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Amazon resists request for Echo info in Arkansas slaying

Tafi Mukunyadzi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 10:30am

Amazon says Arkansas prosecutors looking to obtain potential recordings from a slaying suspect's Amazon Echo smart speaker haven't established that their investigation is more important than a customer's privacy rights.

Police, coast guard, fire service unions protest in Greece

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 10:22am

About 1,200 uniformed Greek police, coast guards and firefighters are staging a protest in central Athens against funding, pay and hiring cuts linked with the country's bailout program.

Altar in Mexico town hides illegal fuel tap

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 10:13am

Altars to the Virgin of Guadalupe are ubiquitous at businesses across Mexico. Now federal police say one has even been used in a gasoline smuggling racket in the central state of Puebla.

Markets Right Now: US stocks edge back from record highs

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 9:57am

The latest on developments in financial markets (All times local):

Americans buy existing homes at fastest pace in a decade

Christopher S. Rugaber, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 9:55am

Americans shrugged off rising mortgage rates and bought existing homes in January at the fastest pace since 2007. That has set off bidding wars that have pushed up prices as the supply of available homes has dwindled to record lows.

Stocks slip from record highs as energy companies fall

Marley Jay, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 9:45am

U.S. stocks are mostly lower Wednesday after their recent record-setting run. Energy and industrial companies are slipping and technology stocks, which have risen every day in February, are also down.

Skepta, Beyonce and Bowie up for prizes at Brit Awards

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 9:37am

Britain's music industry will salute chart-topping talent and departed icons at Wednesday's Brit Awards, where nominees include Drake, Beyonce and David Bowie.

Trump expected to submit budget blueprint on March 13

Andrew Taylor, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 9:34am

Capitol Hill Republicans say the White House is planning to submit President Donald Trump's budget plan to Congress in mid-March.

The Washington Post rolls out new motto

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 9:25am

The Washington Post is featuring a new motto on the paper's website: "Democracy Dies in Darkness."

State Legislature approves bill to collect online sales tax

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 9:25am

Online retailers who sell goods to Wyoming residents will soon be required to collect the state's sales tax on transactions as the Legislature has approved a bill moving the tax burden from residents to businesses.

End of the euro? French candidate plots return of the franc

David McHugh and John Leicester, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 9:15am

If Marine Le Pen has her way, the French will soon pay for their baguettes with francs, not euros.

Gazans excited over territory's new indoor mall

Fares Akram, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 9:10am

In a welcome sign of normalcy, a new Western-style indoor shopping mall — complete with an international retail chain, three-story bookstore and bustling food court — has opened in the Gaza Strip.

Study: Technology trouble dents car and truck reliability

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 9:07am

If you're having issues with your car's technology, you're not alone.

Industry: Philadelphia soda tax killing sales, layoffs loom

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 9:06am

Some Philadelphia supermarkets and beverage distributors say they're gearing up for layoffs because the city's new soda tax has cut beverage sales by 30 percent to 50 percent, worse than the city predicted.

The Latest: Negotiations on camp cleanup efforts break down

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 8:58am

The Latest on plans to close a protest encampment near the Dakota Access pipeline construction site in North Dakota (all times local):

Slammed by the flu, businesses scramble to get work done

Joyce M. Rosenberg, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 8:57am

The flu season has slammed many small businesses, weakening already thin staffing levels and forcing some owners to scramble to cover shifts or get the work done.

Pipeline protesters pray, set fires ahead of camp closing

Blake Nicholson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 8:48am

The last people remaining at a Dakota Access pipeline protest camp prayed and set fire to a handful of wooden structures on Wednesday, hours ahead of a deadline set by the Army Corps of Engineers to close the camp.

Study: Technology trouble dents car and truck reliability

Tom Krisher, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 8:18am

Technology glitches including Bluetooth phone pairing and misunderstood voice commands put a dent in car and truck reliability scores in a major survey of automobile owners.

US existing home sales rose 3.3 percent in January to the fastest pace in a decade

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 8:03am

US existing home sales rose 3.3 percent in January to the fastest pace in a decade.

The Latest: Kansas governor keeps promise to veto tax hike

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 7:47am

The Latest on the debate in Kansas over raising income taxes to balance the state budget (all times local):