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  • A look at rates for payday loan usage, broken down by state

    The share of people in each state who reported taking out a payday loan in the past five years, which ranged from 1 percent to 13 percent, according to a 2012 survey by Pew Charitable…

  • Regulators prepare rules on payday loans to shield borrowers

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Troubled by consumer complaints and loopholes in state laws, federal regulators are putting together the first-ever rules on payday loans aimed at helping cash-strapped borrowers avoid falling into a cycle of high-rate…

  • APNewsBreak: Obama ties foreign profits tax to public works

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s budget will propose an ambitious six-year, $478 billion public works program of highway, bridge and transit upgrades, half of it financed with a one-time mandatory tax on profits that…

  • Officials meet to address safety after aviation calamities

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Government and aviation industry officials from dozens of countries are meeting in Montreal this week to try to find consensus on how to keep from losing airliners like the one that vanished…

  • Update on the latest news, sports, business and entertainment:

    ISLAMIC STATE UPDATE: Family of Jordanian pilot held by Islamic State demands word AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan renewed an offer today to swap an al-Qaida prisoner for a fighter pilot held captive by the…

  • AP News in Brief at 5:58 a.m. EST

    Horror, fear in Japan after video purports to show Islamic State group beheading hostage Goto TOKYO (AP) — Appalled and saddened by news Sunday of journalist Kenji Goto’s beheading, apparently by Islamic State extremists, Japan…

  • Irsay says he’s confident NFL will solve deflated footballs

    PHOENIX (AP) — Colts owner Jim Irsay says he’s confident NFL investigators will figure out how the New England Patriots used deflated footballs in the AFC championship game. The issue was the main topic of…

  • US prosecutors: New spy case shows Russia up to old tricks

    NEW YORK (AP) — Three men accused in the latest Russian spy case didn’t hide behind fake identities and weren’t stealing military secrets. The evidence even suggests they were annoyed that their assignment wasn’t more…

  • Capsule look at Hall of Fame Class of 2015

    A capsule look at those elected for the Pro Football Hall of Fame: ___ Jerome Bettis Running Back 5-11, 243 1993-95 Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams, 1996-2005 Pittsburgh Steelers. … 13 seasons, 192 games. Selected by…

  • Greek leader tamps down rhetoric, vows to pay off debts

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A day after Greece appeared on a collision course with its creditors, new radical left Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has tamped down the rhetoric by vowing to pay off debts and…

  • Prince William schools face cutting full-day kindergarten

    WOODBRIDGE, Va. (AP) — Prince William County school officials are preparing to make cuts as the school system’s enrollment boom has continued to outpace the budget. The Washington Post (http://wapo.st/1yZmjZ2 ) reports school officials are…

  • AP News in Brief at 5:58 p.m. EST

    Online video purports to show Islamic State group beheading Japanese journalist Kenji Goto TOKYO (AP) — An online video released Saturday night purported to show an Islamic State group militant beheading Japanese journalist Kenji Goto,…

  • 3 men shot in Afghanistan worked for North Carolina firm

    FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina-based firm says it employed the three military contractors who were shot to death earlier this week in Afghanistan. Praetorian Standard Inc. of Fayetteville identified the men slain Thursday…

  • Airport authorities: Traveler beats homeless man with chair

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A traveler who remained at Newark Liberty International Airport after missing two flights faced numerous charges Saturday for allegedly beating a homeless man with a chair as the man was sleeping.…

  • Obama budget sets up battle with GOP-controlled Congress

    WASHINGTON (AP) — After a year of relative peace in Washington’s budget battles, President Barack Obama will lay out a $4 trillion budget on Monday that needles Republicans with proposals for higher taxes on the…