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The Latest: 1st results from Ireland abortion vote revealed

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 26th - 7:24am

The Latest on the Irish abortion referendum (all times local):

Vintage denim: 125-year-old Levis sell for nearly $100K

David Sharp, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 26th - 7:19am

A buyer with a penchant for vintage denim has plunked down nearly $100,000 for a pair of truly vintage jeans that come from the American Old West.

Pint-sized Rhode Island taps into regional craft beer boom

Dylan McGuinness, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 26th - 6:41am

Vermont produces more craft beer per capita than any other state. Maine ranks third for breweries per capita nationwide. Boston has beer gardens across from City Hall and under an expressway.

Extra police planned for Paris protest of Macron's policies

Associated Press  |  Posted   May 26th - 6:34am

Dozens of French labor unions, left-wing political parties and civil rights groups are calling for "floods of people" at demonstrations opposing the pro-business policies of French President Emmanuel Macron.

Spain: Police arrest 66-year-old suspected bank robber

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 26th - 3:39am

Spanish police say they have arrested a 66-year-old man suspected of robbing nine different banks in Spain in the past month.

EU budget chief warns new Italian government on debt

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 26th - 3:03am

The European Union's budget commissioner says he hopes Italy's prospective new government will master a "big learning curve," and cautions that the eurozone's rescue fund wouldn't be able to stabilize the country.

Turks feel pinch from currency slide ahead of polls

Mehmet Guzel and Suzan Fraser, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 26th - 2:43am

Farmer Abdulkadir Cekic was already struggling to make a living, snowed under by a bank loan he took out for the purchase of a 130,000-euro harvesting machine. The tumbling of the Turkish currency, the lira, has hit him hard, considerably increasing the cost of his yearly payments.

Supermarket suspends political giving amid anti-NRA protest

Kelli Kennedy and Terry Spencer, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 7:29pm

Survivors of the Parkland school shooting lay down in "die ins" at two Publix supermarkets Friday to protest the chain's support for a gubernatorial candidate aligned with the National Rifle Association, as the company announced a suspension of political contributions.

After Amazon Echo misfire, ways to protect your own privacy

Barbara Ortutay and Anick Jesdanun, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 7:07pm

Revelations that an Amazon Echo smart speaker inadvertently sent a family's private conversation to an acquaintance highlights some unexpected risks of new voice-enabled technologies.

The Latest: Weinstein takes books on theater, film to arrest

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 6:47pm

The Latest on the sexual misconduct probe of film producer Harvey Weinstein (all times local):

Canadian investor backs away from Alaska mine project

Becky Bohrer, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 5:53pm

A Canadian company that was courted as a potential partner in a proposed copper-and-gold mine near one of the world's largest salmon fisheries in Alaska has backed away from the project.

The Latest: Mine official downplays impact of failed deal

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 5:36pm

The Latest on a proposed copper-and-gold mine in southwest Alaska (all times local):

Brazil president says striking truckers could be removed

Peter Prengaman, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 5:35pm

A nationwide strike by thousands of truckers brought much of Latin America's largest nation to a halt on Friday, prompting Brazilian President Michel Temer to authorize the military to use force in removing drivers and their parked vehicles from highways and other roads.

Source: Trump administration has cut deal with China's ZTE

Paul Wiseman, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 5:33pm

The Trump administration has told Congress that it's reached a deal that would allow Chinese telecommunications giant ZTE Corp. to stay in business, a source familiar with the talks who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss a confidential matter said Friday.

Court: Montana minimizes impact of mining near Yellowstone

Matthew Brown, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 5:14pm

A gold exploration proposal near Yellowstone National Park faced a significant setback as a judge blamed Montana officials for understating the potential for mining to harm land, water and wildlife.

Online political ad bill to be law without gov's signature

Brian Witte, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 4:35pm

A bill to regulate social media platforms such as Facebook and address foreign interference in local elections on social media will become law in Maryland without Gov. Larry Hogan's signature, the governor said Friday, citing "serious constitutional concerns" relating to the First Amendment.

Tiny California cottage on market for just under $1 million

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 4:27pm

A 595-square-foot (55-square meter) Southern California cottage with one bedroom and one bathroom is on the market for just under $1 million.

Bill to create health care price controls in California dies

Jonathan J. Cooper, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 3:50pm

A proposal to create government price controls in California for surgeries, hospital stays, doctor visits and other health care services died Friday when it failed to clear a key committee, but the author says he plans to bring it back next year.

The Latest: Oklahoma City shooter arrested once as a minor

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 3:33pm

The Latest on a shooting at a restaurant in Oklahoma City (all times local):

Venezuela's ex-oil czar sees economic collapse accelerating

Joshua Goodman, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 3:21pm

Venezuela's former oil czar said crude production in the OPEC nation will continue to plummet in the aftermath of President Nicolas Maduro's re-election, as the embattled socialist leader takes the country down an increasingly authoritarian path that scares off private investment and leads to more international sanctions against his government.