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  • Illinois oil train derailment involved safer tank cars

    GALENA, Ill. (AP) — The rail cars that split open and burst into flames during a western Illinois oil train derailment this week had been retrofitted with protective shields to meet a higher safety standard…

  • Grain mostly lower, livestock mixed

    CHICAGO (AP) — Grain futures were mostly lower Friday on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for May delivery was up 2 cents to $4.8250 a bushel; May corn fell 4.50 cents to 3.86 a…

  • AP National News Calendar

    Eds: Major scheduled events for the week of March 8-14. Note that many events are subject to change at the last minute. The following economic reports will be issued in Washington (all times EST), unless…

  • Dow reshuffle: Apple joins blue-chip index and boots AT&T

    NEW YORK (AP) — Apple is in. AT&T is out. In another victory of sorts for the popular and profitable iPhone giant, Apple will replace AT&T in the venerable Dow Jones industrial average on March…

  • Check out the new Tesla P85D (Photos)

    WASHINGTON — This would be a fun way to get around on these snowy, slushy roads: a car that’s all wheel drive, with all the power you could ever want. Tesla is touting its P85D…

  • How the Dow Jones industrial average works

    Apple will be joining the Dow Jones industrial average, an elite club of 30 major U.S. companies, on March 18, replacing AT&T. Here’s a look at the famous barometer of the U.S. stock market and…

  • Feds: Hackers stole 1 billion email addresses in spam scheme

    ATLANTA (AP) — Computer hackers stole a whopping 1 billion email addresses from U.S. marketing companies in what federal authorities Friday described as a massive spam scheme. Three people were indicted on federal charges in…

  • Feds: Hackers stole 1 billion email addresses in spam scheme

    ATLANTA (AP) — Federal authorities say hackers stole an estimated 1 billion email addresses from marketing companies and used them to send recipients spam. John Horn, acting U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Georgia,…

  • US consumers increased January borrowing by $11.6 billion

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumers increased their borrowing in January at the slowest pace in more than a year with borrowing on credit cards actually declining for the second time in the last three months. The…

  • Correction: US Financial Insecurity story

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story Feb. 26 about financial insecurity in America, The Associated Press, relying on erroneous information in a Pew Charitable Trusts survey, reported that 82 percent of households surveyed had experienced…

  • Crude falls

    Crude oil futures prices ended lower on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The near-month contract for the benchmark grade fell 56 cents — closing at $50.20 a barrel.

  • Things to know about the Utah LGBT anti-discrimination bill

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah lawmakers, LGBT activists and officials with the Utah-based Mormon church released a landmark bill this week that blends discrimination protections for gay and transgender people and protections for the…

  • US backs Tunisia’s efforts to improve investment appeal

    TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia’s new government gave an inaugural performance this week by hosting a U.S.-sponsored conference on investment and entrepreneurship designed to boost international confidence in the struggling new democracy. Tunisia impressed the…

  • Embattled Venezuelan president seeks international support

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — South American foreign ministers met with Venezuelan officials in Caracas Friday in hopes of encouraging dialogue between opposition leaders and the socialist administration to head off a political crisis. Leaders of…

  • Gold, silver fall

    The March gold contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange closed today at $1,164.10 an ounce — down $31.80. The current silver contract on the “NYMEX” closed at $15.78 an ounce — down 35 cents.