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Report: Mental hospital workers improperly used restraints

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 5:40am

A federal inspection concluded that workers at South Dakota's state-run mental hospital in Yankton violated patients' rights by misusing restraints to control potentially unruly subjects.

EU links up with Twitter, tech firms to combat hate speech

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 5:30am

The European Union's executive arm says it has reached an agreement with some of the world's biggest social media firms, including Facebook and Twitter, on ways to combat the spread of hate speech online.

Abe weathers no-confidence motion over faltering economy

Elaine Kurtenbach and Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 5:20am

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe easily weathered a no-confidence motion Tuesday submitted by opposition parties, as his allies agreed on postponing a sales tax hike to avoid further shocks to the stuttering economic recovery.

Libya: France announces $500 million upgrade for oil site

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 5:10am

French company Technip has signed a preliminary $500 million deal to upgrade a key Libyan oil facility, along with Italy's Eni and Libya's state oil company.

Russia highlights ties with China ahead of Putin's trip

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 5:00am

Russia's foreign minister says President Vladimir Putin's planned trip to China will give powerful new impulse to ties between the two nations.

Eurozone inflation remains negative but poised for oil boost

Pan Pylas, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 5:00am

Consumer prices across the 19-country eurozone fell again in May but look set to rise in the months ahead due to the recent pick-up in oil prices — an outlook that means the European Central Bank will likely refrain from announcing more stimulus measures this week.

EU court adviser: Sanctions on Russian firms legally valid

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 4:30am

A senior adviser to the European Court of Justice says European Union economic sanctions imposed on Russian companies are valid in the main under the EU's common security and defense policy.

Scandal-hit Volkswagen sees profits fall in 1st quarter

David McHugh, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 4:21am

German automaker Volkswagen saw its net profit fall 19 percent in the first three months of the year as it grappled with a costly scandal over cars it had equipped to cheat on diesel emissions tests.

Group targets DNC chair with TV ad over payday lending bill

Sergio Bustos, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 4:20am

A liberal group is spending $100,000 in television ads in South Florida to call out embattled Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz for not cracking down harder on what many call the predatory practices of the payday lending industry.

EU drug agency: Ecstasy is making a comeback among the young

Barry Hatton, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 3:30am

Ecstasy is becoming popular again in the European Union, with online sales and targeted marketing helping to drive the revival among a new generation of users, the EU drug agency said Tuesday.

UN health agency trumpets 'plain packaging' for tobacco

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 3:10am

The UN health agency says "plain packaging" on tobacco products has shown to be an effective complement to health warnings, advertising restrictions, and curbs on misleading packaging to help save lives.

German unemployment down to 6 percent in May

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 2:30am

Official figures show unemployment in Germany dropped to 6 percent in May, underlining the strength of the labor market in Europe's largest economy.

Chest protectors guard against deadly blows to chest

Lauran Neergaard, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 2:20am

Jack Crowley was 15 when a baseball hit him in the chest and stopped his heart. The Long Island teen survived, thanks to a police officer who grabbed a defibrillator and shocked his heart back into rhythm.

Public-sector workers strike in Belgium, transport disrupted

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 1:50am

Public-sector employees are striking across Belgium, disrupting train and bus services as well as schools, prisons and mail delivery.

Casino tests novel approach to preventing gambling addiction

Philip Marcelo, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 31st - 12:11am

Massachusetts is set to launch a first-in-the-nation system aimed at preventing gambling addiction by allowing slot players to limit their bets.

Wal-Mart needs to grow overseas, and China's the big prize

Anne D'Innocenzio and Paul Wiseman, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 30th - 11:50pm

Zhong Guoyan sifted through piles of fish at a Wal-Mart in Shenzhen, one of China's largest cities. She studied the fins, to make sure they were bright red and firm. She peered at the eyeballs — were they bulging?

Vermont Law School president to step down

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 30th - 10:30pm

Vermont Law School President Marc Mihaly plans to step down from that post in about 13 months to return to teaching at the school.

New Zealand plans to remove logos from cigarette packs

Nick Perry, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 30th - 10:20pm

New Zealand on Tuesday announced it will push ahead with plans to force tobacco companies to remove their logos from cigarette packs and enhance graphic health warnings.

Puerto Rico's tourist industry feels economic sting of Zika

Danica Coto, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 30th - 10:11pm

It was the wedding of one of her best friends, and Natalie Kao was going to be a bridesmaid in a fun, tropical setting on a small island just off the east coast of Puerto Rico. But the prevalence of the Zika virus across the U.S. territory gave her pause.