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Japan prosecutors charge Kobe Steel in fake data scandal

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 1:44am

Japanese prosecutors are charging major steelmaker Kobe Steel for falsifying data on a wide range of products.

Chinese president visits UAE amid push to increase influence

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 1:41am

Chinese President Xi Jinping is heading to Abu Dhabi in his first trip to the United Arab Emirates as the leader of China and as the two countries look to strengthen trade ties and expand investment.

Loon's first commercial internet balloon deal is in Kenya

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 1:03am

Loon, the internet-delivering-balloon unit of Google-parent Alphabet, is announcing its first commercial deal.

Didi, SoftBank set up taxi-hailing joint venture in Japan

Yuri Kageyama, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 12:29am

Chinese mobile service giant Didi Chuxing and Tokyo-based SoftBank Corp. have set up a joint venture for taxi-hailing in Japan.

Rivers dry and fields dust, Iranian farmers turn to protest

Nasser Karimi and Mohammed Nasiri, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 12:23am

The small group of Iranian farmers gathered around their tractors — long idle, parked at the town entrance next to a canal that once irrigated their fields but has been dry for years — and they protested, pleading for help from the government.

Tractor operator dies trying to suppress Oregon wildfire

Gillian Flaccus, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 11:35pm

A tractor operator who was killed in a wildfire that scorched 70 square miles (181 kilometers) in little more than 24 hours in the Pacific Northwest appears to have died trying to restrain it, police said.

Japan's June trade surplus jumps, while US dealings slip

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 10:53pm

Japan's trade surplus jumped 66 percent year-on-year in June on strong growth in shipments to China and other Asian countries, though exports and imports with the U.S. weakened.

Asian stocks drift as investors await fresh moves on trade

Youkyung Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 10:51pm

Asian stock markets were drifting Thursday in mixed trading as investors awaited further moves in global trade disputes.

A Comic-Con without Marvel, HBO gives others a chance to pop

Lindsey Bahr, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 10:16pm

Comic-Con fans know one thing to be true: Where there is fun, there's usually a line that precedes it. And hours before the annual pop culture convention officially kicked off Wednesday night in San Diego, there were lines everywhere — to get onto the convention floor to buy merchandise at the stroke of 6 p.m., to have the life scared out of them at the DC Universe Swamp Thing "experience," to gaze at pretty Laika characters, to get into a Hall H panel Thursday morning and even to take a photo with an Andrew Lincoln lookalike.

EU ruling against Google opens 'opportunity,' rival says

Ryan Nakashima and Raf Casert, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 10:03pm

European regulators' latest swipe at the dominance of U.S. tech giant Google could open new opportunities for rivals in search and web browsers — that is, if handset manufacturers decide to make the most of the opening.

Zuckerberg: Holocaust deniers won't be banned from Facebook

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 8:14pm

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says while he finds Holocaust denial "deeply offensive," he doesn't believe that such content should be banned from Facebook.

US eases Obama-era coal ash pollution rules for utilities

Matthew Brown, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 7:47pm

The Trump administration on Wednesday eased rules for handling toxic coal ash from more than 400 U.S. coal-fired power plants after utilities pushed back against regulations adopted under former President Barack Obama.

Lyft beefing up background checks after latest driver arrest

Paul Elias, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 7:29pm

Ridesharing company Lyft said Wednesday that it's beefing up its background checks after a driver arrested for rape was found to be in the United States illegally.

EU fines Google a record $5 billion over mobile practices

Ryan Nakashima and Raf Casert, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 7:17pm

European regulators came down hard on another U.S. tech giant Wednesday, fining Google a record $5 billion for forcing cellphone makers that use the company's Android operating system to install Google search and browser apps.

Trump endorses GOP Rep. Yoder's re-election in Kansas 3rd

John Hanna, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 7:04pm

President Donald Trump on Wednesday gave his "full and total endorsement" to Republican Rep. Kevin Yoder in a Kansas district that Democrats see as competitive after Hillary Clinton narrowly carried it in the last presidential election.

A nonbinding immigration bill becomes campaign battlefield

Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 7:04pm

Republicans and Democrats competed to make immigration an election-year issue on their own terms as the GOP pushed symbolic legislation through the House Wednesday extolling a federal law enforcement agency that some liberals have proposed abolishing.

Harvey Weinstein asks judge to dismiss Ashley Judd lawsuit

Andrew Dalton, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 6:59pm

Harvey Weinstein's lawyers asked a judge Wednesday to dismiss Ashley Judd's lawsuit against him, saying allegations that he tried to hurt her career after she rejected him sexually are baseless and were filed far too late.

Philadelphia's tax on soda upheld by state Supreme Court

Mark Scolforo, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 6:53pm

Philadelphia's tax on soda and other sweetened drinks was upheld on Wednesday when the state's highest court rejected a challenge by merchants and the beverage industry.

Utah Legislature passes requirement for online sales tax

Julian Hattem, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 6:20pm

Utah lawmakers on Wednesday passed legislation forcing online companies to collect sales tax beginning in 2019, although much of the new revenue has already been earmarked for a tax break for manufacturers.

Trump plans to nominate new Census Bureau director

Kevin Freking, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 5:36pm

President Donald Trump announced his intention Wednesday to nominate Steven Dillingham of Virginia to be the next director of the U.S. Census Bureau.