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Jenni Rivera biopic in the works with her family's support

Lindsey Bahr, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 5:04am

The late Mexican-American singer and activist Jenni Rivera always dreamed of a biopic about her turbulent and inspirational life. Now, seven years after her untimely death, that dream is coming true.

The Latest: China urges US, Iran to avoid further escalation

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 4:41am

The Latest on developments as the U.S. and Iran edge toward a flashpoint amid escalation in the Persian Gulf region (all times local):

China suspends imports from Canadian pork company

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 4:04am

China will halt imports from a Canadian company after food safety issues were detected in one batch of pork, the Xinhua state news agency reported Tuesday, a move likely to fuel speculation that China is retaliating against Canada for arresting a Chinese tech executive.

What China, North Korea are looking to achieve with summit

Hyung-Jin Kim and Kim Hyung-Jyung, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 3:59am

Chinese President Xi Jinping travels to North Korea to meet leader Kim Jong Un this week looking to strengthen their sometimes shaky bond at a time when both are locked in dispute with the United States — Xi over trade and Kim over nuclear weapons.

Facebook plans its own currency for 2 billion-plus users

Rachel Lerman, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 3:02am

Facebook already rules daily communication for more than two billion people around the world. Now it wants its own currency, too.

AP Explains: Behind Libra, Facebook's new digital currency

Anick Jesdanun, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 3:01am

Facebook is unveiling a digital currency called Libra as the company seeks to make its ads more valuable by enabling smoother transactions and payments online, particularly among those without credit cards or bank accounts.

European Central Bank ready to use more stimulus if needed

David McHugh, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 2:55am

The European Central Bank stands ready to cut interest rates and could re-start its bond purchase stimulus program if needed to help the economy, President Mario Draghi said Tuesday.

Ex-rival backs Boris Johnson in UK leadership race

Jill Lawless and Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 2:31am

A former candidate to lead Britain's Conservative Party threw her support behind front-runner Boris Johnson on Tuesday, bolstering his lead as lawmakers prepared to eliminate at least one contender from the race to become prime minister.

EU court declares Germany's highway tolls illegal

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 2:20am

The European Court of Justice ruled Tuesday that highway tolls in Germany are illegal because they unfairly penalize drivers from other European Union countries.

World shares rise after ECB says rate cuts possible

Annabelle Liang, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 12:47am

Global shares rose Tuesday after the president of the European Central Bank said it was ready to cut interest rates and provide stimulus if the economy needed it. Traders also focused on upcoming rate decisions by the U.S. Federal Reserve and the British and Japanese central banks this week.

'Burning river' loses sting in Cleveland 50 years after fire

Julie Carr Smyth and Tony Dejak, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 17th - 11:24pm

Fifty years after the Cuyahoga River's most famous fire, a plucky new generation of Cleveland artists and entrepreneurs has turned the old jokes into inspiration and forged decades of embarrassment into a fiery brand of local pride.

San Francisco weighs 1st US city ban on e-cigarette sales

Samantha Maldonado, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 17th - 11:14pm

San Francisco supervisors are considering Tuesday whether to move the city toward becoming the first in the United States to ban all sales of electronic cigarettes as part of an effort to crack down on youth vaping.

Indiana attorney general's accusers set announcement

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 17th - 10:40pm

The four women who accused Indiana's attorney general of drunkenly groping them during a party are holding a news conference with their lawyers.

Venezuela's misery doesn't even spare the dead in Maracaibo

Rodrigo Abd, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 17th - 10:04pm

Even the dead aren't safe in Maracaibo, a sweltering, suffering city in Venezuela.

Watchdog to investigate Interior moves on Utah monument

Brady McCombs, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 17th - 9:02pm

A government watchdog will investigate whether the U.S. Interior Department broke the law by making plans to open lands cut from a Utah national monument by President Donald Trump to leasing for oil, gas and coal development, a pair of Democratic congress members said Monday.

Hong Kong opposition movement largely without leaders

Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 17th - 7:59pm

The largely youth-driven movement of black-clad protesters challenging Hong Kong's government over an unpopular extradition bill is a coalition operating without a clear leadership structure.

Land swap may allow pipeline to cross Appalachian Trail

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 17th - 4:14pm

A land swap with the federal government could allow a developer to install a natural gas pipeline that crosses the Appalachian Trail.

Small media company to run Sports Illustrated for new owner

Tali Arbel, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 17th - 4:08pm

The company that recently bought Sports Illustrated has found someone to run it: a small media company called Maven.

The Latest: US Steel restores pollution controls at plant

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 17th - 3:53pm

The Latest on a fire at U.S. Steel coke plant (all times local):

Brazil's Odebrecht files for bankruptcy protection

Anna Jean Kaiser, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 17th - 3:43pm

Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht filed for bankruptcy protection Monday to restructure $13 billion in debt, worn down after spending five years at the center of one of the world's largest corruption investigations.