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US consumer spending grew solid 0.4 percent in April, fastest pace in 4 months; incomes also up

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 30th - 6:32am

US consumer spending grew solid 0.4 percent in April, fastest pace in 4 months; incomes also up.

9 campaigning to unseat Standing Rock Sioux chairman

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 30th - 6:30am

Nine people are campaigning to unseat Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Dave Archambault.

Zimbabwe tobacco is booming, but farmers growing it are not

Farai Mutsaka, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 30th - 6:03am

Farmer Simon Kahari recently sold tobacco worth more than $6,000 at an auction in Zimbabwe, a small fortune reflecting the golden leaf's resurgence in this southern African country. Yet because of Zimbabwe's dire economic problems he ended up sleeping in an auction house toilet that night, hungry and wondering if and when he would be able to access his earnings.

Global shares weaker as investors await economic data

Youkyung Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 30th - 4:22am

Global stock markets were generally weaker Tuesday as investors stayed on the sidelines before the release of a raft of economic data later this week.

Iran police disperse angry protesters outside central bank

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 30th - 3:50am

Iranian newspapers say police dispersed dozens of protesters who had gathered outside the country's central bank in Tehran, demanding their money back from a credit company.

Hearings open in Navalny vs. Usmanov defamation case

Nataliya Vasilyeva, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 30th - 3:42am

A judge in the defamation case between Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny and multi-billionaire Alisher Usmanov on Tuesday struck down motions to summon Russia's prime minister to testify on his alleged wealth — the key issue in the case.

Taxi strike across Spain to protest Uber, Cabify services

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 30th - 3:00am

Taxi drivers across Spain's are striking to protest the increase in cars run by private companies offering cheaper, mobile ride-hailing services.

McConnell faces a challenge passing health care in Senate

Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 30th - 2:33am

For Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, writing a Republican-only health care bill that can pass the Senate boils down to this question: How do you solve a problem like Dean, Lisa, Patrick, Ted, Rand and Susan?

Czech court to open hearing on Russian hacker extradition

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 30th - 12:42am

A Russian man who faces charges in the United States of hacking computers at American companies is facing an extradition hearing at a Prague prison.

Venezuela exiles hound and shame socialist officials abroad

Adriana Gomez Licon and Joshua Goodman, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 10:06pm

Javier Fungairino was eating breakfast with his son at a bakery one recent morning when he noticed a familiar face at a nearby table: a former minister of Venezuela's socialist government whose presence reminded him of the pain he suffered when he left his homeland for Miami three years ago.

Asian shares weaker as investors await economic data

Youkyung Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 9:55pm

Asian stock markets were weaker on Tuesday as investors stayed on the sideline before the release of a raft of economic data due later this week. Markets in Shanghai, Hong Kong and Taipei were closed on a holiday.

Work starts again on Wyoming wind power project after winter

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 7:16pm

With Wyoming's harsh winter weather in the past, work has resumed on a massive onshore wind development in the United States.

Get ready for busy travel season; airlines could set record

David Koenig, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 5:58pm

If you're planning a big vacation trip this summer, move over. You're going to have lots of company.

Once-tiny Vineyard sees massive population growth

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 3:40pm

The once tiny town of Vineyard in Utah County has exploded in popularity the past two years. According to new U.S. Census estimates, Vineyard has grown from 611 residents to a population of 3,953, making it the fastest growing city in the state in 2016.

Montenegro official prevented from traveling through Moscow

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 2:25pm

Montenegro on Monday strongly protested "inappropriate" conduct by Russian authorities against a senior ruling party leader who was prevented from changing planes at a Moscow airport.

2017 looks to be a record sweet cherry crop

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 2:04pm

The 2017 Pacific Northwest sweet cherry crop is forecast at 22.7 million, but it could easily exceed the 23.2 million-box record set in 2014.

Dutch court refuses to intervene in AkzoNobel, PPG dispute

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 1:45pm

An Amsterdam court on Monday rejected a request by a group of AkzoNobel shareholders to order an extraordinary shareholder meeting to discuss dismissing the paint and coatings company's supervisory board chairman.

The Latest: Greece orders financial probe of refugee NGO

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 1:35pm

The Latest on Europe's response to the large numbers of migrants and refugees trying to reach the continent (all times local):

Mexico says operations resume at key US commercial crossing

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 1:30pm

The Mexican government says it has resumed import operations at one of the busiest commercial crossings on the U.S.-Mexico border, just over a week after it was damaged by winds and rain.