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  • Royal Dutch Shell reports 57 percent drop in net income

    LONDON (AP) — Royal Dutch Shell PLC, Europe’s largest oil company by market value, said Thursday that fourth quarter net income fell 57 percent to $773 million and that it would cap spending this year…

  • Spieth ready for big show _ Phoenix and Tiger

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Tiger Woods faced dozens of reporters and cameras, a big gathering in a crowded section outside the clubhouse at the TPC Scottsdale. Just then, Jordan Spieth walked on a path above…

  • Series of Taliban attacks leaves 17 dead in Afghanistan

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A series of Taliban attacks across Afghanistan overnight and on Thursday morning has left at least 17 people dead. That’s according to officials, who say the deadliest of the attacks happened…

  • Column: Think you know the Super Bowl? Take the quiz

    PHOENIX (AP) — By now, even the most casual fan has learned that Marshawn Lynch is interesting only because he refuses to say anything. Richard Sherman? He talks all the time and provides far more…

  • Wistful, humorous Romney looks back as he ponders ’16

    STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Mitt Romney sounds like a presidential candidate. Except when he doesn’t. Greeted as a celebrity here Wednesday in the heart of the Republican Deep South, the GOP’s 2012 nominee — who…

  • Utah family’s deaths followed mom’s obsession with murderer

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Thirty years ago, Dan Lafferty and his brother grew their hair long, called themselves prophets and claimed God told them to kill their sister-in-law and her baby after she resisted…

  • Even with low prices, US oil industry pushing for exports

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Never mind dropping oil prices. U.S. producers are pushing harder than ever for the right to sell U.S. crude oil overseas. It might seem counterintuitive: Oil prices are as low as they…

  • Panel recommending changes to military health care, benefits

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials say an independent commission is recommending broad changes to the military’s retirement and health care systems that could save more than $20 billion over the next four years. But the…

  • Attorney General nominee moves closer to confirmation

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch faces more grilling Thursday as she moves closer to an expected confirmation, following a daylong hearing in which she testified to her independence from President Barack Obama…

  • Japan studying latest message in Mideast hostage crisis

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan was studying the latest message purportedly from the Islamic State group, which extends the deadline for Jordan’s release of an Iraqi prisoner, while officials worked feverishly Thursday to try to free…

  • US sheriffs expand concerns about Waze mobile traffic app

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Not only does a feature of a popular Google Inc. mobile app put police officers’ lives in danger, it also interferes with law enforcement’s ability to carry out its speeding ticket mission,…

  • Yellowstone oil spills fuel arguments over Keystone line

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Oil pipeline accidents have become increasingly frequent in the U.S. as Congress pushes for approval of the Keystone XL pipeline — a project that would pass near the spot where 30,000…

  • FACT CHECK: Both sides in Keystone XL debate bend facts

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Supporters of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would run from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico, say the privately funded, $8 billion project is a critically needed piece of infrastructure that will…

  • Update on the latest in business:

    FINANCIAL MARKETS Asia stocks sunk by oil plunge, Fed rate hike plan reminder TOKYO (AP) — Asian stock markets sank today after plunging oil prices. Contributing to this was the U.S. Federal Reserve’s reminder that…

  • Update on the latest religion news

    NIGERIA-VIOLENCE Extremists rampage in northeast Nigeria as elections near YOLA, Nigeria (AP) — Fleeing villagers say Islamic extremists are rampaging through northeastern Nigeria, killing, burning and looting, with no troops protecting them. More than 40…