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VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis put his humility on display during his first day as pontiff Thursday, stopping by his hotel to pick up his luggage and pay the bill himself in a decidedly different style for the papacy usually ensconced inside the frescoed halls of the Vatican. By NICOLE WINFIELD Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A measure of U.S. wholesale prices rose in February by the most in five months, pushed higher by more expensive gas and pharmaceuticals. But outside those increases, inflation was mild. By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER AP Economics Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Fewer Americans sought unemployment aid last week, reducing the average number of weekly applications last month to a five-year low. The drop shows that fewer layoffs are strengthening the job market. By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER AP Economics Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A record number of U.S. counties - more than 1 in 3 - are now dying off, hit by an aging population and weakened local economies that are spurring young adults to seek jobs and build families elsewhere. By HOPE YEN Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Working mothers increasingly want full-time jobs, and tough economic times might be a big reason, according to a national survey. By JENNIFER C. KERR Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) -- Working mothers increasingly want full-time jobs, and tough economic times might be a big reason, according to a national survey.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- While the nation's foreclosure woes persist, new data show they're easing amid a resurgent housing market, rising home prices and efforts by some states to buy homeowners more time to avoid losing their homes. By ALEX VEIGA AP Real Estate Writer
NEW YORK (AP) -- Samsung Electronics is taking to the Big Apple to reveal its next big challenge to Apple Inc.: a successor to its top-selling Galaxy S III smartphone. By PETER SVENSSON AP Technology Writer
ST. PAUL — A proposal to allow gay weddings in Minnesota survived several moves Wednesday by Senate Republicans to block it, an early signal the measure likely has enough votes to pass on the floor. Both on the Senate floor and in a Rules Committee meeting, Democrats who control the chamber defeated a series of Republican motions to postpone its progress. Republicans said they were simply seeking more information about whether it would cost tax money to allow gay couples to marry — in court costs, state employee benefits and other areas.
FORT MYERS, Fla. — With outings like this, Brian Matusz could regain a job in the Baltimore Orioles’ starting rotation. Matusz pitched four hitless innings, struck out six of his first seven batters and retired his first 11 before a walk in Wednesday night’s 9-4 win over the Minnesota Twins. Matusz had a 10.69 ERA in 2011, the highest in a season for a pitcher with at least 10 starts. He was 5-10 with a 5.42 ERA in 16 starts last year, then was sent to the minors on July 1 after losing his fifth straight outing.
INDIANAPOLIS — Roy Hibbert knew he was going to get the ball. It was just up to him what he was going to do with it. It’s been a slow process for the Indiana Pacers’ center to playing up to expectations — a process that has stretch over the course of much of the season. However, when teammate Paul George told him before the game he was getting the ball, Hibbert capitalized by scoring a season-high 27 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Pacers to a 107-91 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night.