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  • French eye cockpit entry, psychological screening rules

    PARIS (AP) — French aviation investigators said Tuesday they will examine “systemic weaknesses” like cockpit entry rules and psychological screening procedures that could have led to the Germanwings plane crash — issues that could affect…

  • EU dairy farmers rally to protest removal of milk quotas

    BRUSSELS (AP) — Dairy farmers hit the streets of Brussels Tuesday to protest the lifting of European Union milk quotas, fearing that the move will flood the market with cheap surplus milk. “With quotas being…

  • Greece: current phase of reform talks wrap up in Brussels

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Talks between Greece and its creditors over budget reforms the country is proposing to unlock remaining bailout funds have wrapped up for now in Brussels. A Greek government official said Tuesday…

  • Program to put ‘Kids Eat Right’ logo on Kraft Singles ending

    NEW YORK (AP) — A program to put a dietitian group’s “Kids Eat Right” logo on Kraft Singles has reached an early expiration date. Kraft Foods and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics decided to…

  • Transportation strike in Argentina shuts down country

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Many businesses were shuttered and streets were mostly empty Tuesday as the country’s transportation unions called a nationwide strike to protest income tax rates and high inflation in the South…

  • Unease about immigration at core of UK election campaign

    BOSTON, England (AP) — Boston is a typical English town — ancient church, traditional shops, Polish supermarkets, Baltic bakeries. Amid the bargain-hunting crowds on market day, eastern European languages are almost as common as the…

  • A look at widely criticized Indiana law on religious freedom

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana lawmakers have been scrambling to control damage from a widely criticized new law that critics fear could permit discrimination against gays and lesbians. The state is among about a dozen where…

  • China announces plans for deposit insurance in bank reform

    BEIJING (AP) — China announced plans on Tuesday to roll out its first deposit insurance in May as part of steps to make the state-owned banking industry more flexible and competitive. The central bank said…

  • Euro bailout rebel quits senior German governing party job

    BERLIN (AP) — A prominent opponent of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s eurozone bailout policies has announced that he’s stepping down as deputy leader of one of Germany’s governing parties and giving up his parliamentary seat. Peter…

  • Harman buying Bang & Olufsen Automotive audio business

    NEW YORK (AP) — The audio and electronic systems company Harman International Industries Inc. will buy Bang & Olufsen Automotive for about $157.3 million. Bang & Olufsen makes sound systems, which are available in high-end…

  • Eurozone deflation eases, unemployment at near 3-year low

    LONDON (AP) — The 19-country eurozone isn’t going to be the driving force of the global economy anytime soon, but it’s increasingly evident that its numbers are heading the right way. Official figures Tuesday raised…

  • US leads pledges with $507 million at Syria donor conference

    KUWAIT CITY (AP) — The United States pledged $507 million in humanitarian aid at an international donors’ conference for Syria on Tuesday as the United Nations issued an appeal for $8.4 billion in commitments this…

  • UK economy grew more sharply in 2014 than previously thought

    LONDON (AP) — Britain’s national statistics agency says the economy grew faster than previously thought last year. Figures from the Office of National Statistics show that the country’s gross domestic product expanded 2.8 percent, compared…

  • Global stocks mostly gain on economic data, China hopes

    TOKYO (AP) — Global stock markets mostly climbed Tuesday, boosted by positive data from major economies and hopes for stimulus in China. KEEPING SCORE: France’s CAC 40 added 0.2 percent to 5,092.19 in early trading…

  • Several Turkish cities hit by power outage

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Officials say a glitch at Turkey’s electricity power transmission network has caused power outages in several cities, including Istanbul and the capital Ankara. The blackout early on Tuesday has brought subway…