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

Philippe Sotto, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 7:30am

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.

Storm that shortened cruise damaged ship's propulsion system

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 7:30am

The Coast Guard says the intense winter storm that battered a cruise ship and shortened its voyage also damaged part of the ship's propulsion system.

US retail sales rise as consumers shrug off stock price drop

Christopher S. Rugaber, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 7:20am

U.S. retail sales rose modestly in January, evidence that Americans kept shopping despite sharp drops in stock prices.

In show of financial strength, Deutsche Bank buys back debt

David McHugh, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 7:11am

Germany's Deutsche Bank is offering to buy back more than $5 billion worth of its own bonds in a show of financial strength after markets sold off its stock.

Greek farmers clash with riot police in pensions protest

Elena Becatoros, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 7:10am

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

Fuel van without driver strikes plane at Boston airport

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 6:52am

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

Renault reports higher earnings as sales rise

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 6:50am

French car maker Renault says higher sales and further progress on its industrial turnaround plan helped drive a nearly 1 billion euro increase in its earnings last year.

Congress gives final OK to banning local Internet taxes

Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 6:44am

Congress voted Thursday to permanently bar state and local governments from taxing access to the Internet, as lawmakers leapt at an election-year chance to demonstrate their opposition to imposing levies on online service.

US retail sales rose last month as Americans kept shopping despite lower stock prices

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 6:40am

US retail sales rose last month as Americans kept shopping despite lower stock prices.

Visa buys nearly 10 pct stake in Dorsey's company, Square

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 6:31am

Visa is now a major shareholder in Square, the mobile payment services company co-founded and led by Jack Dorsey.

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.

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.

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.

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.