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Takata guilty plea expected in cover-up of air bag troubles

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 11:20pm

Japanese auto parts maker Takata Corp. is expected to plead guilty Monday to a criminal charge and agree to a $1 billion penalty for concealing a deadly air bag inflator problem.

Counterfeiters, hackers cost US up to $600 billion a year

Paul Wiseman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 10:14pm

A private watchdog says counterfeit goods, software piracy and the theft of trade secrets cost the American economy up to $600 billion a year.

Pioneer Valley or West Mass? Regional rebranding is fraught

Philip Marcelo, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 9:41pm

A new nickname for the river valley in western Massachusetts isn't sitting well with some residents.

Asian markets lower as investors look to Trump speech

Joe McDonald, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 9:23pm

Asian stock markets were lower Monday as investors looked ahead to U.S. President Donald Trump's speech to Congress this week for details of promised tax cuts and infrastructure spending.

The Latest: Trump to sign new travel order on Wednesday

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 9:16pm

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AP sources: White House to propose boosting defense spending

Andrew Taylor and Julie Pace, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 9:08pm

The White House will propose boosting defense spending and slashing funding for longtime Republican targets like the Environmental Protection Agency in a set of marching orders to agencies as it prepares its budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

Samsung delays its new phone, and showcases tablets instead

Anick Jesdanun, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 8:29pm

Samsung's product showcase Sunday is notable for what's missing: a new flagship phone.

Boscov's chairman remembered as energetic businessman

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 6:12pm

Late department store chairman Albert Boscov was remembered as an energetic businessman, a caring person and a tireless cheerleader for the city he loved.

Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

Hrvoje Hranjski, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 6:06pm

A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons in waters crucial for global commerce and rich in fish and potential oil and gas reserves:

Report: Patients should know about unsterile surgical tools

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 2:10pm

A hospital in Lander should inform patients who had surgery between December 2013 and October 2016 that they could have been exposed to non-sterile surgical instruments, the state health department said.

Sheriff: Gunman killed after firing at Florida pipeline site

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 1:33pm

A man who fired shots at a central Florida construction site died during a shootout with sheriff's deputies following a chase.

Jordan Peele's 'Get Out' scares up big $30.5 million debut

Lindsey Bahr, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 1:18pm

Great reviews and buzz propelled comedian Jordan Peele's directorial debut, the micro-budget thriller "Get Out," to a chart-topping opening weekend with $30.5 million according to studio estimates Sunday.

Wendy's plans self-ordering kiosks at 1,000 locations

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 1:03pm

Wendy's says it plans to install self-ordering kiosks at about 1,000 locations by the end of the year.

Improved technology saves maple syrup producers time, energy

Lisa Rathke, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 12:04pm

Maple syrup doesn't get that rich flavor and color in an instant. It's a long process from tree to bottle.

Midwest, Wyoming lawmakers target wolf protections again

Steve Karnowski, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 11:45am

Pressure is building in Congress to take gray wolves in the western Great Lakes region and Wyoming off the endangered list, which would allow farmers to kill the animals if they threaten livestock.

Wendy's plans self-ordering kiosks at 1,000 locations

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 11:25am

Wendy's says it plans to install self-ordering kiosks at about 1,000 locations by the end of the year.

Report warns of state money fallout from health law repeal

Ben Nuckols and Ricardo Alonzo-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 11:16am

A sobering report to governors about the potential consequences of repealing the Obama-era health care law warns that federal spending cuts probably would create funding gaps for states and threaten many people with the loss of insurance coverage.

Naming airport after Clintons doesn't fly with GOP lawmaker

Tafi Mukunyadzi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 10:56am

With his party now holding all of the levers of power in Arkansas politics, a Republican state lawmaker is pushing to remove the names of the state's most famous Democrats — Bill and Hillary Clinton — from Little Rock's airport.

Power gone, Atlantic City mayor walks re-election tightrope

Wayne Parry, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 9:14am

His city is a half-billion dollars in debt, its casino industry continues to shrink, and the state has seized most of his power.