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  • EU’s Tusk: Brexit will be a “furious race against time”

    BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union Council President Donald Tusk warned Tuesday that it will be a “furious race against time” for the EU and Britain to finish Brexit negotiations by next fall, saying only “moderate progress” has been achieved so far. EU leaders will be asked at a summit starting Thursday to endorse proposals move […]
  • Follow the money: investors lead charge on climate change

    BERLIN (AP) — An international summit Tuesday to mark the second anniversary of the Paris climate agreement has drawn world leaders, celebrities, companies and environmental groups to the French capital, all aiming to keep up momentum on efforts to curb global warming. Financial institutions are using the meeting to highlight the need to ensure that […]
  • Kentucky craft brewers reusing bourbon barrels

    BARDSTOWN, Ky. (AP) — A charred oak barrel can only be used once to create bourbon whiskey. But some of Kentucky’s craft brewers are proving that used barrels can be put to good use. Those brewers are partnering with Willett Distillery for a barrel reuse program. Twenty-five brewers gathered at the Bardstown distillery Monday to […]
  • Prosecutor: Fake tutor bilked Philly schools out of $60K

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Prosecutors say a woman bilked the Philadelphia school district out of tens of thousands of dollars by posing as a tutor for a relative with special needs. Federal prosecutors announced fraud charges against Patricia Clearly on Monday. They say she received nearly $60,000 from the district for tutoring services that were never […]
  • Volunteer fire company members face sex assault charges

    FALLSTON, Md. (AP) — Four current and former members of a volunteer fire company in Maryland are accused of offenses ranging from attempted rape to harassment. The Baltimore Sun reports a news release issued Monday by the Fallston Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Company says Chief Will Rosenberg learned of suspected ongoing harassment and a possible […]
  • Amid Amazon competition, Westfield malls sold for $15.7B

    PARIS (AP) — The owner of Westfield shopping centers is being bought by French property investor Unibail-Rodamco for $15.7 billion as shop retailers struggle to keep up with the move to online sites like Amazon. The companies said Tuesday that the cash and shares deal would create a company with 104 shopping centers in 13 […]
  • Thousands of Russian private contractors fighting in Syria

    MOSCOW (AP) — Before he was killed by a sniper in Syria at age 23, Ivan Slyshkin wrote a poignant message on social media to his fiancee: “We will see each other soon — and I will hold you as tight as I possibly can.” But Slyshkin’s name won’t be found among the Russian Defense […]
  • The Latest: Jerry Brown to Trump: “Get out of the way”

    PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the climate summit taking place in Paris (all times local): 7:10 p.m. California Gov. Jerry Brown is urging President Donald Trump to start fighting climate change or to “get out of the way” and let the rest of the world work on reducing emissions and investing in clean energy. […]
  • UK inflation rises to highest level since March 2012

    LONDON (AP) — Bank of England Governor Mark Carney will have to write a letter to Britain’s Treasury chief explaining why inflation in the country is running by more than a percentage point above target after official figures showed it unexpectedly rising to 3.1 percent. The rate for November published Tuesday is the highest since […]
  • NTSB blames captain, bad safety culture for loss of El Faro

    A ship captain’s unwillingness to listen to his crew’s suggestions to change course from the path of a raging hurricane. A weak corporate safety culture that left crewmembers ill-prepared to deal with heavy weather. An old ship with outdated lifeboats, open to the elements. All these factors contributed to the sinking of the El Faro […]
  • Iceland closes gender gap but violence against women remains

    REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — For nine years in a row, the World Economic Forum has ranked Iceland as having the world’s smallest gender-equality gap, and for about as long gender studies professor Gyda Margret Petursdottir has been asked how the Nordic island nation became such a paradise for women. Her reply: “It isn’t.” Iceland has […]
  • Tax package would lower top tax rate for wealthy Americans

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Republicans on Tuesday rushed toward a deal on a massive tax package that would reduce the top tax rate for wealthy Americans to 37 percent and slash the corporate rate to a level slightly higher than what businesses and conservatives wanted. In a flurry of last-minute changes that could profoundly affect […]
  • World stocks turn higher as investors eye Fed decision

    TOKYO (AP) — World stocks turned higher in European trading hours on Tuesday as investors looked ahead to a slew of central bank decisions, including the Federal Reserve, which was expected to raise interest rates. KEEPING SCORE: Germany’s DAX rose 0.2 percent to 13,146 and the CAC 40 of France gained 0.4 percent to 5,410. […]
  • Female workers sue McCormick & Schmick’s over lewd behavior

    BOSTON (AP) — Female kitchen workers at the McCormick & Schmick’s seafood restaurant in downtown Boston were subjected to constant groping and lewd comments from male supervisors and co-workers, and their complaints to the company were routinely ignored, five women said in a lawsuit filed Tuesday. The lawsuit highlights the abuse and harassment women in […]
  • Homeless in Rio skyrockets, creating tensions, violence

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — One night about a year ago, Leandro Mota Generoso was sleeping on a street in downtown Rio de Janeiro when he felt something jagged strike his face. Somebody — he didn’t see the person, but believes it was a resident in the neighborhood — had slashed his nose with broken […]