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  • French farmers stage 1,000-strong tractor protest in Paris

    PARIS (AP) — Hundreds of tractors are descending on Paris in a boisterous protest by farmers blocking highways in anger over falling French food prices and high taxes. They are protesting increasingly slim margins they…

  • Asian stocks rise amid China holiday, get Wall Street perk

    Asian stocks rose Thursday after Wall Street rebounded from a sharp sell-off and as a holiday in China gave investors a break from its torrid markets. KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s Nikkei 225 was up 1.4 percent…

  • Obama’s fish tale: salmon spawning on his shoes

    DILLINGHAM, Alaska (AP) — This oh-my moment was nowhere on the official schedule for President Barack Obama’s visit to Alaska: salmon spawning on his shoes. “You see that?” Obama declared Wednesday as he gripped a…

  • School drug counselors charged in $46 million fraud scheme

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Some were students who had tried drugs or alcohol, but didn’t have substance abuse problems. Others were young addicts in need of help. Neither group necessarily fared well under counseling programs…

  • Lawsuit: Western sheep operators colluded against workers

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Two former shepherds from Peru are accusing key players in the sheep industry in the western U.S. of conspiring to keep wages low for foreign workers. Rodolfo Llacua and Esliper Huaman,…

  • IMF: China, tumbling commodity prices threaten world economy

    WASHINGTON (AP) — China’s slowdown, volatile financial markets and tumbling raw-materials prices have raised the risks to economic growth around the world, the International Monetary Fund reported Wednesday. In an assessment of threats published as…

  • Federal Sony data breach lawsuit settled, lawyer says

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former Sony Pictures Entertainment employees whose personal information was posted online last year after a massive data breach have reached a settlement in a proposed class action lawsuit, their attorneys said…

  • Court strips lesser prairie chicken of federal protection

    MIDLAND, Texas (AP) — A federal court in Texas has stripped the lesser prairie chicken of Endangered Species Act protections, a victory for oil and gas companies that argued conservation efforts are working. District Judge…

  • Hunt for 3 suspects widens after Illinois officer’s death

    FOX LAKE, Ill. (AP) — Authorities broadened the hunt Wednesday for three suspects wanted in the fatal shooting of a popular Illinois police officer, even as they acknowledged that they had no indication the men…

  • In climate bid, Obama stares down melting Alaska glacier

    SEWARD, Alaska (AP) — President Barack Obama stared down a melting glacier in Alaska on Tuesday in a dramatic use of his presidential pulpit to sound the alarm on climate change. From a distance, Exit…

  • Report: Some top baby monitors lack basic security features

    NEW YORK (AP) — Several of the most popular Internet-connected baby monitors lack basic security features, making them vulnerable to even the most basic hacking attempts, according to a new report from a cybersecurity firm.…

  • New collars monitor pets for pain, problems

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — You can use wearables with GPS to keep track of wandering dogs. Others help you track animals’ physical activity. Now, two companies have the latest in wearable pet technology: collars that…

  • Rubio touts end to oil-export ban, bemoans EPA in Oklahoma

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The United States should end its ban on crude-oil exports and reduce federal regulations that are stifling an energy industry central to the nation’s future economic prosperity, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio…

  • AP News in Brief at 5:58 p.m. EDT

    Obama seals legacy-defining Iran deal as Senate Dems gather 34 votes to stymie GOP resolution WASHINGTON (AP) — Overcoming ferocious opposition, President Barack Obama secured a legacy-defining foreign policy victory Wednesday as Senate Democrats clinched…

  • Tesla says it will take orders for cheaper car in March

    DETROIT (AP) — Tesla Motors says it will reveal its lower-cost Model 3 electric car in March and will start taking orders then. In a tweet Wednesday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk says the car will…