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  • 1st time advertisers make a play with Super Bowl spots

    NEW YORK (AP) — More Super Bowl ad rookies will be trying to score a touchdown this Sunday. There will be 15 new Super Bowl advertisers this year, the most since 2000, before the economy…

  • 10 Super Bowl ads that everyone will be talking about

    NEW YORK (AP) — It’s almost show time. When the Super Bowl kicks off on Sunday, 40-plus advertisers will be hoping to win over the more than 110 million viewers tuning in. After paying $4.5…

  • What slowing economy? US consumers are in a mood to spend

    WASHINGTON (AP) — There’s a good reason the U.S. economy is impressing the world right now despite a slowdown in the final three months of 2014: In a word, steadiness. Companies have been hiring at…

  • AP News in Brief at 9:58 p.m. EST

    Not running: Former GOP nominee Mitt Romney bows out of 2016 campaign before getting in WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitt Romney ended his rollercoaster return to presidential politics on Friday, declaring his party would be better…

  • Kansas tax collections $47M short of expectations in January

    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas collected $47 million less than anticipated this month, signaling that Gov. Sam Brownback and legislators may have to be more aggressive with spending cuts or other measures to balance the…

  • Finished: Pit to access broken Seattle tunneling machine

    SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington state Transportation Department says the contractor building a highway tunnel under downtown Seattle has finished digging a 120-foot-deep pit that can be used to access and repair the broken tunneling…

  • Uber says outside review shows customer data safe, private

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Uber Technologies says that if you catch a ride with one of its drivers, your personal and financial data are safe — from Uber itself. The ride-booking company on Friday used…

  • Sumptuous seaside hotel sells for record-shattering $360M

    LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. (AP) — An exceedingly opulent seaside resort in Southern California has sold for an eye-popping $360 million. That price tag for the Montage Laguna Beach — which comes to $1.4 million per…

  • Colorado considers ban on welfare cards at pot shops

    DENVER (AP) — Welfare money or food stamps for marijuana? It’s an urban legend that won’t go away in Colorado, and state lawmakers this year are poised to pass a law clarifying that public benefit…

  • Lawsuit: Exploding air bag killed Texas man

    HOUSTON (AP) — The family of a Texas man who died in a minor traffic accident is alleging in a lawsuit that their loved one is the latest person to be killed by shrapnel shooting…

  • Goodell: No specific plans for Los Angeles

    PHOENIX (AP) — The NFL hasn’t yet zeroed in on a specific team for a possible move to Los Angeles, and any move will be subject to the league’s relocation policy, according to NFL Commissioner…

  • Wearing Seahawks gear, lawmakers support fantasy football

    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — On the last weekday before the Super Bowl, legislators wearing Seattle Seahawks gear made noise over a bill to allow Washington state residents to legally play fantasy football. The activity has…

  • IBM boss gets bonus despite company’s woes

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — IBM boss Virginia Rometty will get a $3.6 million bonus for her performance last year, even though the company’s sales and profits declined in 2014. Rometty and other top executives did…

  • Jury deliberations break for weekend in Toyota Camry case

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A jury of six men and six women has gone home for the weekend in a case alleging a 1996 Toyota Camry had a design defect that caused a fatal crash. Jurors…

  • FDA approves ADHD drug for binge-eating disorder

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health regulators have approved an attention deficit disorder drug for a new use: A first-of-its kind treatment for binge-eating disorder. About 2 percent of U.S. adults, or about 5 million people,…