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India police arrest cheap mobile maker on fraud charges

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 1:15am

The director of an Indian company that claimed it was selling the world's cheapest smartphone was arrested Thursday on fraud charges, police said Friday.

Royal Bank of Scotland's 4th-quarter loss jumped 62 percent

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 1:10am

Royal Bank of Scotland's fourth-quarter loss jumped 62 percent as it set aside more than 4 billion pounds ($5 billion) to cover the costs of misconduct during the financial crisis and targeted a return to profitability in 2018.

Montana abortion bill would make doctors try to save fetus

Bobby Caina Calvan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 12:50am

Montana lawmakers pushed forward with a measure that would effectively ban all abortions after 24 weeks of pregnancy, regardless of the medical risks to a woman, by requiring doctors to deliver the fetus and try to save it.

Rural California levees besieged by pounding wet winter

Ellen Knickmeyer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 12:41am

Billions of dollars in flood projects have eased fears of levee breaks near California's capital and some other cities, but state and federal workers are joining farmers with tractors in round-the-clock battles this week to stave off any chain-reaction failure of rural levees protecting farms and farm towns.

Landowners say EPA botched cleanup, now they want a shot

Matt Volz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 12:35am

George Niland wonders whether he should wear a respirator when he mows his lawn. Serge Myers laments not being able to garden in his backyard. Rob Phillips puzzles over why his 22 acres have been marked as an unblemished island surrounded by a sea of contamination.

Myanmar factory workers release Chinese captives

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 12:11am

Two hundred striking workers attacked a Chinese-owned garment factory in Myanmar, smashing windows and doors and holding seven Chinese staffers captive for several hours.

$9.5 million in penalties in platform blast, Gulf violations

Kevin McGill, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 11:25pm

An oil industry services company will pay $9.5 million in penalties for Gulf of Mexico safety violations and for pollution from a 2012 offshore platform fire that killed three workers.

Protesters cleared from Dakota Access oil pipeline camp

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 11:14pm

Dozens of people have been arrested as authorities in North Dakota cleared a protest camp where opponents of the Dakota Access oil pipeline had gathered for the better part of a year.

China's Recon buys $100M majority stake in Millennium Films

Kelvin Chan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 10:35pm

China's footprint in Hollywood is expanding following a wire and cable maker's purchase of a controlling stake in independent studio Millennium Films, which produced "Rambo" and "The Expendables."

Asian stocks fall amid Trump trade policy fears, strong yen

Yuri Kageyama, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 9:27pm

Asian markets slipped in muted trading Friday amid worries over U.S. trade policies that may affect regional economies. A stronger yen weighed on Japan's exporters.

The Latest: WH adviser asked FBI to refute Russia story

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 8:46pm

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Montana abortion bill would make doctors try to save fetus

Bobby Caina Calvan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 7:10pm

Montana lawmakers pushed forward with a measure Thursday that would effectively ban all abortions after 24 weeks of pregnancy, regardless of the medical risks to a woman, by requiring doctors to deliver the fetus and try to save it.

Conservatives urged not to 'squander' Trump presidency

Julie Bykowicz and Andrew Taylor, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 6:44pm

President Donald Trump's vice president and top aides delivered one overriding message Thursday to the thousands of conservative activists gathered for their annual conference outside of Washington: Don't blow it.

Lawmakers hear from passenger at train crash hearing

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 6:44pm

New Jersey lawmakers investigating an NJ Transit train crash that killed one person and injured more than 100 others have heard testimony from a passenger who says he doesn't know when he'll ever be able to ride a train again.

Google-bred company accuses Uber of self-driving car theft

Michael Liedtke, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 6:29pm

A self-driving car company founded by Google is colliding with ride-haling service Uber in a court battle revolving around allegations of betrayal, high-tech espionage and greed.

Homeland Security chief: No use of military for deportations

Josh Lederman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 6:26pm

Seeking to tamp down growing unease in Latin America, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly pledged Thursday that the United States won't enlist its military to enforce immigration laws and that there will be "no mass deportations."

AP FACT CHECK: Trump claims, and gets, undue credit

Calvin Woodward and Alicia A. Caldwell, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 6:13pm

President Donald Trump is giving himself too much credit for sending criminal foreigners out of the country and saving money on fighter planes. He's getting too much credit from one of the few women with a top White House job for elevating women in the administration.

Sessions: US to continue use of privately run prisons

Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 6:05pm

Attorney General Jeff Sessions signaled Thursday his strong support for the federal government's continued use of private prisons, reversing an Obama administration directive to phase out their use. Stock prices of major private prison companies rose at the news.

Dakota Access oil pipeline camp cleared of protesters

James MacPherson and Blake Nicholson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 5:57pm

Authorities on Thursday cleared a protest camp where opponents of the Dakota Access oil pipeline had gathered for the better part of a year, searching tents and huts and arresting dozens of holdouts who had defied a government order to leave.

NAFTA in Trump era is focus at US-Mexico trade forum

Astrid Galvan., Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 5:47pm

Mexican and U.S. business leaders attending a large trade conference in the border town of El Paso said Thursday that their sectors will survive despite threats by President Donald Trump to dismantle or renegotiate the North American Free Trade Act — which he has labeled the worst deal in U.S. history.