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Chinese minister appeals to Washington to avoid 'trade war'

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 12:50am

China's commerce minister has appealed to Washington to negotiate disputes with Beijing and avoid a "trade war" that he warned would hurt both sides.

HSBC warns of risks to world economic growth as profit dives

Kelvin Chan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 12:26am

London-based bank HSBC reported Tuesday that annual profit slumped following a year it said would be remembered for "unexpected economic and political events" and warned of risks in 2017 to the global economy's continuing recovery.

Circus lionized for cutting animal acts will bring them back

Mark Pratt, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 11:19pm

A circus is under fire for bringing back animal acts a year after earning praise from animal rights groups for dropping them to keep up with changing public attitudes.

Asian stocks higher after Wall Street long weekend

Joe McDonald, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 10:25pm

Asian stock markets were mostly higher Tuesday as investors looked ahead to minutes from the U.S. Federal Reserve's latest meeting and Wall Street prepared to reopen after a three-day weekend.

Rio Carnival revelers hunt for bargains amid economic crisis

Mauricio Savarese, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 10:10pm

Instead of costly and elaborate costumes with glittering sequins, expect more cheap getups featuring fake mustaches, hats and tiaras at this year's Carnival.

Tensions mount as Ecuador's presidential race up in the air

Gonzalo Solano, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 10:03pm

Tension mounted as vote counting in Ecuador's presidential election dragged into a third day Tuesday, with supporters and opponents of outgoing President Rafael Correa trading heated accusations.

Asian stocks higher after Wall Street long weekend

Joe McDonald, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 8:53pm

Asian stock markets were mostly higher Tuesday as investors looked ahead to minutes from the U.S. Federal Reserve's latest meeting and Wall Street prepared to reopen after a three-day weekend.

Former Derby, Preakness winner Charismatic dies

Bruce Schreiner and Gary B. Graves, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 7:53pm

Former Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner Charismatic, whose bid for the Triple Crown ended with a dramatic leg injury as he neared the finish line in the Belmont Stakes, has died at a thoroughbred retirement farm in Kentucky.

Fox News host Brenda Buttner dies at age 55

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 7:30pm

Brenda Buttner, host of Fox News Channel's "Bulls and Bears" has died after a battle with cancer. She was 55.

Official charged in United flight bribe case dies at age 62

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 7:17pm

A United Airlines lobbyist and longtime state official accused of conspiracy in a shakedown benefiting the former chairman of the agency that controls New York City-area airports has died.

Deadline looms for Dakota Access pipeline protest camp

Blake Nicholson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 6:30pm

As dawn breaks over an encampment that was once home to thousands of people protesting the Dakota Access oil pipeline, a few hundred holdouts rise for another day of resistance.

N. Korean envoy blasts Malaysians, calls for joint probe

Eileen Ng, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 5:52pm

North Korea's ambassador to Malaysia denounced the country's investigation into the death of the exiled half brother of North Korea's ruler, calling it politically motivated and demanding a joint probe amid increasingly bitter exchanges between the once-friendly nations.

Ruling party candidate on top in Ecuador's presidential vote

Gonzalo Solano, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 4:45pm

The hand-picked candidate of socialist President Rafael Correa held an easy lead Monday in Ecuador's presidential election, though authorities said it might be a few more days before they determine if he won enough votes to avoid a runoff against his nearest rival.

Minnesota House votes to undo Sunday liquor sales ban

Kyle Potter and Brian Edwards, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 4:15pm

Minnesota lawmakers on Monday put a massive crack in the state's ban on Sunday liquor sales, overwhelmingly voting to repeal the Prohibition-era law after years of failed attempts.

Publisher cancels Milo Yiannopoulos book 'Dangerous'

Hillel Italie, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 4:15pm

Right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos' publisher has cancelled his planned book, "Dangerous."

Uber to investigate sexual harassment claim by engineer

Danica Kirka and David Koenig, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 3:34pm

Uber's chief executive ordered an investigation Monday into a sexual-harassment claim made by a female engineer who said her prospects at the company evaporated after she complained about advances from her boss.

Big hit for Bulls, 'Benny's Day Off' connects online

Andrew Seligman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 3:23pm

Dancing on the roof, microphone in hand as he lip-synched to "Twist and Shout," Benny the Bull was putting on quite a performance as his tricked-out black van rolled through downtown Chicago.

APNewsBreak: Utah's anesthesia abortion law unenforced

Hallie Golden, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 1:50pm

Last year, Utah enacted a first-in-the-nation law requiring that fetuses receive anesthesia or painkillers before elective abortions starting at 20 weeks gestation. Nine months later, the only licensed clinic providing those abortions in the state says no changes have been made in how doctors perform the procedures.

Dollar mixed

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 1:10pm

The U.S. dollar is mixed against other North American currencies in New York trading.

Jeep stuck in sand dune for 40 years to be removed this week

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 1:10pm

A Jeep that has been stuck inside a Massachusetts sand dune for 40 years is set to be removed.