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  • THE LATEST: Blatter cancels speaking engagement in Zurich

    ZURICH (AP) — The Latest on FIFA developments: ___ 9 a.m. (0700 GMT, 3 a.m. EDT) FIFA President Sepp Blatter has cancelled another speaking engagement as he avoids appearing in public for a second day.…

  • After complaints, Chinese hotelier gets his government’s ear

    BEIJING (AP) — In the wee hours of a March morning, a Chinese hotelier wrote a 5,000-word open letter to his country’s premier and posted it on social media. The delicate topic: how local regulators…

  • Premier: Serbia ready to reduce dependency on Russian gas

    TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic says his country will accept U.S. calls to reduce dependency on Russian gas supplies by adding an American-backed pipeline that would bring gas to Europe from…

  • White House Brief: Things to know about George Pataki

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Former New York Gov. George Pataki plans to say Thursday whether he’s running for the Republican presidential nomination. Here’s a snapshot of things to know about him. ___ THE BRIEF Lanky…

  • Jeb Bush and corporate boardrooms: 15 cases

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Jeb Bush served on the board of directors or as an adviser to at least 15 companies and nonprofits since leaving office as Florida governor in early 2007. Here are the 15,…

  • Bush’s busy role on corporate boards could become 2016 issue

    WASHINGTON (AP) — During his transition from Florida governor to likely presidential candidate, Jeb Bush served on the boards or as an adviser to at least 15 companies and nonprofits, a dizzying array of corporate…

  • Key numbers from a report to Congress on US education

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The American education landscape is shifting. More U.S. school-age kids live in poverty and need English-language services, according to a report released Thursday by the National Center for Education Statistics. Enrollment in…

  • Asia stocks down as Greece deadline looms, Shanghai sinks

    TOKYO (AP) — Asian stocks were mostly lower Thursday as a deadline for Greece to make a debt payment neared and Chinese shares dived after big gains in the past three months. KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s…

  • Croatian dilemma: Oil in the Adriatic, or tourism

    MEDULIN, Croatia (AP) — Peter Fries has been coming to Croatia for years after falling in love with its pristine coastline, fresh seafood, mellow wine and friendly hosts. With Croatia announcing it will allow oil…

  • Norway oil fund to slash coal investments

    STOCKHOLM (AP) — Norway’s parliamentary parties have agreed that the country’s $900 billion sovereign wealth fund should stop investing in coal companies because of their impact on climate change. Under new rules to be presented…

  • Philippine economic growth slows to 5.2 percent in 1Q

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Sluggish government spending slowed Philippine economic growth in the first quarter of this year, officials said Thursday. The country’s gross domestic product grew by 5.2 percent in the first quarter, down…

  • Massive coal breaker, Pennsylvania’s last, is coming down

    MAHANOY CITY, Pa. (AP) — When coal was king, its castle was the breaker — an imposing fortress that crushed, washed and sized billions of tons of Pennsylvania anthracite for use in factories, foundries and…

  • EPA plans temporary pesticide restrictions while bees feed

    WASHINGTON (AP) — If honeybees are busy pollinating large, blooming croplands, farmers wanting to spray toxic pesticides will soon have to buzz off, the Environmental Protection Agency is proposing. A federal rule to be proposed…

  • Is rent out of reach? Study shows how 11 US cities stack up

    NEW YORK (AP) — Renters are on the rise in America’s biggest cities, but many tenants are scrambling to keep up with growing rent bills and shrinking vacancies, according to a study being released Thursday.…

  • Police: Steven Tyler not really doing a strawberry farm show

    WEST WINDSOR, N.J. (AP) — Police have alerted residents of a New Jersey township that Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler will not be performing at a small pick-your-own strawberry farm. NJ.com reports (http://bit.ly/1AymvkV ) the rock…