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BMW will spend more on autonomous driving, electric cars

David McHugh, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 6:16am

Automaker BMW says this year's profits will at least equal last year's results as the company sinks billions into developing electric and autonomous car technology to meet expected changes in how people get from one place to another.

Spending talks nearly done, $1.3T bill soon to be unveiled

Andrew Taylor, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 6:09am

Talks over a $1.3 trillion government spending bill neared completion Wednesday as the White House and Capitol Hill Democrats ironed out deals on a first round of funding for President Donald Trump's U.S.-Mexico border wall.

Kosovo parliament vote on border deal halted by tear gas

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 5:59am

Kosovo's opposition has used tear gas to disrupt a parliament vote on a border demarcation deal with Montenegro.

EU approves Bayer takeover of Monsanto after concessions

Raf Casert, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 5:54am

The European Union has approved Bayer's buyout of Monsanto in a massive agriculture business deal, but says they will have to shed over $7.4 billion in firms and other remedies to ensure fair competition in the market.

Farage dumps fish in River Thames in Brexit fishing protest

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 5:50am

Pro-Brexit demonstrators hurled fish into the River Thames on Wednesday to protest against continued European access to U.K. fishing waters after Britain leaves the European Union next year.

Struggling UK retailers hoping squeeze on incomes ending

Pan Pylas, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 5:34am

The pressure on British households in the wake of the Brexit-fueled rise in inflation is easing, a development that should help a host of struggling retailers, many of whom reported further acute difficulties Wednesday.

Scenic viewpoints added to NY bridge's rebuilt sidewalk

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 5:33am

Scenic viewpoints have been added to the rebuilt sidewalk on one of the New York state-operated bridges spanning the Hudson River between Albany and New York City.

China's CNPC inks $1.18B deal for stakes in Abu Dhabi oil

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 5:24am

China's state-run national petroleum company has signed a deal worth $1.18 billion for stakes in two oil and natural gas concessions in the United Arab Emirates' capital of Abu Dhabi.

The Latest: Spending talks nearly done, bill to be unveiled

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 5:18am

The Latest on negotiations in Congress over a $1.3 trillion government spending bill (all times local):

The Latest: Cambridge Analytica links to Blackwater founder

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 5:14am

The Latest on the alleged use of Facebook data to influence the U.S. presidential election (all times local):

Amazon workers in Spain on a 2-day strike over pay, overtime

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 5:08am

Workers in the largest logistics center in Spain, owned by global e-commerce giant Amazon, are striking over wages and overtime benefits.

Facebook fined in South Korea for limiting user access

Youkyung Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 4:58am

South Korea's telecoms regulator has fined Facebook for illegally limiting user access to its services from late 2016 to 2017.

Zuckerberg asked to testify; data firm's CEO suspended

Danica Kirka and Gregory Katz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 4:42am

The head of Trump-affiliated data-mining firm Cambridge Analytica has been suspended, while government authorities are bearing down on both the firm and Facebook over allegations the firm stole data from 50 million Facebook users to manipulate elections.

Investors cautious ahead of Fed interest rate decision

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 4:28am

Investors are cautious as they await the outcome of the U.S. Federal Reserve's first meeting under its new chairman, Jerome Powell, and his subsequent news conference.

German panel ups growth forecast but warns on trade war

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 4:00am

A council of economic advisers to the German government thinks Europe's biggest economy will grow by more than it previously thought this year, while warning of the risks of a possible trade war with the U.S.

World shares waver as investors await Fed decision on rates

Youkyung Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 3:52am

World shares were mostly lower Wednesday as some markets gave back early gains ahead of the Federal Reserve's first decision on interest rates since the appointment of its new chair, Jerome Powell.

Austin newspaper cites unidentified high-ranking law enforcement official saying bombing suspect blew himself up

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 3:47am

Austin newspaper cites unidentified high-ranking law enforcement official saying bombing suspect blew himself up.

Burundi on brink again as president wants to rule until 2034

Eloge Willy Kaneza, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 3:22am

Declared this month by supporters as Burundi's "eternal supreme guide," President Pierre Nkurunziza now wants changes to the constitution that would let him rule until 2034. The referendum in May could spark further deadly violence in the African nation that the U.N. human rights chief has called one of "the most prolific slaughterhouses of humans in recent times."

Authorities recover new clues after another Austin blast

Paul J. Weber and Will Weissert, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 12:09am

Investigators pursuing a suspected serial bomber in the Texas capital faced new threats along with the promise of valuable new leads as their attention shifted to a FedEx shipping center near San Antonio where a package exploded and the discovery of another, unexploded bomb near Austin's airport.

Ax throwing gains in popularity as pastime, sport

Robert Bumsted, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 11:42pm

Leave it to the hipsters of Brooklyn to combine craft beer and sharp objects.