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  • White House drafts privacy bill, consumers push for more

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House this week circulated legislation aimed at encouraging U.S. businesses to do more to protect consumer privacy. But privacy advocates were pushing back even before its release, saying it does…

  • Cash-strapped Ukraine struggles to keep Russia gas supplies

    MOSCOW (AP) — Cash-strapped Ukraine sought to buy time in its effort to ensure continued gas supplies from Russia, making a $15 million payment Friday to Moscow as it waits for international rescue loans to…

  • US, Liberia start 1st formal test of ZMapp Ebola virus drug

    BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — The U.S. and Liberian governments are starting the first formal patient testing of an experimental Ebola virus treatment that’s been used on an emergency basis. The drug, ZMapp, contains three genetically…

  • Stocks slip at midday after weaker estimate of US growth

    Major U.S. stock indexes drifted between tiny gains and losses in midday trading Friday. Investors were balancing encouraging reports on housing and consumer confidence against data showing that the economy grew at a slower annual…

  • Stocks slip at midday after weaker estimate of US growth

    The stock market is mostly lower in midday trading following news that U.S. economic growth slowed more sharply than previously estimated in the final three months of the year. The Dow Jones industrial average slipped…

  • Dollar steady

    The U.S. dollar is little changed against other North American currencies in New York trading. It’s worth 1.25 Canadian dollars, unchanged from late Thursday. And the dollar is trading at 14.97 Mexican pesos, down slightly…

  • UEFA extends probe of Monaco accounts, closes Liverpool case

    NYON, Switzerland (AP) — UEFA has ordered further probes into the accounts of Champions League contender Monaco for possible overspending on player transfers and wages. The ongoing case was announced Friday, two days after Monaco’s…

  • As tastes change, big food makers try hipster guises

    HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — At a taco shop in Southern California, milkshakes are served in mason jars and a chalkboard menu lists “The 1%er” made with lobster meat. The logo is a pink skull…

  • Competitors hungry for Seminole blackjack deal to expire

    MIAMI (AP) — As Florida lawmakers appear ready to allow key portions of the state’s high-stakes gambling deal with the Seminole to expire, other gambling interests are watching keenly for openings in the multi-billion dollar…

  • Economists: Slowdown won’t last

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Economists say they are confident that the slowdown in the economy during the final three months of last year was just a temporary one. Many are still forecasting growth above 3 percent…

  • Fiat Chrysler recalls 467K SUVs for possible stalling

    DETROIT (AP) — Fiat Chrysler is recalling more than 467,000 Dodge and Jeep SUVs worldwide to fix a faulty fuel pump relay at the root of a potential stalling problem. It’s the same problem that…

  • US consumer sentiment slips in February on icy weather

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Harsh winter weather left U.S. consumers feeling a bit less confident this month, the University of Michigan says. But confidence levels still remain at the highest level in eight years. The University…

  • Signed contracts to buy US homes rise to 18-month high

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans signing contracts to buy homes rose at a healthy pace in January, a sign that home sales are poised to accelerate after a slow start to the year.…

  • Grain lower, livestock mostly higher

    CHICAGO (AP) — Grain futures were lower Friday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for May delivery unchanged at $5.0050 a bushel; May corn was 1.75 cents lower at $3.8675 a…

  • Correction: Sears-Results story

    NEW YORK (AP) — In a story Feb. 27 about Sears Holdings Corp., The Associated Press reported erroneously that Chief Financial Officer Rob Schriesheim said in a statement that the actions Sears took in 2014…