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BMW plans to build battery electric Minis in China

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 4:37am

German automaker BMW says it's in talks to build battery electric models of its Mini cars in China, which would be the first time the iconic cars have been made outside Europe.

Building starts on Afghan leg of Turkmenistan gas pipeline

Alexander Vershinin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 4:34am

Construction has begun on the Afghanistan stretch of an ambitious pipeline that is to carry natural gas from Turkmenistan to Afghanistan, Pakistan and India.

Af-Pak officials inaugurate long-awaited gas pipeline

Amir Shah, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 4:33am

Afghanistan's president and Pakistan's prime minister launched a 1,814 kilometer (1,130 mile) gas pipeline on Friday that will feed Turkmenistan gas to Afghanistan, as well as Pakistan and eventually to India.

Reports say Iran temporarily bans ATR aircraft after crash

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 4:28am

Iranian media are reporting the country's aviation organization has temporarily banned flights of all ATR-72 aircraft after a deadly crash that killed 65.

General Mills buying Blue Buffalo Pet Products in $8B deal

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 4:21am

General Mills is buying Blue Buffalo Pet Products Inc. in a deal valued at about $8 billion.

MIT professor appointed to NYC deputy mayor position

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 4:15am

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has named a Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor to serve as his deputy mayor for strategic initiatives.

BMW looking at Chinese-made electric MINI

Joe McDonald, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 4:08am

BMW Group said Friday it is talking with China's biggest SUV maker about a possible partnership to produce electric versions of its MINI as automakers ramp up electric development under pressure from Beijing to meet sales quotas.

GOP, Dem governors push national health care compromise

Julie Carr Smyth, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 4:06am

A bipartisan group of governors working to strike compromise on hot-button policy issues will take on the health care question at an event Friday.

Trump Jr.'s foreign policy speech in India boosts concerns

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 3:26am

Donald Trump Jr., the eldest son of the U.S. president, will be pushing another ethics boundary on his whirlwind trip to India where he has been promoting Trump-brand real estate.

China prosecuting tycoon who considered Kushner investment

Joe McDonald, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 3:14am

The founder of one of China's biggest insurers, who had discussed possibly investing in a Manhattan skyscraper owned by the family of U.S. President Donald Trump's son-in-law and adviser, will be prosecuted for financial offenses and regulators have taken control of his company, the government announced Friday.

Italian campaign promises gloss over grim economic realities

Colleen Barry, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 3:09am

Claudio Falciola joined millions of Italians who faced economic uncertainty when he lost his job as a technician in 2012 amid a long recession in the eurozone's third-largest economy.

AP sources: Adelson offers to help pay for Jerusalem embassy

Josh Lederman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 3:04am

The Trump administration is considering an offer from Republican mega-donor Sheldon Adelson to pay for at least part of a new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem, four U.S. officials told The Associated Press.

UK taxpayer-owned RBS reports first profit in a decade

Gregory Katz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 2:48am

Taxpayer-owned Royal Bank of Scotland reported Friday its first profit in a decade but warned that its 2018 results may be hit by a pending settlement with U.S. officials.

Global stocks mixed after Wall Street rebounds

Joe McDonald, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 2:02am

Shares were mixed Friday, with European stock benchmarks slipping after a day of gains in Asia.

Germany books record surplus as economy keeps growing

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 1:51am

Germany saw a record budget surplus last year thanks to unbroken economic growth.

South Korea to fight WTO ruling on Fukushima seafood ban

Youkyung Lee and Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 1:46am

South Korea said Friday it will appeal the World Trade Organization's decision against bans on imports of Japanese fishery products after the Fukushima nuclear meltdowns.

Djibouti seizes control of DP World's container terminal

Jon Gambrell, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 12:28am

Djibouti has seized control of a container terminal run by Dubai-based port operator DP World, the latest move in a long-running legal dispute over the facility in the East African nation.

California lawmakers struggle with #MeToo as senator resigns

Jonathan J. Cooper and Don Thompson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 12:04am

Critics cite a state senator's dramatic resignation in highlighting the work to be done to change the culture of sexual misconduct in the California Legislature.

Glitches or not, Nissan starts testing semi-autonomous rides

Yuri Kageyama, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 11:56pm

In the future Nissan envisions, driverless cars will pick up children from school and recommend restaurants to tourists in various languages.

US bank halts NRA credit card, car rental firm ends discount

Grant Schulte, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 11:42pm

The nation's largest privately-owned bank holding company and a major car rental chain said Thursday they will stop promotions aimed at National Rifle Association members.