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  • 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 […]
  • Retailers, technology lead early gains for US stocks

    U.S. stocks moved higher in early trading Wednesday, recouping some of the market’s losses from a day earlier. Technology stocks accounted for much of the gain. Banks and retailers also rose. Energy stocks lagged as crude oil prices headed lower. Investors had their eye on the latest company earnings. KEEPING SCORE: The Standard & Poor’s […]
  • 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 see opportunity

    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 […]
  • Broadcom is adjusting its buyout offer for Qualcomm

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Broadcom is adjusting its buyout offer for Qualcomm, a day after that chipmaker raised its bid for NXP Semiconductors to approximately $43.22 billion. Broadcom Ltd. said Wednesday its revised offer includes $57 in cash and $22 in Broadcom shares. Its prior bid included $60 in cash and the rest in […]
  • Rev. Billy Graham, known as ‘America’s Pastor,’ dies at 99

    MONTREAT, N.C. (AP) — The Rev. Billy Graham, who transformed American religious life through his preaching and activism, becoming a counselor to presidents and the most widely heard Christian evangelist in history, died Wednesday. He was 99. Graham, who long suffered from cancer, pneumonia and other ailments, died at his home in North Carolina, spokesman […]
  • Scientists in Germany improve malaria drug production

    BERLIN (AP) — Scientists in Germany who developed a new way to make a key malaria drug several years ago have come up with a technique to make the process even more efficient, which should increase global access and reduce the cost. The new procedure refines a method developed in 2012 at the Max Planck […]
  • ‘On Body And Soul’ hopes to continue Hungary’s Oscar streak

    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — With two Oscars in the past two years, Hungary’s film industry has been on a winning streak. Now the creators behind the movie “On Body And Soul,” a surreal love story, are hoping to score a third Academy Award. Ildiko Enyedi’s first film in nearly two decades comes on the heels […]
  • Can Brexit be stopped? Pro-EU campaigns try to turn the tide

    LONDON (AP) — Britain is due to leave the European Union in just over a year. The country’s main political parties agree that the decision can’t be reversed. But with the U.K. government divided over the direction Brexit should take, pro-EU campaigners are stepping up efforts to make the country change course. A new anti-Brexit […]
  • Latvian official misses ECB meeting as investigation deepens

    RIGA, Latvia (AP) — Latvia’s banking chief missed a meeting Wednesday of the European Central Bank’s top council, amid a suspected corruption scandal that is rattling confidence in the Baltic state’s political and financial world. Ilmars Rimsevics has been barred from performing his duties amid an investigation into suspected corruption that continued to deepen Wednesday. […]