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  • Justices sharply divided over health care law subsidies

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is sharply divided over the tax subsidies that make insurance affordable for millions of Americans under President Barack Obama’s health overhaul. The justices on Wednesday aggressively questioned the lawyers…

  • McDonald’s dropping human antibiotics from chicken

    NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald’s says it plans to start using chicken raised without antibiotics important to human health and milk from cows that are not treated with the artificial growth hormone rbST. The company…

  • Supreme Court: Alabama may try to justify railroad tax

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that Alabama should have the chance to justify a fuel sales tax that it assesses on railroads but not on competitors in the trucking and barge industries.…

  • How upcoming legal cases may change the future of franchises

    NEW YORK (AP) — Are franchises small, independent businesses or should they be considered part of a much larger company? The question is at the heart of two upcoming legal cases. The outcomes could affect…

  • Coal mine blast in eastern Ukraine kills at least 10

    DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — A methane explosion ripped through a coal mine before dawn Wednesday in war-torn eastern Ukraine, killing at least 10 workers, officials said. With more than 20 laborers trapped by the rubble,…

  • US stock indexes sink as market heads for a second loss

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks sank Wednesday, pulling indexes further below record highs. The drop was modest but broad: nine of the 10 sectors in the Standard & Poor’s 500 lost ground. KEEPING SCORE:…

  • US services firms grow at faster pace in February

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. services firms’ activity rose at a slightly faster rate in February, powered by hotels, restaurants and wholesalers. The Institute for Supply Management said Wednesday that its services index rose to 56.9…

  • Romania begins shipping gas to Moldova

    BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania has begun transporting natural gas to Moldova, as the former Soviet republic moves toward the European Union and becomes less dependent on Russia. “It is the first time that gas…

  • Court hears major fight over health law subsidies

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has been hearing arguments this morning in a major test of President Barack Obama’s health overhaul. The challenge could threaten insurance coverage for millions of people. The justices will…

  • Purported Islamic State militants attack Libyan oil field

    TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Militants purportedly from the Islamic State group attacked an oil field near Libya’s central coast, prompting a counterattack by the country’s Islamist-backed government that included airstrikes, an official said Wednesday. The…

  • AP survey: Why the outlook for global economy has brightened

    WASHINGTON (AP) — From the United States to Asia to Europe, a global economy that many had feared was faltering appears poised for a resurgence on the strength of cheap oil and falling interest rates.…

  • Dollar mixed

    The U.S. dollar is mixed against other North American currencies in New York trading. It’s worth 1.25 Canadian dollars, unchanged from late Tuesday. And the dollar is trading at 15.10 Mexican pesos, up from late…

  • ‘The Girl on the Train’ is a runaway hit for Paula Hawkins

    LONDON (AP) — The tedium of the daily commute has turned out to be pretty productive for Paula Hawkins. Journeys spent staring out railway-carriage windows inspired the former journalist’s first thriller, “The Girl on the…

  • Merkel seeks to dampen talk of 3rd Greek bailout

    BRUSSELS (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the president of the European Union’s executive branch are cautioning against speculation that Greece will need a third financial bailout. Though Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has…

  • US stocks open lower as market heads for a second loss

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are opening lower, putting the market on track for a second day of losses. Material companies were among the biggest decliners in early trading Wednesday. Aluminum maker Alcoa sank…