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Asian shares mostly lower as investors watch trade talks

Yuri Kageyama, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 7:14pm

Asian shares were mostly lower Friday after a slide on Wall Street as investors nervously watched the U.S.-China trade talks in Washington.

Caesars offers few clues on state of talks with Carl Icahn

Regina Garcia Cano, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 6:54pm

Caesars Entertainment Corp. gave few clues Thursday as to the status of its talks with billionaire Carl Icahn, who has taken a large stake in the casino giant and says he wants fundamental changes in the company.

Trump pledges to expand opportunity for every race

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 6:39pm

President Donald Trump is pledging to expand opportunity for Americans of every race, religion and creed as he commemorates Black History Month.

Virginia gov signs ban on people under 21 buying tobacco

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 6:01pm

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has signed legislation banning people under 21 from buying tobacco and nicotine products, a measure enacted in a state known historically for its tobacco production.

NJ lawmakers advance bill to pressure Trump to release taxes

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 4:37pm

President Donald Trump could miss out on being on the 2020 ballot in New Jersey if he doesn't disclose his tax returns under a bill now advancing.

Ex-Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling released from federal custody

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 4:33pm

Former Enron Corp. CEO Jeffrey Skilling has been released from federal custody.

Updates to Idaho mining law advances despite some concerns

Keith Ridler, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 3:29pm

Legislation rewriting portions of Idaho's mining law has passed a House committee despite concerns from two conservation groups that it could leave taxpayers with cleanup bills if a company declares bankruptcy.

Google to end forced arbitration for all worker disputes

Rachel Lerman, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 3:13pm

Google said Thursday it will no longer require that its workers settle disputes with the company through arbitration, responding to months of pressure from employees.

Iowa appeals judge's ruling on undercover ag workers law

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 3:01pm

The state of Iowa is appealing a federal judge's ruling last month that found unconstitutional a 2012 law that made it illegal to get a job at a livestock farm to conduct animal cruelty undercover investigations.

Ford begins probe into whether gas mileage was overstated

Tom Krisher, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 2:31pm

Ford Motor Co. has launched an investigation into whether it overstated gas mileage and understated emissions from a wide range of vehicles.

UN says North Korea has asked for help on food shortages

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 2:17pm

The United Nations says North Korea's government has asked for help from international humanitarian groups to combat food shortages.

USA Today editor apologizes for yearbook blackface photo

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 2:08pm

The editor of USA Today apologized Thursday for an image portraying blackface that was published in the Arizona State University yearbook on her watch.

Idaho budget writers OK 3.8 percent corrections budget boost

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 2:06pm

The Idaho Department of Corrections is on track to receive a 3.8 percent budget increase next year under a spending plan approved by legislative budget writers on Thursday.

Nestle, AT&T pull YouTube ads over pedophile concerns

Rachel Lerman and Mae Anderson, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 1:54pm

Several companies, including AT&T and Nestle, are pulling advertisements from YouTube over concerns about inappropriate comments on videos of children.

Zion's freak injury ripples in basketball, business worlds

Joedy McCreary, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 1:39pm

Soon after Zion Williamson's shoe ripped apart, Nike's stock price took a hit.

Rural Kansas lawmakers push Farm Bureau health coverage plan

John Hanna, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 1:05pm

Rural state lawmakers are pushing a plan to allow the Kansas Farm Bureau to offer health insurance coverage to members without having to comply with federal Affordable Care Act mandates in hopes that the influential agriculture group can offer a lower-cost product.

North Dakota's 1st medical marijuana dispensary set to open

Blake Nicholson, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 12:40pm

North Dakota's first medical marijuana dispensary is set to open next week, the culmination of a nearly two-year effort by the state Health Department to establish a distribution system for the drug.

Brigade of volunteers vow to bring aid to Venezuela's needy

Fabiola Sanchez, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 12:32pm

As President Nicolas Maduro deploys missiles and infantrymen to Venezuela's borders bracing for what he claims is U.S. coup plot disguised as humanitarian aid, his opponents are rallying their own troops. Nurses, doctors, engineers and homemakers have volunteered by the thousands to distribute the food and medicine in the face of a government ban.

German parliament approves compromise in abortion dispute

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 11:21am

Germany's parliament has approved legislation to loosen, but not scrap, a ban on doctors "advertising" abortions.

Sanctions could ease with greatly reduced North Korea threat

Deb Riechmann, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 10:54am

The U.S. will not move to ease economic sanctions on North Korea until it is confident that the nuclear weapons threat from Pyongyang has been "substantially reduced," Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Thursday.