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Justices to hear free speech clash over offensive trademarks

Sam Hananel, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 2:30am

The Supreme Court is considering a First Amendment challenge to a law barring the government from registering trademarks that are deemed offensive.

Trump pick to lead EPA has spotty state environmental record

Sean Murphy and Michael Biesecker, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 2:30am

When President-elect Donald Trump's choice to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency first took office as Oklahoma's attorney general, he disbanded the unit responsible for protecting the state's natural resources. Instead, Scott Pruitt reassigned his staff to focus on filing lawsuits against the federal agency he's now selected to lead.

VW will appeal court order to buy back customer's diesel car

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 2:20am

Volkswagen says it will appeal against a court's decision that it should buy back a German customer's diesel car.

Pointed questions await Trump's pick for health secretary

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 2:20am

With coverage for millions of people at stake, Rep. Tom Price is facing pointed questions about President-elect Donald Trump's health policies — and his own investments in health care companies — from senators considering his selection as health secretary.

World stocks mixed as dollar regains footing after slide

Kelvin Chan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 2:10am

World stocks were mixed Wednesday following a sharp correction in the dollar that sapped investor enthusiasm.

Japan hotel chain under fire over denial of Rape of Nanking

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 1:51am

A fast-growing Japanese hotel chain is facing criticism over a book penned by the hotel's owner that says the Rape of Nanking was fabricated.

Power shortages leave Gaza in the dark

Khalil Hamra and Fares Akram, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 1:20am

At night, large swaths of the Gaza Strip plunge into darkness — the result of chronic and worsening power outages. In crowded city streets, the only source of light comes from the headlights of passing cars.

Seoul court considers arrest of Samsung de facto head

Youkyung Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 1:10am

A South Korean court is considering whether to approve the arrest of Samsung Electronics vice chairman Lee Jae-yong, one of the country's wealthiest business leaders, on charges of bribery and other offenses.

Business group: China preparing to retaliate on trade

Joe McDonald, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 12:11am

China is preparing to retaliate if U.S. President-elect Donald Trump raises duties on Chinese goods and already has toughened its stance, an American business group said Wednesday.

California finishes safety review of wells after blowout

Brian Melley, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 11:21pm

A California natural gas storage facility where a blowout spewed methane for nearly four months has completed a safety review required to resume operations, though it might never return to full capacity, state officials said Tuesday.

UN report: Asian growth outlook bright despite uncertainty

Dake Kang, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 11:02pm

A United Nations report says Asia's economic outlook for 2017 is strong despite slowing global growth due to sluggish international trade and investment.

Review board: Fatal police shooting of suspect was justified

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 9:41pm

A review board has determined a SWAT team officer's fatal shooting of a robbery suspect outside a convenience store in Ohio's capital city in 2015 was justified.

Secret Service settles racial discrimination lawsuit

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 9:31pm

The Department of Homeland Security and the Secret Service have agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit alleging racial discrimination in promotion practices by the agency that protects the president.

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Asian stocks directionless, dollar steadies after slide

Kelvin Chan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 8:41pm

Most Asian stock indexes lacked direction Wednesday following a sharp correction overnight in the dollar that sapped investor momentum.

Chinese coal mine caves in, killing 9 workers

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 8:15pm

The partial collapse of a coal mine in northern China has left nine people dead, state media reported Wednesday, reflecting the stubborn persistence of safety problems despite years-long efforts to reduce deaths in the sprawling sector.

Seoul court begins reviewing arrest of Samsung heir

Youkyung Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 7:32pm

A South Korean court has begun reviewing the arrest of a Samsung Electronics vice chairman who faces allegations of bribery, embezzlement and perjury.

Caroline Kennedy leaves Japan after 3 years as US ambassador

Ken Moritsugu, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 7:11pm

Caroline Kennedy is stepping down Wednesday after three years as U.S. ambassador to Japan, where she was welcomed like a celebrity and worked to deepen the U.S.-Japan relationship despite regular flare-ups over American military bases on the southern island of Okinawa.

Feds: McKesson agrees to pay $150M in pill shipment case

John Raby, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 6:31pm

A major California-based drug wholesaler has agreed to pay $150 million to settle allegations that it failed to detect and report pharmacies' suspicious orders of prescription pain pills, federal prosecutors said Tuesday.