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US shutting down Dakota Access oil pipeline protest camp

Blake Nicholson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 5:43am

The Army Corps of Engineers' plan to close a Dakota Access pipeline protest camp that's been around for more than six months isn't likely to be the demise of on-the-ground opposition in North Dakota.

The Latest: Officials offer services as pipeline camp closes

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 5:40am

The Latest on plans to close a protest encampment near the Dakota Access pipeline construction site in North Dakota (all times local):

UK economy grew less quickly than first estimated in 2016

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 5:40am

Britain's economy grew less quickly than originally estimated in 2016, losing the mantle of being the fastest-growing among the Group of Seven of the world's biggest economies.

UK court: Income rule to bring in foreign spouses is lawful

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 5:33am

Britain's Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the government is entitled to set a minimum-income threshold for people wanting to bring foreign spouses to the country, a measure introduced to ensure that immigrants won't draw on public welfare funds.

EU orders fine for Austria over region's false debt data

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 5:31am

The European Union's budget watchdog is seeking a 29.8 million-euro ($31.3 million) fine for Austria after accusing one of its regions of providing false debt data over two years.

Key world trade deal takes effect after countries ratify it

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 5:30am

The World Trade Organization says the first multilateral trade agreement reached by the trade body since it was created over a generation ago has entered into force, aiming to streamline cross-border trade and lower its costs to the benefit of the developing world in particular.

Italy faces potential EU censure for rising debt levels

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 5:13am

The European Union is warning Italy that it may face censure for not doing enough to get its debt levels down to prescribed levels.

Airbus profit dives on problems with A400M military jet

Angela Charlton, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 5:13am

Surprise new costs for the long-troubled Airbus A400M military jet sent the European plane maker's profits plunging last year and will weigh on the company's financial prospects through next year, even as it forecast a rise in aircraft deliveries and demand.

UK's Lloyds bank turning corner after years of crisis

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 5:10am

Lloyds Banking Group says its underlying profits rose slightly in the fourth quarter as it began to move beyond past scandals and a government rescue during the financial crisis.

Swiss firm says South Korean exec made off with millions

Jamey Keaten and Youkyung Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 5:04am

Swiss engineering company ABB says that an executive at its South Korean unit is suspected of leading a "sophisticated criminal scheme" to steal millions of dollars from the company. The scandal could cost it as much as $100 million.

German optimism up in positive sign for Europe's economy

David McHugh, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 3:41am

German business optimism rose unexpectedly in February as executives appeared to shrug off initial worries about U.S. President Donald Trump's policies, providing another sign that Europe's economy is gaining pace.

Global markets mostly higher as investors await Fed minutes

Youkyung Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 3:22am

Global stock markets were mostly higher in subdued trading on Wednesday as investors awaited the Fed's latest meeting minutes, hoping for clues to the U.S. central bank's views on interest rates.

Citizens' rights, market access key for Czechs after Brexit

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 2:40am

Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka says it is a key issue for his country to maintain the same rights for EU citizens in Britain after its exit from the European Union.

Health law created winners and losers when buying insurance

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 2:00am

Michael Schwarz is a self-employed business owner who buys his own health insurance. Subsidized coverage through "Obamacare" offers protection from life's unpredictable changes and freedom to pursue his vocation, he says.

'It saved my life': Talk of Obamacare repeal worries addicts

Adam Beam and Carla K. Johnson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 1:27am

While the Affordable Care Act has brought health coverage to millions of Americans, the effects have been profound, even lifesaving, for some of those caught up in the nation's opioid-addiction crisis.

China's thriving SUV-only automaker looks to global growth

Joe McDonald, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 1:12am

Wei Jianjun is the chief matchmaker in China's love affair with the SUV.

Manga, Mario and now ninja: Japan's hopes for wooing tourism

Yuri Kageyama, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 1:03am

Japan is turning to those hooded samurai-era acrobatic spies known as ninja to woo tourism.

Experts: Science behind 'abortion reversal' is flawed

Carla K. Johnson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 11:34pm

Lawmakers in several states are considering requirements for doctors to inform women seeking medical abortions about an unproven procedure called "abortion reversal."

Kansas governor to wield veto pen on tax bill

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 11:14pm

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is preparing to make good on a pledge to veto a bill increasing personal income taxes as a budget fix.