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  • AP Newsbreak: AP study projects average MLB salary tops $4M

    NEW YORK (AP) — Even before the first pitch of the 2015 season is thrown, an eye-popping baseball record will be set. The average salary when opening-day rosters are finalized Sunday will break the $4…

  • FAA investigates 2 laser incidents by Newark Liberty airport

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Federal officials are looking into more laser-pointing incidents at Newark Liberty International Airport. The Federal Aviation Administration says two flights reported lasers were pointed at them Sunday night. An ExpressJet flight…

  • Purported kidnappers want apology from California police

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Two major California newspapers say they’ve received emails from a person claiming responsibility for a woman’s abduction, including one demanding that police apologize to the woman for calling it a hoax.…

  • Lufthansa: Co-pilot disclosed earlier “severe depression”

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Lufthansa knew that the co-pilot of the passenger plane that crashed in the French Alps last week had suffered from an episode of “severe depression” before he finished his flight training…

  • Loan recipients on ‘strike’ meet with federal officials

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Pamela Hunt is so overwhelmed by her $56,000 in student loans for what she considers a worthless criminal justice master’s degree that she’s joined others on a “debt strike” and refusing to…

  • Judge: Jury can decide Alabama’s Gulf-oil-spill claims

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A judge says Alabama’s Gulf oil-spill-damage claims under the federal Oil Pollution Act can be heard by a jury. BP had moved to block a jury trial for the state, saying…

  • Business Highlights

    ___ AP Exclusive: Big rigs often go faster than tires can handle DETROIT (AP) — Many tractor-trailers on the nation’s roads are driven faster than the 75 mph their tires are designed to handle, a…

  • Brown grad student dies after jumping off campus building

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Brown University graduate student has died after jumping from the 10th floor of a campus building. Police officials tell the Providence Journal that the 25-year-old student’s death Tuesday afternoon was…

  • Prosecutors: Medicaid scam exploited poor who needed shoes

    NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities investigating allegations of a Medicaid scam involving doctors and others in New York City recall coming across something curious in a lower floor of a clinic: stacks of shoe boxes…

  • Watchdog group says 4 2016 prospects dodging finance law

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A watchdog group is accusing four potential 2016 presidential candidates of skirting federal campaign finance rules while traveling and raising money as if they were off and running. In complaints…

  • Who’s Who in music streaming: Tidal, Spotify, Pandora & more

    NEW YORK (AP) — Since Apple shook up the music world with iTunes a little more than a decade ago, online music has exploded and become the central way many people enjoy and discover music.…

  • Charter nabs Bright House in latest pay-TV deal

    NEW YORK (AP) — Charter buying Bright House for $10.4 billion is the latest big deal in the pay-TV industry. Companies want to merge as costs for channels like ESPN have shot up, while their…

  • IBM to invest $3 billion in ‘Internet of Things’ unit

    NEW YORK (AP) — IBM is investing $3 billion to build an “Internet of Things” division aimed at harnessing the massive trove of data collected by smartphones, tablets, connected vehicles and appliances and using it…

  • Christie appeal: Pension ruling used ‘fabricated’ right

    A ruling that demanded the New Jersey state government contribute another $1.6 billion to public employees’ retirement funds came from a judge who “fabricated a constitutional right to pension funding,” Gov. Chris Christie’s administration told…

  • Agency affirms revised review of Chukchi Sea petroleum lease

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Department of Interior says it has affirmed a corrected environmental analysis for a 7-year-old petroleum lease in the Chukchi (chuk-CHEE’) Sea off Alaska’s northwest coast. The agency’s expected decision Tuesday…