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Starbucks CEO says chain ready to enter Italy after 35 years

Colleen Barry, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 10:18pm

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz's vision for the chain was largely inspired by the coffee bars he saw on his first trip to Milan more than three decades ago. But it took the company growing to about 26,000 stores in 75 countries in win the credibility he felt necessary to make the leap into the country that gave the world espresso.

China's coal consumption falls for 3rd year in a row

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 10:13pm

China's consumption of coal fell in 2016 for a third year in a row, official data showed Tuesday, as the world's top polluter increasingly grapples with its massive pollution challenges.

Utah bill loosens who sees booze poured but keeps barriers

Michelle L. Price, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 9:42pm

In heavily Mormon Utah, a lawmaker introduced a proposal Monday allowing restaurants to stop using walls or backrooms known as "Zion Curtains" that block customers from seeing alcoholic drinks being made. Supporters say the longtime requirement helps curb underage drinking by hiding the glamour of bartending.

ADB says Asia needs to double infrastructure spending

Teresa Cerojano, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 8:20pm

Developing countries in Asia and the Pacific will need to spend up to $1.7 trillion a year, or $26 trillion through 2030, to meet their infrastructure needs and to maintain the region's growth momentum, the Asian Development Bank said in a report Tuesday.

Asia stocks advance ahead of Trump speech, China congress

Kelvin Chan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 8:02pm

Asian stocks were mostly higher Tuesday after another strong finish on Wall Street as investors awaited a speech by President Donald Trump to the U.S. Congress.

Big surge for military in Trump budget, big cuts elsewhere

Andrew Taylor, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 7:16pm

President Donald Trump is proposing a huge $54 billion surge in U.S. military spending for new aircraft, ships and fighters in his first federal budget while slashing big chunks from domestic programs and foreign aid to make the government "do more with less."

Judge blocks California law protecting officials' privacy

Don Thompson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 7:16pm

Gun owners' rights advocates are free to publish the home addresses and telephone numbers of California state lawmakers who voted for firearms restrictions, a federal judge decided Monday.

California dam spillway water shut off to clear debris

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 7:04pm

California water authorities stopped the flow of water down the Oroville Dam's crippled spillway Monday, allowing workers to start clearing out massive debris that's blocking a hydroelectric plant from working.

Iranian baby with heart defect impacted by Trump doing well

Kristena Hansen, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 6:40pm

Physicians say a 4-month-old Iranian girl with a rare heart condition who was affected by President Donald Trump's travel ban is "out of the woods" and making good progress after her life-saving surgery last Friday.

California court expands endangered-species removal powers

Sudhin Thanawala, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 6:14pm

The California Supreme Court on Monday said petitioners seeking to remove a subset of coho salmon from the state's endangered species list could present new evidence to argue the listing was wrong.

Federal appeals court rejects egg-labeling lawsuit

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 6:14pm

A federal appeals court has rejected a lawsuit that sought to require labels on egg cartons indicating the conditions in which the chickens were raised.

Senate confirms billionaire investor as commerce secretary

Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 6:14pm

The Senate on Monday confirmed billionaire investor Wilbur Ross as commerce secretary as President Donald Trump adds to his economic team.

Report: Uber exec out after failing to disclose allegation

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 6:05pm

A top engineering executive at Uber, Amit Singhal, is out five weeks after his hire was announced. According to a report in the tech blog Recode, Singhal failed to disclose that he'd left his previous job at Google because of a sexual harassment allegation.

The Latest: Interior nominee Zinke clears Senate hurdle

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 6:05pm

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Wyoming Senate approves abortion ultrasound bill

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 5:30pm

The Wyoming Senate has passed a bill that would require doctors to offer an ultrasound to women seeking abortions.

8 sentenced in nabbing of assistant district attorney's dad

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 5:20pm

Eight people will spend decades in prison in connection with the botched kidnapping of a North Carolina prosecutor that ended with her father's abduction.

Pressure on GOP to revamp health law grows, along with rifts

Alan Fram and Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 4:50pm

President Donald Trump declared Monday that "Nobody knew that health care could be so complicated." Yet the opposite has long been painfully obvious for top congressional Republicans, who face mounting pressure to scrap the law even as problems grow longer and knottier.

Takata pleads guilty in air bag scandal, agrees to pay $1B

Tom Krisher and Ed White, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 4:37pm

Japanese auto parts maker Takata Corp. pleaded guilty to fraud Monday and agreed to pay $1 billion in penalties for concealing an air bag defect blamed for at least 16 deaths, most of them in the U.S.

The Latest: Trump meets with leaders of black colleges

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 4:30pm

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