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It's the cash crop of the Taliban and the scourge of Afghanistan — the country's intractable opium cultivation. This year, many Afghan poppy farmers are expecting a windfall as they get ready to harvest opium from a new variety of poppy seeds said to boost yield of the resin that produces heroin.
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German train drivers start five-day strike in wage dispute

The Associated Press  |  posted 32 minutes ago
German train drivers started a five-day strike Tuesday, their longest walkout yet in an increasingly bitter dispute with the country's main railway operator.
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EU raises eurozone forecast despite bleaker Greek outlook

Pan Pylas and Raf Casert, Associated Press  |  posted May 5th - 4:20am
The European Union has nudged up its forecast for economic growth across the 19-country eurozone despite a much gloomier outlook for Greece, which is struggling to get its hands on vital bailout cash it needs to pay off debts.
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Reforming Baltimore police will be expensive, costly

Ben Nuckols and Michael Biesecker, Associated Press  |  posted May 5th - 2:41am
Months before Freddie Gray died of the broken neck he suffered during what Baltimore's top prosecutor called an illegal arrest, the city's mayor and police commissioner said the department needed reform and asked the Justice Department for help reviewing officer misconduct.
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Greek officials lobby EU, ECB for swift loan payout

The Associated Press  |  posted May 5th - 2:30am
Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis is meeting top European officials in Paris and Brussels as the cash-strapped country seeks the swift release of delayed bailout money that it needs to keep up with its debt payments.
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Top NY lawmaker's arrest sends session, Senate into disarray

David Klepper and Michael Virtanen, Associated Press  |  posted May 5th - 1:22am
The arrest of a powerful New York lawmaker on federal corruption charges threw one of America's most powerful statehouses into disarray, destabilizing the state's Senate while complicating an already contentious legislative agenda.
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China to lift price controls on most drugs starting June 1

The Associated Press  |  posted 53 minutes ago
Chinese regulators will lift price controls on most pharmaceutical drugs starting June 1 in hopes that the market-driven pricing system will keep medical costs in check, the National Development and Reform Commission announced Tuesday.
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VW CEO vows progress on costs after leadership struggle

David McHugh, Associated Press  |  posted 53 minutes ago
Volkswagen's CEO said the company is tackling its problems in the wake of a leadership struggle and promised progress on lowering costs and raising profitability.
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Deadline extended for Illinois prepaid college tuition plan

The Associated Press  |  posted May 5th - 3:10am
Illinois families wanting to lock in future college tuition payments at today's rates have an extra month to sign up for a state savings program.
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UGA researcher leads project to improve blueberry processing

The Associated Press  |  posted May 5th - 2:20am
An associate professor at the University of Georgia researcher is trying to find a better way to harvest blueberries, the state's leading fruit crop.
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House set to vote on indoor ban on electronic cigarettes

The Associated Press  |  posted May 5th - 2:20am
The state House is again poised to vote on legislation adding electronic cigarettes to Delaware's indoor smoking ban.
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Durbin wants debt relief for former Everest College students

The Associated Press  |  posted May 5th - 2:11am
U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin says students who attended Everest College located in Chicago's suburbs should be eligible for federal debt relief.
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Lufthansa's operating loss narrows on lower fuel costs

The Associated Press  |  posted May 5th - 2:10am
German airline Lufthansa, still coping with the aftermath of the crash of Germanwings Flight 9525, saw its operating losses narrow in the first quarter as fuel costs fell in the wake of lower oil prices.
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Senate slated to vote on GOP budget compromise

The Associated Press  |  posted May 5th - 1:11am
The Senate is poised to approve a compromise Republican budget that makes deep cuts in spending while boosting Pentagon accounts by an additional $38 billion next year.
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Australia cuts interest rate to record low 2 percent

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  posted May 5th - 12:30am
Australia's central bank cut its benchmark interest rate to a record low of 2 percent on Tuesday in a bid to jolt the nation's economy which is weighed by falling commodity prices and weakening demand from China.
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Protesters take on racial profiling at Providence College

The Associated Press  |  posted May 4th - 11:51pm
More than 100 Providence College students, supporters and faculty and staff members rallied against racial profiling they say is widespread among security guards at the private Catholic school.
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