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Venezuela's digital coin makes debut

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 12:10pm

Venezuela on Tuesday was set to become the first country to launch its own version of bitcoin, a move it hopes will provide a much-needed boost to its credit-stricken economy.

India arrests 11 suspects in $1.8 billion bank fraud case

Ashok Sharma, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 11:36am

India's federal investigating agency on Tuesday arrested another five executives as it swooped down on companies run by two main suspects in an alleged $1.8 billion bank fraud case that continued for six years.

Luxury property ad blitz heralds Trump son's visit to India

Muneeza Naqvi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 11:29am

"Trump has arrived. Have you?" shout the barrage of glossy front-page advertisements in almost every major Indian newspaper.

'Black Panther' scores highest Monday ever with $40.2M

Jake Coyle, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 11:22am

With a massive $40.2 million in ticket sales Monday, "Black Panther" has notched the biggest Monday ever at the box office and pushed its four-day total to $242 million.

New Wynn Resorts CEO denies knowing of claims against mogul

Regina Garcia Cano, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 11:18am

The new CEO of Las Vegas-based Wynn Resorts said he was not aware of any of the sexual misconduct accusations against casino mogul Steve Wynn before they surfaced last month.

Latvian ECB official won't resign, rejects bribes report

Carlo Piovano, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 11:12am

Latvia's official on the European Central Bank's top policymaking council rejected calls to resign Tuesday amid suspicions of bribery and an Associated Press report on allegations of extortion and connections to money laundering.

Minnesota's $5 billion case over 3M chemicals is halted

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 11:08am

A judge halted jury selection Tuesday in the trial of Minnesota's $5 billion lawsuit against manufacturer 3M Co., and both sides planned an afternoon announcement signaling a possible settlement.

Grocer Albertsons eyes Rite Aid deal in health care push

Tom Murphy, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 11:03am

The owner of Safeway and other grocery brands is buying the drugstore chain Rite Aid as retailers continue to plunge deeper into health care and adjust to swiftly changing shopping habits.

Trump plan: Less-comprehensive health plans at lower cost

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 10:58am

The Trump administration Tuesday cleared the way for a lower-cost, limited alternative to the comprehensive individual medical plans required under former President Barack Obama's health law.

New rebellion against wind energy stalls or stops projects

Scott McFetridge, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 10:44am

Wind turbines have become as commonplace in parts of the rural Midwest as tree-sheltered farmhouses, gray-metal grain bins and deeply furrowed fields. The slowly spinning blades are a sign of investment in a region that often has few growth opportunities to brag about.

The Latest: Trial halted in Minnesota case over 3M chemicals

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 10:32am

The Latest on Minnesota's $5 billion lawsuit against 3M Co. over the manufacturer's disposal of chemicals that contaminated groundwater (all times local):

Feathers fly as chicken shortage shuts KFCs across Britain

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 10:27am

Chicken is still as scarce as hen's teeth at KFC's British outlets.

Markets Right Now: Tech gains leads stocks mostly higher

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 10:02am

The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):

Stars, educators lead effort for kids to see 'Black Panther'

Russell Contreras and Corey Williams, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 9:58am

For years, Zavier Thompson has followed of Marvel superhero movies. But the 16-year-old student in Albuquerque has always wanted to see a popular film with a black superhero and black themes.

Democrats on House panel urge Equifax to extend protections

Kevin Freking, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 9:37am

Democratic lawmakers on a House investigative panel are asking Equifax Inc. to provide its free credit monitoring and identity theft protection for at least three years.

Google plans to expand data center in Oklahoma

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 9:37am

Google is planning to open another four-story data center in Oklahoma, bringing the company's total investment in the state to at least $2.5 billion.

Yiannopoulos dropping lawsuit against former publisher

Hillel Italie, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 9:14am

Milo Yiannopoulos is dropping his lawsuit against his former publisher.

US senator says $6B in aid for Jordan likely to rise

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 9:04am

The chairman of a U.S. Senate panel dealing with foreign aid says a recently signed agreement granting Jordan $1.275 billion a year through 2022 "is a floor" and that Congress is likely to authorize additional financial support for the kingdom.

Hundreds of KFC outlets in UK closed amid chicken shortage

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 8:58am

Chicken is still as scarce as hen's teeth at KFC's British outlets.

Gap's CEO of its namesake brand stepping down

Anne D'Innocenzio, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 8:42am

Gap says the president and CEO of its namesake business is stepping down and it's looking for a replacement.