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Britain's Independent newspaper to cease print editions

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 6:30am

Britain's Independent newspaper will publish its last print edition next month as it makes a "historic transition" to digital-only format, its owner said Friday.

Greek farmers clash with riot police in pensions protest

Elena Becatoros, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 6:30am

Greek farmers wielding shepherd's staffs and throwing rocks clashed Friday with riot police in central Athens as thousands headed to the capital for a two-day protest against government plans to impose new tax hikes and overhaul the pension system.

Scandal-hit Volkswagen sees US sales fall 7 pct in January

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 6:20am

Automaker Volkswagen says global sales rose 3.7 percent in January, held back by sagging economies in Brazil and Russia and by an emissions scandal that hurt figures in the United States.

Court: Facebook can be sued in France in nude painting case

Philippe Sotto, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 6:11am

Facebook lost a crucial legal battle Friday as a Paris court ruled the social network can be sued in France over its decision to remove the account of a French user who posted a photo of a famous 19th-century nude painting.

Eurozone economy ends 2015 with whimper as dark clouds grow

Pan Pylas, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 6:10am

The 19-country eurozone is in its longest stretch of economic expansion since the global financial crisis in 2008 but growth remains paltry despite a series of tail winds and is susceptible to a reverse if the worst fears in financial markets come to fruition.

113-foot blade falls off New York windmill, lands in field

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 6:10am

An energy company says it's trying to determine why a 113-foot-long blade fell off a windmill in central New York.

Portugal's PM vows to press ahead with anti-austerity plans

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 6:10am

The Portuguese prime minister says he has taken note of European Union concerns about his debt-heavy country's spending plans but is determined to make his anti-austerity program work.

Ohio company sells classic Etch A Sketch to Toronto toy firm

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 6:01am

The Ohio company that has produced or owned the Etch A Sketch for decades has sold the classic toy to a toy firm in Toronto.

Fuel van without driver strikes plane at Boston airport

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 5:50am

A fuel van has struck a plane at Boston's Logan airport, damaging the jet but causing no injuries to the passengers.

The Latest: Wall Street set to join the rebound at the open

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 5:40am

The latest on the turmoil afflicting global financial markets (all times local):

German police say 3rd black box recovered from train wreck

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 5:30am

Police in southern Germany say a third black box has been recovered from the wreckage of two trains involved in a fatal head-on crash.

Flint crisis may help governor ease GOP doubt on Detroit aid

David Eggert, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 5:30am

Rick Snyder's standing as one of the GOP's most accomplished governors has taken a beating in the crisis over lead-contaminated water in Flint, Michigan. Democrats, especially those running for president, have pointed to his administration's mishandling of the city's switch to a cheaper water supply as an example of Republican cost-cutting run amok.

UK competition authorities fine GSK $54.5 million

Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 4:30am

Britain's competition authority has fined drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline plc 37.6 million pounds ($54.5 million) for stalling the potential entry of generic competitors of an anti-depressant drug Seroxat into the marketplace.

New Orleans Mayor Landrieu hails Mardi Gras as a success

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 4:11am

From a decline in arrests to a rise in airport passengers, Mayor Mitch Landrieu on Thursday hailed the Carnival season in New Orleans as a success.

Missouri House panel calls to up basic K-12 spending by $76M

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 3:10am

Missouri's K-12 public schools would get about a $76 million increase in basic funding under the budget proposed by a House panel.

Government spending boosted German economy in fourth quarter

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 2:30am

The German economy grew 0.3 percent in the fourth quarter from the quarter before thanks to higher consumer and government spending.

Kasich works to assure South Carolina of conservative record

Kathleen Ronayne and Bill Barrow, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 2:20am

An energized John Kasich heads into South Carolina's Republican presidential primary hoping to build on a strong showing in New Hampshire, but he's refusing to tailor or shift his message to fit the state's more conservative electorate.

Jamestown team wins North Dakota LifeSmarts competition

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 12:10am

A team from Jamestown has won the state finals of the annual LifeSmarts competition.

Seoul cuts off power supplies to factory park in North Korea

Jin-Man Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 11:50pm

South Korea has cut off power and water supplies to a factory park in North Korea, officials said Friday, a day after the North deported all South Korean workers there and ordered a military takeover of the complex that had been the last major symbol of cooperation between the rivals.

Indonesia warns messaging apps to drop same-sex emoticons

Niniek Karmini, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 10:21pm

Human Rights Watch on Friday urged Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to protect gay and lesbian rights, a day after his government told instant messaging apps to remove stickers featuring same-sex couples in the latest high-profile attempt to discourage visible homosexuality in the socially conservative country.