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  • Truck driver in California train crash released from jail

    OXNARD, Calif. (AP) — A driver who left his pickup truck on the tracks in a crash with a Southern California commuter train has been released from jail. Jose Alejandro Sanchez-Ramirez was released at about…

  • LA teachers, union leaders rally amid stalled talks

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dressed in red and raising signs into the air, thousands of teachers filled a downtown Los Angeles park on Thursday in demand of higher wages and smaller class sizes amid stalled…

  • Cuban cigar makers anticipate big bucks from US travelers

    HAVANA (AP) — Over six decades rolling premium cigars with his small, wrinkled hands, Arnaldo Alfonso has taken pride in seeing his “habanos” sampled by visiting heads of state and other dignitaries. Now he’s delighted…

  • Japan data signal slow recovery, despite lower energy costs

    TOKYO (AP) — Japanese factories churned out more machinery and electronic devices in January as export shipments rose, but lower energy costs due to cheaper crude oil failed to provide a long-awaited boost to consumer…

  • Venezuela newspaper that opposed Chavez ends daily edition

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Venezuela newspaper started by a former guerrilla as a forum to criticize the socialist revolution started by the late President Hugo Chavez is ending its daily print edition amid a…

  • AP sources: Bills, Browns in talks with quarterback McCown

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Free-agent quarterback Josh McCown has at least two suitors in the Buffalo Bills and Cleveland Browns. A person familiar with talks told The Associated Press on Thursday that McCown has had…

  • Investigators find 32,000 emails in IRS probe

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Investigators said Thursday they have recovered 32,000 emails related to a former IRS official at the heart of the agency’s tea party scandal. But they don’t know how many of them are…

  • AP News in Brief at 9:58 p.m. EST

    US regulators agree to ban on Internet providers from blocking or slowing web traffic WASHINGTON (AP) — Internet activists declared victory over the nation’s big cable companies Thursday, after the Federal Communications Commission voted to…

  • $150K dress worn by Lupita Nyong’o at Oscars reported stolen

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The theft of a $150,000 pearl-covered gown worn by Lupita Nyong’o at the Oscars doesn’t surprise Hollywood stylists who have personally experienced the seedy side of red carpet fashion. Style expert…

  • Asian stock markets lackluster after Wall Street decline

    BEIJING (AP) — Asian stocks were lackluster Friday after U.S. markets drifted lower and Japan reported faster growth in factory output but weaker retail sales. KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s Nikkei 225 index rose 0.3 percent to…

  • Walker: Protesters prepared him to confront global terrorism

    OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said Thursday that his experience taking on thousands of protesters in his state helped prepare him to take on terrorists across the world. The likely Republican…

  • TV audience increases as O’Reilly faces criticism of work

    NEW YORK (AP) — More viewers have tuned in to watch Fox News Channel host Bill O’Reilly as he faces criticism for some of his past reporting. His show, “The O’Reilly Factor,” drew just over…

  • South Korea renews license of 2nd-oldest nuclear plant

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The South Korean nuclear regulator said Friday it renewed the operating license of the country’s second-oldest nuclear power plant until 2022, overriding the objections of residents and anti-nuclear groups. The…

  • AP News in Brief at 7:58 p.m. EST

    US regulators agree to ban on Internet providers from blocking or slowing web traffic WASHINGTON (AP) — Internet activists declared victory over the nation’s big cable companies Thursday, after the Federal Communications Commission voted to…

  • LSU hit with minor recruiting sanctions from SEC

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — LSU says its football program has been penalized by the Southeastern Conference because coaches communicated too frequently with a recruit who had signed a financial aid agreement, but later decided…