Among the stories Thursday from The Associated Press:
Among the stories Thursday from The Associated Press:
SUPER BOWL-CELEBRITY TEASE Advertisers are playing up celebrity cameos by everyone from Steven Tyler to Amy Schumer to drum up Big Game Buzz, but risk being overshadowed by the stars they use. By Mae Anderson. SENT: 700 words, photos.
With: SUPER BOWL-CELEBRITY TEASE-LIST Top 10 celebrity Super Bowl ad teasers. SENT.
BARBIE'S BODY Barbie's got a brand new bod. Mattel Inc., the maker of the famous plastic doll, says it will start selling Barbie's in three new body types tall, curvy and petite. She'll also come in seven skin tones, 22 eye colors and 24 hairstyles. By Joseph Pisani. SENT: 150 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated.
SMALLBIZ-SMALL TALK When workers say they hate their jobs or their bosses are abusive, many don't quit and instead spend years being unhappy. But often emotional reasons like depression or fear stop employees from mustering the energy to look for a new job. By Joyce Rosenberg. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 10:30 a.m.
OF MUTUAL INTEREST-BRAVING CHINA While the rest of the world is flooding out of Chinese stocks, some are wading in. Managers of Chinese stock mutual funds say they're used to these bouts of volatility, which have been regular occurrences the last five years, and they're buying stocks of companies set to take advantage of how the Chinese government is reshaping the economy. By Stan Choe UPCOMING: 800 words by 12 p.m., photos
MARKETS & ECONOMY:
FINANCIAL MARKETS U.S. stocks are trading higher as oil companies are surging along with the price of oil and strong earnings reports propel Facebook and Under Armor. SENT: 140 words, photos. UPCOMING: 700 words by 5 p.m., photo.
UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS The number of people seeking unemployment benefits falls last week, a sign that employers aren't cutting jobs in response to global economic weakness and sharp stock market drops. By Christopher S. Rugaber. SENT: 400 words, photo.
PENDING HOME SALES The National Association of Realtors releases its December report on pending home sales, which are seen as a barometer of future purchases. In November, fewer people signed contracts to purchase homes. By Christopher S. Rugaber. UPCOMING: 130 words after release of report at 10 a.m. 350 words by 10:45 a.m.
DURABLE GOODS Orders to U.S. factories for long-lasting manufactured goods tumble in December, with a key category that tracks business investment plans falling for a second straight month. By Martin Crutsinger. SENT: 370 words.
MORTGAGE RATES Freddie Mac reports on this week's average U.S. mortgage rates. Last week, the nationwide average for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage fell to 3.81 percent from 3.92 percent a week earlier. By Marcy Gordon. UPCOMING: 130 words after release of report at 10 a.m. 300 words by 10:45 a.m.
EARNS-AMAZON.COM Amazon.com Inc. reports quarterly financial results after the market closes. UPCOMING: 130 words after release, then expanded.
EARNS-MICROSOFT Microsoft Corp. reports quarterly financial results after the market closes. UPCOMING: 130 words after release, then expanded.
EARNS-ALIBABA Alibaba is hoping its better-than-expected third-quarter results help reassure investors worried about the state of the Chinese economy. SENT: 340 words, photo.
EARNS-FORD Improving sales in most of the world helped Ford Motor Co. achieve a record pretax profit in 2015, and the company says the numbers could go even higher this year. By Dee-Ann Durbin. SENT: 430 words, photo.
EARNS-CATERPILLAR Caterpillar Inc. reports quarterly financial results before the market opens.
EARNS-ALTRIA Altria's fourth-quarter revenue improves thanks partly to higher tobacco product pricing, and the company announced a plan to reduce costs that includes job eliminations. SENT: 270 words, photo.
SKOREA-EARNS-SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS Samsung Electronics reports a bigger-than-expected decline in fourth quarter earnings as its mainstay smartphone and semiconductor businesses suffered from weakening global demand for consumer electronics. By Youkyung Lee. SENT: 650 words, photo.
EARNS-VISA Visa Inc. reports quarterly financial results after the market closes. UPCOMING: 130 words after release, then expanded.
EARNS-AMGEN Amgen Inc. reports quarterly financial results after the market closes. UPCOMING: 130 words after release, then expanded.
GERMANY-DEUTSCHE BANK Deutsche Bank co-CEO John Cryan says the group is making "good progress" on a wide-ranging restructuring but there will be no bonuses for top management after the bank lost 6.8 billion euros ($7.5 billion) last year. By David McHugh. SENT: 420 words, photos.
AUTOMATIC BRAKING-CRASHES The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety releases results of a study of whether automatic braking and front-collision warning reduce rear-end crashes. By Dee-Ann Durbin. SENT: 350 words.
LOSING LOGGERS The falling market for wood products is driving many loggers out of business, and those who remain are getting older, ending a way of life that has sustained rural populations for generations, while at the same time threatening the health of forests that depend on regular harvesting. By Wilson Ring. SENT: 760 words, photos, video.
SAGE GROUSE-NEVADA GOVERNOR The governor of gold-rich Nevada is pressing the Obama administration to alter its sage grouse protection plan to free up thousands of mining claims by shrinking the restricted area in exchange for making other unprotected areas off limits, restoring burned out rangeland and reining in wild horse herds. By Scott Sonner. SENT: 680 words, photo.
TECHNOLOGY & MEDIA:
DIGITAL LIFE-GOOGLE MAPS OFFLINE-REVIEW Even without a cellular connection, Google Maps got me where I needed to go, though not free of delays that had nothing to do with traffic. Though the experience wasn't pain-free, Google Maps offline beats getting lost when you have no signal. By Anick Jesdanun. UPCOMING: 700 words by 10:30 a.m., photos.
BRITAIN-GOOGLE The European Union's competition commissioner says she would consider investigating the 130 million pound ($186 million) deal for back taxes struck between Britain and Google amid fury among opposition lawmakers who suggest the Internet giant should have paid more. SENT: 140 words.
INDONESIA-NETFLIX Indonesia's state-owned telecommunications company says it blocked the Internet video service Netflix in a possible setback to the U.S. company's expansion in Asia. SENT: 230 words.
SELF-DRIVING CARS Companies that are developing self-driving cars of the future want government regulators to clear the road for public access to the technology, once it emerges from current prototype testing. By Justin Pritchard. SENT: 550 words, photo.
VIETNAM-ECONOMY After a decade of uneven progress, foreign and local businesses hope the reshuffled leadership of Vietnam's ruling Communist Party will double down on modernizing an economy dominated by state companies. By Tran Van Minh. SENT: 850 words, photos.
IRAN-EUROPEAN AIRLINES Several European airlines aim to resume their flights to Iran following a landmark nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers. By Nasser Karimi. SENT: 380 words.
With: EUROPE-IRAN France welcomed Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Thursday with a long-term car-making agreement and pledges to boost trade now that a diplomatic deal is easing nuclear tensions. By Elaine Ganley. SENT: 700 words, photos.
SPAIN-UNEMPLOYMENT Spain's unemployment rate edges down to 20.9 percent in the fourth quarter from 21.2 percent the previous quarter, at the end of a year when the number of jobless fell by a record amount. SENT: 270 words.
JAPAN-ECONOMY-SCANDAL Japan's economy minister resigns while fending off corruption allegations, in a setback for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's effort to rev up growth in the world's third-largest economy. By Elaine Kurtenbach. SENT: 430 words, photos.