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China vows to fight unauthorized steel mills

SHANGHAI — China, the world’s biggest steel producer, says it will crack down on unauthorized steel mills as it maneuvers to wield more control over prices during crucial iron ore talks. Only about 300 million tons of the 567.8 million tons of crude steel produced last year in China was made with full government authorization, according to Miao Yu, a ...

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FAA completing American Airlines probe

WASHINGTON — The Federal Aviation Administration is close to wrapping up a two-year investigation of safety violations at American Airlines that could result in one of the largest fines in the agency’s history, according to government and industry officials familiar with the investigation. Separately, the Transportation Department’s inspector general is due to release an audit in the next several days ...

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Retail sales boosted by pump prices

NEW YORK — Americans backed off from holiday spending in January, but retail sales rose for a third month in a row compared with a year earlier, largely because of gas price hikes, according to figures released today by a key data service. Including goods from food to clothing to gasoline — but excluding cars — U.S. retail sales rose ...

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Toyota releases list of recalled vehicles

Toyota’s recall of eight car and truck models over potentially sticky gas pedals, which affects 2.3 million U.S. vehicles: 2009-10 Corolla 2009-10 Matrix 2005-10 Avalon 2007-10 Camry 2010 Highlander 2007-10 Tundra 2008-10 Sequoia 2009-10 RAV4 Toyota’s recall of models due to gas-pedal entrapment under floor mats, which affects 5.3 million U.S. vehicles: 2007-2010 Camry 2005-2010 Avalon 2004-2009 Prius 2005-2010 Tacoma ...

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Lawmakers approve new tourism trail

JACKSON — Mississippi has already put up 100 roadside markers to highlight its blues music heritage. Now, officials are considering a broader approach to cultural and historical tourism. A bill that passed the House 117-0 Feb. 9 would authorize the Mississippi Development Authority to create a Mississippi heritage, history and culture trail. Lawmakers say the trail could have signs highlighting ...

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Barksdale offers to pay for principals

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Four Mississippi school districts have accepted an offer from the Barksdale Reading Institute to search the nation for “top-notch” elementary school principals and pay their salaries. Claiborne Barksdale is director of the institute that was created with a $100-million donation by former Netscape CEO Jim Barksdale in 2000. He says hiring principals is the organization’s latest initiative. ...

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Ex-NASA officer returning to court

GULFPORT — A May trial date has been set for a former high-ranking NASA official facing nine federal charges accusing him of steering a $600,000 contract to Mississippi State University. Courtney A. Stadd, who consulting firm clients included the college, has pleaded not guilty. He is already been convicted of breaking ethics laws by steering a different contract for almost ...

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Palace Casino still in the dark

BILOXI — Palace Casino is expected to reopen at 10 a.m. Thursday. The Sun Herald reports the parts needed to repair a primary power panel were located but delivery to the East Biloxi resort was delayed by snowstorms in the North. The power has been out since Sunday, when a short in the main power panel forced the evacuation of ...

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Democrats introduce jobs package

WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats have unveiled their jobs initiative, blending a tax cut for businesses that hire new workers with help for the unemployed — along with a raft of provisions sought by lobby groups like doctors and the satellite broadcasting industry. The 362-page measure is still in draft form and has not been officially released. It has bipartisan backing ...

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