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Aaron's buys Progressive Finance, cuts outlook

Furniture leasing company Aaron's has agreed to buy online rent-to-own finance company Progressive Finance Holdings for $700 million in cash in a bid to turn around its business even as it cut its first-quarter outlook.

Weber High School teacher placed on leave

A northern Utah high school teacher has been placed on leave after officials say she had students list slang terms for genitalia as part of a class exercise.

West Virginia editorial roundup

Recent editorials from West Virginia newspapers:

AP News in Brief at 10:58 p.m. EDT

Solemn tributes honor victims, mark year since bombs exploded near Boston Marathon finish line

Greek short-term borrowing costs tumble

Greece's borrowing costs in a short-term debt sale have tumbled, days after the country returned to the international bond markets.

Entergy issues preliminary Q1 earnings guidance

New Orleans-based Entergy Corp. expects first-quarter earnings of around $2.28 per share, well above the 94 cents recorded in a year ago and stock analysts' $1.15 forecast.

Tobacco cos. make payments under state settlement

The nation's top cigarette makers said Tuesday they have made about $6 billion in annual payments as part of a longstanding settlement in which some companies are paying states for smoking-related health care costs.

Nonprofit groups allowed to join Kauai law defense

A federal judge has decided to allow four nonprofit organizations to join Kauai County in defending a new law regulating pesticides and genetically modified crops in court.

Federal tax prosecutions seen as reminder

Seven Chicago area residents are facing prosecution for alleged federal income tax crimes.

5 Things to Know about Tax Day

The deadline for filing taxes is midnight Tuesday. Here are five things to consider as the deadline nears.

Colorado budget finalized, heads to governor

Lawmakers approved a $23 billion budget for Colorado next year, sending to the governor a spending plan that increases money for public schools, colleges, and funds an aerial firefighting fleet.

Cuomo tax return shows $188,000 book advance

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's tax return shows he made $188,333 last year on an advance for his book that's due out in August.

US stock markets rebounds after choppy day

A stock market swoon turned into a comeback Tuesday.

Praeger, Kansas groups urge health compact veto

Republican Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger and several health care organizations urged Gov. Sam Brownback on Tuesday to veto legislation that would allow Kansas to join a multistate health care compact.

Intel reports lower 1Q net income, higher revenue

Intel's earnings fell in the first three months of the year amid a continued slump in the worldwide PC market, but revenue grew slightly because of solid demand for tablet processors and its data center services.

Jamaica grants license for natural gas project

A Hong Kong-based company has been granted a license for what would be a major new power project in Jamaica, the Caribbean island's energy minister announced Tuesday.

Tufts Medical Center, Lowell General, seek merger

Tufts Medical Center in Boston and Lowell General Hospital have reached a tentative deal on a merger officials say will make both institutions stronger while lowering medical costs.

Cutler tax plan focuses on lowering property taxes

As the legislative session nears a close, independent Eliot Cutler sought to refocus attention Tuesday on the three-way governor's race with a property tax relief proposal that would slash taxes for homeowners while attempting to shift some of the tax burden onto visitors, possibly through a seasonal sales tax.

BC-Cash Prices, 1st Ld-Writethru,0334

Wholesale cash prices Tuesday:

US declines to name China a currency manipulator

The Obama administration is raising concern about the value of China's currency but is declining, as in recent years, to accuse Beijing of manipulating it.

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