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No Brexit deal is nightmare scenario for Europe's exporters

Mike Corder, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 7:32am

It's a nightmare scenario for any Dutch tulip or tomato grower: A truck laden with fresh produce trapped in a traffic jam at Rotterdam or Hook of Holland waiting for customs clearance.

EU unveils new tax plans that could hit US tech giants

Lorne Cook, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 7:22am

The European Union on Wednesday unveiled new plans to make big tech companies pay more taxes in a move that would, if endorsed, hit online U.S. firms like Google and Facebook.

Academic says he's being scapegoated in Facebook data case

Danica Kirka and Greg Katz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 7:18am

An academic who developed an app used by Cambridge Analytica to harvest data from millions of Facebook users said Wednesday he had no idea his material would be used in Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and that he's being scapegoated in the affair.

Kosovo parliament vote on border deal halted by tear gas

Florent Bajrami, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 7:14am

Kosovo's opposition on Wednesday used tear gas to disrupt a parliament vote on a border demarcation deal with Montenegro.

The Latest: UK leader May concerned by Facebook allegations

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 7:14am

The Latest on the alleged use of Facebook data to influence the U.S. presidential election (all times local):

Immigrant advocates urge bus company to block federal agents

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 7:04am

Immigrant rights attorneys are urging a major bus company to stop letting federal agents on board to conduct immigration sweeps.

BMW will spend more on autonomous driving, electric cars

David McHugh, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 7:02am

BMW's profits this year will at least equal last year's results as the automaker sinks billions into developing electric and autonomous car technology to meet expected changes in how people get from one place to another, the company said Wednesday.

African nations sign largest free trade agreement since WTO

Ignatius Ssuuna, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 6:58am

African leaders on Wednesday signed what is being called the largest free trade agreement since the creation of the World Trade Organization.

Costs strike General Mills in 3rd quarter, shares drop

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 6:50am

General Mills' fiscal third-quarter results were mixed as the company dealt with rising freight and commodity costs. The maker of Cheerios cereal, Yoplait yogurt and other packaged foods also lowered its full-year adjusted earnings outlook.

African leaders sign largest free trade agreement since creation of World Trade Organization

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 6:42am

African leaders sign largest free trade agreement since creation of World Trade Organization.

Struggling UK retailers hoping squeeze on incomes ending

Pan Pylas, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 6:40am

The pressure on British households in the wake of the Brexit-fueled rise in inflation is easing, a development that should help a host of struggling retailers, many of which reported acute difficulties Wednesday.

Swiss charge 3 over alleged industrial espionage case

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 6:39am

The Zurich prosecutor's office says three people have been charged for allegedly violating Swiss laws protecting trade secrets and banking secrecy in a case of suspected industrial espionage.

Spending talks nearly done, $1.3T bill soon to be unveiled

Andrew Taylor, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 6:34am

Talks over a $1.3 trillion government spending bill neared completion Wednesday as the White House and Capitol Hill Democrats ironed out deals on a first round of funding for President Donald Trump's U.S.-Mexico border wall.

EU approves Bayer takeover of Monsanto after concessions

Raf Casert, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 5:54am

The European Union has approved Bayer's buyout of Monsanto in a massive agriculture business deal, but says they will have to shed over $7.4 billion in firms and other remedies to ensure fair competition in the market.

Farage dumps fish in River Thames in Brexit fishing protest

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 5:50am

Pro-Brexit demonstrators hurled fish into the River Thames on Wednesday to protest against continued European access to U.K. fishing waters after Britain leaves the European Union next year.

Scenic viewpoints added to NY bridge's rebuilt sidewalk

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 5:33am

Scenic viewpoints have been added to the rebuilt sidewalk on one of the New York state-operated bridges spanning the Hudson River between Albany and New York City.

China's CNPC inks $1.18B deal for stakes in Abu Dhabi oil

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 5:24am

China's state-run national petroleum company has signed a deal worth $1.18 billion for stakes in two oil and natural gas concessions in the United Arab Emirates' capital of Abu Dhabi.

The Latest: Spending talks nearly done, bill to be unveiled

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 5:18am

The Latest on negotiations in Congress over a $1.3 trillion government spending bill (all times local):

Amazon workers in Spain on a 2-day strike over pay, overtime

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 5:08am

Workers in the largest logistics center in Spain, owned by global e-commerce giant Amazon, are striking over wages and overtime benefits.

Facebook fined in South Korea for limiting user access

Youkyung Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 4:58am

South Korea's telecoms regulator has fined Facebook for illegally limiting user access to its services from late 2016 to 2017.