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  • Does the pope own the Vatican brand? Spain, so far, says yes

    MADRID (AP) — A Vatican crackdown on the commercial use of its official emblems has met resistance from a Spanish website that refuses to stop referencing the seat of the Catholic Church in its masthead. So far, Spain’s trademark office has taken the Vatican’s side. It ruled that can’t register as a brand because […]
  • Faulty fuel pump blamed for ferry stranded for 5 hours

    TISBURY, Mass. (AP) — Officials say a faulty fuel pump is to blame for a ferry losing power off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard, stranding 72 passengers for five hours. The Cape Cod Times reports the ferry’s fuel oil transfer pump was not generating enough pressure to transfer oil properly. The issue caused the ferry […]
  • UK households get some relief as inflation dips

    LONDON (AP) — Inflation in Britain eased markedly during February, official figures showed Tuesday, in a development that will help ease the pressure on households who have seen price rises outstrip wage increases for months. The Office for National Statistics said consumer price inflation in the year to February stood at 2.7 percent. That was […]
  • Germany doubts EU will be exempt from Trump steel tariffs

    BRUSSELS (AP) — A German government official is doubtful that the European Union will be exempt from U.S. President Donald Trump’s potentially damaging steel and aluminum tariffs. Deputy Foreign Minister Michael Roth said Tuesday that “we are skeptical, but will hope to the end that there is a good solution.” Expressing concern about Trump’s “dogmatic […]
  • UK investigating Cambridge Analytica, Facebook

    LONDON (AP) — Britain’s information commissioner says she is using all her legal powers to investigate the handling of millions of people’s personal Facebook data by the social media giant and by political campaign consultants Cambridge Analytica. Commissioner Elizabeth Denham is pursuing a warrant to search Cambridge Analytica’s servers. The company allegedly used data mined […]
  • Ryanair takes stake in Lauda’s new Austrian airline

    BERLIN (AP) — Budget airline Ryanair says it is taking an initial 24.9 percent stake in an Austrian-based airline being set up by former Formula 1 driver Niki Lauda. It plans to raise its holding to 75 percent. LaudaMotion is the successor to Niki, long a subsidiary of bankrupt Air Berlin, which Lauda bought back […]
  • On the menu for McDonald’s: Cut greenhouse gas emissions

    NEW YORK (AP) — The company behind the golden arches wants to get greener. McDonald’s on Tuesday announced a number of steps it will take to cut the greenhouse gases it emits into the air, including tweaking the way the beef in its Big Macs and Quarter Pounders is produced. The world’s largest burger chain […]
  • San Francisco could become largest US city to ban fur sales

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco could become the largest U.S. city to ban the sale of fur, a move that would hearten animal lovers but frustrate niche business owners who say they are fed up with city officials dictating what retailers can or can’t sell. If the Board of Supervisors approves the ban Tuesday, […]
  • Crash marks 1st death involving fully autonomous vehicle

    TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — A fatal pedestrian crash involving a self-driving Uber SUV in a Phoenix suburb could have far-reaching consequences for the new technology as automakers and other companies race to be the first with cars that operate on their own. The crash Sunday night in Tempe was the first death involving a full […]
  • Global shares mixed ahead of Federal Reserve meeting

    TOKYO (AP) — Global shares were mixed Tuesday as some indexes recouped earlier losses set off by an overnight decline on Wall Street. Investors are awaiting the first Federal Reserve meeting under the new chairman, Jerome Powell, and anticipating the first rate increase of the year. KEEPING SCORE: France’s CAC 40 gained nearly 0.2 percent […]