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British government to ramp up preparations for a no-deal Brexit, says it must get ready for "the default option"

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 6:49am

British government to ramp up preparations for a no-deal Brexit, says it must get ready for "the default option"

Virginia shipyard announces buyout offers, restructuring

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 6:44am

The Virginia shipyard that's the sole builder of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers is offering buyouts to a little more than 10 percent of its workforce.

Nuro, Kroger bringing unmanned delivery to customers

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 6:43am

Nuro and grocery chain Kroger are teaming up to bring unmanned delivery service to customers.

US home construction rose last month, led by apartments

Christopher Rugaber, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 6:35am

U.S. developers broke ground on more homes last month, but the increase occurred entirely in apartments. The construction of new single-family houses fell.

US home construction rose last month, lifted by apartments, as single-family home building falls

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 6:32am

US home construction rose last month, lifted by apartments, as single-family home building falls.

Russian cargo ship runs aground off southwest England

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 6:22am

A Russian cargo ship with 18 crew members on board has run aground off the coast of Falmouth, Cornwall, in southwest England, following bad weather.

Patterson again gives holiday bonuses to book sellers

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 6:08am

James Patterson has renewed a most welcome holiday publishing tradition — bonuses for independent bookstore employees.

Lithuania to buy floating liquefied gas terminal

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 5:34am

Lithuanian lawmakers have voted to buy a floating liquefied natural gas terminal that has been providing gas to the Baltic nation as it tries to reduce its reliance on Russian energy.

Former VW boss Winterkorn leaves Bayern supervisory board

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 5:04am

German soccer champion Bayern Munich says former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn has left its supervisory board, three years after he resigned from the automaker amid its diesel emissions scandal.

British Airways to resume flights to Pakistan in June

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 4:19am

British Airways announced Tuesday it will resume flights to Pakistan in June, a decade after suspending them in the wake of the suicide truck bombing of the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad that killed dozens.

US surgeon general warns of teen risks from e-cigarettes

Matthew Perrone, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 4:03am

The government's top doctor is taking aim at the best-selling electronic cigarette brand in the U.S., urging swift action to prevent Juul and similar vaping brands from addicting millions of teenagers.

Huawei calls on US, others to show proof of security risk

Joe McDonald, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 4:03am

The chairman of Huawei called on the United States, Australia and other governments on Tuesday to provide evidence to back up claims the Chinese tech giant is a security risk as it launched a public relations effort to defuse fears that threaten its role in next-generation communications.

Kremlin denies roiling US politics through social media

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 2:46am

The Kremlin has rejected as baseless reports about a Russian political disinformation campaign on U.S. social media.

UK to ramp up 'no-deal' Brexit preparations amid impasse

Jill Lawless and Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 2:19am

The British Cabinet was meeting Tuesday to discuss ramping up preparations for Britain's departure from the European Union without a deal, after Prime Minister Theresa May postponed Parliament's vote on her divorce agreement until mid-January.

Clouds grow over German economy after stocks hit bear market

David McHugh and David Rising, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 2:18am

Worries are growing about the strength of the German economy, Europe's largest, after a key indicator suggested fears about trade wars and Brexit are hitting business activity and after the country's main stocks index slid into a bear market.

EU officials, firms meet African leaders to talk investment

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 1:39am

European officials and companies met with African leaders in Vienna Tuesday for talks intended as a springboard to increase investment in Africa.

World stock markets stabilize as focus turns to Fed

Annabelle Liang, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 17th - 11:34pm

World stocks stabilized Tuesday, with Wall Street expected to edge up after heavy losses the day before, as traders prepare for a likely interest rate hike by the Federal Reserve.

In 2019, Mideast economic troubles loom as wars wind down

Karin Laub, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 17th - 11:14pm

As the Middle East ushers in 2019, the decade's ruinous conflicts in Syria, Yemen, Libya and Iraq seem to be winding down after exacting a painful price — many thousands killed, millions uprooted from their homes and entire cities reduced to rubble.

Kentucky gov calls legislature in session for pension vote

Adam Beam, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 17th - 10:54pm

Days after losing at the state Supreme Court, Kentucky's Republican governor called the legislature back in session Monday to try again to reshape the state's troubled public pension system.

China will 'never seek hegemony,' Xi says in reform speech

Yanan Wang, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 17th - 10:48pm

China will never pursue hegemony, President Xi Jinping said Tuesday as global concerns persist over the country's growing economic influence.