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Democratic senators criticize Trump on Chinese trademarks

Erika Kinetz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 9:58am

Democratic senators are protesting the Trump Organization's acceptance of a valuable trademark from the Chinese government without asking Congress first if doing so is constitutional.

US stocks dip as banks and energy companies fall

Marley Jay, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 9:48am

U.S. stocks are declining Friday morning as investors again look for safer places to put their money. Business technology company Hewlett Packard Enterprises is falling after it announced weak sales. Bond prices are dropping and yields are rising. That's sending interest rates lower, which hurts banks. High-dividend stocks are rising.

Report: German spy agency targets foreign reporters' phones

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 9:48am

The German weekly Der Spiegel reports that the country's spy agency had at least 50 numbers and email addresses of journalists among its surveillance targets.

The Latest: Trump speech to conservatives evokes campaign

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 9:40am

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Bosnia: landslide forces home evacuations, road closure

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 9:39am

More than 150 people have been forced to evacuate their homes in central Bosnia on Friday because a major landslide from huge piles of soil and mine waste from a nearby open pit coal mine threatens to bury their villages.

Doubts grow over stock market's Trump-inspired surge

Stan Choe and Pan Pylas, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 9:37am

How much more can the "Trump Bump" lift the stock market?

Sharp vision: New glasses help the legally blind see

Michael Liedtke, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 9:20am

Jeff Regan was born with underdeveloped optic nerves and had spent most of his life in a blur. Then four years ago, he donned an unwieldy headset made by a Toronto company called eSight.

Dems tap former Kentucky governor to counter Trump speech

Donna Cassata, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 9:14am

Democrats have tapped former Gov. Steve Beshear to deliver the party's response to President Donald Trump's address to a joint session of Congress Tuesday night, highlighting the Kentucky Democrat's efforts to expand health care coverage under the law Republicans are determined to repeal and replace.

Trump tower opens in Vancouver but the welcome isn't warm

Jeremy Hainsworth and Rob Gillies, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 9:14am

The furies unleashed by Donald Trump's rise to the U.S. presidency are shaking Vancouver, where a gleaming new Trump International Hotel and Tower is about to open.

Greece's Tsipras: the era of austerity is over

Elena Becatoros, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 8:58am

Greece's era of austerity is over, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras claimed Friday, as he painted a positive picture of the reforms his government has agreed to take after the bailout program ends in 2018.

Grain mixed; livestock lower

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 8:34am

Grain futures were mixed Friday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Grain mixed; livestock lower

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 8:30am

Grain futures were mixed Friday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.

US new-home sales rise in sign of housing market health

Christopher S. Rugaber, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 8:25am

Americans bought more new homes in January after a steep fall-off the previous month, a sign the housing market is healthy despite higher mortgage rates.

Report: Latvian airport denies ordering hijab removed

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 8:25am

Latvia's main airport denies having demanded an Arab diplomat to remove her hijab headscarf during a security check after a local newspaper reported her country had handed in a note to the Latvian Foreign Ministry complaining of unacceptable treatment.

Sales of new US homes rose 3.7 percent in January in sign of housing market health

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 8:06am

Sales of new US homes rose 3.7 percent in January in sign of housing market health.

Dakota Access oil pipeline could be operating within weeks

Blake Nicholson and James MacPherson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 7:27am

Oil could be flowing through the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline in less than two weeks, according to court documents filed by the developer just before police and soldiers started clearing a protest camp in North Dakota where pipeline opponents had gathered for the better part of a year.

Austrian court orders release of Ukrainian oligarch Firtash

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 7:13am

An Austrian court has ordered that Ukrainian oligarch Dymitro Firtash be released from custody pending decisions on separate U.S. and Spanish extradition requests for him.

Egyptians bear down under worst inflation in a decade

Brian Rohan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 7:00am

Egyptians are bearing down under their worst inflation in a decade, cutting spending as much as possible as prices surge on basic food items, transport, housing, and even some essential medicines.

The Latest: Tribes want judge to stop river pipeline work

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 6:51am

The Latest on the Dakota Access oil pipeline. (all times local):