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Union Pacific cost cuts offset declining shipments in 4Q

Josh Funk, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 7:11am

Union Pacific's fourth-quarter profit grew 2 percent as cut costs offset a 3 percent decline in shipments.

EU lawmakers reject too limited money laundering blacklist

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 7:10am

European Union lawmakers have rejected a proposed blacklist of countries at risk of money laundering and terror financing because it is too limited.

US jobless claims hit lowest level in more than 43 years

Paul Wiseman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 7:10am

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits dropped last week to the lowest level in more than 43 years, another sign that most American workers enjoy job security.

US home construction jumps, led by more apartment building

Christopher S. Rugaber, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 7:01am

U.S. builders ramped up home construction in December, led by a surge of apartment building, while single-family houses lagged.

Over 652K vehicles involved in latest Takata air bag recall

Tom Krisher, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 7:00am

Thirteen automakers are recalling more than 652,000 vehicles in the U.S. in the latest round of dangerous Takata air bag inflator recalls.

Czechs a step away from smoking ban in bars, restaurants

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 7:00am

The Czech Republic is one step away from losing its status of one of the last havens for tobacco smokers in Europe.

Ex-VW CEO Winterkorn denies knowing early about cheating

Geir Moulson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 6:50am

Former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn denied having had early knowledge of the company's cheating on diesel emissions as he testified Thursday to a German parliamentary inquiry, his first major public appearance since he resigned.

US home construction rises 11.3 percent in December, led higher by apartment building

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 6:40am

US home construction rises 11.3 percent in December, led higher by apartment building.

Russian business world hopes for relief from Trump

Angela Charlton, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 6:40am

Few people are more eager for Donald Trump's arrival in the White House than those who do business in Russia.

Indonesia names former airline boss as bribery suspect

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 6:11am

Indonesia's anti-graft commission has named a former top executive of national flag carrier Garuda as a suspect in a case involving bribes for the purchase of Rolls Royce aircraft engines.

Bahrain lifts ban preventing newspaper from posting online

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 6:00am

Bahraini authorities have lifted a ban preventing independent newspaper Al-Wasat from publishing online.

World stocks slip as investors eye European Central Bank

Elaine Kurtenbach, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 5:40am

World stocks were mostly lower Thursday ahead of comments from the European Central Bank's president and after Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen signaled more interest rate increases in the months to come.

S. Koreans' ties with Samsung are lifelong, often conflicted

Youkyung Lee and Foster Klug, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 5:30am

The family smartphones? An assortment of Samsung Galaxies. The flat-screen TV that illuminates the living room? A Samsung SUHD, with the brand name sparkling on the nameplate. The maker of the digital toilet seat? You guessed it: Samsung.

German anti-trust case against Audible, Apple dropped

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 5:20am

Germany's anti-trust agency says it's dropping its investigation of Amazon subsidiary Audible and Apple after the two companies agreed to end exclusivity deals for audiobook supply and distribution.

Boost for Dutch ruling coalition as unemployment falls

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 5:11am

The number of people registered as unemployed in the Netherlands fell by more than 100,000 last year, the biggest drop in a decade, the government statistician announced Thursday.

Theresa May seeks to convince business of a 'global Britain'

Pan Pylas, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 4:50am

British Prime Minister Theresa May sought to convince business leaders Thursday that the country remains committed to free trade and globalization despite last year's vote to leave the European Union.

Beijing to spend $2.7 billion on cleaning capital's air

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 4:32am

Beijing will spend $2.7 billion to fight air pollution in the capital this year, state media reported Thursday.

Cyprus' largest bank starts trading on London Stock Exchange

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 4:31am

Cyprus' largest bank says its shares have started trading on the London Stock Exchange.

Spanish tourist towns post 1st snowfalls in decades

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 4:31am

Officials have placed more than half of Spain's 50 provinces under alert for heavy snow and sleet storms, with southern tourist towns reporting their first snowfalls in decades.