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Chinese-Australian billionaire wins media defamation suit

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Chinese-Australian billionaire Chau Chak Wing was awarded 280,000 Australian dollars ($200,000) in damages on Friday by an Australian judge who ruled he was defamed by a media report that insinuated he bribed a former United Nations general assembly president. The businessman, philanthropist and generous political donor sued Fairfax Media and journalist […]
Tags: Business, News, Nation, Canberra, Fairfax Media, Australia AP, United Nations General Assembly, Nation & World, Chau Chak Wing


Manhattan luxury condo owners vote to strip Trump’s name

NEW YORK (AP) — Big, brassy letters spelling “Trump” will be ripped off another New York City apartment tower, the last of six luxury condominiums that once displayed the president’s name. Owners got an email Friday from the board of a high-rise on Manhattan’s west side confirming that “Trump Place” will disappear from the facade […]
Tags: Business, New York, News, New York City, Ap, Nation, Manhattan, Trump, Trump Place


NASA, SpaceX approve test flight next week of crew capsule

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA and SpaceX have approved a test flight next week of the new commercial Dragon capsule designed for crew. No one will be aboard. But the capsule will still fly to the International Space Station, following its planned March 2 liftoff from Cape Canaveral, Florida. Officials gave the green light […]
Tags: Business, Spacex, Science, News, Ap, Nasa, Nation, International Space Station, CAPE CANAVERAL Fla, Cape Canaveral Florida


Disabled greeter meets with Walmart about job; no resolution

A beloved Walmart greeter with cerebral palsy has met with store management in a bid to keep his job but came away with no guarantees, and his family is girding for a fight. Adam Catlin uses a walker and is legally blind. He is worried he’ll be out of work after store management in Selinsgrove, […]
Tags: Business, News, Walmart, Nation, SELINSGROVE, Adam Catlin


Ground-breaking electric Chevrolet Volt runs out of juice

DETROIT (AP) — As their company was swirling around the financial drain in the early 2000s, General Motors executives came up with an idea to counter its gas-guzzling image and point the way to transportation of the future: an electric car with a gas-engine backup that could travel anywhere. At Detroit’s auto show in 2007, […]
Tags: Business, News, General Motors, Ap, Nation, Detroit, Chevrolet Volt


Trump: Amazon’s dropped deal ‘a big loss’ for hometown NYC

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is calling Amazon’s decision to drop its plans for new headquarters in New York “a big loss” for the city. Trump tells reporters the city could have hashed out “a much better deal,” but is still bemoaning the decision. He’s also blaming what he’s calling “radical left” thinking, which […]
Tags: Amazon, Business, New York, News, Washington, Ap, Nation, Donald Trump, Trump


How major US stock indexes fared Friday

Technology and health care companies led U.S. stocks higher Friday, giving the S&P 500 index its fourth straight weekly gain. The broad rally came as investors grew hopeful that talks between the U.S. and China would defuse a costly trade war between the two countries. High-level talks between U.S. and Chinese negotiators were slated to […]
Tags: Business, News, China, US, Nation, U S


Government: Highway shutdown not aimed at tribe, media

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Government officials say the five-month shutdown of a North Dakota highway during protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline was not aimed at manipulating the media or the American Indian tribe that has led the protracted fight against the project. Authorities had justifiable cause for closing the stretch of state Highway […]
Tags: Business, News, Ap, Nation, North Dakota


Volkswagen CEO expects stiffer headwinds after ‘decent’ 2018

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Volkswagen says it increased operating earnings and sales last year despite troubles getting vehicles certified under new European emissions tests. The company said Friday that operating earnings before one-time factors rose to 17.1 billion euros in 2018 from 17.0 billion in 2017. Sales revenue rose by 6.3 billion euros to reach […]
Tags: Business, News, Frankfurt, Nation, Volkswagen, Germany AP


Round 2 of teacher strikes looks beyond pay and funding

Teachers in Oakland, California, hit the picket lines just as West Virginia teachers went back to class in a kind of coast-to-coast tag-team display of the national teacher unrest that in many places has moved beyond pay to politics, tackling issues like charter schools and vouchers. Call it round two of the teacher mobilizations that […]
Tags: Business, News, West Virginia, Nation, Oakland California


