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China prosecuting tycoon who considered Kushner investment

Joe McDonald, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 9:56pm

The founder of one of China's biggest insurers, who had discussed possibly investing in a Manhattan skyscraper owned by the family of U.S. President Donald Trump's son-in-law and adviser, will be prosecuted for financial offenses and regulators have taken control of his company, the government announced Friday.

The Latest: Flood forces evacuation of suburban Dallas homes

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 9:39pm

The Latest on severe weather in the Midwest and other parts of the U.S. (all times local):

Glitches or not, Nissan starts testing semi-autonomous rides

Yuri Kageyama, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 9:10pm

Starting next month, Nissan Motor Co. is testing on regular roads what it calls "a robo-vehicle mobility service." Called Easy Ride, it uses a cell-phone app to book semi-autonomous driven rides.

Weinstein apologizes to Streep, Lawrence for lawyers' words

Sandy Cohen, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 8:59pm

Harvey Weinstein apologized to Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lawrence after his lawyers cited them in asking a court to dismiss a sexual misconduct lawsuit.

Asian stocks advance after Wall Street rebounds

Joe McDonald, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 8:54pm

Asian stocks advanced Friday after Wall Street rebounded from a two-day losing streak and Japanese inflation edged higher.

Hillside crashes onto Indonesian farmers; 5 dead, 18 missing

Agus Basuki, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 7:56pm

Farmers were working in their rice paddies on the Indonesian island of Java, when the soggy hillside above them collapsed under the weight of torrential rains, killing five people and leaving rescuers digging for 18 missing.

Protesters ousted from sacred site where Elvis filmed movie

Audrey McAvoy, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 7:47pm

State sheriffs on Thursday removed protesters from the ruins of a Hawaii hotel where they have been squatting since last year in an attempt to block redevelopment of land where Hawaiian chiefs once lived and where Elvis Presley's character got married in the movie "Blue Hawaii."

DeVos backs expanding school choice for military children

Maria Danilova, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 7:44pm

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Thursday called for allowing military families to use federal funds to pay for private school or other educational services for their children.

Alabama Senate votes to allow execution by nitrogen gas

Kim Chandler, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 6:47pm

Alabama on Thursday moved closer to approving the use of nitrogen gas in executions, a method that has never been used to carry out a death sentence.

Judge: Ads can run in Uber, Lyft vehicles in New York City

Larry Neumeister, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 6:41pm

A judge gave the green light Thursday to a Minnesota company that wants to put advertising in vehicles driven for companies like Uber and Lyft in New York City.

Indian partners hawk dinner talk with Trump Jr for $39,000

Muneeza Naqvi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 6:02pm

Want an evening out in India with Donald Trump Jr.? Sorry, even if you have an extra $39,000 it's probably too late to buy a "conversation and dinner" with the eldest son of the American president.

First National Bank to halt production of NRA credit card

Grant Schulte, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 5:52pm

The nation's largest privately-owned bank holding company will stop producing credit cards for the National Rifle Association in response to customer feedback, a spokesman said Thursday.

Girl injured by dog during boarding for Southwest flight

David Koenig, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 5:24pm

Southwest Airlines said Thursday that a dog injured a child as passengers boarded a flight in Phoenix, an event likely to fuel the debate over the growing number of emotional-support animals on planes.

Man who admitted Hawaii concert scam wants plea change

Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 5:14pm

A North Carolina man who admitted defrauding the University of Hawaii of $200,000 by lying about being able to produce a Stevie Wonder fundraiser concert wants to take back his guilty plea, but a prosecutor said Thursday he could risk more jail time if he succeeds and is eventually convicted.

Airbnb unveils new category of rentals rated by inspectors

Michael Liedtke, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 4:48pm

Airbnb is dispatching inspectors to rate thousands of the properties listed on its home-rental service in an effort to reassure travelers they're booking nice places to stay.

Forgot about that joint? Vegas airport lets people dump pot

Regina Garcia Cano, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 4:34pm

What happens in Vegas really can stay in Vegas.

Farm beloved for goat yoga offers reward over slain animal

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 4:34pm

A popular Maine farm that invites the public to come cuddle or do yoga with its goats says one of the animals was found shot to death.

The Latest: Hawaii concert scam sentencing postponed

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 4:14pm

The Latest on a man who wants to take back his guilty plea for a Hawaii concert scam (all times local):

Runaway cow in Poland dies 'from stress' after recapture

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 3:46pm

A runaway cow that avoided captivity for weeks died Thursday after it was caught and put on a truck to be taken to a farm, a local official said.

Idaho landfill to start turning trash into gas energy in May

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 3:36pm

Officials say a landfill in southern Idaho could start producing enough energy to power 2,500 homes as early as May.