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  • Haitians’ ‘Brazilian dream’ sours as work hard to find

    SAO PAULO (AP) — Under a scorching sun, dozens of Haitians shuffled impatiently about the brick-walled courtyard of Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church. The sight of an approaching employer sparked a skirmish, with the…

  • Tourism thrives in Malaysia despite association with tragedy

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Two airplane catastrophes put Malaysia on the map in a bad way in 2014. But they didn’t hurt the country’s tourism, and the higher visibility may even have helped: visitor…

  • House backs bill to force VA execs to give back bonuses

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The House on Monday approved a bill allowing the Veterans Affairs secretary to force senior executives to repay bonuses if the employees engaged in misconduct. The bill, approved on a voice vote,…

  • WIRELESS SHOW HIGHLIGHTS: New phones, new ways to connect

    NEW YORK (AP) — High-end smartphones from Samsung and HTC have gotten much of the attention at this week’s wireless show in Barcelona, Spain, but cheaper options are coming from Microsoft, Lenovo and others too.…

  • AP News in Brief at 5:58 p.m. EST

    Mikulski, longest-serving woman in Congress and pugnacious advocate, won’t seek 6th term BALTIMORE (AP) — Sen. Barbara Mikulski, a tough and dogged daughter of working class Baltimore who rose to become the longest-serving woman in…

  • New FDA official inherits raft of projects, challenges

    WASHINGTON (AP) — One of the nation’s leading medical researchers joined the Food and Drug Administration on Monday, taking on the agency’s No. 2 leadership job at a critical juncture for prescription drugs, medical devices…

  • New and now: Diego Rivera; French food; Piano Guys; Alcatraz

    DETROIT MUSEUM: DIEGO RIVERA-FRIDA KAHLO “He carried a pistol. She carried a flask.” So reads an ad for the Detroit Institute of Arts’ upcoming exhibition on the year that artists Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo…

  • NASCAR Sprint Cup Manufacturer Standings

    Through March 1 1. Chevrolet, 15 (1) 1. Ford, 15 (1) 3. Toyota, 8

  • Man gets 4 to 10 years in prison in Vegas puppy shop fire

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Apologies didn’t sway a Nevada judge who sentenced a man on Monday to four to 10 years in prison for setting fire to a pet shop where 27 puppies and dogs…

  • Update on the latest business

    FINANCIAL MARKETS Stocks head higher; Nasdaq touches 5,000 points NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. stock market is higher this afternoon as deals and economic news give stocks a lift. The Nasdaq has touched 5,000…

  • US consumer spending, adjusted for inflation, rose in Jan.

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumers spent less for a second consecutive month in January, but the weakness came from a big decline in gas prices. Excluding price changes, consumer spending was up in January and…

  • Forbes List: 10 richest people in the world

    NEW YORK (AP) — Bill Gates, the founder of technology company Microsoft Corp., topped Forbes’ 2015 list of the world’s top billionaires for the second straight year. In 2013, Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim Helu was…

  • France wants companies to make appliances that last longer

    PARIS (AP) — France is ordering manufacturers to inform consumers how long they can expect their TV, cell phone or other appliance to last — before they buy it. A new French government decree that…

  • Tourism thrives in Malaysia despite association with tragedy

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Two airplane catastrophes put Malaysia on the map in a bad way in 2014. But they didn’t hurt the country’s tourism, and the higher visibility may even have helped: visitor…

  • What to buy and what to skip in March

    March is finally here. Soon enough, spring will have officially sprung. Descendents of the Emerald Isle will have recovered from St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, and frugal shoppers will have scored serious savings by buying the…