• Business Highlights

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    ___ After Alps crash, some experts ponder flights without pilots NEW YORK (AP) — To improve airline safety, maybe we need to remove the pilots. That radical idea is decades away, if it ever becomes a reality. But following the intentional crashing of Germanwings Flight 9525 by the...

  • Why banks made more money last quarter

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Wall Street and Main Street gave banks a boost last quarter. Fees from corporate mergers and commissions from trading fueled profits at big financial firms. But average Americans also helped by taking out more home loans and paying off their debts. Here's a look at...

  • In Aaron Hernandez murder case, question lingers: Why?

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    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Aaron Hernandez had it all. Fame, as a star tight end with the New England Patriots, which took him to the Super Bowl. Fortune, with a $40 million NFL contract. Family, with a fiancee and baby daughter. But his future? A lifetime behind bars after being...

  • Republican presidential contenders clash in New Hampshire

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    NASHUA, N.H. (AP) — The Republican Party's most ambitious stormed into New Hampshire on Friday for an early state showdown that highlighted the diversity, political challenges and sheer size of the GOP's 2016 presidential class. Nearly 20 Republican White House prospects were on the...

  • Chicago schools chief to take temporary leave amid probe

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett will take a paid leave of absence amid a federal investigation over a roughly $20 million no-bid contract the district awarded to a training academy where she once worked as a consultant, officials announced Friday. The...

  • Police pledge thorough probe of death after stun gun shock

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — Police in Maryland promised a thorough investigation Friday into the death of a man in custody after police shocked him with a stun gun outside a home he had allegedly broken into. Darrell Lawrence Brown, 31, died early Friday morning after at least one officer...

  • Barbie shows signs of life as Mattel plots comeback

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Things are finally looking up for Barbie. Mattel, the toy company behind the plastic dolls, said there were some signs of improving demand for Barbie ahead of its planned makeover of the brand, including Barbie dolls with different skin tones, eye colors and nose...

  • Slow start to elver season means high price for baby eels

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's baby eel season is off to a slow start, causing prices to balloon back to historic levels as fishermen wait for waterways to finish thawing. Elvers, also called glass eels, are sold overseas as seed stock for Asian aquaculture companies that raise them...

  • Opt-out movement accelerates amid Common Core testing

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    ATLANTA (AP) — Thousands of students are opting out of new standardized tests aligned to the Common Core standards, defying the latest attempt by states to improve academic performance. This "opt-out" movement remains scattered but is growing fast in some parts of the country. Some...

  • Man who jumped White House fence in October takes plea

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A Maryland man arrested after scaling a White House fence last year has pleaded guilty in connection with the case. Dominic Adesanya of Bel Air, Maryland, pleaded guilty Friday in federal court to a charge of entering or remaining in a restricted building or grounds....

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