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Trump administration slams Venezuela's election as a "sham"

Josh Lederman, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 11:06am

The Trump administration on Monday dismissed Venezuela's presidential election as a "sham," vowing to take quick action to ramp up economic and diplomatic pressure on President Nicolas Maduro's beleaguered government.

The Latest: Report: Professor picked to be Italy's premier

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 10:56am

The Latest on talks to form a government in Italy (all times local):

UN envoy: Ending corruption and trafficking key in Libya

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 10:55am

The U.N. envoy for Libya is warning that the oil-rich country's "perverse economic model" based on corruption and trafficking in people and goods "must be shattered" to end its political crisis and progress toward stability and democratic elections this year.

The Latest: Pence says Venezuela vote a 'sham'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 10:44am

The Latest on Venezuela's presidential election (all times local):

Ex-coal exec chases US Senate seat despite GOP primary loss

John Raby, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 10:40am

Despite losing the Republican primary in a distant third-place, convicted ex-coal baron Don Blankenship announced Monday that he will continue his bid for U.S. Senate as a third-party candidate, though it's unclear if the move violates West Virginia's "sore loser" law.

Yellowstone bison experiment stopped, disease rules changed

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 10:31am

Federal officials shut down an experiment on diseased wildlife from Yellowstone National Park after inspectors questioned government protocols for handling infected bison.

Ameren to build 400-megawatt wind farm, Missouri's largest

Jim Salter, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 10:28am

Ameren Missouri plans to build a 400-megawatt wind farm in rural northeast Missouri, creating enough power to serve 120,000 homes within two years, the company said Monday.

Telecom tower climber gets $30M settlement in fall suit

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 10:21am

A telecommunications tower climber who suffered severe injuries when a ladder rung dislodged and sent him hurtling 50 feet to the ground has reached a settlement with AT&T and others for $30 million.

High court to hear challenge to Virginia uranium mining ban

Jessica Gresko, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 10:01am

The Supreme Court agreed Monday to hear a challenge to Virginia's decades-old ban on uranium mining.

Markets Right Now: Easing trade tensions send stocks higher

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 9:59am

The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):

US Postal Service issuing scratch-and-sniff stamps

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 9:52am

Letter writers will soon be able to express their sentiments in words and smells.

Stocks jump as US and China announce progress in trade talks

Marley Jay, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 9:46am

Stocks are solidly higher Monday after the U.S. and China appeared to make major progress in trade talks. The Chinese government says it will buy more goods and services and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says the U.S. postponed tariffs on up to $150 billion in goods from China after the two sides made "meaningful progress" toward a new trade agreement. Industrial companies and banks are making some of the biggest gains.

General Electric continues transformation; $11B rail deal

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 9:42am

General Electric will tie its train engine division to the railroad equipment maker Wabtec in deal worth about $11 billion as GE CEO John Flannery continues to break off parts of the conglomerate.

From airlines to pizza parlors, EU businesses adopt data law

Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 9:36am

Lisa Meyer's hair salon is a cozy place where her mother serves homemade macaroons, children climb on chairs and customers chat above the whirr of hairdryers.

Divided Supreme Court rules for businesses over workers

Mark Sherman, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 9:30am

The Supreme Court says employers can prohibit their workers from banding together to dispute their pay and conditions in the workplace, an important victory for business interests.

Romanian children sickened after eating school sandwiches

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 9:26am

Romanian authorities say at least two dozen children were taken to a hospital after they possibly were sickened by sandwiches served at their school.

Nielsen says 29 million people watched wedding in US

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 9:24am

Perhaps getting married to a U.S. television star helps in the royal wedding ratings.

Stars Bardot, Marceau lead fight to amend French food bill

Sylvie Corbet, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 9:22am

Actresses Brigitte Bardot and Sophie Marceau are leading campaigns for mandatory cameras in French slaughterhouses and a ban on the sale of eggs from caged hens as France's parliament prepares to debate a food industry bill Tuesday.

Frontier flight makes emergency landing in Albuquerque

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 8:29am

A Frontier Airlines flight from Tulsa, Oklahoma, to San Diego was forced to make an emergency landing in New Mexico after flight attendants smelled an unknown odor.

Trump pulls back from brink of trade war with China

Martin Crutsinger and Paul Wiseman, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 8:20am

President Donald Trump on Monday hailed his administration's temporary truce with China on trade, even as his Treasury secretary and China struck a note of caution on the latest agreement.