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  • World market momentum over Chinese rate cut fades

    LONDON (AP) — World stock markets edged lower in European trading on Monday as investor optimism faded over a weekend interest rate cut by the Chinese central bank. KEEPING SCORE: Britain’s FTSE 100 shed 0.1…

  • Pollution documentary attracts huge interest in China

    BEIJING (AP) — A slick new documentary on China’s environmental woes has racked up more than 175 million online views in two days, underscoring growing concern in the country over the impact of air, water…

  • Survey shows China manufacturing improving

    BEIJING (AP) — China’s manufacturing activity improved in February for the first time in four months but export demand weakened, a survey released Monday showed. HSBC’s manufacturing index based on a survey of factory purchasing…

  • Buffett praises IBM, ExxonMobil even after selling oil firm

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Investor Warren Buffett is praising both IBM and ExxonMobil even though the computing business has struggled and Berkshire Hathaway sold its 41 million shares in the oil producer. Buffett appeared on…

  • First Look: Samsung gets a lot right with new S6 phones

    NEW YORK (AP) — Samsung’s new Galaxy smartphones improve in two major areas: design and picture quality. Samsung ramped up its camera technology in last fall’s Galaxy Note 4, and the camera is even better…

  • Germany’s RWE completes oil and gas sale to Russian investor

    BERLIN (AP) — German energy company RWE says it has completed the 5.1 billion euro ($5.7 billion) sale of its oil and gas exploration and production division to a Russian-linked investment company. RWE AG announced…

  • Eurozone gets double dose of mildly positive economic news

    LONDON (AP) — The 19-country eurozone got a double dose of mildly positive economic news Monday that will likely be met with relief by the European Central Bank’s policymakers as they prepare to hold their…

  • Buffett declines to clarify plan to eventually replace him

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Billionaire Warren Buffett won’t end speculation about his eventual successor, but he reiterated that Berkshire Hathaway’s board has a plan in place. Buffett appeared on CNBC Monday after releasing his annual…

  • Dot-com deja vu: Nasdaq closes in on its record high

    NEW YORK (AP) — The last time the Nasdaq was this high, Bill Clinton was president, Microsoft dominated the tech world and the iPod, iPhone and iPad didn’t exist. Fifteen years later the Nasdaq is…

  • Israel says it foiled Gaza smuggling ring helping Hamas

    JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli-Palestinian smuggling ring funneled iron, electronic equipment and other prohibited materials to Gaza, bypassing Israel’s stringent border security to help Hamas rebuild its militant infrastructure following last year’s war, Israel said…

  • Milestones for the Nasdaq composite index

    Key milestones in the history of the Nasdaq composite index: — Feb. 8, 1971: Nasdaq index is created and set at 100 by the National Association of Securities Dealers, an industry self-regulatory group. — July…

  • The Nasdaq composite index, then and now

    It’s taken 15 years for the Nasdaq composite index to approach the record high of 5,048 it reached back in March 2000, at the height of the tech-stock boom that would later collapse. Here are…

  • AP News in Brief at 5:58 a.m. EST

    Different in style, world view, Obama-Netanyahu relations never promised happily-ever-after WASHINGTON (AP) — This was never happily-ever-after waiting to happen. When President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took office early in 2009,…

  • Construction picks back up, but it’s a different gig now

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — As Florida’s housing market tanked seven years ago, construction worker David Rager saw jobs dry up. So he left construction, along with 2.3 million others nationwide during the economic downturn, and…

  • Small SUVs, pricey sports cars to dominate Geneva auto show

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Small SUVs for families and powerful sports cars for the rich are the big things at this year’s Geneva International Motor Show. Environmentally correct electrics and hybrids, not so much —…