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  • China lowers growth target, promises to open industries

    BEIJING (AP) — China set a lower economic growth target for this year and promised to open more industries to foreign investors as it tries to make its slowing, state-dominated economy more productive. The growth…

  • IPhone 6’s popularity drives Apple’s China share to record

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A consumer survey showed the popularity of the iPhone 6 has driven Apple’s market share in China to its highest ever while Samsung has continued to lose ground. Kantar Worldpanel…

  • ‘Superbug’ infections hit another Los Angeles hospital

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A second Los Angeles hospital is reporting that patients have been infected with an antibiotic-resistant “superbug” linked to a type of widely used medical scope. The latest cases came at Cedars-Sinai…

  • United Airlines slightly shifting ticketing operation at BWI

    BALTIMORE (AP) — Passengers checking in for United Airlines flights at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport are going to be going to a slightly different place. Starting on Thursday, ticketing and check-in operations for United…

  • Spain sees energy deal as EU step to cut Russia dependence

    BRUSSELS (AP) — Spain says that a new agreement to connect its energy networks with Portugal and France is a major step toward breaking Europe’s dependence on Russian gas supplies. Spanish Energy Minister Jose Manuel…

  • Ukraine bans Russian media outlets from official events

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian news agency Tass says that Russian media outlets are no longer granted access to official events in Ukraine. Tass quoted an unidentified Ukrainian foreign ministry official as saying, “from this week…

  • German factory orders down more than expected in January

    BERLIN (AP) — German factory orders, a key indicator for Europe’s biggest economy, dropped much further than expected in January, led by a big drop in demand from other eurozone countries. Orders were down 3.9…

  • China stocks fall on growth target cut, Europe up before ECB

    HONG KONG (AP) — Asian stock markets were mostly lower Thursday after China cut its economic growth target while European shares rose as investors awaited an ECB meeting that may provide more details on its…

  • Death toll in east Ukraine mine blast reaches 32

    DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Officials in a separatist rebel-held city in east Ukraine say the death toll from an accidental explosion at a coal mine has risen to 32. The self-appointed government in Donetsk said…

  • Giving up Flight 370 search would be bitter pill for many

    SYDNEY (AP) — She wakes up every morning and reaches for the smartphone on her nightstand, searching for the same jumble of letters and numbers that have consumed her life for a year: MH370. She…

  • Utah LGBT anti-discrimination bill gets Mormon approval

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — More than 20 years ago, Troy Williams was a young Mormon missionary who didn’t know how he would reconcile his sexual preference with his faith when he came home to…

  • Woman in Silicon Valley sex discrimination suit to testify

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The woman at the center of a sex discrimination lawsuit against one of Silicon Valley’s most prestigious venture capital firms is set to take the stand in a case that has…

  • Update on the latest religion news

    GAY MARRIAGE-ALABAMA Gay marriages on hold in Alabama BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Gay rights advocates in Alabama say they can’t find a single county still granting marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The Alabama Supreme Court…

  • Update on the latest in business:

    FINANCIAL MARKETS Chinese stocks tumble HONG KONG (AP) — A tumble in Chinese stocks dragged most other Asian benchmarks lower today after China cut its economic growth target. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng fell 1.1 percent…

  • Facebook exec, NBA team up to get men to ‘lean in’ for women

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg has enlisted NBA stars LeBron James, Stephen Curry and some of the basketball league’s other top players to convince more men to join the fight for women’s…