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Power shortages leave Gaza in the dark

Khalil Hamra and Fares Akram, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 11:31pm

At night, large swaths of the Gaza Strip plunge into darkness — the result of chronic and worsening power outages. In crowded city streets, the only source of light comes from the headlights of passing cars.

California finishes safety review of wells after blowout

Brian Melley, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 11:21pm

A California natural gas storage facility where a blowout spewed methane for nearly four months has completed a safety review required to resume operations, though it might never return to full capacity, state officials said Tuesday.

Asian stocks directionless, dollar steadies after slide

Kelvin Chan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 11:21pm

Asian shares were mixed Wednesday following a sharp correction overnight in the dollar that sapped investor momentum.

Business group: China preparing to retaliate on trade

Joe McDonald, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 11:13pm

China is preparing to retaliate if U.S. President-elect Donald Trump raises duties on Chinese goods and already has toughened its stance, an American business group said Wednesday.

UN report: Asian growth outlook bright despite uncertainty

Dake Kang, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 11:02pm

A United Nations report says Asia's economic outlook for 2017 is strong despite slowing global growth due to sluggish international trade and investment.

Review board: Fatal police shooting of suspect was justified

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 9:41pm

A review board has determined a SWAT team officer's fatal shooting of a robbery suspect outside a convenience store in Ohio's capital city in 2015 was justified.

Secret Service settles racial discrimination lawsuit

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 9:31pm

The Department of Homeland Security and the Secret Service have agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit alleging racial discrimination in promotion practices by the agency that protects the president.

The Latest: DeVos says unwanted kissing is sexual assault

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 9:11pm

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Asian stocks directionless, dollar steadies after slide

Kelvin Chan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 8:41pm

Most Asian stock indexes lacked direction Wednesday following a sharp correction overnight in the dollar that sapped investor momentum.

Chinese coal mine caves in, killing 9 workers

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 8:15pm

The partial collapse of a coal mine in northern China has left nine people dead, state media reported Wednesday, reflecting the stubborn persistence of safety problems despite years-long efforts to reduce deaths in the sprawling sector.

Seoul court begins reviewing arrest of Samsung heir

Youkyung Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 7:32pm

A South Korean court has begun reviewing the arrest of a Samsung Electronics vice chairman who faces allegations of bribery, embezzlement and perjury.

Caroline Kennedy leaves Japan after 3 years as US ambassador

Ken Moritsugu, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 7:11pm

Caroline Kennedy is stepping down Wednesday after three years as U.S. ambassador to Japan, where she was welcomed like a celebrity and worked to deepen the U.S.-Japan relationship despite regular flare-ups over American military bases on the southern island of Okinawa.

Feds: McKesson agrees to pay $150M in pill shipment case

John Raby, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 6:31pm

A major California-based drug wholesaler has agreed to pay $150 million to settle allegations that it failed to detect and report pharmacies' suspicious orders of prescription pain pills, federal prosecutors said Tuesday.

Bill would let women sue doctors who perform their abortions

Barbara Rodriguez, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 5:50pm

Iowa lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow a woman who gets an abortion to sue the doctor who performed the procedure if she experiences emotional distress later.

Lowe's announces nearly 2,400 layoffs for full-time workers

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 5:10pm

North Carolina-based home improvement retailer Lowe's says it's told approximately 2,400 full-time workers that they will be laid off.

Mississippi sues Google, saying it violates student privacy

Jeff Amy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 5:01pm

Mississippi's Democratic attorney general is once again tangling with Google, alleging in a lawsuit that the company is illegally violating student privacy, even as some Republicans seek to muzzle his ability to file such civil suits.

Texas, 12 other states sue to block Obama coal mining rule

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 5:01pm

Texas and 12 other states have asked a federal court to block final rules from President Barack Obama's administration designed to reduce coal mining's impact on streams.

18 million more uninsured if Obamacare killed, not replaced

Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 4:42pm

Insurance premiums would soar for millions of Americans and 18 million more would be uninsured in just one year if Republicans scuttle much of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul without a replacement, Congress' budget analysts said Tuesday.

Trump's 1st home up for auction for 2nd time in 3 months

Jennifer Peltz, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 4:20pm

The first property connected to Republican President-elect Donald Trump has become a hot spot for real estate deal-making.