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Volkswagen to provide update on emissions settlement talks

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 24th - 2:21am

A federal judge is set to get an update on ongoing settlement talks in the Volkswagen emissions cheating scandal after announcing a tentative deal last month for nearly half a million polluting Volkswagens in the U.S.

AP Interview: Qatar energy minister wants 'fair' oil price

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 24th - 2:00am

Qatar's energy minister says the oil market is recovering slowly from its steep drop over the past two years but crude is still not trading at a "fair price" to encourage necessary investment.

Swiss bank probed in connection with Malaysia fund scandal

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 24th - 1:40am

The Swiss attorney general's office said Tuesday that it has opened criminal proceedings against Swiss bank BSI SA in connection with a probe into suspected embezzlement of a Malaysian state investment fund.

In tough times, most Palestinians view government as corrupt

Karin Laub and Mohammed Daraghmeh, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 24th - 1:30am

A gated community of villas with well-tended flower gardens near the West Bank town of Ramallah may help explain why Palestinians almost universally believe there is corruption in the government of President Mahmoud Abbas.

French police force open fuel depot amid protests, shortages

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 24th - 1:12am

French police have dislodged protesters blocking a key fuel depot on the Mediterranean, as gasoline shortages spread around the country amid increasingly tense labor actions.

Facebook drops news outlet input in 'trending topics' review

Ryan Nakashima, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 24th - 12:40am

Facebook says it is dropping its reliance on news outlets to help determine what gets posted as a "trending topic" on the giant social network, a move adopted after a backlash over a report saying it suppressed conservative views.

Kicking the habit: Adult smoking rate in US is falling fast

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 23rd - 11:50pm

The smoking rate among U.S. adults has been falling steadily for decades but the latest survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds the 2015 decline is the biggest in more than 20 years.

Refugees and scholars: Colleges offer war-torn a route to US

Collin Binkley, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 23rd - 10:51pm

Colleges in the U.S. are opening their doors — and their financial aid — to Syrian refugees.

Cleveland State mulls smaller arena to build more housing

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 23rd - 10:50pm

Cleveland State University is considering whether to replace the school's 13,000-seat arena with a smaller facility to allow for construction of additional on-campus housing.

MMA comes to heartland of Thai kickboxing

Chris Lines, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 23rd - 10:50pm

Of all the various fighting styles that combine to create the burgeoning sport of Mixed Martial Arts, it is Thai kickboxing which is at the core of the new discipline. Yet it has taken until this week for Thailand to host its first major MMA event.

Massachusetts Senate to debate $39.5B state budget plan

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 23rd - 10:40pm

The Massachusetts Senate is set to begin debate on a $39.5 billion state budget plan that increases spending on local schools and public higher education.

Kicking the habit: Adult smoking rate in US is falling fast

Mike Stobbe, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 23rd - 10:40pm

The nation seems to be kicking its smoking habit faster than ever before.

South Dakota Indian hospital threatened with funds cutoff

Regina Garcia Cano, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 23rd - 10:22pm

The U.S. government on Monday threatened to cut off Medicare and Medicaid funding to a government-run hospital in Rapid City — the third South Dakota hospital serving Native Americans that's been found to have serious deficiencies in recent months.

Detroit muscle cars aren't so strong in crash tests

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 23rd - 10:12pm

Muscle cars may look cool, but they don't offer the best protection in a crash.

Obama's Hiroshima visit stirs differing views across Pacific

Mari Yamaguchi and Julie Watson, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 23rd - 9:50pm

Two very different visions of the hell that is war are seared into the minds of World War II survivors on opposite sides of the Pacific.

The Latest: Peace Corps to set up programs in Vietnam

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 23rd - 8:50pm

The Latest on U.S. President Barack Obama's first visit to Vietnam (all times local):

Vegas business linked to Panama Papers firm drops clients

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 23rd - 6:40pm

A Nevada business linked to the law firm at the center of the Panama Papers leak has paid a state fine and dropped its clients.

Clinton: Trump could 'bankrupt America' like his companies

David Eggert, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 23rd - 6:40pm

Hillary Clinton said Monday that Donald Trump's economic policies would lead to lower wages, fewer jobs and more debt — warning unionized workers that the presumptive Republican presidential nominee could "bankrupt America like he's bankrupted his companies."

Planned Parenthood defunding measure wins final passage

Melinda Deslatte, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 23rd - 6:30pm

Planned Parenthood should lose its Medicaid financing if the organization starts performing abortions in Louisiana, state lawmakers have agreed.