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Visa, MasterCard offer more phone payment options

NEW YORK (AP) — Visa and MasterCard are introducing Internet-based technologies to make it easier for shoppers to buy things at retail stores without pulling out a credit card. The two technologies, announced separately on Wednesday, will give merchants and banks more...

Germany protests result in team sprint at Olympics

AP Photo/Matthias Schrader KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — Germany has protested the results of the Olympic men’s cross-country team sprint, which Finland won after the German anchor fell shortly before the finish. The German team said it had handed in an official...

Ohio Governor, Others To Discuss Manufacturing

NORWOOD, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s Republican governor and a veteran Democratic congressman are among business and political leaders scheduled to take part in a forum on the future of manufacturing. Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik) and Rep. Tim Ryan are part of the Wednesday...

Ohio Bill Increases Access To Overdose Antidote

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio lawmakers are considering a bill to provide a drug overdose antidote to friends or family members of addicts without the risk of prosecution. The legislation is aimed at reducing the state’s record-high number of fatal overdoses from heroin and...

Signet Jewelers buying Zale for about $690M

DALLAS (AP) — Signet Jewelers is buying Zale Corp. for approximately $690 million to help diversify its business and expand further internationally. Shares of Zale soared more than 39 percent in Wednesday premarket trading, while Signet Jewelers Ltd.’ stock rose more...

After Latest Snow Storm, Warmer Days Finally Ahead

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — More snow is ahead for residents of northern New England a day after a fast-moving storm brought about a foot to many communities, but rain and warmer temperatures could present new problems for other states. A rain and snow mixture is possible Wednesday...

Norway wins women’s team sprint at Olympics

AP Photo/Matthias Schrader KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — Marit Bjoergen gave Norway a dominant victory in the women’s cross-country team sprint on Wednesday for her fifth career Olympic gold medal. Bjoergen opened up a sizeable gap for Norway on her first of three...

Wild wins gold for Russia in parallel giant slalom

AP Photo/Sergei Grits KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — Former U.S. snowboarder Vic Wild has won gold for Russia in the parallel giant slalom. Wild rolled to victory in the final on Wednesday, overcoming a half-second deficit against Switzerland’s Nevin Galmarini to win...

US expat Wild wins men’s parallel giant slalom

AP Photo/Andy Wong KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — The husband and wife team of Vic Wild and Alena Zavarzina are both heading home with Olympic medals. Wild rolled to victory in men’s snowboarding parallel giant slalom, ripping past Nevin Galmarini in the second run...

Trade bills divide Obama, fellow Dems

AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says it will continue to press Congress for “fast track” authority to speed approval of trade deals even as election-year politics makes the task harder. The Obama administration is engaged in...