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  • 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…

  • Nebraska nursing home for Native Americans to open next year

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska nursing home located on the border with South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Indian Reservation will begin accepting Native American residents next year to ease a severe care shortage in one…

  • Prosecutors allege bogus tire claims by NASA contractors

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say two NASA contractors in Florida committed fraud by submitting hundreds of thousands of dollars in fake claims for car tires. Prosecutors said Wednesday that URS Federal Solutions and…

  • 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. “Something’s got on my…

  • US markets rebound a day after big plunge

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks rebounded Wednesday, recovering a significant portion of their losses from the day earlier. Investors remain on edge after the latest market plunge, which was triggered by more signs of…

  • New NASA soil moisture satellite loses 1 science instrument

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A NASA satellite launched seven months ago has lost use of one of two science instruments, but the agency says the mission to map global soil moisture will continue. NASA said…