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APNewsBreak: Consumers Energy to stop burning coal by 2040

John Flesher, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 7:31am

Consumers Energy will phase out electricity production from coal by 2040 to slash emissions of heat-trapping gases that cause global warming, the Michigan utility's president and CEO told The Associated Press.

European shares drift lower as traders take a breather

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 6:37am

European shares drifted lower Monday as investors paused for breath following a sizeable rally last week. Despite the move lower, there are few signs of the turmoil that gripped stock markets earlier this month. U.S. stock markets are closed for Presidents Day.

Latvia starts criminal probe of its central bank chief

Jari Tanner, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 6:05am

Latvia's anti-corruption agency says it suspects the nation's central bank chief of demanding and receiving bribes of at least 100,000 euros ($125,000) and has started a criminal investigation against him.

Israeli gas company announces $15B export deal with Egypt

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 6:05am

Israeli energy company Delek Drilling has announced a $15 billion deal to supply natural gas to Egypt.

Latvian anti-corruption agency says it suspects central bank chief Rimsevics of taking bribes, starts criminal probe

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 5:51am

Latvian anti-corruption agency says it suspects central bank chief Rimsevics of taking bribes, starts criminal probe.

'Three Billboards' wins, women make waves at UK film awards

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 5:41am

The ferocious female-led tragi-comedy "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" was the big winner at the British Academy Film Awards in London, where women demanding an end to harassment, abuse and inequality dominated the ceremony.

Kremlin dismisses US election indictment as lacking evidence

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 4:19am

The Kremlin has dismissed a U.S. indictment that charged 13 Russians with interfering in the 2016 U.S. presidential election as lacking evidence.

In Italy's poorer south, populist party woos angry voters

Frances D'Emilio, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 3:45am

In the Naples suburb of Torre del Greco, a port town at the foot of Mount Vesuvius, voters are steaming.

Original Picasso print stolen from Milwaukee art gallery

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 3:36am

An original Pablo Picasso print worth up to an estimated $50,000 was stolen from a downtown Milwaukee art gallery.

Japan logs trade deficit in January, as imports jump 8 pct

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 12:59am

Japan's trade sector started out the year on a strong note though it slipped into deficit for the first time in eight months due to higher oil prices and seasonal factors.

Dozens of Dutch budget carrier's flights canceled, delayed

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 12:59am

Dutch budget carrier Transavia has canceled or delayed dozens of flights because of a strike by pilots angry at the lack of progress in months of negotiations toward a new collective labor agreement.

Facebook to verify ads with postcards after Russian meddling

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 18th - 9:46pm

Facebook will soon rely on centuries-old technology to try to prevent foreign meddling in U.S. elections: the post office.

'Three Billboards' wins, women make waves at UK film awards

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 18th - 3:19pm

Ferocious female-led tragicomedy "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" was the big winner Sunday at the British Academy Film Awards in London, where women demanding an end to harassment, abuse and inequality dominated the ceremony.

The Latest: 'Three Billboards' named best picture in Britain

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 18th - 2:29pm

The Latest on the British Academy Film Awards (all times local):

'Black Panther' blows away box office with $192M weekend

Jake Coyle, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 18th - 1:53pm

A wave of feverish anticipation, fawning critical acclaim and groundbreaking cultural meaning pushed "Black Panther" to a record-setting $192 million debut in U.S. and Canada theaters, firmly establishing the superhero sensation as a box-office landmark.

London fashion: 70s vibe at Mouret, glamour from Temperley

Sylvia Hui, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 18th - 1:41pm

Could fusty-looking tapestry and army boots look desirable? Roland Mouret and Temperley worked their magic at London Fashion Week catwalk shows Sunday, showcasing their latest womenswear styles for the upcoming autumn and winter season alongside other designers.

Israeli police arrest telecom officials in graft case

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 18th - 12:16pm

Israeli police said Sunday they arrested senior officials from the country's national telephone company as part of an investigation into alleged corruption offenses. Israeli media said among those arrested were close associates of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who is fighting for his political life after being accused of taking bribes from billionaire supporters.

Latvian member of European Central Bank detained in probe

Carlo Piovano, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 18th - 9:27am

Latvia's top banking official, a key member of the European Central Bank, was detained Sunday after being questioned for hours by anti-corruption authorities amid accusations of bribery and money laundering in the European nation's financial system.

Job center for Syrians opens in Jordan refugee camp

Alice Su, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 18th - 9:13am

A job center opened Sunday in Jordan's second largest camp for Syrian refugees, the latest sign of an EU-backed policy shift meant to improve the lives of the displaced in regional host countries and discourage them from migrating onward.

Flu shot only 36 percent effective, making bad year worse

Mike Stobbe, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 18th - 7:42am

The flu vaccine is doing a poor job protecting older Americans and others against the bug that's causing most illnesses.