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  • Corporate maneuver at Samsung strengthens heir’s influence

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Two key Samsung companies are merging in a step toward giving the son of the group’s ailing chairman control of the theme parks to smartphones conglomerate. Samsung says its defacto…

  • California looks to Australia for tips on surviving drought

    SYDNEY (AP) — California has turned to the world’s driest inhabited continent for solutions to its longest and sharpest drought on record. Australia, the land poet Dorothea Mackellar dubbed “a sunburnt country,” suffered a torturous…

  • California looks Down Under for drought advice

    SYDNEY (AP) — California’s longest and sharpest drought on record has its increasingly desperate water stewards looking for solutions in Australia, the world’s driest inhabited continent. The struggle to survive with little water is a…

  • Anonymous threats against airliners prompt searches; all OK

    NEW YORK (AP) — Anonymous telephone threats against commercial airliners on Monday, possibly from the same source, caused a scare involving at least six international flights at airports in New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts.…

  • Company hopes to remove ruptured oil pipeline by Tuesday

    GOLETA, Calif. (AP) — Officials from Plains All American Pipeline say they hope the broken section of a pipeline that spilled oil along the California Coast can be removed for investigation by Tuesday. The company…

  • 21 short bridges in Carroll County to be inspected

    WESTMINSTER, Md. (AP) — Officials say 21 bridges in Carroll County that are too short to get federal funding will be inspected through a deal between the county and the state. The county’s Board of…

  • Actress, comedian Anne Meara, nominated for 4 Emmys, dies

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Anne Meara, the loopy, lovable comedian who launched a standup career with husband Jerry Stiller in the 1950s and found success as an actress in films, on TV and the stage,…

  • Charter nears deal for Time Warner Cable

    Charter Communications Inc. is close to buying Time Warner Cable for about $55 billion, according to two people familiar with the negotiations. The people spoke on condition of anonymity Monday because of the private nature…

  • Death toll from defective GM ignition switches rises to 107

    DETROIT (AP) — The death toll from faulty ignition switches in small cars made by General Motors has reached 107. Victims’ families are being offered compensation of at least $1 million each by attorney Kenneth…

  • FIFA challenger says he was offered Blatter’s financial info

    ZURICH (AP) — Prince Ali bin al-Hussein’s FIFA election team says it rejected a potentially illegal offer to help him oust President Sepp Blatter in Friday’s election and informed law enforcement agencies about the approach.…

  • AP sources: Brady’s appeal wouldn’t be heard by Wednesday

    Two people familiar with the situation tell The Associated Press that Tom Brady’s appeal of his four-game suspension for his role in the deflated footballs scandal won’t be heard by Wednesday’s 10-day deadline. Both sources…

  • Charter nears deal for Time Warner Cable

    Charter Communications is close to buying Time Warner Cable for about $55 billion, say two people familiar with the negotiations. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because of the private nature of the deal…

  • Hundreds of taxi drivers march in Mexico against Uber

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Hundreds of taxi drivers marched through Mexico City Monday chanting “Uber Out!” and demanding city authorities ban the online ride service. Some drove their pink-and-white cabs in ranks, snarling traffic along…

  • Woman hanging on Shell ship since Friday ends drill protest

    BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — The woman who had been hanging off the anchor chain of a support ship that is part of Royal Dutch Shell’s plans to explore for oil in the Arctic Ocean ended…

  • Dollar mixed

    The U.S. dollar is mixed against other North American currencies in New York trading. It’s worth 1.23 Canadian dollars, unchanged from late Friday. And the dollar is trading at 15.25 Mexican pesos, down from late…