France targets welfare for big spending cuts

|Wednesday, Apr. 16, 2014

France's prime minister has announced plans to cut 21 billion euros ($29 billion) from pensions, social care and health care as a part of a 50-billion-euro effort to rein in the country's debt and deficit.

Bank of America posts loss, hurt by legal charges

|Wednesday, Apr. 16, 2014

Bank of America said Wednesday that it swung to a loss in the first quarter, hurt by $6 billion in legal charges.

Russian economy hit by Ukraine turmoil

| |Wednesday, Apr. 16, 2014

Russia's economy slowed sharply at the start of the year as the crisis in Ukraine spooked investors into pulling money out of the country. But with Russian President Vladimir Putin still enjoying high popularity ratings, the economic damage is not yet likely to soften his politics in the region, analysts say.

Shipping season opens in Marquette's Upper Harbor

|Wednesday, Apr. 16, 2014

The shipping season is open in Marquette's Upper Harbor following help from two U.S. Coast Guard ice-breakers.

East Baton Rouge spending up 6 percent in Feb.

|Wednesday, Apr. 16, 2014

Consumer and business spending in East Baton Rouge Parish increased by 6.2 percent in February compared with a year ago.

Treasury scolds China anew, doesn’t call it a currency manipulator

| |Wednesday, Apr. 16, 2014

The Treasury Department on Tuesday stopped short of declaring China a currency manipulator but raised concern anew about the need for the Asian powerhouse to let markets play a greater role in determining the value of its currency.

Officials: Part of Belle Isle to be shut for event

|Wednesday, Apr. 16, 2014

Officials say portions of Detroit's Belle Isle are expected to be closed to the public for several days in September for an event showcasing driverless vehicles.

Court rejects bankruptcy protection for Mt. Gox

| |Wednesday, Apr. 16, 2014

The Mt. Gox bitcoin exchange in Tokyo is headed for liquidation after a court rejected its bankruptcy protection application.

Concerns voiced over Southaven smoking ban

|Wednesday, Apr. 16, 2014

Southaven's proposed smoking ban is still being drafted, but that didn't stop people from voicing their opinions about it during a Board of Aldermen meeting.

Horn Lake wants to tweak Sunday alcohol sales

|Wednesday, Apr. 16, 2014

Horn Lake aldermen have voted to petition the Mississippi Alcoholic Beverage Commission to allow alcohol sales two hours earlier on Sundays.