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UK growth faltered in 2017 amid Brexit constraints

Pan Pylas, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 6:02am

The British economy did not grow as strongly as initially thought during 2017 as consumers and businesses were held back by factors directly related to Brexit.

Dutch prosecutors reject calls for criminal tobacco case

Mike Corder, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 5:44am

Dutch prosecutors on Thursday rejected calls to open a criminal investigation into four major tobacco companies on charges including attempted murder or manslaughter, saying such a case would be unlikely to lead to a conviction.

European flight safety agency issues drone guidelines

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 5:34am

Europe's flight safety authority has published its first proposal on the safe operation of small drones, to serve as a guideline for the European Commission to adopt concrete regulations later this year.

UK's May gathers divided Cabinet, seeking Brexit compromise

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 5:04am

British Prime Minister Theresa May was gathering her divided ministers Thursday for a marathon meeting aimed at hammering out a common position on Brexit.

Duterte: Labor ban to Kuwait stays, may be expanded

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 5:00am

The Philippine president said Thursday that a ban on the deployment of workers to Kuwait, where a Filipina was found dead in a freezer, will continue and could be expanded to other countries where Filipino workers suffer "human degradation."

Angry Air France staff demonstrate during strike over pay

Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 4:36am

Hundreds of angry Air France staff are demonstrating at the French airlines' headquarters in northern Paris amid a strike over pay that has grounded flights.

World stocks lower after Fed report renews bond yield fears

Kelvin Chan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 4:24am

World stock markets generally declined Thursday, tracking Wall Street's fall after the latest Fed report rekindled fears about inflation and rising bond yields.

Police: No video showing Indonesian attacking Kim Jong Nam

Eileen Ng, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 4:18am

A police witness told a Malaysian court Thursday that there is no video evidence that shows an Indonesian woman smearing a nerve agent on the face of the estranged half brother of North Korea's leader as part of an airport attack that killed him.

Beyond 'Obamacare': New liberal plan on health care overhaul

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 4:09am

A major liberal policy group is raising the ante on the health care debate with a new plan that builds on Medicare to guarantee coverage for all.

Court considers banning diesel cars in German cities

Frank Jordans, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 3:58am

A German court began considering Thursday whether authorities should ban diesel cars from cities in order to lower air pollution, a move that could have drastic consequences for the country's powerful auto industry.

German business confidence drops amid global, local concerns

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 3:56am

German business confidence dropped sharply in February amid increasing concerns about both domestic and international risks.

EU leaders prepare life without Britain, mull future ties

Lorne Cook, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 3:26am

European Union leaders meet without Britain Friday looking to plug a major budget hole after Brexit and endorse a plan to streamline the European Parliament by sharing out the country's seats.

Want an evening out with Trump Jr? You're probably too late

Muneeza Naqvi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 3:22am

Want an evening out in India with Donald Trump Jr.? Sorry, even if you have an extra $39,000 it's probably too late to buy a "conversation and dinner" with the eldest son of the American president.

Landslide kills 5 in Indonesia's Java, 15 missing

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 2:13am

Rescuers used their bare hands to search for victims buried beneath tons of mud after a landslide Thursday on the Indonesian island of Java wiped out rice paddies, killing at least five people.

Florida doctor facing long Medicare fraud sentence

Terry Spencer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 12:08am

A federal judge is likely to sentence a prominent Florida eye doctor once accused of bribing Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey to about two decades in prison Thursday for stealing $73 million from Medicare by convincing elderly patients to undergo excruciating tests and treatments they didn't need for diseases they didn't have.

Foreign leaders seek fresh ties with US governors, mayors

Ken Thomas and Zeke Miller, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 10:44pm

Foreign leaders are looking to cultivate stronger ties with U.S. governors and mayors, an interest that will be on display at this weekend's meeting of the National Governors Association.

Liberal group proposing plan for health coverage for all

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 10:18pm

A major liberal policy group is raising the ante on the health care debate with a new plan that builds on Medicare to guarantee coverage for all.

Oversight committee wants to look at Pruitt's travel records

Michael Biesecker, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 10:10pm

A Republican-led congressional committee is demanding records related to premium-class flights taken by Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt.

Walmart to launch new online home shopping experience

Anne D'Innocenzio, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 10:04pm

Bohemian or traditional?

Weinstein uses quotes from female celebrities in his defense

Brian Melley, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 9:54pm

Harvey Weinstein wants a judge to dismiss a federal sexual misconduct lawsuit against him and invoked the words and actions of Oscar-winning actresses including Meryl Streep in his defense.