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US economy grew at strong 3.2% rate in first quarter

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 26th - 6:33am

The U.S. economy grew at a solid 3.2% annual rate in the first three months of the year, a far better outcome than expected, overcoming a host of headwinds including global weakness, rising trade tensions and a partial government shutdown.

US economy grew at strong 3.2% rate in first quarter, overcoming worries about slow start to year

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 26th - 6:31am

US economy grew at strong 3.2% rate in first quarter, overcoming worries about slow start to year.

Exxon 1Q profit and revenue misses estimates

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 26th - 6:19am

Exxon Mobil Corp. shares slipped in premarket trading Friday after the company posted disappointing results.

Top Spanish candidates urge voters to keep far-right at bay

Aritz Parra, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 26th - 5:31am

Appealing to Spain's large pool of undecided voters, top candidates on both the right and left are urging Spaniards to choose wisely and keep the far-right at bay in Sunday's general election.

Workers demand better protection from EU-wide rules

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 26th - 5:20am

Thousands of trade union members protested outside European Union headquarters to demand better working conditions and protections for employees after next month's EU-wide elections.

Bayer managers face shareholders amid Monsanto fallout

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 26th - 5:09am

Bayer's top managers are facing shareholders amid discontent over the fallout from the German company's acquisition of Monsanto, the maker of Roundup weed killer.

Booker has a plan to boost Environmental Protection Agency

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 26th - 5:04am

Democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker is introducing a plan to help vulnerable communities by strengthening the Environmental Protection Agency.

Uber looks to raise up to $9B in initial public offering

Cathy Bussewitz, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 26th - 4:57am

Uber is planning to sell 180 million shares for between $44 and $50 each, valuing the ride-hailing giant lower than previous estimates in a sign of that some of the excitement around ride-hailing has cooled.

Mine blast in separatist-held Ukraine kills 4; 13 missing

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 26th - 4:36am

Separatist officials in rebel-held eastern Ukraine say a methane blast at a coal mine has killed at least four people and 13 others are believed to be missing.

10th week of Algeria protests aim for ex-president's brother

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 26th - 4:14am

Algerians are massing for a 10th week of protests against their country's ruling class, calling for the ex-president's brother to be put on trial.

AstraZeneca's first quarter profits jump 74%

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 26th - 3:42am

Anglo-Swedish drugmaker AstraZeneca says first quarter earnings jumped 74%, buoyed by emerging markets and the success of new cancer treatments.

Global auto slowdown drags down Mercedes-Benz maker

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 26th - 2:50am

German carmaker Daimler endured a weak start to the year, echoing trouble at other major manufacturers, as a global economic slowdown weighed on sales, particularly in the big Chinese market.

World shares mostly dip on earnings, ahead of US growth data

Elaine Kurtenbach, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 26th - 2:33am

Global stock markets mostly edged lower on Friday amid weak corporate news and ahead of the release of U.S. economic growth data later in the day.

RBS first-quarter earnings down 12.5% amid Brexit worries

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 26th - 2:30am

Royal Bank of Scotland says first-quarter earnings fell 12.5% as economic uncertainty linked to Brexit curtailed lending.

Explosions rock Tata Steel works in South Wales; 2 injured

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 26th - 2:22am

Explosions have rocked Britain's largest steel plant, injuring two people and shaking nearby homes.

German EU candidate speaks out against Russia gas pipeline

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 26th - 1:39am

The center-right candidate to head the European Union's executive branch is speaking out against a new German-Russian gas pipeline, drawing mixed reactions in his native Germany.

Scandinavian Airlines strike affects 72,000 travelers

Jan M. Olsen, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 26th - 1:37am

Pilots for Scandinavian Airlines on Friday launched an open-ended strike following the collapse of pay negotiations, forcing the company to cancel virtually all its flights — 673 of them, affecting 72,000 passengers.

Sony returns to profit on game software, Spotify gains

Yuri Kageyama, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 26th - 1:31am

Japanese entertainment and electronics company Sony Corp. has reverted to profitability for the quarter through March, boosted by robust demand for game software and network services, as well as gains from Spotify.

Despite big plans, N. Korea's trains still go almost nowhere

Eric Talmadge, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 26th - 1:14am

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's decision to take a train to his summit with President Vladimir Putin in Russia's far east hints at the potential of a much bigger dream long held by many in Asia: unimpeded travel by rail from the southern tip of the Korean Peninsula to Moscow and beyond.

Malaysia climber in hospital after 2 days alone on Annapurna

Roshan Sedhai, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 26th - 1:13am

A Malaysian mountain climber was being treated in a hospital in Nepal's capital on Friday after being stranded for nearly two days alone near the summit of Annapurna.