweet potato cupcakes.

  • Correction: France-Uber story

    PARIS (AP) — In a story Sept. 30 about two Uber executives, The Associated Press incorrectly spelled the names of the executives in some versions. They are Thibaud Simphal and Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty.

  • In this May 17, 2015, file photo, Ed Carpenter hits the wall in the second turn during practice before qualifications for the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis. It's been more than a month since Justin Wilson died after being hit in the head with a piece of debris. And while some are calling on IndyCar officials to take a long look at new ways to make high-speed racing safer, those involved acknowledge it's a complicated process that could take years. (AP Photo/Jamie Gallagher, File)

    IndyCar Series continues quest to find safer ways to race

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Mark Miles will never forget the first time he saw an IndyCar driver seriously hurt.

  • Ralph Lauren shares continue rally after co. names new CEO

    NEW YORK (AP) — Ralph Lauren Corp.’s shares extended their rally Wednesday, a day after the fashion company announced it was hiring Old Navy’s top talent to take over the CEO job.

  • In this May 20, 2010, file photo, former Massey Energy Company Chief Executive Officer Don Blankenship pauses as he testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington before the Senate Health and Human Services subcommittee hearing on mine safety. Blankenship, who goes on trial Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015, in Charleston, West Virginia, faces up to three decades in prison if convicted over how he ran the Upper Big Branch Mine, which exploded in 2010, killing 29 miners.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

    Ex-coal baron readies for trial in deadly mine explosion

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Don Blankenship ascended from a modest, single-mother upbringing in Appalachia to personally make almost $20 million off coal in one year. He battled unions, spent millions as lead puppeteer behind Republican state politics and fought regulators over safety and environmental rules, which his mines often broke.

  • In this photo taken Tuesday, July 14, 2015, Bob Perkins, facilities manager at LightEdge Data Center, talks about the company's new data storage facility in Kansas City, Mo. LightEdge Solutions Inc. opened with the help of a projected $15.5 million in sales, income and property tax breaks. An Associated Press analysis of state revenue and economic-development records shows that government officials extended nearly $1.5 billion in tax incentives to hundreds of data-center projects nationwide during the past decade. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

    States competing for data centers extend $1.5B in tax breaks

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The former limestone mine seemed perfect for a large computer data center. The air was cool. The rock walls provided a defense against natural disasters. And the tunnels bored into a Kansas City hillside had access to abundant electricity and fiber-optic cables.

  • In this April 2, 2015, file photo, NCAA President Mark Emmert answers questions during a news conference at the Final Four college basketball tournament in Indianapolis. A federal appeals court agreed Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015, that the NCAA's use of college athletes' names, images and likenesses in video games and TV broadcasts violated antitrust laws but struck down a plan to allow schools to pay players up to $5,000. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)

    Appeals court rules NCAA in violation of antitrust laws

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court agreed Wednesday that the NCAA’s use of college athletes’ names, images and likenesses in video games and TV broadcasts violated antitrust laws but struck down a plan to allow schools to pay football and basketball players up to $5,000 per year.

  • This product image provided by TiVo shows the new TiVo Bolt digital video recorder. With one press of a button, the Bolt will skip an entire commercial break when users watch recordings. The feature will work with about 20 over-the-air and cable channels, including the major broadcast networks, mostly during primetime hours. (TiVo via AP)

    New TiVo DVR will skip through entire commercial break

    NEW YORK (AP) — TiVo wants to help you skip TV commercials.

  • Microsoft’s 3Q earnings grow 31 pct; stock falls

    In this Jan. 5, 2011 file photo, Microsoft chief executive officer Steve Ballmer gives his Keynote speech for the Consumer Electronics Show, in Las Vegas. Microsoft reports quarterly earnings Thursday, April 28, 2011, after the market close.(AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, file)

    Microsoft Corp.’s latest quarterly earnings rose 31 percent even as sales of its Windows operating system sagged.