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Greece calls on Germany to ease budget demands

Elena Becatoros, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 7:57am

Greece's government has called on Germany to drop what it described as "irrational" budget demands in the country's bailout program, a day after Greece and its European creditors agreed to resume talks on new reforms.

Burger King, Tim Hortons parent to buy Popeyes for $1.8B

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 7:23am

Restaurant Brands International says it's buying Popeyes for $1.8 billion, bringing the fried chicken chain under the same corporate umbrella as Burger King and Tim Hortons.

Police: NY man with chain saw cuts through door, hurts boss

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 7:10am

State police say a 29-year-old man used a chain saw to cut through a door at his boss's upstate New York home, causing severe injuries to the employer's hand.

Thai leader says impact of coal plant to be studied again

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 7:04am

Thailand's prime minister said Tuesday the government will ensure that environmental and health impact studies for a coal power plant approved by its energy policy planning committee will be reconsidered, but made clear he expects the project to proceed.

Sticker shock for olive oil buyers after bad Italian harvest

Colleen Barry and Maria Grazia Murru, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 7:04am

From specialty shops in Rome to supermarkets around the world, lovers of Italian olive oil are in for some sticker shock this year, with prices due to jump by as much as 20 percent.

Macy's profit falls nearly 13 percent

Anne D'Innocenzio, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 7:04am

Macy's, the nation's largest department store chain, says its earnings for the quarter that includes the holiday period dropped nearly 13 percent as results were dragged down by store closures and other costs.

Yahoo salvages Verizon deal with $350 million discount

Michael Liedtke, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 7:00am

Yahoo is taking a $350 million hit on its previously announced $4.8 billion sale to Verizon in a concession for security lapses that exposed personal information stored in more than 1 billion Yahoo user accounts.

German city bans older diesel cars to combat air pollution

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 6:50am

Authorities in southwest Germany are banning older diesel cars from driving in the city of Stuttgart starting next year.

Austrian court approves U.S. extradition request for Ukrainian oligarch Dymitro Firtash

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 6:40am

Austrian court approves U.S. extradition request for Ukrainian oligarch Dymitro Firtash.

In Trump's future looms a familiar shutdown threat

Andrew Taylor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 6:22am

Add a potential government shutdown to President Donald Trump's growing roster of headaches.

Yahoo is taking a $350 million hit on its previously announced $4.8 billion sale to Verizon.

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 6:20am

Yahoo is taking a $350 million hit on its previously announced $4.8 billion sale to Verizon.

Global stocks turn higher on strong economic indicators

Joe McDonald, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 6:14am

Global stock markets mostly turned higher on Tuesday after surveys pointed to robust economic growth in Europe and Japan, regions that have stagnated in recent years.

Tensions mount as Ecuador's presidential race up in the air

Gonzalo Solano, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 6:13am

Vote counting in Ecuador's presidential election dragged into a third day Tuesday with ruling party candidate Lenin Moreno still just short of a definitive first-round victory and supporters and opponents of outgoing President Rafael Correa trading heated accusations.

Rio Carnival revelers hunt for bargains amid economic crisis

Mauricio Savarese, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 6:13am

Instead of costly and elaborate costumes with glittering sequins, expect more cheap getups featuring fake mustaches, hats and tiaras at this year's Carnival.

Wal-Mart earnings fall, but online sales surge

Anne D'Innocenzio, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 6:02am

Wal-Mart's fourth-quarter earnings fell nearly 18 percent as the world's largest retailer was hurt by its investments in e-commerce and stores.

Home Depot sees 4Q profit growth on strong housing market

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 5:54am

The Home Depot Inc. on Tuesday reported a boost in sales and profit during the fourth quarter, as rising home prices and low mortgage rates continued lifting a healthy housing market. The home improvement retailer also announced that it was raising its dividend.

Rome mayor supports taxi drivers striking against Uber

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 5:53am

A weeklong strike by taxi drivers that has crippled transport in Rome, Milan and Turin is heating up, with cabbies marching through the eternal city to protest legislation they say will favor Uber and other car-hire services.

Pinpointing cause of death for NK's Kim Jong Nam may be hard

Eileen By and Margie Mason, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 5:24am

Determining whether poison killed the half brother of North Korea's leader in a busy airport is proving difficult for Malaysian officials, who said Tuesday that autopsy results are so far inconclusive.

EU tries to keep multinationals from using tax loopholes

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 21st - 5:24am

European Union finance ministers agreed Tuesday to new rules aimed at preventing multinational companies from exploiting differences in tax rates between countries in the 28-country EU and those outside the bloc.