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Shanghai gets automated bank with VR, robots, face scanning

Dake Kang, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 22nd - 9:38pm

Missed paying dues on your Communist Party membership? There's a bank for that - and it's fully automated.

At war with Alibaba: Top brands fight China e-commerce giant

Erika Kinetz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 22nd - 9:38pm

It was looking like a banner year for business in China. The U.S. clothing company was expecting a 20 percent jump in online sales on Alibaba's Tmall, thanks to the e-commerce giant's massive reach.

At war with Alibaba: Top brands fight China e-commerce giant

Erika Kinetz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 22nd - 9:24pm

The rivalry is so notorious it's been called the "great cat-and-dog war." On one side towers Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., China's e-commerce market leader, embodied by the black cat mascot of its Tmall platform. On the other is JD.com Inc., a fast-growing upstart represented by its white dog logo.

Idaho Democratic candidates vary slightly in debate

Kimberlee Kruesi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 22nd - 9:22pm

Idaho's Democratic gubernatorial candidates on Sunday spent most of their first televised debate in overall agreement when discussing the state's biggest issues surrounding education, health care and taxes.

Foreign companies say Alibaba punishes them for refusing exclusive deals, a charge the Chinese e-commerce giant denies

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 22nd - 9:11pm

Foreign companies say Alibaba punishes them for refusing exclusive deals, a charge the Chinese e-commerce giant denies.

Denuclearization successes around the world

Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 22nd - 7:54pm

Will North Korea give up the bomb?

Latest: Vigil held for woman killed in Southwest flight

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 22nd - 7:50pm

The Latest on the memorial service for woman who died after an in-flight accident on a Southwest Airlines (all times local):

The Latest: Sheriff: Suspect's firearms card was revoked

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 22nd - 7:38pm

The Latest on shooting at Tennessee restaurant that left four dead (all times local):

Nicaragua's president cancels social security overhaul

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 22nd - 5:55pm

Nicaragua's president on Sunday withdrew changes to the social security system that had triggered deadly protests and looting.

The Latest: Nicaragua cancels social security overhaul

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 22nd - 5:39pm

The latest on unrest in Nicaragua (all times local):

4 Britons on pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia killed in bus crash

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 22nd - 12:52pm

Four Britons on pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia were killed Saturday in a bus crash, a British travel company and officials said.

Greece rejects Turkish leader's proposal to swap soldiers

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 22nd - 12:41pm

The Greek government is rejecting a proposal by Turkey's president to exchange two Greek soldiers detained since early March for eight Turkish servicemen who fled to Greece in 2016,

'A Quiet Place,' 'Rampage' lead newcomers at box office

Lindsey Bahr, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 22nd - 12:38pm

It's another weekend of buzz versus pure star power at the box office as the word of mouth sensation "A Quiet Place" finds itself neck-and-neck again with Dwayne Johnson's "Rampage." This time buzz had the slight advantage.

Mexico's Pena Nieto optimistic on NAFTA overhaul talks

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 22nd - 11:43am

Mexico's president has said at a trade fair in Germany that he's optimistic about reaching a deal to overhaul the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Average price of US gas jumps 9 cents, to $2.83 a gallon

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 22nd - 11:18am

The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline spiked 9 cents a gallon over the past two weeks to $2.83.

The Latest: Iconic French abbey reopens after security alert

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 22nd - 10:49am

The Latest on the evacuation of a French tourist site due to security concerns (all times local):

GOP opponent says Arkansas governor not conservative enough

Andrew Demillo, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 22nd - 9:34am

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson got an "A'' rating from the National Rifle Association when he ran for governor in 2014 and can tout a series of tax cuts he's championed since taking office. But that apparently isn't enough for Jan Morgan, the owner of a gun range she once declared "Muslim-free," who is mounting an uphill bid to unseat Hutchinson in the Republican primary as not conservative enough on gun rights, taxes and other issues.

Insider Q&A: The inherent limits of temporary tax cuts

Marcy Gordon, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 22nd - 9:01am

The tax overhaul that took effect Jan. 1 provides generous breaks for corporations and wealthy Americans and more modest relief for middle- and low-income households. In addition, the tax cuts for corporations are permanent; those for individuals and families are only temporary.

UAE accuses Qatar fighters of flying near passenger jet

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 22nd - 8:07am

The United Arab Emirates again has accused Qatari military fighter jets of coming dangerously close to an Emirati commercial airliner landing in Bahrain. Qatar did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Tourists at iconic French abbey evacuated after threat

Sheila Norman-Culp and Angela Charlton, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 22nd - 7:25am

French authorities evacuated tourists from the Mont-Saint-Michel abbey and searched houses Sunday on the famed outcropping in the English Channel for a visitor who apparently threatened to attack security services.