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Global finance leaders hopeful for modest rebound in 2020

Martin Crutsinger and Bani Sapra, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 18th - 10:30pm

Global finance leaders agree that growth has slowed but they remain hopeful for a modest rebound next year as long as trade and geopolitical tensions do not worsen.

Opioid negotiations fail to produce deal just before trial

Geoff Mulvihill, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 18th - 7:41pm

and the facts will show that opioid makers and distributors conspired to create and benefit from the worst public health crisis in decades," the lawyers said.

Facebook reaches licensing deal with News Corp for headlines

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 18th - 4:19pm

News Corp. says it has reached a licensing deal with Facebook that lets the social network feature headlines from The Wall Street Journal, the New York Post and other publications on its upcoming news section.

Diplomat said to have questioned optics of Hunter Biden job

Mary Clare Jalonick and Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 18th - 3:53pm

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent told impeachment investigators this week that he had raised concerns in 2015 about Hunter Biden, the son of then-Vice President Joe Biden, working with a Ukrainian gas company.

Ecuador president proposes new finance reforms after turmoil

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 18th - 3:47pm

Ecuadorian President Lenín Moreno is proposing new economic reforms to help stabilize the nation's finances following recent political upheaval.

US says it recently paid cash-strapped UN $180 million

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 18th - 3:28pm

The United States said Friday it has paid the United Nations $180 million toward its annual dues and expects to make another payment of $96 million within the next few weeks, which should help ease the U.N.'s worst cash crisis in nearly a decade.

The Latest: California names director for wildfire safety

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 18th - 3:19pm

The Latest on a massive power shut-off last week in Northern California (all times local):

White House plans G-7 agenda, tells world to 'get on board'

Kevin Freking, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 18th - 2:40pm

Get on board, world.

Washington state to vote on affirmative action referendum

Rachel By Corte, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 18th - 2:29pm

More than two decades after Washington state voters banned affirmative action, the question of whether one's minority status should be considered as a contributing factor in state employment, contracting and admission to public colleges and universities is back on the ballot.

Ex-salon chief alleges Wynn Resorts spied at his new job

Ken Ritter, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 18th - 2:11pm

A former beauty salon director who went public about sexual misconduct allegations against casino mogul Steve Wynn nearly two years ago is suing Wynn Resorts and company executives, alleging they invaded his privacy and spied on him at his next job in a bid to undercut his accounts.

New Chicago mayor faces familiar problems as teachers strike

Sara Burnett, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 18th - 2:03pm

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot swept into office this spring declaring it "a new day" for the nation's third-largest city. She pledged to change the way City Hall operated under Rahm Emanuel and for decades before him, invest in poor neighborhoods, improve schools and address the city's deeply troubled finances.

The Latest: Cher offers to cover fired guard's legal bills

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 18th - 1:55pm

The Latest on a Wisconsin high school security guard who was fired for repeating the N-word during a confrontation with a student (all times local):

New Facebook oversight board results to be public, exec says

Lindsay Whitehurst, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 18th - 1:49pm

A new quasi-independent oversight board will soon make decisions on some of the most difficult questions on what material belongs on Facebook's platform in a "very public way," an executive for the social-media company said Friday.

Trump taps Perry deputy to replace him at Energy Department

Ellen Knickmeyer, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 18th - 1:47pm

President Donald Trump on Friday selected Dan Brouillette, deputy to departing Energy Secretary Rick Perry, to lead the Energy Department, calling him a "total professional" with unparalleled experience.

Google affiliate begins drone deliveries in Virginia town

Rachel Lerman, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 18th - 1:47pm

sometimes within minutes of ordering — and the environmental benefit of having fewer delivery trucks on roads.

Trump announces Rick Perry's deputy Dan Brouillette as nominee to replace departing energy secretary

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 18th - 1:41pm

Trump announces Rick Perry's deputy Dan Brouillette as nominee to replace departing energy secretary.

Wyoming ranchers sue federal agency over new tracking rules

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 18th - 1:27pm

Wyoming ranchers have sued the U.S. Department of Agriculture over new livestock tracking regulations.

UK agrees further talks over disposal of old Shell oil rigs

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 18th - 1:20pm

Britain has agreed to hold further talks with other European countries before deciding whether to approve Shell's plans to decommission four disused oil rigs in the Atlantic.

Supreme Court steps into case over consumer agency

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct 18th - 1:04pm

The Supreme Court is stepping into a yearslong, politically charged fight over the federal consumer finance watchdog agency that was created in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis.