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Romanians protest poor air quality in congested Bucharest

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 5:55am

Dozens of Romanians have protested about poor air quality in their country's capital, which recently was ranked one of Europe's most traffic-congested cities.

Interim boss at Audi named as permanent head of luxury brand

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 5:51am

Volkswagen's Audi division has named acting head Bram Schot as the luxury brand's permanent boss after his predecessor was jailed.

Bar chain to change the name of its 'Crack Fries'

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 4:14am

A Michigan-based bar and restaurant chain plans to change the name of its "Crack Fries" in January to distance itself from a word associated with the drug epidemic.

Out with the new, in with the old: Edmund picks 6 used cars

Ronald Montoya, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 4:12am

between 25 to 30 percent on average for the first year — so you pay a lot less for the car and finance a smaller amount.

Greece cancels pension cuts after budget improvements

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 3:52am

Greek lawmakers have voted to cancel a major round of pension cuts which were to take effect on Jan. 1, following a fast-track debate procedure in parliament.

Hungary: Opposition parties try to block labor law changes

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 3:10am

Hungarian opposition parties are blocking access to the parliamentary speaker's pulpit, trying to prevent the legislature from adopting amendments loosening the country's labor code.

Russian official threatens to block Google

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 2:58am

A Russian communications official has threatened to block Google in Russia unless it complies with a law banning certain websites.

Analysis: China plays hardball with ex-diplomat's seizure

Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 2:19am

China is playing hardball with the detention of a former Canadian diplomat days after Canada arrested a leading Chinese executive.

Team Sky's future in doubt after broadcaster pulls backing

Rob Harris, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 1:35am

The future of the most successful cycling team of the last decade was put in doubt Wednesday when Sky announced its withdrawal from the sport following the European pay TV giant's takeover by American company Comcast.

US-China trade hopes help shore up global stock markets

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 1:04am

Global shares rose Wednesday amid hopes for progress in U.S.-China trade talks while U.K. markets took in stride the news that British Prime Minister Theresa May will face a no-confidence vote among her party's lawmakers later.

China says no information on detained ex-Canadian diplomat

Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 12:13am

China's Foreign Ministry said Wednesday that it had no information about a former Canadian diplomat detained in Beijing in apparent retaliation for Canada's arrest of a leading Chinese executive.

Google grilled in Congress: What's ahead for tech companies

Barbara Ortutay, Michael Liedtke and Marcy Gordon, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 12:03am

U.S. lawmakers' grilling of Google CEO Sundar Pichai may have sounded like a broken record, but it amplified the prickly issues facing tech companies as Democrats prepare to take control of the House next month.

Water from sewage rivers used to grow vegetables in Bolivia

Paola Flores, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 10:03pm

What gets flushed down in Bolivia's capital city is used to irrigate the green, leafy fields that supply its produce markets.

Malaysian ex-PM slapped with new charge over 1MDB scandal

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 8:21pm

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak was charged Wednesday with tampering with the final audit report on a defunct state investment fund, adding to a long list of corruption allegations against him since his ouster in May elections.

Lawyers protest detention of Kelly, Ghosn's co-accused

Yuri Kageyama, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 7:52pm

Lawyers for Greg Kelly, the American executive arrested last month with Nissan's former chairman Carlos Ghosn on suspicion of underreporting Ghosn's pay, unsuccessfully protested Wednesday his prolonged stay in Japanese detention.

Southern California officials OK Colorado River drought plan

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 6:24pm

Southern California's largest water wholesaler has approved a drought contingency plan that it hopes will help ensure the drought-stressed Colorado River will supply the Southwest for a decade.

AP: Ivanka, Kushner could profit from tax break they pushed

Stephen Braun, Jeff Horwitz and Bernard Condon, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 5:32pm

At an Oval Office gathering earlier this year, President Donald Trump began touting his administration's new real estate investment program, which offers massive tax breaks to developers who invest in downtrodden American communities. He then turned to one of the plan's strongest supporters.

AP investigation finds Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner could profit from Opportunity Zone developer tax break they pushed

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 5:31pm

AP investigation finds Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner could profit from Opportunity Zone developer tax break they pushed.

Michigan Legislature passes Great Lakes oil pipeline bill

David Eggert, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 4:43pm

The Michigan Legislature approved a bill Tuesday that would allow the replacement of a 65-year-old oil pipeline in a key Great Lakes waterway, voting to create a state authority that would oversee the construction of a tunnel to encase a new segment of pipe.