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Airlines caving to Beijing despite White House protest

Erika Kinetz, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 4:56am

Global airlines are obeying Beijing's demands to refer to Taiwan explicitly as a part of China, despite the White House's call this month to stand firm against such "Orwellian nonsense." The Associated Press found 20 carriers, including Air Canada, British Airways and Lufthansa, that now refer to Taiwan, the self-ruled island that Beijing considers Chinese territory, as a part of China on their global websites.

Former Malaysian leader Najib grilled by anti-graft agency

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 4:46am

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak was grilled for more than four hours Tuesday over a corruption scandal that could lead to criminal charges against him, while the country's new anti-graft chief said investigations into the case were suppressed by intimidation during Najib's rule.

Sony buys most of EMI Music, to spend $9B on image sensors

Yuri Kageyama, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 4:14am

Electronics and entertainment company Sony Corp. said Tuesday it plans to spend $2.3 billion acquiring an additional 60 percent stake in EMI Music Publishing, home to the Motown catalog and contemporary artists like Kanye West, Alicia Keys and Pharrell Williams.

APNewsBreak: McDonald's workers file sex harassment claims

David Crary, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 4:06am

Energized by the #MeToo movement, two national advocacy groups are teaming up to lodge sexual harassment complaints against McDonald's on behalf of 10 women who have worked at the fast food restaurant in nine cities.

Cyprus toughens vetting for investment-for-passport scheme

Menelaos Hadjicostis, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 3:58am

In the wake of criticism that it was operating a "passports-for-cash" scheme, Cyprus has toughened up vetting procedures for those investors looking to get their hands on a European Union passport.

EU says no clarity on US tariffs ahead of deadline

Lorne Cook, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 3:53am

European Union Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom said Tuesday that the EU still has no idea whether U.S. President Donald Trump will slap tariffs on the bloc's steel and aluminum exports next week.

Facebook chief to face EU questions over user data scandal

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 3:46am

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg faces senior European Union lawmakers later Tuesday to answer questions about a scandal over the alleged misuse of the data of millions of Facebook users.

Economists see potential nightmare in new Italian government

Colleen Barry, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 3:42am

The prospect of a populist government in Italy, the eurozone's third-largest economy, has spooked European partners and investors who fear its euroskeptic, budget-busting program could shake the region's cohesion and undermine its growth.

World’s Largest Loop Coaster Opens at Six Flags Great America

Six Flags Great America, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 3:37am

Mardi Gras Hangover. The largest of its kind in the world, Mardi Gras Hangover delivers the ultimate thrill, as riders experience multiple moments of weightlessness and hang-time while suspended upside down 100 feet above the ground. Riders will fly forwards and backwards on a gigantic loop while soaring up and down this massive structure.

China cutting auto import taxes as of July 1

Joe McDonald, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 3:30am

China said Tuesday it will reduce auto import duties effective July 1 following pledges to buy more U.S. goods and end restrictions on foreign ownership in the industry.

China reduces auto import duties effective July 1 following pledges to buy more U.S. goods, ease controls on industry

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 2:29am

China reduces auto import duties effective July 1 following pledges to buy more U.S. goods, ease controls on industry.

French public service workers strike again over job cuts

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 1:47am

French public services workers have gone on strike as part of their protest a government plan to cut 120,000 jobs by 2022.

Women cite 'grass ceiling' in male-dominated weed industry

Becky Bohrer, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 1:04am

When Danielle Schumacher attended her first convention of marijuana activists about 15 years ago, she could count on one hand all the women in a room of older men.

Fiji finds 4 not guilty of sedition in media freedom case

Nick Perry, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 1:04am

A judge in Fiji found an opinion writer and three newspaper executives not guilty of sedition on Tuesday in a ruling that many consider a victory for press freedom in the South Pacific nation.

US hikes tariffs on Chinese steel exported via Vietnam

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 12:53am

The United States has raised tariffs on steel from Vietnam that Washington says originated in China and evaded anti-dumping duties on Chinese steel.

Charges filed against South Africa hunter over ivory import

Kathleen Foody and Colleen Slevin, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 12:19am

The owner of a South African hunting company was indicted this month in Colorado by federal prosecutors, who accuse the man of bribing Zimbabwean government officials while guiding a Colorado tourist on a hunt for elephants and working to have the ivory tusks of an elephant the group illegally killed inside a national park imported to the U.S.

Vegas casino workers to vote on strike that could cost city

Regina Garcia Cano, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 12:14am

Tens of thousands of casino workers in Las Vegas whose contracts expire next week planned to vote Tuesday on whether to authorize a strike, a move that could leave more than 30 properties without unionized housekeepers, bartenders, servers and other key employees.

New York Stock Exchange names first female leader

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 10:18pm

The New York Stock Exchange has named its first female leader in the history of the 226-year-old exchange.

US clings to health coverage gains despite political drama

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 10:14pm

The U.S. clung to its health insurance gains last year, an unexpected outcome after President Donald Trump's repeated tries to take apart the Obama-era coverage expansion, according to a major government survey released Tuesday.