Even though the new Norwegian Cruise Line ship calls itself "Norwegian Breakaway," it couldn't have a more Manhattan feel to it with a colorful hull of the city skyline and Statue of Liberty drawn by pop artist Peter Max. The new cruise ship was christened Wednesday at a pier on the Hudson River.

Richard Drew


Goodwill holding job fair to fill several positions

Goodwill of Southern Arizona will host a job fair Friday as it looks to fill manager, assistant manager, supervisor and accounting positions.

The event runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at its corporate offices, 1940 E. Silverlake, Suite 401.

Job candidates should log onto www.goodwillsouthernaz.org and print out an application to bring.


New elected officials, judges could get 401(k)s

PHOENIX - A bill backed by top Republicans in the Arizona Legislature that replaces pensions for new judges and other elected officials with a 401(k)-style retirement plan passed the Arizona Senate on the second try Wednesday.

The 16-13 vote came a day after the bill failed on a 12-12 vote because four GOP senators were absent. The House already voted for the bill, but a second vote is required because of Senate amendments before it heads to Gov. Jan Brewer for her consideration.

If signed into law, House Bill 2608 applies only to new elected officials, and it was amended to allow new judges who are already in the state's regular retirement system to remain there.


72 airports slated to close at night will remain open

WASHINGTON - Seventy-two airport towers and other air traffic control facilities that were scheduled to close at night because of budget cuts will get to stay open, the Federal Aviation Administration said Wednesday.

The FAA had announced earlier this year that it would eliminate midnight shifts of air traffic controllers at those airports in order to meet across-the-board, automatic spending cuts required by Congress.

Among the airports that were on the list to lose overnight controller staffing were Chicago's Midway International, General Mitchell Airport in Milwaukee, Albuquerque International Sunport in New Mexico, and Atlantic City International in New Jersey.

The FAA announced the decision not to eliminate the shifts after a conference call with airlines and groups representing business and private pilots.

No towers in Arizona were on the list of possible night closures. The shift reductions are separate from a plan to close down 149 control towers at smaller airports, including Tucson's Ryan Airfield. Those closures are set to occur in mid-June, though pending legislation would halt the closures.

Airports are not required to have air traffic controllers on site in order to operate.

NYC forces businesses to provide paid sick leave

NEW YORK - In a significant victory amid a push for paid sick time laws around the country, New York City lawmakers voted Wednesday to make businesses provide the benefit to an estimated 1 million workers who don't have it now.

Saying they hoped that requiring sick leave in the nation's largest metropolis would set an example, City Council members positioned New York to become the most populous place to approve such a law during a campaign that has scored several victories but also a number of defeats. A mayoral veto is expected, but so is an override.

Supporters see paid sick time as a basic matter of working conditions, akin to a minimum wage, and a way to stop coughing, sneezing employees from spreading germs to their colleagues and customers.

Critics say some small enterprises can't afford the benefit and businesses resent the implication that they're forcing ailing employees to come in to work and creating a public health problem.

Coke's low-calorie options to be expanded worldwide

Coca-Cola says it will make lower-calorie options and clear calorie labeling more widely available around the world, intensifying a push against critics who say its drinks pack on the pounds.

The Atlanta-based company, which makes Sprite, Fanta and Minute Maid, already offers diet drinks in most markets. But there's no consistency in their availability, particularly in emerging markets such as China and India.

Coca-Cola also said Wednesday that it would support programs that encourage physical activity and no longer market to kids younger than 12. The company had made a similar promise in 2007 but said the new push would create a "global standard" for the commitment.

It did not elaborate on what changes that would include or set a timetable on when it planned to meet its new goals.

But Coca-Cola Co. executives have also made a point of standing by the company's full-calorie drinks, saying that physical activity plays an important role in fighting obesity.

Caffeinated gum pulled 'out of respect' for FDA

Wrigley says it is taking a new caffeinated gum off the market temporarily as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration investigates the safety of added caffeine.

The company said Wednesday that it has stopped new sales and marketing of Alert Energy Caffeine Gum "out of respect" for the agency, which said it would investigate the health effects of added caffeine in foods just as Wrigley rolled out Alert late last month. A stick of the gum is equivalent to half a cup of coffee.

Treasury secretary working on penmanship

WASHINGTON - The Treasury secretary is showing signs of improvement as he gets ready to affix his "Jacob Lew" to the nation's currency.

President Obama joked in January when he nominated Lew for the Treasury post that he had never noticed before how illegible Lew's signature was. Lew served as Obama's chief of staff.

Lew's scrawl consisted of a series of loops that bore no resemblance to his name.


Toyota quarterly profit more than doubles

TOKYO - Toyota's quarterly profit more than doubled to $3.2 billion as cost cuts and better sales worked with a weakening yen to add momentum to the automaker's comeback.

The Associated Press