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EU starts legal action against 4 states over VW emissions

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 5:12am

The European Union is starting legal action against Britain, Germany, Spain and Luxembourg for not imposing penalties against Volkswagen for using illegal software to hide vehicle emissions.

Pantone Color Institute's color of the year is 'greenery'

Leanne Italie, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 4:50am

Amid social, political and environmental tumult around the world, the Pantone Color Institute on Thursday plucked fresh and zesty "greenery" as the color of the year for 2017.

Strikes, anti-austerity rallies held across Greece

Derek Gatopoulos and Elena Becatoros, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 4:41am

A nationwide strike in Greece against spending cuts disrupted public transport, state-run schools, ferries and national rail services and left public hospitals running with emergency staff.

Egypt president says his economic reforms are no 'picnic'

Maggie Michael, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 4:40am

The Egyptian president defended on Thursday the tough economic measures undertaken by his government, saying there was no other alternative in the face of the country's deteriorating economy.

Airlines project 'soft landing' in 2017 after record profits

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 4:20am

The world's leading association of airlines is lowering its projection for record industry net profit this year, while predicting a 16 percent drop next year due to rising oil prices.

Michael Jordan wins China court ruling after yearslong case

Louise Watt, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 4:20am

Basketball legend Michael Jordan now owns his Chinese name, after China's highest court sided with him Thursday following a yearslong legal battle over a trademark dispute.

Trump criticizes union leader critical of Indiana deal

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 3:40am

President-elect Donald Trump took to Twitter to slam a union leader who criticized his deal to discourage air conditioner manufacturer Carrier Corp. from closing an Indiana factory and moving its jobs to Mexico

ECB under pressure to extend stimulus amid uncertainties

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 3:40am

The European Central Bank is expected to extend its main stimulus program in an effort to secure economic growth and inflation in a region beset by political uncertainties.

Trump's one-time policy adviser in Moscow for meetings

Nataliya Vasilyeva, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 3:21am

An ex-foreign policy adviser of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump is visiting Moscow to meet businessmen and politicians, a Russian state-owned news agency reported on Thursday.

Paris still struggling with worse pollution peak in decade

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 3:10am

Facing its worse winter pollution in a decade, Paris is sticking to controversial traffic restrictions.

Pakistan opens probe into deadly plane crash that killed 47

Asif Shahzad and Munir Ahmed, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 2:50am

Pakistani military helicopters on Thursday ferried remains of plane crash victims to the capital, Islamabad, as aviation authorities said they opened a probe into the crash that killed 47 passengers and crew the day before in the country's northwest.

Rollback of truck safety rules may be just the beginning

Joan Lowy and David Dishneau, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 2:50am

The trucking industry scored a victory this week when Republican lawmakers effectively blocked Obama administration safety rules aimed at keeping tired truckers off the highway. But there's more coming down the road.

House to clear stopgap spending, water projects measures

Andrew Taylor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 2:30am

The House is advancing hard-fought legislation to help Flint, Michigan, fix its lead-tainted water system and speed next year's confirmation for retired Gen. James Mattis as President-elect Donald Trump's defense secretary.

Global stocks advance ahead of ECB decision

Youkyung Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 1:50am

Global shares rose on Thursday following upbeat trade data from China. Investors were looking ahead to a meeting of the European Central Bank later in the day.

Trump's choice for top China diplomat has long ties to Xi

Thomas Beaumont and Matthew Pennington, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 1:20am

It may seem odd for the governor of a lightly populated agricultural state to be chosen as U.S. ambassador to China, especially amid escalating talk of a trade war with the major U.S. trading partner.

Surgeon General calls youth vaping a public health threat

Lauran Neergaard, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 1:13am

The U.S. surgeon general is calling e-cigarettes an emerging public health threat to the nation's youth.

Pirates preying on Venezuelan fishermen as industry unravels

Hannah Dreier, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 11:10pm

The pirates had killed Flaco Marval's brother and two cousins, and word was they were coming for the rest of the family.

Trump chooses hardliners but talks softer on immigration

Jonathan Lemire, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 10:20pm

Donald Trump embraced new Cabinet officers Wednesday whose backgrounds suggest he's primed to put tough actions behind his campaign rhetoric on immigration and the environment, even as he seemed to soften his yearlong stance on immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children.

Asian stocks advance ahead of ECB decision

Youkyung Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 9:22pm

Asian shares rose on Thursday after an overnight surge on U.S. markets. Investors were focused on the European Central Bank's meeting later in the day.