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Greece, creditors resuming talks in Athens, seek swift deal

Nicholas Paphitis, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 11:35am

Representatives of Greece's bailout creditors are due in Athens to restart talks on further cutbacks, European officials said Monday, as they confirmed that the country last year far exceeded its budget targets.

PPG Industries ups bid for Akzo Nobel to $28.8B

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 11:35am

PPG Industries is boosting its offer for Akzo Nobel, looking to buy the industrial paints and chemicals company in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $28.8 billion.

Man pleads no contest to arson in 2014 Los Angeles inferno

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 11:35am

A 58-year-old man has pleaded no contest to igniting a huge inferno in downtown Los Angeles that destroyed a block of apartments under construction and heavily damaged nearby office buildings.

The Latest: Trump jokes about replacing Haley, takes it back

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 11:30am

The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local):

More than 150 firefighters battle blaze at construction site

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 11:24am

More than 150 firefighters are battling a blaze in a six-story building under construction near the University of Maryland.

Study finds Samsung's S8 phones more prone to screen cracks

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 11:17am

Samsung's latest phones feature big wraparound screens and lots of glass. SquareTrade, a company that sells gadget-repair plans, says the phones also appear to break more easily.

AP Exclusive: Amid cuts, new Iowa building gets pricey redo

Ryan J. Foley and Barbara Rodriguez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 11:09am

A plan to spend nearly a half-million dollars remodeling the interior of the newest state office building in Des Moines is moving forward despite budget cuts that are hitting an array of state programs and services.

In Mexico, fears a new plant will kill wastewater farming

Rebecca Blackwell, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 11:08am

For more than 100 years, most of what gets flushed down Mexico City's toilets has resurfaced two hours to the north in the rivers and reservoirs of the rural Mezquital Valley. A massive new water treatment plant is about to change this.

Orlando airport shuttle stops for 3rd time in week

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 11:08am

Shuttle problems at Orlando International Airport caused headaches for travelers on Monday for the third time in a week.

Senate set to confirm Sonny Perdue as agriculture secretary

Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 11:08am

After months of delay, the Senate is expected to confirm former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue as agriculture secretary with bipartisan support.

Untested, undefinable Macron nears pinnacle of French power

Sylvie Corbet, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 10:54am

Emmanuel Macron is an improbable presidential front-runner — he's relatively young, politically untested, has no party backing and quotes philosophers in campaign speeches. And he is leading a pro-Europe campaign at a time of deep euro-skepticism.

New Orleans takes down white supremacist monument

Jesse J. Holland and Gerald Herbert, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 10:46am

A monument to a deadly white-supremacist uprising in 1874 was removed under cover of darkness by workers in masks and bulletproof vests Monday as New Orleans joined the movement to take down symbols of the Confederacy and the Jim Crow South.

Vive le rally: Global markets soar after French election

Stan Choe, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 10:44am

U.S. stocks joined a worldwide rally Monday after results from the first round of France's presidential election raised expectations that the European Union will hold together. A candidate seen as pro-business won the most votes Sunday, and many investors expect him to win a runoff against the remaining anti-EU candidate, which is set for May 7.

Idaho board approves $150M in bonds to address I-84

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 10:40am

Idaho transportation officials have agreed to spend $150 million in newly approved bonds to repair and add lanes on Interstate 84 near Nampa.

Luxury shoe brand Jimmy Choo goes up for sale

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 10:40am

Shares in Jimmy Choo have leapt 11 percent after its board put the luxury shoe brand up for sale.

The Latest: Lawyer representing woman confronted on flight

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 10:20am

The Latest on an attorney who is representing two people who have been involved in high-profile conflicts with airlines that included cellphone video of the incidents (all times local):

Idaho's anti-dairy spying lawsuit attracts supporters

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 10:16am

A dozen groups representing food safety supporters, free speech advocates and labor unions are helping fight the Idaho law banning secret filming of animal abuse at agricultural facilities.

French stocks soar to near-decade highs as Macron tops poll

Pan Pylas, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 10:07am

As relief rallies go, this is as good as they come.

France's rejected mainstream unites behind Macron for runoff

Sylvie Corbet and Elaine Ganley, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 10:07am

France's political mainstream, shut out of the presidency by an angry electorate, united Monday to urge voters to back centrist Emmanuel Macron in the presidential runoff and to reject Marine Le Pen's populist nationalism.

Justices turn away GM appeal over ignition switches

Tom Krisher and Sam Hananel, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 10:06am

The Supreme Court on Monday turned away an appeal from General Motors Co. seeking to block dozens of lawsuits over faulty ignition switches that one plaintiffs' attorney said could expose the company to billions of dollars in additional claims.