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  • The Latest: Mnuchin urges lending shift to poorer countries

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the global finance meetings in Washington (all times local): 11:25 a.m. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (mih-NOO’-shin) is urging the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank to pursue reforms that will support Trump administration foreign policy initiatives. Mnuchin says the World Bank needs to continue to shift its lending […]
  • Record Store Day: Vinyl, CDs outsell digital music

    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Music lovers are paying homage to their local record stores. Record Store Day, which is celebrated Saturday from coast to coast, celebrates the brick-and-mortar spot where people have long gathered to thumb through vinyl records. Chris Brown from Maine’s Bull Moose Music hatched the idea in 2007. Brown wanted something for […]
  • Tips for surviving an airplane crash

    Each day, more than 8 million people around the globe step aboard some 90,000 flights. They almost always land safely. But in the rare chance of a crash, there are some things passengers can do to improve their odds of surviving. Here are some tips adapted from a British Airways safety awareness course. –During the […]
  • After air accidents, survivors grapple with flying again

    Hundreds of hands grappling with oxygen masks. Flight attendants warning passengers to brace for impact. The plane hurtling toward the unforgiving ground. Survivors of air accidents often proclaim that their survival was a miracle. But what follows is another kind of miracle: Many survivors manage to get past the horror and onto planes again. How […]
  • Pulitzer honoree is latest to win after leaving journalism

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Ryan Kelly won a Pulitzer Prize this week for his photo of a car plowing into protesters at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia – an image he snapped on the final day of his newspaper job before leaving to work at a brewery. The photographer has joined a growing […]
  • AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s shifting rationale for firing Comey

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump offered a shifting rationale this past week for his firing of FBI Director James Comey and joined other Republicans in exaggerating how much simpler it will become for Americans to file their taxes next time. He also erred, though by just a hair, in claiming a historic achievement in […]
  • Smyths Toys to take over Toys R Us stores in Germany

    BERLIN (AP) — Ireland-based Smyths Toys has reached a deal to take over more than 90 Toys R Us stores in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. In March, Toys R Us said it would be liquidating its U.S. business. Its German branch said in a statement Saturday that Smyths Toys has signed an agreement to take […]
  • European regulators tighten order for jet fan blade tests

    BERLIN (AP) — The European Aviation Safety Agency has tightened a nearly month-old directive ordering inspections of some fan blades in engines like those used on a Southwest Airlines jet involved in a fatal accident. A directive published by EASA late Friday called for inspections within 20 days of blades in the oldest CFM56-7B engines […]
  • New South African church celebrates drinking alcohol

    ORANGE FARM, South Africa (AP) — Dressed in a red robe and a gold-trimmed bishop’s miter, the clergyman pours whiskey into his cupped hand and anoints the forehead of the man sitting before him. “You are hereby invested as a minister … This is a double tot,” he says of the remaining whiskey in the […]
  • Former NFL player’s 1952 Mantle card sells for $2.88 million

    DALLAS (AP) — A Mickey Mantle baseball card from 1952 was sold at auction for $2.88 million, falling just short of setting a record. The card, sold by former NFL lineman Evan Mathis through Heritage Auctions, earned the second-highest figure for a card at an auction, trailing only the $3.12 million paid for a 1909 […]
  • Saudi Arabia uses ancient tourist site to alter its history

    DIRIYAH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Just outside Saudi Arabia’s capital Riyadh, a group of elementary school children are on a field trip at Diriyah, where engineers and construction workers are busy restoring a 17th-century fortress, mosques and clay-colored structures that were once the ruling family’s seat of power. The UNESCO World Heritage site lies in […]
  • US defends tough trade stance at global finance meeting

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is resisting pressure to back off President Donald Trump’s tough America First trade policy at a meeting of global finance leaders worried about the threat of a damaging trade war. U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin charged that “unfair global trade practices impede stronger U.S. and global growth, acting as […]
  • Kansas officials boost projected tax collections by $540M

    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A new fiscal forecast for Kansas’ government Friday boosted projected tax collections enough for some officials to declare that the state can afford extra spending on public schools lawmakers have approved, while a top Republican called for tax cuts. The new forecast from legislative researchers, university economists and officials in Republican […]
  • Lobbyist tied to condo leased by EPA chief retires from firm

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The fossil-fuels lobbyist tied to the bargain-priced Capitol Hill condo leased by Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt is taking early retirement as a result of the scandal. J. Steven Hart sent an email to friends and colleagues on Friday announcing he’s leaving Williams & Jensen, the powerhouse Washington lobbying firm where […]
  • N. Korea, setting stage for talks, halts nuclear, ICBM tests

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea announced Saturday it will suspend nuclear tests and intercontinental ballistic missile launches ahead of its summits with Seoul and Washington, but stopped well short of suggesting it has any intention of giving up its nuclear weapons or scale back its production of missiles and their related component parts. […]