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  • Fiat Chrysler brushes off snow, posts 6 pct US sales gain

    DETROIT (AP) — Fiat Chrysler overcame freezing temperatures and a barrage of Northeast snowstorms to post a 6 percent U.S. sales gain last month, a sign that the customers brushed off the snow and continued…

  • Russian state’s rainy day fund drops as finances squeezed

    MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian government’s rainy-day fund has shrunk by almost 10 percent in dollar terms in February after the state sought to fill a hole in its budget, where revenues have suffered due…

  • Best Buy hikes shareholder dividend, offers one-time payment

    Best Buy is hiking its regular quarterly dividend by 21 percent. The nation’s largest consumer electronics chain also will give stockholders a one-time payment from proceeds of legal settlements. The Minneapolis chain says it will…

  • Airlines stop accepting rechargeable battery shipments

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Some of the world’s largest airlines are banning bulk shipments of rechargeable batteries in the face of mounting evidence of their potential to cause catastrophic in-flight fires. Citing safety concerns, United Airlines…

  • Cypriot referee blows whistle on alleged match-fixing

    NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Football in the sun-drenched Mediterranean island of Cyprus is riddled with match-fixing by referees, an operation designed to line the pockets of soccer officials and politicians, according to a senior Cypriot…

  • Global stocks limp after Nasdaq milestone, China in focus

    TOKYO (AP) — Global stock markets were lackluster Tuesday despite a milestone for the Nasdaq, as investors looked ahead to the release of China’s growth target. KEEPING SCORE: France’s CAC 40 was flat at 4,915.77,…

  • Automakers vow not to give up on weak-selling electrics

    GENEVA (AP) — Top automakers are vowing not to give up on weak-selling electric vehicles – even as they unveil an array of powerful luxury cars with conventional engines aimed at a growing global automarket.…

  • North Korea lifts Ebola travel restrictions

    TOKYO (AP) — North Korea has lifted severe restrictions on foreign travel it imposed last year to keep the Ebola virus from crossing its borders. The already isolated country virtually closed its borders to foreigners…

  • Hungary makes nuclear deal with Russia a 30-year secret

    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary has approved legislation making secret for 30 years key details of a contract with Russia to expand its only nuclear power plant. The government says the measure, which applies to…

  • Budget carrier flydubai posts profit of $68M for 2014

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates’ budget carrier flydubai, in its fifth year of operation, has turned a profit of $68 million out of total revenue of $1.2 billion last year.…

  • Liberia calls for Ebola ‘Marshall Plan’ to rebuild economies

    BRUSSELS (AP) — Liberia’s president on Tuesday called for an international aid plan to help rebuild economies in West Africa once Ebola is under control. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said Tuesday that “we need our international…

  • Philippines suspends oil, gas exploration in disputed waters

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine government has ordered the suspension of all exploration at an offshore oil and gas field because of an ongoing territorial dispute with China, a Filipino-British company said. Oil and…

  • BlackBerry to offer 4 new phones, speeds shift to software

    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — BlackBerry will launch four new smartphones this year and a new package of cross-platform applications as it continues its “philosophical” shift to making software. The struggling company unveiled its BlackBerry Leap…

  • AP News in Brief at 5:58 a.m. EST

    Netanyahu to use bully pulpit in Congress to issue stern warning about Iran nuclear talks WASHINGTON (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is seizing the bully pulpit of the U.S. House to deliver his…

  • Turkey: Notice on military maneuvers in Aegean was a mistake

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey says a recent notice seeking to reserve a large swath of airspace over the Aegean Sea for military maneuvers was issued by mistake and then canceled. A statement by Foreign…