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  • Skiers have reservations over airbag safety system

    VAL GARDENA, Italy (AP) — Some skiers are concerned they will turn into the puffy “Michelin Man” when they are not supposed to. Others are afraid they will lose precious hundredths of a second due…

  • US stock indexes drift higher in afternoon trading

    Stocks moved slightly higher in afternoon trading Monday, on pace to build modestly on gains from last week. The market has closed higher over the past three trading days. Discouraging data on U.S. home sales…

  • AP poll: Police killings of blacks voted top story of 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — The police killings of unarmed blacks in Ferguson, Missouri, and elsewhere — and the investigations and tumultuous protests they inspired — was the top news story of 2014, according to The…

  • Update on the latest business

    FINANCIAL MARKETS-US OPEN Stocks extend rally NEW YORK (AP) — Major stock indexes have edged mostly higher today, but the gains are being held back by discouraging data on U.S. home sales and a deepening…

  • Appeals court nixes NC abortion ultrasound law

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court has struck down a North Carolina law requiring abortion providers to show and describe an ultrasound to the pregnant woman, even if she refuses to look or…

  • Penguins being tested for mumps

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins just can’t seem to shake the mumps. The team sent backup goaltender Thomas Greiss and forwards Brandon Sutter and Steve Downie home from Florida on Monday to undergo testing…

  • Top news of 2014 left public grasping for answers

    Twenty-thousand feet down the answers may be waiting, hidden in some underwater canyon far off Australia’s coast. But more than nine months after searchers began scouring the seas for a Malaysia Airlines jetliner that vanished…

  • UN chief urges better early warning of next disease outbreak

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says the international community urgently needs better early warning and rapid response to the next outbreak of disease — “a test that is sure to come.” The U.N.…

  • Ex-officer not charged in fatal Milwaukee shooting

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — A white Milwaukee police officer who was fired after he fatally shot a mentally ill black man in April won’t face criminal charges, the county’s top prosecutor said Monday. Milwaukee County District…

  • Express Scripts turns to AbbVie in huge hepatitis C deal

    The nation’s largest pharmacy benefits manager is throwing its weight into a fight over the high cost of treating hepatitis C, saying it will cover a new drug from AbbVie while pulling back on more…

  • Correction: Marijuana Research story

    DENVER (AP) — In a story Dec. 17 about marijuana research, The Associated Press reported erroneously reported Marcel Bonn-Miller’s profession. He is a psychologist, not a psychiatrist. Also, while he works with the Veterans Administration,…

  • Spokesman: Ali improving from case of pneumonia

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A spokesman for boxing great Muhammad Ali says the former heavyweight champion’s condition has “vastly improved” since he was admitted to a hospital with a mild case of pneumonia during the…

  • Cambodia ‘doctor’ faces murder rap in HIV outbreak

    PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — An unlicensed medical practitioner suspected of negligently infecting more than 100 villagers in northwestern Cambodia with the virus that causes AIDS was charged Monday with murder and other crimes, a…

  • China punishes hospital for operating room photos

    BEIJING (AP) — Chinese health authorities put a hospital president on probation and fired three other supervisors following public outrage over photos posted online of smiling medical staff posing with patients in the middle of…

  • AP News in Brief at 5:58 a.m. EST

    Police departments on alert after NYC cops killed by man who hated law enforcement, government NEW YORK (AP) — Big-city police departments and union leaders around the country are warning the rank and file to…