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  • Plan B eyed after Michigan voters crush tax hike for roads

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder and lawmakers will be forced to consider another alternative to address Michigan’s deteriorating roads after voters’ resounding rejection of a ballot measure that would have increased taxes to…

  • College financial aid: There’s still time to apply

    When it comes to lining up financial aid for college, earlier is definitely better. Universities have a limited amount of money they can award to students every year. Scholarships get snapped up fast. And many…

  • Residents, workers protest in South African cities

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Protesters in South Africa burned tires and piled rocks across the road leading to the Soweto home of the late Nelson Mandela on Wednesday, in a demonstration against electricity bills. Residents blocked…

  • UAE to explore Mars’ atmosphere with probe named ‘Hope’

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates’ planned 2020 mission to Mars will study the planet’s atmosphere and be appropriately named “Hope,” members of the project team revealed Wednesday. Dubai ruler Sheikh…

  • US stocks slipping after weak jobs data; oil prices rise

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks drifted lower early Wednesday after the release of weak U.S. economic reports. Oil prices rose, helping drillers and other energy companies move higher. Five of the 10 industry sectors…

  • SpaceX capsule soars with dummy in 1st test of crew escape

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX chalked up another big test flight Wednesday, firing a capsule into the air to try out its new, super-streamlined launch escape system for astronauts. No humans were on board,…

  • Greece makes IMF payment, another looms

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece is making a 200 million euro ($222 million) repayment to the International Monetary Fund, though another, larger one looms next week that it will struggle to manage. A Greek finance…

  • Judges have questions on Christie’s pension contributions

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey state Supreme Court justice wants to know if Gov. Chris Christie’s stance on pension payments amounts to a “bait and switch.” Justice Barry Albin asked a lawyer for…

  • A bio snapshot of Lori Greiner of QVC and ‘Shark Tank’

    Lori Greiner, entrepreneur on QVC and investor on ABC’s “Shark Tank” AGE: 45 HOMETOWN: Chicago LIVES IN: Chicago and Los Angeles FAMILY: Married to Dan Greiner EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree in communication from Loyola University Chicago…

  • How do you get on QVC? Tips from entrepreneur Lori Greiner

    NEW YORK (AP) — Take a product on a home shopping channel and sell out in a matter of minutes— it’s the dream of many entrepreneurs. Lori Greiner, who’s sold her jewelry organizers, home decor…

  • Dollar down

    The U.S. dollar is lower against other North American currencies in New York trading. It’s worth 1.20 Canadian dollars, down from late Tuesday. And the dollar is trading at 15.25 Mexican pesos, also down from…

  • Grain higher, livestock mixed

    CHICAGO (AP) — Grain futures were higher Wednesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for July delivery was unchanged at $4.6650 a bushel; July corn was 4 cents higher at $3.6675…

  • Greece makes IMF payment amid signs of bailout progress

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Cash-strapped Greece managed to make a 200 million-euro ($222 million) repayment to the International Monetary Fund on Wednesday, as its long-stalled bailout negotiations appeared to make some progress. The country has…

  • EU moves to help tech companies compete with US giants

    BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union has unveiled a long-term strategy to help its technology companies compete with U.S. giants like Google and Amazon by unifying the continent’s digital sector and taking a hard line…

  • BMW profits rise on SUVs, strong sales in UK, US

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German luxury carmaker BMW increased its profits in the first quarter thanks to strong demand for its expensive SUVs and higher sales in the U.S. and Britain as well as in…