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  • US stocks fall for fourth straight day

    U.S. stocks fell for the fourth day in a row as concerns about global economic weakness intensified, even as Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen reiterated her confidence in the U.S. economy. Financial stocks fell hardest…

  • Campaign signs get new life to help people with disabilities

    DURHAM, N.H. (AP) — The oversized Carly Fiorina campaign signs along New Hampshire’s Route 4 weren’t enough to keep the Republican presidential hopeful’s campaign alive past Tuesday’s primary, but they could end up helping people…

  • Arkansas justice cites Johnny Cash in dissent over cash bail

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A ruling that defendants can be required to pay their bail in cash drew objections Thursday from Arkansas’ Supreme Court chief justice, who cited a man who had strong opinions…

  • House report details EPA missteps in Colorado mine spill

    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…

  • Things to know about the Oregon wildlife refuge occupation

    BURNS, Ore. (AP) — An occupation by armed protesters of a national wildlife refuge in southeastern Oregon started out with demands that two jailed ranchers be freed and that the federal government relinquish 300 square…

  • Double the chaos: Amped-up funds flourish amid turmoil

    NEW YORK (AP) — That second scoop or slice makes everything so much better. So why not double the fun investing, too? Investors in search of supercharged returns are plugging more dollars into investments that…

  • Gold, silver gain

    The February gold contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange closed today at $1,247.90 an ounce — up $53.20. The current silver contract on the “NYMEX” closed at $15.79 an ounce — up 51 cents.

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

    BRUSSELS (AP) — Portugal’s fellow states in the 19-nation eurozone are keeping a wary eye on its new government’s plans to roll back budget austerity measures, with the bloc’s top executive and Germany both warning…

  • Grain mixed, livestock mostly lower

    CHICAGO (AP) — Grain futures were mixed Thursday on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for March delivery fell 3 cents to $4.5825 a bushel; March corn was unchanged at 3.6025 a bushel; March oats…

  • Dollar mixed

    The U.S. dollar is mixed against other North American currencies in New York trading. It’s worth 1.39 Canadian dollars, unchanged from late Wednesday. And the dollar is trading at 19.28 Mexican pesos, up from late…

  • 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…

  • Falcons early PSL sales blow projections ‘out of the water’

    ATLANTA (AP) — Personal seat license sales for the Atlanta Falcons’ new stadium have surpassed expectations set by the firm handling the process for the team. That doesn’t mean all fans have been won over…

  • Crude falls

    Crude oil futures prices ended lower on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The near-month contract for the benchmark grade fell $1.24 — closing at $26.21 a barrel.

  • Economy focus of S. African nation speech, despite heckling

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa’s struggling economy was the focus point of the president’s state-of-the-nation address on Thursday, which went ahead despite disruptions and heckling from opposition politicians. President Jacob Zuma outlined various steps to…

  • Cruz app data collection helps campaign read minds of voters

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Protecting the privacy of law-abiding citizens from the government is a pillar of Ted Cruz’s Republican presidential candidacy, but his campaign is testing the limits of siphoning personal data from supporters. His…