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Spanish ruling party convicted in major corruption case

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 5:42am

A Spanish court on Thursday issued hefty prison sentences for politicians and businesspeople involved in a kickbacks-for-contracts scheme that helped fund the governing party.

China's Li says German companies welcome amid US trade spat

Joe McDonald, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 5:26am

Premier Li Keqiang said Thursday that China welcomes German companies during a visit by Chancellor Angela Merkel that gives Beijing an opportunity to try to recruit an ally in its trade feud with U.S. President Donald Trump.

Global stocks subdued as US mulls auto import tariffs

Elaine Kurtenbach, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 5:22am

World stock markets were subdued Thursday as carmakers' shares fell after the Trump administration said it was investigating imposing new tariffs on imports of autos and auto parts.

Macron wants to make France gateway to Europe for tech firms

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 5:10am

French President Emmanuel Macron says his innovation policies aim to make France the gateway to Europe for tech companies.

AP names Dustin Weaver as Congress news editor

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 5:05am

The Associated Press on Thursday named Dustin Weaver as news editor overseeing coverage of Congress, a key leadership role in AP's Washington bureau.

The Latest: EU says US car tariffs would break trade rules

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 4:52am

The Latest on the Trump administration's interest in putting tariffs on auto imports (all times local):

Protests worldwide against US idea of auto import tariffs

Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 4:49am

China, Japan and the European Union condemned Thursday the Trump administration's decision to launch an investigation into whether tariffs are needed on imports of vehicles and automotive parts into the United States.

CEO, board members quit Russian metals giant amid sanctions

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 4:25am

Russian aluminum maker Rusal says its CEO and seven board members have quit, a move that comes as the company struggles to survive U.S. sanctions.

EU imposes sales conditions on Gazprom in Eastern Europe

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 4:19am

The European Union is imposing a series of obligations on Russian energy giant Gazprom to improve the flow of gas at competitive prices in eastern Europe.

Malaysia's ex-leader questioned again in corruption scandal

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 4:08am

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak was quizzed for more than six hours Thursday by anti-graft investigators looking into alleged theft and money laundering at a state investment fund he founded that accumulated billions of dollars in debt.

Deutsche Bank to slash thousands of jobs to control costs

David McHugh, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 3:48am

Deutsche Bank is slashing thousands of jobs as Germany's largest lender refocuses its global investment banking business on Europe and seeks to return to steady profitability.

UK retail sales bounce back strongly from snow impact

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 3:00am

Official figures show that retail sales bounced back strongly in April after cold weather hit the previous month.

New Zealand minister's wings clipped for phone call on plane

Nick Perry, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 2:16am

New Zealand's transport minister will no longer oversee aviation safety after he violated rules by making a cellphone call on a plane.

'Nut rage' Korean Air heiress questioned over housekeepers

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 1:40am

A Korean Air heiress whose tantrum over nuts delayed a flight nearly four years ago is being investigated by South Korean immigration officials on suspicion she unlawfully hired housekeepers from the Philippines.

Las Vegas strike would have far-reaching effect

Regina Garcia Cano, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 1:07am

What happens in Las Vegas could have a ripple effect across the country if 50,000 casino-hotel workers employed at more than 30 of the city's world-famous resorts go on strike at any time starting next week.

Disputed Keystone Pipeline project focus of court hearing

Matthew Brown, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 12:48am

Attorneys for the Trump administration were due in a Montana courtroom Thursday to defend the disputed Keystone XL oil sands pipeline against environmental groups that want to derail the project.

California high court to rule on social media access

Sudhin Thanawala, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 12:40am

The California Supreme Court will decide whether Facebook and other social media companies must turn over user content to criminal defendants.

Still smoking and still joking, Tommy Chong views life at 80

John Rogers, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 12:32am

Yeah man, Tommy Chong says he always knew he'd live to see the day marijuana legalization would be sweeping the country.

Indonesia ride app Go-Jek to add 4 Southeast Asian nations

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 11:36pm

Indonesian ride-hailing app Go-Jek will expand into Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore and the Philippines in the next few months, it said Thursday, stepping up competition with rival Grab for Southeast Asian customers.

'Dreamers' are getting law degrees, and taking on the system

Pat Eaton-Robb, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 10:16pm

Denia Perez's parents brought her from Mexico to the United States illegally when she was 11. Last month, she became among the first of the so-called "Dreamers" to earn a law degree. And now, she and others are using their lawyerly know-how to take on the system so they can legally practice.