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Asian markets higher as US, China put trade war on hold

Youkyung Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 20th - 10:17pm

Asian stock markets were higher on Monday as investors cheered the outcome of negotiations between the United States and China that put a trade war on hold, clearing uncertainty.

Revolving door of despair: Drugs land more women behind bars

Sharon Cohen, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 20th - 10:08pm

On opposite sides of the county jail, a mother and her son chat about school, girls, birthday gifts — and their future together. They aren't allowed to see each other face-to-face, so the inmate and the fifth-grader connect by video.

Maduro declared winner in disputed Venezuela election

Scott Smith and Joshua Goodman, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 20th - 9:39pm

Venezuelan officials declared socialist leader Nicolas Maduro the easy winner of Sunday's presidential election, while his leading challenger questioned the legitimacy of a vote marred by irregularities and called for a new ballot to prevent a brewing social crisis from exploding.

Stars urge Indonesia to ban 'brutal' trade in dog meat

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 20th - 9:18pm

International stars of acting, music and sports have urged Indonesia's president to ban what they say is a brutal trade in dog and cat meat for human consumption.

NYPD probing sex allegations against Mario Batali

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 20th - 8:54pm

The New York Police Department is investigating allegations of sexual misconduct leveled against celebrity chef Mario Batali.

US, China putting trade war on hold after progress in talks

Martin Crutsinger and Paul Wiseman, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 20th - 8:52pm

The United States and China are pulling back from the brink of a trade war after the world's two biggest economies reported progress in talks aimed at bringing down America's massive trade deficit with Beijing.

Company in Cuba plane crash had received safety complaints

Michael Weissenstein and Bert Wilkinson, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 20th - 6:14pm

The Mexican charter company whose 39-year-old plane crashed in Havana had been the subject of two serious complaints about its crews' performance over the last decade, according to authorities in Guyana and a retired pilot for Cuba's national airline.

Civil rights icon, Trump critic speak at BU commencement

Tracee M. Herbaugh, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 20th - 2:05pm

A civil rights icon and a Caribbean politician who tangled with President Donald Trump offered Boston University graduates some choice words on America's cultural rifts.

International military company to be based in New Hampshire

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 20th - 12:50pm

A multinational company that develops and builds equipment for military use worldwide is choosing Portsmouth, New Hampshire, as its U.S. headquarters.

'Deadpool 2' ends Avengers' box-office reign, rakes in $125M

Andrew Dalton, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 20th - 12:27pm

Deadpool and his foul-mouthed crew of misfits and malcontents have taken down the Avengers.

Average price of US gas jumps 10 cents, to $3 a gallon

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 20th - 11:25am

The average price of regular-grade gasoline in the U.S. jumped 10 cents a gallon over the past two weeks to $3.00.

Poll: Half of Americans approve of legal sports betting

Wayne Parry, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 20th - 11:12am

A new poll finds that half of Americans approve of legal sports betting.

Iran says EU political support not enough, urges investment

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 20th - 11:00am

Iran's state TV is reporting that the country's foreign minister has urged the European Union to go beyond political support for its landmark nuclear deal and increase investment in Iran.

Insider Q&A: Should investors worry about 'peak earnings?'

Marley Jay, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 20th - 10:02am

Speaking about a peak suddenly made stocks weak.

Northern states taking down vestiges of racism, intolerance

Corey Williams, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 20th - 8:59am

A nearly 80-year-old statue depicting a European settler with a weapon in his hand towering over a Native American that some say celebrates white supremacy has been dismantled by crews in southwestern Michigan's Kalamazoo.

City hopes for revitalization in aftermath of fraud case

Lisa Rathke, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 20th - 8:48am

A remote Vermont community down on its luck had looked forward in 2012 to a downtown hotel, office and retail space and a research plant that would bring hundreds of jobs. It now sees just a vacant demolished block that some residents refer to as "the hole."

Eels break records in Maine, where they sell for big money

Patrick Whittle, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 20th - 8:38am

America's only significant state fishery for baby eels has blown past records for value as high demand from overseas aquaculture companies is driving prices to new heights.

The Latest: Mnuchin says US-China putting trade war on hold

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 20th - 8:10am

The Latest on U.S.-China trade talks (all times local):

Mnuchin says NAFTA negotiations could spill into 2019

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 20th - 8:00am

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says efforts to renegotiate a trade agreement with Canada and Mexico could spill into next year.

Dayton, GOP at still odds as Legislature presses ahead

Kyle Potter, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 19th - 11:52pm

The Minnesota Legislature careened Saturday toward a messy and potentially inconclusive ending, as Republican leaders cut away from negotiations and planned to work overnight to send Gov. Mark Dayton a package of government spending measures and a tax bill that the Democratic governor indicated he wouldn't sign.