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The Latest: Vikings keep door open to bringing back Peterson

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The Latest from the NFL's annual scouting combine in Indianapolis (all times local): 11:45 a.m. One day after cutting All-Pro running back Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman is keeping the door open to re-signing the longtime face of the franchise. He's just not sure what, or how much, it might take. "What you can't predict is what the market is going to be," Spielman said.

AP Source: Panthers add Vanek on NHL trade deadline day

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) -- Thomas Vanek is headed to the Florida Panthers, who added some offensive punch on trade-deadline day in an effort to get back to the playoffs for a second straight season. Vanek was sent to Florida by the Detroit Red Wings, in exchange for defenseman Dylan McIlrath and a conditional third-round draft pick, a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

Salary cap for 2017 season is $167 million, up $12 million

NEW YORK (AP) -- The NFL salary cap for the upcoming season will be $167 million per team, up more than $12 million over last year. The league and the NFL Players Association compile the cap from specific revenues, and it has risen annually. It was $143.28 million two years ago. This is the fourth consecutive year the cap has risen at least $10 million.

New Exxon CEO says company will boost production

NEW YORK (AP) -- Exxon's new CEO says the company will increase production and has a mix of projects to handle any level of oil and gas prices. Darren Woods also said Tuesday at a meeting with investors that Exxon Mobil Corp. is committed to increase its dividend and will buy back shares when the company has extra cash.

The Latest: Canadiens acquire F Dwight King from LA

The Latest on the NHL trade deadline (all times Eastern): 12:35 p.m. The Montreal Canadiens have made another move, acquiring forward Dwight King in a trade with the Los Angeles Kings. In exchange, Montreal sent Los Angeles a conditional fourth-round pick in the 2018 draft. The Canadiens announced the deal on their Twitter account. King provides the Canadiens a dependable checking-line forward.

Rhode Island lawmakers congratulate Oscar-winner Viola Davis

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- Rhode Island lawmakers have passed a resolution congratulating Viola Davis for winning an Oscar. The state House of Representatives on Tuesday voted to approve the resolution honoring Davis, who grew up in poverty in Central Falls. Davis on Sunday won the best supporting actress Oscar for "Fences," a role she originated in a Broadway revival seven years ago for which she won a Tony Award.

Twitter adds more safety tools, will curb abusive accounts

NEW YORK (AP) -- Twitter is adding more tools to curb abuse on its service as part of its ongoing effort to protect users from hate and harassment. Among other things, the service will attempt to identify offenders on its own, even if no one has reported them first. It is the second time in three weeks the company has released new ways to root out abusive material on its service.

Car parts maker says scam got tax info for 2,400 workers

BLOOMSBURG, Pa. (AP) -- A Swiss company says income tax information was stolen for about 2,400 workers in the United States, putting them at risk of identity theft just as many are awaiting tax refunds. Autoneum (aw-toe-NEE-um) North America Inc. said Wednesday the data included 2016 W-2 salary and tax information as well as the workers' names, addresses and Social Security numbers.

Austria: Man tries to enter courthouse with bag of roaches

VIENNA (AP) -- Security guards at an Austrian court might need to put up a sign at the screening gate to let the public know about another item prohibited on the premises -- cockroaches. State broadcaster ORF said Wednesday that security personnel in the western city of Linz turned away a man a day earlier after he tried to enter the court building with a sack full of the six-legged pests.

Chicago's lack of snow in 2017 sets 146-year record

CHICAGO (AP) -- Chicago hasn't logged any snow on the ground in January or February for the first time in the 146 years that the National Weather Service has been keeping track. Traces have fallen, but not enough to record. The weather service takes measurements at 6 a.m. at O'Hare International Airport, which means small amounts that may have fallen later in the day and melted weren't recorded.

Merkel visits Egypt, Tunisia to talk about migration

BERLIN (AP) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel is heading to Egypt and Tunisia this week to discuss migration and development in the North Africa nations. Merkel's spokesman Steffen Seibert said Wednesday that Berlin is interested in helping Egypt strengthen its coastguard and clamp down on illegal trafficking across the Mediterranean, which leads to thousands of deaths each year. Merkel will visit Egypt on Thursday and Tunisia on Friday.

McDonald's halts trading ahead of investor day

NEW YORK (AP) -- McDonald's Corp. says trading of its stock has been halted as it prepares to share its growth plans during its investor day in Chicago. The world's biggest burger chain has said it will give attendees a chance to walk through what it says its "experience of the future" will look like. The company has not yet provided further details about what it plans to share Wednesday.

Click for candy: How online retailers boost impulse buys

NEW YORK (AP) -- Supermarket layouts are carefully calibrated to tempt people into impulsive purchases, and now food makers are trying to adapt their strategies as people do more of their shopping online. Part of the worry for companies is that shoppers won't get to see their products as they would at a store, where people often decide they want an item only after walking past it on shelves or in displays .

So presidential: Baldwin working on Trump satire

NEW YORK (AP) -- Alec Baldwin has found a new way to mock Donald Trump. Baldwin is teaming with author Kurt Andersen on the satirical book "You Can't Spell America Without Me: The Really Tremendous Inside Story of My Fantastic First Year as President Donald J. Trump," Penguin Press announced Wednesday. The book is scheduled to come out Nov.

Colts owner, ex-punter boost Indiana teen deaths reward fund

DELPHI, Ind. (AP) -- Former Indianapolis Colts punter Pat McAfee says he and team owner Jim Irsay are nearly doubling the reward for information leading to an arrest in the killing of two northern Indiana girls. McAfee and Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter appear in a video posted on McAfee's Twitter account Wednesday in which they appealed to the public for tips and said the reward fund was being raised by $97,000, to $200,000.

Shoot melons, kill bugs: How businesses make creative videos

NEW YORK (AP) -- Melons going splat in slow motion. Drawn-as-you-go animation about machines. A behind-the-scenes look at winery operations. Not the usual viral videos, but small business owners have realized offering something to watch and having a sense of humor about themselves can help grab customers' attention.