• US stocks move higher as Fed's Yellen signals caution

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    Investors welcomed the latest signals from the Federal Reserve on interest rates, sending U.S. stocks higher in afternoon trading Wednesday. In her semiannual report to Congress, Fed Chair Janet Yellen said the central bank would likely move more slowly to raise interest rates if the economy disappoints. Health care and technology stocks were among the biggest gainers, helping set the market up for its first gain after three days of losses. KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average rose 20 points, or 0.1 percent, to 16,035 as of 1:25 p.m. Eastern Time. The Standard & Poor's 500 gained 16 points, or 0.9 percent, to 1,868. The Nasdaq composite added 68 points, or 1.6 percent, to 4,336. Stocks are coming off a three-day losing s

  • Latest: State boosting level of testing, services in Flint

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    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The latest on developments in the lead contamination of Flint's water (all times local): 1:30 p.m. State environmental and health officials say they are boosting the level of data collected as well as the services offered to Flint residents affected by lead-tainted drinking water. Officials announced Wednesday that representatives of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and licensed plumbers will visit about 400 homes citywide to teach homeowners how to accurately test water so they can submit regular samples for analysis. They say the data should help determine when and where the corrosion control treatment has been effective.

  • Burger King's next conquest: Hot dog king

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Burger King is looking for a new crown: Hot Dog King. The Miami-based chain says it plans to put hot dogs on its menu nationally for the first time starting Feb. 23. It may seem like a jarring addition for those who know the chain for its Whoppers. But Burger King says its ability to flame-grill meat makes hot dogs a natural fit on its menu. "This is probably the most obvious product launch ever," said Alex Macedo, president of Burger King North America. With the launch, Burger King says it will offer hot dogs at all 7,100 of its U.S. restaurants — more U.S. locations than any other chain. Smaller chains that sell hot dogs include Dairy Queen and Sonic Drive-In.

  • North Carolina welfare applicants, recipients drug tested

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    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Drug testing of North Carolina welfare recipients and applicants is now happening at social service offices in the state. The 2013 law directs someone that social services suspect is using drugs to take a test to get benefits. A presentation to a General Assembly committee Tuesday said fewer than 90 tests had been performed starting in August to the end of December, with about 20 testing positive for illegal drugs. The state welfare program's ongoing caseload is about 17,000. Gov. Pat McCrory had vetoed the law because he said it was punitive and potentially intrusive and there was no money to develop the program. The legislature overrode the veto and later funded the program. A test costs $55; th

  • Water expert rejects explanation on Flint corrosion control

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    A water expert who first raised concerns about lead in Flint's drinking water dismissed as "contrived" a city official's suggestion in an email that anti-corrosive phosphates weren't added to the Flint River because of worries that the chemicals would promote bacterial growth. Environmental engineer Marc Edwards of Virginia Tech told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the Sept. 3 comment by Howard Croft, the former Flint public works director, was "a hindsight explanation" that came shortly after Edwards and his associates went public with warnings that the city's drinking water was dangerous. The river already had sufficient levels of phosphates to nourish bacteria and adding more would have had no effect on them, he said.

  • HBO Now has 800,000 paying subscribers since April launch

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    NEW YORK (AP) — HBO Now has gained about 800,000 paying subscribers since it launched on Apple TV in April, contributing significantly to the 2.7 million net new HBO customers last year. The figure was revealed by HBO CEO Richard Plepler in a conference call following the release of parent Time Warner Inc.'s quarterly earnings results. The gains in the standalone online service didn't seem to wow investors. Stifel analyst Benjamin Mogil said 3.2 percent gain in HBO subscriber revenue came below the 4.7 percent Wall Street expected. Revenue at Time Warner also fell 6 percent to $7.08 billion, below the $7.55 billion expected by analysts polled by Zacks. Earnings of $1.06 per share beat the $1.01 that analysts were expe

  • Utah becomes latest place to debate ending tax on tampons

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    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The international debate over eliminating sales tax on tampons and other feminine hygiene products that women must use has made its way to conservative Utah. Governments that make money off the products penalize women for their biology, some say. That perspective has picked up momentum, with at least five U.S. states dumping the taxes. But the Utah proposal, which is set for a committee hearing Wednesday, could face a steep challenge as some worry the move will put a dent in revenue. Pennsylvania and Minnesota are among states that have eliminated the taxes. A handful of other states, including California, have seen similar proposals before their legislatures this year.

