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St. Louis merger group: Plan would save millions in taxes

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 9:37am

The nonprofit behind an effort to merge the city of St. Louis with St. Louis County says the consolidation would save the region's taxpayers nearly $5 billion in the first 10 years, but some local leaders are questioning the numbers.

Germany: No former SS getting pensions in Belgium

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 9:11am

German authorities say no former Nazi SS soldiers are receiving disability pensions in Belgium, responding to concerns raised by lawmakers there.

Detroit center to remove name of ex-mayor with racist past

Jeff Karoub, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 9:05am

Officials say Detroit's Cobo Center will change its name, removing the surname of a former mayor known for his racist policies.

Southwest blames mechanics' union for surge in cancellations

David Koenig, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 9:04am

Southwest Airlines is lashing out at the union representing its mechanics, suggesting that they are purposely grounding planes in order to gain leverage in new contract negotiations.

Brazil's Bolsonaro proposes raising pension retirement age

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 8:33am

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is presenting a proposal to make Brazilians work longer before they can receive a pension as part of an effort to rescue the troubled retirement system.

Funeral scheduled Wednesday for Illinois shooting victim

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 8:22am

A funeral is set for a 21-year-old college student who was killed on the first day of his internship when an employee opened fire inside an Illinois manufacturing facility.

Those 'Today' show deals? Read the fine print before you buy

Joseph Pisani, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 8:21am

About twice a month, the "Today" show looks like a home-shopping program. TV personality Jill Martin comes out for a four-minute segment called Jill's Steals and Deals, hawking discounted coats, watches or electric toothbrushes. Then she steers the show's millions of viewers to its website to buy.

Supreme Court rules for ex-US marshal in W.Va. tax dispute

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 8:19am

The Supreme Court is siding with a retired U.S. marshal who argued that West Virginia discriminated against former federal law enforcement officers like him by giving a more generous tax break to onetime state law enforcers.

California airport worker dies when jet bridge tire explodes

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 8:17am

A worker at Southern California's John Wayne Airport was killed when a tire on a jet bridge used to connect terminals to aircraft doors exploded during maintenance.

Mexico activist killed days before pipeline referendum

Christopher Sherman, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 8:12am

A community activist fighting against a plan to build a gas pipeline through his central Mexico town was killed Wednesday, three days before a scheduled public referendum on the energy generation project.

Palestinian leader will refuse Israeli tax transfers

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 8:05am

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday said he will not accept regular monthly tax transfers from Israel if it carries out its decision to deduct amounts the Palestinians pay to the families of prisoners and people killed in fighting with Israel.

Markets Right Now: Stocks waver in early trading

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 7:48am

The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):

Amtrak modifies Keystone Service due to weather

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 7:42am

Amtrak is modifying its Keystone Service between New York and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, because of the impending winter storm.

South Africa to loan $5 billion to ailing state power firm

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 6:57am

South Africa's minister of finance says that the government will loan the troubled state power company, Eskom, 69 billion rand ($4.9 billion) to help it service its debts.

Failing Payless to honor gift cards, store credit into March

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 6:38am

The failing Payless ShoeSource chain will honor gift cards and store credit until March 11 as the company liquidates all operations.

Britain urges Germany to ease curbs on arms sales to Saudi

Frank Jordans, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 6:24am

Britain's top diplomat has urged Germany to relax its ban on arms sales to Saudi Arabia because they are affecting U.K. sales of weapons to — and by extension its influence with — the oil-rich kingdom.

UK cybersecurity chief: oversight of Huawei is working

Kelvin Chan, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 6:23am

British government oversight of Huawei has proven it can flag up security problems, the head of its cybersecurity agency said Wednesday, suggesting he doesn't think the Chinese company needs to be banned from supplying mobile networks.

The Latest: French court fines Swiss bank UBS $4.2 billion

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 6:09am

The Latest on the trial of Swiss bank UBS in France (all times local):

Paris court fines Swiss bank UBS 3.7 billion euros ($4.2 billion) for helping French clients evade taxes

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 6:02am

Paris court fines Swiss bank UBS 3.7 billion euros ($4.2 billion) for helping French clients evade taxes.