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  • Asia stocks down as Greece deadline looms, Shanghai sinks

    TOKYO (AP) — Asian stocks were mostly lower Thursday as a deadline for Greece to make a debt payment neared and Chinese shares dived after big gains in the past three months. KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s…

  • Croatian dilemma: Oil in the Adriatic, or tourism

    MEDULIN, Croatia (AP) — Peter Fries has been coming to Croatia for years after falling in love with its pristine coastline, fresh seafood, mellow wine and friendly hosts. With Croatia announcing it will allow oil…

  • Norway oil fund to slash coal investments

    STOCKHOLM (AP) — Norway’s parliamentary parties have agreed that the country’s $900 billion sovereign wealth fund should stop investing in coal companies because of their impact on climate change. Under new rules to be presented…

  • Philippine economic growth slows to 5.2 percent in 1Q

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Sluggish government spending slowed Philippine economic growth in the first quarter of this year, officials said Thursday. The country’s gross domestic product grew by 5.2 percent in the first quarter, down…

  • Massive coal breaker, Pennsylvania’s last, is coming down

    MAHANOY CITY, Pa. (AP) — When coal was king, its castle was the breaker — an imposing fortress that crushed, washed and sized billions of tons of Pennsylvania anthracite for use in factories, foundries and…

  • EPA plans temporary pesticide restrictions while bees feed

    WASHINGTON (AP) — If honeybees are busy pollinating large, blooming croplands, farmers wanting to spray toxic pesticides will soon have to buzz off, the Environmental Protection Agency is proposing. A federal rule to be proposed…

  • Is rent out of reach? Study shows how 11 US cities stack up

    NEW YORK (AP) — Renters are on the rise in America’s biggest cities, but many tenants are scrambling to keep up with growing rent bills and shrinking vacancies, according to a study being released Thursday.…

  • Police: Steven Tyler not really doing a strawberry farm show

    WEST WINDSOR, N.J. (AP) — Police have alerted residents of a New Jersey township that Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler will not be performing at a small pick-your-own strawberry farm. NJ.com reports (http://bit.ly/1AymvkV ) the rock…

  • Key numbers from a report to Congress on US education

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The American education landscape is shifting. More U.S. school-age kids live in poverty and need English-language services, according to a report released Thursday by the National Center for Education Statistics. Enrollment in…

  • US, Chinese authors protest major book fair, censorship

    NEW YORK (AP) — Chinese and American authors gathered Wednesday to protest a major U.S. book fair’s focus on China that they say ignores the country’s glaring problems of censorship and intimidation. Jonathan Franzen, Xiaolu…

  • Asia stocks uneven as Greece deadline looms, Tokyo gains

    TOKYO (AP) — Asian stocks were uneven Thursday as hopes in Europe for a Greek bailout were welcomed by some regional markets and a cheap yen kept the upswing in Tokyo shares going. KEEPING SCORE:…

  • AP News in Brief at 9:58 p.m. EDT

    Latest on flooding: Authorities believe body found is seventh victim of Houston-area flooding 8:45 p.m. CDT The body of a seventh person believed to be killed by flooding in the Houston area Monday night has…

  • US negotiator in nuke talks with Iran to leave job in summer

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration’s lead nuclear negotiator is leaving her post this summer, by which point the U.S. hopes to have reached an accord with Iran. State Department officials say undersecretary Wendy Sherman…

  • 12 schemes outlined by prosecutors in soccer indictment

    The indictment of soccer officials and marketing and TV executives Wednesday alleges 12 schemes: SCHEME A — 1993, 1995 AND 1997 COPA AMERICAS Traffic Brazil purchased rights for the three tournaments in a deal worth…

  • FIFA’s commercial partners urged to make their voices heard

    LONDON (AP) — FIFA’s sponsorship paymasters are facing mounting calls to put pressure on soccer’s global governing body to clean up its act — and fast — following Wednesday’s arrest of seven officials. Companies like…