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AP Exclusive: Maduro taps DC firm to fight US sanctions

Joshua Goodman, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 10:38am

A top official for Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro's government has hired a Washington law firm that also represents Turkey, taking over from another legal team that backed out last month following an outcry from critics who accused it of collaborating with a repressive regime.

Woman accused of calling 911 after parents cut off cellphone

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 10:19am

An Ohio woman was arrested for calling 911 when her parents cut off her cellphone service, authorities said.

Deere sees some stability on farms in bruising trade fight

Michelle Chapman, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 9:16am

taxes that are paid by American importers.

'West Side Story' opening draws protesters on Broadway

John Carucci, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 8:51am

There was a chorus outside the Broadway Theatre on Thursday at the opening night of a new revival of “West Side Story” but what was being sung was a protest chant.

Mom helps 2 men rescue truck driver days after giving birth

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 8:45am

An Indiana woman who had given birth just a few days earlier said her instincts kicked in when she stopped along a highway to help save a driver who was on fire after his tanker truck loaded with jet fuel burst into flames.

Trump tries new approach for $1 trillion infrastructure plan

David A. Lieb, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 8:19am

As a presidential candidate in 2016, Donald Trump promised a $1 trillion infrastructure plan that would use tax incentives to spur private investment in public works projects.

US home sales sales fell 1.3% in January

Josh Boak, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 8:03am

U.S. home sales retreated 1.3% in January from the prior month, but low mortgage rates helped enable an increase in purchases from a year ago.

US home sales fell 1.3% in January, prices rising as property listings shrink

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 8:01am

US home sales fell 1.3% in January, prices rising as property listings shrink.

Watchdog toughens global financial scrutiny of Iran

Angela Charlton, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 7:48am

An international agency monitoring terrorism funding announced tough new financial scrutiny of Iran on Friday and added seven countries to a watch list.

Stocks fall, bond prices rise as investors seek safe ground

Damian J. Troise, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 7:41am

Stocks fell in midday trading Friday and bond prices rose as investors fretted about more signs that a viral outbreak was spreading and a report showing a sudden weakening in U.S. business activity.

For-profit firm seeking to run .org names makes concessions

Robert Jablon, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 6:01am

A private equity firm seeking to buy rights to operate the internet's .org suffix said Friday it will cap price hikes and create an advisory board with veto powers to ease concerns from the nonprofit community.

Presidents of Russia, Belarus discuss oil price dispute

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 5:58am

The presidents of Russia and Belarus discussed their continuing oil price dispute Friday that disrupted steady supplies of oil from Russia to its neighboring ex-Soviet state.

Eurozone economy picks up despite virus disruption

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 3:53am

Business in the 19-country eurozone has picked up in February from a deep slump, particularly in Germany's big industrial sector, despite disruption from the new coronavirus, a report showed Friday.

Outbreak, economic ills dim luster of Japan's Olympic year

Mari Yamaguchi and Elaine Kurtenbach, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 3:33am

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe should be basking in the limelight this year in the run-up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Instead, the virus outbreak that has spread from China to even remote parts of Japan has Abe and his ruling Liberal Democratic Party playing defense.

China suspends more penalties on US goods after trade truce

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 3:18am

China on Friday suspended more punitive tariffs on imports of U.S. industrial goods in response to a truce in its trade war with Washington that threatened global economic growth.

Court in Thailand orders popular opposition party dissolved

Grant Peck, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 2:05am

Thailand's Constitutional Court on Friday ordered the popular opposition Future Forward Party dissolved, declaring that it violated election law by accepting a loan from its leader, charismatic 41-year-old Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit.

Thai court finds popular opposition political party broke election law by taking loan, orders it dissolved

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 1:54am

Thai court finds popular opposition political party broke election law by taking loan, orders it dissolved.

AM Prep-Segue

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 1:17am

Three days — and no verdict for the jury considering Harvey Weinstein’s fate. During yesterday’s discussions, the panel focused on the testimony of Annabella Sciorra. “The Sopranos” says Weinstein raped and sexually assaulted her in the mid-1990s. The panel has already looked at emails Weinstein sent about Sciorra — including ones to a private Israeli spy agency he allegedly used to dig up dirt on would-be accusers. Prosecutors say the emails were sent in 2017, as reporters were looking into Weinstein’s dealings with women. That fall, Vanity Fair published an article that broke the Weinstein scandal, leading to his being fired from the company he co-founded — and ousted from the motion picture academy.

Update on the latest in business:

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 1:14am

Asian stock markets have followed Wall Street lower after a rise in virus cases in South Korea refueled investor anxiety about China's disease outbreak. Benchmarks in Tokyo, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Sydney retreated. Markets had been gaining on hopes the viral outbreak that began in the central Chinese city of Wuhan might be under control. Stronger-than-expected U.S. economic data and interest rate cuts by several Asian central banks have helped to buoy sentiment. But investors were jarred by South Korea's report of 52 new cases of the coronavirus. That renewed concern the infection is spreading in South Korea, Singapore and other Asian economies.