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  • For an IS fighter, a paid honeymoon in caliphate’s heart

    BEIRUT (AP) — The honeymoon was a brief moment for love, away from the front lines of Syria’s war. In the capital of the Islamic State group’s self-proclaimed “caliphate,” Syrian fighter Abu Bilal al-Homsi was…

  • Update on the latest business

    FINANCIAL MARKETS Asia stocks gain as China announcements spur Shanghai TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares mostly gained today after China promoted an array of infrastructure projects as open to private investment and said it was…

  • Ryanair beats forecasts again as annual profits rise 66 pct

    DUBLIN (AP) — Europe’s leading budget airline Ryanair has beaten forecasts again, reporting full-year net profits of 867 million euros ($949 million), 66 percent higher than the year before. The Dublin-based airline said Tuesday it…

  • GOP likely to feel the heat if court decision guts Obamacare

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A Supreme Court ruling due in a few weeks could wipe out health insurance for millions of people covered by President Barack Obama’s health care law. But it’s Republicans — not White…

  • For an IS fighter, a paid honeymoon in caliphate’s heart

    BEIRUT (AP) — The honeymoon was a brief moment for love, away from the front lines of Syria’s war. In the capital of the Islamic State group’s self-proclaimed “caliphate,” Syrian fighter Abu Bilal al-Homsi was…

  • Channeling Batman, Versailles: Macau’s new wave of resorts

    MACAU (AP) — Macau is doubling down even as the odds change. The world’s casino capital this week welcomes the first of a new wave of lavish casino resorts for its up-and-coming Cotai Peninsula. It’s…

  • Asia stocks gain as China announcements spur Shanghai

    TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares mostly gained Tuesday after China promoted an array of infrastructure projects as open to private investment and said it was slashing tariffs on imported clothing and other consumer goods. Investors…

  • Company hopes to remove ruptured oil pipeline by Tuesday

    GOLETA, Calif. (AP) — Officials from Plains All American Pipeline say they hope the broken section of a pipeline that spilled oil along the California Coast can be removed for investigation by Tuesday. The company…

  • Charter deal seeks to keep cable consolidation on track

    Charter Communications Inc. is said to be nearing a deal to buy Time Warner Cable Inc. for $55 billion. It would be the latest in a series of deals that have reshaped the cable-TV industry.…

  • Corporate maneuver at Samsung strengthens heir’s influence

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Two key Samsung companies are merging in a step toward ensuring the son of the group’s ailing chairman inherits control of the theme parks to smartphones conglomerate. Samsung said Tuesday…

  • Stunning 36 percent rise in US visits to Cuba since January

    HAVANA (AP) — The thaw in relations between the U.S. and Cuba has led to a stunning 36 percent increase in visits by Americans to the island, including thousands who are flying into Cuba from…

  • California looks to Australia for tips on surviving drought

    SYDNEY (AP) — California has turned to the world’s driest inhabited continent for solutions to its longest and sharpest drought on record. Australia, the land poet Dorothea Mackellar dubbed “a sunburnt country,” suffered a torturous…

  • California looks Down Under for drought advice

    SYDNEY (AP) — California’s longest and sharpest drought on record has its increasingly desperate water stewards looking for solutions in Australia, the world’s driest inhabited continent. The struggle to survive with little water is a…

  • Anonymous threats against airliners prompt searches; all OK

    NEW YORK (AP) — Anonymous telephone threats against commercial airliners on Monday, possibly from the same source, caused a scare involving at least six international flights at airports in New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts.…

  • 21 short bridges in Carroll County to be inspected

    WESTMINSTER, Md. (AP) — Officials say 21 bridges in Carroll County that are too short to get federal funding will be inspected through a deal between the county and the state. The county’s Board of…