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Shooting survivors endure new assault — from online trolls

One student was teased about being a "brown, bald lesbian." Another was the target of conspiracy theorists who claimed he was really an actor. When a group of teens posed for a photo, they were accused of lapping up attention from the news…

States to forego most of $650M legal settlement with Takata

DETROIT (AP) — Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp. has reached a $650 million deal to settle consumer protection claims from 44 states and Washington, D.C., but only a fraction of the money will be paid due to Takata's financial problems…

Industrials companies drive US stock indexes mostly higher

U.S. stocks closed mostly higher Thursday after a late-afternoon wave of selling erased much of a midday rally.

Worries about US rate hikes return to stalk markets

LONDON (AP) — Global stock markets tracked Wall Street lower on Thursday after the minutes to the last meeting of the Federal Reserve policy meeting rekindled fears about the pace of interest rate rises.

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Markets Right Now: Stocks end mostly higher on Wall Street


NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):; 4 p.m. Stocks are closing mostly higher on Wall Street after much of a midday rally faded away by the closing bell.


Correction: Tax Overhaul-Company Spending story


NEW YORK (AP) — In a story Feb. 20 about the tax overhaul and companies raising dividends and share buybacks, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Sirius XM had increased its share buyback following the tax overhaul. The company…


Toyota, Genesis among Consumer Reports' top auto picks


DETROIT (AP) — Toyota has four of the 10 vehicles on Consumer Reports' annual top picks, the most of any brand.

SpaceX launches Spanish satellite, 2 others from California

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An Earth-observation satellite built for Spain and two experimental satellites for internet service were successfully launched into orbit from California at dawn Thursday, creating a brief light show as it arced over the…


Another former employee sues Google over issues of diversity


NEW YORK (AP) — Another former Google employee is suing the tech company over issues of diversity.


How to buy a house that hasn't been built yet

Trisha and Dennis Rawlings, a couple in their early 30s, are moving to suburban Chicago and leaving their over-60-year-old first home in the St. Louis area behind.


So long, free Footlongs: Subway to shake up rewards program


NEW YORK (AP) — Subway is shaking up its loyalty rewards program, giving customers the ability to earn $2 discounts instead of free Footlongs.

Long-term mortgage rates climb to 4.40 percent


WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates crept higher this week, upping the costs of borrowing to purchase a home just as more of the millennial generation is entering the real estate market.

Ford names Lincoln chief to replace ousted N. American head

DETROIT (AP) — A veteran executive who has led Ford's Lincoln luxury brand will now head American operations, replacing an executive who was ousted this week over allegations of inappropriate behavior.


Walmart to launch new online home shopping experience


Walmart is launching a new online home shopping experience in the coming weeks that will let shoppers discover items based on their style.


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Fed officials: Stronger economy boosts chance for rate hikes


Fed officials: Stronger economy boosts chance for rate hikes

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve officials at their January meeting saw a brightening global economic picture and the effects of recently passed tax cuts raising the prospect for solid growth and continued interest rate increases.

White nationalist is latest to sue over social media ban

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A prominent white nationalist is suing Twitter for banning his accounts at a time when social networks are trying to crack down on hateful and abusive content without appearing to censor unpopular opinions.

How major US stock indexes fared Wednesday


A late-afternoon sell-off pulled U.S. stocks broadly lower Wednesday for the second straight day.

Ford ousts top exec over 'inappropriate behavior'

DETROIT (AP) — Ford Motor Co. has ousted one of its top executives over allegations of inappropriate behavior.

Wednesday, Feb 21

Markets Right Now: Spike in bond yields upends a stock rally


NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):; 4 p.m. Stocks gave up an early gain and ended lower on Wall Street as a late afternoon spike in bond yields sent investors heading to the exits.

World markets mixed as investors eye Fed minutes

TOKYO (AP) — Shares slid Wednesday in Europe after a day of gains in Asia as attention turned to minutes from the latest meeting of the Federal Reserve.

Report: Hawaii wasn't ready to handle missile threat alert

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii's nuclear missile scare showed that the state began testing alerts before fully developing a plan to address the ballistic missile threat and that a public outreach campaign months earlier wasn't effective, said a…

Toy makers turn to the toilet for poop-inspired toys

NEW YORK (AP) — Toy makers have gone to the toilet for their latest creations.

Tuesday, Feb 20

Walmart's bruising battle with Amazon saps its 4Q results

NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart reported a lower-than-expected fourth-quarter profit and wrestled with slower e-commerce sales during the busiest time of the year, signs that underscore the company's challenges in a fiercely competitive landscape.

Global shares mixed after US break, investors eye Fed notes

TOKYO (AP) — Global stocks were mixed Tuesday after a U.S. holiday, with investors awaiting the release later in the day of minutes from the latest meeting of the U.S. Federal Reserve.

HSBC annual profit rises as Asian growth drives earnings

HONG KONG (AP) — HSBC said Tuesday that profits rose on strong earnings from Asia, in the latest sign that the London-based global bank's restructuring to focus even more on the region is paying off.

Asian shares mostly lower after US holiday, await Fed notes

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mostly lower Tuesday after a U.S. holiday and attention turned to the U.S. Federal Reserve.

Monday, Feb 19

Japan logs trade deficit in January, as imports jump 8 pct

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's trade sector started out the year on a strong note though it slipped into deficit for the first time in eight months due to higher oil prices and seasonal factors.

Sunday, Feb 18

Medical examiner taps DNA science to find missing persons


NEW YORK (AP) — For families who have searched years for missing loved ones, donating a sample of their DNA is often a last, desperate act to confirm their worst fears.

Saturday, Feb 17

Indictment: Social media firms got played by Russian agents

Friday's election-interference indictment brought by Robert Mueller, the U.S. special counsel, underscores how thoroughly social-media companies like Facebook and Twitter were played by Russian propagandists.

Even as markets shook, many investors held steady


NEW YORK (AP) — This month's sell-off for stocks marked the first big test of investors' mettle in years. And many ended up doing exactly what the experts were recommending: hold steady.

Houston firm sues ex Venezuelan oil czar Ramirez over bribes

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Venezuela's former oil czar Rafael Ramirez was sued Friday by a Houston company that alleges he was behind demands for at least $10 million in bribes to sign off on deals to sell its energy assets in the South…

Russians charged with meddling in 2016 presidential race

WASHINGTON (AP) — In an extraordinary indictment, the U.S. special counsel accused 13 Russians Friday of an elaborate plot to disrupt the 2016 presidential election, charging them with running a huge but hidden social media trolling…