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Thai protesters win agreement for new reviews of coal plants

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 10:49pm

Protesters in the Thai capital seeking to stop construction of coal-fired power plants in the country's south have claimed victory, as the Energy Ministry agreed to order new assessments of the health and environmental impacts of the projects.

New CEO denies prior knowledge of sex claims against founder

Regina Garcia Cano, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 10:24pm

The new CEO of Las Vegas-based Wynn Resorts said he was not aware of any of the sexual misconduct accusations against casino mogul Steve Wynn before they surfaced last month.

Underpaid Venezuelans skipping out on work to make ends meet

Scott Smith, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 10:04pm

On many days, Ramon Medina has no choice but to skip work to make ends meet.

Global bank HSBC reports 2017 pretax profit rose 11 percent

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 10:03pm

HSBC said Tuesday that its annual pretax profits rose by 11 percent on strong earnings from Asia, in the latest sign that the London-based global bank's restructuring to focus even more on the region is reaping further dividends.

Report: California pot growers lagging in getting licenses

John Rogers, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 8:14pm

Nearly two months after recreational marijuana became legal in California, less than 1 percent of the state's known growers have been licensed, according to a report released Monday by a pot industry group.

Asian shares mostly lower after US holiday, await Fed notes

Yuri Kageyama, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 8:00pm

Asian shares were mostly lower Tuesday after a U.S. holiday and attention turned to the U.S. Federal Reserve.

General Motors confirms new vehicle for Kansas plant

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 4:25pm

General Motors says it will build a new vehicle at its plant in Kansas City, Kansas.

Minnesota's $5B case over 3M chemicals heads to trial

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 4:11pm

Minnesota officials will soon try to convince a jury that manufacturer 3M Co. should pay the state $5 billion to help clean up environmental damage that the state alleges was caused by pollutants the company dumped for decades.

UK vows no 'Mad Max style' deregulation after Brexit

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 3:32pm

Britain is trying to reassure the European Union that it doesn't plan to slash regulations and standards in order to boost its economy after Brexit.

New health care bill allows non-ACA plans, targets Medicaid

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 2:16pm

An eastern Idaho lawmaker has introduced legislation allowing health insurance carriers to offer non-Obamacare approved plans, while also imposing new requirements for Medicaid recipients.

Judge grants $300M loan for Puerto Rico power company

Danica Coto, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 2:14pm

A federal judge on Monday approved a $300 million loan for Puerto Rico's power company that officials say will help keep the troubled agency operating until late March.

Banker: "Nightmare" dodging extortion attempts in Latvia

Carlo Piovano, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 12:49pm

Latvia's top banking official, a key member of the European Central Bank, has been accused by local bank Norvik of seeking kickbacks, trying to launder Russian money and retaliating against the bank when it refused to play by the "rules of the game."

'A nightmare': Banker tells tale of Latvian corruption

Carlo Piovano, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 11:49am

Latvia's top banking official explained the "rules of the game" for successful banking in the small European country. His sidekick sat the owner of Norvik bank down, scribbling the sum on a piece of paper: 100,000 euros ($125,000) a month.

Ex-workers at Russian 'troll factory' trust US indictment

Naira Davlashyan and Irina Titova, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 11:13am

While Russian officials scoff at a U.S. indictment charging 13 Russians with meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, several people who worked at the same St. Petersburg "troll factory" say they think the criminal charges are well-founded.

The Latest: Latvian central bank chief is released on bail

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 11:11am

The Latest on the bribery investigation on the Latvian central bank chief (all times local):

As 'Black Panther' shows, inclusion pays at the box office

Jake Coyle, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 10:59am

A lavish, headline-grabbing premiere. Lightning word-of-mouth stoked by glowing reviews. Packed movie theaters with sold-out shows, long lines and fans decked out as characters from the film.

Oklahoma lawmaker delays resolution seeking judge's removal

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 10:58am

An Oklahoma lawmaker isn't pushing for a vote on a resolution to oust a judge who approved probation for a man who admitted raping a 13-year-old Texas girl at a church camp in southern Oklahoma.

Latvian state TV: Central bank chief is released on bail, rejects allegations pending bribery investigation

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 10:55am

Latvian state TV: Central bank chief is released on bail, rejects allegations pending bribery investigation.

Feathers fly as chicken shortage shuts KFCs across Britain

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 10:53am

Fast-food fans were in a flutter Monday after most of the 900 KFC outlets in the U.K. and Ireland were forced to close because of a shortage of chicken.