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Trump's search for a new chief of staff has reality TV feel

Catherine Lucey and Jonathan Lemire, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 10:33pm

Serious contenders are hiding from view. Celebrity hangers-on are applying via Twitter. Fresh names circulate practically on the hour. And the man in charge is stoking much of the confusion.

Senate rebukes Trump, Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi, Yemen war

Mary Clare Jalonick, Lisa Mascaro and Matthew Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 10:24pm

In back-to-back votes against Saudi Arabia, the Senate delivered an unusual rebuke of President Donald Trump's response to the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and signaled new skepticism from Capitol Hill toward the longtime Middle East ally.

Protesters, police scuffle in anti-tax protests in Jordan

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 10:09pm

Hundreds of people have protested in Jordan's capital against the government's planned tax increases and high youth unemployment.

Apple upstages Amazon in selecting new tech hub locations

Michael Liedtke, Matt O'Brien and Will Weissert, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 10:08pm

One tech giant strung dozens of North American cities through a circus-like contest that led mayors and governors to desperately pitch their regions — and offer huge sums of public money — in hopes of landing a gleaming new corporate campus. The other swept in quietly before making its big move.

CBS settled with Dushku over 'Bull' star's sexual comments

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 9:25pm

CBS reached a $9.5 million confidential settlement last year with actress Eliza Dushku after on-set sexual comments from Michael Weatherly, star of the network's show "Bull," made her uncomfortable when she was beginning a run as a recurring character.

After pension ruling, Kentucky GOP in position to try again

Adam Beam, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 8:59pm

Teachers rejoiced and Republicans despaired across Kentucky on Thursday as the state's Supreme Court struck down a law that had made changes to one of the country's worst-funded pension systems.

South Carolina regulators face billion-dollar decisions

Jeffrey Collins, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 8:58pm

South Carolina regulators have a couple of billion-dollar decisions to make on Friday.

Himalayan nation Nepal gets first modern train tracks

Binaj Gurubacharya, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 8:39pm

The competition between two Asian giants, India and China, for influence over tiny Nepal is yielding a bonanza in the form of the Himalayan mountain nation's first modern railway — and possibly more to come.

Japan's 'tankan' economic survey shows sentiment flat

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 6:05pm

A key quarterly economic survey released Friday by the Bank of Japan shows sentiment among large manufacturers remained unchanged, as worries about global trade tensions persisted.

Canada caught between 2 powers, feeling alone in the world

Rob Gillies and Paul Wiseman, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 4:48pm

First U.S. President Donald Trump attacked Canada on trade. Then Saudi Arabia punished it for speaking up for human rights. Now China has the country in its cross-hairs, detaining two Canadians in apparent retaliation for the arrest of a top Chinese tech executive on behalf of the United States.

Man with knife arrested at Amsterdam airport

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 4:15pm

Military police in the Netherlands have arrested a man armed with a knife at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport.

EU Commission president says British "still need to say what they want instead of asking us what we want" on Brexit

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 4:11pm

EU Commission president says British "still need to say what they want instead of asking us what we want" on Brexit.

EU leaders promise to work for speedy new trade deal with Britain to avoid triggering contentious Irish border guarantee

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 4:08pm

EU leaders promise to work for speedy new trade deal with Britain to avoid triggering contentious Irish border guarantee.

EU leaders at summit confirm that Brexit agreement with Britain 'not open for renegotiation' despite UK plea for change

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 4:05pm

EU leaders at summit confirm that Brexit agreement with Britain 'not open for renegotiation' despite UK plea for change.

The Latest: Airbnb bashes New Orleans' proposed restrictions

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 3:50pm

The Latest on a proposal to ban short-term rentals of non-owner-occupied houses in New Orleans (all times local):

Panama Canal consortium ordered to repay $847M in advances

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 3:50pm

An international arbitration panel has ruled the Spanish-led consortium that built the expansion of the Panama Canal must repay $847 million in advances it received during the construction project.

Michigan governor reaches final deal on Great Lakes pipeline

John Flesher, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 3:28pm

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder's administration said Thursday it had wrapped up negotiations with Enbridge Inc. on building a tunnel to contain an oil pipeline beneath a Great Lakes waterway.

Washington governor proposes major steps for orca recovery

Gene Johnson, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 3:18pm

With scientists warning that the Northwest's beloved killer whales are on the brink of extinction, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced dramatic plans Thursday to help the population recover — including $1.1 billion in spending and a partial whale-watching ban.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's theory about Mexico, trade, that wall

Calvin Woodward and Josh Boak, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 3:04pm

President Donald Trump has come up with a theory about how Mexico, by hook or by crook, really is paying for his border wall despite saying a thousand times no.

Target, Walmart, importer sued over lead in toy jewelry

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 2:57pm

Two of the nation's largest retailers and a third company are named in a New York lawsuit claiming the companies imported and sold children's toys with lead levels up to 10 times higher than federal limits.