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Tokyo festival produces heartwarming trilogy of Asian films

Yuri Kageyama, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 25th - 1:00am

Cannes-winning Brillante Mendoza is among the three directors tapped by the Tokyo International Film Festival to create "Reflections," a trilogy that depicts the intertwining of stories among Asian nations.

Obama reads mean tweets as part of Jimmy Kimmel show

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 25th - 12:50am

President Barack Obama entertained Jimmy Kimmel's audience with some of the mean tweets sent his way, beginning with one sent by Donald Trump in August when he said "President Obama will go down as perhaps the worst president in the history of the United States."

Report: Gunmen still control metals mined for modern gadgets

Brandon Bailey, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 25th - 12:42am

Violent gunmen still menace pick-and-shovel miners in eastern Congo, a new report finds, despite years of efforts to loosen their grip by local reformers, Western activists and companies like Apple and Intel that use minerals from the African region in their products.

With every turn of a wrench, Jordanian woman breaks barriers

Karin Laub, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 25th - 12:10am

It is graduation day, and Maryam Mutlaq is celebrating her transformation from stay-at-home mom to licensed plumber.

Wyoming power plant developer admits to fraud

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 25th - 12:01am

The developer of a long-delayed power plant in northeast Wyoming has pleaded guilty to misusing federal grant money awarded for the project.

Protesters set up camp in project's path for the 1st time

Blake Nicholson and James MacPherson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 11:20pm

American Indians and others who oppose the construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline have set up a new camp on private land in North Dakota, moving their long-running protest directly in the project's path for the first time.

Asian stocks mixed after economic data

Youkyung Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 10:52pm

Asian stocks were mixed on Tuesday as upbeat reports on manufacturing in the U.S. and Europe were followed by weak growth data from South Korea, Asia's fourth-largest economy.

Judge faces deadline on $15B Volkswagen emissions deal

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 10:50pm

A federal judge in San Francisco is facing a Tuesday deadline to decide whether to approve the largest auto-scandal settlement in U.S. history, giving most affected Volkswagen owners the option for a vehicle buyback after the company acknowledged cheating on emissions testing and putting dirty cars on the road.

Plunging solar equipment prices fuel trade complaints

Joe McDonald, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 10:42pm

Use of solar power is soaring, but Europe's biggest solar panel manufacturer, SolarWorld, took the surprise step last month of cutting 500 jobs from its workforce of 3,000.

Authorities find no sign of braking by bus driver in crash

Elliot Spagat and Julie Watson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 10:30pm

Ana Car didn't remember the sudden impact, only that she woke up among dead and injured passengers in a dark bus filled with screams of terror and agony.

Pickup trucks score poorly in headlight tests

Dee-Ann Durbin, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 10:20pm

Pickup truck headlights performed poorly in new tests by the insurance industry.

Galaxy Note recall, Hyundai strike hit South Korea's growth

Youkyung Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 9:51pm

South Korea's third-quarter growth slipped to its lowest level in more than a year in the first indication of the growing impact of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 recalls on the broader economy.

With treaty claim, pipeline protesters move to private land

Blake Nicholson and James MacPherson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 7:41pm

The long-running dispute over the Dakota Access oil pipeline expanded to private land recently purchased by the pipeline builders, with protesters who say the area rightfully belongs to Native Americans setting up camp and vowing to stay put until the project is stopped.

Guard seeks federal aid for soldiers told to return bonuses

Alison Noon, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 7:40pm

Members of Congress and veterans leaders on Monday called for federal action to absolve the debts of nearly 10,000 soldiers in California alone who have been ordered by the Pentagon to repay enlistment bonuses a decade after they signed up to serve in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Sentencing date set for ex-Chicago schools superintendent

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 7:30pm

A sentencing date has been set for former Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett for her part in a scheme that steered contracts to two education-services companies in exchange for anticipated kickbacks.

Ex-wife of former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle sues company

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 7:06pm

The ex-wife of former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle is suing the restaurant chain for damages, saying the company received at least three reports indicating his sexual interest in children but failed to take proper action and continued promoting him as its spokesman.

Obama administration confirms double-digit premium hikes

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 6:00pm

Premiums will go up sharply next year under President Barack Obama's health care law, and many consumers will be down to just one insurer, the administration confirmed Monday. That's sure to stoke another "Obamacare" controversy days before a presidential election.

In emails, Clinton campaign measures diversity among staff

Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 5:30pm

Senior staff members on Hillary Clinton's nascent campaign were conscious about diversity in the top ranks two months before the Democratic presidential candidate formally announced her bid, according to hacked emails from the personal account of a top campaign official.

Washington's version of Silicon Valley startup founders

Tami Abdollah, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 5:20pm

The Obama administration's "18F" program to create its own version of a high-tech startup for government digital projects has foundered since its launch in 2014, losing nearly $32 million as its staff spent most of its time on unbillable work, according to a new inspector general report published Monday.

For some low-income workers, retirement is only a dream

Maria Ines Zamudio, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 5:00pm

It was a striking image. A photo of an 89-year-old man hunched over, struggling to push his cart with frozen treats. Fidencio Sanchez works long hours every day selling the treats because he couldn't afford to retire. The photo and his story went viral and thousands of people donated more than $384,000 for his retirement.