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  • Saturday, January 31

    Today is Saturday, Jan. 31, the 31st day of 2015. There are 334 days left in the year. Highlights in history on this date: 1531 – Holy Roman Emperor Charles V appoints his sister, Mary…

  • Ex-CEO filmed kicking dog in elevator charged with cruelty

    STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — The former CEO of an arena catering business who resigned in September after video surfaced of him kicking a puppy in an elevator has been charged with animal cruelty in Canada.…

  • Company seeks rights to names of iconic Grand Canyon lodges

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — To those who know and love the Grand Canyon, the names of its historic lodges are synonymous with the national park itself. Phantom Ranch, Bright Angel Lodge, El Tovar — all…

  • Fueled by oil, agriculture sector welcomes low diesel prices

    WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The recent plunge in fuel prices has been a welcome relief across the agricultural sector, helping ease the pain of low grain prices for growers and boosting profits for cattle ranchers.…

  • Technology improves avalanche gear for backcountry skiers

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — As outdoor recreation companies increasingly cater to skiers and snowboarders who like to venture beyond the groomed slopes at ski resorts and tackle backcountry terrain, they’ve put a special emphasis…

  • GOP presses state bills limiting gay rights before ruling

    ATLANTA (AP) — A Texas lawmaker would strip the salaries from government officials who honor same-sex marriage licenses. Other states would protect government officials who opt out of performing gay nuptials. In Georgia, where lawmakers…

  • Kia recalling nearly 87,000 Fortes because of fire risk

    Kia Motors America is recalling nearly 87,000 of its 2014 Forte sedans because of faulty equipment that could cause the cars to catch fire. The recall notice issued Saturday affects Kia Fortes made from Dec.…

  • Views of the ECB stimulus from those who must make it work

    LISBON, Portugal (AP) — The fate of the European Central Bank’s aggressive plan to stimulate the economy out of stagnation lies with the 340 million people in the 19-country euro alliance. The critical question: Will…

  • AP News in Brief at 9:58 p.m. EST

    Neighbors’ instability, plunging oil prices, demands at home pose challenges for Saudi king DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia’s new monarch inherits the throne at a moment when the oil-rich kingdom is being…

  • Starbucks CEO gets 24 percent boost in 2014 pay package

    Starbucks Corp. CEO Howard Schultz received a 24 percent increase in his compensation package for 2014. A regulatory filing Friday with the Securities and Exchange Commission shows that Schultz’s base salary stayed steady at $1.5…

  • Viacom CEO’s 2014 pay rises 19 percent to $44.3 million

    NEW YORK (AP) — Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman’s pay climbed 19 percent to $44.3 million last year while the TV-and-film company’s stock slumped and its earnings remained flat. The compensation package disclosed in a Friday…

  • McDonald’s earnings fall; changes afoot to woo customers

    NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald’s isn’t lovin’ it, and it’s going to do something about it. The world’s largest hamburger chain reported falling earnings and sales for its fourth quarter on Friday and says it…

  • Privacy concerns over health care website prompt reversal

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Bowing to privacy concerns, the Obama administration reversed itself Friday, scaling back the release of consumers’ personal information from the government’s health insurance website to private companies with a commercial interest in…

  • Anheuser-Busch buying craft beer maker Elysian Brewing

    Anheuser-Busch is buying Seattle’s Elysian Brewing Co., further expanding its collection of craft brewers as it tries to offset sagging sales of its flagship beers. The financial terms of the deal announced Friday were not…

  • Settlements reached in so-called ‘hot fuel’ litigation

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Twenty-eight oil companies and retailers have agreed to settle litigation claiming customers were knowingly overcharged when gas station fuel temperatures rose, plaintiffs announced Friday. Federal officials earlier consolidated about 50…