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Finnish minister: EU needs to establish own OS, web browser

Jari Tanner, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 9:30am

A top Finnish government member wants the European Union to develop its own computer operating system and internet browser to reduce reliance in the 27-nation bloc on tech giants.

Grains mixed, livestock lower.

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 9:30am

Grain futures were mixed Wednesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.

US new-home sales climbed 7.9% in January

Josh Boak, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 8:03am

U.S. sales of new homes jumped 7.9% in January to the fastest pace in more than 12 years, a positive sign for economic growth.

US new-home sales rose 7.9% in January, as buyer demand pushed prices up 14% from a year ago

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 8:02am

US new-home sales rose 7.9% in January, as buyer demand pushed prices up 14% from a year ago.

Stocks climb on Wall Street following 2 steep drops

Damian J. Troise, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 7:40am

Stocks rose solidly in midday trading Wednesday as investors regained an appetite for risk after two days of heavy losses.

'No way out': Demographics drive GOP nosedive on West Coast

Andrew Selsky, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 7:20am

In the early 1990s, the population of Bend was around 25,000 and leaned Republican. A lumber mill operated along the banks of the Deschutes River in Oregon's high-desert country.

Utility to pay $53M for blasts that damaged homes, killed 1

Alanna Durkin Richer, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 7:20am

A utility company will pay the largest criminal fine ever imposed for breaking a federal pipeline safety law — $53 million — and plead guilty to causing a series of natural gas explosions in Massachusetts that killed one person and damaged dozens of homes, federal officials said Wednesday.

Officials: Utility blamed for gas explosions near Boston agrees to plead guilty to breaking pipeline safety laws

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 7:16am

Officials: Utility blamed for gas explosions near Boston agrees to plead guilty to breaking pipeline safety laws.

Moody's downgrades auto sales forecast on virus fears

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 6:10am

Ratings agency Moody's is lowering its forecast for global auto sales because of the new coronavirus outbreak.

German court: assisted suicide restriction unconstitutional

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 2:54am

Germany's highest court ruled Wednesday that a 2015 law banning assisted suicide when being conducted on a "business basis" is unconstitutional.

Refinery fire in metro LA controlled by firefighters

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 1:53am

A fire at a large refinery in metro Los Angeles was under control early Wednesday and no injuries had been reported, authorities said.

AM Prep-Segue

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 1:19am

He remains in custody — but not quite in prison. Harvey Weinstein is now in his second full day of lockup after he his rape conviction on Monday. Technically, he is in a prison facility at New York’s Bellevue Hospital, being treated for high blood pressure and heart palpitations. His lawyer says it’s like a regular hospital room, but a former corrections official says it’s a jail, all right. Once Weinstein’s symptoms are under control, he gets shipped to Rikers Island — the city’s largest and most notorious jail. He will remain there until he is sentenced next month — they he will be shipped off to prison to serve a term that could be as much as 29 years.

Virus outbreak stalks markets as 2020 gains get wiped out

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 12:13am

Global shares fell sharply once again Wednesday as fears over the speed of the new coronavirus around the world accentuated.

Panasonic scraps solar panels partnership with Tesla

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 12:03am

Panasonic is pulling out of its partnership with Tesla to produce solar panels at a factory in New York state, the Japanese electronics maker said Wednesday.

California wildfire victims fear they'll be last in payout

Michael Liedtke and Daisy Nguyen, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 25th - 11:05pm

A $13.5 billion settlement between victims of California's catastrophic wildfires and the utility blamed for causing them was supposed to bring some peace and hope to people still reeling from the devastation.

Biden claims momentum as Sanders marches past debate fray

Steve Peoples, Meg Kinnard and Bill Barrow, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 25th - 10:19pm

Eyeing a South Carolina victory to rescue his presidential ambitions, Joe Biden claimed one of the state's most coveted endorsements on Wednesday as Democratic front-runner Bernie Sanders marched past the blistering assault from his rivals on the debate stage the night before.

AP FACT CHECK: Dems implore fact checkers to back them up

Calvin Woodward and Hope Yen, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 25th - 7:07pm

They flailed their arms, talked over each other and at one point called for backup, asking fact checkers to come to their rescue.

Generic drugmakers sold most opioids during overdose crisis

Geoff Mulvihill and Larry Fenn, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 25th - 6:23pm

so many that Mallinckrodt couldn't always produce enough to fill them all.

Dire warning in ship salvage lawsuit not repeated in court

Russ Bynum, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 25th - 4:59pm

Officials for a salvage company suing to halt demolition of an overturned cargo ship on the Georgia coast appeared to back away Tuesday from claims that sawing the vessel into enormous chunks would cause an “environmental catastrophe.”