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  • Asian shares fall back as investors show caution over China

    TOKYO (AP) — Shares were mostly lower in Asia on Tuesday as investors stepped back after several days of advances, erasing early gains. Markets are awaiting the Federal Reserve meeting on Wednesday and the outcome of a major Chinese planning conference. KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s Nikkei 225 index was flat at 22,944.21 by midday Tuesday. South […]
  • Markets Right Now: More records for S&P 500, Dow industrials

    The latest on developments in financial markets (All times local): 4 p.m. Stocks ended modestly higher on Wall Street, enough to mark more record highs for two major indexes. Technology stocks drove the gains Monday. Apple gained 1.9 percent and chipmaker Advanced Micro Devices rose 2.2 percent. Energy and health care stocks also rose, making […]
  • Supreme Court declines gay rights work discrimination case

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is leaving in place a lower court ruling that a federal employment discrimination law doesn’t protect a person against discrimination based on their sexual orientation. The court on Monday declined to take up the question of whether a law that bars workplace discrimination “because of…sex” covers discrimination against someone […]
  • Talk of a bubble intensifies as price of bitcoin soars

    Is bitcoin in a bubble? The price of bitcoin has been soaring this year, and last week alone it jumped from $11,000 to well over $17,000, according to Coindesk. It started the year below $1,000. That rocketing level of appreciation smells a lot like an irrational investor mania to many economists and financial pros, the […]
  • As ‘overtourism’ swamps Amsterdam, Dutch capital pushes back

    AMSTERDAM (AP) — A group of cyclists slams on the brakes as a man pushing a wheeled suitcase stops abruptly in the middle of a busy bike path in downtown Amsterdam to pick up a toiletries bag he dropped. “If we wait a bit longer, he’ll probably start cleaning his teeth,” one rider says to […]
  • Utility offers abandoned nuclear site to state agency

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The parent company of South Carolina Electric & Gas Co. is offering the site of a failed nuclear reactor project to the state-owned utility Santee Cooper. SCANA has proposed giving the Fairfield County site to Santee Cooper so the project could be preserved and perhaps finished at some point in the […]
  • HSBC says US officials will dismiss criminal charges

    LONDON (AP) — HSBC says the U.S. Department of Justice will ask a court to dismiss deferred criminal charges against the London-based bank in recognition of its efforts to strengthen safeguards against money laundering. The bank says it has lived up to all of its commitments under a five-year deferred prosecution agreement that has now […]
  • Germany’s Siemens to build 2 power plants in Libya

    BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s Siemens says it has signed contracts worth some 700 million euros ($824 million) to build two gas-powered electricity plants in Libya. The Munich-based industrial conglomerate said Monday that the plants will be built in Misrata and Tripoli and that the value of the contracts with the state-owned General Electricity Company of […]
  • 10 Things to Know for Today

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. PUTIN MAKES SURPRISE STOP IN SYRIA EN ROUTE TO CAIRO The Russian president visits a Russian military air base in Latakia and announces a partial pullout of his forces from the country. 2. DIVERGENT VIEWS ON WHAT […]
  • Putin visits Egypt in sign of closer ties

    CAIRO (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin visited Egypt on Monday, where he signed a deal to advance plans for a nuclear reactor but disappointed his hosts by delaying the resumption of direct flights that were suspended after the 2015 bombing of a Russian passenger plane. During Putin’s second visit to Egypt in as many […]
  • France names winners of anti-Trump climate change grants

    PARIS (AP) — Eighteen climate scientists from the U.S. and elsewhere hit the jackpot Monday as French President Emmanuel Macron awarded them millions of euros in grants to relocate to France for the rest of Donald Trump’s presidential term. The “Make Our Planet Great Again” grants — a nod to Trump’s “Make America Great Again” […]
  • UK leader says there’s new optimism in Brexit talks

    LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Theresa May said Monday there is a new sense of optimism about negotiations over Britain’s departure from the European Union, insisting that a preliminary deal has given fresh impetus to the talks. She told the House of Commons that Britain will be able to leave the European Union “in a […]
  • Ukraine’s anti-corruption agency faces strong resistance

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — An anti-corruption agency established in Ukraine two years ago was expected to be the driving force that would uproot the endemic graft that depleted the nation’s resources and worried its Western allies. But the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine instead has come under fire from allies of President Petro Poroshenko who […]
  • Snow wreaks havoc on travelers in Britain, schools closed

    LONDON (AP) — Snow and wintry weather are still wreaking havoc on travelers in Britain, with flights cancelled, roads sheathed in ice and rail travel disrupted Monday. With temperatures predicted to drop overnight to as low as minus 12 Celsius (11 degrees Fahrenheit), transport officials worked on cleanup. Hundreds of schools were closed and airports […]
  • Saudi Arabia to allow movie theaters after decades of ban

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia announced on Monday it will allow movie theaters to open in the conservative kingdom next year, for the first time in more than 35 years, in the latest social push by the country’s young crown prince. It’s a stark reversal in a county where movie theaters were shut […]