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  • Greeks face more pain, protests as bailout nears end

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek lawmakers, eying the end of eight years of bailout programs, approved more austerity measures late Monday, as strikes and mass protests brought much of Athens to a standstill. Protesters in Athens sprayed police with red paint outside parliament as some 20,000 people marched in anti-government rallies in the capital and […]
  • Texas towns hit hard by Hurricane Harvey work to recover

    ROCKPORT, Texas (AP) — Some Texas coastal towns where Hurricane Harvey made landfall are working to restore tourism and other economic attractions nearly five months after the storm. Hundreds of businesses in Rockport and Fulton are now open amid recovery efforts assisted by Aransas County and other government officials, the Corpus Christi Caller-Times reports . […]
  • Alaska lawmakers go back to work amid sex misconduct fallout

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Legislature opens a new session Tuesday amid lingering fallout from the resignation of a House member accused of inappropriate behavior toward female aides. A new member is expected to be appointed to the House this month to replace Dean Westlake, the freshman Democrat who resigned. Lawmakers have vowed to […]
  • Iowa lawsuit pits gay rights against religious freedom

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The University of Iowa is caught up in a legal fight with a conservative Christian student group that denied a leadership position to a student who is gay. The case pits a university policy barring discrimination based on sexual orientation against the religious beliefs of a 10-member group called Business […]
  • Turkey reveals route of ‘crazy’ Istanbul canal project

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey has revealed the planned route for an ambitious canal in Istanbul that would link the Mediterranean Sea and the Black Sea — a project President Recep Tayyip Erdogan once dubbed one of his “crazy projects.” Transportation Minister Ahmet Arslan told reporters on Monday that the 45-kilometer (28-mile) -long “Canal Istanbul” […]
  • Future floods will be in mind as California town rebuilds

    MONTECITO, Calif. (AP) — After power and drinking water return, and cleanup crews haul away the last of the boulders and muck that splintered homes like a battering ram, the wealthy seaside hideaway of Montecito, California, will start rebuilding with the possibility of another catastrophic flood in mind. Though parts of the town of about […]
  • Pipeline protester’s elderly exploitation case dismissed

    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Authorities have dropped a second charge against a Bismarck woman accused of abusing and exploiting her elderly mother during protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline in North Dakota. Authorities last week dismissed a charge of felony exploitation of a vulnerable adult against Kathleen Bennett, saying the case had become too […]
  • CVS Pharmacy promises to end touchups of its beauty images

    NEW YORK (AP) — Pharmacy giant CVS said it will stop significant touchups of images used in its advertising for beauty products. The company said it has a responsibility to think about sending messages of unrealistic body images to girls and young women. CVS Health Corp. said Monday it will not “materially” alter photos used […]
  • German startup AUTO1 gets $558 million Softbank investment

    BERLIN (AP) — Japan’s Softbank is investing 460 million euros ($558 million) in German used car trading platform AUTO1. The Berlin-based company was launched in 2012 and operates in over 30 countries, selling more than 40,000 cars a month on its associated sites. AUTO1 said in a statement Monday that the investment from Softbank Vision […]
  • Intel underfoot: Floor sensors rise as retail data source

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — The next phase in data collection is right under your feet. Online clicks give retailers valuable insight into consumer behavior, but what can they learn from footsteps? It’s a question Milwaukee-based startup Scanalytics is helping businesses explore with floor sensors that track people’s movements. The sensors can also be used in office […]
  • France wants tougher rules on bitcoin to avoid criminal use

    PARIS (AP) — France’s finance minister says he wants new regulation targeted at virtual currencies, to stop them from being used for tax evasion, financing terrorism and other crime. Bruno Le Maire said in a sweeping economic speech Monday that he has ordered a former central bank chief to draft potential new rules, warning against […]
  • Zeta-Jones says Michael Douglas is a ‘Me Too’ supporter

    PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Catherine Zeta-Jones says that husband Michael Douglas, who has denied allegations of sexual harassment, is a strong supporter of the #MeToo movement. “Michael is 110 percent behind this movement,” says Zeta-Jones, who noted that the 73-year-old Douglas is both the husband and son of actresses. “He’s been in this business working […]
  • UAE says Qatar fighter jets intercept flights, Doha denies

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates claimed Qatari fighter jets intercepted two of its commercial airliners in international airspace on the way to Bahrain, allegations denied by Qatar. The claims Monday could further escalate tensions between Qatar and the four Arab nations that have been boycotting it for months, among them […]
  • Richard Branson: Virgin Trains to sell Daily Mail again

    LONDON (AP) — Virgin Trains will once again sell the Daily Mail newspaper after complaints about its decision to stop offering passengers the popular tabloid. Richard Branson said Monday he only learned of the decision not to sell the Daily Mail after it became a media issue last week. He says the company “must not […]
  • The Latest: Passenger who died after boat fire identified

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on a casino shuttle boat that caught fire off Florida’s Gulf Coast (all times local): 11:45 p.m. A female passenger on a casino shuttle boat that was consumed by a huge fire off Florida’s Gulf Coast has died. The Tampa Bay Times reports that the Pinellas-Pasco Medical Examiner’s Office […]