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Asian markets move higher as market jitters appear to ease

Youkyung Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 18th - 9:34pm

Asian markets were higher on Monday following Wall Street gains last week, as market jitters showed signs of easing. Many major markets were closed on holidays.

'Three Billboards' wins, women make waves at UK film awards

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 18th - 3:19pm

Ferocious female-led tragicomedy "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" was the big winner Sunday at the British Academy Film Awards in London, where women demanding an end to harassment, abuse and inequality dominated the ceremony.

The Latest: 'Three Billboards' named best picture in Britain

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 18th - 2:29pm

The Latest on the British Academy Film Awards (all times local):

'Black Panther' blows away box office with $192M weekend

Jake Coyle, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 18th - 1:53pm

A wave of feverish anticipation, fawning critical acclaim and groundbreaking cultural meaning pushed "Black Panther" to a record-setting $192 million debut in U.S. and Canada theaters, firmly establishing the superhero sensation as a box-office landmark.

London fashion: 70s vibe at Mouret, glamour from Temperley

Sylvia Hui, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 18th - 1:41pm

Could fusty-looking tapestry and army boots look desirable? Roland Mouret and Temperley worked their magic at London Fashion Week catwalk shows Sunday, showcasing their latest womenswear styles for the upcoming autumn and winter season alongside other designers.

Israeli police arrest telecom officials in graft case

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 18th - 12:16pm

Israeli police said Sunday they arrested senior officials from the country's national telephone company as part of an investigation into alleged corruption offenses. Israeli media said among those arrested were close associates of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who is fighting for his political life after being accused of taking bribes from billionaire supporters.

Latvian member of European Central Bank detained in probe

Carlo Piovano, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 18th - 9:27am

Latvia's top banking official, a key member of the European Central Bank, was detained Sunday after being questioned for hours by anti-corruption authorities amid accusations of bribery and money laundering in the European nation's financial system.

Job center for Syrians opens in Jordan refugee camp

Alice Su, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 18th - 9:13am

A job center opened Sunday in Jordan's second largest camp for Syrian refugees, the latest sign of an EU-backed policy shift meant to improve the lives of the displaced in regional host countries and discourage them from migrating onward.

Flu shot only 36 percent effective, making bad year worse

Mike Stobbe, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 18th - 7:42am

The flu vaccine is doing a poor job protecting older Americans and others against the bug that's causing most illnesses.

Q&A: Ken Chenault, former CEO of American Express

Ken Sweet, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 18th - 7:03am

Kenneth Chenault was chief executive officer and chairman of American Express until January 31. He had a 37-year career at the credit card company, including 17 years as CEO. In his last interview before retiring, Chenault talked to The Associated Press about the new tax law, being a black CEO, and what greater competition means for AmEx.

Head of Latvian Central Bank is detained for questioning

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 18th - 4:25am

The prime minister of Latvia says the country's top central banker has been detained following questions from the national anti-corruption agency.

Pacific cruise liner brawl sends guests fleeing to cabins

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 17th - 10:14pm

A South Pacific cruise was interrupted by brawls apparently caused by a 23-member family who threw punches at other passengers, some of whom said they locked themselves in cabins to escape three days of violence.

US Navy says China's military buildup won't stop patrols

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 17th - 6:09pm

U.S. forces are undeterred by China's military buildup on man-made islands in the South China Sea and will continue patrolling the strategic, disputed waters wherever "international law allows us," said a Navy officer aboard a mammoth U.S. aircraft carrier brimming with F-18 fighter jets.

Disney says 'Black Panther' is raking it in

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 17th - 3:07pm

"Black Panther" is so far raking it in over the holiday weekend.

Are female-led companies the answer to sexual misconduct?

Alexandra Olson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 17th - 12:44pm

The Weinstein Co. thought it had found a path to survival. A group of investors led by a respected businesswoman offered to acquire the company, rebrand it and install a female-led board of directors. It was an eye-catching idea in a country where men dominate corporate boards in almost every industry.

Florida legislators struggle with how to respond to shooting

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 17th - 12:39pm

Stunned by a horrific shooting at a Florida high school that left 17 people dead, the Florida Legislature is grappling with what to do in the aftermath.

Winds hindering efforts to shut down exploded Ohio gas well

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 17th - 12:32pm

A spokeswoman for a company whose natural gas well exploded and caught fire in eastern Ohio says high winds are hindering experts from shutting down the well.

Weinstein Co. fires president after suit alleges inaction

Josh Boak, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 17th - 12:08pm

The movie studio co-founded by Harvey Weinstein has fired its president, whose continued presence at the company was a source of controversy.

Senators want to bolster research of organic agriculture

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 17th - 10:32am

A pair of U.S. senators is introducing legislation designed to improve organic farming research.

London fashion: Ruffles at Rocha, rich colors at Conran

Sylvia Hui and Gregory Katz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 17th - 9:49am

Newcomer Simone Rocha and veteran Jasper Conran are among the designers showcasing their latest autumn and winter styles at London Fashion Week, as British luxury fashion powerhouse Burberry prepared to round out a busy Day 2 with its show later Saturday.