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'It saved my life': Talk of Obamacare repeal worries addicts

Adam Beam and Carla K. Johnson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 7:08am

While the Affordable Care Act has brought health coverage to millions of Americans, the effects have been profound, even lifesaving, for some of those caught up in the nation's opioid-addiction crisis.

Italy faces potential fine from EU for rising debt

Pan Pylas and Raf Casert, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 7:04am

Italy's unstable government was put on notice Wednesday that it may face a fine from the European Union for not getting the country's debt levels down.

Yonkers woman pleads guilty to stealing $1M from ex-employer

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 6:53am

A former office assistant for a New York business has pleaded guilty to stealing nearly $1 million from her employer.

Global markets cautious as investors await Fed minutes

Youkyung Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 6:34am

Global stocks were mostly higher in subdued trading Wednesday as investors awaited the publication of minutes from the Federal Reserve's latest meeting, hoping for clues to how quickly it might raise interest rates.

Lawsuit claims train station escalator grabbed girl's foot

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 6:27am

A lawsuit claims a 3-year-old girl who became entangled in an escalator lost her foot at a commuter train station in Atlanta.

Deal to streamline world trade takes effect

Jamey Keaten, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 6:25am

The first multilateral trade agreement reached under the World Trade Organization since it was created over a generation ago has taken force, aiming to streamline cross-border trade to the benefit of the developing world in particular.

American Airlines resolves computer troubles in Philadelphia

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 6:10am

American Airlines says its computers are again working at Philadelphia International Airport and the airline has also lifted a ground stop that kept its flights from heading to the city for hours.

Iraqi suicide bomber was ex-Gitmo detainee

Paisley Dodds and Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 5:52am

A suicide bomber who attacked a military base in Iraq this week was a former Guantanamo Bay detainee freed in 2004 after Britain lobbied for his release, raising questions about the ability of security services to track the whereabouts of potential terrorists.

US shutting down Dakota Access oil pipeline protest camp

Blake Nicholson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 5:43am

The Army Corps of Engineers' plan to close a Dakota Access pipeline protest camp that's been around for more than six months isn't likely to be the demise of on-the-ground opposition in North Dakota.

The Latest: Officials offer services as pipeline camp closes

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 5:40am

The Latest on plans to close a protest encampment near the Dakota Access pipeline construction site in North Dakota (all times local):

UK economy grew less quickly than first estimated in 2016

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 5:40am

Britain's economy grew less quickly than originally estimated in 2016, losing the mantle of being the fastest-growing among the Group of Seven of the world's biggest economies.

UK court: Income rule to bring in foreign spouses is lawful

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 5:33am

Britain's Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the government is entitled to set a minimum-income threshold for people wanting to bring foreign spouses to the country, a measure introduced to ensure that immigrants won't draw on public welfare funds.

EU orders fine for Austria over region's false debt data

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 5:31am

The European Union's budget watchdog is seeking a 29.8 million-euro ($31.3 million) fine for Austria after accusing one of its regions of providing false debt data over two years.

Airbus profit dives on problems with A400M military jet

Angela Charlton, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 5:13am

Surprise new costs for the long-troubled Airbus A400M military jet sent the European plane maker's profits plunging last year and will weigh on the company's financial prospects through next year, even as it forecast a rise in aircraft deliveries and demand.

UK's Lloyds bank turning corner after years of crisis

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 5:10am

Lloyds Banking Group says its underlying profits rose slightly in the fourth quarter as it began to move beyond past scandals and a government rescue during the financial crisis.

Swiss firm says South Korean exec made off with millions

Jamey Keaten and Youkyung Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 5:04am

Swiss engineering company ABB says that an executive at its South Korean unit is suspected of leading a "sophisticated criminal scheme" to steal millions of dollars from the company. The scandal could cost it as much as $100 million.

German optimism up in positive sign for Europe's economy

David McHugh, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 3:41am

German business optimism rose unexpectedly in February as executives appeared to shrug off initial worries about U.S. President Donald Trump's policies, providing another sign that Europe's economy is gaining pace.

Citizens' rights, market access key for Czechs after Brexit

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 2:40am

Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka says it is a key issue for his country to maintain the same rights for EU citizens in Britain after its exit from the European Union.

Health law created winners and losers when buying insurance

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 2:00am

Michael Schwarz is a self-employed business owner who buys his own health insurance. Subsidized coverage through "Obamacare" offers protection from life's unpredictable changes and freedom to pursue his vocation, he says.

China's thriving SUV-only automaker looks to global growth

Joe McDonald, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 1:12am

Wei Jianjun is the chief matchmaker in China's love affair with the SUV.