Philly area factories growing by most in 21 years

| |Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014

Manufacturing in the Philadelphia region grew at the fastest pace in nearly 21 years, a sign that factory output may be picking up nationwide.

Hearing draws apology, admission in air bag mess

| |Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014

The global quality chief of Takata Corp. apologized and an official from Honda acknowledged the automaker broke a disclosure law as a Senate committee put the spotlight on a growing problem with exploding air bags.

NOAA: Globe sets 5th hottest-month record of 2014

| |Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014

Despite a bitter U.S. cold snap, the globe is rushing hell-bent toward its warmest year on record with last month setting the fifth monthly heat record of the year.

Bills' home game against Jets relocated to Detroit

| |Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014

The NFL has decided to move the Bills' home game against the New York Jets to Monday night in Detroit after a severe winter storm pounded western New York.

China firm disputes AP report of profits, history

| |Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014

A $5 billion Chinese chemical company backed by Morgan Stanley disputed overstating its profits, saying that local officials in China have agreed to change outdated records.

Immigrants from Ebola countries won't be sent home

| |Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014

Immigrants from the three countries at the center of West Africa's Ebola crisis are being offered work permits and temporary protection from deportation.

Gauge of US economy posts 0.9 percent October gain

| |Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014

An index designed to predict the future health of the economy rose in October at the fastest pace in three months.

NSA director: China can damage US power grid

| |Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014

China and "one or two" other countries are capable of mounting cyberattacks that would shut down the electric grid and other critical systems in parts of the United States, according to Adm. Michael Rogers, director of the National Security Agency and head of U.S. Cyber Command.

US home sales rise in October

| |Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014

Americans bought homes in October at the briskest pace this year, a sign that the sluggish housing market is turning around.

Soaring generic drug prices draw Senate scrutiny

| |Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014

Some low-cost generic drugs that have helped restrain health care costs for decades are seeing unexpected price spikes of up to 8,000 percent, prompting a backlash from patients, pharmacists and now Washington lawmakers.

Panel predicts China will keep confronting US

| |Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014

Tensions between the U.S. and China have deepened during the rule of China's president, Xi Jinping, and the risk of an inadvertent military clash in the Asia-Pacific is growing, a congressional advisory panel said Thursday.

US unemployment aid applications fall to 291,000

| |Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014

The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits declined slightly last week, suggesting that job gains should remain solid.

US consumer prices unchanged in October

| |Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014

U.S. consumer prices were unchanged in October as a fourth straight decline in gasoline costs helped to keep inflation at bay.

Hagel: Islamic State presents new challenge to US

|Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is calling the Islamic State group "an incredibly powerful new threat."

Spanish league aims for fair split of TV revenues

|Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014

The president of the Spanish league says the government has forwarded some details of a law that would give the league control over the collective sale of television rights.

Iowa man arrested near White House with gun in car

| |Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014

The Secret Service arrested an Iowa man Wednesday afternoon after finding a hunting rifle, dozens of rounds of ammunition and a knife in the trunk of his car parked near the White House.

Country of origin label for meat cuts endangered

| |Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014

Package labels on fresh cuts of meat that identify where animals were born, raised and slaughtered face an uncertain future after successful trade challenges from Canada and Mexico.

AP Exclusive: Some in NSA warned of a backlash

| |Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014

Dissenters within the National Security Agency, led by a senior agency executive, warned in 2009 that the program to secretly collect American phone records wasn't providing enough intelligence to justify the backlash it would cause if revealed, current and former intelligence officials say.

Ruling expected Friday on New Jersey sports bets

| |Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014

New Jersey could drop its ban on betting on sports entirely, but it cannot legally set conditions as it ends the prohibition, a lawyer for the NCAA and four major sports leagues told a federal judge Thursday.

Support builds for ending benefits to former Nazis

| |Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014

Supporting is growing on Capitol Hill to strip suspected Nazi war criminals of their Social Security benefits.