Microsoft, Starbucks among businesses asking Supreme Court to take gay rights case

The 76 businesses and organizations — including American Airlines, Apple, eBay, Facebook, Google, Starbucks and Microsoft — filed a brief Wednesday encouraging the high court to take up the issue of whether a federal law covers discrimination against someone because of their sexual orientation.


Asian stocks little-changed after Wall Street hits new highs

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stocks were little-changed Tuesday after Wall Street's major indexes rose to new highs as China prepared to open a key political meeting. KEEPING SCORE: The Shanghai Composite Index was off 0.1 percent at 3,374.66 while Tokyo's Nikkei 225 was unchanged at 21,260.89. Hong Kong's Hang Seng held steady at 28,707.80 and...

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Nestle cutting nearly 60 jobs at northeast Iowa plant

WAVERLY, Iowa (AP) — Officials say nearly 60 jobs will be lost in a cutback at a Nestle plant in northeast Iowa. The company plans to phase out 49 hourly jobs and seven salaried positions at its Waverly plant by the end of next year. The staff of nearly 255 workers makes various products, including...