Qatar Airways buys nearly 10 percent of BA, Iberia parent

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Qatar Airways announced Friday it has bought nearly 10 percent of the parent company of British Airways and Spain’s Iberia, deepening wealthy Qatar’s business ties to Europe and intensifying competition with the airline’s...

Miranda Lambert leads ACM Awards with 8 nominations

NEW YORK (AP) — Miranda Lambert is continuing her reign as contemporary country queen with eight nominations at this year’s Academy of Country Music Awards. The ACMs announced Friday that Lambert is the top contender, including a nomination for entertainer of the...
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Balloon crew nearing North America matches duration record

In this photo provided by the Two Eagles Balloon Team, Troy Bradley of New Mexico and Leonid Tiukhtyaev of Russia set off from Saga, Japan, shortly before 6:30 a.m. JST Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, in their quest to pilot their helium-filled balloon from Japan to North America and...
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Ohio State expects $3M royalties bump after championship win

COLUMBUS (AP) — The Ohio State University is cashing in after the Buckeyes’ national championship victory. The Columbus Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/1CST3ot) the university expects a $3 million increase this year in royalties from licensed merchandise sales as fans...
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Marathon champ Rita Jeptoo banned 2 years for doping

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Athletics Kenya says on Friday it has banned marathon champion Rita Jeptoo two years for doping. Jeptoo has won the Boston Marathon three times, and her second Chicago Marathon in October. But traces of the banned blood-booster EPO were found in her...
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Djokovic beats defending champ Wawrinka to reach final

Novak Djokovic of Serbia makes a forehand return to Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland during their semifinal at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian) Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland wipes the sweat from his face...
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Doug Baldwin headlines group of unheralded receivers

Seattle Seahawks’ Doug Baldwin holds up George Halas Trophy after overtime of the NFL football NFC Championship game against the Green Bay Packers Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015, in Seattle. The Seahawks won 28-22 to advance to Super Bowl XLIX. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) New...
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Rap mogul ‘Suge’ Knight arrested for fatal LA hit-and-run

This image from video shows Death Row Records founder Marion “Suge” Knight, right, walking into the Los Angeles County Sheriffs department early Friday morning Jan. 30, 2015 in connection with a hit-and-run incident that left one man dead and another injured. Man at...
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U.S. economy slows to 2.6 percent growth in fourth quarter

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy slowed in the final three months of 2014 as a big burst in consumer spending was offset by weakness in other areas. The Commerce Department said Friday the overall economy grew at a 2.6 percent rate in the October-December period, down...