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Trader Jonathan Niles, center, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. U.S. stocks moved higher in early trading Wednesday after very strong earnings from Apple and Boeing. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

US stocks edge higher in afternoon trading; Apple up sharply

U.S. stocks drifted higher in afternoon trading Wednesday, regaining some lost ground earlier in the day. Strong earnings from Apple, Boeing and other companies helped lift the market ahead of a mid-afternoon monetary policy update by the Federal Reserve. KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average rose 40 points, or ...

A police officer questions the driver an occupant of a car that ended up on top of a tall snowbank in the middle of Commercial Street during a blizzard, Tuesday, Jan 27, 2015, in Portland, Maine. Although there is no driving ban in Maine, most motorists stayed off the roads on Tuesday. The storm is expected to dump up to two feet of snow. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

New England digs out after getting exactly what it expected

Trudging through knee-high snow, New Englanders began digging out from a blizzard Wednesday with grudging respect for the forecasters, who missed the mark in New York but were right on the money in the Boston area. The storm buried the region in more than 2 feet of snow Tuesday and ...

Prosecutor: Gregg Allman filmmaker never given immunity

Prosecutors never promised immunity from criminal charges to a filmmaker indicted after a crew member was killed by a train while shooting a biographical movie about singer Gregg Allman, the district attorney said in a court filing. Hillary Schwartz was working as an assistant director on the ill-fated "Midnight Rider" ...

Mobile provider TracFone to pay $40M in federal settlement

The nation's largest prepaid mobile provider, TracFone Wireless, will pay $40 million to settle government claims that it misled smartphone customers with promises of unlimited data service. The Federal Trade Commission said Wednesday that TracFone promised unlimited data in its advertising, but then drastically slowed down consumers' data speeds — ...

State Dept. ready to meet with special committee on Benghazi

The State Department said Wednesday that officials are prepared to meet immediately with a special House committee investigating the deadly 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya. In a letter to the panel's Republican chairman and top Democrat, Assistant Secretary of State Julia Frifield said officials could meet "as soon as today" ...

FILE - In this Dec. 2, 2014 file photo, Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch arrives for a meeting with fellow New Yorker, Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., on Capitol Hill in Washington. The first Republican-led confirmation hearing of the Obama administration is about to get under way as the Senate Judiciary Committee considers President Barack Obama’s nominee for attorney general. If approved, Lynch would become the first black female attorney general. She is now the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Lynch defends Obama's immigration policies

Challenged by Republicans, Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch on Wednesday defended President Barack Obama's decision to shelter millions of immigrants from deportation though they live in the country illegally. But she said they have no right to citizenship under the law. She told her Senate confirmation hearing that under the ...

FILE- In this Sept. 2, 2012 file photo, Lindsay Lohan arrives for the GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2014 in central London. A Los Angeles judge on Wednesday Jan. 28, 2015, set another court hearing in Lohan's reckless driving case after a prosecutor questioned whether the actress had completed the terms of her community service sentence with a London charity organization. (Photo by Jonathan Short/Invision/AP, File)

Prosecutor questions Lindsay Lohan's community service

A prosecutor on Wednesday raised doubts that Lindsay Lohan had completed the terms of her community service sentence in a reckless driving case that is the final criminal case the actress faces for years of bad behavior. The complaints from Santa Monica Chief Deputy City Attorney Terry White prompted Superior ...

FILE -In this November 1989 file photo, Tommy Thompson holds a $50 pioneer gold piece retrieved earlier in 1989 from the wreck of the gold ship Central America. According to the US Marshals Service,  Thompson, a fugitive treasure hunter wanted for more than 2 years was arrested in Florida. (AP Photo/The Columbus Dispatch, Lon Horwedel)

Fugitive treasure hunter nabbed in Florida after 2-year hunt

A treasure hunter locked in a legal battle over one of the greatest undersea hauls in American history has been arrested in Florida after more than two years on the lam, authorities said Wednesday. The U.S. Marshals Service tracked Tommy Thompson to a Hilton hotel in West Boca Raton and ...

Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, second right, and Deputy Prime Minister Giannis Dragasakis, second left, chat during the first cabinet meeting of the new government at the Parliament in Athens, on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. Greece’s new leftist prime minister says his government’s top priorities are to negotiate with Greece’s partners to resolve the country’s financial predicament and to deal with what he describes as Greece’s humanitarian crisis. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

Greece, eurozone creditors gear up for clash over bailout

Greece's new radical left government has shot the first salvo in what is expected to be a tough clash with fellow eurozone countries over budget cuts that Athens says are choking the life out of its economy. The government of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said Wednesday it would ignore key ...

This undated photo provided by the Israel Antiquities Authority on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015 shows a partial human skull excavated from a cave in Israel's western Galilee region. Israel Hershkovitz of Tel Aviv University says the bone dates from around 55,000 years ago, about the time scientists believe the migration from Africa reached that area. "This is the first evidence we have of the humans who made this journey," apart from some ancient tools, said Eric Delson of Lehman College and the American Museum of Natural History in New York. (AP Photo/Israel Antiquities Authority, Clara Amit)

Ancient Israeli skull may document migration from Africa

Long ago, humans left their evolutionary cradle in Africa and passed through the Middle East on their way to Europe. Now scientists have found the first fossil remains that appear to document that journey, a partial skull from an Israeli cave. The skull dates from around 55,000 years ago, fitting ...

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