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  • US panel recommends new adult vaccine against hepatitis B

    NEW YORK (AP) — A federal advisory panel is recommending a new vaccine against hepatitis B. The vaccine called Heplisav-B (HEHP’-lih-sav BEE’) was licensed in November and is the first new hepatitis B vaccine in 25 years. Hepatitis B vaccines have been in childhood shots for decades. The new vaccine is for adults. The hepatitis […]
  • Money an issue as many businesses don’t give caregiver leave

    NEW YORK (AP) — Within three months, one of MacLaren Cummings’ staffers passed away from cancer and then both his own mother and the mother of an employee were diagnosed with breast cancer. Although he was the CEO, Cummings says, “the last thing I could think about was work.” That painful stretch in 2011 planted […]
  • NTSB: Truck hit by GOP train was on tracks after warning

    CROZET, Va. (AP) — Witnesses to a collision between a train carrying Republican congressmen and a garbage truck in rural Virginia have told investigators the truck entered the railroad crossing after safety gates came down to warn drivers about the approaching train. A preliminary report on the Jan. 31 crash was issued Wednesday by the […]
  • Murphy reverses Christie, approves $7.5M for women’s health

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey’s new Democratic governor has signed legislation setting aside about $7.5 million for family-planning and women’s health. Gov. Phil Murphy signed the bill Wednesday. It is the first bill he’s signed into law since succeeding Republican Chris Christie earlier this year. Christie vetoed similar legislation throughout his two terms, saying […]
  • Supreme Court: Dodd-Frank whistleblower protection is narrow

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that whistleblower protections passed by Congress after the 2008 financial crisis only apply to people who report problems to the government, not more broadly. The justices said that a part of the Dodd-Frank Act that protects whistleblowers from being fired, demoted or harassed only applies to people […]
  • Vice president brings advisory group to Kennedy Space Center

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence has brought a newly revived advisory group to Florida’s Kennedy Space Center for a rundown on how best to get Americans back to the moon, a half-century after NASA’s Apollo heydays. Pence convened the meeting Wednesday morning inside the building where NASA once prepped pieces of […]
  • Sales of US homes fall year over year by most in 3½ years

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. sales of existing homes fell in January from a year earlier by the most in more than three years. Would-be buyers were stymied by rising prices and a shortage of homes for sale. The National Association of Realtors said Wednesday that sales dropped 3.2 percent from December to January, the second […]
  • Technology companies, banks lead gains for US stocks

    Gains in technology, banks and industrial companies drove U.S. stocks higher Wednesday as investors sized up the latest company earnings news. Consumer goods companies lagged the most. The latest gains put the market on track to recoup some of its losses from a day earlier. KEEPING SCORE: The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 15 […]
  • Markets Right Now: Retailers, tech lead early stock gains

    NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local): 9:35 a.m. Stocks are opening moderately higher on Wall Street, led by gains in retailers and technology companies. Amazon rose 1.3 percent in the first few minutes of trading, and Adobe Systems also rose 1.3 percent. Advance Auto Parts jumped 8.5 […]
  • Amid a flood of plastic, big companies try to clean up image

    LONDON (AP) — Once a month, accountant Michael Byrne pulls on his rubber boots and makes his way to a spot on the banks of the River Thames. He carefully marks out a one-square meter (11-square foot) patch and, with gloved hands, catalogues each bit of plastic he finds, meticulously reporting the data to the […]
  • New strikes kill 10 in rebel-held suburbs of Syrian capital

    BEIRUT (AP) — New airstrikes and shelling of the besieged, rebel-held suburbs of the Syrian capital killed at least 10 people and wounded dozens more on Wednesday, a rescue organization and a monitoring group said, adding to a staggering casualty toll that has overwhelmed paramedics and doctors in the past few days. Syrian government forces […]
  • South Africa’s FM under scrutiny ahead of Cabinet reshuffle

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa’s finance minister has announced the first increase in the value-added tax in a quarter-century as the country seeks to bring in new revenue. Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba’s budget speech comes less than a week after South Africa’s leadership transition. He says VAT will increase by 1 percent, to 15 percent. […]
  • Runaway cow defends its freedom in Poland

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A local governor in Poland says a cow that escaped while being taken to a slaughterhouse is still avoiding capture even though the order to kill it has been canceled. The red Limousin beef cow that fled last month has gained celebrity status as it defends its life and freedom, roaming […]
  • Priceline changing its name to Booking Holdings

    NEW YORK (AP) — Priceline is changing its name to Booking Holdings Inc., citing its expansion into numerous international brands over the last 20 years. The change at the former Priceline Group Inc. is effective immediately. The company will begin trading under the ticker symbol “BKNG” on February 27. The travel website company operates in […]
  • Will and Jaden Smith create eco-friendly water company: Just

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jaden Smith’s environmental consciousness was born when he was out surfing at about age 10. He saw plastic water bottles bobbing in the ocean beside him, and he was so upset by it that he told his parents. Then he learned in school about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, those floating […]