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FRIDAY, FEB. 5, 2016

Amazon job postings signal plans to scale up bookstore business

A bevy of recent highly specialized job postings suggests is indeed laying the foundation for a brick-and-mortar bookstore business whose ambitions extend well beyond the University Village location it opened in November. That, or Amazon’s sole bookstore will have the most overqualified staff ever seen in a small bookshop.

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Apple now accepting your banged-up iPhone

NEW YORK – Apple for the first time is accepting banged up iPhones as a trade-in from people wanting to upgrade. Until now, Apple offered credit to iPhone owners only if the device had an intact screen and working buttons. ...

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In this Jan. 27, 2016, photo, Angelo Falcone, left, is interviewed by Eric Larkee for a bartender job at a job fair held by The Genuine Hospitality Group, in Miami. (Lynne Sladky / Associated Press)

U.S. economy adds just 151,000 jobs in January

WASHINGTON – Job growth in the U.S. slowed sharply last month, the latest in recent signs of economic weakening amid turbulent global financial markets, lower corporate profits and a contracting manufacturing sector at home. The government said Friday that employers ...

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US exports fell in 2015 for first time since recession

The U.S. trade deficit rose in December as American exports fell for a third straight month, reflecting the pressures of a stronger dollar and spreading global weakness. Those factors contributed to the first annual drop in U.S. export sales since the Great Recession shrank global trade six years ago.

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THURSDAY, FEB. 4, 2016

Making sure Facebook works at the Super Bowl

NEW YORK – It’s the pain of crowds: Texts, photos and video streams take forever or just can’t get through. You might have run into this at a concert where everyone’s trying to post selfies with the headliners at once, ...

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This  Aug. 24, 2015, file photo shows the New York Stock Exchange. (Seth Wenig / Associated Press)

U.S. stocks end modestly higher

The Dow Jones industrial average rose 79.92 points, or 0.5 percent, to 16,416.58. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 2.92 points, or 0.2 percent, to 1,915.45 and the Nasdaq composite rose 5.32 points, or 0.1 percent, to 4,509.56.

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Pharmaceutical chief Martin Shkreli listens on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, during the House Committee on Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on his former company's decision to raise the price of a lifesaving medicine. Shkreli refused to testify before U.S. lawmakers who excoriated him over severe hikes for a drug sold by a company that he acquired. (Susan Walsh / Associated Press)

Shkreli invokes the Fifth Amendment, ire of lawmakers during hearing on Capitol Hill

WASHINGTON (AP) – Pharmaceutical chief Martin Shkreli refused to testify Thursday in an appearance before U.S. lawmakers who excoriated him over severe hikes for a drug sold by a company that he acquired. Shkreli, widely scorned for hiking the price of a long-established and potentially lifesaving drug by more than 5,000 percent, exercised his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination when he went before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

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ChemChina offers $43B for Swiss pesticide giant Syngenta

HONG KONG – A Chinese state-owned chemical maker offered to buy Swiss pesticide giant Syngenta for $43 billion in what would be the biggest foreign acquisition by a Chinese company. Syngenta AG said Wednesday its board is recommending shareholders accept the offer from China National Chemical Corp., also known as ChemChina. Basel-based Syngenta said in a statement that ChemChina’s cash offer is worth the equivalent of $477 a share, including a special $4.97 dividend for shareholders if the deal goes through.

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Antonio Tovar-Aguilar, an investigator with the Florida Department of Health, knocks on a farmworker’s door Nov. 12 during a follow-up visit in Belle Glade, Fla. (Wilfredo Lee / Associated Press)

Pesticide-safety system may not protect farmworkers

BELLE GLADE, Fla. – Dozens of farmworkers looked up at the little yellow plane buzzing over the Florida radish field, a mist of pesticide falling from its wings. Farmworkers are supposed to be protected by government rules regulating exposure to toxic farm chemicals. But in this case, the breeze pushed the pesticide over the crew in a neighboring field, where it fell mostly on women, including at least one who was pregnant.

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Lawmakers seek $1 billion for struggling coal states 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Lawmakers from Appalachian states hit hard by a downturn in the coal industry are proposing to set aside $1 billion from a federal fund to use for economic development. The House bill announced Wednesday mirrors a plan ...

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