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General Electric, Alphabet and Micron Technology surge

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

Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Monday:

Microsoft pledges to extend EU data rights worldwide

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 2:39pm

Microsoft says it's committing to giving users worldwide the same data and privacy rights being offered to Europeans under new regulations there.

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

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

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.

Consumer Reports won't recommend Tesla's Model 3

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 12:58pm

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.

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.

UN envoy: Ending corruption and trafficking key in Libya

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 12:40pm

The U.N. envoy for Libya warned Monday that the oil-rich country's "perverse economic model" based on corruption and trafficking in people and goods "must be shattered" to end its political crisis and progress toward stability and democratic elections this year.

Trump administration slams Venezuela's election as a "sham"

Josh Lederman, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 12:40pm

The Trump administration on Monday dismissed Venezuela's presidential election as a "sham" and ramped up economic and diplomatic pressure on President Nicolas Maduro's beleaguered government.

Restaurant group negotiating to buy out Mario Batali

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 12:34pm

The restaurant group co-owned by Mario Batali says it has been "actively negotiating" to buy out the celebrity chef facing sexual misconduct allegations.

Emergency workers file lawsuit alleging discrimination

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 12:33pm

Members of the New York's emergency medical services say in a lawsuit that women and non-white members are suffering from discrimination.

The Latest: Italian League chief: No need to fear populists

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 12:22pm

The Latest on talks to form a government in Italy (all times local):