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  • Group: 1,800 housing starts in West Bank settlements in 2015

    JERUSALEM (AP) — A watchdog group says Israel began building 1,800 new settlement homes in the West Bank in 2015. Peace Now, a dovish Israeli group that tracks settlement construction, says most of the building…

  • AP FACT CHECK: Republicans debaters on high court, economy

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican presidential debaters misfired in assertions about Supreme Court nominees, Syria, immigration and more. A look at some of the claims Saturday night and how they compare with the facts: TED…

  • Jennifer Lawrence donating $2 million to hometown hospital

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Actress Jennifer Lawrence is donating $2 million to a Kentucky hospital where she visited sick youngsters during a recent holiday trip home. The Oscar winner, a Louisville native, announced by video…

  • Main Street holds up as Wall Street struggles, for a change

    NEW YORK (AP) — Wall Street is hurting, and Main Street doesn’t care. It’s got burgers and cars to buy. Big losses in stock markets around the world this year have the wingtip-set fretting, but…

  • Army looks to recruit more women, adapt physical testing

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Beginning this summer, a visit to a local Army recruiting office will include a new set of gymnastic tests to help determine what military jobs a recruit is physically capable of performing.…

  • For refugees, finding work in Europe an uphill battle

    VIENNA (AP) — Antonio Piani appears to have beaten the odds stacked against refugees finding work in Europe, but the hotel where he works was set up specifically to employ people like him. The 40-year-old…

  • Top Republicans stay quiet on release of their tax returns

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential candidate, offered this year’s hopefuls advice about a hard-learned lesson: Release your tax returns before the primaries and avoid tough scrutiny later. But the top three…

  • US deploys more Patriot missiles in South Korea

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The United States temporarily deployed an additional Patriot missile battery in South Korea in response to North Korea’s nuclear test and a long-range rocket launch, ahead of talks next week…

  • Business Highlights

    ___ Eurozone economy grew a paltry 0.3 percent in Q4 BRUSSELS (AP) — The 19-country eurozone grew by a paltry quarterly rate of 0.3 percent in the final three months of 2015 despite tail winds…

  • House backs bill to ease calorie labeling requirements

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Fast-food chains would get some relief from government rules on listing calories for things like bacon-wrapped deep dish pizza or double cheeseburgers under legislation the House approved on Friday. The vote was…

  • Governor signs bill overhauling Wisconsin civil service laws

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker signed a sweeping bill Friday that reworks Wisconsin’s hiring and firing practices, brushing aside Democrats’ complaints that the measure will lead to cronyism in state agencies. The Republican-backed…

  • Tour operators say Zika could be bad for Olympics business

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — If the Zika virus — or fear of it — keeps spreading, the head of a sports travel agency handling tour packages for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics fears for…

  • How the Dow Jones industrial average fared on Friday

    U.S. stocks snapped a five-day losing streak Friday as investors welcomed a surge in oil prices and an encouraging report on retail sales. Financial stocks, which have been the worst performing part of the market…

  • US stocks end a down week on an up note

    U.S. stocks ended a down week on a high note Friday, snapping a five-day losing streak on the strength of energy and financial companies. A sharp rebound in oil prices and an encouraging report on…

  • Documents show Volkswagen resisted Takata air bag recall

    DETROIT (AP) — Volkswagen resisted U.S. government efforts to recall more cars and trucks to fix potentially deadly Takata air bags — telling safety regulators that a recall isn’t necessary. But the German automaker, already…