SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Microsoft hopes to get more people using the next version of its Windows software on all kinds of devices by giving them access to many of the same apps they're already using on Apple or Android phones.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Building on California's ambitious effort to curb greenhouse gas emissions, Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday called on the state to further slash its carbon footprint over the next 15 years.
By Ernest Scheyder WILLISTON, N.D. (Reuters) - North Dakota, the second-largest U.S. oil producer, has approved a sweeping reorganization of its oil tax code, cutting the overall rate and ending a tax break of more than $5 billion poised to hit in June. Governor Jack Dalrymple signed the measure on Wednesday afternoon, his staff told Reuters, lowering the combined rate crude producers will pay by 1.5 percentage points. The bill also eliminates, starting this December, a so-called "large trigger" tax break worth as much as $5.3 billion to oil producers over a two-year period if it ever took effect. The large-trigger tax curtails oil extraction taxes during the first 24 month's of a well's life.
Oklahoma oil billionaire Harold Hamm on Wednesday moved to drop his appeal of a $1 billion divorce award to his ex-wife, a day after the court dismissed her bid to re-open the case, according to a court filing. Hamm's decision to withdraw his counter-appeal of a bitterly fought divorce after a lower court awarded his ex-wife Sue Ann Arnall around $1 billion in January could end their dispute, which has been ongoing since 2012 with billions at stake. In the filing, lawyers for Hamm, the chief executive and majority owner of driller Continental Resources Inc CLR.N, said he "is willing to dismiss his counter-appeal," and asked the state's Supreme Court to do so. The check covered the remaining balance of a divorce ruling that awarded Arnall around $1 billion in cash and assets.
NEW YORK (AP) — The personal flight logs of the co-pilot of the U.S. warplane that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima 70 years ago didn't sell at an auction of World War II artifacts and memorabilia.
By Karen Pierog CHICAGO (Reuters) - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel revealed on Wednesday the first steps he will take over the next four years to help fix the city's financial problems by changing some of the city's long-used and sometimes controversial debt maneuvers. The mayor, who won a second term in office earlier this month, said Chicago will end bond restructurings that push out debt payments to future years as well as the use of interest-rate swaps. He also pledged to add to Chicago's long-term rainy day fund every year. "These practices are about bringing financial and fiscal sanity to the budget, but more importantly they're about creating a conducive environment for job growth and creation," Emanuel told a meeting of the Chicago-based Civic Federation, a government finance watchdog group.
By Keith Coffman CENTENNIAL, Colo. (Reuters) - A survivor of Colorado's movie theater massacre told jurors on Wednesday how he lay wounded as he watched gunman James Holmes move slowly about the body-strewn cinema holding a semiautomatic rifle in front of him. Holmes, a 27-year-old former neuroscience graduate student, could face the death penalty if convicted of opening fire inside a packed midnight premiere of a Batman film in July 2012, killing a dozen people and wounding 70 others. On Wednesday, the prosecution called witness Joshua Nowlan, a former U.S. Navy sailor who worked on aircraft carriers.
By Steve Ginsburg BALTIMORE (Reuters) - It was a perfect April afternoon to take in a ball game, but the Baltimore Orioles and Chicago White Sox played before a sea of 45,971 empty seats on Wednesday afternoon, setting an unenviable record of sorts in a sport driven by statistics. After a night on turmoil in the streets of Baltimore on Monday, officials decided it was simply too difficult to assure the safety of fans coming to Camden Yards, the city's venerable downtown stadium. The violence erupted days after the death of Freddie Gray, a young black man who suffered a fatal spinal injury while in police custody. Wednesday's game was the first time in Major League Baseball history that two teams squared off with not a single fan allowed in the stadium.