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February 28, 2015 - 9:19am
13 min 55 sec ago

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 four-month strike that North Carolina-based FairPoint was positioning itself to be sold. But the company disputes that...

February 28, 2015 - 9:06am
13 min 55 sec ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are losing some legislative skirmishes over the Department of Homeland Security.

But many feel they're winning a political war that will haunt Republicans in 2016 and beyond.

Democrats so far have failed to force Republicans to fund the department for a year, with no strings attached.

Still, even some Republicans say their party has chosen a perilous path. The very public ideological struggle only...

February 28, 2015 - 8:55am
13 min 55 sec ago

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) — A rash of drug overdoses at Wesleyan University that sent a dozen people to hospitals is likely to bring more scrutiny to drug policies on college campuses that have wrestled with how to approach enforcement and when to involve local police.

State Rep. Matthew Lesser is a member of the Wesleyan class of 2005 whose district includes the Middletown campus. He says the episode will force schools to examine their policies.

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February 28, 2015 - 8:41am
13 min 55 sec ago

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Billionaire Warren Buffett says owning stocks is the key to building wealth over time, but investors must avoid the common mistakes of trading too often and paying high investment fees.

The billionaire investor says there's every reason to expect stocks to perform well long-term, even if prices are volatile.

Buffett says his Berkshire Hathaway Inc. conglomerate benefited over the past 50 years from the S&P 500's growth from 84...

February 28, 2015 - 8:32am
13 min 55 sec ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — For six years, President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have been on a collision course over how to halt Iran's nuclear ambitions.

Both leaders see the high-stakes endeavor as a centerpiece of their legacies.

Now, the coming weeks will put the relationship between their countries to one of its toughest tests.

Netanyahu is bound for Washington for an address to Congress aimed squarely...

February 28, 2015 - 8:08am
13 min 54 sec ago

HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) — Police say they have found the NASCAR race car stolen from a hotel parking lot near Atlanta Motor Speedway.

NASCAR's Team XTREME says the car was found early Saturday northwest of Atlanta in Gwinnett County. The team tweeted a pictured of team owner John Cohen standing in front of the No. 44 Chevrolet, which was valued at $250,000 and appears undamaged.

Morrow police Detective Sgt. Larry Oglesby, leading the investigation in the...

February 28, 2015 - 5:52am
13 min 54 sec ago

ATLANTA (AP) — Prosecutors say a suburban Atlanta man who forced a boy to hold paint buckets outdoors for hours as punishment on a hot June day has been sentenced to life imprisonment plus 50 years.

The Fulton County District Attorney's Office says 32-year-old Omar Pitts of College Park pleaded guilty Friday to murder and other charges in the death of his girlfriend's 12-year-old brother, Jay'tavious Mahone.

District Attorney Paul Howard Jr. said...

February 28, 2015 - 3:29am
13 min 54 sec ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican leaders' difficulties passing the Homeland Security Department's funding may show a struggle to demonstrate who's really in charge of Congress.

The stunning House defeat Friday of a three-week spending bill for the agency exposed Speaker John Boehner's weakness in the face of rebellious conservatives. It also demonstrated anew his need to rely on Democratic help at key moments, as the minority party's agreement to a one-week spending bill...

February 28, 2015 - 3:14am
13 min 54 sec ago

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 them erroneous information on forms that they need to complete their 2014 tax returns. Now they're getting robocalls and emails advising them to delay filing until the mistakes get fixed.

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February 28, 2015 - 2:54am
13 min 54 sec ago

BOSTON (AP) — A federal appeals panel says publicity hasn't jeopardized Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) right to an impartial jury.

The ruling allows jury selection and opening statements to proceed next week as scheduled in Boston where the deadly explosions occurred almost two years ago.

The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel says in its 2-1 ruling Friday that the trial judge correctly denied...

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