NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the bribery conviction of a Chinese billionaire in a United Nations scandal (all times local):
The United Nations says it’s considering what do following the New York bribery conviction of a Chinese billionaire who wanted to build a U.N. center in Macau.
Prosecutors say Ng Lap Seng (ihng lap sihng) bribed U.N. ambassadors. The verdict against him came Thursday.
The U.N. says it’s “considering next steps as a victim of these crimes.”
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle have played their final notes for Apple.
The company discontinued sales of the two music players Thursday in a move reflecting the waning popularity of the devices in an era when most people store or stream their tunes on smartphones.
The iPod product line still remains alive, though. Apple plans to continue selling its internet-connected iPod Touch.
In a show of its commitment to the iPod Touch, Apple doubled the storage capacity of its top-of-line model to 128 gigabytes. That version costs $300. An iPod Touch with 32 gigabytes of storage sells for $200.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A new trial date of Dec. 11 is set for Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton to face felony securities fraud charges.
It’s the third time a trial date has been set. Paxton’s case was previously scheduled to begin in April, then September. The Houston Chronicle reports that jury selection is now expected to start Dec. 1.
The case previously was moved from the conservative Dallas suburb of McKinney, where Paxton lives, to Houston after special prosecutors argued Paxton’s allies had spent years tainting the original jury pool. Paxton’s lawyers then successfully had the original judge replaced.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican Gov. Sam Brownback said Thursday that he wishes Kansas had preserved part of an income tax break he championed as a boon for small businesses and defended the now-repealed policy that critics said did not work.
Brownback cited the death of the exemption for more than 330,000 farmers and business owners as one of his regrets during his 6½ years as governor. He reflected on his tenure during a Statehouse news conference following his nomination by President Donald Trump to serve as U.S. ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Intel Corp. more than doubled its second-quarter profit as sales of its personal computer chips strengthened and the company made further inroads in promising new areas of technology.
The world’s largest chipmaker also brightened its outlook for the remainder of the year.
The report released Thursday drew a lukewarm reaction from investors as Intel’s stock edged up 13 cents to $35.10 in extended trading.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate voted decisively on Thursday to approve a new package of stiff financial sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea, sending the popular bill to President Donald Trump for his signature after weeks of intense negotiations.
Never in doubt, however, was a cornerstone of the legislation that bars Trump from easing or waiving the additional penalties on Russia unless Congress agrees. The provisions were included to assuage concerns among lawmakers that the president’s push for better relations with Russian President Vladimir Putin might lead him to relax the penalties without first securing concessions from the Kremlin.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida’s price tag for losing legal battles — which has included courtroom fights over drug testing, voting rights and gay marriage — continues to grow under Gov. Rick Scott.
Scott recently agreed to pay $1.1 million to cover the legal bills of physicians and medical organizations in their successful challenge of a law that restricted doctors’ ability to talk to patients about guns. The law had been pushed through the Florida Legislature at the urging of the National Rifle Association.
DENVER (AP) — The Trump administration asked three federal judges from the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday to hold off on a decision regarding a major federal fracking rule implemented by the Obama administration.
In March, Trump moved to roll back the rule, which was first issued in 2015 by the Interior Department and required drilling companies to disclose what chemicals they used within 30 days of any fracking.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Vote yes, hope no.
Senate Republicans want to back a still-being-written bill to erase some of Democrat Barack Obama’s health care law, but they don’t want the House to quickly approve it, send it to President Donald Trump and have him sign it into law. The uncharacteristic behavior was on full display Thursday, creating a surreal situation on Capitol Hill that would be comical if what lawmakers were doing didn’t affect one-sixth of the economy and health coverage for tens of millions of Americans.
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota woman who threatened some Muslim women in a Walmart parking lot met with two of them Thursday and all “expressed their sincere regrets” about the incident and apologized, Fargo’s police chief said Thursday.
Police Chief David Todd posted a photo on Facebook Thursday of Amber Hensley of Mapleton with her arms around Leyla Hassan and Sarah Hassan, with Todd in the background.
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Thursday:
Facebook Inc., up $4.83 to $170.44
The social media network announced strong earnings and revenue in the second quarter.
AstraZeneca PLC, down $5.06 to $28.88
The British drugmaker reported disappointing results from a study of its lung cancer drug Imfinzi.
Verizon Communications Inc., up $3.41 to $47.81
The largest U.S. cellphone carrier had a better second quarter than analysts had expected.
NEW YORK (AP) — A Chinese billionaire who wanted to build a United Nations center in Macau was convicted on Thursday of paying more than $1.7 million in bribes to U.N. ambassadors to get it done.
The verdict was returned after a day of deliberations in Manhattan federal court against Ng Lap Seng, one of China’s richest men. Ng was convicted of bribery, conspiracy and money laundering charges.
Prosecutors presented evidence that Ng from 2010 to 2015 bribed two U.N. ambassadors, including a U.N. General Assembly president, paying one $50,000 monthly at the scheme’s peak to create a center to serve struggling Southern Hemisphere nations.
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The leader of Poland’s ruling party said Thursday that the government intends to “decentralize” the media after it completes a “radical” overhaul of the judicial system that the European Union has denounced as violating democratic norms.
Law and Justice party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the most powerful politician in Poland, said he expects “very strong resistance” to his conservative nationalist movement’s plans to decentralize the media. He didn’t give details, but his party leaders have previously announced plans to limit foreign ownership of private media companies in Poland.
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stock indexes pulled back from their record highs Thursday after an afternoon swoon for technology companies helped overshadow another big day for telecoms.
The Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell 2.41 points, or 0.1 percent, to 2,475.42.
The Dow Jones industrial average rose 85.54, or 0.4 percent, to 21,796.55.
The Nasdaq composite fell 40.56, or 0.6 percent, to 6,382.19.
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans and Democrats reached agreement Thursday on a $3.9 billion emergency spending package to fill a shortfall in the Department of Veterans Affairs’ program of private-sector care, seeking to avert a disruption to medical care for thousands of veterans.
The deal includes additional money for core VA health programs, something insisted on by veterans’ groups.
The plan sets aside $2.1 billion over six months to continue funding the Choice program, which provides federally paid medical care outside the VA and is a priority of President Donald Trump. VA Secretary David Shulkin has warned that without legislative action Choice would run out of money by mid-August, causing delays in health care.