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  • AP News in Brief at 5:58 p.m. EST

    Chinese parents face police harassment in agonizing, lonely search for missing children BEIJING (AP) — In the grainy video, Zhang Xiuhong can see her daughter ride her bike down a country road on her way…

  • Farmers say Christmas trees make great goat snacks

    GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — Western Colorado goat farmers say Christmas trees make great snacks for their herds, and they’re offering to collect them from homes in the Grand Valley. Nevelle Hopper of the Lil…

  • Greek leftists won’t run deficits, policymaker says

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A leftist Greek government won’t run deficits, but will pursue fiscal consolidation, the main opposition party’s chief economy policymaker said Saturday. “Fiscal consolidation? Of course, yes, but in our way, in…

  • Final goodbye: Roll call of some who died in 2014

    They each turned a moment of violence into a call to action. For James Brady, that moment was when he was shot and wounded by a would-be presidential assassin. For Chung Eun-yong, it was the…

  • Minnesota’s Pohlads acquire Polaroid majority

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota’s Pohlad family has acquired majority ownership of Polaroid in a $70 million deal. Minnetonka-based Polaroid is best known for making instant cameras but the name can be found on a variety…

  • Chattanooga touts transformation into Gig City

    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — A city once infamous for the smoke-belching foundries that blanketed its buildings and streets with a heavy layer of soot is turning to lightning-fast Internet speeds to try to transform itself…

  • Virginia drivers set to see gas prices go up

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia drivers can expect to see a 5 cents-per-gallon increase in the cost of gas starting Jan. 1. The increase on wholesale gas, which will likely be passed on to consumers…

  • Food hubs link consumers with locally farmed food

    BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Move over farmers’ markets. More than 300 food hubs around the country are also providing small farms another outlet to sell locally raised food to consumers. There’s no one model for…

  • Insurers dogged by claims of slanted Sandy reports

    NEW YORK (AP) — When Superstorm Sandy hit the East Coast, flood insurance companies working for the Federal Emergency Management Agency dispatched an army of structural engineers to do some detective work. Their assignment: Find…

  • Ukraine says Crimea transport halt temporary

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine’s suspension of transport connections with the Russia-annexed Crimean Peninsula is expected to be only a temporary measure, a Ukrainian security official said Saturday. Ukraine blocked rail and bus travel Friday…

  • Yes-We-Can president faces twilight of maybes

    WASHINGTON (AP) — It was supposed to be a joke. “Are you still president?” comedian Stephen Colbert asked Barack Obama earlier this month. But the question seemed to speak to growing weariness with the president…

  • Belarus replaces prime minister, central bank head

    MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Belarus’ authoritarian president on Saturday replaced his prime minister, the head of the national bank and an array of other top officials as the country weathers economic troubles. The economics and…

  • Clinton economic approach under scrutiny

    WASHINGTON (AP) — If Hillary Rodham Clinton seeks the White House again, her message on the economy could be an important barometer as she courts fellow Democrats. Members of her party are watching closely how…

  • How the AP-GfK poll was conducted

    The Associated Press-GfK poll on the economy was conducted by GfK Public Affairs and Corporate Communications Dec. 4-8. It is based on online interviews of 1,010 adults who are members of GfK’s nationally representative KnowledgePanel.…

  • Japan’s Abe unleashes stimulus plan to spur growth

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s Cabinet approved 3.5 trillion yen ($29 billion) in fresh stimulus Saturday for the ailing economy, pledging to get growth back on track and restore the country’s precarious public finances. Prime Minister…