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  • Embattled Venezuelan president seeks international support

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — South American foreign ministers met with Venezuelan officials in Caracas Friday in hopes of encouraging dialogue between opposition leaders and the socialist administration to head off a political crisis. Leaders of…

  • Peter Max still living the colorful pop-art vibe he created

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — If you haven’t already seen one of Peter Max’s paintings or drawings today, chances are you will. Max, the peace-and-love guru of modern art, burst onto the pop scene nearly 50…

  • Update on the latest business

    FINANCIAL MARKETS Stocks plunge after strong jobs report NEW YORK (AP) — The prospect of higher interest rates is sending stocks sharply lower in midday trading on Wall Street. Bond prices are also falling. Yields…

  • Unemployment rate for US teenagers plunged in February

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. teenagers got back to work in February. Teens typically have one of the country’s highest unemployment rates. Many of them are busy attending school and have limited hours available for work…

  • France urges Luxembourg to bring tax laws into line with EU

    LUXEMBOURG (AP) — France is urging Luxembourg to bring its tax laws into line with European Union standards in the wake of revelations about sweet tax deals for big companies. French President Francois Hollande said…

  • Illinois oil train derailment involved safer tank cars

    GALENA, Ill. (AP) — The rail cars that split open and burst into flames during a western Illinois oil train derailment this week were retrofitted with protective shields to meet a higher safety standard than…

  • Jury resumes deliberations in ‘Blurred Lines’ copyright case

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A jury has resumed deliberations in a copyright infringement case in which Marvin Gaye’s family claims the 2013 hit “Blurred Lines” copied their father’s music. The eight-person panel resumed deliberations Friday…

  • Solid US jobs report: 295K positions added; rate at 5.5 pct.

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A burst of hiring in February underscored the resilience and confidence of U.S. businesses, which are adding workers at the fastest pace in 17 years. Yet the strong job gains did little…

  • Euro drops toward parity with dollar

    LONDON (AP) — The euro’s value against the dollar keeps dropping, and it could soon reach parity with the dollar for the first time in 13 years. Its dramatic decline could help companies in the…

  • Mysterious dwarf planet Ceres now in the spotlight

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The mysterious dwarf planet Ceres is ready for its close-up. Located in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, Ceres was the largest unexplored space rock in the inner solar system.…

  • Recalls this week: hand vacuum accessories

    Attachments for a hand vacuum are being recalled because of a defective interior fan that can break out of the housing unit. Other recalled consumer products include a baby bassinet and motion lamps that look…

  • Ferguson fires city court clerk over racist emails

    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The city of Ferguson has identified an employee fired for sending racist emails to co-workers as its former municipal court clerk. City spokesman Jeff Small on Friday identified the fired worker…

  • Analysts see more pressure on Fed to raise rates

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Analysts say the February jobs report will increase pressure on the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates soon from their record-low levels. The government says the jobless rate fell from 5.7 percent…

  • Hello Ceres! NASA spacecraft on first visit to dwarf planet

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — After a nearly eight-year journey, a NASA spacecraft on Friday flawlessly slipped into orbit around Ceres in the first visit to a dwarf planet. The Dawn craft will circle the dwarf…

  • Danes want Swedish province to join ‘Greater Copenhagen’

    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Denmark lost the province of Scania to Sweden more than 350 years ago. Now the Danes want it back — at least for marketing purposes. Copenhagen Mayor Frank Jensen wants the…