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Trump administration holds hearing on rollback of air rules

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 13th - 11:44pm

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is holding its only public hearing on the Trump administration's plans to roll back Obama-era rules for methane pollution from the oil and gas industry.

Iran executes 'Sultan of Coins' convicted of hoarding

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 13th - 11:23pm

Iran executed the so-called "Sultan of Coins" and his accomplice on Wednesday for hoarding gold coins and other hard currency, signaling zero tolerance as it tries to shore up its currency in the face of an economic crisis.

Amazon's NYC home in 'opportunity zone' for Trump tax break

Bernard Condon and Stephen Braun, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 13th - 11:19pm

Much of the New York City neighborhood selected by Amazon for one of its new headquarters is in a federal "opportunity zone," a designation created by President Donald Trump's tax overhaul that offers developers potentially millions of dollars in capital gains tax breaks to invest in high-poverty, low-income areas.

Amazon ends suspense over HQ by picking New York, DC suburb

Joseph Pisani, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 13th - 10:09pm

For more than a year, cities around the country waited in suspense over whether they'd be chosen as Amazon's second home.

AP sources: Trump mulling a wide-ranging shakeup

Colleen Long, Zeke Miller and Catherine Lucey, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 13th - 10:09pm

President Donald Trump is weighing an administration-wide shakeup as he looks to prepare his White House for divided government, but it is unclear who is going and who is staying.

Hachette Book Group lays off around 2 dozen employees

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 13th - 8:42pm

Around two dozen employees will be laid off in a re-organization at Hachette Book Group.

Japan's economy shrank in July-September as trade falls

Yuri Kageyama, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 13th - 8:36pm

The Japanese economy shrank at an annualized rate of 1.2 percent in July-September, as consumer spending, investment and exports fell, according to government data released Wednesday.

Expensive APEC summit sows division in host Papua New Guinea

Stephen Wright and Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 13th - 8:26pm

After three decades of promoting free trade as a panacea to poverty, the APEC grouping of nations that includes the U.S. and China is holding its lavish annual leaders meeting in the country that can least afford it.

Asian leaders push toward pacts on South China Sea, trade

Annabelle Liang and Elaine Kurtenbach, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 13th - 8:21pm

Leaders from Southeast Asia, China and other neighboring countries met in Singapore on Wednesday and cited progress on keeping peace in the contentious South China Sea as evidence that the region is managing to handle such issues on its own.

Asian shares lower after Wall Street falls over oil concerns

Yuri Kageyama, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 13th - 8:13pm

Asian shares were mostly lower Wednesday, after the steepest drop in oil prices in more than three years put investors in a selling mood on Wall Street.

Japan's Abe, Pence to visit Australia amid China concerns

Trevor Marshallsea, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 13th - 7:57pm

Regional security and the strengthening of ties with Japan and the U.S. will be high on the agenda for Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison when he meets leaders from both countries amid continuing concerns about the growing influence of China in the Asia-Pacific.

PG&E sued over massive Northern California wildfire

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 13th - 7:40pm

People who lost homes in California's deadliest and most destructive wildfire sued Pacific Gas & Electric Co. Tuesday, accusing the utility of negligence and blaming it for the fire.

Hawaii retirement home clarifies assisted suicide rules

Audrey McAvoy, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 13th - 7:10pm

A Hawaii retirement home said Tuesday residents in its independent living wing may take advantage of the state's new medically assisted suicide law if they wish.

In factory after factory, Kim tries to grow N. Korea economy

Eric Talmadge, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 13th - 6:33pm

For North Korean factory managers, a visit by leader Kim Jong Un is the highest of honors and quite possibly the most stressful event imaginable.

New Zealand crews to re-enter mine 8 years after 29 killed

Nick Perry, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 13th - 6:08pm

Eight years after a methane explosion in an underground coal mine killed 29 workers, New Zealand's government says crews will re-enter the mine to better understand what went wrong and hopefully recover some of the bodies.

Indiana attorney general gets national post amid allegations

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 13th - 5:01pm

Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill has been named vice chairman of the national Republican Attorneys General Association even as he resists calls from the state's GOP governor and legislative leaders to resign over allegations that he drunkenly groped a lawmaker and three legislative staffers.

EPA's Southeastern chief indicted on Alabama ethics charges

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 13th - 4:43pm

The man appointed by President Donald Trump's administration to run the Environmental Protection Agency's Southeastern regional office has been indicted, along with a former business partner, on state ethics charges in Alabama.

EPA's Southeastern chief indicted on Alabama ethics charges

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 13th - 4:07pm

The man appointed by President Donald Trump's administration to run the Environmental Protection Agency's Southeastern regional office has been indicted, along with a former business partner, on state ethics charges in Alabama.

Idaho transportation workers find 2 explosives under bridge

Rebecca Boone, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 13th - 3:39pm

Idaho transportation officials say bridge inspectors found two undetonated explosive devices at the base of a bridge that spans the Snake River near Nampa. Both devices have been removed and destroyed, and a sweep of the area did not turn up any additional explosives.