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Dutch prosecutors reject calls for criminal tobacco case

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 2:57am

Dutch prosecutors said Thursday they will not open a criminal investigation into four major tobacco companies on charges including attempted murder or manslaughter, saying such a case would be unlikely to lead to a conviction.

Court considers banning diesel cars in German cities

Frank Jordans, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 2:42am

A German court began considering Thursday whether authorities should ban diesel cars from cities to lower air pollution, a move that could have drastic consequences for the country's powerful auto industry.

Landslide kills 5 in Indonesia's Java, 15 missing

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 2:13am

Rescuers used their bare hands to search for victims buried beneath tons of mud after a landslide Thursday on the Indonesian island of Java wiped out rice paddies, killing at least five people.

World stocks lower after Fed report renews bond yield fears

Kelvin Chan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 2:04am

World stock markets generally declined Thursday, tracking Wall Street's fall after the latest Fed report rekindled fears about inflation and rising bond yields.

Want an evening out with Trump Jr? You're probably too late

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 2:04am

Want an evening out with Donald Trump Jr.? Sorry, even if you have an extra $39,000 it's probably too late to buy a "conversation and dinner" with the eldest son of the American president.

Florida doctor facing long Medicare fraud sentence

Terry Spencer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 12:08am

A federal judge is likely to sentence a prominent Florida eye doctor once accused of bribing Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey to about two decades in prison Thursday for stealing $73 million from Medicare by convincing elderly patients to undergo excruciating tests and treatments they didn't need for diseases they didn't have.

Foreign leaders seek fresh ties with US governors, mayors

Ken Thomas and Zeke Miller, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 10:44pm

Foreign leaders are looking to cultivate stronger ties with U.S. governors and mayors, an interest that will be on display at this weekend's meeting of the National Governors Association.

Book Trump? Interest groups press case at his properties

Tami Abdollah and Stephen Braun, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 10:44pm

Payday lenders got regulators to rethink rules on how closely to vet borrowers. E-cigarette makers got a delay in federal oversight of many vaping products. Candy makers praised a decision to hold off on more stringent labeling standards. And title insurers declared "victory" for getting changes that benefited them in the tax overhaul.

Liberal group proposing plan for health coverage for all

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 10:18pm

A major liberal policy group is raising the ante on the health care debate with a new plan that builds on Medicare to guarantee coverage for all.

Oversight committee wants to look at Pruitt's travel records

Michael Biesecker, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 10:10pm

A Republican-led congressional committee is demanding records related to premium-class flights taken by Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt.

Walmart to launch new online home shopping experience

Anne D'Innocenzio, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 10:04pm

Bohemian or traditional?

Weinstein uses quotes from female celebrities in his defense

Brian Melley, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 9:54pm

Harvey Weinstein wants a judge to dismiss a federal sexual misconduct lawsuit against him and invoked the words and actions of Oscar-winning actresses including Meryl Streep in his defense.

Greek parliament to probe 10 politicians over pharma scandal

Nicholas Paphitis and Elena Becatoros, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 9:02pm

Greece's parliament voted early Thursday following a marathon 20-hour session to investigate 10 senior politicians, including two former prime ministers, over allegations they were involved in a pharmaceutical bribery scandal.

Foes blast Trump on offshore drilling; industry pushes back

Ben Finley, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 8:52pm

Environmental activists, business groups and a retired U.S. Navy admiral in Virginia blasted the Trump Administration's offshore drilling plan Wednesday, claiming that it would interfere with military training near the world's largest Navy base and imperil the coast's tourism and fishing industries.

The Latest: Streep says Weinstein 'pathetic' for citing her

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 8:42pm

The Latest on movie mogul Harvey Weinstein's request that a judge dismiss a sexual misconduct lawsuit against him (all times local):

Asian stocks lower after Fed report renews bond yield fears

Kelvin Chan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 8:34pm

Most Asian stock indexes fell Thursday, tracking Wall Street's decline after the latest Fed report rekindled fears about inflation and rising bond yields.

House panel seeks info on EPA chief's first-class flights

Michael Biesecker, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 8:14pm

A Republican-led congressional committee is demanding records related to premium-class flights taken by Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt.

Beyond 'Obamacare': New liberal plan on health care overhaul

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 8:10pm

A major liberal policy group is raising the ante on the health care debate with a new plan that builds on Medicare to guarantee coverage for all.

California transit agency releases video of fatal shooting

Paul Elias, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 7:20pm

A Northern California transit agency on Wednesday released a video recording showing one of its police officer fatally shooting a man fighting with another man.

'Fix it!' Gun violence plea to Trump from students, parents

Catherine Lucey and Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 6:59pm

Spilling out wrenching tales of lost lives and stolen security, students and parents appealed to President Donald Trump on Wednesday to set politics aside and protect America's school children from the scourge of gun violence. Trump listened intently to the raw emotion and pledged action, including the possibility of arming teachers.