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China slams US over 'attack' on its candidate to UN body

Jamey Keaten, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 12:42pm

A Chinese ambassador on Wednesday ripped into the U.S. for an “attack” on China's candidate to head a United Nations agency that monitors and tracks intellectual property like patents, trademarks and industrial designs — a lucrative and crucial part of the growing Digital Age.

Update on the latest business

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 12:06pm

Stocks have reversed course, turning mostly lower in midday trading on Wall Street after opening with broad gains.

US agency stops autonomous shuttle firm from hauling people

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 11:54am

The U.S. government's highway safety agency has ordered an autonomous shuttle company to stop carrying passengers in 16 U.S. cities after a mysterious braking problem occurred in Columbus, Ohio.

SC utility execs under investigation asked few questions

Jeffrey Collins, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 11:41am

Two current executives of South Carolina's state owned utility who remain part of a criminal investigation into the failure to finish two nuclear plants in the state showed up for a meeting Wednesday after senators demanded their appearance.

Delta reduces flights to Korea as virus outbreak spreads

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 11:11am

they have been among the biggest losers during this week's stock market downturn.

Bayer board chairman steps down amid weedkiller legal battle

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 10:10am

Bayer AG board chairman Werner Wenning is stepping down from his post at the drug and chemical company, which is facing a major legal battle over its Roundup weed killer.

Finnish minister: EU needs to establish own OS, web browser

Jari Tanner, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 9:30am

A top Finnish government member wants the European Union to develop its own computer operating system and internet browser to reduce reliance in the 27-nation bloc on tech giants.

Grains mixed, livestock lower.

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 9:30am

Grain futures were mixed Wednesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.

US 'honor roll' of historic places often ignores slavery

Jay Reeves, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 8:21am

Antebellum Southern plantations were built on the backs of enslaved people, and many of those plantations hold places of honor on the National Register of Historic Places - but don’t look for many mentions of slavery in the government’s official record of places with historic significance.

US new-home sales climbed 7.9% in January

Josh Boak, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 8:03am

U.S. sales of new homes jumped 7.9% in January to the fastest pace in more than 12 years, a positive sign for economic growth.

US new-home sales rose 7.9% in January, as buyer demand pushed prices up 14% from a year ago

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 8:02am

US new-home sales rose 7.9% in January, as buyer demand pushed prices up 14% from a year ago.

Stocks climb on Wall Street following 2 steep drops

Damian J. Troise, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 7:40am

Stocks rose solidly in midday trading Wednesday as investors regained an appetite for risk after two days of heavy losses.

'No way out': Demographics drive GOP nosedive on West Coast

Andrew Selsky, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 7:20am

In the early 1990s, the population of Bend was around 25,000 and leaned Republican. A lumber mill operated along the banks of the Deschutes River in Oregon's high-desert country.

Utility to pay $53M for blasts that damaged homes, killed 1

Alanna Durkin Richer, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 7:20am

A utility company will pay the largest criminal fine ever imposed for breaking a federal pipeline safety law — $53 million — and plead guilty to causing a series of natural gas explosions in Massachusetts that killed one person and damaged dozens of homes, federal officials said Wednesday.

Officials: Utility blamed for gas explosions near Boston agrees to plead guilty to breaking pipeline safety laws

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 7:16am

Officials: Utility blamed for gas explosions near Boston agrees to plead guilty to breaking pipeline safety laws.

Moody's downgrades auto sales forecast on virus fears

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 6:10am

Ratings agency Moody's is lowering its forecast for global auto sales because of the new coronavirus outbreak.

German court: assisted suicide restriction unconstitutional

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 2:54am

Germany's highest court ruled Wednesday that a 2015 law banning assisted suicide when being conducted on a "business basis" is unconstitutional.

Refinery fire in metro LA controlled by firefighters

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 1:53am

A fire at a large refinery in metro Los Angeles was under control early Wednesday and no injuries had been reported, authorities said.

AM Prep-Segue

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 1:19am

He remains in custody — but not quite in prison. Harvey Weinstein is now in his second full day of lockup after he his rape conviction on Monday. Technically, he is in a prison facility at New York’s Bellevue Hospital, being treated for high blood pressure and heart palpitations. His lawyer says it’s like a regular hospital room, but a former corrections official says it’s a jail, all right. Once Weinstein’s symptoms are under control, he gets shipped to Rikers Island — the city’s largest and most notorious jail. He will remain there until he is sentenced next month — they he will be shipped off to prison to serve a term that could be as much as 29 years.