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Scallops scuffle pitting small boats against big

Patrick Whittle, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 11:25am

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.

GOP health plan: Lower costs, better care, or road to ruin?

Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 11:25am

Top House Republicans say their outline for replacing President Barack Obama's health care law is a pathway to greater flexibility and lower costs for consumers. Democrats see a road to ruin for millions who'd face lost coverage and higher medical expenses, particularly the poor.

Duck boats face increasing calls for improvements, bans

Denise Lavoie, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 11:25am

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.

Trump tries to move past controversies, toward legislating

Julie Pace, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 11:18am

As President Donald Trump begins his second month in office, his team is trying to move past the crush of controversies that overtook his first month and make progress on health care and tax overhauls long sought by Republicans.

Eurozone, Greece reach deal on return of bailout inspectors

Raf Casert and Pan Pylas, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 11:04am

Greece and its European creditors agreed Monday to resume talks on what reforms the country must make next in order to get the money it needs to avoid bankruptcy and a potential exit from the euro.

Big hit for Bulls, 'Benny's Day Off' connects online

Andrew Seligman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 10:44am

Dancing on the roof, microphone in hand as he lip-synched to "Twist and Shout," Benny the Bull was putting on quite a performance as his tricked-out black van rolled through downtown Chicago.

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.

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.

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.