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Vandalism in Arizona shows the Internet’s vulnerability

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Computers, cellphones and landlines in Arizona were knocked out of service for hours, ATMs stopped working, 911 systems were disrupted and businesses were unable to process credit card transactions — all because vandals sliced through a fiber-optic Internet cable buried in the rocky desert. The Internet outage did more than underscore [...]

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Cash-strapped Ukraine struggles to keep Russia gas supplies

MOSCOW (AP) — Cash-strapped Ukraine sought to buy time in its effort to ensure continued gas supplies from Russia, making a $15 million payment to Moscow on Friday as it waits for international rescue loans to arrive. But Moscow says the sum will cover only an additional day, leaving a potential cut-off looming Tuesday. That [...]

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Los Angeles teachers, union leaders rally amid stalled talks

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dressed in red and raising signs into the air, thousands of teachers filled a downtown Los Angeles park Thursday to demand higher wages and smaller class sizes amid stalled contract negotiations. “Everybody in this country is watching this struggle,” said Joshua Pechthalt, president of the California Federation of Teachers. “It’s a [...]

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No thanks! Companies reject “Shark Tank” deals, still thrive

NEW YORK (AP) — With the cameras rolling, Daniel and Stephanie Rensing accepted an offer from a “Shark Tank” investor. But after they had time to think about it, they changed their minds. Annual revenue for their company, The Smart Baker, is close to $1 million, up from $130,000 before their March 2012 appearance on the [...]

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Obama steps up pitch for trade, exports, targets Democrats

WASHINGTON (AP) — Relying on Republicans and going against the grain of his own party for his legislative successes has not been much of a go-to play in President Barack Obama’s game plan.Then there’s international trade. On Thursday, Obama stepped up his campaign for expanding exports and negotiating new trade deals in Asia and Europe, [...]

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$150K dress worn by Lupita Nyong’o at Oscars reported stolen

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A $150,000 gown adorned with thousands of pearls and worn by Lupita Nyong’o at the Academy Awards has been reported stolen, sheriff’s officials said Thursday. Deputies responded to a West Hollywood hotel late Wednesday after the custom Calvin Klein Collection by Francisco Costa dress was reported missing from the hotel room [...]

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Justices appear to favor Muslim denied job over headscarf

  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court indicated Wednesday it will side with a Muslim woman who didn’t get hired by clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch because she wore a black headscarf that conflicted with the company’s dress code to her job interview. Liberal and conservative justices aggressively questioned the company’s lawyer during arguments at [...]

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US stocks holding near record highs in afternoon trading

  Major stock indexes hovered slightly above their record closing highs in afternoon trading Wednesday. Traders had their eye on a mix of corporate earnings news, as well as the second day of Congressional testimony by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen. Oil prices rebounded after an early slide. KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average [...]

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Suspect in blast near NAACP office: Target was accountant

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The man accused of setting off a small explosion last month that rattled nerves because of its proximity to a Colorado NAACP office says he was in a rage over his financial problems and was actually targeting his accountant, according to court documents filed Friday. Thaddeus Murphy, 44, told federal [...]

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Tobacco giants resist harsh public admissions about smoking

WASHINGTON (AP) — Never underestimate the staying power of big tobacco. In 2006, U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler ordered the nation’s largest cigarette makers to publicly admit that they had lied for decades about the dangers of smoking. The basis for the punishment: Testimony from 162 witnesses, a nine-month bench trial and thousands of findings [...]

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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The federal government predicts that trains hauling crude oil or ethanol will derail an average of 10 times a year over the next two decades, causing more than $4 billion in damage and possibly killing hundreds of people if an accident happens in a densely populated part of the U.S. The [...]

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