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  • Worker struck by new roller coaster during testing at park

    ELYSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A worker has been struck by a new roller coaster during testing at a Pennsylvania amusement park. A Knoebels Amusement Resort spokeswoman said the company employee was struck by the Impulse…

  • 2 US funds to invest $900 million in Mexican gas pipeline

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s state-owned petroleum company Pemex has signed an agreement giving two investment funds a 45 percent stake in a natural gas pipeline in exchange for $900 million. The Los Ramones pipeline…

  • Family of man killed by Georgia police want investigation

    DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — The family of a man who police say drove a Maserati at officers before he was fatally shot announced Thursday that they are seeking an independent investigation of the incident. Nicholas…

  • Meerkat vs. Periscope: Live-streaming app battle & buzz

    NEW YORK (AP) — Download Periscope, Twitter’s just-launched live video-streaming app, and you’ll find people broadcasting all sorts of mundane stuff: waiting for AT&T to fix their wiring, getting out of bed in Silicon Valley,…

  • Capitol Hill Buzz: Senators vote on amendments, score points

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is a place where hidebound tradition mixes with raw politics, sometimes with a touch of the absurd. Then there’s the “vote-a-rama.” That’s the official name for the marathon voting session…

  • Business Highlights

    ___ How gov’t aims to protect low-income users of ‘payday’ loans WASHINGTON (AP) — Each month, more than 200,000 needy U.S. households take out what’s advertised as a brief loan. Many have run out of…

  • $1 billion water spending plan heads to California governor

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A plan to pump $1 billion of water spending into drought-stricken California cleared the Legislature on Thursday and was sent to Gov. Jerry Brown, who is expected to sign the legislation.…

  • Diet sodas fall in US; Pepsi takes back No. 2 spot

    NEW YORK (AP) — Americans bought less soda for the 10th straight year in 2014, with diet sodas shrinking more than their sugary counterparts, according to a report released Thursday. An annual report by the…

  • Yahoo says it will buy back $2 billion in stock

    NEW YORK (AP) — Yahoo says it will buy back $2 billion in company stock as it prepares to spin off its stake in Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba. Investors were pushing Yahoo to use some…

  • AP News in Brief at 5:58 p.m. EDT

    German co-pilot locks cockpit, deliberately slams plane into Alps; investigators study why PARIS (AP) — Passengers with moments to live screamed in terror and the pilot frantically pounded on the locked cockpit door as a…

  • Stephen King gets no apology from Maine governor

    CUMBERLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Paul LePage says he doesn’t owe Stephen King an apology. The governor responded to a question about the spat during a public discussion by saying he never stated King…

  • Microsoft wants US suppliers to give employees paid time off

    NEW YORK (AP) — Microsoft said Thursday that it will push its U.S. suppliers to give their employees paid time off — but that only applies for the staffers that do work for Microsoft. Microsoft…

  • Lawyer: Fugitive Colombian millionaire arrested in Spain

    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A lawyer for a fugitive Colombian millionaire at the center of the South American nation’s biggest financial scandal says his client has been arrested in Spain. Attorney Ivan Cancino tells The…

  • FACT CHECK: Myths in the political roar over Common Core

    ATLANTA (AP) — In the political uproar over Common Core, various myths are peddled as fact. Do the learning standards really mean the federal government is serving as a “national school board,” as Sen. Marco…

  • How gov’t aims to protect low-income users of ‘payday’ loans

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Each month, more than 200,000 needy U.S. households take out what’s advertised as a brief loan. Many have run out of money between paychecks. So they obtain a “payday” loan to tide…