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Shares muted as Japan surge tempered

TOKYO (AP) — Shares were lackluster Wednesday as investors waited for major earnings reports and took stock of a torrid start to the year for global markets. European stocks edged higher in early trading, with Germany’s DAX up 0.1 percent at 9665.81. Britain’s...

Kummer wins gold in women’s parallel giant slalom

AP Photo/Andy Wong KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — Patrizia Kummer of Switzerland has won gold in women’s snowboarding parallel giant slalom. Kummer cruised to victory when Tomoka Takeuchi of Japan missed a gate midway through the second run of the finals. Alena...

Kummer wins gold in women’s parallel giant slalom

AP Photo/Andy Wong KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — Patrizia Kummer of Switzerland has won gold in women’s snowboarding parallel giant slalom. Kummer cruised to victory when Tomoka Takeuchi of Japan missed a gate midway through the second run of the finals. Alena...

Pa. couple face prison after sons’ prayer deaths

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Pennsylvania couple who believe in faith-healing face 20 years or more in prison in the death of a second child who died without seeing a doctor. Herbert and Catherine Schaible are being sentenced Wednesday in the death last year of their 8-month-old...

Los Angeles bishop kept altar boy list from police

FILE – In this Feb. 6, 2008 file photo, Cardinal Roger Mahony officiates during Ash Wednesday services at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles. The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles will pay $13 million to settle 17 clergy abuse lawsuits, including...

Weapons plant intrusion: Peace activists sentenced

This Nov. 19, 2012, combo photo shows anti-nuclear weapons activists Sister Megan Rice, left, Michael Walli, center, and Greg Boertje-Obed in Knoxville, Tenn. The three were sentenced Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, for the role they played in a July 2012 break-in at the Y-12 National...

Miller tweaks left knee in GS, unsure about slalom

AP Photo/Christophe Ena KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — Bode Miller tweaked his surgically repaired left knee during the first run of Wednesday’s Olympic giant slalom and said he’s not sure whether he’ll enter the slalom. Miller was 26th in the opening GS...

As German car sales drop, industry bets on sharing

AP Photo/Michael Sohn BERLIN (AP) — Germans, once a nation of ardent automobile enthusiasts, are not buying cars as much as they used to. Instead, they’re sharing them. The country has become the world’s biggest user of one-way car sharing plans, where people...

Disability access needs improvement at Sochi Games

AP Photo/David Goldman SOCHI, Russia (AP) — After $51 billion, it should be easy to get around at the Olympics – for everyone. Organizers have repeatedly touted accessibility for people with disabilities as one of the chief lasting benefits of hosting the Winter Games...

Bubka calls for halt to violence in Ukraine

AP Photo SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Pole vault great and Ukrainian Olympic chief Sergei Bubka is urging both sides in Ukraine’s political crisis to lay down their weapons and halt the violence in Kiev. Bubka issued his call Wednesday after clashes between riot police and...