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N. Korean envoy blasts Malaysians, calls for joint probe

Eileen Ng, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 5:52pm

North Korea's ambassador to Malaysia denounced the country's investigation into the death of the exiled half brother of North Korea's ruler, calling it politically motivated and demanding a joint probe amid increasingly bitter exchanges between the once-friendly nations.

Ruling party candidate on top in Ecuador's presidential vote

Gonzalo Solano, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 4:45pm

The hand-picked candidate of socialist President Rafael Correa held an easy lead Monday in Ecuador's presidential election, though authorities said it might be a few more days before they determine if he won enough votes to avoid a runoff against his nearest rival.

Minnesota House votes to undo Sunday liquor sales ban

Kyle Potter and Brian Edwards, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 4:15pm

Minnesota lawmakers on Monday put a massive crack in the state's ban on Sunday liquor sales, overwhelmingly voting to repeal the Prohibition-era law after years of failed attempts.

Publisher cancels Milo Yiannopoulos book 'Dangerous'

Hillel Italie, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 4:15pm

Right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos' publisher has cancelled his planned book, "Dangerous."

Uber to investigate sexual harassment claim by engineer

Danica Kirka and David Koenig, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 3:34pm

Uber's chief executive ordered an investigation Monday into a sexual-harassment claim made by a female engineer who said her prospects at the company evaporated after she complained about advances from her boss.

Big hit for Bulls, 'Benny's Day Off' connects online

Andrew Seligman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 3:23pm

Dancing on the roof, microphone in hand as he lip-synched to "Twist and Shout," Benny the Bull was putting on quite a performance as his tricked-out black van rolled through downtown Chicago.

APNewsBreak: Utah's anesthesia abortion law unenforced

Hallie Golden, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 1:50pm

Last year, Utah enacted a first-in-the-nation law requiring that fetuses receive anesthesia or painkillers before elective abortions starting at 20 weeks gestation. Nine months later, the only licensed clinic providing those abortions in the state says no changes have been made in how doctors perform the procedures.

Dollar mixed

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 1:10pm

The U.S. dollar is mixed against other North American currencies in New York trading.

Jeep stuck in sand dune for 40 years to be removed this week

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 1:10pm

A Jeep that has been stuck inside a Massachusetts sand dune for 40 years is set to be removed.

Bailout negotiators get go-ahead to return to Greece

Raf Casert and Pan Pylas, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 12:56pm

Greece and its European creditors agreed Monday to resume talks on what economic reforms the country must make next in order to get the money it needs to avoid bankruptcy and a potential exit from the euro this summer.

New York attorney general bids to become Trump's No. 1 enemy

Steve Peoples, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 12:56pm

More than most, Eric Schneiderman understands the risks of taking on Donald Trump.

New John F. Kennedy stamp marks centennial of his birth

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 12:21pm

The U.S. Postal Service has unveiled a new stamp to mark the 100th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's birth.

AP, other media ask judge to order release of iPhone records

Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 12:08pm

The Associated Press and two other news organizations asked a judge Monday to force the federal government to reveal how much it paid for a tool to unlock an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino, California, shooters.

Newly raised section of Bayonne Bridge open to traffic

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 11:55am

The new elevated section of the Bayonne Bridge is open to traffic after years of work to raise the deck.

3 men convicted in $110 million Paris modern art heist

Masha MacPherson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 11:55am

An agile thief nicknamed "Spiderman," an antiques dealer and an art expert were sentenced to prison Monday and ordered to pay Paris for stealing five masterpieces from the city's Modern Art Museum worth 104 million euros ($110 million.)

Scallops scuffle pitting small boats against big

Patrick Whittle, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 11:25am

A disagreement over the right to fish for scallops off New England is pitting small boats against big ones in one of the most lucrative fisheries in the U.S.

GOP health plan: Lower costs, better care, or road to ruin?

Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 11:25am

Top House Republicans say their outline for replacing President Barack Obama's health care law is a pathway to greater flexibility and lower costs for consumers. Democrats see a road to ruin for millions who'd face lost coverage and higher medical expenses, particularly the poor.

Duck boats face increasing calls for improvements, bans

Denise Lavoie, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 11:25am

With their festive, party-like ambiance and ability to travel on land and in water, duck boats have long been tourist attractions for sightseers around the U.S. But a string of deadly accidents has left the industry reeling, forced safety improvements and led some advocates to call for a total ban on the vehicles.

Trump tries to move past controversies, toward legislating

Julie Pace, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 11:18am

As President Donald Trump begins his second month in office, his team is trying to move past the crush of controversies that overtook his first month and make progress on health care and tax overhauls long sought by Republicans.

World stocks mostly rise as US remains shut for holiday

Kelvin Chan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 10:23am

Global stocks mostly rose Monday, though Wall Street remained shut for a holiday, as investors awaited key reports this week, including economic data, corporate earnings and minutes from the Federal Reserve's last meeting.