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  • NEW YORK— Samsung's product showcase Sunday is notable for what's missing: a new flagship phone. That's partly so that Samsung wouldn't have to share the stage with its smartphone rivals at the Mobile World Congress trade show, which begins Monday in Barcelona, Spain. "The microscope is going to be firmly on Samsung," said Geoff Blaber, an analyst with the research...

  • LOS ANGELES— Comedian Jordan Peele's directorial debut "Get Out" has made a splash atop the box office in its opening weekend. The animated family picture added $19 million this weekend and is now up to $133 million after only three weeks in theaters. "John Wick: Chapter Two" took third place with $9 million, while the Matt Damon-starrer "The Great Wall" took fourth with...

  • LOS ANGELES, Feb 26- "Get Out," a trenchant horror film about race relations, rode critical raves to a smashing box office debut. The low-budget film was the weekend's top-grossing domestic release, earning $30.5 million, and propelling its director and writer Jordan Peele onto the Hollywood A-list. "Get Out" benefited from being embraced by reviewers, earning a rare...

  • MANILA, Feb 26- Thirteen people facing drug charges escaped from a police detention facility in the Philippines on Sunday after sawing through iron bars, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency said. The guard on duty at the facility north of the capital Manila is now under investigation, said PDEA regional director Juvenal Azurin. Philippine President...

  • ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.— His city is a half-billion dollars in debt, its casino industry continues to shrink, and the state has seized most of his power. Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian must walk an almost impossible tightrope this year: submitting to painful, deeply unpopular measures the state insists on to improve the city's finances, while answering to voters who...

  • PAWTUCKET, R.I.— The billionaire industrialist Charles Koch and hair braider Jocelyn DoCouto have at least one thing in common. She is supported by the Koch-affiliated libertarian law firm Institute for Justice, based in Arlington, Virginia, which through lawsuits and lobbying in more than a dozen states has been fighting to deregulate the practice of natural...

  • BEATRICE, Neb.— It started with a murder, was followed by a botched trial and has ended with a small Nebraska county facing a $30 million judgment it can't possibly pay. Now the farmers and small town residents of Gage County find themselves on the brink of a rare public bankruptcy, and wondering about possibly selling off the county's road equipment, public...

  • BOSTON— A new nickname for the river valley in western Massachusetts isn't sitting well with some residents. Pioneer Valley generally refers to the Massachusetts portion of the Connecticut River Valley. It includes Springfield, New England' s fourth largest city, and the college towns of Amherst, Northampton and Holyoke.

  • The Affordable Care Act has two main components for expanding coverage: subsidized private health insurance available in all 50 states, and an optional Medicaid expansion that has been accepted by 31 states and the District of Columbia. A report by the consulting firms Avalere Health and McKinsey& Company concluded that the changes under consideration by...

  • BARCELONA, Feb 26- Nokia sees demand for higher speed 4 G network equipment starting to recover this year, led by Japan, the company's chief executive Rajeev Suri said on Sunday as he announced a series of contracts with telecom operators. "Noise about carrier M&A will heat up dramatically in United States and India. Nokia repeated that while it expected the global...

  • Last year the IRS issued 111 million refunds, with an average refund of $2,860. More than 70 percent of taxpayers will get refunds this year, the IRS estimates. You can even have the IRS deposit the cash directly into a savings account so you aren't tempted to touch it.

  • UNDERHILL, Vt.— Maple syrup doesn't get that rich flavor and color in an instant. It's a long process from tree to bottle. It all comes down to how efficient you can be to make syrup, and this is just the next big step to save time, "said Timothy Perkins, director of the University of Vermont's Proctor Maple Research Center.

  • JERUSALEM— Israel's official Holocaust memorial has asked Amazon to stop selling literature on its site that denies the genocide of 6 million Jews during World War II and otherwise promotes anti-Semitism. Yad Vashem's director of libraries Robert Rozett says he has dispatched a letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos offering his assistance to "curb the spread of...

  • BARCELONA, Feb 26- Huawei is introducing a mass-market version of its premium business phone, to take advantage of a gap created by the withdrawal of Samsung's flagship Galaxy Note 7 after a crisis with its batteries catching fire. Huawei has aggressively expanded its mid- to high-end phones and is going head to head in Asia and Europe with Apple and Samsung in the...

  • Unless Congress simply cuts taxes for everyone, there will be winners and losers, and the losers won't go quietly. If Congress does cut taxes for everyone, lawmakers risk exploding an already large budget deficit. Republicans in Congress are also working on plans, with the House GOP taking the lead.

  • "Many of our retirees are already under the poverty line," Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello told Reuters in an interview this past week, saying any pension cuts would attempt to protect the poorest beneficiaries. The tropical island, struggling with a 45 percent poverty rate and unemployment more than twice the U.S. national average, is working to...

  • CAIRO— Egyptian officials said Sunday they were inching closer to meeting all demands set by Russia on airport security to resume flights to Egypt, suspended after militants from a local affiliate of the Islamic State group downed a Russian airliner 15 months ago over the Sinai Peninsula. Since the crash, Egypt has spent millions of dollars to upgrade security...

  • Brent Saunders, CEO of Botox maker Allergan PLC, last September announced a new "social contract" under which the company would limit annual list price increases for its drugs to below 10 percent. After deducting the discounts insurers and other payers get off the higher list price, Allergan will receive net price increases of around 2 percent to 3 percent on its...

  • NEW YORK— Samsung's fiasco with its fire-prone Note 7 phone has pushed its rival LG to take additional precautions with its next smartphone. Samsung recalled millions of Note 7 phones after dozens overheated and caught on fire. "We started by placing these two as far apart as possible and then built the phone around it," LG spokesman Frank Lee said.

  • MUMBAI, Feb 26- U.S. private equity firm Lone Star has joined up with Indian infrastructure financier IL&FS to invest in struggling Indian infrastructure projects, the companies said on Sunday. The collaboration will have an investment capital pool of $550 million, which could result in asset purchases of up to $2.5 billion, the partners said.