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World stocks mostly rise as US remains shut for holiday

Kelvin Chan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 10:23am

Global stocks mostly rose Monday, though Wall Street remained shut for a holiday, as investors awaited key reports this week, including economic data, corporate earnings and minutes from the Federal Reserve's last meeting.

WhatsApp adds 'status' feature in not do past and future

Barbara Ortutay, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 10:20am

In a nod to its past as well as its future, WhatsApp is adding a "status" feature that lets users tell their contacts what they are up to.

Flying coach: Many universities are using private planes

Collin Binkley, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 10:20am

Once seen as a luxury of the corporate world, private planes are becoming increasingly common at U.S. colleges and universities as schools try to attract athletes, raise money and reward coaches with jet-set vacations.

Sleek superyacht seized in Gibraltar over $16.2M debt claim

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 10:20am

Authorities in Gibraltar say they have seized one of the largest and most advanced superyachts in the world over an unsettled bill dispute between its owner and its German builder.

Eurozone, Greece reach deal on return of bailout inspectors

Raf Casert and Pan Pylas, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 10:13am

The eurozone's 19 finance ministers agreed Monday that officials from the institutions overseeing Greece's bailout will return to Athens to discuss in more detail the reforms it must make and hinted that the country won't be required to do much more austerity.

Portugal repays half of IMF loan, calls it sign of health

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 10:10am

Portugal's government says it has paid back to the International Monetary Fund half the money it received from the institution as part of a bailout in 2011, and says the early repayment is evidence the country is financially healthy again.

Leaders of France, Spain, Germany and Italy to meet in March

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 10:10am

French President Francois Hollande says he and the leaders of Spain, Italy and Germany will meet in early March to lay ground for a summit on the European Union's future after Britain's departure from the bloc.

New York attorney general bids to become Trump's No. 1 enemy

Steve Peoples, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 9:26am

More than most, Eric Schneiderman understands the risks of taking on Donald Trump.

Former Derby, Preakness winner Charismatic dies

Bruce Schreiner and Gary B. Graves, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 9:25am

Former Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner Charismatic, whose bid for the Triple Crown ended with a dramatic leg injury as he neared the finish line in the Belmont Stakes, has died at a thoroughbred retirement farm in Kentucky.

AP Exclusive" Malnutrition killing inmates in Haiti jails

David McFadden, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 9:14am

Dozens of emaciated men with sunken cheeks and protruding ribs lie silently in an infirmary at Haiti's largest prison, most too weak to stand. The corpse of an inmate who died miserably of malnutrition is shrouded beneath a plastic tarp.

Ruling party candidate leads in Ecuador's presidential vote

Gonzalo Solano, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 9:14am

The hand-picked candidate of socialist President Rafael Correa headed to victory in the opening round of Ecuador's presidential election, although it was uncertain Monday whether he would get enough votes to avoid a runoff against his nearest rival.

N. Korean envoy blasts Malaysians, calls for joint probe

Eileen Ng, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 9:04am

North Korea's ambassador to Malaysia on Monday denounced the country's investigation into the death of the exiled half brother of North Korea's ruler, calling it politically motivated and demanding a joint probe amid increasingly bitter exchanges between the once-friendly nations.

Uganda launches gold refinery, amid fears of dirty minerals

Rodney Muhumuza, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 9:04am

A gold refinery primarily owned by a Belgian investor was launched in Uganda Monday amid concerns about the source of its minerals.

Duck boats face increasing calls for improvements, bans

Denise Lavoie, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 9:04am

With their festive, party-like ambiance and ability to travel on land and in water, duck boats have long been tourist attractions for sightseers around the U.S. But a string of deadly accidents has left the industry reeling, forced safety improvements and led some advocates to call for a total ban on the vehicles.

Oregon wants to host Outdoor Retailer show

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 8:53am

Oregon tourism officials are courting a trade show for outdoor retailers that left Utah after the state's stance on public lands sparked some brands to boycott the biannual event.

APNewsBreak: Utah's anesthesia abortion law unenforced

Hallie Golden, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 8:44am

Last year, Utah enacted a first-in-the-nation law requiring that fetuses receive anesthesia or painkillers before elective abortions starting at 20 weeks gestation. Nine months later, the only licensed clinic providing those abortions in the state says no changes have been made in how doctors perform the procedures.

Deadline looms for Dakota Access pipeline protest camp

Blake Nicholson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 8:44am

As dawn breaks over an encampment that was once home to thousands of people protesting the Dakota Access oil pipeline, a few hundred holdouts rise for another day of resistance.

Czech PM fires industry minister who said roaming is luxury

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 8:34am

Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka has fired his minister of industry and trade over his resistance to work to lower telephone and mobile data tariffs.

Scallops scuffle pitting small boats against big

Patrick Whittle, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 8:23am

A disagreement over the right to fish for scallops off New England is pitting small boats against big ones in one of the most lucrative fisheries in the U.S.

CEFC China Energy wins 4 percent stake in UAE oil project

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 8:11am

The United Arab Emirates' main state oil company has agreed to give CEFC China Energy a 4 percent stake in a major onshore oil project a day after awarding a minority stake to another Chinese company.