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Severity of Carson Wentz’s back injury still unknown

By ROB MAADDIAP Pro Football Writer

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Carson Wentz has a back injury. The severity is still not known.

Two people familiar with the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback’s injury confirmed reports that Wentz has a fractured vertebra, but no definitive determination has been made regarding his status, pending further evaluation.

EU leaders agree to prolong Russia sanctions over Ukraine

BRUSSELS (AP) — A top European Union official says EU leaders have agreed to prolong economic sanctions against Russia over its destabilization of Ukraine.

The measures targeting Russia’s economy were due to expire next month, but lifting them depends on whether the EU considers that Russia is respecting the Minsk peace agreement sealed in 2015.

Solar industry blames tariffs for canceled, delayed projects

NEW YORK (AP) — The solar industry is blaming tariffs for delays and cancellations of major solar energy projects.

An estimated $8 billion worth of utility-scale projects were canceled or put on hold for the five-year period that ends in 2022, according to a new report from the Solar Energy Industry Association and Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables. The report says 9,000 jobs — mainly in construction and engineering — were either lost or not added because of the tariffs.

With OK from Congress, US hemp market set to boom

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Hemp is about to become legal nationwide.

A provision of the farm bill that received final approval in Congress on Wednesday removes hemp from the list of federally controlled substances and treats it like a regular crop.

President Trump is expected to sign the bill into law next week.

Hemp is a type of cannabis that does not get the user high.

The change means an industry already seeing explosive growth is likely to grow more.

May Day: British leader’s respite won’t end Brexit mess

LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Theresa May is safe, for now. She has survived a no-confidence vote engineered by her own Conservative Party, and can’t be challenged again for a year, but that has not brought Britain’s Brexit battle any closer to resolution.

May was in Brussels on Thursday, imploring European Union leaders help her sell the U.K.-EU divorce bill to a skeptical British Parliament.

European Central Bank to end stimulus despite growth worries

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Central Bank is expected to halt the stimulus program that it deployed nearly four years ago to nurture a teetering eurozone economy back to health.

Analysts say the bank is likely to confirm Thursday its plan to stop the program’s monthly bond purchases at year end despite worries about growth. The program pumped 2.6 billion euros ($3 billion) into the economy of the 19 countries that use the euro.