Campaign to turn away gay couples moves ahead
PORTLAND, Ore. - A ballot measure is moving forward aimed at business owners who want to turn away same-sex couples whose weddings they object to for religious reasons.
The measure, titled the Protect Religious Freedom Initiative, seeks an exemption to Oregon's anti-discrimination law, and comes one year after a suburban Portland bakery refused to bake a cake for a same-sex couple's wedding because of its owners' religious beliefs.
The initiative joins legislation in at least 10 other states, most of which withered and died under a national outcry that they would legalize discrimination.
Court sides with U.S. in cell-tracking records case
WASHINGTON - The Justice Department does not have to turn over information on cases involving warrantless cellphone tracking if the cases ended without a defendant's conviction, a divided federal appeals court ruled Friday in upholding privacy protections for people acquitted of crimes.
The ruling came in a public records lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union, which had requested information on federal cases in which law enforcement had obtained cellphone tracking data without a warrant to track a user's whereabouts.
Report: Apple on verge of buying Beats for $3.2B
SAN FRANCISCO - Apple is orchestrating a $3.2 billion acquisition of Beats Electronics, the headphone maker and music streaming distributor founded by hip-hop star Dr. Dre and music industry impresario Jimmy Iovine, according to a published report.
Citing people familiar with the negotiations, The Financial Times says Apple could announce the deal as early as next week. In its report posted online late Thursday, the newspaper warned the talks could still collapse if the two sides cannot agree on some final details.
Both Apple Inc. and Beats Electronics declined to comment to The Associated Press. The potential acquisition would add Beats Electronics' popular line of headphones and music streaming service to an Apple line-up that already includes digital music players and the iTunes store, the world's top music retailer.
Geithner memoir: He made repeated offers to resign
WASHINGTON - Timothy Geithner says in a new memoir that he repeatedly offered to resign as Treasury secretary in the aftermath of the financial crisis and at one point suggested that Hillary Rodham Clinton be among those considered to replace him.
President Barack Obama rebuffed Geithner's suggestion, and he remained at Treasury until 2013.
Geithner's memoir will be published next week.
On Thursday, The Associated Press bought an early copy.
Geithner recalls his offers of resignation in "Stress Test," which explores his turbulent four years at Treasury. During his tenure, the Obama administration confronted the worst recession and most severe financial crisis since the Great Depression.
Local bank stocks reported
First Niles Financial held steady in trading Friday, closing at $7.50 per share. Cortland Bancorp also remained unchanged, closing at $11.75 a share.
Staff, wire reports