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Power largely restored across Puerto Rico after blackout

Danica Coto, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 8:12am

Puerto Rico's power company said Thursday that it has restored electricity to more than 80 percent of customers affected by an island-wide blackout that was caused by an excavator hitting a transmission line, but tens of thousands of families still remain without normal service seven months after hurricanes Maria and Irma.

Kremlin says nationalizing sanction-hit Rusal is an option

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 8:12am

The Kremlin says a temporary nationalization of aluminum producer Rusal is being discussed after the company was hit by United States sanctions.

'Pharma Bro' moves to New Jersey _ for federal prison stay

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 8:09am

The pharmaceutical-industry entrepreneur vilified for jacking up the price of a life-saving drug was moved Tuesday to a low-security federal prison in New Jersey.

Average US 30-year mortgage rate rose to 4.47 percent

Josh Boak, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 8:08am

Long-term U.S. mortgage rates climbed upward this week, slightly worsening affordability for homebuyers.

Ghost in the machine: Indian motorcycles may self-start

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 8:03am

There may be a ghost in the machine in about 3,300 Indian brand motorcycles. The engines can start by themselves because of a faulty switch.

Cell phones, biometrics fuel jump in bank account ownership

Ken Sweet, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 7:59am

Roughly seven out of every 10 adults worldwide now have some form of a bank account, the World Bank said Thursday, largely due to the proliferation of cell phone-based bank accounts and other simple bank account programs in places like India and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Diaz-Canel replaces Raul Castro as Cuba's president

Michael Weissenstein and Andrea Rodriguez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 7:54am

A 57-year-old bureaucrat replaced Raul Castro as the president of Cuba on Thursday, launching a new political era as a government led by a single family for six decades tries to ensure the long-term survival of one of the world's last communist states.

Thai court acquits northeastern gold mine protesters

Kaweewit Kaewjinda, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 7:51am

A court in Thailand found seven environmental activists not guilty Thursday of violating a law on public gatherings that imposes severe penalties for actions that disrupt public services.

Markets Right Now: US stocks open slightly lower

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 7:42am

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P&G reports flat 3Q profit, buys Merck unit

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 7:36am

Procter & Gamble Co. reported flat fiscal third-quarter profit as it faces increased competition for consumer products such as shaving cream and household goods.

Merkel signals willingness to compromise on EU reform

Frank Jordans, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 7:28am

German Chancellor Angela Merkel signaled her willingness to find compromises with France when it comes to reforming the European Union, as she hosted French President Emmanuel Macron for talks Thursday in Berlin.

Recreational pot sales back on table along NV-UT line

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 7:20am

The legal sale of recreational marijuana on the Nevada-Utah line may not be banned after all.

Russia joins bid to win compensation over US metals tariffs

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 7:04am

Russia has joined the European Union, India and China in demanding compensation from the United States for its tariffs on foreign steel and aluminum.

Global stocks take a breather as oil price rally continues

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 6:44am

Global stock markets traded in fairly narrow ranges Thursday following a solid rebound based on waning fears about a trade war. Oil prices though pushed ahead to touch fresh multi-year highs on improving optimism about the global economy.

New data: Americans filling far fewer opioid prescriptions

Linda A. Johnson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 6:36am

New data show that the number of prescriptions for opioid painkillers filled in the U.S. fell dramatically last year. They showed their biggest drop in 25 years.

Boston business that helps blacks hit by racist graffiti

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 6:25am

A Boston business that helps nurture black entrepreneurs has been struck by racist graffiti just days before its spring opening.

Procter & Gamble pays $4.2 bln for unit of Germany's Merck

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 6:16am

German pharmaceutical and chemical company Merck says it has agreed to sell its global consumer health business to Procter & Gamble for 3.4 billion euros ($4.2 billion) in cash.

Trade issues expose the limits of Trump-Abe 'bromance'

Zeke Miller and Jill Colvin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 6:14am

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe courted the new American president with a golden driver not long after Donald Trump won the White House. He's met with the billionaire businessman more than any other world leader, and he is Trump's second-most frequent caller.

Men arrested at Starbucks say they feared for their lives

Errin Haines Whack, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 5:44am

Rashon Nelson initially brushed it off when the Starbucks manager told him he couldn't use the restroom because he wasn't a paying customer.

Black men arrested at Philadelphia Starbucks tell AP they did nothing wrong, feared for lives

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 5:33am

Black men arrested at Philadelphia Starbucks tell AP they did nothing wrong, feared for lives.