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January 28, 2016 - 9:57am
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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Had a hard time getting a ticket to a concert or sporting event? New York's attorney general says that may be because more than half of tickets to some events are reserved for various industry insiders.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (SHNEYE'-dur-muhn) announced the results of an industry investigation on Thursday. The inquiry was prompted by consumer complaints.

New York investigators found abuses and practices that prevent...

January 28, 2016 - 9:49am
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PITTSBURGH (AP) — A cardiologist and a woman who ran a Pennsylvania methadone clinic raided by federal agents last fall have been charged with running a pill mill.

Dr. Dominic DiLeo and Rosalind Sugarmann are accused of distributing pain pills and other drugs that weren't for a legitimate medical purpose.

Sugarmann headed the Addiction Specialists clinic in North Union Township that caught fire in July and was raided last fall. DiLeo practices in...

January 28, 2016 - 9:43am
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NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are trading higher as oil companies are surging along with the price of oil and strong earnings reports propel Facebook and Under Armor.

The price of oil rose 6 percent Thursday as the Russian government continued talks with Saudi Arabia and OPEC about cutting production.

Facebook shares surged after it reported that its profit more than doubled Thursday. eBay's shares tumbled on disappointing guidance.

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January 28, 2016 - 9:20am
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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A judge says he'll decide whether a dead man's mental health records should be allowed in the manslaughter trial of a Florida sheriff's deputy who fatally shot the man in 2013.

Broward Circuit Judge Michael Usan said at a hearing Thursday that he will privately examine the records of 33-year-old Jermaine McBean before deciding if they can be admitted. Deputy Peter Peraza's attorney says McBean had chronic mental problems that could have...

January 28, 2016 - 9:16am
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DETROIT (AP) — Suzuki is recalling more than 68,000 motorcycles in the U.S. because the battery charging system can fail and cause the bikes to stall.

The recall affects 15 models from the 2008 to 2012 model years.

The company says in documents filed with U.S. safety regulators that the problem was traced to a circuit board in the charging system. One customer filed a complaint in the U.S., but more than 200 complaints were received from other...

January 28, 2016 - 9:11am
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FLINT, Mich. (AP) — The latest on Flint's water crisis and efforts to fix the problem of lead in the drinking water (all times local):

6:35 p.m.

An official says the state of Michigan has offered fresh bottled water at a state building in Flint for a year — although residents were told not to worry about their tap water until last fall.

Caleb Buhs, a spokesman for the agency that manages state buildings, says the water coolers...

January 28, 2016 - 8:58am
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WASHINGTON (AP) — An audit of the use of force by District of Columbia police has found that excessive force has not become a problem in the department in the seven years since federal oversight ended.

Washington's police department agreed voluntarily to Justice Department oversight in 2001 after it was labeled the deadliest big-city police force in the nation. The oversight led to a number of reforms and ended in 2008.

The D.C. auditor's office...

January 28, 2016 - 8:57am
1 week 5 days ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Barbie's got a brand new bod.

Mattel Inc., the maker of the famous plastic doll, says it will start selling Barbie's in three new body types -- tall, curvy and petite. She'll also come in seven skin tones, 22 eye colors and 24 hairstyles.

The El Segundo, California, toy company will also continue to sell the original Barbie. For years, the doll has been criticized for being an unrealistic representation of a woman's body....

January 28, 2016 - 8:50am
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders to U.S. factories for long-lasting manufactured goods tumbled in December, with a key category that tracks business investment plans falling for a second straight month.

The Commerce Department says durable goods orders dropped 5.1 percent in December following a 0.5 percent decline in November.

Durable goods orders have fallen in four of the past five months, reflecting the pressures facing American manufacturers from a...

January 28, 2016 - 8:47am
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking unemployment benefits fell last week, a sign that employers aren't cutting jobs in response to global economic weakness and sharp stock market drops.

The Labor Department says weekly applications for jobless aid fell 16,000 to a seasonally adjusted 278,000. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, dropped 2,250 to 283,000.

Applications are a proxy for layoffs, and the decline suggests that...

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