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Woman to Detroit-area body parts broker: 'Burn in hell'

Ed White, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 4:26pm

A Detroit-area man who made money by supplying diseased body parts for medical training sometimes peddled them twice and sent the decedent's family a different set of cremated remains, an FBI agent testified Monday.

Microsoft pledges to extend EU data rights worldwide

Anick Jesdanun, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 4:04pm

Microsoft promised Monday to give users worldwide the same data and privacy rights Europeans will get under new regulations there. That's in contrast to some of its tech rivals, who are hedging on how much privacy protections will change for Americans and other non-Europeans.

Plane makes forced landing in Utah after woman passes out

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 3:57pm

Officials say a Salt Lake City-bound Southwest flight made an emergency landing in northern Utah after a pregnant woman passed out.

Consumer Reports raises concerns over Tesla Model 3 braking

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 3:36pm

Long emergency stopping distances, difficult-to-use controls and a harsh ride stopped Tesla's Model 3 electric car from getting a recommended buy rating from Consumer Reports.

At Cannes, a #MeToo upheaval up and down the Croisette

Jake Coyle, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 3:24pm

The Cannes Film Festival has ended, but the prestigious Cote d'Azur extravaganza has been shook by upheaval by that could continue for years.

Ex-coal exec chases US Senate seat despite GOP primary loss

John Raby, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 2:54pm

Despite losing the Republican primary in a distant third place, convicted ex-coal baron Don Blankenship announced Monday that he will continue his bid for U.S. Senate as a third-party candidate, though it's unclear if the move violates West Virginia's "sore loser" law.

Survey asks why young people stay in, leave New Hampshire

Holly Ramer, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 2:46pm

Fewer than half of New Hampshire residents ages 20 to 40 say they probably or definitely will remain in the state for the next two years, according to a survey released Monday.

General Electric, Alphabet and Micron Technology surge

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 2:42pm

Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Monday:

Hope for US-China trade progress sends stocks jumping

Marley Jay, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 2:34pm

Industrial and technology companies led stocks to solid gains Monday after the U.S. and China appeared to make significant progress in trade talks. That helped ease concerns among investors that the world's two biggest economies might be headed for a trade war.

Gates Foundation director to lead Pennsylvania universities

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 2:32pm

A director at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation was chosen Monday to be the new chancellor of Pennsylvania's 14 state-owned universities, which have struggled with state aid cuts and to recruit students to its rural campuses.

Portrait of despair: Opioids land more women behind bars

Sharon Cohen, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 2:30pm

On opposite sides of the county jail, a mother and her son chat about school, girls, birthday gifts — and their future together. They aren't allowed to see each other face-to-face, so the inmate and the fifth-grader connect by video.

The princes, the president and the fortune seekers

Desmond Butler and Tom Lobianco, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 2:20pm

In a yearlong pursuit of money and influence, two American businessmen played Middle East countries against each other, as they leveraged connections stretching from Persian Gulf palaces to the Oval Office into millions of dollars in contracts.

Markets Right Now: Relief over easing tensions lifts stocks

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

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Houston man pleads to $3.4 million fraud scheme

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 2:04pm

Federal prosecutors say a 42-year-old Houston man has pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $3.4 million from a Dallas-based design and construction company where he was construction manager for a downtown Houston luxury hotel project.

Houston baggage handler pleads guilty to officer gun theft

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 1:59pm

Federal prosecutors say a 22-year-old man working as a contract baggage handler at Houston's Bush Intercontinental Airport has pleaded guilty to stealing guns last year from the luggage of three Bellevue, Washington, police officers.

Italy edges toward 1st populist govt, law prof as premier

Colleen Barry and Frances D'Emilio, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 1:54pm

With Europe and markets watching anxiously, Italy edged toward its first populist government Monday as the euroskeptic 5-Star Movement and the right-wing League identified a 53-year-old law professor with no political experience as their pick to become the country's next premier.

Video captures bus driver counting cash while driving

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 1:36pm

Transit officials will investigate a New Jersey bus driver who was seen on video allegedly counting cash while driving.

US Treasury bills rates rise to highest in nearly a decade

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 1:11pm

Interest rates on short-term Treasury bills rose in Monday's auction, reaching their highest levels in nearly a decade for the third week in a row.

Divided Supreme Court sides with businesses over workers

Mark Sherman, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 12:53pm

A divided Supreme Court ruled Monday that businesses can prohibit their workers from banding together in disputes over pay and conditions in the workplace, a decision that affects an estimated 25 million non-unionized employees.

Southern Plains drought continues stress on crops, rangeland

Tim Talley, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 12:50pm

Lack of rainfall and above-average temperatures are prolonging the drought conditions that have stressed crops and rangelands and placed new pressures on groundwater sources across the U.S. Southern Plains, climatologists from the region said Monday.