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US productivity up 3.1 percent in third quarter

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 7:11am

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.

Berlin-based mobile bank N26 expands into 9 European markets

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 7:11am

Berlin-based banking startup N26 is expanding into nine further European countries.

US trade deficit widens in October from a nearly 3-year low

Josh Boak, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 7:04am

The U.S. trade deficit climbed in October from its lowest monthly level in nearly three years. Imports of consumer goods such as medicine, cell phones and clothing increased, while exports of soybeans, gold and artwork tumbled_which fueled the monthly widening of the trade gap.

Fire sweeps through Philadelphia building, leaves 9 injured

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

Firefighters caught a baby tossed to safety from a third-floor window as an early morning fire swept through a building that housed apartments and a business in Philadelphia's Frankford section, injuring nine people.

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.

Stocks track higher after Wall Street hit another record

Kelvin Chan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 5:30am

Stock markets pushed higher on Tuesday as investors cheered another record day on Wall Street and looked past the political and economic uncertainty buffeting Europe.

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.

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.