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  • Versace, Cavalli, Etro, Marras update their design DNA

    MILAN (AP) — For anyone wanting to unlock the DNA of Milan ready-to-wear, a new museum exhibition surveying three decades of Italian fashion offers some keys. Echoes of styles and trends on display in the “Italiana” exhibit at Milan’s Palazzo Reale are apparent in big and small ways on the runways during Milan Fashion Week, […]
  • Texas adds 3 rigs as US rig count increases to 978

    HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by three this week to 978. That exceeds the 754 rigs that were active this time a year ago. Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes reported Friday that 799 rigs drilled for oil this week and 179 for […]
  • Business Highlights

    ___ Fed expects economic gains to prompt gradual rate hikes WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve says it expects that the ongoing strength of the U.S. economy will warrant further gradual increases in interest rates this year. It delivered the same steady-as-it-goes message under new leader Jerome Powell as it provided under Janet Yellen. The […]
  • Brown University to pay tuition for future actors, directors

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Brown University is providing scholarships to cover the tuition for master’s degree students studying acting and directing. The Ivy League university in Rhode Island announced the change Friday. It says it wants to ease student debt and diversify the pool of actors and directors in training, to encourage innovation in the […]
  • US gymnasts say sport rife with verbal and emotional abuse

    They were little girls with dreams of Olympic gold when they started in gymnastics. Now they’re women with lifelong injuries, suffocating anxiety and debilitating eating disorders. They are the other victims of USA Gymnastics. Thirteen former U.S. gymnasts and three coaches interviewed by The Associated Press described a win-at-all-cost culture rife with verbal and emotional […]
  • Police experts urge intensive training if teachers are armed

    The idea of arming teachers to take out a shooter is alarming some law enforcement experts, who say it takes more than just being a good shot at a gun range. They say it would require specialized and repeated training to teach educators the proper tactics and enable them to conquer their fear and remain […]
  • Blue Buffalo and HPE climb while RBS and LifePoint drop

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Friday: Blue Buffalo Pet Products Inc., up $5.88 to $40 The pet food maker agreed to be bought by breakfast food maker General Mills for $40 a share, or $8 billion. HP Inc., up 74 cents to $22.13 The printer and PC maker reported […]
  • US donors balk at pope’s request for $25M for Rome hospital

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican is facing another financial headache after donors to a major U.S. Catholic foundation balked at a request from Pope Francis to foot a $25 million loan to a scandal-plagued Rome hospital. The Immaculate Institute for Dermatology made headlines in 2013 when prosecutors discovered a nearly $1 billion hole in […]
  • Police: McDonald’s manager fired at drive-thru customers

    CLEVELAND (AP) — Authorities say a McDonald’s late-night manager who fired shots at a car in a Cleveland drive-thru line is facing assault charges. Cleveland.com reports an arrest warrant was issued Thursday for 52-year-old Mark Fort after police say he shot at a customer’s car Wednesday. Police reports say Fort handed three women in a […]
  • How major US stock indexes fared Friday

    A broad rally sent stocks sharply higher Friday, wiping out the market’s losses from earlier in the week. Technology companies, banks and health care stocks accounted for much of the market’s gains. The rally came as bond yields receded for the second day in a row after reaching four-year highs, which weighed on stocks, earlier […]
  • Spirit AeroSystems to pay bonuses to Wichita employees

    WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — About 11,500 Spirit AeroSystems workers in Wichita have received bonuses. The employees received bonuses Thursday after the aircraft supplier reported a 13 percent year-over-year increase in profit on revenue of $7 billion last year, the Wichita Eagle reported. Spirit spokeswoman Debbie Gann wouldn’t say exactly how much employees received in bonuses, […]
  • Gothamist news sites brought back to life by public radio

    NEW YORK (AP) — Gothamist, a pithy news website covering New York City shut down last year after reporters unionized, and satellites in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., are getting a new life thanks to public radio. Public radio stations WNYC in New York, KPCC in Los Angeles, and WAMU in Washington announced the purchase […]
  • Phoenix-based grocer Sprouts gives part of tax cut back to employees

    Phoenix-based Sprouts Farmers Market will spend $10 million from its tax break on employee raises and benefits.
  • EU official says UK seems delusional over post-Brexit ties

    BRUSSELS (AP) — A top European Union official says Britain’s view of its future ties with the EU after Brexit seems delusional. European Council President Donald Tusk said Friday that “if the media reports are correct, I am afraid that the U.K. position today is based on pure illusion.” He spoke after an EU leaders’ […]
  • Money-laundering watchdog: Close North Korean banks

    PARIS (AP) — The watchdog that monitors global and illicit misuse of funds cited North Korea as a top source of “ongoing and substantial” money laundering and terrorist financing in a report issued Friday, and urged countries to keep North Korea at arm’s length and close its banks. The Financial Action Task Force said in […]