Obama’s N. American agenda hits congressional drag

AP Photo/Charles Dharapak WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama heads into a summit with Mexican and Canadian leaders eager to engage on issues of trade and other neighbor-to-neighbor interests even as Congress is placing a drag on some of his top cross-border agenda...

iTunes launching music festival at SXSW

NEW YORK (AP) — iTunes is putting its stamp on South by Southwest, piggybacking on the annual event hosted by the city of Austin, Texas, with its own music festival. The company said Wednesday it will debut its popular iTunes Festival, a free concert series held in London...

US producer prices rose slight 0.2 percent in Jan.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The cost of producing goods and services in the United States rose slightly in January, with higher food prices partly offset by cheaper gas. Overall, inflation remains mild. The Labor Department says the producer price index, which tracks prices before...

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...