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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.

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 1:45pm

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.

'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.

Spanish finance minister backed for leading ECB job

Lorne Cook, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 10:37am

Finance ministers from the 19-country eurozone on Monday endorsed Spain's Luis de Guindos for the coveted post of European Central Bank vice president, after Ireland withdrew the only other candidate.

APNewsBreak: Consumers Energy to stop burning coal by 2040

John Flesher, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 10:07am

Consumers Energy will phase out electricity production from coal by 2040 to slash emissions of heat-trapping gases that cause global warming, the Michigan utility's president and CEO told The Associated Press.

Israeli gas company announces $15B export deal with Egypt

Josef Federman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 10:05am

An Israeli energy company on Monday announced a $15 billion deal to supply natural gas to Egypt, in the largest export agreement to date for Israel's nascent natural gas industry.

Latvian bank owner tells AP that country's embattled central bank chief sought bribes, abused power for years

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 9:12am

Latvian bank owner tells AP that country's embattled central bank chief sought bribes, abused power for years.

European shares drift lower as traders take a breather

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 6:37am

European shares drifted lower Monday as investors paused for breath following a sizeable rally last week. Despite the move lower, there are few signs of the turmoil that gripped stock markets earlier this month. U.S. stock markets are closed for Presidents Day.

Latvia starts criminal probe of its central bank chief

Jari Tanner, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 6:05am

Latvia's anti-corruption agency says it suspects the nation's central bank chief of demanding and receiving bribes of at least 100,000 euros ($125,000) and has started a criminal investigation against him.

Latvian anti-corruption agency says it suspects central bank chief Rimsevics of taking bribes, starts criminal probe

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 5:51am

Latvian anti-corruption agency says it suspects central bank chief Rimsevics of taking bribes, starts criminal probe.

'Three Billboards' wins, women make waves at UK film awards

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 5:41am

The ferocious female-led tragi-comedy "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" was the big winner at the British Academy Film Awards in London, where women demanding an end to harassment, abuse and inequality dominated the ceremony.

In Italy's poorer south, populist party woos angry voters

Frances D'Emilio, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 3:45am

In the Naples suburb of Torre del Greco, a port town at the foot of Mount Vesuvius, voters are steaming.

Original Picasso print stolen from Milwaukee art gallery

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 3:36am

An original Pablo Picasso print worth up to an estimated $50,000 was stolen from a downtown Milwaukee art gallery.