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UK council approves fracking; environmentalists vow to fight

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 24th - 3:50am

A council has granted the first fracking license to be issued in England for five years, but environmental groups are vowing to fight on against the use of the technology.

German investor confidence down amid concern over UK vote

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 24th - 3:40am

A survey of German investor confidence has dipped unexpectedly because of concerns, among others, over whether Britain will vote to leave the European Union.

AP Interview: Qatar energy minister wants 'fair' oil price

Adam Schreck, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 24th - 3:40am

The oil market is slowly recovering from its steep drop over the past two years but crude is still not trading at a "fair price" to encourage necessary investment, Qatar's energy and industry minister said Tuesday, ahead of next week's meeting of OPEC producers.

Fiat Chrysler names new head of Alfa Romeo and Maserati

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 24th - 3:20am

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has announced that its U.S. sales chief will take over the premium Italian Alfa Romeo and Maserati brands.

12 dead, 50 injured in jade mining landslide in Myanmar

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 24th - 3:10am

A landslide in northern Myanmar's jade mining region Tuesday killed at least 12 people and injured about 50 others, witnesses and officials said.

French police force open fuel depot amid protests, shortages

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 24th - 3:10am

French police have dislodged protesters blocking a key fuel depot on the Mediterranean, as gasoline shortages spread around the country amid increasingly tense labor actions.

Volkswagen to provide update on emissions settlement talks

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 24th - 2:21am

A federal judge is set to get an update on ongoing settlement talks in the Volkswagen emissions cheating scandal after announcing a tentative deal last month for nearly half a million polluting Volkswagens in the U.S.

House panel hearing lawmaker who wants IRS chief impeached

Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 24th - 1:31am

A sympathetic House Judiciary Committee is giving a high-profile forum to a top Republican who wants to impeach IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, a cause that excites conservatives but seems unlikely to go far in Congress this election year.

In tough times, most Palestinians view government as corrupt

Karin Laub and Mohammed Daraghmeh, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 24th - 1:30am

A gated community of villas with well-tended flower gardens near the West Bank town of Ramallah may help explain why Palestinians almost universally believe there is corruption in the government of President Mahmoud Abbas.

Facebook drops news outlet input in 'trending topics' review

Ryan Nakashima, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 24th - 12:40am

Facebook says it is dropping its reliance on news outlets to help determine what gets posted as a "trending topic" on the giant social network, a move adopted after a backlash over a report saying it suppressed conservative views.

Kicking the habit: Adult smoking rate in US is falling fast

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 23rd - 11:50pm

The smoking rate among U.S. adults has been falling steadily for decades but the latest survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds the 2015 decline is the biggest in more than 20 years.

Refugees and scholars: Colleges offer war-torn a route to US

Collin Binkley, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 23rd - 10:51pm

Colleges in the U.S. are opening their doors — and their financial aid — to Syrian refugees.

Cleveland State mulls smaller arena to build more housing

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 23rd - 10:50pm

Cleveland State University is considering whether to replace the school's 13,000-seat arena with a smaller facility to allow for construction of additional on-campus housing.

MMA comes to heartland of Thai kickboxing

Chris Lines, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 23rd - 10:50pm

Of all the various fighting styles that combine to create the burgeoning sport of Mixed Martial Arts, it is Thai kickboxing which is at the core of the new discipline. Yet it has taken until this week for Thailand to host its first major MMA event.

Massachusetts Senate to debate $39.5B state budget plan

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 23rd - 10:40pm

The Massachusetts Senate is set to begin debate on a $39.5 billion state budget plan that increases spending on local schools and public higher education.

Kicking the habit: Adult smoking rate in US is falling fast

Mike Stobbe, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 23rd - 10:40pm

The nation seems to be kicking its smoking habit faster than ever before.

South Dakota Indian hospital threatened with funds cutoff

Regina Garcia Cano, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 23rd - 10:22pm

The U.S. government on Monday threatened to cut off Medicare and Medicaid funding to a government-run hospital in Rapid City — the third South Dakota hospital serving Native Americans that's been found to have serious deficiencies in recent months.

Detroit muscle cars aren't so strong in crash tests

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 23rd - 10:12pm

Muscle cars may look cool, but they don't offer the best protection in a crash.

Obama's Hiroshima visit stirs differing views across Pacific

Mari Yamaguchi and Julie Watson, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 23rd - 9:50pm

Two very different visions of the hell that is war are seared into the minds of World War II survivors on opposite sides of the Pacific.