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Man grabs microphone at Yale commencement, gets escorted out

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 9:36am

Yale's commencement was briefly interrupted when a man ran onto the podium and grabbed the microphone.

Bird-riding loses luster in South Africa's ostrich capital

Christopher Torchia, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 9:36am

Clambering onto an ostrich for a ride used to be popular among tourists in a South African town known as the "ostrich capital of the world."

Greece looks for debt help after backing further cuts

Pan Pylas, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 9:27am

Greece is seeking Monday to persuade its creditors in Europe that it has done enough to get another chunk of bailout loans and a firm commitment on alleviating Athens' hefty debt burden.

Justices make it easier for companies to defend patent cases

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 9:16am

The Supreme Court is making it easier for companies to defend themselves against patent infringement lawsuits.

Senate Republicans quietly working on health overhaul bill

Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 9:03am

Remember the Republican health care bill?

Puerto Rico seeks court's help to save public pension system

Danica Coto, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 8:57am

Puerto Rico is seeking help from federal court to restructure the debt of the U.S. territory's public pension system, which is projected to run out of money this year.

Germany, France pledge new efforts to strengthen eurozone

Geir Moulson, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 8:49am

Germany and France pledged Monday to seek ways to strengthen the 19-nation eurozone, with harmonizing corporate taxes among the possible measures they will mull over in the coming weeks.

Amnesty slams Turkey over 'arbitrary' crackdown on employees

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 8:49am

A leading human rights group has slammed Turkey for dismissing tens of thousands of public employees after last summer's failed coup, saying the move has had a "catastrophic impact" on their lives and means of earning a living.

Texas set to pass transgender bathroom law for schools

Will Weissert, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 8:40am

A transgender "bathroom bill" reminiscent of one in North Carolina that caused a national uproar now appears to be on a fast-track to becoming law in Texas, though it may only apply to public schools.

The Latest: EU official says decision on Greek bailout soon

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 8:37am

The Latest on European Union finance ministers' meeting on Greek debt (all times local):

Arconic will let activist investor help select new CEO

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 8:26am

Arconic says activist investor Elliott Management will be allowed to nominate members to the precision metal parts maker's board and have a say in naming the next CEO.

Mark Zuckerberg says he's not running for public office

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 8:26am

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says his quest this year to visit every state he hadn't before is about building relationships, not politics.

Brazil packed with travel riches, so why so few tourists?

Sarah Dilorenzo, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 8:20am

Brazil is home to the largest rainforest on Earth. It has miles of sandy, deserted beaches, and stunning flat-topped mountains. It invented samba and a devilish little drink called the caipirinha. It has massive reserves for native peoples and charming colonial towns built by the Portuguese.

Food stamps, Medicaid on chopping block in Trump's budget

Andrew Taylor, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 8:19am

President Donald Trump will unveil a proposed budget this week that would drive millions of people off food stamps and cut Medicaid, targeting the social safety-net programs for the poor in a new wave of spending cuts.

AP Exclusive: UN health agency slammed for high travel costs

Maria Cheng, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 8:03am

Dr. Margaret Chan, director-general of the World Health Organization, traveled to Guinea earlier this month to join the country's president in celebrating the world's first Ebola vaccine.

Grain higher, livestock mostly higher

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 7:55am

Grain futures were higher Monday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Czechs to build rail network for high-speed trains

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 7:19am

The Czech government has approved a plan to build a rail network for high-speed trains.

EU nations set tough negotiating mandate for Brexit talks

Raf Casert, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 7:07am

The 27 European Union nations handling Britain's exit from the bloc set a tough negotiating mandate for the talks, the EU's chief negotiator said Monday, stressing that the discussions would be tension-filled.

Corvette bought by Vietnam vet in 1960s sells for $675,000

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 6:55am

A classic Corvette bought 50 years ago by an injured Vietnam veteran who returned from the war with a pair of Purple Hearts has been sold for $675,000.

Ford replaces CEO Mark Fields in push to transform business

Dee-Ann Durbin and Tom Krisher, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 6:43am

Ford is replacing CEO Mark Fields as it struggles to keep its traditional auto-manufacturing business running smoothly while remaking itself as a nimble, high-tech provider of new mobility services.