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Government spending boosted German economy in fourth quarter

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 2:30am

The German economy grew 0.3 percent in the fourth quarter from the quarter before thanks to higher consumer and government spending.

Protesting Greek farmers clash with riot police

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 2:30am

Clashes broke out outside the Agriculture Ministry in central Athens Friday as thousands of farmers from across Greece headed to the Greek capital for a two-day protest against the government's plans to impose new tax hikes and reform the pension system.

Kasich works to assure South Carolina of conservative record

Kathleen Ronayne and Bill Barrow, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 2:20am

An energized John Kasich heads into South Carolina's Republican presidential primary hoping to build on a strong showing in New Hampshire, but he's refusing to tailor or shift his message to fit the state's more conservative electorate.

Flint crisis may help governor ease GOP doubt on Detroit aid

David Eggert, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 1:01am

Rick Snyder's standing as one of the GOP's most accomplished governors has taken a beating in the crisis over lead-contaminated water in Flint, Michigan. Democrats, especially those running for president, have pointed to his administration's mishandling of the city's switch to a cheaper water supply as an example of Republican cost-cutting run amok.

Jamestown team wins North Dakota LifeSmarts competition

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 12:10am

A team from Jamestown has won the state finals of the annual LifeSmarts competition.

Seoul cuts off power supplies to factory park in North Korea

Jin-Man Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 11:50pm

South Korea has cut off power and water supplies to a factory park in North Korea, officials said Friday, a day after the North deported all South Korean workers there and ordered a military takeover of the complex that had been the last major symbol of cooperation between the rivals.

Indonesia warns messaging apps to drop same-sex emoticons

Niniek Karmini, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 10:21pm

Human Rights Watch on Friday urged Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to protect gay and lesbian rights, a day after his government told instant messaging apps to remove stickers featuring same-sex couples in the latest high-profile attempt to discourage visible homosexuality in the socially conservative country.

Jury rules against Montana woman's wrongful-birth lawsuit

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 10:00pm

A Montana jury ruled Thursday against a woman who sought millions of dollars from health care providers that she said failed to diagnose her unborn daughter's cystic fibrosis.

Uber to pay $28.5M to settle safety ad lawsuits

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 9:41pm

Uber said Thursday that it will pay $28.5 million to settle two lawsuits that said the ride-hailing firm misled customers about its safety procedures and fees.

Kansas Senate moves to protect pensions, mental hospitals

John Hanna, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 9:01pm

The Kansas Senate approved proposals aimed at preventing the state from shorting its contributions to public pensions or having private companies run its two mental hospitals, part of a larger plan it also advanced Thursday night to balance the next state budget.

House committee passes bill to privatize air traffic control

Joan Lowy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 8:41pm

A Republican-controlled House committee on Thursday endorsed a bill that would wrest responsibility for running the nation's air traffic control system from the government and turn it over to a private, nonprofit corporation run by airlines and other aviation interests.

NY to require manufacturers to pay for fouled water cleanup

Mary Esch, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 8:21pm

Two industrial companies will be held liable for the cleanup of a toxic chemical that found its way into an upstate New York village's drinking water, the acting state environmental commissioner said Thursday.

Japan stock index down more than 5 percent

Elaine Kurtenbach, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 7:41pm

Japan's benchmark stock index dived more than 5 percent Friday following a sell-off in European and U.S. markets.

Venezuela top court overrules Congress on economic emergency

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 7:31pm

Venezuela's Supreme Court overruled the opposition-controlled congress on Thursday and granted broad decree powers to President Nicolas Maduro.

Japan's Nikkei 225 stock index falls more than 5 percent after US, European sell-off

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 7:31pm

Japan's Nikkei 225 stock index falls more than 5 percent after US, European sell-off.

TOPS payments stalled because of La. budget uncertainty

Melinda Deslatte, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 7:00pm

Payments to Louisiana's colleges from the TOPS free college tuition program were put on hold Thursday because of uncertainties about the state's budget and questions about whether the popular program could be on the chopping block.

Opponents urge lawmakers to snuff out tobacco tax increase

Anna Gronewold, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 6:40pm

Nebraska's tobacco tax could more than double under a bill that is drawing praise from health officials but strong criticism from retailers, grocers and smokers.

An urgent call for action made during university rally

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 6:40pm

The head of Northern Illinois University says the school won't layoff anyone for now despite the lack of state funding due to a budget impasse.

Arkansas man to appeal verdict in real estate agent's death

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 6:00pm

A man convicted of capital murder and kidnapping in the death of a central Arkansas real estate agent has filed notice that he plans to appeal.

Clinton aims to boost campaign with focus on black voters

Lisa Lerer and Ken Thomas, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 5:30pm

After an overwhelming loss in New Hampshire, Hillary Clinton is staking a campaign comeback on her ability to woo black and Latino voters, placing outreach to those communities at the center of her strategy to re-energize her 2016 bid.