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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


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


Gov. Mills signs onto power line after CMP sweetens pot

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Thanks to a proposal for $258 million in incentives, Democratic Gov. Janet Mills announced Thursday she’s giving her support to a 145-mile transmission line that would supply hydropower from Canada to electricity consumers in Massachusetts. The $1 billion New England Clean Energy Connect will reduce the region’s reliance on fossil fuels […]
Tags: Business, News, Massachusetts, Canada, Nation, Portland, Cmp, Maine AP, Mills, Janet Mills, Nation & World, New England Clean Energy Connect


Saudi crown prince in China on latest stop of Asian tour

BEIJING (AP) — Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is in China on the latest stop of a sweep through Asia that aims to expand the kingdom’s influence on the continent. Prince Mohammed’s arrival Thursday was reported first by Saudi media. He’s due to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday, highlighting bilateral trade in […]
Tags: Asia, Business, News, China, Ap, Beijing, Nation, Xi Jinping, Mohammed, Mohammed bin Salman, Nation & World


China, Iran meet amid efforts to preserve nuclear deal

BEIJING (AP) — The foreign ministers of China and Iran are meeting amid efforts to preserve the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran. China’s Wang Yi met in Beijing on Tuesday with Mohammad Javad Zarif, who’s leading a delegation that includes parliamentary speaker Ali Larijani and the ministers of finance and petroleum, as well as the […]
Tags: Business, News, China, Iran, Ap, Beijing, Nation, Wang Yi, Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran China, Ali Larijani, Nation & World, China Iran


Cheap and green: Pyongyang upgrades its mass transit system

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Pyongyang is upgrading its overcrowded mass transit system with brand new subway cars, trams and buses in a campaign meant to show leader Kim Jong Un is raising the country’s standard of living. The long-overdue improvements, while still modest, are a welcome change for the North Korean capital’s roughly 3 […]
Tags: Business, News, Ap, Nation, Kim Jong Un, Pyongyang, Pyongyang North Korea, Nation & World


Asian stocks rally on hope of further China-US trade talks

SINGAPORE (AP) — Asian markets were broadly higher on Monday as traders looked forward to the continuation of trade talks between Chinese and American officials in Washington this week. South Korea’s Kospi jumped 0.7 percent to 2,210.89 and the Shanghai Composite index rose 2.5 percent to 2,748.92. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng was 1.7 percent higher […]
Tags: South Korea, Hong Kong, Business, News, Washington, Singapore, Ap, Nation, Shanghai, KOSPI, China US, Nation & World


New Zealand plans new tax for giants like Google, Facebook

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand’s government has announced plans for a new tax targeting online giants like Google and Facebook that earn plenty of money in the country but pay little tax. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Monday the current tax system isn’t fair and there is a gap that needs to be […]
Tags: Google, Facebook, Business, News, Nation, New Zealand, Google Facebook, Wellington New Zealand, Nation & World, Jacinda Ardern


Asian stocks rally on hope of further China-US trade talks

SINGAPORE (AP) — Asian markets were broadly higher on Monday as traders looked forward to the continuation of trade talks between Chinese and American officials in Washington this week. South Korea’s Kospi jumped 0.7 percent to 2,212.38 and the Shanghai Composite index rose 1.6 percent to 2,724.23. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng was 1.7 percent higher […]
Tags: South Korea, Hong Kong, Business, News, Washington, Singapore, Ap, Nation, Shanghai, KOSPI, China US, Nation & World


To save on surgery, out-of-state patients travel to Washington’s Longview

A year and a half ago, Anita Graves’ doctor told her her right knee needed to be replaced. However, rather than undergoing the procedure near her home in Omaha, Neb., where the surgery would cost about $50,000, Graves saved $13,000 by having it at the Pacific Surgical Center in Longview. “It was a miracle, because […]
Tags: Travel, Health, Wellness, Business, News, Washington, Nation, Local News, Northwest, Local Business, Omaha Neb, Longview, Nation & World, Anita Graves, Pacific Surgical Center


