Among the stories Monday from The Associated Press:

Among the stories Monday from The Associated Press:



NEW YORK — The stock index that symbolized all the promise and excess of the dot-com boom is on the cusp of passing its record high from those go-go years. The Nasdaq composite, which epitomized the unrestrained investor optimism of the new millennium, has slowly and steadily ridden the current six-year bull market higher and is close to passing its peak of 5,048.62 from March 2000. By Steve Rothwell. SENT: 1,020 words, photos.





SAN FRANCISCO — Hewlett-Packard is buying wireless networking company Aruba Networks for about $2.7 billion, the biggest acquisition by HP in recent years. By Brandon Bailey. SENT: 140 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated, photos.


FRANKFURT, Germany — Small SUVs for families and powerful sports cars for the rich are the big things at this year's Geneva International Motor Show. Environmentally correct electrics and hybrids, not so much. Here are the major themes for the March 5-15 show. By David McHugh. SENT: 750 words, photos.


— GENEVA AUTO SHOW-CAR OF THE YEAR — The large family car Volkswagen Passat is voted car of the year by European automotive editors at the Geneva International Motor Show. SENT: 140 words.

— GENEVA AUTO SHOW-VW CEO — All-formats interview with the CEO of Volkswagen, Martin Winterkorn. By David McHugh. UPCOMING: 130 words, then 300 words by 4:30 p.m.


ORLANDO, Fla. — With construction among the fastest-growing job sectors in the country, some of the millions who left the field during the economic downturn are returning and finding a changed business — more technology, different skills in demand and more high-rise condos instead of sprawling subdivisions. By Mike Schneider. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.


KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Two airplane catastrophes put Malaysia on the map in a bad way in 2014. But they didn't hurt the country's tourism, and the higher visibility may even have helped: visitor numbers had their strongest growth in years. By Eileen Ng. SENT: 950 words, photos.



WASHINGTON — Consumer spending falls for a second consecutive month in January, weakness that was expected to be temporary. Income grows, reflecting strong job gains during the month. By Martin Crutsinger. SENT: 430 words, photo.


WASHINGTON — U.S. construction spending falls in January, reflecting weakness in spending on office buildings and other nonresidential projects and in government activity. By Martin Crutsinger. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 350 words by 11 a.m.


WASHINGTON — U.S. factories expand last month at the weakest pace in a year, with orders, hiring and production all growing more slowly. By Christopher S. Rugaber. SENT: 430 words, photo.


NEW YORK — U.S. stocks are opening slightly higher as investors focused on earnings and deal news. SENT: 590 words, photos. UPCOMING: 700 words by 5 p.m.



DETROIT — For many city residents with limited skills and education, Detroit is an employment desert, having lost tens of thousands of blue-collar jobs in manufacturing cutbacks and service jobs as the population dwindled. What's available to those without cars often are low-paying retail or sales positions far outside the city. By Corey Williams. SENT: 830 words, photos, video.

— FORBES BILLIONAIRES — Forbes says that Bill Gates's net worth rose to $79.2 billion in 2015 from $76 billion last year. That put him at the top of the magazine's list of the world's billionaires for the second consecutive year. SENT: 360 words, photo.

— CARDINAL HEALTH-JOHNSON & JOHNSON — Cardinal Health is offering to buy a unit of Johnson & Johnson that makes heart devices for approximately $1.94 billion. SENT: 260 words.

— SCANDINAVIA-AIRLINE STRIKES — Scandinavian Airlines says some 50 flights have been canceled to and from Denmark after members of a Danish cabin crew union walked out to protest the carrier's plan to transfer employees to a domestic airline acquired by SAS. SENT: 140 words.

— COSTCO-CREDIT CARD — Costco says it struck a deal for Citi to be the exclusive issuer of its co-branded credit cards, with Visa replacing American Express as the card network. SENT: 140 words.

— MOROCCO-WESTERN SAHARA-OIL — Dallas-based Kosmos Energy says its exploration well off the coast of the disputed Western Sahara territory has not yielded a commercial find and will be plugged, though the search would continue. SENT: 310 words.

— NORFOLK SOUTHERN-NEW CEO — Norfolk Southern has named company President James Squires as its next CEO. SENT: 100 words.

— GERMANY-RWE-RUSSIA — German energy company RWE says it has completed the 5.1 billion euro ($5.7 billion) sale of its oil and gas exploration and production division to a Russian-linked investment company. SENT: 130 words.



NEW YORK — Samsung ramped up its camera technology in last fall's Galaxy Note 4, and the camera is even better in the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. More importantly, the new phones have a more stylish design. By Anick Jesdanun. SENT: 700 words, photos.

— GOOGLE MAPS-AMAZON ZIP LINE — For its next technological trick, Google will show you what it's like to zip through trees in the Amazon jungle. SENT: 420 words, photos.



LONDON — The 19-country eurozone got a double dose of mildly positive economic news that will likely be met with relief by the European Central Bank's policymakers as they prepare to hold their latest meeting. Official figures showed that the fall in consumer prices eased notably in February and that unemployment fell in January to 11.2 percent, its lowest level in nearly three years. By Pan Pylas. SENT: 650 words, photo.


HONG KONG — Hong Kong police say they arrested more than three dozen people involved in scuffles that broke out at a weekend protest against the growing influx of mainland Chinese shoppers. By Kelvin Chan. SENT: 730 words, photos.

— CHINA-MANUFACTURING — China's manufacturing activity improved in February for the first time in four months but export demand weakened. SENT: 300 words.

— RUSSIA-UKRAINE-GAS — Russia and Ukraine's energy ministers are holding emergency talks in Brussels as Russian gas giant Gazprom threatens to cut off deliveries to Ukraine for lack of payment. SENT: 330 words, photos.