Officials announce plan for Microsoft data center

| |Friday, Apr. 18, 2014

Microsoft will begin construction on a new data center in West Des Moines, state and local officials announced Friday, bringing the company's total investment in Iowa to nearly $2 billion, the largest in the state to date.

Silver wants age limit change, no rush on others

| |Friday, Apr. 18, 2014

Even as the NBA prepares for a draft that could be headlined by freshmen, Commissioner Adam Silver remains committed to keeping them in college.

Recalls this week: lanterns, exercise devices

|Friday, Apr. 18, 2014

Candle lanterns that can melt and pose a fire hazard and gun storage boxes that can unlock when dropped are among this week's recalled consumer products. Others include faulty exercise devices and steel-toed boots.

Feds: NC saw nearly 20k more find jobs in March

| |Friday, Apr. 18, 2014

North Carolina showed the country's second-largest increase in employment in March, when 19,400 jobs were added and the jobless rate fell to 6.3 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said Friday.

Railroad says it's committed to hauling fertilizer

| |Friday, Apr. 18, 2014

Canadian Pacific Railway told a federal oversight board Friday that moving fertilizer for spring planting does not present a "significant challenge" for the railroad.

US puts off decision on Keystone XL pipeline

| |Friday, Apr. 18, 2014

The Obama administration is putting off its decision on the Keystone XL oil pipeline, likely until after the November elections, by extending its review of the controversial project indefinitely.

Sun Valley region airport gets $18M grant

|Friday, Apr. 18, 2014

The Federal Aviation Administration is awarding a small central Idaho airport that serves the resort area of Ketchum and Sun Valley an $18 million grant for construction work on safety improvements.

State, feds reject each other's Hanford proposals

| |Friday, Apr. 18, 2014

The state of Washington and the U.S. Department of Energy on Friday each rejected the other's proposal to amend a federal court agreement governing cleanup of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, the nation's most polluted nuclear weapons production site.

Boston prepares for huge wave of marathon visitors

| |Friday, Apr. 18, 2014

With an expanded field of runners and the memory of last year's bombings elevating interest in one of the world's great races, the 2014 Boston Marathon could bring an unprecedented wave of visitors and an influx of tourism dollars to the area.

5 features an Amazon phone might offer

| |Friday, Apr. 18, 2014

A report this week in The Wall Street Journal that Amazon is planning to release a smartphone has prompted industry analysts and technology blogs to muse about what the device might offer.