Asian stocks slip on Wall Street leads as trade talks simmer

SINGAPORE (AP) — Asian shares were broadly lower on Friday, tracking a weak Wall Street session as traders awaited the conclusion of U.S.-China talks in Beijing. Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 retreated 1.1 percent to 20,900.63 and the Kospi in South Korea tumbled 1.4 percent to 2,195.07. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng gave up 1.8 percent to […]
Tags: South Korea, Hong Kong, Business, News, China, Singapore, Ap, Nation, Beijing Japan, Nation & World


Indonesia land-burning fines unpaid years after fires

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Environmentalists say Indonesian plantation companies fined for burning huge areas of land since 2009 have failed to pay hundreds of millions of dollars in penalties meant to hold them accountable for actions that took a devastating environmental and human toll. Separate summaries of the cases compiled by Greenpeace and the Ministry […]
Tags: Business, News, Indonesia, Nation, Greenpeace, Jakarta, Ministry, Indonesia AP, Nation & World


Amazon puts cap on growth in Seattle; canceled New York jobs will likely go elsewhere

Amazon said for the first time that it will stop expanding in Seattle after about 2 million square feet of buildings under construction open up in the coming years.
Tags: Amazon, Business, Real Estate, New York, News, Nation, Local Politics, Seattle, Local News, Nation & World


Papua New Guinea on hunt for 275 cars missing after APEC

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A Papua New Guinea police superintendent on Thursday was hot on the trail of one of the many high-end cars he’s trying to recover after an international summit. About 275 cars are missing or overdue in the impoverished Pacific nation since it hosted the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in […]
Tags: Business, News, Nation, Apec, Papua New Guinea, Pacific, Wellington New Zealand, Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation APEC, Nation & World


Papua New Guinea on hunt for 274 cars missing after APEC

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A Papua New Guinea police superintendent is hot on the trail of one of the many high-end cars he’s trying to recover after an international summit. An estimated 274 cars are missing or overdue in the impoverished Pacific nation since it hosted the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in November. […]
Tags: Business, News, Nation, Apec, Papua New Guinea, Pacific, Wellington New Zealand, Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation APEC, Nation & World


China, US start trade talks ahead of March tariff deadline

BEIJING (AP) — U.S. and Chinese negotiators began trade talks Thursday that President Donald Trump says will help decide whether he escalates a fight over Beijing’s technology ambitions by raising tariffs on $200 billion of imports from China. Businesspeople and economists say the two days of talks are unlikely to resolve the battle that threatens […]
Tags: Business, News, China, Beijing, Nation, Donald Trump, China US, Nation & World


Vatican, Microsoft team up on artificial intelligence ethics

Pope Francis met privately on Wednesday with Microsoft President Brad Smith and talked about an academic prize to promote ethics in artificial intelligence.
Tags: Business, Technology, News, Microsoft, Nation, Pope Francis, Local News, Brad Smith, Nation & World, Vatican Microsoft


Missouri agency says work ongoing to find cause of oil leak

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Department of Natural Resources says crews are still working to clean up and identify the cause of an oil pipeline leak in suburban St. Louis. Agency spokesman Brian Quinn said contractors for the pipeline company, TransCanada Corp., are assessing an excavated segment of the Keystone pipeline Wednesday to […]
Tags: Business, News, Ap, Nation, Keystone, TransCanada Corp, JEFFERSON CITY Mo, Brian Quinn, Nation & World, Missouri Department of Natural Resources, St Louis Agency


K-pop and fancy sneakers: Kim Jong Un’s cultural revolution

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Dancers in hot pants. Factories pumping out Air Jordan lookalikes. TV dramas that are actually fun to watch. North Korean pop culture, long dismissed by critics as a kitschy throwback to the dark days of Stalinism, is getting a major upgrade under leader Kim Jong Un. The changes are being […]
Tags: Business, News, Nation, Kim Jong Un, Pyongyang North Korea, Kim Jong, Air Jordan, Nation & World


Minnesota governor sides with environmentalists on pipeline

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz said Tuesday that his administration will keep pursuing an appeal of an independent regulatory commission’s approval of Enbridge Energy’s plan to replace its aging Line 3 crude oil pipeline across in northern Minnesota, siding with environmental and tribal groups in his biggest and most controversial decision […]
Tags: Business, News, Minnesota, Nation, ST PAUL Minn AP, Enbridge Energy, Tim Walz, Nation & World


