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  • Sri Lanka suspends work on China-backed resort

    BEIJING (AP) — Sri Lanka has informed Beijing it is suspending work on a $1.5 billion Chinese-backed resort as part of a reevaluation of recent foreign investments, China’s Foreign Ministry said Friday. The project was…

  • Taiwan subway slasher sentenced to death for killing 4

    TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A Taiwan court sentenced a university student to death Friday for killing four passengers on a Taipei commuter train last year. Shortly before rush hour on May 21, Cheng Chieh used…

  • German Parliament approves quota for female directors

    BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s Parliament has approved a quota system that will require leading companies in Europe’s biggest economy to have at least 30 percent women on their supervisory boards starting next year. Lawmakers from…

  • Ringling Bros. says circuses to be elephant-free in 3 years

    POLK CITY, Fla. (AP) — Animal rights activists were stunned when the parent company of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus announced it would eliminate elephants from its circus performances by 2018. “Monumental and…

  • Caution before US jobs report tempers gains in global stocks

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — European stocks traded cautiously ahead of a U.S. jobs report Friday that could influence when the Federal Reserve raises interest rates this year. Asian markets were mostly higher after being…

  • Is a good jobs report bad for the stock market?

    WASHINGTON — We’re currently in the longest streak of monthly jobs gains above 200,000 since 1994. While this is good news for those who have been unemployed and their families, it’s not necessarily good news…

  • Silicon Valley gender bias suit puts spotlight on industry

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A sex discrimination trial against one of Silicon Valley’s most prestigious venture capital firms is providing a rare peek into the elite investment companies vying to fund the next Google and…

  • LGBT anti-discrimination bill passes Utah test

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Republican-controlled Senate committee in the Utah Legislature offered its unanimous and at times emotional support for a proposal to protect gay and transgender individuals as the landmark measure passed…

  • Late-winter storm continues to batter South, Northeast

    The clock is springing forward this weekend, but Friday will still feel like winter for much of the country. Temperatures of 10 to 30 degrees below average were expected from the South to Northeast, along…

  • Update on the latest in business:

    FINANCIAL MARKETS Asia stocks gain after ECB upgrades growth ahead of US jobs SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Asian stock markets were higher on Friday as investor sentiment was boosted by the European Central Bank’s…

  • 3 reasons Apple’s watch will _ or won’t _ change the game

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — No one can argue that many Apple devices have changed the way people live their lives. The company’s iTunes, iPhone and iPad have shaken up music, phone and computer markets worldwide.…

  • Cricket World Cup: teams getting down to the business end

    The only remaining unbeaten teams at the Cricket World Cup — India and New Zealand — hope to consolidate their already strong positions as the tournament moves into the final week of preliminary matches. Defending…

  • Super Bowl, World Series champs back gay marriage at court

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The New England Patriots are for same-sex marriage. So are the San Francisco Giants. The reigning baseball and football champions, along with baseball’s small-market Tampa Bay Rays, are among the thousands of…

  • Tips for landing a new job this spring

    WASHINGTON — If you’ve vowed to land a new job in 2015, combining who you know, what you know and how you package yourself will likely do the trick, a hiring expert says. Heidi Parsont,…

  • NASA’s Dawn spacecraft moves in on dwarf planet Ceres

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The largest celestial body in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter welcomes its first visitor Friday. NASA’s Dawn spacecraft was due to slip into orbit around Ceres for the first…