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France's PSA wants to be 'European car champion' with Opel

Angela Charlton, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 9:16am

The chairman of French carmaker PSA Group wants to create a "European car champion" with the potential purchase of General Motors' European car business, and pledged to work with governments and unions worried over job cuts.

The Latest: Police ready for SWAT situation at protest camp

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 9:16am

The Latest on the closing of a protest encampment near the Dakota Access pipeline construction site in North Dakota (all times local):

The Oscars are less white, but the industry hasn't changed

Lindsey Bahr, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 9:09am

After two years of intense public scrutiny over the academy's all-white acting nominations, the 2017 Oscar nominees are as diverse a group as the organization has ever seen, thanks to films like "Moonlight," ''Fences," ''Hidden Figures" and "Loving."

Alan Colmes, liberal voice on Fox, dead at 66

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 9:08am

Alan Colmes, the radio and television host and commentator best known as the amiable liberal foil to the hard-right Sean Hannity on the Fox News Channel, has died.

US, Mexico at odds over deportation as top officials meet

Josh Lederman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 8:43am

Mexico's mounting unease and resentment over President Donald Trump's immigration crackdown are looming over a gathering of U.S. and Mexican leaders that the U.S. had hoped would project a strong future for relations between neighbors.

Claims for US jobless benefits tick up, level still healthy

Paul Wiseman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 8:35am

More Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, but claims remained at a low level consistent with a healthy job market.

Glencore upbeat on outlook as commodity prices revive

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 8:30am

The chief executive of Glencore says the Swiss mining and metals company is better positioned than ever after core profits rose 48 percent last year amid recovering commodity prices and cost cutting policies.

Governor: Dakota Access protesters can leave without arrest

Blake Nicholson and James MacPherson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 8:16am

A few dozen people still occupying a sprawling encampment on federal land to protest construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline will have another chance to leave peacefully Thursday, North Dakota's governor said, after public officials pleaded with the self-named "water protectors" to leave so the site can be cleared.

Surfer 'paradise' in Puerto Rico at stake in hotel fight

Danica Coto, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 8:15am

The sun had just risen along Puerto Rico's northwest coast when Paul Schmidt hopped off his surfboard and emerged from the water at Wilderness Beach, ending another session at a remote area that draws surfers from around the world looking for the next big wave.

INFLUENCE GAME: GM bill is self-driving and self-interested

Joan Lowy, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 8:15am

With states seizing the initiative on shaping the future of self-driving cars, General Motors is trying to persuade legislators across the country to approve rules that would benefit the automaker while potentially keeping its competitors off the road.

Philly mayor: $5.7M beverage tax haul doubles projections

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 8:00am

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney says the city's sweetened-beverage tax raised $5.7 million in January, more than double what city officials had projected.

Court sends ex-IMF chief to prison in credit card scandal

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 7:50am

Spain's National Court has sentenced Rodrigo Rato, a former head of the International Monetary Fund, to 4 ½ years in prison for misusing a Spanish bank's corporate credit card.

Ghosn steps aside as Nissan CEO, to focus on larger alliance

Yuri Kageyama, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 7:43am

Carlos Ghosn, who leads the Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi alliance, is handing over the helm at Nissan to Hiroto Saikawa, a veteran Japanese executive at Nissan, but Ghosn is staying on as chairman.

Markets Right Now: Stocks open higher on Wall Street

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 7:43am

The latest on developments in financial markets (All times local):

Aid group: 13 migrants suffocate in Libya shipping container

Maggie Michael, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 7:06am

Thirteen African migrants suffocated inside a shipping container while being transported over four days between two Libyan towns, a Red Crescent official said Thursday.

Weekly claims for US unemployment benefits rise to 244,000 but still at low level

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 6:35am

Weekly claims for US unemployment benefits rise to 244,000 but still at low level.

Husband of Spain's princess avoids jail while awaits appeal

Aritz Parra, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 6:20am

The brother-in-law of Spain's King Felipe will avoid imprisonment but must show up in court in Switzerland, where he lives, once per month while he waits for the Supreme Court to rule on an appeal to a fraud and tax evasion guilty verdict, a court ruled Thursday.

Australia's highest-paid public servant quits $4.3M job

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 6:04am

Australia's highest-paid public servant announced his resignation Thursday, two weeks after the revelation that he made 5.6 million Australian dollars ($4.3 million) last year sparked a public furor and created a political headache for the government.

Global stocks steady as Fed minutes fail to sway investors

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 5:44am

Global stock markets were trading in narrow ranges Thursday after the minutes to the last policymaking meeting of the Federal Reserve failed to provide much of a steer as to the timing of the U.S. central bank's next interest rate increase.

US musician makes mics in Russia using Kalashnikov machinery

Natalia Suvorova, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 5:44am

Claims of hacking by the Russian state may be feeding international tensions, but they've given Californian musician David Brown a great icebreaker when selling his line of Russian-made microphones.