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Japan's Kyodo News Service says prosecutors have charged ex-Nissan chairman Ghosn for financial violations.

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 9th - 10:16pm

Japan's Kyodo News Service says prosecutors have charged ex-Nissan chairman Ghosn for financial violations. .

Report: US health spending hits $3.5T but growth slows

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 9th - 9:01pm

The nation's health care tab hit $3.5 trillion last year, or $10,739 per person, the government reported Thursday. But behind those staggering figures was some fairly good news:

Asian shares fall as Huawei arrest imperils China-US truce

Annabelle Liang, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 9th - 8:38pm

Asian markets were broadly lower Monday after China protested the arrest of a senior executive of Chinese electronics giant Huawei, who is suspected of trying to evade U.S. trade curbs on Iran.

Japan's economy contracts 2.5 pct in 3Q on weaker spending

Yuri Kageyama, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 9th - 8:18pm

Japan's economy shrank at a worse than anticipated annualized rate of 2.5 percent in July-September due to weaker consumer demand and corporate investment.

Internet access via mobile phones starts for all Cubans

Andrea Rodriguez, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 9th - 8:17pm

For the first time, average Cubans became eligible to sign up for internet service for their mobile phones Thursday, a development long awaited on the communist-ruled island.

Maduro's grip on Venezuela tightens, warns of Trump threat

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 9th - 8:09pm

Socialist President Nicolas Maduro further consolidated power in Venezuelan local elections Sunday, while accusing President Donald Trump of plotting to overthrow him.

Following Perry's lead, Kid Rock pays off $81K in layaways

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 9th - 7:23pm

Singer Kid Rock says he followed the lead of actor Tyler Perry by paying off the layaway items of hundreds of Walmart customers in Tennessee.

Musk suggests Tesla's new chairwoman won't rein him in

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 9th - 5:33pm

Tesla CEO Elon Musk dismissed the idea that the company's new chairwoman can exert control over his behavior.

Search begins for 4 missing at West Virginia coal mine

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 9th - 5:30pm

A West Virginia mine rescue team is searching for four people reported missing at an underground coal mine.

Macron to break silence, address French nation amid protests

Elaine Ganley, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 9th - 4:26pm

Pressure mounted on French President Emmanuel Macron to announce concrete measures to calm protests marked by violence when he addresses the nation Monday evening, and breaks a long silence widely seen as aggravating a crisis that has shaken the government and the whole country.

Think tank: Russia emerges as world's No. 2 arms producer

Jari Tanner, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 9th - 4:05pm

A Swedish think tank said Monday that Russia has emerged as the world's second-largest arms producer after the United States. Russia surpassed Britain, which had held that spot since 2002 and remains Western Europe's No. 1 arms maker.

Mexico starts oil industry 'rescue' with refinery overhaul

Amy Guthrie, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 9th - 2:37pm

Mexico's new government detailed plans Sunday to build an $8 billion oil refinery in the home state of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and to renovate six others as the oil-producing country attempts to lower its dependence on imported fuel.

Former Agriculture Secretary Bob Bergland dies at 90

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 9th - 2:22pm

Former U.S. Agriculture Secretary Bob Bergland, a farmer from northern Minnesota who was tasked with selling President Jimmy Carter's unpopular Soviet Union grain embargo to other farmers, died Sunday. He was 90.

Deschutes River to be featured on 'forever' stamp in 2019

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 9th - 1:53pm

A scenic Oregon river will be honored with a stamp next year.

Israeli military chief, UN commander in Lebanon talk tunnels

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 9th - 12:55pm

Israel's military chief has met with the head of the U.N. peacekeeping force in Lebanon to discuss the discovery of a series of tunnels Israel says was built by Hezbollah to carry out attacks.

'Ralph' tops box office again, 'Aquaman' is a hit in China

Jake Coyle, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 9th - 12:37pm

In the calm before the Christmas storm at the box office, "Ralph Breaks the Internet" remained No. 1 for the third straight week, while the upcoming DC Comics superhero film "Aquaman" arrived with a cannonball-sized splash in Chinese theaters.

Seattle homes attract fewer multiple bids as market cools

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 9th - 11:58am

Prospective home buyers in Seattle as late as last year faced the prospect of entering bidding wars or getting edged out by competitors with cash. That's not the case anymore.

Average US price of gas drops 22 cents per gallon to $2.51

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 9th - 11:49am

The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline has plummeted 22 cents a gallon (3.8 liters) over the past three weeks, to $2.51.

Evers not optimistic Wisconsin Gov. Walker will veto bills

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 9th - 11:16am

Wisconsin's Democratic Gov.-elect Tony Evers said Sunday he's not optimistic that outgoing governor Scott Walker will veto bills approved by the Republican-dominated Legislature that would limit the new governor's power.