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  • Congress votes final OK to banning local Internet taxes

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress has voted to permanently bar state and local governments from taxing access to the Internet. The Senate voted 75-20 Thursday to give final approval to the wide-ranging bill, which also revamps…

  • APNewsBreak: Report says EPA knew mine spill was possible

    DENVER (AP) — A probe of a mine waste accident in Colorado that fouled rivers in three states with arsenic, lead and other toxic substances has found further evidence that government workers knew a spill…

  • Cyprus president: peace talks headway on governance, economy

    NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus’ president says peace talks aimed at reunifying the ethnically divided country have made significant progress on how power will be shared with breakaway Turkish Cypriots and how the economy will…

  • US markets follow global shares lower

    Major U.S. stock indexes veered sharply lower in midday trading Thursday as concerns about global economic weakness intensified, even as Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen reiterated her confidence in the U.S. economy. The latest slide…

  • Sweden arrests man on suspicion of preparing terror crimes

    STOCKHOLM (AP) — Swedish police say they have arrested a man in the Stockholm area on suspicion of preparing terror crimes. Fredrik Milder, a spokesman for the Swedish Security Service, said Thursday the man had…

  • Boeing stock plunges on report of SEC accounting probe

    NEW YORK (AP) — Shares of the Boeing Co. plummeted Thursday morning after a report said the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating the aircraft manufacturer’s accounting. Shares of the Chicago-based company fell more…

  • Fantasy sports companies defend embattled industry

    BOSTON (AP) — Daily fantasy sports companies say their industry remains viable despite a rocky start to 2016. The industry’s top companies, DraftKings and FanDuel, are on the defensive after taking hits to their businesses…

  • Open-source textbooks gain in push for college affordability

    STORRS, Conn. (AP) — The standard textbook for Fundamentals of General Chemistry I at the University of Connecticut has a list price of $303. For students who use the version professor Edward Neth is preparing…

  • Portugal’s fellow euro states keep wary eye on its budget

    BRUSSELS (AP) — Portugal’s fellow states in the eurozone are keeping a wary eye on its plans to roll back budget austerity measures, with the bloc’s top executive and Germany both warning the country not…

  • Celebrity chef Voltaggio settles lawsuit over overtime pay

    BALTIMORE (AP) — A lawyer representing three former employees of celebrity chef Bryan Voltaggio says they’re settling their federal lawsuit alleging wage violations. Baltimore attorney Benjamin Davis declined to discuss terms of the settlement revealed…

  • Morgan Stanley to pay $3.2B over contributors to ’08 crisis

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Morgan Stanley will pay $3.2 billion in a settlement over bank practices that contributed to the 2008 financial crisis, including misrepresentations about the value of mortgage-backed securities, authorities announced Thursday. The…

  • The Latest: European stock markets close sharply lower

    LONDON (AP) — The latest on the turmoil afflicting global financial markets (all times local): 5:15 p.m. European stocks have closed sharply lower amid the turmoil that is engulfing financial markets. Germany’s DAX benchmark index…

  • Business events scheduled for Friday

    Major business and economic events scheduled for Friday: WASHINGTON — Commerce Department releases retail sales data for January, 8:30 a.m. WASHINGTON — Commerce Department releases business inventories for December, 10 a.m. BERLIN — Germany’s Federal…

  • UK health secretary to impose contract on junior doctors

    LONDON (AP) — Britain’s health secretary has taken the unusual step of opting to impose a new contract on junior doctors after failing to strike a deal with thousands of medical professionals in England. Jeremy…

  • PepsiCo’s revenue in North America climbs, helped by pricing

    NEW YORK (AP) — PepsiCo said revenue for its North American snacks and drinks units rose in the fourth quarter, boosted by pricing. The maker of Frito-Lay chips and Tropicana juice has been retooling its…