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  • Recalls this week: blowers, bike hooks, mattresses, toys

    A line of bike hooks that can unexpectedly detach from their mounting are among this week’s recalled consumer products. Other recalls include mattresses that failed flammability standards and truck and motorcycle toys with excessive amounts…

  • Correction: Bird Flu story

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — In a story April 16 about bird flu, The Associated Press reported erroneously that recent outbreaks had led to the death of more than 2.5 million turkeys and chickens. The…

  • No. 1 egg-producing state aims to keep bird flu out

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The discovery of bird flu on an Iowa turkey farm has raised serious concerns that the poultry-killing virus could find its way into chicken barns in the nation’s top egg-producing…

  • Update on the latest business

    FINANCIAL MARKETS Stocks fall NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are sharply lower in midday trading on Wall Street following steep declines in Europe and some disappointing results from big companies. Investors are worried about Greece’s…

  • Update on the latest religion news

    BILLY GRAHAM STATUE NC evangelist Graham could be immortalized inside US Capitol RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina House has decided that it wants the Rev. Billy Graham to be honored with a statue…

  • Update on the latest in business:

    FINANCIAL MARKETS China stocks up on stimulus hope, other markets subdued SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Stock markets in China and Hong Kong extended gains on Friday on expectations of further policy easing, but other…

  • China auto brands enjoying rebound driven by new models

    BEIJING (AP) — Chinese auto brands, pressed by foreign competition, are enjoying a rebound as they head into next week’s Shanghai auto show, their biggest marketing showcase of the year. For two years, new but…

  • AP News in Brief at 7:58 p.m. EDT

    UN Security Council gets graphic briefing on suspected Syria chlorine attacks UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Security Council members were moved to tears Thursday as the first eyewitness to the latest suspected chlorine attacks on…

  • Washington auditor pleads not guilty to federal indictment

    TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley, the elected official charged with rooting out government fraud and waste, pleaded not guilty Thursday after a federal grand jury indictment charged him with filing false…

  • Why your rent will rise again this year

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Living in an apartment? Expect your rent to go up again. Renting has gotten increasingly expensive over the last five years. The average U.S. rent has climbed 14 percent to $1,124…

  • Correction: Europe-Tourism Boost story

    LISBON, Portugal (AP) — In a story April 15 about effect of the weakening euro on tourism in Europe, The Associated Press reported erroneously that 10 million Americans visited Paris last year, and that officials…

  • Nissan expands air bag recall after Louisiana injury

    DETROIT (AP) — Nissan is adding 45,000 small cars to a previous recall after a Louisiana woman was injured by flying shrapnel from an exploding air bag. The woman’s lawyer says that Sabra Wilson’s 2006…

  • Candid conversations early-on key to talking money with kids

    WASHINGTON — Kids might not gravitate toward financial management discussions, but starting the lessons early will leave them better prepared for life in the real world. Janet Bodnar, editor of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, says parents…

  • Shares of high-speed trading company Virtu rise in debut

    NEW YORK (AP) — Shares of high-speed trading company Virtu Financial Inc. rose nearly 17 percent in their stock market debut Thursday. The New York company uses high-speed computers to buy and sell stocks, bonds…

  • WALL STREET JOURNAL-BEST SELLERS

    Best-Selling Books Week Ended April 12th. FICTION 1. “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins (Riverhead) 2. “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr (Scribner) 3. “The Stranger” by Harlan Coben (Dutton)…