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FDA approves appetite-zapping implant for obese patients

(AP) — Federal regulators have approved an appetite-suppressing implant designed to treat obesity by zapping nerves that connect the stomach and the brain.

IRS cuts taxpayer services as filing returns gets harder 


(AP) — The IRS is cutting taxpayer services to historically low levels just as President Barack Obama's health law will make filing a federal tax return more complicated for millions of families.

Stocks end up-and-down day with small losses

(AP) — The stock market is ending a see-saw day with small losses, as energy shares slip lower with the price of oil.

Federal deficit in October-December up slightly at $176.7B

(AP) — The federal deficit for the first three months of the budget year is up slightly from the same period a year ago, reflecting the absence of a special payment from mortgage company Freddie Mac that helped narrow the gap in 2014.

AirTran leads US airlines in on-time arrivals; Envoy last

(AP) — AirTran Airways tops all U.S. airlines in the latest rankings for on-time arrivals, knocking off perennial winner Hawaiian Airlines.

Obama's cybersecurity proposals part of decade-old programs

(AP) — President Barack Obama is proposing cybersecurity legislation that increases government information-sharing and protects businesses from lawsuits for revealing cyberthreats. But an Associated Press review shows that some of his plans are retreads from years past.

Facebook launches Amber Alerts to help find missing children

(AP) — Facebook users in the U.S. will soon receive Amber Alerts to help find missing children who may be located near them.

US job openings jump to 14-year high; sign of strong hiring

(AP) — The rapid hiring that made 2014 a stellar year for job gains is showing no sign of slowing down.

MetLife to challenge 'too-big-to-fail' tag

(AP) — MetLife is challenging its U.S. designation as a company that is "too big to fail," a tag given to corporations that the government believes could pose a risk to the economy in the event of a collapse.

New tax forms to fill out on health insurance coverage

(AP) — Be prepared for the tax man to get even more personal this year — with questions about your health insurance.