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  • Vatican hits sour note with women, but progress may come

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — A new Vatican outreach initiative to listen to women hit a sour note before it even got off the ground: The sexy blonde on its Internet promo video came under such…

  • AP News in Brief at 5:58 a.m. EST

    No mention of knife, ransom and blood: Japan’s media self-censor during hostage crisis TOKYO (AP) — Images or mentions of knives, ransom or blood — or anything else that can be seen alluding to the…

  • 1st time advertisers make a play with Super Bowl spots

    NEW YORK (AP) — More Super Bowl ad rookies will be trying to score a touchdown this Sunday. There will be 15 new Super Bowl advertisers this year, the most since 2000, before the economy…

  • What slowing economy? US consumers are in a mood to spend

    WASHINGTON (AP) — There’s a good reason the U.S. economy is impressing the world right now despite a slowdown in the final three months of 2014: In a word, steadiness. Companies have been hiring at…

  • Sumptuous seaside hotel sells for record-shattering $360M

    LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. (AP) — An exceedingly opulent seaside resort in Southern California has sold for an eye-popping $360 million. That price tag for the Montage Laguna Beach — which comes to $1.4 million per…

  • Colorado considers ban on welfare cards at pot shops

    DENVER (AP) — Welfare money or food stamps for marijuana? It’s an urban legend that won’t go away in Colorado, and state lawmakers this year are poised to pass a law clarifying that public benefit…

  • Wearing Seahawks gear, lawmakers support fantasy football

    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — On the last weekday before the Super Bowl, legislators wearing Seattle Seahawks gear made noise over a bill to allow Washington state residents to legally play fantasy football. The activity has…

  • IBM boss gets bonus despite company’s woes

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — IBM boss Virginia Rometty will get a $3.6 million bonus for her performance last year, even though the company’s sales and profits declined in 2014. Rometty and other top executives did…

  • Exxon Mobil updates anti-discrimination employment policy

    IRVING, Texas (AP) — Exxon Mobil Corp. has updated its corporate policies to protect employees from discrimination for sexual orientation or gender identity. Spokesman Alan Jeffers said Friday that the Irving, Texas-based oil giant added…

  • New York wage board suggests $7.50 wage for tipped workers

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Restaurant servers and other tipped workers in New York state would make $7.50 an hour before tips under a proposal recommended by a state wage board Friday The proposal from the…

  • Shake Shack shares more than double in stock market debut

    NEW YORK (AP) — Wall Street went wild for burgers Friday. Shares of Shake Shack, a burger chain that started as a New York City hot dog cart, more than doubled in their first day…

  • UberX fares cut to spur ridership

    WASHINGTON – Uber is dangling a promotional rate in front of would-be riders in the D.C. area, hoping it encourages more users to request a ride. The popular ridesharing service on Friday announced it was…

  • AP National News Calendar

    Eds: Major scheduled events for the week of Feb. 1-7. Note that many events are subject to change at the last minute. The following economic reports will be issued in Washington (all times EST), unless…

  • Billionaire: Taj Mahal benefit cuts an ‘essential sacrifice’

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The battle for the future of the Trump Taj Mahal casino heated up Friday as the National Labor Relations Board urged a judge to restore workers’ benefits and soon-to-be-owner Carl…

  • Smoking in Big Easy bars, gambling halls to end in April

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — In three months it will no longer be legal to smoke in bars and while gambling in the Big Easy. On Friday, Mayor Mitch Landrieu signed into law a new ordinance…