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US productivity up 3.1 percent in third quarter

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 6:40am

The productivity of American workers rose in the July-September quarter at the fastest pace in two years while labor costs slowed after a big jump in the spring.

US trade deficit in October up 17.8 pct. to $42.6 billion; soybean exports fell, while imports of consumer goods rose

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 6:31am

US trade deficit in October up 17.8 pct. to $42.6 billion; soybean exports fell, while imports of consumer goods rose.

Chinese firm buys British pub that state leader visited

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 6:20am

A Chinese firm is buying the landmark British pub where former Prime Minister David Cameron shared a pint with China's leader last year.

Putin's Russia seeks to project power with modern military

Vladimir Isachenkov, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 6:20am

With an aircraft carrier deployed off Syria's shores and hundreds of new jets, missiles and tanks entering service each year, President Vladimir Putin can project Russian military power on a scale unseen since Soviet times.

Fire sweeps through Philadelphia building, leaves 9 injured

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 5:20am

An early morning fire swept through a building that housed apartments and a business in Philadelphia's Frankford section, injuring nine people.

Spokesman offers few clues on Trump's pipeline stance

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 5:13am

A spokesman for President-elect Donald Trump isn't offering many clues about how the incoming administration will act regarding the disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline.

EU Brexit negotiator puts time pressure on Britain

Pan Pylas, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 5:10am

Britain will have less than 18 months to negotiate its exit from the European Union once talks begin and won't be allowed to pick and choose what it likes, the EU's chief Brexit negotiator said Tuesday as he outlined his stance for the first time.

Russian, OPEC ministers to meet this week on oil output cuts

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 5:00am

Russia's energy minister says he will meet with OPEC oil ministers this week for talks expected to focus on production cuts aimed at driving up the price of crude.

LA authorities boost security after threatened rail attack

John Rogers, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 4:50am

The threat of a terror attack against a busy commuter rail station in the Los Angeles area has prompted authorities to increase security throughout the region and urge commuters to report any suspicious behavior they see.

Teetering Italian bank looks for investors

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 4:50am

Shares in Italy's most troubled bank, Monte dei Paschi di Siena, are down again amid rising concerns about its ability to remain solvent.

Longtime Lego CEO to be replaced next year

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 4:31am

The man who for 12 years has led Lego, the Danish company famous for its popular colored toy blocks, will be replaced by the current chief operating officer, the group said Tuesday.

Paris bans half of cars to tackle new peak of pollution

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 4:30am

Paris has temporarily barred half of all cars from traveling on city streets and made public transportation free for the day as it battles a peak in pollution.

Portugal expects no debt relief before German elections

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 4:20am

Portugal's prime minister says he doesn't expect eurozone authorities to make any substantial progress on resolving the bloc's debt problems before Germany's national elections in a year's time.

UN says dairy a potential ally in Asian nutrition challenges

Dake Kang, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 4:10am

Even as Asia makes clear strides in taming hunger and famine, the rapidly modernizing continent needs to focus more on diversifying its diet or risk failing to quell malnutrition, with milk having the potential to help, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization said in a report Tuesday.

EU's chief Brexit negotiator says Britain may have only 18 months to discuss Brexit after triggering exit process

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 4:00am

EU's chief Brexit negotiator says Britain may have only 18 months to discuss Brexit after triggering exit process.

EU's chief Brexit negotiator says 'cherry-picking' is not an option for Britain in EU exit discussions

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 4:00am

EU's chief Brexit negotiator says 'cherry-picking' is not an option for Britain in EU exit discussions.

German court paves way for nuclear compensation claims

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 3:20am

Germany's highest court opened the way on Tuesday for potentially costly compensation claims from electricity companies over the government's abrupt decision in 2011 to shut down several nuclear reactors and accelerate the closure of the rest.

South Korea's Park would leave economy mired in challenges

Youkyung Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 3:10am

The heir to the Samsung empire and other tycoons took a public drubbing by lawmakers Tuesday over deep-rooted ties between politics and business that helped drive South Korea's economic ascent but are central to its political crisis.

Court: Star Chinese investor pleads guilty in stock case

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 3:00am

A celebrity Chinese stock trader who was arrested after last year's market collapse has pleaded guilty to insider trading and manipulating share prices, a court announced Tuesday.