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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.

Hopes for US-China trade talks help push world shares higher

Yuri Kageyama, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 1:04am

Global shares rose Wednesday amid hopes for progress in U.S.-China trade talks.

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.

Former Phoenix-area Sheriff Joe Arpaio files defamation suit

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 4:43pm

Former Phoenix-area Sheriff Joe Arpaio has filed a defamation lawsuit seeking $300 million against three news organizations, alleging their inaccurate references to his criminal case have hurt his chances at possibly running in 2020 for the U.S. Senate seat formerly held by John McCain.

Mexico cancels February bidding round on oil concessions

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 4:15pm

The Mexican government has announced that it will cancel a planned round of bidding on oil exploration concessions.

Communities sue over Michigan's tough lead rules for water

Jeff Karoub, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 4:07pm

Local governments and utilities sued the state of Michigan Tuesday over its implementation of the nation's toughest drinking water rules for lead, saying they support strong action against public exposure to the toxin but find the new rules arbitrary and too costly for the communities left to foot the bill for the work to be done.

A Canadian judge has granted bail to a Chinese executive facing possible extradition to the U.S.

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 4:05pm

A Canadian judge has granted bail to a Chinese executive facing possible extradition to the U.S.

Elderly man evicted over medical marijuana hits another snag

Carolyn Thompson, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 3:49pm

A 78-year-old New York man who was evicted from federally subsidized housing because he uses medical marijuana for pain said Tuesday that the conflicting state and federal pot laws that left him homeless are now threatening his medical care.