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Treasure hunter who found a fortune in gold is captured

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A treasure hunter accused of cheating his investors out of their share of one of the richest hauls in U.S. history — $50 million in gold bars and coins from a 19th-century shipwreck — was captured at an upscale Florida hotel after more than two years on the lam. Federal marshals [...]

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Fueled by oil, agriculture sector welcomes low diesel prices

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The recent plunge in fuel prices has been a welcome relief across the agricultural sector, helping ease the pain of low grain prices for growers and boosting profits for cattle ranchers. “Every movement we make in farming takes fuel,” Kansas cattle rancher and hay grower Randy Cree said. Livestock producers in [...]

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Last-ditch foreclosure hearings draw many Detroit homeowners

DETROIT (AP) — Hundreds of Detroit homeowners in danger of losing their properties flocked Thursday to hearings that offered a last-ditch chance to avoid foreclosure and to keep the houses from adding to the city’s already huge glut of vacant dwellings.The homeowners nearly filled a long conference room in Detroit’s Cobo Center while waiting for [...]

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Senate passes bill approving Keystone XL oil pipeline

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-controlled Senate on Thursday approved a bipartisan bill to construct the Keystone XL oil pipeline, defying a presidential veto threat and setting up the first of many battles with the White House over energy and the environment.The 62-36 vote advanced a top priority of the newly empowered GOP, and marked the [...]

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Strong earnings and job news give stocks a lift

After a shaky start, U.S. stocks rebounded Thursday, snapping a two-day losing streak.Investors welcomed better-than-expected quarterly results from several companies, including Ford, Coach and Harley-Davidson. Homebuilder stocks surged.Even energy stocks, which were down most of the day, recovered in concert with a slight uptick in oil prices. Benchmark U.S. crude oil rose 8 cents to [...]

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Romney takes aim at Obama, Clinton in Mississippi

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Mitt Romney hasn’t officially declared himself a presidential candidate again, but the 2012 Republican nominee looked and sounded like one during a stop Wednesday in Mississippi, back-slapping at a popular barbecue joint before delivering a speech that questioned Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton’s foreign policy and economic credentials.His time at Mississippi State [...]

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Thieves smash stolen SUV into San Francisco museum for gold

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Thieves rammed a stolen SUV into a downtown San Francisco museum early Tuesday and swiped historic gold nuggets in the latest smash-and-grab theft in the area in recent months. Three masked men jumped from a Chevrolet Suburban after it rammed through a revolving door at the Wells Fargo History Museum in [...]

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House GOP moves toward possible lawsuit on immigration

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans are moving toward authorizing a potential lawsuit against President Barack Obama on immigration, House Speaker John Boehner announced Tuesday, as the GOP struggled for a way to stop the president’s unilateral deportation curbs. Boehner announced the plans in a closed-door meeting with lawmakers, telling them GOP leaders are finalizing a [...]

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Jordan ready to swap inmate for pilot held by Islamic State

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan is willing to swap an Iraqi woman prisoner involved in deadly 2005 hotel bombings for a Jordanian pilot captured in December by extremists from the Islamic State group, a government spokesman said Wednesday. Such a swap would run counter to Jordan’s hardline approach toward Islamic militants and to the position [...]

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Stocks drift as weak US earnings add to growth concerns

BEIJING (AP) — Global stocks drifted Wednesday after weak earnings from several U.S. companies added to global growth concerns as investors waited for the U.S. Federal Reserve’s latest statement on monetary policy. KEEPING SCORE: Germany’s DAX rose 0.3 percent to 10,655.41 and France’s CAC 40 shed 0.4 percent to 4,603.69. Britain’s FTSE 100 lost 0.1 [...]

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China’s shadow looms large over Obama visit to India

    NEW DELHI (AP) — As President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met in New Delhi this week, the shadow of a third player hung over the talks: neighboring China, which has complicated relationships with both the United States and India. To Obama, forging deeper ties with India fits in neatly [...]

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