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Stocks edge higher in quiet, post-holiday trading 


(AP) — U.S. stocks closed mostly higher Tuesday as traders got back to work after a long holiday weekend.

Budget office: Wage hike would lift pay, cost jobs 


(AP) — Boosting the federal minimum wage as President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats are proposing would increase earnings for more than 16.5 million people by 2016 but also cut employment by roughly 500,000 jobs, Congress' nonpartisan budget analyst said Tuesday.

Lawsuits could lead to changes at fish hatcheries 


(AP) — People on the West Coast have counted on fish hatcheries for more than a century to help rebuild populations of salmon and steelhead decimated by overfishing, logging, mining, agriculture and hydroelectric dams, and bring them to a level where government would no longer need to regulate fisheries.

Obama wants more fuel-efficient trucks on US roads 


(AP) — Drawing a link between reduced fuel consumption and climate change, President Barack Obama said Tuesday that his administration will issue tougher fuel-efficiency standards for delivery trucks by March 2016.

Coca-Cola's profit slips as US soda sales flag 


(AP) — Coca-Cola's fourth-quarter profit fell as the world's biggest beverage maker once again sold less soda in North America.

US homebuilder confidence sinks in February 


(AP) — U.S. homebuilders' confidence in the housing market declined sharply this month as the severe weather battering much of the nation keeps many would-be buyers at home.

Olympians tiptoe around sponsorship ban

(AP) — Want to see the glasses and goggles that aerials skier Lydia Lassila and snowboarder Lindsey Jacobellis wore at the Sochi Olympics? If you go to the website of the company that manufactures their eyewear, you might be in for a shock.

Colo. pot aids kids with seizures, worries doctors

(AP) — The doctors were out of ideas to help 5-year-old Charlotte Figi.

Older Americans are early winners under health law

(AP) — For many older Americans who lost jobs during the recession, the quest for health care has been one obstacle after another. They're unwanted by employers, rejected by insurers, struggling to cover rising medical costs and praying to reach Medicare age before a health crisis.

White House: Stimulus bill was good for economy

(AP) — The White House says a costly spending bill President Barack Obama signed into law five years ago Monday was good for the economy and helped the U.S. avoid another Great Depression.