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Flying coach: Many universities are using private planes

Collin Binkley, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 7:43am

Once seen as a luxury of the corporate world, private planes are becoming increasingly common at U.S. colleges and universities as schools try to attract athletes, raise money and reward coaches with jet-set vacations.

Uganda launches gold refinery, amid fears of dirty minerals

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 7:43am

A gold refinery primarily owned by a Belgian investor has been launched in Uganda amid concerns about the source of its minerals.

Merkel appeals court order to reveal chats with journalists

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 7:43am

The German government is appealing a court order requiring it to provide information about any background briefings that Chancellor Angela Merkel has with journalists.

Sleek superyacht seized in Gibraltar over $16.2M debt claim

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 7:40am

Authorities in Gibraltar say they have seized one of the largest and most advanced superyachts in the world over an unsettled bill dispute between its owner and its German builder.

Former Derby, Preakness winner Charismatic dies

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 7:33am

Former Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner Charismatic has died at a thoroughbred retirement farm in Kentucky.

N. Korean envoy blasts Malaysians, calls for joint probe

Eileen Ng, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 7:25am

North Korea's top envoy in Kuala Lumpur on Monday denounced Malaysia's investigation into the apparent killing of the exiled half brother of North Korea's ruler, calling it politically motivated and demanding a joint probe into the death.

Uber to investigate sexual harassment claim by engineer

Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 7:14am

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

3 convicted in 100 million-euro Paris modern art heist

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 7:10am

An agile thief nicknamed "spiderman," an antiques dealer and an art expert have been sentenced to prison and ordered to pay the city of Paris for stealing five masterpieces from the city's Modern Art Museum worth 104 million euros.

German economy minister to raise Opel fate during Paris trip

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 5:50am

Germany's economy minister plans to discuss the future of General Motors' Opel subsidiary during a visit to Paris on Thursday.

World stocks mostly rise as US remains shut for holiday

Kelvin Chan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 5:22am

Global stocks mostly rose Monday, though Wall Street to remain shut for a holiday, as investors awaited economic and corporate earnings reports and Fed meeting minutes due out this week.

US equity firm closes in on purchase of Portuguese bank

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 5:20am

Portugal's central bank says it has picked U.S. private equity firm Lone Star for exclusive final negotiations on its bid to buy Novo Banco, the so-called good bank salvaged by the Portuguese government from the collapse of major lender Banco Espirito Santo.

Swedish think tank: Arms trade is flourishing

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 5:20am

A Swedish think tank says that the global arms trade has steadily increased in volume the past five years, propelled by an almost doubling of arms imports in the Middle East and strong growth in demand in Asia.

Hong Kong Disneyland posts 2016 loss on tourism softness

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 5:04am

Hong Kong Disneyland posted a wider annual loss on Monday as attendance by mainland Chinese tourists dropped amid a softer tourism market.

Boston, patrolmen's union agree to 4-year, $68 million deal

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 4:23am

Boston's mayor and the city's largest police union have agreed to a four-year, $68 million contract for its 1,500 patrol officers.

Expert: Brexit could endanger security for other EU nations

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 4:10am

A former counterterrorism chief for London's Metropolitan Police says Britain's withdrawal from the European Union could compromise the security of other EU members if they do not continue to have full access to British intelligence.

Unilever shares slide after Kraft Heinz withdraws $143B bid

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 2:51am

Shares in Unilever, the owner of brands like Hellman's, Lipton, and Knorr, are down sharply after rival Kraft Heinz withdrew a $143 billion takeover offer.

Famine declared in part of South Sudan by government and UN

Justin Lynch, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 2:12am

Famine has been declared in two counties of South Sudan, according to an announcement by the South Sudan government and three U.N. agencies, which says the calamity is the result of prolonged civil war and an entrenched economic crisis that has devastated the war-torn East African nation.

APNewsBreak: Utah's anesthesia abortion law unenforced

Hallie Golden, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 1:40am

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.

House GOP hails health plan that Democrats call inadequate

Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 1:40am

Top House Republicans say their outline for replacing President Barack Obama's health care law is a pathway to greater flexibility and lower costs for consumers. Democrats see a road to ruin for millions who'd face lost coverage and higher medical expenses, particularly the poor.