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  • NASA moisture satellite launch scrubbed due to winds

    VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — NASA has scrubbed the launch of an Earth-observing satellite because of wind conditions over California and technical problems. The Soil Moisture Active Passive satellite had been scheduled for…

  • Honda lowers forecasts after recalls push profit down

    TOKYO (AP) — Honda Motor Co., the Japanese automaker at the center of an air-bag defect scandal, lowered its annual earnings forecast after quarterly profit slipped 15 percent. The poor results announced Friday by the…

  • Meet Ida May Fuller, recipient of 1st Social Security check

    LUDLOW, Vt. (AP) — Seventy-five years ago, the government cut 65-year-old Ida May Fuller a check. It was numbered 00-000-001 — the first Social Security payout. Fuller, of Ludlow, Vermont, didn’t realize it at the…

  • Smart Spending: Why investors are applauding Amazon earnings

    NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon.com Inc.’s fourth-quarter earnings roundly beat analyst expectations, sending the Seattle e-commerce giant’s stock soaring 14 percent in aftermarket trading. Here’s a closer look at what investors applauded and hope continues.…

  • AP PHOTOS: Pinata-making art lives on in Mexican family

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — A Mexican party isn’t complete without a piñata, and Melesio Vicente Flores and Cecilia Albarran Gonzalez have spent the last 25 years making high-end versions of the papier-mache figures to later…

  • NBA in expanded digital partnership with China’s Tencent

    BEIJING (AP) — The National Basketball Association is forming its largest international digital partnership through an expansion of its arrangements with Chinese Internet giant Tencent Holdings Ltd., the league said Friday. The new five-year arrangement…

  • Builder projects 18-month delay for nuclear plant in Georgia

    ATLANTA (AP) — Southern Co. said the firms building its new nuclear power plant in Georgia estimate the project will be delayed 18 months, potentially costing the power company $720 million in new charges, company…

  • Survivors recall panic before Mexico City hospital blast

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Inside the maternity hospital on the western edge of Mexico City, concern quickly turned to panic as the sour smell of propane seeped in and a vapor cloud grew at the…

  • Asia stocks mostly higher after Japan data shows improvement

    HONG KONG (AP) — Asian stock markets were mostly higher Friday after economic data suggested Japan is pulling out of recession while Chinese shares fell ahead of a manufacturing report. KEEPING SCORE: The benchmark Nikkei…

  • AP News in Brief at 9:58 p.m. EST

    Obama calls for spending surge to burst past ‘sequester’ limits, buoyed by rising economy WASHINGTON (AP) — Declaring an end to “mindless austerity,” President Barack Obama called for a surge in government spending Thursday, and…

  • AP source: Obama to give Congress more info on trade deals

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — President Barack Obama has told House Democrats he’ll give them more information about the specifics in the trade deals he’s negotiating overseas. That’s according to a staffer who was in the room…

  • Obama calls for spending surge, buoyed by rising economy

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Declaring an end to “mindless austerity,” President Barack Obama called for a surge in government spending Thursday, and asked Congress to throw out the sweeping budget cuts both parties agreed to four…

  • Factory data shows Japan economy turning corner on recession

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s industrial output edged higher in December, suggesting the world’s third-largest economy may be turning the corner on a recession brought on by a hefty sales tax hike. Data released Friday showed…

  • NFLPA president Winston says new conduct policy violates CBA

    PHOENIX (AP) — NFL Players Association President Eric Winston says the league’s new personal conduct policy “violates the CBA in several ways and we’re going to be grieving this as far as we can.” The…

  • Regulators issue final volumes in Nevada nuclear dump report

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Findings released Thursday by analysts in the federal agency with the power to give the go-ahead for a proposed national nuclear waste dump in Nevada appear to provide wiggle room for…