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From corn to Apple: What's behind the US-China standoff

Paul Wiseman and Michael Liedtke, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 10:41am

To hear the Americans tell it, the Chinese have gone on a commercial crime spree, pilfering trade secrets from seed corn to electronic brains behind wind turbines. China has stripped the arm off a T-Mobile robot, the U.S. says, and looted trade secrets about robotic cars from Apple.

'Ugly produce' trend may have limits, as grocers end tests

Candice Choi and Scott McFetridge, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 10:26am

Is the "ugly produce'" trend already reaching the end of its shelf life in supermarkets?

White House ends California talks on mileage standards

Ellen Knickmeyer and Tom Krisher, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 10:19am

The Trump administration broke off vehicle mileage standards talks with California on Thursday, moving the two closer to a possible court battle that threatens to unsettle the auto industry.

The Latest: Kaul won't defend lame duck law in union lawsuit

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 10:04am

The Latest on labor unions' lawsuit challenging Wisconsin Republicans' lame-duck law (all times local):

Utilities head takes leave during water contamination probe

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 9:48am

The head of public utilities in a Salt Lake City suburb is going on paid administrative leave while investigators examine the city's response to contamination that affected parts of the water system.

Average US mortgage rates fell this week

Josh Boak, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 9:46am

U.S. long-term mortgage rates dipped this week to the lowest average in more than a year, providing a possible boost to the start of the Spring homebuying season in March.

Caterpillar, Apple among big names hit by US-China trade war

Damian J. Troise, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 9:28am

Companies making everything from computers to construction cranes are seeing their profits hurt as the United States' trade war with China causes the world's second largest economy to slow.

The Latest: UK says trade deals won't be ready by Brexit day

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 9:26am

The Latest on Britain's withdrawal from the European Union (all times local):

Grains higher, livestock mixed

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 8:47am

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

Fendi honors Lagerfeld and fashion's 'longest love story'

Colleen Barry, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 8:29am

Fendi paid understated tribute Thursday to Karl Lagerfeld, who died this week and was the Rome-based fashion house's creative director for 54 years.

The Latest: High-level US-China trade talks resume

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 8:24am

The Latest on trade talks in Washington between the U.S. and China (all times local):

Police: "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett sent himself racist and homophobic letter and was dissatisfied with his salary

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 8:17am

Police: "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett sent himself racist and homophobic letter and was dissatisfied with his salary.

US home sales tumbled 1.2 percent in January

Josh Boak, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 8:02am

U.S. home sales fell 1.2 percent in January to their worst pace in more than three years, as persistent affordability problems have put a harsh chill in the real estate market.

U.S. home sales slid 1.2 percent in January to the worst pace in more than 3 years

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 8:01am

U.S. home sales slid 1.2 percent in January to the worst pace in more than 3 years.

Maine governor adds boost to major power line project

David Sharp, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 7:55am

Gov. Janet Mills is throwing her support behind a 145-mile transmission line across western Maine to supply Canadian hydropower to electricity consumers in Massachusetts, citing economic and environmental benefits under sweetened proposal by Central Maine Power.

Venezuela's Maduro closes Brazil border to block aid entry

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 7:52am

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro ordered the vast border with Brazil to be closed on Thursday, just days before opposition leaders plan to bring in foreign humanitarian aid he has refused to accept.

Markets Right Now: Stocks move lower on Wall Street

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 7:44am

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Kazakhstan president fires govt over low living standards

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 7:22am

Kazakhstan's president fired the government Thursday over what he called its failure to raise living standards and diversify away from oil and gas in the Central Asian nation.

IMF and Ecuador reach agreement on $4.2 billion fund

Luis Alonso Lugo, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 7:19am

The International Monetary Fund's staff has agreed to support the economic policies of the Ecuadorean government with $4.2 billion over the next three years.