Stocks slide after weak economic reports

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks edged lower in early trading Wednesday after economic reports suggested that the economy is growing at a sluggish pace. Private employers added fewer jobs last month than economists had forecast, and orders to…

SEC considers tougher rules for money funds

WASHINGTON (AP) — Investors could lose principal from money market investment funds that underperform under rules being proposed by the Securities and Exchange Commission. But the change would affect mainly institutional rather than individual investors. The SEC was…

Keith Olbermann to host TBS baseball studio show

NEW YORK (AP) — Keith Olbermann is getting back into broadcasting. Turner Sports said Wednesday that it is hiring Olbermann to host its baseball studio show for the postseason. He will team with Hall of Fame pitcher Dennis…

Survey: US service firms grow at faster pace

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. service firms grew at a faster pace in May, driven by a jump in new orders. But a measure of hiring showed companies added fewer jobs. The Institute for Supply Management says its index…

US factory orders up 1 percent in April

WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders to U.S. factories rose modestly in April as manufacturers rebounded from a weak March performance. Factory orders rose 1 percent in April compared with March when orders had dropped a sharp 4.7 percent, the…

Venezuela frees US filmmaker jailed as alleged spy

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A U.S. filmmaker jailed for alleged espionage in Venezuela was expelled from the country and was returning to the United States on Wednesday, his sister said. Timothy Tracy’s release was secured with the help…

Expect the unexpected at CMT Music Awards

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country music has been good to the rapper Nelly, and he’s back in Music City because of it. Nelly will perform the crossover hit “Cruise” with country duo Florida Georgia Line during the CMT…

TV news crew attacked in RI while reporting story

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island TV station says a woman threw a rock, waved a baseball bat and urged her dogs to attack a news crew reporting on a kindergarten graduation party shooting. WLNE-TV (http://bit.ly/11hru1i )…

Egypt: Prominent activists charged over protest

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s state-run news agency says the state prosecutor has referred 12 activists including several prominent bloggers to trial on charges of instigating violence during a March demonstration at the headquarters of the Muslim Brotherhood, the…

Latvia gets go-ahead to become 18th euro member

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The tiny Baltic state of Latvia has won approval to become the 18th member of the troubled euro currency union — despite doubts among many of its people and international concerns about its banking…

Kerry says US, Venezuela on track to better ties

ANTIGUA, Guatemala (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is gauging prospects for improving badly strained ties between the United States and Venezuela. Kerry will meet Venezuela’s foreign minister on Wednesday on the sidelines of an Organization…

Stocks slip in early trade after weak job growth

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are opening lower on Wall Street after a payroll company reported sluggish job growth last month. ADP said U.S. businesses added just 135,000 jobs in May, the second straight month of weak gains.…

Jon Stewart to take ‘Daily Show’ break for a film

NEW YORK (AP) — Jon Stewart is starting a summer-long break from anchoring “The Daily Show,” but it will be no holiday. He’ll be in the Middle East making his first movie. While he’s away, Stewart says he’ll…