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  • WASHINGTON, Feb 14- Republican lawmakers and presidential candidates hardened their positions on Sunday on blocking a move by President Barack Obama to fill the seat left by the late conservative Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court, a lifetime appointment that would help decide some of the most divisive issues facing Americans.

  • WASHINGTON— Justice Antonin Scalia's death deprives conservatives of a key vote that could change the outcome in some major Supreme Court cases, including one in which labor unions appeared headed for a big defeat. Next month's Supreme Court arguments in a clash over contraceptives, religious liberty and President Barack Obama's health care law also now...

  • The five-year borehole project was tentatively slated to start later this year on state-owned land in rural North Dakota, but it has already been met with opposition from state and local leaders who want more time to review whether the plan poses any public danger. "It should be a statewide decision," said Jeff Zent, spokesman for North Dakota Gov.

  • NEW YORK— The Associated Press is all over New York Fashion Week, from the runway designs to the celebrity-filled front rows. VICTORIA BECKHAM SHOWS WHAT VICTORIA BECKHAM WEARS. We need to take into consideration the different territories where we're selling clothes, "she said of her fall/winter looks that did not scream frigid temperatures like those that...

  • BAY CITY, Mich.— A city that has been home to a General Motors factory for nearly a century is struggling over whether to buy less expensive Ford Motor SUVs for the police department. The issue will be discussed at a city commission meeting Monday, The Bay City Times reported. Commissioner Ed Clements wants to stick with GM, which has operated a factory in Bay City, 115...

  • LOS ANGELES— The R-rated "Deadpool" has taken the box office by storm, annihilating records with an eye-popping $135 million from its first three days in theaters, according to comScore estimates Sunday. The Fox film, which stars Ryan Reynolds as the foul-mouthed superhero, easily trounced last year's record-setting $85.2 million February debut of the erotic...

  • COLUMBUS, Ohio— A federal trial over a $100 million investors' lawsuit against Venezuela includes allegations of fraud, hints of an international criminal conspiracy, and references to diamonds, German junk bonds and a mysterious house fire in Switzerland. Venezuela has confirmed the debts belonging to an agricultural development bank known as Bandagro are...

  • ST. LOUIS— A Midwestern environmental group has followed through on its promise to formally challenge Peabody Energy's ability to guarantee it has enough money for future cleanup of its Illinois and Indiana coal mines. Groups also have raised concern about self-bonding for Wyoming mines operated by St. Louis- based Arch Coal and Bristol, Virginia- based Alpha...

  • The documents show the company pushing to speed up the improvements to Vermont Route 22 A, a road on the western side of the state and a link in the most direct route from the former IBM— now GlobalFoundries— computer chip plants in Essex and Williston to company facilities in New York state. And they point to these incentives coming in exchange for a promise that "up...

  • DENVER— When sisters Caroline Clark and Dianne Rissman set up their quilt shop in the house on their family farm in Iowa 2004, vendors they would call about fabric or thread would helpfully tell them it would be easier to order on line. Last year, their Forest Mills Quilt Shop shipped kits and materials to 27 states and Canada. Allamakee- Clayton cooperative...

  • ALBANY, N.Y.— New York may allow the parents of young children to defer a piece of their state income taxes to help cover the cost of child care. "Child care, next to the mortgage, is the biggest expense we have," said Tom Devaney, a grant writer in the Long Island town of Mineola. Child care in New York costs more than $10,000 a year on average, rivaling the cost of housing as the...

  • BATH, Maine— Development of a futuristic weapon depicted in video games and science fiction is going well enough that a Navy admiral wants to skip an at-sea prototype in favor of installing an operational unit aboard a destroyer planned to go into service in 2018.. The Navy has been testing an electromagnetic railgun and could have an operational unit ready to...

  • Forging a common front and encouraging bolder rhetoric against Chinese assertiveness in the South China Sea, however, will be a challenge among the diverse collection of VIP guests, who did not criticize China by name in past joint summit statements as the disputes flared on and off in recent years. Only four of its 10 member states are locked in the disputes with...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 13- The death of Justice Antonin Scalia on Saturday means that the normally nine-member U.S. Supreme Court will probably be down to eight when it rules on such divisive issues as abortion, immigration, affirmative action and the power of public-sector unions. With a replacement unlikely to be appointed before the current Supreme Court term ends...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 13- President Barack Obama has a number of likely options as he looks for a nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court to replace Justice Antonin Scalia, who died on Saturday. If Obama's nominee is not confirmed by the Senate, the White House could use the process to energize Democratic voters ahead of the presidential and congressional elections in...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 13- The death of Justice Antonin Scalia on Saturday means that the normally nine-member U.S. Supreme Court will probably be down to eight when it rules on such divisive issues as abortion, immigration, affirmative action and the power of public-sector unions. With a replacement unlikely to be appointed before the current Supreme Court term ends...

  • US SUPREME COURT JUSTICE ANTONIN SCALIA RECEIVED LAST RITES FROM CATHOLIC PRIEST AT TEXAS RANCH WHERE HE DIED- EL PASO DIOCESE.

  • Feb 13- Insight Venture Partners is nearing a deal to acquire Diligent Corp, a maker of software used by corporate boards, two people familiar with the matter said on Saturday. The New York- based company's shares, which are listed in New Zealand, ended trading on Friday at NZ $5.64, valuing the company at NZ $493.4 million. Insight's agreement to acquire Diligent...

  • Feb 13- Conservative U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has died, setting up a major political showdown between President Barack Obama and the Republican-controlled Senate over who will replace the jurist just months before a presidential election. FORMER PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH. "The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next...

  • Feb 13- Conservative U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has died, setting up a major political showdown between President Barack Obama and the Republican-controlled Senate over who will replace him just months before a presidential election. REPUBLICAN SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH MCCONNELL "The American people should have a voice in the selection...