  • The Latest: Official: Father of slain baby is gang member

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    COMPTON, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the shooting death of a 1-year-old girl in Compton, California (all times local): 10:15 a.m. A Los Angeles County sheriff's official says a bullet that killed a 1-year-old girl in her crib at a Compton, California, home was likely meant for her gang-member father. Lt. John Corina says the child was killed when a gunman got out of a car and fired at least five rounds Tuesday evening at a converted garage where the family live. A bullet hit the child in the head. Deputies rushed her in their patrol car to a hospital where she was declared dead. Authorities say the gunman sped away in a dark sedan driven by another man.

  • Ex-priest arrested in 1960 killing of Texas schoolteacher

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    MCALLEN, Texas (AP) — A former priest has been arrested in Arizona in the 1960 slaying of a 25-year-old Texas schoolteacher and beauty queen. The Maricopa County Sheriff's Department arrested 83-year-old John Feit (fyt) on Tuesday. Feit faces a murder charge in the death of Irene Garza in McAllen, Texas, and is awaiting extradition to that state. Authorities say Garza visited Sacred Heart Catholic Church in McAllen, where Feit was a priest, on April 16, 1960. Garza, who was Miss All South Texas Sweetheart 1958, had planned to go to confession that evening but never returned home. Her body was found days later in an irrigation canal. According to an autopsy, Garza died from a head injury. Feit was a suspect in th

  • Virginia House OKs electric chair as backup in executions

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    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia's Republican-dominated House of Delegates has approved a bill that would allow prison officials to execute inmates in the electric chair if lethal injection drugs are unavailable. The bill sailed through the House with a 62-33 vote Wednesday. Its real test will be in the GOP-controlled Senate, where a similar bill stalled two years ago. Supporters have been using the impending execution of a convicted murderer to make their case for the electric chair. The state says it doesn't have enough pentobarbital to carry out the execution. Companies have blocked the use of their drugs in executions, forcing many states to consider other methods.

  • Fact sheet: 2016 Audi Q3 2.0T quattro Tiptronic

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    2016 Audi Q3 2.0T quattro Tiptronic BASE PRICE: $33,700 for Premium Plus with front-wheel drive; $35,800 for Premium Plus quattro; $38,600 for Prestige with front-wheel drive; $40,700 for Prestige quattro. PRICE AS TESTED: $42,750. TYPE: Front-engine, all-wheel drive, five-passenger, compact sport utility vehicle. ENGINE: 2-liter, double overhead cam, turbocharged four-cylinder. MILEAGE: 20 mpg (city), 28 mpg (highway). TOP SPEED: 130 mph. LENGTH: 172.8 inches. WHEELBASE: 102.5 inches. CURB WEIGHT: 3,682 pounds. BUILT IN: Spain. OPTIONS: Sport package (includes shift paddles and Audi drive select) $550; Mythos Black metallic exterior paint $575. DESTINATION CHARGE: $

  • 2016 Q3 SUV delivers affordable turbocharged Audi prestige

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    With a turbo-charged engine and a price tag that starts at under $35,000, the 2016 Q3 SUV delivers a fun and nimble ride along with Audi prestige. The smallest of Audi's three SUVs, the Q3 received some minor updates for 2016, including a new grille, fascia, bumpers taillights and wheels. It also now comes equipped with a review camera and front and rear parking sensors, an overdue upgrade that has come standard on many lower-priced SUVs for years. The Q3 also is a recommended buy of Consumer Reports magazine, where reliability is rated as much better than average. The base price of the Q3 also increased by $1,200, but it remains competitive with other small SUVs from luxury brands such as Mercedes-Benz.

