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US Navy expert: Damage to Japanese-owned oil tanker 'not consistent with an external flying object hitting the ship'

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 19th - 5:04am

US Navy expert: Damage to Japanese-owned oil tanker 'not consistent with an external flying object hitting the ship'

US Navy expert: Limpet mine used in attack on Japanese-owned oil tanker 'bears a striking resemblance' to Iranian mines

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 19th - 5:03am

US Navy expert: Limpet mine used in attack on Japanese-owned oil tanker 'bears a striking resemblance' to Iranian mines.

What to watch for at Kim-Xi summit in North Korea?

Hyung-Jin Kim and Kim Hyung-Jyung, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 19th - 4:19am

From nuclear weapons to huge food aid shipments to a shared skepticism about the United States, Chinese President Xi Jinping and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will have a long list of topics to discuss when Xi heads to North Korea on Thursday.

The Latest: Iran minister slams US footage of tanker attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 19th - 3:24am

The Latest on developments in the Persian Gulf region amid rising tensions between Iran and the U.S. (all times local):

EU high court rules against Adidas in trademark case

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 19th - 3:11am

A European union high court has ruled against German sports apparel giant Adidas' claim that its famous three stripes, applied in any direction, deserve trade mark protection.

The Latest: Markets cautious ahead of Fed rate decision

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 19th - 3:08am

The Latest on the Federal Reserve's monetary policy meeting (all times local):

South Korea to send 50,000 tons of rice to North Korea

Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 19th - 2:57am

South Korea said Wednesday it plans to send 50,000 tons of rice to North Korea through the World Food Program, in its second aid package announced in past weeks as it seeks to help with North Korean food shortages and improve bilateral relations.

UK inflation fall eases prospect of imminent rate hike

Pan Pylas, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 19th - 2:54am

Inflation in Britain dipped in May as transport costs returned to normal following an Easter-related boost, official figures showed Wednesday, likely easing the pressure on the Bank of England to raise interest rates this summer.

Air New Zealand boss Luxon resigns, could pursue politics

Nick Perry, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 19th - 1:23am

Air New Zealand Chief Executive Christopher Luxon said Wednesday he's resigning after seven years in the top job at the national carrier.

US Navy expert: Tanker attack mine resembles Iranian mines

Jon Gambrell, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 19th - 1:07am

The limpet mines used to attack a Japanese-owned oil tanker near the Strait of Hormuz last week bore "a striking resemblance" to similar mines displayed by Iran, a U.S. Navy explosives expert said Wednesday, stopping short of directly blaming Tehran for the assault.

Global shares mixed ahead of Fed rate decision

Yuri Kageyama and Matt Ott, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 19th - 1:03am

Global markets were mixed Wednesday amid some optimism about U.S.-China trade talks and ahead of an interest rate decision by the U.S. Federal Reserve.

Power project on Navajo Nation connects 233 homes to grid

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 10:28pm

More than 230 homes on the Navajo Nation have been connected to the electric grid as part of a pilot project.

Trump EPA close to gutting Obama rule on coal power plants

Ellen Knickmeyer, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 10:24pm

The Trump administration is close to completing one of its biggest rollbacks of environmental rules, replacing a landmark Obama-era effort that sought to wean the nation's electrical grid off coal-fired power plants and their climate-damaging pollution.

New England newspaper owner fights to save local journalism

Alexandra Olson, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 10:09pm

The Berkshire Eagle has an expanded investigative team. There's a new 12-page lifestyle section for the Eagle's Sunday editions. There's a new monthly magazine focusing on the area's culinary and natural charms. There is an advisory board that includes cellist Yo-Yo Ma and Pulitzer-winning writer Elizabeth Kolbert.

Fed could signal a policy shift toward future rate cuts

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 10:09pm

The Federal Reserve seems poised to pivot from keeping interest rates steady to holding out the option of cutting rates if it were to decide that the economic expansion needs support.

New England newspaper owner fights to save local journalism

Alexandra Olson, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 10:07pm

These days, the news about local news seems relentlessly bad:

As Hong Kong protests quiet down, what's next?

Elaine Kurtenbach, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 9:49pm

All but a handful of protesters in Hong Kong have gone home, but the crisis that brought hundreds of thousands into the streets to oppose an extradition bill is far from over.

Russia, China block UN from saying NKorea violated sanctions

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 9:32pm

Russia and China have blocked the U.N. Security Council committee monitoring sanctions against North Korea from declaring that Pyongyang breached the annual limit for importing refined petroleum products which are key for its economy, two U.N. diplomats said Tuesday.

PG&E agrees to pay $1 billion to governments for wildfire damage

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 6:51pm

A California utility blamed for igniting several wildfires that killed dozens and destroyed thousands of homes has agreed to pay $1 billion to local governments.