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  • Samsung ditches plastic design, adds mobile pay in new phone

    NEW YORK (AP) — Samsung has unveiled a stylish new flagship phone that ditches its signature plastic design for more stylish metal and glass. The South Korean phone manufacturer also unveiled a premium model with a display that curves around the left and right edges so that information can be quickly glanced at on the side. The Galaxy S6 and...

  • Q&A on Samsung's new mobile pay: Here's what's we know

    NEW YORK (AP) — Last fall, Apple launched Apple Pay, bringing mobile-payment technology to the iPhone. Samsung now wants to get that on Android phones — at least the ones it makes. The Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge phones announced Sunday will come with mobile-pay capabilities. Samsung's payment service won't come until this summer, and will launch...

  • Congress' dysfunction not limited to Homeland Security fight

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress' dysfunction isn't limited to the struggle to keep a Cabinet department running without interruption. Lawmakers couldn't finish their work last year and it's showing now. The leftover business could prove even more divisive than the dispute over rolling back President Barack Obama's immigration policies on a bill...

  • O'Malley points to financial regulation as a campaign issue

    MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, who is considering entering the Democratic presidential race, said Saturday that financial regulation needs to be at the forefront of the 2016 campaign and suggested big banks need to be broken up if they might harm the nation. "If a bank's too big to fail without wrecking our...

  • Centennial-based health care technology group expanding into Colorado Springs

    Prime Health Collaborative, a Centennial-based group that works to build links between Colorado's technology and health care industries, will meet next month in Colorado Springs to expand those efforts to southern Colorado. Up to 75 health care industry executives, doctors, investors and entrepreneurs are expected to attend the group's first...

  • Silicon Valley shuttle drivers vote to unionize

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Shuttle drivers who ferry tech workers between Silicon Valley and San Francisco have voted for union representation. The San Francisco Chronicle reports (http://tinyurl.com/nf3ltp2) that drivers working for Compass Transportation voted 104-38 in favor of joining the Teamsters union Friday. They voted at secret polling...

  • Moody's downgrades Chicago's rating over pensions

    CHICAGO (AP) — Moody's Investors Service has downgraded Chicago's credit rating to two levels above junk status, citing the city's $20 billion mountain of unfunded pension liabilities. The agency said Friday that it lowered the rating on $8.3 billion in general obligation debt from Baa1 to Baa2. Moody's also maintained its negative outlook for...

  • Annual report offers new clues about Buffett's successor

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Billionaire Warren Buffett is proud of what he's built as Berkshire Hathaway's CEO over the past 50 years, but he's also willing to admit making a few costly mistakes along the way. Buffett used his annual shareholder letter released Saturday to make the case for his conglomerate's future while also offering investing...

  • Lawmakers may end tax break on jet fuel, to Delta's dismay

    ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia lawmakers may eliminate a tax break for airlines buying jet fuel at the world's busiest airport, setting up a face-off with one of the state's largest employers, Atlanta-based Delta Airlines. The latest version of the bill from Republican Rep. Earl Ehrhart would remove the break for all airlines, updating his original...

  • Berkshire Hathaway's 4Q profit declines 17 percent

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Berkshire Hathaway Inc. said Saturday that its fourth quarter profit slid 17 percent because of declines in the paper value of its investments and derivative contracts. Berkshire's quarterly profit declined to $4.16 billion, or $2,529 per Class A share, on $48.3 billion in revenue. That's down from $4.99 billion, or $3.035...

  • Crop herbicides play a role in shrinking monarch population

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A butterfly being considered for federal protection is emblematic of the plight that pollinating insects face in part because farmers, enticed by ethanol mandates, are growing more herbicide-resistant crops, which has stripped millions of acres of crucial plant habitat. Herbicide makers say they're committed to helping...

  • Dallas-area ice forces cancellation of nearly 1,000 flights

    DALLAS (AP) — Freezing rain that coated parts of Texas and Oklahoma for the second consecutive day left highways slick and forced the cancellation of another 1,000 flights Saturday at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, one of the nation's biggest airline hubs. The Saturday chaos was on top of about 600 flights nixed Friday, forcing about...

  • Added tax season hassle for some due to health form errors

    WASHINGTON (AP) — It's not uncommon to feel some trepidation around tax-filing season. But there's an added hassle this year for nearly a million consumers who got financial help with health insurance premiums under President Barack Obama's law. The government sent consumers erroneous information on forms that they need to complete their 2014...

  • Hyundai recalls 263,000 cars due to power-steering problem

    NEW YORK (AP) — Hyundai is recalling about 263,000 cars in the U.S. and Canada because a sensor problem could cause drivers to lose power-assisted steering. The company has not reported any injuries or accidents. A representative for Hyundai Motor America wasn't immediately available for comment. The National Highway Traffic Safety...

  • FairPoint more attractive to buyers with new labor pact

    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Wall Street analyst says FairPoint shareholders are pressing for a sale of the company now that it has negotiated a new labor pact with workers in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. Barry Sine from New York-based brokerage Drexel Hamilton says "shareholders are beating the drums." Union workers said during the...

  • MOVERS & SHAKERS

    Four people recently joined HB&A, a Colorado Springs-based architecture and planning firm. Devon Jackson, hired as an intern architect, has worked on a range of commercial projects. Meagan Maez, planner and graphic designer, has experience in print and visual design, technical writing, editing and military master planning. James McMurray, hired...

  • Cruz tells anti-tax group 'No' to Common Core in schools

    PALM BEACH, Florida (AP) — Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas told an influential anti-tax group Friday that he opposes Common Core education standards, a day after potential GOP presidential rival Jeb Bush endorsed the program. Cruz described Common Core as "national standards being dictated from Washington" during an appearance at the Club...

  • House Roll Call: Approving 1-week DHS funding bill

    The 357-60 roll call Friday by which the House approved a bill to fund the Homeland Security Department for one week. The bill goes to President Barack Obama for his signature. A "yes" vote is a vote to pass the bill. Voting yes were 174 Democrats and 183 Republicans. Voting no were 5 Democrats and 55 Republicans. X denotes those not...

  • Pence: 'Dramatically increase' defense spending

    OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence says America will not be safe unless its leaders dramatically increase defense spending. The Republican state executive, who is considering a 2016 presidential bid, told conservatives Friday night that no defense strategy will protect the nation unless federal leaders rebuild the U.S. military....

  • Tribes from around US gather to discuss legal marijuana

    TULALIP, Wash. (AP) — The Justice Department's announcement in December that it would allow the nation's Indian tribes to legalize and regulate marijuana on their reservations brought notes of caution — if not silence or opposition — from many tribes. They were reluctant given the substance-abuse problems that already plague many reservations....

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