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Change in storm forecast...EU adding to renewable energy sources...Fake news penalties

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 14, 2017 at 5:50 a.m.



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NEW YORK (AP) — The National Weather Service says there's good news and bad news about the big winter storm in the Northeast. The dividing line between snow and a wintry mix from the nor'easter pushing through the southern New Jersey-Pennsylvania region has moved farther inland. The good news is forecasters are now expecting less snow. Then bad news is there's a greater chance of icing. Strong winds are still in the forecast.

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union statistics show that by 2015, the bloc had doubled the share of energy produced from renewable sources compared to a decade earlier. EU statistics agency Eurostat says renewable sources accounted for 16.7 percent of the bloc's energy consumption in 2015. The EU's target is to reach 20 percent across the bloc by 2020.

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's justice minister is proposing hefty maximum penalties for hate speech or fake news. Heiko Maas says social networking sites that fail to swiftly remove such material should be fined up to 50 million euros ($53 million). He says sites should also nominate a person responsible for handling complaints. That person could face fines of up to 5 million euros personally if the company fails to abide by mandatory standards.

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The CEO of German automaker Volkswagen says it's still bullish about the U.S. market despite the diesel emissions scandal and he's expressing hopes the car maker can expand. Matthias Mueller made the comments today at the company's annual news and investor conference at its headquarters in Wolfsburg, Germany.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Who won't have to worry about the where this summer. They'll have a season-long home at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. The legendary group will become the first rock band to take up residence at the hotel-casino's Colosseum since the venue opened in 2003. Caesars Entertainment announced that the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers will open their first run July 29 with six shows through Aug. 11. Tickets go on Friday at prices from $76 to $501.

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