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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.

Kansas governor vetos tax bill to preserve political legacy

John Hanna, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 8:46am

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback on Wednesday vetoed a bill that would undo his signature income tax cut, setting up a confrontation with the Republican-led Legislature, which immediately set about trying to override him.

Skepta, Beyonce and Bowie up for prizes at Brit Awards

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 8:45am

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

State Legislature approves bill to collect online sales tax

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 8:37am

The Wyoming Legislature has approved a bill that would have online companies that sell goods to Wyoming residents to be required to collect the state's sales tax on transactions.

Americans buy existing homes at fastest pace in a decade

Christopher S. Rugaber, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 8:28am

Americans shrugged off rising mortgage rates and bought existing homes in January at the fastest pace since 2007.

Stocks start lower as energy and industrial companies fall

Marley Jay, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 8:25am

U.S. stocks are starting the day lower after a record-setting run. Energy and industrial companies are taking some of the biggest losses Wednesday. Technology stocks, which have risen every day in February, are slipping as big names like Apple and Intel decline.

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.

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

David McHugh and John Leicester, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 8:07am

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

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):

Markets Right Now: US stocks edge back from record highs

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

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

Italy faces potential fine from EU for rising debt

Pan Pylas and Raf Casert, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 7:46am

Italy's government was put on notice Wednesday that it may face a fine from the European Union for not getting the country's debt levels down.

Unilever reviewing options after Kraft Heinz withdraws bid

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 7:33am

Unilever is reviewing options after rival Kraft Heinz withdrew a $143 billion takeover offer.

Portugal tries to please, but IMF demands more

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 7:14am

Portugal is finding it hard to please the International Monetary Fund.

'It saved my life': Talk of Obamacare repeal worries addicts

Adam Beam and Carla K. Johnson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 7:10am

While the Affordable Care Act has brought health coverage to millions of Americans, the effects have been profound, even lifesaving, for some of those caught up in the nation's opioid-addiction crisis.

Yonkers woman pleads guilty to stealing $1M from ex-employer

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 6:53am

A former office assistant for a New York business has pleaded guilty to stealing nearly $1 million from her employer.

Global markets cautious as investors await Fed minutes

Youkyung Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 6:34am

Global stocks were mostly higher in subdued trading Wednesday as investors awaited the publication of minutes from the Federal Reserve's latest meeting, hoping for clues to how quickly it might raise interest rates.

Lawsuit claims train station escalator grabbed girl's foot

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 6:27am

A lawsuit claims a 3-year-old girl who became entangled in an escalator lost her foot at a commuter train station in Atlanta.