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  • Ukrainians gear up for winter without Russian gas

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — For Alexei Polezhai, who sells water heaters and wood-burning stoves at his two shops in Kiev, sales this fall have been remarkably good considering the dramatic collapse in the rest of the Ukrainian economy this year. Ukrainians are rushing to insulate their walls, seal up...

  • EU says Ireland grants Apple illegal tax benefits

    BRUSSELS (AP) — Ireland appears to be granting Apple illegal tax rebates that may have to be recouped, the European Union's competition watchdog said Tuesday as it pressed on with an inquiry into the iPhone maker's overseas tax practices. If the EU's preliminary finding is confirmed over the...

  • State port awards contract to second-lowest bidder

    GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — Necaise Brothers Construction of Gulfport has been awarded a $63.3 million contract for restoration and expansion at the state Port of Gulfport. Port Executive Director Jonathan Daniel told The Sun Herald (http://bit.ly/1vrjkV9 ) while Necaise Brothers was not the lowest...

  • Walgreen reports 4Q loss

    DEERFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Walgreen Co. (WAG) on Tuesday reported a loss of $239 million in its fiscal fourth quarter. On a per-share basis, the Deerfield, Illinois-based company said it had a loss of 25 cents. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring costs and amortization costs, came to 74 cents per...

  • East St. Louis appoints new assistant police chief

    EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) — A longtime officer with the East St. Louis Police Department is replacing the assistant chief who resigned amid sexual harassment allegations. Roy Mickens was sworn in as the department's new assistant chief Monday after 19 years with the force. Mayor Alvin Parks...

  • McConnell's latest ad aims at the heart

    In the minute-long ad called "Home," Noelle Hunter, a resident of Morehead, Ky., praises the incumbent GOP senator, saying he helped her get her daughter back from her ex-husband, who had taken her to Mali during a custody battle.

  • Putin visits Kazakhstan after remarks cause alarm

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin is visiting Kazakhstan to stress the need for close ties, a month after he caused alarm in the former Soviet republic by seeming to question its future as an independent state. During a meeting Tuesday with President Nursultan Nazarbayev, Putin...

  • Hostage tale suggests IS wary of upsetting Turkey

    SILOPI, Turkey (AP) — Turkish truck driver Ozgur Simsek was sleeping off a 1,000-kilometer (620-mile) fuel run to the Qayara power station in Iraq, he said, when he heard banging on his vehicle's door. "IS took over last night," the power plant's foreman shouted, referring to the Islamic State...

  • Police in birthplace of GM give Ford SUVs a spin

    FLINT, Mich. (AP) — The birthplace of General Motors is giving Ford SUVs a spin as the city's latest police vehicles. The Flint Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1uZEPf7 ) Flint's state-appointed emergency manager Darnell Earley last week singed a resolution to pay a Ford dealer more than $78,000...

  • PayPal to separate from eBay in 2015

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — PayPal is splitting from eBay and will become a separate and publicly traded company next year. Almost a year after billionaire Carl Icahn opened a proxy fight pushing for the spinoff of PayPal, eBay President and CEO John Donahoe said Tuesday that, "The industry...

  • Texan who faked military past guilty in guns case

    HOUSTON (AP) — A Texas convicted felon who faked being an Army Ranger to get close to a decorated retired Navy Seal faces up to 10 years in prison for having two guns. Daniel Lee Marshall of Conroe pleaded guilty Monday to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, involving a semi-automatic...

  • Texas teen pleads guilty to shooting classmate

    TEXARKANA, Texas (AP) — A Texas teenager who says he accidentally shot and killed a fellow high school football player has pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide. The Texarkana Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/1u8lydt ) 19-year-old Aaron Conkleton pleaded guilty Monday to killing...

  • New agreement to allow U.S. troops in Afghanistan past 2014

    The Bilateral Security Agreement allows for 9,800 U.S. soldiers to remain in Afghanistan past the end of the year to help train, equip and advise Afghan military and police forces.

  • HK leader says China adamant; students seek talks

    HONG KONG (AP) — Pro-democracy protesters demanded that Hong Kong's top leader meet with them on Tuesday and threatened wider actions if he did not, after he said China would not budge in its decision to limit voting reforms in the Asian financial hub. Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's...

  • Wildlife populations plummet for 3,000 species

    GENEVA (AP) — About 3,000 species of wildlife around the world have seen their numbers plummet far worse than previously thought, according to a new study by one of the world's biggest environmental groups. The study Tuesday from the Swiss-based WWF largely blamed human threats to nature for a...



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