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Israel says EU relations 'friendly' again after label spat

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 10:11am

Israel's foreign ministry says relations with the European Union are "close and friendly" again after tensions arose last year over the bloc's decision to label West Bank exports.

Dominion outlines new national forest route for pipeline

Steve Szkotak, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 10:11am

Energy companies behind the Atlantic Coast Pipeline have carved a new proposed route through parts of West Virginia and Virginia in response to federal concerns about the national gas pipeline's initial path through sensitive national forest areas.

Tour operators say Zika could be bad for Olympics business

Stephen Wade, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 10:01am

If the Zika virus — or fear of it — keeps spreading, the head of a sports travel agency handling tour packages for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics fears for her business.

Bill would ensure insurance coverage of special formula

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 10:01am

The Kentucky House has passed a bill aimed at helping children who need a special formula due to a chronic immune system disease.

Protesting Greek farmers drive tractors through Athens

Elena Becatoros, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 10:00am

More than a dozen tractors rolled through Athens on Friday, honking horns and flashing lights outside parliament as thousands of Greek farmers thronged the capital's main Syntagma Square to protest tax hikes and pension reforms.

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Ohio company sells classic Etch A Sketch to Toronto toy firm

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 10:00am

The Ohio company that has produced or owned the Etch A Sketch for more than five decades has sold the classic toy to a Toronto-based toy firm.

Ryan lays out budget options to divided House Republicans

Andrew Taylor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 9:50am

Speaker Paul Ryan is delivering a message to conservatives unhappy with last year's pact with President Barack Obama that boosted spending for the Pentagon and domestic agencies: You're stuck with it.

Mauritania arrests Interior Ministry official for corruption

Ahmed Mohamed, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 9:20am

An official in Mauritania says the secretary-general of the Interior Ministry has been arrested on suspicion of corruption connected to a British company.

Coast Guard to decide if storm-damaged cruise ship can sail

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 9:20am

The Coast Guard on Friday inspected a cruise ship that was battered and damaged by an intense winter storm to determine if it will be able to set sail as scheduled on a weekend voyage.

Moscow court rejects opposition leader's suit against Putin

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 9:20am

A Moscow court on Friday refused to consider suit filed by a prominent Russian opposition figure, who accused President Vladimir Putin of breaking the nation's anti-corruption law.

Fuel van without driver strikes plane at Boston airport

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 9:10am

A fuel van has struck a plane at Boston's Logan Airport, damaging the jet but causing no injuries to the passengers.

US retail sales rise as consumers shrug off stock price drop

Christopher S. Rugaber and Anne D'Innocenzio, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 8:50am

U.S. retail sales rose modestly in January, evidence that Americans kept shopping despite sharp drops in stock prices.

Grain lower, livestock higher

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 8:40am

Grain futures were lower Friday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Court: Facebook can be sued in France in nude painting case

Philippe Sotto, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 8:31am

Facebook lost a crucial legal battle Friday as a Paris court ruled the social network can be sued in France over its decision to remove the account of a French user who posted a photo of a famous 19th-century nude painting.

US business stockpiles rise in December, but sales fall

Josh Boak, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 8:30am

U.S. businesses boosted their stockpiles slightly in December, as sales dropped sharply. This combination has stoked anxieties about weakening economic growth, as sales over the entire year dropped for the first time since the Great Recession.

The Latest: European markets poised to close higher

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 8:30am

The latest on the turmoil in global financial markets (all times local):

In show of financial strength, Deutsche Bank buys back debt

David McHugh, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 8:30am

Germany's Deutsche Bank is offering to buy back more than $5 billion worth of its own bonds in a show of financial strength after markets sold off its stock.

Renault reports higher earnings as sales rise

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 6:50am

French car maker Renault says higher sales and further progress on its industrial turnaround plan helped drive a nearly 1 billion euro increase in its earnings last year.

Congress gives final OK to banning local Internet taxes

Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 6:44am

Congress voted Thursday to permanently bar state and local governments from taxing access to the Internet, as lawmakers leapt at an election-year chance to demonstrate their opposition to imposing levies on online service.