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The Latest: DeVos to push for school choice, 'great' schools

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 8:41am

The Latest on Congress (all times EST):

Tobacco giant to emerge from $49 billion deal

Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 8:32am

British American Tobacco will take over Reynolds American Inc. to create the world's largest publicly traded tobacco company that would seek to capitalize on growing demand for electronic cigarettes in the U.S. and traditional ones in developing countries.

Morgan Stanley beats profit forecasts, helped by trading

Ken Sweet, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 8:30am

Investment bank Morgan Stanley said its fourth-quarter profits jumped 83 percent from a year earlier, helped by strong results in its stock and bond trading business.

GM to add or keep 7,000 jobs, make $1B factory investment

Tom Krisher, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 8:30am

General Motors plans to invest $1 billion in U.S. factories and add thousands of new white-collar jobs, measures that have been in the works for years but announced Tuesday after criticism from President-elect Donald Trump.

US stock indexes drop, along with bond yields and dollar

Stan Choe, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 8:21am

Losses for financial and health care stocks pulled U.S. indexes down in Tuesday morning trading and put the Dow Jones industrial average on track for its third straight loss.

3 Latvia regions under emergency due to African swine fever

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 8:21am

Latvia declared a state of emergency Tuesday in three regions affected by African swine fever and said it expects hundreds of pigs to be culled at local farms to prevent the disease from spreading.

Iran says Trump's talk on nuclear deal is 'mainly slogans'

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 8:21am

Iran's president on Tuesday compared talk of renegotiating its nuclear accord to "converting a shirt back to cotton," and said U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's talk of doing so is "mainly slogans."

Supreme Court delays New Jersey sports betting decision

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 8:20am

The U.S. Supreme Court says it wants to hear more arguments before deciding whether to consider New Jersey's challenge to a federal sports betting ban.

Business on track to be Wyoming's first USDA slaughterhouse

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 8:11am

A Cody business is on track to become Wyoming's first federally licensed and inspected slaughterhouse.

Former Klan Grand Dragon to MLK's daughter: I'm sorry

Bill Barrow, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 8:00am

Scott Shepherd didn't fire the shot that killed Martin Luther King Jr., but the former Ku Klux Klan Grand Dragon says he has always felt remorse toward the family of the slain civil rights leader and all who honor his legacy.

So long, single market: Highlights of UK PM's Brexit speech

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 7:31am

Britain's approach to its exit talks with the European Union is clearer after Prime Minister Theresa May laid out a broad plan Tuesday.

German supreme court rejects bid to outlaw far-right party

Kirsten Grieshaber, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 7:21am

Germany's supreme court on Tuesday rejected a bid to outlaw a fringe far-right party accused of pursuing a racist and anti-Semitic agenda.

New York manufacturing grows in January for 3rd month

Christopher S. Rugaber, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 7:20am

Manufacturing in New York state expanded in January for the third straight month, as new orders and shipments grew.

The Latest: Trump adviser: US/UK trade deal possible quickly

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 7:20am

The Latest on British Prime Minister Theresa May's speech on Brexit (all times local):

88 million tons a year: Auditors decry EU food waste

Raf Casert, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 6:50am

The sheer waste of food had been bothering teacher Marijke De Jongh for so long that two years ago she set up a pop-up restaurant to serve perfectly good groceries and meat that were approaching their expiry date.

China's Xi defends trade as Beijing seeks bolder global role

Jamey Keaten and Gillian Wong, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 6:41am

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday trumpeted the need for free trade and urged the world to "say no to protectionism," delivering a strong rebuke to isolationist tendencies that helped fuel Donald Trump's presidential election victory.

NJ brewery honors Villanova University's 175th anniversary

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 6:41am

The co-owners of New Jersey's Cape May Brewing Company are honoring the 175th anniversary of their alma mater with a uniquely named commemorative brew.

'Momentous changes' push back release for Ivanka Trump book

Hillel Italie, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 6:20am

Citing "momentous changes" in her life, like her father being elected president, Ivanka Trump and her publisher are pushing back the release of her book "Women Who Work" from early March to early May.

Greece favors IMF withdrawal from rescue loan program

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 6:00am

Greece's left-led government says it would welcome a decision by the International Monetary Fund to pull out of the country's bailout program, which is bogged down in disagreements on further spending cuts.

Immaculata University to cut tuition by 23% for 2017-18

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 5:50am

A Catholic college in suburban Philadelphia has announced plans to reduce its tuition by 23 percent for the 2017-18 academic year to offset the rising cost of higher education.