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  • Belarus’ president promises help for Ukraine

    MOSCOW (AP) — Belarus’ authoritarian president has promised to help Ukraine as it struggles through its pro-Russia separatist insurgency and economic hardships. Ukraine’s year of crisis has been unsettling to Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, who…

  • ‘Hobbit’ goes out on top with $90.6 million 5-day debut

    NEW YORK (AP) — Peter Jackson’s “Hobbit” finale went out on top at the box office, debuting with $56.2 million over the weekend and taking in $90.6 million since opening Wednesday, according to studio estimates…

  • National coal mining deaths

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — National coal mining deaths dropped by more than half the year after the 2010 Upper Big Branch mine explosion in West Virginia, from 48 to 21, and there were 20 each…

  • US coal mines nearing record low in worker deaths

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Less than five years after an explosion fueled by excess coal dust killed 29 men deep inside a West Virginia underground mine, the nation’s coal mines are on pace for an…

  • US coal mines nearing record low in worker deaths

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Deaths and injuries at the nation’s coal mines have been declining since a West Virginia underground mining disaster killed 29 workers less than five years ago. Coal mines are on pace…

  • NY farmers lament lost opportunity for gas riches

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — While environmental groups are doing a victory dance over New York’s decision to ban fracking, farmers such as apple grower David Johnson are grieving for dashed hopes and dreams. “I’m devastated,”…

  • US mulls putting NKorea on terrorism sponsor list

    HONOLULU (AP) — President Barack Obama says the United States is reviewing whether to put North Korea back on its list of state sponsors of terrorism as Washington decides how to respond to what he…

  • Tent city sprouts in shadow of downtown Detroit

    DETROIT (AP) — Bankruptcy behind it, Detroit’s atmosphere swirls with the promise of better days. Charles Floyd Jones can only hope that the city’s good fortune trickles down to him and the 10 other residents…

  • Canadian man told to pay $1.5 million for credit card fraud

    FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Prosecutors described a Toronto man’s massive credit card fraud scheme as high-tech bank robbery — stealing the identities of 38,000 people in order to bilk dozens of banks. So when he…

  • US companies eager to embrace Cuba face hurdles

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Cargill aims to sell more corn and soybeans. MasterCard covets another site for Americans to swipe credit cards. Marriott sees beachfront property that needs hotels. And outside Orlando, Florida, Danny Howell just…

  • California puzzles over safety of driverless cars

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — California’s Department of Motor Vehicles will miss a year-end deadline to adopt new rules for cars of the future because regulators first have to figure out how they’ll know whether “driverless”…

  • Rising anger as Nicaragua canal to break ground

    RIO GRANDE, Nicaragua (AP) — As a conscripted soldier during the Contra War of the 1980s, Esteban Ruiz used to flee from battles because he didn’t want to have to kill anyone. But now, as…

  • Greek prime minister open to 2015 early elections

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s prime minister says early general elections could be called by the end of 2015 if the current legislature can elect a president and if negotiations with the country’s creditors on…

  • Saudi oil chief: No conspiracy behind oil prices

    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia’s oil chief on Sunday dismissed allegations that his kingdom conspired to bring down oil prices in order to harm other countries and told a summit of…

  • Tourism suffers in winter of EU-Russia discontent

    PARIS (AP) — Russia’s tensions with the West over Ukraine and the slump for the ruble are echoing through the French Alps — and unfortunately for some businesses, just in time for ski season. Hoteliers,…