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Skepta, Beyonce and Bowie up for prizes at Brit Awards

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 12:03pm

Britain's music industry will salute chart-topping talent and departed icons at Wednesday's Brit Awards, where nominees include Drake, Beyonce and David Bowie.

Fed minutes: Officials discussed need to raise key rate 'fairly soon' if economy remains strong

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 12:03pm

Fed minutes: Officials discussed need to raise key rate 'fairly soon' if economy remains strong.

As China ups heat on NKorea, US faces questions of diplomacy

Matthew Pennington, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 12:03pm

China's surprising suspension of North Korean coal imports puts pressure not only on Pyongyang, but also on President Donald Trump. The question for him: Should the U.S. respond with new North Korea negotiations?

IMF: No haircut for Greek debt but more reforms are needed

David Rising, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 11:53am

International Monetary Fund head Christine Lagarde said after talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin that she sees no need for a "haircut" of Greek debt but that Athens needs to make "significant progress" on reforms.

France: PSA-Opel deal would be good news if jobs are saved

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 11:46am

France's finance minister says a possible PSA Group takeover of General Motors' German subsidiary Opel could help both companies if it doesn't lead to job cuts.

Janelle Monae shines as both her films get Oscar nods

Nekesa Mumbi Moody, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 11:27am

The journey from pop star to serious thespian is littered with casualties. For every Justin Timberlake, there are big-name hitmakers whose movie careers have stalled with dubious and disappointing results.

CBS rules in prime time, claiming 16 of week's Top 20 shows

Frazier Moore, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 11:25am

CBS had a gleam in its eye again last week as the network held on to its Nielsen crown. In prime-time viewership, CBS could claim the most-watched show, "NCIS," and another 15 of the Top 20 programs. (Remarkably, six of those CBS shows are freshman series.)

Stocks slip from record highs as energy companies fall

Marley Jay, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 11:25am

U.S. stocks are mostly lower Wednesday after their recent record-setting run. Energy and industrial companies are slipping and technology stocks, which have risen every day in February, are wobbling between small losses and gains.

Nielsen's top programs for Feb. 13-19

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 11:25am

Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Feb. 13-19. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership.

Trump expected to submit budget blueprint on March 13

Andrew Taylor, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 11:17am

Capitol Hill Republicans said Wednesday that the White House is planning to submit President Donald Trump's budget plan to Congress in mid-March.

Italy faces potential sanction from EU for rising debt

Pan Pylas and Raf Casert, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 11:06am

Italy's government was put on notice Wednesday that it may be sanctioned by the European Union for not getting the country's debt levels down.

Amazon resists request for Echo info in Arkansas slaying

Tafi Mukunyadzi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 11:06am

Amazon is resisting an effort by Arkansas prosecutors to obtain potential recordings from a slaying suspect's Amazon Echo smart speaker, saying authorities haven't established that their investigation is more important than a customer's privacy rights.

High court ruling limits international reach of patent laws

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 10:56am

The Supreme Court on Wednesday sided with California-based Life Technologies Corp. in a patent infringement case that limits the international reach of U.S. patent laws.

Kansas House votes to override governor's veto of tax hike

John Hanna, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 10:32am

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback on Wednesday vetoed a bill that would undo his signature income tax cut, setting up a confrontation with the Republican-led Legislature, which immediately set about trying to override him.

Police, coast guard, fire service unions protest in Greece

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

About 1,200 uniformed Greek police, coast guards and firefighters are staging a protest in central Athens against funding, pay and hiring cuts linked with the country's bailout program.

Altar in Mexico town hides illegal fuel tap

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 10:13am

Altars to the Virgin of Guadalupe are ubiquitous at businesses across Mexico. Now federal police say one has even been used in a gasoline smuggling racket in the central state of Puebla.

Markets Right Now: US stocks edge back from record highs

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 9:57am

The latest on developments in financial markets (All times local):

Americans buy existing homes at fastest pace in a decade

Christopher S. Rugaber, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 9:55am

Americans shrugged off rising mortgage rates and bought existing homes in January at the fastest pace since 2007. That has set off bidding wars that have pushed up prices as the supply of available homes has dwindled to record lows.

The Washington Post rolls out new motto

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 9:25am

The Washington Post is featuring a new motto on the paper's website: "Democracy Dies in Darkness."

State Legislature approves bill to collect online sales tax

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 9:25am

Online retailers who sell goods to Wyoming residents will soon be required to collect the state's sales tax on transactions as the Legislature has approved a bill moving the tax burden from residents to businesses.