US stocks rise in early trading on mixed company earnings

Technology and energy companies led U.S. stocks modestly higher in early trading Friday, erasing some of the market’s losses from a day earlier, as investors weighed a mixed batch of corporate earnings reports. Wayfair vaulted higher after reporting quarterly results that topped Wall Street’s forecasts. Kraft Heinz plunged after disclosing a federal investigation into its […]
Tags: Business, News, US, Nation, Wayfair, U S, Kraft Heinz


New controls in Maine to prevent poaching of valuable eels

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine’s lucrative baby eel industry will likely face tighter controls this year designed to thwart poaching. Baby eels, called elvers, are an important part of the worldwide supply chain for Japanese food. Maine fishermen harvest them from rivers and streams every spring, and they are typically worth more than $1,000 per […]
Tags: Business, News, Nation, Maine, Portland, Maine AP, Nation & World


GM extends life of its only Detroit factory until early 2020

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors extending the life of its only Detroit factory until early next year. The plant on the border of Detroit and the hamlet of Hamtramck was to stop making vehicles as of June 1. But the company now says production of the Chevrolet Impala and Cadillac CT6 will continue into January […]
Tags: Business, News, General Motors, Ap, Nation, Gm, Detroit, Cadillac CT6, Chevrolet Impala, Hamtramck


Fed will be ‘patient’ in rate hikes amid global growth woes

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve says that in light of a slowing global economy and last year’s financial market turmoil, the central bank intends to remain “patient” in determining when to make future changes in its benchmark interest rate. The Fed’s semi-annual report to Congress on monetary policy stood in contrast to its last […]
Tags: Business, News, Congress, Washington, Ap, Nation, Federal Reserve, Fed


EU says it’s ready to hit back if US imposes car tariffs

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A European Union official says “there is full support” from member states to hit back if U.S. President Donald Trump imposes tariffs on cars and car parts. EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom said EU trade ministers had discussed the bloc’s trading relationship with Washington during an informal meeting Friday in Bucharest. […]
Tags: Business, News, Washington, US, Eu, European Union, Nation, Donald Trump, Bucharest, BUCHAREST Romania, Cecilia Malmstrom


As prices soar, Turkey’s Erdogan woos voters with cheap veg

ISTANBUL (AP) — In a middle class Istanbul neighborhood shoppers form a long line to an immense tent carrying a sign that reads “Total combat against inflation.” The weapons in that battle: spinach, tomatoes and peppers that the Turkish government is selling in a makeshift stall at almost half the price of the regular markets. […]
Tags: Business, News, Turkey, Ap, Nation, Erdogan, Istanbul


At Kraft Heinz, a fed investigation and a $15.4B write-down

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Kraft Heinz has disclosed an investigation by federal regulators and will slash the value of its Oscar Mayer and Kraft brands by $15.4 billion. Shares plunged more than 20 percent before the opening bell Friday after the company posted a stunning $12.6 billion loss for the fourth quarter. Kraft Heinz divulged the […]
Tags: Business, News, Ap, Nation, Kraft, Pittsburgh, Oscar Mayer, Kraft Heinz


Kraft Heinz fed investigation and a $15.4 billion write-down

LONDON (AP) — Kraft Heinz is disclosing an investigation by federal regulators and will slash the value of its Oscar Mayer brands by a $15.4 billion. Shares plunged 20 percent before the opening bell Friday with the company posting a $12.6 billion loss for the fourth quarter. Kraft Heinz divulged the receipt of a subpoena […]
Tags: Business, London, News, Ap, Nation, Kraft Heinz


BMW, Daimler launch car- and ride-sharing joint venture

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Automakers Daimler and BMW are formally launching their joint venture in services that make it possible to use their cars without necessarily owning one. Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche and BMW’s Harald Krueger held a joint news conference in Berlin on Friday to outline their efforts in auto-related services, which include short-term […]
Tags: Business, Technology, News, Berlin, Frankfurt, Nation, Bmw, Daimler, Germany AP, Dieter Zetsche, Harald Krueger, BMW Daimler


Australia says coal holdups at China ports are not a ban

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Australia’s trade minister says that while there might be some delays in processing of coal shipments at Chinese ports, he has no reason to believe China is banning Australian coal. Simon Birmingham told reporters Friday in Adelaide that he did not see any problem in the relationship between the two […]
Tags: Business, News, Australia, China, Nation, Adelaide, Wellington New Zealand, Simon Birmingham


