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  • BEATRICE, Neb.— A small Nebraska county that botched a 1985 murder case is scrambling to pay off a $28.1 million judgment owed to six residents who were wrongly convicted. Officials in Gage County say they may have to resort to bankruptcy to try to escape the debt, but it's not clear how that would work. Gage County could become one of only a handful of public entities...

  • 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 firm Avalere Health concluded that the changes under consideration by the GOP- led House would...

  • 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 say they are drawing closer to meeting all demands set by Russia on airport security to restore flights to Egypt. They say work has begun this week to install up to 16 finger-print security gates for employees at two of Cairo airport's main terminals and to raise a potentially vulnerable stretch of the facility's perimeter fence at a...

  • 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.

  • MINSK, Belarus— Local media in Belarus say about 3,000 people have demonstrated across the country against an unpopular new labor law that targets the unemployed. Many in Belarus are unhappy with a so-called "anti-sponging" law that forces citizens to pay the equivalent of $250 if they work less than half the year and do not register with nation's labor...

  • KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia— Saudi King Salman arrived in Malaysia on Sunday to kick off a multi-nation tour aimed at boosting economic ties with Asia. The monarch's tour will also take him to Indonesia, Brunei, Japan, China and the Maldives, the news agency said. OPEC kingpin Saudi Arabia is the world's largest oil exporter, with much of its crude destined for customers...

  • BERLIN, Feb 26- Greece must not be granted a "bail in" that would involve creditors taking a loss on their loans, Germany's deputy finance minister said in an interview broadcast on Sunday, reiterating the German government's opposition to debt relief for Athens. The IMF has called for Greece to be granted substantial debt relief, but this is opposed by Germany,...

  • *Early 2017 euro zone data promises growth. LONDON, Feb 26- Over the years, euro zone economic growth has been a bit like the Sirens in Homer's Odyssey: singing a song of promise, only to end up pulling you onto the rocks. One eye-opening example was the release of flash purchasing managers indices for France, Germany and the euro zone on Feb 21.

  • NEW YORK— A trans-Atlantic wave of puzzlement is rippling across Sweden for the second time in a week, after a prominent Fox News program featured a "Swedish defense and national security advisor" who's unknown to the country's military and foreign-affairs officials. Swedes, and some Americans, have been wondering about representations of the Nordic nation in...

  • BEIJING, Feb 26- China will focus on stable development of its capital markets this year, but will press ahead to further open its markets to foreign companies, the top securities regulator said on Sunday. "We will not waver from reforms more market-based, law-based and international, Liu Shiyu, chairman of the China Securities Regulatory Commission, told a news...