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Iran announces another navy drill in key Strait of Hormuz

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 12:31am

Iran's navy says it will hold an annual drill in the strategic Strait of Hormuz as pressure mounts on the country months after the United States re-imposed sanctions on Iran, targeting its vital oil sector.

Asian stocks higher ahead of US-China tariff war talks

Joe McDonald, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 11:14pm

Asian stock markets rose Thursday following a listless day on Wall Street ahead of U.S.-Chinese negotiations aimed at ending a tariffs battle.

Report: US company to stop sales of genetic tech in Xinjiang

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 11:10pm

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. says it will no longer sell or service genetic sequencers in China's mostly Muslim region of Xinjiang following criticism that they were used for surveillance that enabled human rights abuses, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Resumption of high-level US-China trade talks raises hopes

Paul Wiseman, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 10:08pm

The Trump administration is set Thursday to resume high-level talks with Chinese officials, aiming to ease a trade standoff that's unnerved global investors and clouded the outlook for the world economy.

Saudi crown prince in China on latest stop of Asian tour

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 9:39pm

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrived in China on Thursday on the latest stop of a sweep through Asia that aims to expand the kingdom's influence on the continent.

Auditors: $167 million misspent in Mexico airport project

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 9:36pm

Mexican federal auditors say they have found $167 million in mismanagement and questionable expenses at a now-cancelled project to build a new Mexico City airport.

Vietnam, site of next Trump-Kim summit, model for growth

Elaine Kurtenbach, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 9:14pm

Vietnam, the location of President Donald Trump's next meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, has come a long way since the U.S. abandoned its war against communist North Vietnam in the 1970s.

Asian stocks change little ahead of more US-China talks

Joe McDonald, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 9:04pm

Asian stock markets were little-changed Thursday following a listless day on Wall Street ahead of U.S.-Chinese negotiations aimed at ending a tariff battle.

2nd Trump-Kim summit crucial moment for Moon's presidency

Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 6:08pm

South Korean President Moon Jae-in has staked his legacy on the stunning diplomatic progress he has forged with North Korea, as well as the behind-the-scenes orchestration of the U.S.-North Korean summits.

Federal judge won't order return of disputed plants for now

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 4:55pm

A federal judge has declined to order the release of more than 6,700 pounds plants that an Oregon company says is hemp but the Idaho State Police claims is marijuana.

Florida governor wants to import drugs from Canada

Mike Schneider, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 4:50pm

Florida's governor on Wednesday proposed bringing cheaper, Canadian prescription drugs to Florida as a way to cut health care costs.

Kentucky GOP trying again with teacher pension bill

Adam Beam, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 4:42pm

Republicans in Kentucky are trying again to change the state's troubled public pension plan for teachers, tapping two public school employees to put forward a bill they hope will avoid a repeat of last year's massive protests that closed schools across the state.

The Latest: More women perform at slick UK music awards show

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 4:06pm

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Wisconsin governor vetoes tax plan; early showdown with GOP

Scott Bauer, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 3:16pm

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers vetoed a GOP income tax cut bill Wednesday in an early showdown with legislative Republicans who had moved to weaken the Democrat's powers just weeks before he took office.

The Latest: Republicans decry Wisconsin governor's veto

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 3:09pm

The Latest on the Wisconsin GOP tax cut bill (all times local):

Garmin and La-Z-Boy rise while CVS and Southwest tumble

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 2:56pm

Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily on Wednesday:

Italy's economy minister: Alitalia won't be nationalized

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 2:36pm

Italy's economy minister says there is no plan to nationalize Alitalia, the troubled airline that declared bankruptcy two years ago.

US soldier wounded in suicide attack sues bomber's employer

Russ Bynum, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 2:09pm

A U.S. soldier grievously wounded in a suicide bombing two years ago in Afghanistan filed suit Wednesday against an American defense contractor that employed the bomber, saying it failed to supervise the man as he built an explosive vest on the job using the company's tools and parts.

Reddit co-founder pushes hard for paternity leave

Alexandra Olson, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 2:02pm

Alexis Ohanian wants other guys to be jealous of him. Not because he's a multimillionaire venture capitalist. Or because he's married to tennis pro Serena Williams.

Mexican privacy watchdog criticizes government over spyware

Christopher Sherman, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 1:58pm

Mexico's privacy watchdog said Wednesday that the federal Attorney General's Office stonewalled it for more than a year as it tried to investigate the government's use of powerful Israeli spyware against journalists, lawyers and activists.