  • Christie expected to drop out; Trump faces fresh test in SC

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    MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Now officially a winner after clinching New Hampshire, Donald Trump faces a fresh test for his once-improbable campaign as the Republican presidential race careens into more conservative territory in South Carolina. The billionaire political novice posted a decisive victory in the nation's first primary, leaving in his wake a field of Republicans struggling to show staying power after trailing so far behind. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, bruised from a demoralizing sixth-place finish, was expected to bow out of the race. Restive Democrats had their own act of anti-establishment defiance, lining up behind Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders while delivering a New Hampshire rejection of Hillary Clinton's sec

  • Pro racecar driver Scott Tucker charged in payday loan scam

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Professional racecar driver Scott Tucker has been charged in a payday lending operation offering quick cash over the Internet to desperate people. Authorities said Tucker was arrested Wednesday in Kansas City, Kansas, on charges in an indictment unsealed in federal court in New York City. The indictment says Tucker and a lawyer also arrested Wednesday exploited over 4 million people in the United States who were struggling to pay basic living expenses. It says the operation charged interest rates as high as 700 percent or more using deceptive and misleading communications and contracts. In 2012, the Federal Trade Commission sued Tucker in Nevada over the payday lending operation.

  • The Latest: Hawaii's big wave surf competition called off

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    HALEIWA, Hawaii (AP) — The Latest on 'The Eddie' big wave competition (all times local): 7:30 a.m. A spokeswoman for Hawaii's big wave surf competition says organizers have called off the event because the waves are too small. The competition was last held six years ago, when swells met organizers' strict minimums. Spokeswoman Jodi Wilmott said Wednesday morning that the waves fell short of their forecasts. The Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau event began in 1984, but there have only been eight times conditions have been ripe for the competition. Aikau is a Native Hawaiian surfer famous for riding monster waves and saving hundreds of lives as Waimea Bay's first official lifeguard.

  • Event spokeswoman: Organizers call off Hawaii's big wave competition because waves are too small

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    HALEIWA, Hawaii (AP) — Event spokeswoman: Organizers call off Hawaii's big wave competition because waves are too small.

  • Police: Suspect, 3 victims wounded after high school game

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    MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) — A suspect shot and wounded three people, including two students, after a high school basketball game in western Michigan before a sheriff's deputy shot and wounded him, authorities said. The attack happened outside of Muskegon Heights High School after a game between its varsity boys team and that of Grand Rapids' Ottawa Hills High School. Officers were stationed in the parking lot before the game because they had been warned about the possibility of a dispute, which may have started last week in Grand Rapids, authorities said. Muskegon Heights' coach, Dalrecus Stewart, told The Muskegon Chronicle that his players had just left the gymnasium when the shooting started. He said they "heard commo

  • Woman imprisoned in girl's running death on life support

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    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama woman serving life without parole in her granddaughter's running death is on life support after a possible heart attack. Dani Bone is a lawyer who represented Joyce Hardin Garrard during her trial last year. Bone said Wednesday that the 50-year-old woman was stricken at Tutwiler prison on Sunday. Garrard has a history of cardiac problems. Bone says the chances of her recovering are poor. Prison officials aren't releasing details on Garrard's condition. But spokesman Bob Horton says she was treated at the prison and then taken by helicopter ambulance to Jackson Hospital in Montgomery. Garrard was convicted of killing 9-year-old Savannah Hardin by making her run as punishment for

  • Michigan governor plans $360M for Flint, infrastructure

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    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder on Wednesday proposed spending hundreds of millions more dollars to address Flint's water crisis and to update infrastructure, including lead water pipes, in the city and across the state. The $195 million for Flint and $165 million for statewide infrastructure needs were detailed in the Republican governor's annual $54.9 billion budget presentation to the GOP-led Legislature. Snyder, who has apologized for his administration's role in the disaster and an inadequate initial response, said $25 million of the funding designated for Flint could help replace an unspecified number of old lead lines running from city streets to houses.

  • North Dakotans laud Supreme Court move to halt CO2 rules

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    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A U.S. Supreme Court move to suspend federal rules aimed at reducing carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fueled power plants is good news for North Dakota, state officials said. Justices have put the rules on hold while a legal challenge led by the state proceeds. The White House issued a statement saying it disagreed with the decision and that "we remain confident that we will prevail on the merits." President Barack Obama last August unveiled rules designed to cut greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. Under the new standards, North Dakota must cut its emission rate by almost 45 percent by 2030 — a reduction that state and industry officials believe could jeopardize North Dakota's seven coal-fu




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