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Made in France? Britain's next passport won't be made in UK

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 8:09am

A non-British company has apparently been chosen to make Britain's post-Brexit passports.

Maligned stock pickers catch up to index funds. Can it last?

Stan Choe, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 7:59am

Last year was a terrific one for nearly every stock investor as markets kept soaring higher. It was even better for one group that's among the most maligned on Wall Street.

Tiny Alaska village prepares for its 1st cruise ship visit

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 7:54am

The Alaska village of Larsen Bay — with a population of 87 — will have its first luxury cruise ship visit this summer.

Markets Right Now: China tariff worries sink US stocks

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 7:42am

The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):

Greek minister heads to Macedonia to discuss name dispute

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 7:35am

Greece's foreign minister is going to Macedonia for talks on how to resolve a decades-long dispute over the former Yugoslav republic's name.

Israeli firm says it can turn garbage into plastic gold

Ilan Ben Zion, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 7:32am

Hawks, vultures and storks circle overhead as Christopher Sveen points at the heap of refuse rotting in the desert heat. "This is the mine of the future," he beams.

Publisher of Theranos book moves up release date to May

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 7:31am

The publisher of an investigative book on blood testing startup Theranos has moved up the release date from October to this spring.

Bank of England keeps rates on hold and hints at May rise

Pan Pylas, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 7:13am

The Bank of England kept its interest rates unchanged Thursday but appeared to hint that another rate hike in May was possible as inflation remains high.

Peru president undone by corruption scandals he vowed to end

Franklin Briceno and Joshua Goodman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 7:12am

He took office in 2016 as a political outsider boasting that his strong business credentials would buoy Peru's economy while sweeping away endemic corruption. But with his offer of resignation, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski joins a long list of recent Peruvian presidents undone by scandals that have destroyed voters' trust in their elected officials.

Protests and strikes across France disrupt travel, schools

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 7:04am

Trains, planes, schools and other public services across France were seriously disrupted Thursday as unions set up dozens of street protests across the country.

6 dead, 2 hurt in Czech chemical factory explosion

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 7:04am

An explosion rocked a chemical factory Thursday in the Czech Republic, killing six people and injuring two others, officials said.

Leaders finalize US budget bill; voting could begin Thursday

Andrew Taylor and Lisa Mascaro, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 7:03am

Congressional leaders have finalized a sweeping $1.3 trillion budget bill that substantially boosts military and domestic spending but leaves behind young immigrant "Dreamers," deprives President Donald Trump some of his border wall money and takes only incremental steps to address gun violence.

Smoke detectors that might not detect smoke are recalled

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 6:57am

Nearly 500,000 smoke detectors that might not be able to detect smoke are being recalled by a company based in North Carolina.

The Latest: Pound stays strong after UK rate hike hint

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 6:41am

The Latest on the Bank of England's monetary policy meeting (all times local):

EU leaders set to condemn Turkey over Cyprus gas blockade

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 6:17am

European Union leaders are set to condemn Turkey's efforts to stop natural gas exploration off Cyprus ahead of a meeting next week between top EU officials and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Turkey's key media group to be sold to pro-Erdogan business

Suzan Fraser, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 5:58am

Turkey's largest media group said Thursday it is in talks with a business group close to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for the sale of its outlets, a development that further curtails independent journalism in the country that has taken an increasingly authoritarian turn under his leadership.

Global stocks slide amid trade tensions, Fed rate hike

Elaine Kurtenbach, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 5:54am

Global stock markets fell Thursday as investors braced for trade conflict between economic heavyweights U.S. and China. Beijing said it was prepared to defend its interests as the administration of President Donald Trump prepared to announce tariffs on imports from China.

AP Exclusive: Toy co. CEO leads effort to salvage Toys R Us

Anne D'Innocenzio, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 5:26am

Toy company executive Isaac Larian and other investors have pledged a total of $200 million and hope to raise four times that amount in crowdfunding in a bid to save potentially more than half of the 735 Toys R Us stores that will go dark in bankruptcy proceedings.

German minister: US trade officials 'open to our arguments'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 5:25am

Germany's economy minister says he found officials in Washington "open to our arguments" when he visited to try and avert steel and aluminum tariffs against the European Union.

Residents near Harvey-damaged chemical plant wary of water

Alex Stuckey Of The Houston Chronicle, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 4:52am

The skeleton crew at Arkema's chemical plant knew it was time to go by the morning of Aug. 29.