Trudeau cabinet minister resigns amid controversy

TORONTO (AP) — Canada’s former justice minister quit Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet on Tuesday amid allegations Trudeau’s office pressured her to avoid prosecuting a major Canadian engineering firm. Veterans Affairs Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould released a letter announcing her resignation. She had been demoted from the post of justice minister last month. The Globe and […]
Tags: Business, News, Toronto, Ap, World, Canada, Veterans Affairs, Justin Trudeau, Trudeau, Jody Wilson Raybould, Nation & World


Asian stocks rise after listless Wall Street day

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stocks rose Tuesday following a listless day on Wall Street as investors looked ahead to U.S.-Chinese trade talks. KEEPING SCORE: Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 rose 2.6 percent to 20,871.36 and the Shanghai Composite Exchange added 0.6 percent to 2,669.66. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng was 7 points higher at 28,151.38 and Seoul’s Kospi […]
Tags: Hong Kong, Business, News, Ap, Beijing, Nation, Tokyo, Seoul, Nation & World, Shanghai Composite Exchange


World stocks rise ahead of new round of US-China talks

SINGAPORE (AP) — World markets generally climbed Monday as traders kept a lookout for developments ahead of a new round of trade talks between American and Chinese officials in Beijing this week. KEEPING SCORE: In Europe, France’s CAC 40 rose 0.9 percent to 5,004.79 and Germany’s DAX was up 0.8 percent at 10,993.48. Britain’s FTSE […]
Tags: Business, News, Germany, Singapore, Ap, Beijing, Britain, Nation, US China, Europe France, Nation & World


Asian stocks rise ahead of new round of US-China trade talks

SINGAPORE (AP) — Asian stocks were mostly higher on Monday as traders watched for developments on a fresh round of trade talks between American and Chinese officials in Beijing this week. Markets in China and Taiwan, reopening after a weeklong Lunar New Year break, posted broad gains. KEEPING SCORE: The Shanghai Composite index jumped 1.1 […]
Tags: Business, News, China, Singapore, Ap, Taiwan, Beijing, Nation, Shanghai, US China, Nation & World


Registration mistake turned back New Zealand flight to China

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand’s national carrier admitted a registration mistake turned back a flight to China over the weekend, prompting Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to say Monday that politics were not involved. She said the incident had no bearing on the relationship between the two nations and she wouldn’t be seeking reassurance […]
Tags: Business, News, China, Nation, New Zealand, Wellington New Zealand, Nation & World, Jacinda Ardern


New Zealand leader: Admin error caused China flight U-turn

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says a flight from New Zealand to China was turned back for administrative reasons and the incident has no bearing on the relationship between the two nations. Ardern said Monday the issue was that all aircraft flying into China need to be registered, and […]
Tags: Business, News, China, Ap, Nation, New Zealand, Wellington New Zealand, Nation & World, Jacinda Ardern, Ardern


Asian stocks mixed ahead of next round of US-China talks

SINGAPORE (AP) — Asian stocks were mixed on Monday as traders watched for developments on a fresh round of trade talks with the United States this week in Beijing. Markets in China and Taiwan, reopening after a weeklong Lunar New Year break, edged higher on hopes that American and Chinese officials will make progress on […]
Tags: Business, News, China, Singapore, Ap, Taiwan, Nation, United States, US China, Nation & World, Beijing Markets


Malaysian ex-PM Najib combative ahead of 1MDB graft trial

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak is hardly lying low ahead of his corruption trial on charges related to the multibillion-dollar looting of the 1MDB state investment fund. He’s crooned about slander in an R&B video and vilified the current government in daily social media posts to counter portrayals of […]
Tags: Business, News, Nation, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, Najib Razak, Najib, Nation & World


Australian prime minister boasts security credentials

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s prime minister has cast his government as stronger on national security than the opposition after signing an agreement with the French government to deliver a fleet of submarines and ahead of federal elections expected to be held in May. Prime Minister Scott Morrison used a speech to Australia’s National Press […]
Tags: Business, News, Australia, Nation, Scott Morrison, CANBERRA Australia, Nation & World, National Press


Apple stores have lost their luster, critics say

Apple is not just a giant of technology, it has also grown into one of the biggest American retailers, with more than 500 stores across five continents. But the shine of its signature stores has dimmed, and the shops are facing a pivotal moment — even before Apple announced last week that its retail chief […]
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