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Czech government office stops using Huawei mobile phones

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 8:55am

The Czech Republic's prime minister has ordered his government office to stop using mobile phones by Chinese telecoms company Huawei.

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US surgeon general warns of teen risks from e-cigarettes

Matthew Perrone, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 8:23am

The government's top doctor is taking aim at the best-selling electronic cigarette brand in the U.S., urging swift action to prevent Juul and similar vaping brands from addicting millions of teenagers.

US stocks claw back some of their big losses; oil slides

Stan Choe, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 8:10am

U.S. stocks climbed Tuesday morning, putting at least a temporary halt to the steep market losses that circled the globe in prior days. Asian markets sank sharply earlier in the day, but European markets were mixed.

Mexico doubles minimum wage in northern border zones

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 7:52am

Mexico's new government is increasing minimum wages across the country by 16 percent and doubling the minimum wage in a narrow stretch of territory along the border with the United States, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Tuesday.

South Africa eatery ad spoofs colonialism; regulators miffed

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 7:46am

A South African restaurant chain has been ordered to withdraw a television commercial deemed to have trivialized the brutal history of colonial rule in Africa.

Markets Right Now: Stocks open higher on Wall Street

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 7:44am

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The Latest: 3,500 troops to be on standby if no-deal Brexit

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 7:01am

The Latest on Britain's exit from the European Union (all times local):

British government to ramp up preparations for a no-deal Brexit, says it must get ready for "the default option"

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 6:49am

British government to ramp up preparations for a no-deal Brexit, says it must get ready for "the default option"

Virginia shipyard announces buyout offers, restructuring

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 6:44am

The Virginia shipyard that's the sole builder of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers is offering buyouts to a little more than 10 percent of its workforce.

Nuro, Kroger bringing unmanned delivery to customers

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 6:43am

Nuro and grocery chain Kroger are teaming up to bring unmanned delivery service to customers.

US home construction rose last month, led by apartments

Christopher Rugaber, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 6:35am

U.S. developers broke ground on more homes last month, but the increase occurred entirely in apartments. The construction of new single-family houses fell.

US home construction rose last month, lifted by apartments, as single-family home building falls

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 6:32am

US home construction rose last month, lifted by apartments, as single-family home building falls.

Russian cargo ship runs aground off southwest England

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 6:22am

A Russian cargo ship with 18 crew members on board has run aground off the coast of Falmouth, Cornwall, in southwest England, following bad weather.

Patterson again gives holiday bonuses to book sellers

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 6:08am

James Patterson has renewed a most welcome holiday publishing tradition — bonuses for independent bookstore employees.

Lithuania to buy floating liquefied gas terminal

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 5:34am

Lithuanian lawmakers have voted to buy a floating liquefied natural gas terminal that has been providing gas to the Baltic nation as it tries to reduce its reliance on Russian energy.

Former VW boss Winterkorn leaves Bayern supervisory board

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 5:04am

German soccer champion Bayern Munich says former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn has left its supervisory board, three years after he resigned from the automaker amid its diesel emissions scandal.

British Airways to resume flights to Pakistan in June

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 4:19am

British Airways announced Tuesday it will resume flights to Pakistan in June, a decade after suspending them in the wake of the suicide truck bombing of the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad that killed dozens.

Huawei calls on US, others to show proof of security risk

Joe McDonald, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 4:03am

The chairman of Huawei challenged the United States and other governments to provide evidence for claims the Chinese tech giant is a security risk as the company launched a public relations effort Tuesday to defuse fears that threaten its role in next-generation communications.

Kremlin denies roiling US politics through social media

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 2:46am

The Kremlin has rejected as baseless reports about a Russian political disinformation campaign on U.S. social media.