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Portugal's PM vows to press ahead with anti-austerity plans

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 5:40am

Portuguese prime minister says he has taken note of European Union concerns about his debt-heavy country's spending plans but is determined to make his anti-austerity program work.

German police say 3rd black box recovered from train wreck

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 5:30am

Police in southern Germany say a third black box has been recovered from the wreckage of two trains involved in a fatal head-on crash.

Court: Facebook can be sued in France in nude painting case

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 5:30am

Facebook has lost a crucial legal battle as a Paris court ruled the social network can be sued in France over its decision to remove the account of a French user who posted a photo of a famous 19th-century nude painting.

Flint crisis may help governor ease GOP doubt on Detroit aid

David Eggert, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 5:30am

Rick Snyder's standing as one of the GOP's most accomplished governors has taken a beating in the crisis over lead-contaminated water in Flint, Michigan. Democrats, especially those running for president, have pointed to his administration's mishandling of the city's switch to a cheaper water supply as an example of Republican cost-cutting run amok.

Greek farmers clash with riot police in pensions protest

Elena Becatoros, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 5:10am

Greek farmers wielding shepherd's staffs and throwing rocks clashed Friday with riot police in central Athens during a two-day protest against the government's plans to impose new tax hikes and overhaul the pension system. Riot police used tear gas to repel them.

UK competition authorities fine GSK $54.5 million

Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 4:30am

Britain's competition authority has fined drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline plc 37.6 million pounds ($54.5 million) for stalling the potential entry of generic competitors of an anti-depressant drug Seroxat into the marketplace.

New Orleans Mayor Landrieu hails Mardi Gras as a success

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 4:11am

From a decline in arrests to a rise in airport passengers, Mayor Mitch Landrieu on Thursday hailed the Carnival season in New Orleans as a success.

Eurozone economy grew a paltry 0.3 percent in Q4

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 3:30am

The 19-country eurozone grew by a paltry quarterly rate of 0.3 percent in the final three months of 2015 despite tail winds such as cheap energy, an export-boosting drop in the currency and monetary stimulus.

Missouri House panel calls to up basic K-12 spending by $76M

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 3:10am

Missouri's K-12 public schools would get about a $76 million increase in basic funding under the budget proposed by a House panel.

Government spending boosted German economy in fourth quarter

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 2:30am

The German economy grew 0.3 percent in the fourth quarter from the quarter before thanks to higher consumer and government spending.

Kasich works to assure South Carolina of conservative record

Kathleen Ronayne and Bill Barrow, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 2:20am

An energized John Kasich heads into South Carolina's Republican presidential primary hoping to build on a strong showing in New Hampshire, but he's refusing to tailor or shift his message to fit the state's more conservative electorate.

Jamestown team wins North Dakota LifeSmarts competition

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 12:10am

A team from Jamestown has won the state finals of the annual LifeSmarts competition.

Seoul cuts off power supplies to factory park in North Korea

Jin-Man Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 11:50pm

South Korea has cut off power and water supplies to a factory park in North Korea, officials said Friday, a day after the North deported all South Korean workers there and ordered a military takeover of the complex that had been the last major symbol of cooperation between the rivals.

Indonesia warns messaging apps to drop same-sex emoticons

Niniek Karmini, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 10:21pm

Human Rights Watch on Friday urged Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to protect gay and lesbian rights, a day after his government told instant messaging apps to remove stickers featuring same-sex couples in the latest high-profile attempt to discourage visible homosexuality in the socially conservative country.

Jury rules against Montana woman's wrongful-birth lawsuit

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 10:00pm

A Montana jury ruled Thursday against a woman who sought millions of dollars from health care providers that she said failed to diagnose her unborn daughter's cystic fibrosis.

Uber to pay $28.5M to settle safety ad lawsuits

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 9:41pm

Uber said Thursday that it will pay $28.5 million to settle two lawsuits that said the ride-hailing firm misled customers about its safety procedures and fees.

Kansas Senate moves to protect pensions, mental hospitals

John Hanna, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 9:01pm

The Kansas Senate approved proposals aimed at preventing the state from shorting its contributions to public pensions or having private companies run its two mental hospitals, part of a larger plan it also advanced Thursday night to balance the next state budget.

House committee passes bill to privatize air traffic control

Joan Lowy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 8:41pm

A Republican-controlled House committee on Thursday endorsed a bill that would wrest responsibility for running the nation's air traffic control system from the government and turn it over to a private, nonprofit corporation run by airlines and other aviation interests.

NY to require manufacturers to pay for fouled water cleanup

Mary Esch, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 8:21pm

Two industrial companies will be held liable for the cleanup of a toxic chemical that found its way into an upstate New York village's drinking water, the acting state environmental commissioner said Thursday.