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  • Theater shooting trial could begin sooner than expected

    CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — With jury selection moving faster than expected, a judge on Thursday set two possible dates in April for opening statements in the Colorado theater shooting case. The trial had been expected…

  • Maker of device in ‘superbug’ outbreak lacked FDA clearance

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The manufacturer of a medical instrument at the center of a recent “superbug” outbreak in Los Angeles did not receive federal clearance to sell an updated version the device, according to officials…

  • Utah LGBT anti-discrimination bill passes 1st test

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah’s Republican governor says he’ll sign a landmark proposal protecting gay and transgender individuals and religious rights if the bill makes it to his desk. Gov. Gary Herbert told reporters…

  • US stocks edge higher, Europe gains as ECB unveils stimulus

    NEW YORK (AP) — Positive earnings news nudged stocks higher, breaking a two-day losing streak. Supermarket operator Kroger jumped 7 percent Thursday after reporting income that was ahead of what analysts were looking for. Costco…

  • Americans spent $58 billion to pamper, protect pets in 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — We feed them, groom them, clothe them and otherwise shell out the big bucks to protect and pamper our pets. The American Pet Products Association’s annual report on pet industry spending…

  • Gold slips, silver flat

    NEW YORK (AP) — The March gold contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange closed today at $1,195.90 an ounce, down $4.70. The current silver contract on the “NYMEX” closed unchanged at $16.13 an ounce.

  • Plane skids off LaGuardia runway, crashes into fence by bay

    NEW YORK (AP) — A Delta plane from Atlanta skidded off a runway at LaGuardia Airport while landing during a snowstorm Thursday and crashed through a chain-link fence, its nose coming to rest perilously close…

  • States on edge about the future of health insurance markets

    MIAMI (AP) — Mixed signals from the Supreme Court have states on edge about the future of health insurance subsidies for millions of Americans. And a summer decision from the justices leaves little time for…

  • Will they rise? Rate worries weigh on dividend stocks

    NEW YORK (AP) — Dividend investing used to be so easy, not to mention lucrative. But it may be set to get a lot different. Stocks that pay the biggest dividends took a nosedive last…

  • A robust US job market is expected to keep delivering

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Even after the most vigorous three-month hiring spree in 17 years, U.S. employers are showing few signs of letting up. Job growth for February, to be reported Friday, might not match the…

  • Hotel chain Mandarin Oriental confirms credit card hack

    NEW YORK (AP) — High-end hotel chain Mandarin Oriental is the latest company to reveal that its credit card systems were hacked. The company says its hotels in the U.S. and Europe were affected, but…

  • Lawmakers weigh tourism, local control in school year debate

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Debates over when the school year should begin are playing out in districts around the country, with lawmakers trying to balance concerns about local control, academic rigor and tourism revenue.…

  • Oxy pays confidential sum to settle Peru pollution case

    LIMA, Peru (AP) — Indigenous communities that sued Occidental Petroleum over contamination in Peru’s northern Amazon have reached an out-of-court settlement in which the U.S.-based oil company will pay them an undisclosed sum. The amount…

  • Grain mixed, livestock mixed

    CHICAGO (AP) — Grain futures were mostly lower Thursday on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for May delivery were off 15.50 cents to $4.8050 a bushel; May corn rose 1 cent to 3.9050 a…

  • NBPA attorney: Union anticipates clash on age limit

    MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — An attorney for the union representing NBA players strongly indicated Thursday that the association will want players to again have the age limit for go pro lowered in the next…