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Sweden moves to ban outdoor smoking

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 2:01am

Sweden is banning outdoor smoking in certain public places, including playgrounds and train station platforms.

UK's May seeks EU lifeline after surviving confidence vote

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 1:13am

British Prime Minister Theresa May is seeking a lifeline from European Union leaders Thursday after winning a no-confidence vote among her own Conservative lawmakers.

Amazon Extends Holiday Free Shipping Promotion to December 18 and Expands Prime FREE One-Day Shipping (or faster) to 10,000 Citi, Inc., Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 1:03am

Procrastinators rejoice – Prime members can shop all the way up until Christmas Eve with Prime FREE Same-Day Delivery and Prime Now. Additionally, all customers in the U.S. can enjoy free shipping on hundreds of millions of items, and this holiday season Amazon has extended the free shipping cutoff with no minimum purchase through December 18 for orders that will arrive in time for Christmas. A majority of Prime members in the U.S. have access to free one-day shipping or faster, and Amazon today announced that Prime FREE Same-Day Delivery and Prime FREE One-Day Shipping expanded this year to more than 10,000 cities and towns coast-to-coast. Plus, Prime members in more than 30 cities have access to free ultrafast delivery through Prime Now, where customers can shop many of the same products and deals that are available on and receive them in as little as an hour. For more information about holiday shipping or to start a 30-day free trial of Prime, customers can go to

The Latest: China confirms holding 2 Canadians

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 12:59am

The Latest on the detentions in China of two Canadian men (all times local):

Poisoning claims, divorce spat in Arizona journalism saga

Felicia Fonseca, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 12:27am

An award-winning Arizona newspaper publisher and his wife are locked in a bizarre divorce case that has morphed into something more: a journalism ethics saga.

Detention of Canadians raises stakes in China-US-Canada row

Christopher Bodeen and Rob Gillies, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 11:19pm

China on Thursday confirmed it has detained two Canadian men, raising the stakes in a three-way international dispute over the case of a Chinese telecoms executive facing possible extradition from Canada to the United States.

US seeks to counter growing Chinese influence in Africa

Maria Danilova and Cara Anna, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 10:47pm

The Trump administration wants to see an increase in U.S. investment and trade in Africa as part of a new strategy aimed at countering China's growing influence on the continent

World shares advance following strong Wall Street finish

Elaine Kurtenbach, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 10:43pm

Shares rose in Europe and Asia on Thursday after a strong overnight finish on Wall Street. Traders were encouraged by a Wall Street Journal report saying the Chinese government might make changes to its "Made in China 2025" economic development plan.

Oil pipeline opponents look past Minnesota regulators

Steve Karnowski, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 10:11pm

Opponents of Enbridge Energy's proposed Line 3 crude oil pipeline replacement may turn their attention to fighting the project on other fronts as a Minnesota regulatory panel prepares to take one of its final steps to allow it to proceed.

Arrest of Nissan star Ghosn raises speculation over coup

Yuri Kageyama, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 8:41pm

The surprise arrest of Nissan's former chairman on charges of falsifying financial reports is providing a window into possible corporate intrigue at the Japanese automaker.

The Latest: Official IDs Canadian missing in China

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 7:17pm

The latest on the frictions between Canada and China over the arrest of a top Chinese tech executive (all times local):

Official: Canadian man missing in China and feared detained is entrepreneur Michael Spavor

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 7:04pm

Official: Canadian man missing in China and feared detained is entrepreneur Michael Spavor.

Authorities say 3 people who had been missing since weekend found alive at a nonoperational coal mine in West Virginia

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 5:56pm

Authorities say 3 people who had been missing since weekend found alive at a nonoperational coal mine in West Virginia.

The Latest: US suspects China in Marriott data breach

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 5:19pm

The Latest on cyber threats from China (all times local):

Jailed former Venezuela oil minister dies in state custody

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 4:59pm

Nelson Martinez, the jailed former head of Venezuela's state-run oil giant PDVSA who was arrested last year as part of anti-corruption purge, died in state custody Wednesday, authorities said.

National Enquirer owner admits it buried stories for Trump

Jim Mustian, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 4:50pm

The parent company of magazines including the National Enquirer, Us Weekly and In Touch has admitted to engaging in a journalistically dubious practice known as "catch-and-kill" in order to help Donald Trump become president.

5 charged with running massive movie piracy ring

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 4:49pm

A Los Angeles federal grand jury has indicted five men who allegedly ran an international piracy ring that offered hundreds of stolen movies and TV shows online, including "Fifty Shades of Grey," ''Godzilla" and "The Walking Dead."

United CEO: No more pilot training needed on new Boeing jet

David Koenig, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 3:46pm

The CEO of United Airlines says his pilots don't need any additional training on the new Boeing jet that is at the center of the investigation into a deadly crash in Indonesia.

Woman sues Royal Caribbean over husband's zip line death

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 3:39pm

A woman claims Royal Caribbean Cruises is responsible for a zip line accident that killed her husband on the Honduran island of Roatan.