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  • Crude rises

    Crude oil futures prices ended higher on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The near-month contract for the benchmark grade rose $1.01 — closing at $51.53 a barrel.

  • Clinton email policy violated Obama administration guidance

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Even if Hillary Rodham Clinton’s use of a private email server to conduct official business as secretary of state was not illegal, it violated Obama administration guidance and undermined his pledge of…

  • Grain mostly lower, livestock higher

    CHICAGO (AP) — Grain futures were mostly lower Wednesday on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for May delivery were off 10 cents to $4.96 a bushel; May corn fell 1.50 cents to 3.8950 a…

  • Exxon CEO: Get used to lower oil prices

    NEW YORK (AP) — Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson expects the price of oil to remain low over the next two years because of ample global supplies and relatively weak economic growth. “People need to…

  • Coal mine blast kills at least 24 in war-torn east Ukraine

    DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — A rebel-held city scarred by months of conflict in eastern Ukraine suffered more tragedy Wednesday when a methane gas explosion in a coal mine killed at least 24 workers and left…

  • Moffitt parlays Atlanta finish into deal with Front Row

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Brett Moffitt opened the year with exactly one race on his 2015 schedule, the Sprint Cup race at Atlanta as the replacement driver for Brian Vickers. He made the most of…

  • EU chief: Spain not running ‘diabolical’ anti-Greece plan

    MADRID (AP) — The European Commission’s leader says he does not believe Spain and Portugal have a “diabolical” plot to oust Greece’s new far left government as they pressure Greece to comply with bailout terms…

  • Mormon church backs Utah LGBT anti-discrimination bill

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah lawmakers introduced a landmark anti-discrimination bill Wednesday that protects LGBT individuals while also carving out protections for the Boy Scouts of America and religious groups. The proposal unveiled in…

  • Will Facebook make a car? Zuckerberg: Focus on the network

    NEW YORK (AP) — No cars and solar power for Facebook, it seems. Asked at a town hall event at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, if the world’s biggest social network had ambitions…

  • Health care at the high court: 5 ways this time is different

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The never-ending political fight over health care hit the Supreme Court Wednesday, and insurance coverage for millions of Americans is on the line. Didn’t we do this already? Yes, but foes of…

  • Boston mayor strongly defends Olympic bid amid criticism

    BOSTON (AP) — Boston Mayor Marty Walsh is strongly defending the city’s 2024 Olympic bid, saying that win or lose the pursuit of the games represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and would not leave taxpayers to…

  • Fan pays for anti-Mets ownership billboard near field

    ST. LUCIE COUNTY, Fla. (AP) — A New York Mets fan has put his displeasure with the team’s ownership on full display. Gary Palumbo, a 39-year-old from New Hampshire, paid to have a billboard with…

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

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks sank Wednesday, pulling indexes further below record highs. The drop was modest but broad: nine of the 10 sectors in the Standard & Poor’s 500 index lost ground. KEEPING…

  • House passes Amtrak bill that could boost Northeast service

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has passed a bill that could boost Amtrak service in the popular Northeast Corridor while giving states more authority over the routes they help subsidize. The bill was approved Wednesday…

  • Senate fails to override Obama’s veto of pipeline bill

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Wednesday failed to override President Barack Obama’s veto of a bill to construct the Keystone XL pipeline, the first of many confrontations between the Republican-controlled Congress and the White…