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  • Yellowstone oil spills fuel arguments over Keystone line

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — As Congress presses the Obama administration to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, government records show oil pipeline accidents have become increasingly frequent in the U.S. An Associated Press review shows accident…

  • How the Dow Jones industrial average fared Thursday

    U.S. financial markets closed sharply higher Thursday as investors welcomed encouraging news on corporate earnings and the job market. The rally ended a two-day losing streak for the major market indexes. Oil prices ended slightly…

  • Smartphone Snapshot: Samsung getting squeezed

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The runaway success of Apple’s newest iPhone has fueled a dramatic shift in the global market: the California tech giant is now neck-and-neck with South Korea’s Samsung for the title of…

  • Senate passes bill approving Keystone XL oil pipeline

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-controlled Senate on Thursday approved a bipartisan bill to construct the Keystone XL oil pipeline, defying a presidential veto threat and setting up the first of many battles with the White…

  • Strong earnings and job news give stocks a lift

    After a shaky start, U.S. stocks rebounded Thursday, snapping a two-day losing streak. Investors welcomed better-than-expected quarterly results from several companies, including Ford, Coach and Harley-Davidson. Homebuilder stocks surged. Even energy stocks, which were down…

  • Republicans: House to begin work on health care alternative

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The House will vote next week to repeal the health care law Republicans have vowed to undo. They’ll also direct work to start on a replacement bill the GOP promised more than…

  • Exploding air bag may have killed Texas man

    DETROIT (AP) — Federal safety regulators are looking into the death of a Texas man who may be the latest victim of exploding automobile air bags made by Takata Corp. of Japan. The man died…

  • Woman in India sues Uber after reporting driver raped her

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A woman who says an Uber driver raped her in New Dehli, India, has sued the San Francisco-based company in federal U.S. court. The woman’s lawyers filed the lawsuit Thursday in…

  • Administration to seek $1 billion for tribal schools

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration says it will ask Congress for $1 billion next year to run schools for Native American children — including millions in new money to help fix crumbling buildings. The…

  • Delta flight lands in Vegas with pilot locked out of cockpit

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Officials say a Delta Air Lines flight from Minneapolis made an emergency landing in Las Vegas on Thursday with the co-pilot at the controls after the pilot was locked out of…

  • Visa announces 4-to-1 stock split

    NEW YORK (AP) — Payment processor Visa has announced a four-to-one stock split, effective March 18. Visa said Thursday that its shareholders will receive three additional shares for each share they own as of February…

  • 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…

  • Amazon’s big spending pays off in 4th quarter

    NEW YORK (AP) — It was a Prime quarter for Amazon. Amazon surprised investors on Thursday with a fourth-quarter profit that soundly beat expectations, despite a continued increase in spending and a slight sales miss,…

  • Lawmakers: Cut taxes for stars who play 4 nights in AC

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Stars who play at least four nights in Atlantic City would be freed from having to pay state income taxes on all shows in the state that year under the…

  • German couple killed in Paraguay, apparently by guerrillas

    ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — A German couple was found dead Thursday on a cattle farm in northern Paraguay, apparently at the hands of a guerrilla group that earlier this week demanded the owner of an…