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  • India’s new budget aims to boost growth and infrastructure

    NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s finance minister announced the government’s new budget on Saturday, promising a slew of measures that attempt to balance welfare spending with high economic growth and infrastructure development, while vowing to…

  • China’s central bank cuts rates again to boost economy

    BEIJING (AP) — China on Saturday cut interest rates for the second time in three months, adding to signs that Chinese leaders are worried that the economic slowdown is deepening too sharply. The People’s Bank…

  • 5 things to know about Estonia’s parliamentary election

    TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Estonia’s center-right government is being challenged by a party that draws its support from the Baltic country’s Russian minority. Here are five things to know about Estonia’s parliamentary vote on Sunday:…

  • AP News in Brief at 5:58 a.m. EST

    Russian opposition figure Boris Nemtsov shot to death; government calls it a provocation MOSCOW (AP) — A few hours after going on the radio to denounce President Vladimir Putin’s policies as mad, charismatic opposition leader…

  • China’s famed Shaolin temple plans big project in Australia

    BEIJING (AP) — China’s Shaolin Temple, historically known for its martial arts traditions but which recently has gained a reputation for aggressive commercialization, is planning to build a $297 million complex in Australia that would…

  • Spock’s ears: A pointy trademark for Leonard Nimoy

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Leonard Nimoy, who died Friday at age 83, likely had the most famous lobes in Hollywood. As the logical half-human, half-alien Mr. Spock in “Star Trek,” his pointy Vulcan appendages became…

  • Annoyance arises from gov’t error on health care tax forms

    WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s not uncommon to feel some trepidation around tax-filing season. But there’s an added hassle this year for nearly a million consumers who got financial help with health insurance premiums under President…

  • Former players put trust in The Trust

    NEW YORK (AP) — Approaching the end of his dozen seasons as an NFL quarterback, Charlie Batch felt comfortable about moving on to another career. He’s a rarity. Batch, other players, their union and the…

  • AP News in Brief at 9:58 p.m. EST

    Prominent Russian opposition figure Boris Nemtsov shot and killed in Moscow; was Putin critic MOSCOW (AP) — Boris Nemtsov, a charismatic Russian opposition leader and sharp critic of President Vladimir Putin, was gunned down Saturday…

  • China jails ex-vice governor 17 years on graft charges

    BEIJING (AP) — A former Chinese vice governor known for his appetite for jade and arts was sentenced to 17 years in prison on corruption charges on Saturday, a Chinese court said. Ni Fake, former…

  • Cruz tells anti-tax group ‘No’ to Common Core in schools

    PALM BEACH, Florida (AP) — Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas told an influential anti-tax group Friday that he opposes Common Core education standards, a day after potential GOP presidential rival Jeb Bush endorsed the…

  • House Roll Call: Approving 1-week DHS funding bill

    The 357-60 roll call Friday by which the House approved a bill to fund the Homeland Security Department for one week. The bill goes to President Barack Obama for his signature. A “yes” vote is…

  • Pence: ‘Dramatically increase’ defense spending

    OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said on Friday that America will not be safe unless its leaders dramatically increase defense spending. The Republican state executive, who is considering a 2016 presidential…

  • Some California farmers to go without federal water

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The federal government said Friday it won’t send any of its reservoir water to the Central Valley for the second straight year, forcing farmers in California’s agricultural heartland to again scramble…

  • Tribes from around US gather to discuss legal marijuana

    TULALIP, Wash. (AP) — The Justice Department’s announcement in December that it would allow the nation’s Indian tribes to legalize and regulate marijuana on their reservations brought notes of caution — if not silence or…