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Moscow court rejects opposition leader's suit against Putin

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 9:20am

A Moscow court on Friday refused to consider suit filed by a prominent Russian opposition figure, who accused President Vladimir Putin of breaking the nation's anti-corruption law.

Fuel van without driver strikes plane at Boston airport

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 9:10am

A fuel van has struck a plane at Boston's Logan Airport, damaging the jet but causing no injuries to the passengers.

Dominion outlines new national forest route for pipeline

Steve Szkotak, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 8:52am

Energy companies behind the Atlantic Coast Pipeline have carved a new proposed route through parts of West Virginia and Virginia in response to federal concerns about the national gas pipeline's initial path through sensitive national forest areas.

US retail sales rise as consumers shrug off stock price drop

Christopher S. Rugaber and Anne D'Innocenzio, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 8:50am

U.S. retail sales rose modestly in January, evidence that Americans kept shopping despite sharp drops in stock prices.

Grain lower, livestock higher

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 8:40am

Grain futures were lower Friday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Court: Facebook can be sued in France in nude painting case

Philippe Sotto, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 8:31am

Facebook lost a crucial legal battle Friday as a Paris court ruled the social network can be sued in France over its decision to remove the account of a French user who posted a photo of a famous 19th-century nude painting.

US business stockpiles rise in December, but sales fall

Josh Boak, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 8:30am

U.S. businesses boosted their stockpiles slightly in December, as sales dropped sharply. This combination has stoked anxieties about weakening economic growth, as sales over the entire year dropped for the first time since the Great Recession.

The Latest: European markets poised to close higher

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 8:30am

The latest on the turmoil in global financial markets (all times local):

In show of financial strength, Deutsche Bank buys back debt

David McHugh, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 8:30am

Germany's Deutsche Bank is offering to buy back more than $5 billion worth of its own bonds in a show of financial strength after markets sold off its stock.

Ohio company sells classic Etch A Sketch to Toronto toy firm

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 7:48am

The Ohio company that has produced or owned the Etch A Sketch for decades has sold the classic toy to a toy firm in Toronto.

Greek farmers clash with riot police in pensions protest

Elena Becatoros, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 7:10am

Greek farmers wielding shepherd's staffs and throwing rocks clashed with riot police in Athens on Friday as thousands headed to the capital for a two-day protest against government plans to impose new tax hikes and overhaul the pension system.

Renault reports higher earnings as sales rise

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 6:50am

French car maker Renault says higher sales and further progress on its industrial turnaround plan helped drive a nearly 1 billion euro increase in its earnings last year.

Congress gives final OK to banning local Internet taxes

Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 6:44am

Congress voted Thursday to permanently bar state and local governments from taxing access to the Internet, as lawmakers leapt at an election-year chance to demonstrate their opposition to imposing levies on online service.

US retail sales rose last month as Americans kept shopping despite lower stock prices

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 6:40am

US retail sales rose last month as Americans kept shopping despite lower stock prices.

Visa buys nearly 10 pct stake in Dorsey's company, Square

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 6:31am

Visa is now a major shareholder in Square, the mobile payment services company co-founded and led by Jack Dorsey.

Britain's Independent newspaper to cease print editions

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 6:30am

Britain's Independent newspaper will publish its last print edition next month as it makes a "historic transition" to digital-only format, its owner said Friday.

Scandal-hit Volkswagen sees US sales fall 7 pct in January

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 6:20am

Automaker Volkswagen says global sales rose 3.7 percent in January, held back by sagging economies in Brazil and Russia and by an emissions scandal that hurt figures in the United States.

Eurozone economy ends 2015 with whimper as dark clouds grow

Pan Pylas, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 6:10am

The 19-country eurozone is in its longest stretch of economic expansion since the global financial crisis in 2008 but growth remains paltry despite a series of tail winds and is susceptible to a reverse if the worst fears in financial markets come to fruition.

113-foot blade falls off New York windmill, lands in field

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 6:10am

An energy company says it's trying to determine why a 113-foot-long blade fell off a windmill in central New York.