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  • Court hears major fight over health law subsidies

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has been hearing arguments this morning in a major test of President Barack Obama’s health overhaul. The challenge could threaten insurance coverage for millions of people. The justices will…

  • Purported Islamic State militants attack Libyan oil field

    TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Militants purportedly from the Islamic State group attacked an oil field near Libya’s central coast, prompting a counterattack by the country’s Islamist-backed government that included airstrikes, an official said Wednesday. The…

  • AP survey: Why the outlook for global economy has brightened

    WASHINGTON (AP) — From the United States to Asia to Europe, a global economy that many had feared was faltering appears poised for a resurgence on the strength of cheap oil and falling interest rates.…

  • Dollar mixed

    The U.S. dollar is mixed against other North American currencies in New York trading. It’s worth 1.25 Canadian dollars, unchanged from late Tuesday. And the dollar is trading at 15.10 Mexican pesos, up from late…

  • US services firms grow at faster pace in February

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. services firms’ activity rose at a slightly faster rate in February, powered by hotels, restaurants and wholesalers. The Institute for Supply Management said Wednesday that its services index rose to 56.9…

  • ‘The Girl on the Train’ is a runaway hit for Paula Hawkins

    LONDON (AP) — The tedium of the daily commute has turned out to be pretty productive for Paula Hawkins. Journeys spent staring out railway-carriage windows inspired the former journalist’s first thriller, “The Girl on the…

  • Supreme Court: Alabama may try to justify railroad tax

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says Alabama should have the chance to justify a fuel sales tax that it assesses on railroads but not on competitors in the trucking and barge industries. The justices…

  • McDonald’s to use chicken without human antibiotics

    NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald’s says it plans to start using chicken raised without antibiotics important to human medicine and milk from cows that are not treated with the artificial growth hormone rbST. The company…

  • High court takes up major fight over health law subsidies

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court convened Wednesday to hear arguments in a major test of President Barack Obama’s health overhaul that threatens insurance coverage for millions of people. The justices will try to determine…

  • US stock indexes sink as market heads for a second loss

    NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market sank early Wednesday, drifting further from record highs. The drop in early trading was modest but broad: all 10 sectors of the Standard & Poor’s 500 headed lower.…

  • Merkel seeks to dampen talk of 3rd Greek bailout

    BRUSSELS (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the president of the European Union’s executive branch are cautioning against speculation that Greece will need a third financial bailout. Though Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has…

  • US stocks open lower as market heads for a second loss

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are opening lower, putting the market on track for a second day of losses. Material companies were among the biggest decliners in early trading Wednesday. Aluminum maker Alcoa sank…

  • Winter weather wrath? Pooches’ paws feel the pain, too

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — People aren’t the only ones suffering from a seemingly endless winter of bone-rattling cold, record-busting snow and ice-slick sidewalks. Pooches’ paws feel the pain, too. While millions of residents from the…

  • Passengers hit in Scandinavia as strike at Norwegian expands

    HELSINKI (AP) — Thousands of passengers have been stranded across Scandinavia as a strike by pilots of Norwegian Air Shuttle continued for a fifth day. Norwegian CEO Bjoern Kjos says it’s “terribly tragic” that 35,000…

  • Connecticut boosts tourism campaign in Northeast, less on TV

    MYSTIC, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut will increase its presence in Northeast cities to draw upscale tourists. The Bulletin reports (http://bit.ly/17QdTZy) that officials of the Connecticut Office of Tourism told local tourism and municipal leaders on…