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  • Baltimore warns food service illegal without running water

    BALTIMORE (AP) — After freezing temperatures have led to widespread water problems, the Baltimore City Health Department is warning food service facilities that they must have hot and cold water operating in order to serve…

  • Sweden’s Ericsson sues Apple in patent dispute

    STOCKHOLM (AP) — Wireless equipment maker Ericsson is suing Apple for alleged patent infringement. The Swedish company said Friday it has filed two complaints with the International Trade Commission and seven complaints with a federal…

  • Japan data signal slow recovery despite lower energy costs

    TOKYO (AP) — Japanese factories churned out more machinery and electronic devices in January as export shipments rose, but lower energy costs due to cheaper crude oil failed to provide a boost to consumer spending.…

  • Update on the latest in business:

    FINANCIAL MARKETS Asian stock markets lackluster after Wall Street decline BEIJING (AP) — Asian stocks were lackluster today after U.S. markets drifted lower and Japan reported faster growth in factory output but weaker retail sales.…

  • LA teachers, union leaders rally amid stalled talks

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dressed in red and raising signs into the air, thousands of teachers filled a downtown Los Angeles park on Thursday in demand of higher wages and smaller class sizes amid stalled…

  • Cuban cigar makers anticipate big bucks from US travelers

    HAVANA (AP) — Over six decades rolling premium cigars with his small, wrinkled hands, Arnaldo Alfonso has taken pride in seeing his “habanos” sampled by visiting heads of state and other dignitaries. Now he’s delighted…

  • Arkansas court affirms class-action status in tobacco suit

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Supreme Court says a lawsuit against tobacco giant Philip Morris USA can proceed under class-action status. The lawsuit seeks refunds on every pack of Marlboro Lights sold in…

  • NYC police sergeants union signs new labor contract

    NEW YORK (AP) — Two months ago, amid a searing rift with City Hall, the president of the New York Police Department’s sergeants union turned his back to Mayor Bill de Blasio and later called…

  • AmEx adds perks to popular charge card, but increases fee

    NEW YORK (AP) — American Express will increase the annual fee on some of its most popular charge cards, the company said Thursday, but the company also increased some of those cards’ benefits as well.…

  • Business Highlights

    ___ Regulators approve tougher rules for Internet providers WASHINGTON (AP) — Internet activists declared victory over the nation’s big cable companies Thursday, after the Federal Communications Commission voted to impose the toughest rules yet on…

  • Stock market shrugs off net neutrality vote

    NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market largely shrugged off the Federal Communications Commission’s vote to impose tougher rules on broadband providers like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T to prevent them from creating paid fast lanes…

  • Gap surpasses Street 4Q forecasts on rising Old Navy sales

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Gap Inc. reported stronger-than-expected fourth-quarter results on Thursday as sales continued to improve for Old Navy, its largest brand. Gap reported net income of $319 million, or 75 cents per share,…

  • Graceland brings Elvis back to his Las Vegas home

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Graceland will always be home, but Las Vegas is set to be Elvis Presley’s home away from home yet again. Officials with Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc. and the Westgate Las Vegas…

  • Tech stocks soaring again, but with stronger wings this time

    NEW YORK (AP) — Whenever you hear, “this time is different,” the wise move is usually to ignore it. But when it comes to technology stocks, which are flying at levels unseen since the dot-com…

  • Standard Chartered bank appoints new CEO, shakes up board

    LONDON (AP) — Standard Chartered says its chief executive and chairman will stand down amid pressure from shareholders impatient with the board’s leadership. CEO Peter Sands will leave in June and be replaced by former…