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5 questions for next Democratic debate - Bloomberg's first

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 10:20pm

There's a new kid in town for the ninth Democratic debate, Mike Bloomberg, the self-funding billionaire presidential candidate. Five questions ahead of the faceoff Wednesday night in Las Vegas:

Japan records trade deficit in January amid growth fears

Yuri Kageyama, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 9:07pm

Japan recorded a trade deficit for the month of January Wednesday, as exports declined amid worries about the spread of a new virus that could deaden regional economic growth.

China turns to internet for food supplies amid virus fears

Joe McDonald, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 8:47pm

Wang Feng, house-bound by China’s virus outbreak, counts on the parka-clad delivery drivers of e-commerce giant to keep her kitchen stocked.

Passengers begin leaving after ship's virus quarantine ends

Mari Yamaguchi and Foster Klug, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 7:25pm

Hundreds of passengers began leaving the Diamond Princess cruise ship Wednesday after the end of a much-criticized, two-week quarantine that failed to stop the spread of a new virus among passengers and crew.

Passengers stuck for two weeks on cruise ship in Japan begin to leave after virus quarantine ends

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 7:15pm

Passengers stuck for two weeks on cruise ship in Japan begin to leave after virus quarantine ends.

GOP campaign donor in Texas among President Trump's pardons

Paul J. Weber, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 6:20pm

One of President Donald Trump's clemency actions Tuesday included pardoning the former owner of a Texas construction company who pleaded guilty to underpaying his taxes and whose family has donated to Republicans, including the president's reelection campaign last year.

Police: Man stabbed child at random in Texas McDonald's

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 5:12pm

A 25-year-old man was arrested Tuesday afternoon after authorities said he randomly stabbed a child while she was in the play area at a McDonald's restaurant in El Paso, Texas.

DuPont chairman assuming duties of CEO

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 4:24pm

DuPont Co. said Tuesday that its executive chairman is assuming the duties of CEO.

Bloomberg would sell business interests if elected president

Kathleen Ronayne, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 3:41pm

Mike Bloomberg would sell the financial data and media company he created in the 1980s — which bears his name and made him a multibillionaire — if he is elected U.S. president, a top adviser said Tuesday.

UK unveils immigration overhaul for 2021 focused on skills

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 3:36pm

Britain announced new post-Brexit immigration rules Tuesday that will make it tougher for European Union citizens, but easier for people from many other nations, to move to the U.K. starting next year.

Kansas federal judge reprimanded over harassment resigns

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 3:31pm

A federal judge in Kansas who was publicly reprimanded for sexually harassing female employees and having an extramarital affair with an offender resigned on Tuesday, saying he could no longer effectively serve on the court.

PG&E banking on big profits after utility leaves bankruptcy

Michael Liedtke, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 3:11pm

Pacific Gas and Electric says it expects to become more profitable than ever after it emerges from bankruptcy and pays off more than $25 billion in losses sustained in catastrophic wildfires ignited by its outdated equipment.

Trump says Modi expects massive crowds during India visit

Kevin Freking, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 2:55pm

President Donald Trump says that India Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expecting to turn out massive crowds for the president when he visits next week.

Trump delivers on pledge for wealthy California farmers

Ellen Knickmeyer and Adam Beam, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 2:39pm

Hoisting the spoils of victories in California’s hard-fought water wars, President Donald Trump is directing more of the state’s precious water to wealthy farmers and other agriculture interests when he visits their Republican Central Valley stronghold Wednesday.

UN-backed government in Libya suspends talks after attack

Jamey Keaten and Samy Magdy, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 2:33pm

The U.N.-supported government in Libya said Tuesday it has suspended its participation in talks in Geneva aimed at salvaging a fragile cease-fire in the North African country following an attack on Tripoli's strategic port.

Baylor probe clears ex-chairman of racist, sexist comments

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 2:30pm

Law firm investigators hired by Baylor University concluded the former chairman of the university's board of regents did not make racist, lewd and anti-Semitic comments during a 2014 meeting in Mexico.

Wendy's to pay $400K to resolve child labor law allegations

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 2:21pm

Fast-food chain Wendy's has agreed to pay $400,000 to resolve allegations that it violated child labor laws by having teenage employees at dozens of Massachusetts restaurants work later and longer than allowed, the state attorney general's office announced Tuesday.

Trump budget plan calls for $250M for Florida Everglades

Curt Anderson, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 2:04pm

Out here in western Palm Beach County, Lake Okeechobee meets vestiges of theFlorida Everglades and, more significantly, a vast sugar growing area that encompasses hundreds of square miles. Over the years, the Everglades has shrunk into a corner of the state and the sugar region has grown, with detrimental effects on both water quality and the health of thehuge swamp.

Judge hears arguments in Jill Stein's voting machine lawsuit

Marc Levy, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 1:30pm

Pennsylvania's top elections official spent hours in federal court Tuesday, defending the certification of voting machines being used by Philadelphia and two other Pennsylvania counties, including one where problems led to undercounted returns in a race in November.