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  • UK economy grew more sharply in 2014 than previously thought

    LONDON (AP) — Britain’s national statistics agency says the economy grew faster than previously thought last year. Figures from the Office of National Statistics show that the country’s gross domestic product expanded 2.8 percent, compared…

  • French eye cockpit entry, psychological screening rules

    PARIS (AP) — France’s air accident investigation agency says it is examining cockpit entry and psychological screening procedures following the crash of a Germanwings plane in the French Alps that killed all 150 people on…

  • Eurozone deflation eases as oil prices appear to bottom out

    LONDON (AP) — The 19-country eurozone isn’t going to be the driving force of the global economy anytime soon, but it’s increasingly evident that its numbers are heading the right way. Official figures Tuesday raised…

  • Unease about immigration at core of UK election campaign

    BOSTON, England (AP) — Boston is a typical English town — ancient church, traditional shops, Polish supermarkets, Baltic bakeries. Amid the bargain-hunting crowds on market day, eastern European languages are almost as common as the…

  • Global stocks mostly gain on economic data, China hopes

    TOKYO (AP) — Global stock markets mostly climbed Tuesday, boosted by positive data from major economies and hopes for stimulus in China. KEEPING SCORE: France’s CAC 40 added 0.2 percent to 5,092.19 in early trading…

  • Several Turkish cities hit by power outage

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Officials say a glitch at Turkey’s electricity power transmission network has caused power outages in several cities, including Istanbul and the capital Ankara. The blackout early on Tuesday has brought subway…

  • Kuwait opens Syria donor conference with $500 million pledge

    KUWAIT CITY (AP) — Kuwait opened an international donors’ conference for Syria on Tuesday with a pledge of $500 million in humanitarian aid as the United Nations issued its largest yet appeal for $8.4 billion…

  • Lufthansa insurers set aside $300 million over Alps crash

    BERLIN (AP) — Lufthansa says its insurers are setting aside $300 million to deal with possible costs resulting from last week’s crash of a Germanwings jet in the French Alps, in which 150 people died.…

  • Distillers: Stiff whiskey law stifles town’s boozy revival

    TRIMBLE, Tenn. (AP) — Booze, bikes and rock ‘n’ roll. That’s the plan for economic development in this otherwise sleepy town of Trimble, tucked away among the corn and soybean fields of northwestern Tennessee. The…

  • Huawei reports 2014 profit up 33 percent

    BEIJING (AP) — Huawei Technologies Ltd., one of the world’s biggest makers of telecommunications equipment, said Tuesday its 2014 profit rose 33 percent, helped by strong sales of smartphones. The company based in the southern…

  • New Arizona governor avoids major issues with apparent ease

    PHOENIX (AP) — Less than three months into his tenure, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has largely managed to avoid having to make the tough political decisions that could have alienated him with the two wings…

  • Pharmacist group says members shouldn’t aid in executions

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — In a move that could heighten the hurdles faced by states attempting to execute prisoners, a leading association for U.S. pharmacists has officially discouraged its members from providing drugs for use…

  • Student loan recipients go on repayment strike, face default

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Sarah Dieffenbacher is on a debt strike. She’s refusing to make payments on the more than $100,000 in federal and private loans she says she owes for studies at a for-profit college…

  • AP Exclusive: Big rigs often go faster than tires can handle

    DETROIT (AP) — Many tractor-trailers on the nation’s roads are driven faster than the 75 mph their tires are designed to handle, a practice that has been linked to wrecks and blowouts but has largely…

  • Federal agents accused of stealing $1M in online currency

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Two former federal agents are accused of using their positions and savvy computer skills to siphon more than $1 million in digital currency from the illegal black market Silk Road website…