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  • Over and out: Some MLB teams open with little playoff shot

    Spring training is a time for optimism, when players bask under the warm sun of Florida and Arizona while fans dream about their team reaching the bright lights of October. For Atlanta, Cincinnati, Milwaukee and…

  • Gold down, silver flat

    The February gold contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange closed today at $1,239.10 an ounce, down $8.80. The current silver contract on the “NYMEX” closed unchanged at $15.79 an ounce.

  • Florida man gets prison for defrauding investors of $3.3M

    NEW YORK (AP) — Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn say a Florida man has been sentenced to 3½ years in prison for defrauding over 70 investors of $3.3 million. U.S. Attorney Robert Capers announced Friday that…

  • Dollar mixed

    The U.S. dollar is mixed against other North American currencies in New York trading. It’s worth 1.38 Canadian dollars, down from late Thursday. And the dollar is trading at 18.92 Mexican pesos, up from late…

  • Crude jumps

    Crude oil futures prices ended higher on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The near-month contract for the benchmark grade rose $3.23 — closing at $29.44 a barrel.

  • Mediator: More progress in talks to resolve Argentina’s debt

    NEW YORK (AP) — A court-appointed mediator reported more progress Friday in efforts by Argentina to resolve a dispute with bondholders who claim they are owed about $10 billion by the financially strapped South American…

  • Recalls this week: ceiling lamps, propane gas

    More than 1 million ceiling lamps sold at Ikea are being recalled this week because the glass shades can fall and shatter. Other recalled consumer products include 118 million gallons of propane gas and infant…

  • Grain mostly lower, livestock mostly lower

    CHICAGO (AP) — Grain futures were mixed Friday on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for March delivery fell .75 cent to $4.5750 a bushel; March corn was off 1.50 cents at 3.5875 a bushel;…

  • What Facebook’s policy on nudity means in practice

    NEW YORK (AP) — What are Facebook’s rules for posting nude images? The question is at the forefront again after a French court ruled Friday that a French art teacher can sue the social media…

  • Visa discloses stake in Dorsey’s company, Square

    NEW YORK (AP) — Shares in the mobile payment services company Square rose sharply Friday after Visa disclosed the details of its ownership stake in the company. While Visa’s stake amounts to about 1 percent…

  • Gas leak under control, but steps remain until it’s sealed

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A utility company got control of a leaking well that spewed natural gas for nearly four months and uprooted thousands of Los Angeles residents. Here’s a look at what needs to…

  • Documents show Volkswagen resisted Takata air bag recall

    DETROIT (AP) — Volkswagen resisted U.S. government efforts to recall more cars and trucks to fix potentially deadly Takata air bags — telling safety regulators that a recall isn’t necessary. But the German automaker, already…

  • Tour operators say Zika could be bad for Olympics business

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — If the Zika virus — or fear of it — keeps spreading, the head of a sports travel agency handling tour packages for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics fears for…

  • Coast Guard to decide if storm-damaged cruise ship can sail

    BAYONNE, N.J. (AP) — The Coast Guard on Friday inspected a cruise ship that was battered and damaged by an intense winter storm to determine if it will be able to set sail as scheduled…

  • Facebook nude-painting case can face trial in France

    PARIS (AP) — If you post a 19th-century nude painting on Facebook, is it art or impermissible nudity? That question is now cleared for trial in France, after an appeals court there ruled that an…