- Iowa employee went to work for handgun vendor Updated: Jul-31-15 1:49 pm
IOWA CITY, Iowa - An Iowa Department of Public Safety employee who helped draft a proposal to buy handguns for officers tipped off Smith & Wesson about the timing of the bidding process and was exploring a job with the gun company at the same time, emails obtained by The Associated Press show.
- Tokyo Olympic stadium designer strikes back at critics Updated: Jul-28-15 8:59 am
TOKYO - The architects behind a scrapped plan for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic stadium blamed the bidding process and rocketing building costs for the spiraling price tag, striking back at claims that it was because of the design.
- Lockheed Martin announces layoff of 270 in Colorado Springs Updated: Jul-28-15 5:05 am
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado - Lockheed Martin Corp. is set to lay off 270 employees in Colorado Springs in September unless the Government Accountability Office upholds the aerospace giant's protests of the $700 million contract being moved to Raytheon Co.
- With Boston out, can Los Angeles revive a US Olympic bid? Updated: Jul-27-15 11:05 pm
Boston's bid to host the 2024 Olympics was undercut by its own mayor, its skeptical public and, finally, leaders of the U.S. Olympic Committee, who were tired of the city's ever-changing blueprint.
- Couple pleads guilty to fraudulently getting $30M from US Updated: Jul-27-15 8:13 pm
BALTIMORE - A Keymar couple prosecutors say used $30 million fraudulently obtained from the federal government to finance a lavish lifestyle has pleaded guilty in the case.
- United Technologies: US probes Sikorsky on Navy contract Updated: Jul-24-15 4:34 pm
HARTFORD, Connecticut - The Justice Department has launched a criminal probe into allegations that subsidiary helicopter maker Sikorsky and two subsidiaries overbilled the Navy, United Technologies Corp. said Friday.
- Kansas sues US Army over Fort Riley food service contract Updated: Jul-24-15 2:16 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Kansas is suing the U.S. Army, alleging that the military is trying to prevent the state from continuing to provide cafeteria service at Fort Riley, a contract worth about $1.1 million a year that it's received since 2006.
- Mega-health deals bloom in July, Anthem bids $48B for Cigna Updated: Jul-24-15 2:02 pm
NEW YORK - Anthem is buying rival Cigna for $48 billion in a deal that would create the nation's largest health insurer by enrollment, covering about 53 million U.S patients.
- BlackBerry to buy crisis-communications software firm AtHoc Updated: Jul-22-15 3:04 pm
WATERLOO, Ontario - BlackBerry Ltd. has signed a deal to buy California-based software company AtHoc, which develops emergency alert systems for government agencies, military bodies, and other organizations.
- Le Mars council approves rail agreement for ethanol facility Updated: Jul-22-15 7:47 am
LE MARS, Iowa - The Le Mars City Council has approved a rail easement agreement that allows for the construction of a rail connecting a planned ethanol facility to the city railroad tracks.
- Wisconsin economic agency's board OKs operational review Updated: Jul-20-15 5:23 pm
OSHKOSH, Wisconsin - The leaders of Wisconsin's beleaguered job creation agency voted Monday to hire a consultant to review its operations and named a new chairman even as they insisted the agency's problems are in the past. Meanwhile, Gov. Scott Walker said the state should use "every effort" to recover money from any company that misrepresented itself in dealing with the agency.
- Newport News Shipbuilding awarded submarine contract Updated: Jul-18-15 10:21 am
NEWPORT NEWS, Virginia - Newport News Shipbuilding has been awarded a $106 million contract by the Navy for work on submarine programs.
- Feds award contract to replace Glen Canyon Dam transformers Updated: Jul-18-15 6:16 am
PAGE, Arizona - The transformers that increase the voltage to allow power generation at Glen Canyon Dam are getting upgraded.
- NJ company to pay $17.1 million to resolve bribery charges Updated: Jul-17-15 5:28 pm
NEWARK, New Jersey - Justice Department officials say a New Jersey-based construction management company has agreed to pay $17.1 million to resolve charges it bribed foreign officials to gain government contracts.
- Mayor Rahm Emanuel names top aide to run Chicago's schools Updated: Jul-16-15 7:53 pm
CHICAGO - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Thursday selected his chief of staff to lead the city's struggling public schools as the district deals with budget cuts and a multibillion-dollar pension crisis.
- Judge dismisses lawsuit challenging New Mexico test contract Updated: Jul-16-15 11:28 am
SANTA FE, New Mexico - A judge has dismissed a lawsuit that sought to overturn a contract issued for New Mexico's assessment exam for students in public schools.
- Owners, CEO of Va. contractor indicted on bribery charges Updated: Jul-15-15 5:50 pm
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia - The CEO and three co-owners of a Falls Church military contractor have been indicted on charges they paid bribes to an Army National Guard colonel to obtain multi-million dollar contracts.
- Tribe's partner in marijuana venture faces fiscal challenges Updated: Jul-15-15 5:29 pm
FLANDREAU, South Dakota - When the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe announced an agreement with an outside business for advice on how to grow and sell marijuana on its land, it touted the consultant's experience advising other groups on the topic and that it's a publicly traded company.
- Measure banning red-light cameras makes its way to voters Updated: Jul-15-15 12:17 pm
TUCSON, Arizona - Tucson voters are deciding in November whether to keep the city's eight red-light cameras.
- South Korea indicts 63 in probe on defense procurement Updated: Jul-15-15 5:42 am
SEOUL, South Korea - More than 60 South Koreans, including two former navy chiefs of staff, have been indicted in an investigation into alleged corruption associated with numerous defense procurement projects, prosecutors said Wednesday.
- Wounded veteran gets $100,000 over plumbing company firing Updated: Jul-15-15 4:16 am
PLYMOUTH, Minnesota - A veteran who was wounded in Iraq and fired from his job at Roto-Rooter in a Twin Cities suburb is getting $100,000 from the plumbing company per the terms of a federal agreement.
- Judge OKs $119M royalty settlement against natural gas firm Updated: Jul-14-15 4:49 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - An Oklahoma judge has approved a $119 million settlement in a class-action lawsuit that claimed a Chesapeake Energy Corp. affiliate underpaid natural gas royalties to owners in the past decade.
- Michigan ends prison food contract year after company fined Updated: Jul-13-15 2:16 pm
LANSING, Michigan - Michigan has terminated a three-year, $145 million contract with Aramark Correctional Services a year after the company hired to feed state prisoners came under scrutiny for unapproved menu substitutions, worker misconduct and other issues, state officials announced Monday.
- Repairs to Laupahoehoe Harbor breakwater to begin this month Updated: Jul-12-15 5:19 pm
HILO, Hawaii - Repairs to the breakwater at Laupahoehoe Harbor on the Hamakua Coast are set to begin this month and be completed by February 2016.
- Letter shows Otter knew of broadband money woes Updated: Jul-12-15 2:08 pm
BOISE, Idaho - Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter knew for months that the federal government had withheld funding for Idaho's now-failed school broadband program, but lawmakers remained in the dark until much later.