US stocks gain following a pickup in retail sales

(AP) — Stocks are closing higher, clawing back some of the ground they lost last week, as investors were encouraged by solid earnings from Citigroup and a pickup in retail sales last month.

US retail sales up strong 1.1 percent in March 

(AP) — U.S. retail sales in March rose by the largest amount in 18 months, led by strong gains in sales of autos, furniture and a number of other products.

US businesses increased stockpiles 0.4 percent 

(AP) — U.S. businesses boosted their stockpiles in February as sales rebounded by the largest amount in nine months.

Citigroup's earnings edge higher in first quarter 

(AP) — Citigroup's its first-quarter earnings rose as the bank got a boost from declines in expenses and provisions for bad loans. The earnings improved even as revenue from mortgage refinancing and bond trading fell.

Pro sports becoming more open to paternity leave 

(AP) — Tony Perez was on the road with the Cincinnati Reds in 1966 when he got the call that his first child was on the way. There was no discussion about leaving the team to attend Victor's birth, no such thing as paternity leave.

Tech stocks slide again; Nasdaq falls for 3rd week

(AP) — Technology stocks are dropping for a second day in a row as investors flee highflying Internet and biotechnology companies.

SeaWorld loses appeal in death by killer whale

(AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld a regulatory safety finding against SeaWorld in the drowning of a trainer at the theme park who was pulled under by a killer whale.

Studies: Lab-grown nostrils, vaginas working well 

(AP) — Two new studies describe the latest achievements in growing body parts in a lab and transplanting them into people, this time with nostrils and vaginas.

Savers beware: Fees may be shrinking your 401(k)

(AP) — It's the silent enemy in our retirement accounts: High fees.

Sony warns of battery issue in some Vaio laptops

(AP) — Sony is advising consumers to quit using some of its VAIO laptop computers and unplug them, saying that it's possible that its non-removable battery pack could overheat.