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  • Correction: Sears-Results story

    NEW YORK (AP) — In a story Feb. 27 about Sears Holdings Corp., The Associated Press reported erroneously that Chief Financial Officer Rob Schriesheim said in a statement that the actions Sears took in 2014…

  • NASA approves Sunday spacewalk despite water leak in helmet

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Space station astronauts will venture back out for a spacewalk this weekend, despite a helmet water leak. On Friday, NASA cleared astronaut Terry Virts’ spacesuit for the last of three…

  • UN free speech expert praises US net neutrality decision

    BERLIN (AP) — The U.N.’s independent expert on freedom of speech has praised the U.S. Federal Communications Commission for voting to enforce “net neutrality” rules for the broadband industry. David Kaye says Thursday’s decision was…

  • Congressional Republicans name new budget referee

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Republicans Friday named economist Keith Hall to serve as Capitol Hill’s budget referee as director of the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. Hall has served most recently as the chief economist of…

  • US consumer sentiment slips in February on icy weather

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Harsh winter weather left U.S. consumers feeling a bit less confident this month, the University of Michigan says. But confidence levels still remain at the highest level in eight years. The University…

  • Obama to host European Council president next month

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will host European Council President Donald Tusk at the White House next month. The White House says the two will review a range of issues, including Ukraine, Russia, a…

  • Signed contracts to buy US homes rise to 18-month high

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans signing contracts to buy homes rose at a healthy pace in January, a sign that home sales are poised to accelerate after a slow start to the year.…

  • Volkswagen profits up 20 percent for full year

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German automaker Volkswagen says net profit rose 20 percent last year to 10.8 billion euros ($12.1 billion), but offered a cautious outlook for this year. The maker of Volkswagen, Audi, Skoda…

  • Stock market slips after weaker-than-expected growth in US

    U.S. stock indexes edged slightly lower in early trading Friday after the U.S. economy slowed more sharply than expected in the final three months of 2014. Utilities stocks were among the biggest decliners. KEEPING SCORE:…

  • Cuban cigar makers anticipate big bucks from US travelers

    HAVANA (AP) — Over six decades rolling premium cigars with his small, wrinkled hands, Arnaldo Alfonso has taken pride in seeing his “habanos” sampled by visiting heads of state and other dignitaries. Now he’s delighted…

  • Chrysler vehicles to be shipped from Port of Wilmington

    WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — The Port of Wilmington has secured a multiyear contract to export Chrysler vehicles to the Middle East. Diamond State Port Corporation, which operates the port, announced Thursday that Chrysler, Dodge and…

  • Study: Smokers may tap into multiple sources for nicotine

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The first peek at a major study of how Americans smoke suggests many use combinations of products, and often e-cigarettes are part of the mix. It’s a preliminary finding, but it highlights…

  • Stock market slips after weaker than expected growth in US

    The stock market is opening slightly lower after the U.S. economy slowed more sharply than expected in the final three months of the year. The Dow Jones industrial average slipped 15 points, or 0.1 percent,…

  • Fiat Chrysler adds 467K SUVs to recall for possible stalling

    DETROIT (AP) — Fiat Chrysler is adding more than 467,000 Dodge and Jeep SUVs worldwide to a recall from last year to fix a potential stalling problem. The company says it’s adding 2012 and 2013…

  • Charlottesville restaurateurs oppose tax increase

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Some Charlottesville restaurant owners are opposing a proposed 25 percent increase in the city’s meals tax. The Daily Progress reports (http://bit.ly/185w65j ) that a half-dozen restaurateurs attended a meeting organized by…