Among the stories Thursday from The Associated Press:

Among the stories Thursday from The Associated Press:



INDIANAPOLIS Health insurer Anthem says hackers infiltrated its computer network and gained access to personal information for "tens of millions" of customers and employees, including CEO Joseph Swedish. The nation's second-largest health insurer is contacting customers affected by what it calls a "very sophisticated" cyberattack that the company discovered last week. By Tom Murphy. SENT: 600 words, photo. UPCOMING: Will be updated.


NEW YORK Pfizer is buying Hospira for approximately $15.23 billion, saying it's a good fit with its global established pharmaceutical business. By Michelle Chapman. SENT: 610 words, photo.


TOKYO North Korea, long accused by the U.S. and others of engaging in counterfeiting, drug trafficking and even online gambling scams, is trying to repair its international image by courting a little-known but influential body that fights money laundering and terrorist financing. By Eric Talmadge. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.


BEIJING With her country's economy contracting and its supply of dollars dwindling, South American president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner had arrived looking for help from China, which has already lent Argentina $14 billion since 2007. The trip highlights China's growing role as a kind of lender of last resort for Latin America, with Beijing a frequent destination for the region's presidents. By Jack Chang. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.



WASHINGTON More people sought unemployment benefits last week, but the number of applicants remains near historic lows in a positive sign for job growth. By Josh Boak. SENT: 270 words, photo.


WASHINGTON The U.S. trade deficit in December jumps to the highest level in more than two years as American exports fall and imports climb to a record level. By Martin Crutsinger. SENT: 640 words, photo.


WASHINGTON U.S. worker productivity goes into reverse in the final three months of the year, while labor costs increase. By Martin Crutsinger. SENT: 420 words, photo.


WASHINGTON Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell this week, resuming their downward trend of this year after rising slightly last week. Rates are near historically low levels. By Marcy Gordon. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 350 words by noon.


NEW YORK U.S. stocks rise broadly, helped by a rebound in the price of oil and a rise in health care stocks following Pfizer's $16 billion deal to buy drugmaker Hospira. By Ken Sweet. SENT: 520 words. UPCOMING: 700 words, photo.



HONG KONG European aircraft maker ATR is in the spotlight again after the dramatic crash of a TransAsia Airways turboprop into a river in Taiwan. It's the second time in seven months that a TransAsia ATR has been involved in a fatal accident. By Kelvin Chan. SENT: 520 words, photo.

EUROPE-FORD Ford Motor Co. is increasing its production by 40 percent at its plant in Valencia, Spain to 400,000 vehicles this year, amid continued signs of growth in the European car market. SENT: 140 words.

BRITAIN-TESCO Britain's supermarket ombudsman is launching an investigation into the trading practices of Tesco, one of the world's largest retailers. SENT: 150 words.

LIVERPOOL-NEW BALANCE Boston-based sportswear manufacturer New Balance is taking over as shirt supplier of Premier League club Liverpool from next season, in what the English team says is a "record-breaking" and "multi-year" deal. SENT: 130 words, photos.

BRAZIL-PETROBAS A warrant compelling the treasurer of Brazil's ruling Workers' Party to testify is among 62 arrest, search and other legal orders police issued in the investigation into a massive kickback scheme at the state-run oil company Petrobras. SENT: 350 words, photos.


SWEDEN-EARNS-VOLVO Swedish truck maker AB Volvo posts a fourth-quarter loss of 3 billion kronor ($364 million), compared with a 548 million-kronor surplus last year, in the face of weak demand for construction equipment. SENT: 120 words.

EARNS-DAIMLER German car and truck maker Daimler AG says net profit fell 29 percent in the fourth quarter as the company set aside 600 million euros ($684 million) for potential costs from a European Union anti-trust investigation of truck makers. SENT: 280 words.

FRANCE-EARNS-SANOFI Sanofi SA says its net profit soared 26.3 percent in the fourth quarter thanks to lower charges against Lemtrada, its multiple sclerosis treatment. SENT: 210 words.

JAPAN-TAKATA Takata Corp., the Japanese seatbelt and air-bag maker at the center of a defect scandal, is projecting a 31 billion yen ($264 million) loss, worse than the previous forecast for a 25 billion yen. SENT: 420 words.


BRITAIN-BT British telecommunications company BT PLC takes a big step back into the world of cellular after agreeing to buy the country's largest mobile operator, EE, for 12.5 billion pounds ($18.9 billion). SENT: 320 words.



BERLIN Greece's new finance minister sought to convince his skeptical German counterpart to back a new approach on Greece's debt but an agreement still appeared a long way off. By Geir Moulson and Nicholas Paphitis. SENT: 710 words, photos.


SOCHI, Russia Russia had vowed to pay for what became the most expensive Olympics of all time by getting super-rich private investors to take the cost from the state. Instead, as the first anniversary of the Sochi Games approaches, at least two of those oligarchs are quietly dumping their toxic assets on the state forcing taxpayers to pick up the bill. By Nataliya Vasilyeva. SENT: 1,000 words, photos, video. Longer version also available.

EUROPE-ECONOMY The European Union has grown a little bit more positive about the 19-country eurozone following the recent sharp declines in the price of oil and the euro. SENT: 410 words, photos. UPCOMING: 500 words by 9 a.m.

UKRAINE-ECONOMY Following a massive drop in its currency that has stoked concerns of runaway inflation, Ukraine raises a key interest rate by a whopping 5.5 percentage points. SENT: 350 words, photo.

BRITAIN-ECONOMY The Bank of England keeps its main interest rate at a record low 0.5 percent and refrained from pumping more money into the economy with policymakers feeling little pressure to act amid subdued inflation. SENT: 130 words.

GERMANY-ECONOMY Germany's Federal Statistical Office says factory orders in Europe's largest economy rose a much stronger-than-expected 4.2 percent in December, with demand rising both at home and abroad. SENT: 110 words.

SRI LANKA-CHINA Sri Lanka's new government will go ahead with a $1.5 billion Chinese-funded port city project planned by the previous president to avoid misunderstandings with Beijing, an official says. SENT: 430 words.