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  • Inquest begins into deadly Sydney cafe siege

    SYDNEY (AP) — An inquest into a deadly siege in a Sydney cafe began on Thursday, aimed at determining exactly how a gunman and two of his hostages ended up dead after a 16-hour standoff…

  • Indexes___________________________Close_____Dly Chg___Week Chg__Ytd Chg

    Balanced Fund 9544.43 – .65 – .32 – .51 Corporate A-Rated Debt 1857.08 + .70 + 1.15 + 3.02 Emerging Markets 280.20 – .82 + .07 + 2.25 Equity Income Fund 8742.22 – 1.45 –…

  • Business Highlights

    ___ 1st time advertisers gamble on Super Bowl ads NEW YORK (AP) — Fifteen advertisers will make their Super Bowl debut, buying a place on the biggest, most expensive stage in American television. Advertising experts…

  • Democratic US Rep. Ryan says he now supports abortion rights

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A Democratic congressman who is weighing a U.S. Senate run in politically divided Ohio has publicly switched his position to supporting abortion rights, saying Wednesday the decision is deeply personal and…

  • Barcelona and Tottenham advance in cups

    Neymar scored twice, and Barcelona won 3-2 at Atletico Madrid on Wednesday night to reach the Copa del Rey semifinals on 4-2 aggregate. Barcelona will play Villarreal or Getafe, who play Thursday following the Yellow…

  • Surprise players often star in Super Bowls

    PHOENIX (AP) — Almost all football fans know Tom Brady, Russell Wilson, Richard Sherman, Marshawn Lynch and Rob Gronkowski. The New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks wouldn’t be playing in the Super Bowl on Sunday…

  • Obama congratulates new Greek leader on election victory

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the U.S. will work closely with Greece’s new government and help Greece pursue long-term prosperity. Obama spoke by phone Wednesday with new Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to…

  • Attorney General nominee defends Obama immigration changes

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Confronting skeptical Republicans, attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch pledged a new start with Congress and independence from President Barack Obama Wednesday, even as she defended the president’s unilateral protections for millions of…

  • 4 minor leaguers suspended for drug violations

    NEW YORK (AP) — Four minor league baseball players have been suspended for violating the drug policy. The commissioner’s office announced the penalties Wednesday. Free agent right-hander Raymond Hanson was suspended 80 games after a…

  • Tape: Scientist offers to build nuke bomb targeting New York

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A disgruntled, former Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist promised to build 40 nuclear weapons for Venezuela in 10 years and design a bomb targeted for New York City in exchange for…

  • Detroit officer won’t go on trial 3rd time in girl’s death

    DETROIT (AP) — Authorities won’t pursue a third trial against a Detroit police officer who fatally shot a 7-year-old girl during a nighttime raid that was filmed by a reality TV show, a prosecutor said…

  • Mom wants independent autopsy after police killed daughter

    DENVER (AP) — The mother of a 17-year-old girl who was fatally shot by Denver police says she wants a second, independent autopsy so she can know more about how her daughter died. Laura Sonya…

  • Inquest begins into deadly Sydney cafe siege

    SYDNEY (AP) — An inquest into a deadly siege in a Sydney cafe is set to begin as a coroner works to determine exactly how a gunman and two of his hostages ended up dead…

  • Editorial Roundup: Excerpts from recent editorials

    Excerpts from recent editorials in newspapers in the United States and abroad: ___ Jan. 24 The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, Tennessee, on Netanyahu invitation breaching protocol: As part of its serial rebuttals to President Barack Obama’s…

  • McDonald’s names executive Easterbrook new CEO

    OAK BROOK, Ill. (AP) — McDonald’s Corp. on Wednesday tapped Chief Brand Officer Steve Easterbrook as its new president and CEO to succeed Don Thompson. McDonald’s has been dealing with intense competition and changing consumer…