Asian shares mostly lower as investors watch trade talks

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mostly lower Friday after a slide on Wall Street as nervous investors eyed U.S.-China trade talks in Washington. Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 slipped 0.3 percent to 21,402.57 in morning trading. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 gained 0.4 percent to 6,165.00. South Korea’s Kospi fell 0.4 percent to 2,220.23, while Hong Kong’s […]
Tags: South Korea, Hong Kong, Business, News, Australia, China, Ap, Nation, Tokyo, ASX, Washington Japan


Virginia gov signs ban on people under 21 buying tobacco

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has signed legislation banning people under 21 from buying tobacco and nicotine products, a measure enacted in a state known historically for its tobacco production. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports the bill, signed Thursday, received bipartisan support as well as backing from Altria, the nation’s largest tobacco company. […]
Tags: Business, News, Virginia, Ap, Nation, Altria, Richmond Times Dispatch, Richmond VA, Ralph Northam


Ex-Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling released from federal custody

HOUSTON (AP) — Former Enron Corp. CEO Jeffrey Skilling has been released from federal custody. Skilling was discharged Thursday after serving 12 years in prison and six months in a halfway house after being convicted for his actions that led to one of the worst corporate meltdowns in history. The 65-year-old was initially sentenced in […]
Tags: Business, News, Ap, Nation, Houston, Enron, Enron Corp, Skilling, Jeffrey Skilling


USA Today editor apologizes for yearbook blackface photo

PHOENIX (AP) — The editor of USA Today apologized Thursday for an image portraying blackface that was published in the Arizona State University yearbook on her watch. Nicole Carroll said in an editorial published in the newspaper that it was recently brought to her attention “that I was involved in publishing such a photo when […]
Tags: Business, News, Ap, Nation, Usa Today, Arizona State University, Phoenix, Nicole Carroll


Ford begins probe into whether gas mileage was overstated

DETROIT (AP) — Ford Motor Co. has launched an investigation into whether flaws in an internal mathematical model may have caused it to overstate gas mileage and understate pollution from a wide range of vehicles. The company says a group of employees reported possible problems with the model in September, prompting the company to hire […]
Tags: Business, News, Ap, Nation, Ford, Detroit, Ford Motor Co


Brigade of volunteers vow to bring aid to Venezuela’s needy

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — As President Nicolas Maduro deploys missiles and infantrymen to Venezuela’s borders bracing for what he claims is U.S. coup plot disguised as humanitarian aid, his opponents are rallying their own troops. Nurses, doctors, engineers and homemakers have volunteered by the thousands to distribute the food and medicine in the face of […]
Tags: Business, News, Nation, Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, Caracas, Venezuela AP


Zion’s freak injury ripples in basketball, business worlds

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Soon after Zion Williamson’s shoe ripped apart, Nike’s stock price took a hit. The freak injury during one of the college basketball season’s marquee games immediately sparked debates about everything from the shoe manufacturer to insurance issues and whether the likely NBA lottery pick should risk his professional future by continuing […]
Tags: Business, News, Sports, Nike, Nation, Nba, College sports, Durham, Zion, N C AP, Zion Williamson


Nestle, AT&T pull YouTube ads over pedophile concerns

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Several companies, including AT&T and Nestle, are pulling advertisements from YouTube over concerns about inappropriate comments on videos of children. A video from a popular YouTuber and a report from Wired showed that pedophiles have made unseemly comments on innocuous videos of kids. The comments reportedly included timestamps that showed where […]
Tags: Business, Technology, News, Youtube, San Francisco, Ap, Nation, Nestle, AT T, Nestle AT amp


White House ends California talks on mileage standards

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration says it has broken off talks with California in a dispute over mileage standards, moving the two closer to a possible court battle that threatens to roil the auto industry. The White House announced Thursday it was ending the talks. The administration wants to block tougher Obama-era mileage standards […]
Tags: Business, News, Obama, California, Washington, White House, Ap, Nation, The Trump


‘Ugly produce’ trend may have limits, as grocers end tests

URBANDALE, Iowa (AP) — Is the “ugly produce'” trend already reaching the end of its shelf life in supermarkets? Walmart and Whole Foods in recent years tried selling some blemished fruits and vegetables at a discount, produce they said might otherwise be trashed because it’s not quite the right size, shape or color. But the […]
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