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  • 'Sniper' shoots down Super Bowl weekend record with $31.9M

    NEW YORK (AP) — "American Sniper" shot down another box-office record: Its $31.9 million is the biggest Super Bowl weekend gross ever. According to studio estimates Sunday, the Clint Eastwood film narrowly surpassed the previous top Super Bowl weekend draw. The concert film "Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: The Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour"...

  • New spy case shows Russia up to old tricks, prosecutors say

    NEW YORK (AP) — Three men accused in the latest Russian spy case didn't hide behind fake identities and weren't stealing military secrets. The evidence even suggests they were annoyed that their assignment wasn't more like a James Bond film. Their alleged plot to dig up "economic intelligence" on possible banking penalties and alternative...

  • Union asks refinery workers to strike after talks break down

    The United Steelworkers Union is calling for a strike at nine refineries mostly in Texas and California after it says negotiations with Shell Oil Company broke down less than two weeks after they began. The union asked about 3,800 workers at the refineries to strike shortly early Sunday morning, following the expiration of their contract....

  • APNewsBreak: Obama ties foreign profits tax to public works

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's budget will propose an ambitious six-year, $478 billion public works program of highway, bridge and transit upgrades, half of it financed with a one-time mandatory tax on profits that U.S. companies have amassed overseas, White House officials said. The proposal, one of the main components of the $4...

  • Officials meet to address safety after aviation calamities

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Government and aviation industry officials from dozens of countries are meeting in Montreal this week to try to find consensus on how to keep from losing airliners like the one that vanished without a trace in Asia and another shot down in Eastern Europe. It is only the second high-level safety conference in the 70-year...

  • Regulators prepare rules on payday loans to shield borrowers

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators are putting together the first-ever rules on payday loans aimed at helping cash-strapped borrowers avoid falling into a cycle of high-rate debt. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau says state laws governing the $46 billion payday lending industry often fall short. The bureau says fuller disclosures of...

  • A look at rates for payday loan usage, broken down by state

    The share of people in each state who reported taking out a payday loan in the past five years, which ranged from 1 percent to 13 percent, according to a 2012 survey by Pew Charitable Trusts. Because the Pew survey was only conducted in the continental U.S., the figures do not include Alaska or Hawaii.

  • Colorado Springs area business events starting Feb. 1, 2015

    MONDAY Colorado Springs Wedding and Event Vendors Networking Group - 9-10:30 a.m., Rocky Mountain Calvary, 4285 N. Academy Blvd., $60 for a year; Annie, 570-0761, tinyurl.com/mynxh83. Pikes Peak Workforce Center - Intro to PPWFC Orientation, 10 a.m.- noon, Citizens Service Center, 1675 Garden of the Gods Road, free. Registration required:...

  • Obama budget sets up battle with GOP-controlled Congress

    WASHINGTON (AP) — After a year of relative peace in Washington's budget battles, President Barack Obama will lay out a $4 trillion budget on Monday that needles Republicans with proposals for higher taxes on the wealthy and businesses to pay for education, public works projects and child care. The plan, expected to be dismissed by GOP...

  • Revel sale put on hold while nightclub appeals terms

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The sale of Atlantic City's former Revel casino is on hold while the company that ran its popular nightclub and beach bar appeals. Third U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Thomas Ambro, based in Philadelphia, ruled late Friday that Revel has until 4 p.m. Tuesday to respond to the appeal from IDEA Boardwalk of a federal...

  • Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission has earthquake plan

    GREELEY — The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission now has a plan for future earthquakes after two small quakes rattled an area in Weld County that officials later determined were likely caused by a nearby injection well. The commission said NGL Water Solutions was not in violation of its state permit or any state rules at the time of...

  • Drivers: Return to your dealers for a 2nd air bag recall fix

    NEW YORK (AP) — Drivers, bring your vehicles back to the shop for more work on faulty air bags. The government says more than 2 million Toyota, Chrysler and Honda vehicles need a second fix for air bags that may inadvertently inflate while the car is running. The recall includes some Acura MDX, Dodge Viper, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Honda Odyssey,...

  • Just whose Internet is it? New federal rules may answer that

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Whose Internet is it anyway? Tom Wheeler, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, says he's keeping that question in mind as he pitches the biggest regulatory shake-up to the telecommunications industry since 1996, when people still used noisy modems and referred to the "information superhighway" as a fun way to...

  • Drive to repeal medical device tax no slam dunk in Congress

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans controlling both chambers of Congress have never had a better chance of repealing the tax on medical devices. Though they're backed by Democrats from states where that industry provides lots of jobs, abolishing the tax won't be easy. That's because of a possible veto by President Barack Obama. In addition, some...

  • MOVERS & SHAKERS

    Three people have joined the Vladimir Jones advertising agency in Colorado Springs. Patrick Cannarozzi was hired as a digital coordinator. He previously worked as a content coordinator and community manager for BFG Communications. Kaitlin Cronk joined the agency as an account coordinator. She previously worked in sponsorship and marketing...

  • Status quo for Colorado Springs apartment scene: vacancies low, rents high

    A continued strong demand for apartments and relatively little construction kept Colorado Springs' apartment vacancy rate low and rents high during the fourth quarter of last year, according to a report from the Colorado Division of Housing and Apartment Association of Southern Colorado. The Springs-area vacancy rate stood at 5.3 percent in...

  • What slowing economy? US consumers are in a mood to spend

    WASHINGTON (AP) — There's a good reason the U.S. economy is impressing the world right now despite a slowdown in the final three months of 2014: In a word, steadiness. Companies have been hiring at healthy rates for the past year. Layoffs hover near historic lows. Auto sales are strong. Gas prices have sunk. Congressional budget fights have...

  • Uber says outside review shows customer data safe, private

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Uber Technologies says that if you catch a ride with one of its drivers, your personal and financial data are safe — from Uber itself. The ride-booking company on Friday used a blog post to release the results of what it described as a thorough outside examination of its privacy and personal data policies. While popular...

  • Lawsuit: Exploding air bag killed Texas man

    HOUSTON (AP) — The family of a Texas man who died in a minor traffic accident is alleging in a lawsuit that their loved one is the latest person to be killed by shrapnel shooting out of exploding air bags made by Takata Corp. of Japan. Carlos Solis, 35, died on Jan. 18 in a minor crash in a Houston suburb. A lawsuit filed this week by his...

  • IBM boss gets bonus despite company's lackluster year

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — IBM boss Virginia Rometty will get a $3.6 million bonus for her performance last year, even though the company's sales and profits declined in 2014. Rometty and other top executives did not take bonuses for 2013, after the company turned in disappointing results for that year. But even though IBM is still struggling to...

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