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German court rejects challenges to broadcasting fee system

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 2:49am

Germany's highest court has rejected complaints against a fee paid by all households to finance the country's public broadcasters, though it found fault with a minor aspect of the system.

Japan OKs 1st anti-smoking law seen as lax and partial

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 2:42am

Japan has approved its first national legislation banning smoking inside of public facilities, but the measure excludes many restaurants and bars and is seen as toothless.

Swiss drugs giant Novartis says profit up as spinoff looms

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 1:17am

Novartis says net profit rose 3 percent in the second quarter amid strong growth for some of its top products, as the Swiss pharmaceuticals giant moves to spin off its Alcon eye-care business.

Iran nuclear chief says uranium stockpile reaches 950 tons

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 1:13am

The chief of Iran's nuclear agency says the country's effort to acquire uranium has resulted in a stockpile of as much as 950 tons.

A Comic-Con without Marvel, HBO gives others a chance to pop

Lindsey Bahr, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 1:09am

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Asian stocks ease after rallying on solid US performance

Annabelle Liang, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 12:51am

Asian markets have eased after early gains as a sweep of positive news from Wall Street and beyond boosted confidence in the U.S. economy.

Prominent sovereign citizen sentenced for federal bank fraud

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 11:52pm

A prominent sovereign citizen has been sentenced to more than four years in prison for conspiring to launder money.

Marriott hotels eliminating plastic straws by 2019

Dee-Ann Durbin, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 11:43pm

Marriott International plans to remove plastic straws and drink stirrers from all of its 6,500 hotels and resorts worldwide by next year.

MGM sues Vegas shooting victims in push to avoid liability

Regina Garcia Cano, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 11:21pm

MGM Resorts International has sued hundreds of victims of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history in a bid to avoid liability for the gunfire that rained down from its Mandalay Bay casino-resort in Las Vegas.

Lessons for next US financial crisis from 3 key ex-officials

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 10:35pm

Three officials who played vital roles in combating the 2008 financial crisis say they worry that the painful lessons from the banking system's near-collapse a decade ago may be forgotten.

Marriott hotels eliminating plastic straws by 2019

Dee-Ann Durbin, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 10:06pm

Marriott International says it's removing plastic straws and drink stirrers from all of its 6,500 hotels and resorts worldwide by next year.

Lessons for next US financial crisis from 3 key ex-officials

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 10:06pm

Three officials who played vital roles in combating the 2008 financial crisis say they worry that the painful lessons from the banking system's near-collapse a decade ago may be forgotten.

Asian stocks rise as solid US performance lifts spirits

Annabelle Liang, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 9:42pm

Asian markets climbed higher on Wednesday as a sweep of positive news from Wall Street and beyond boosted confidence in the U.S. economy.

Building collapses into another near Indian capital, 3 die

Ashok Sharma, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 9:29pm

A six-story building under construction collapsed onto an adjacent building east of the Indian capital, killing at least three people and trapping several others under the debris, police said on Wednesday.

APNewsBreak: Twitter suspended 58 million accounts in 4Q

Barbara Ortutay and Ken Sweet, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 8:45pm

Twitter suspended at least 58 million user accounts in the final three months of 2017, according to data obtained by The Associated Press. The figure highlights the company's newly aggressive stance against malicious or suspicious accounts in the wake of Russian disinformation efforts during the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign.

Judge asked to keep public away from ex-nuke weapons plant

Dan Elliott, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 7:14pm

A retired professor testified Tuesday he found evidence that billions of particles of plutonium had escaped from a former nuclear weapons plant in Colorado and settled on land that is now a wildlife refuge, raising concerns about whether the site is safe for the public.

Japan, EU sign trade deal to eliminate nearly all tariffs

Yuri Kageyama, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 6:41pm

The European Union and Japan signed a landmark deal on Tuesday that will eliminate nearly all tariffs on products they trade.

San Francisco bans tour buses from 'Full House' residence

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 6:19pm

Tour buses will no longer be swinging by a San Francisco house made famous in the popular 1990s sitcom "Full House."

Hawaii lava boat tours continue after explosion, injuries

Audrey McAvoy and Caleb Jones, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 5:51pm

Hawaii tour boat operators plan to continue taking visitors to see lava, but will follow the Coast Guard's revised policy and stay farther away after an explosion caused molten rock to barrel through the roof of a vessel, injuring 23 people.