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China closing main road connection with North Korea

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Nov 24th - 4:14am

China is temporarily closing its main road connection with North Korea, an official said Friday.

Britain' s May seeks to broaden Brexit talks amid deadlock

Lorne Cook, Associated Press  |  Posted   Nov 24th - 3:38am

British Prime Minister Theresa May stepped up her lobbying efforts Friday to broaden Brexit negotiations with the European Union to include future relations and trade, as the talks remained bogged down on the divorce bill and other preliminary issues.

German Amazon workers stage 'Black Friday' strike

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Nov 24th - 3:29am

A labor union says workers at a half dozen Amazon distribution centers in Germany have walked off the job, the latest in a string of walkouts in a long-running wage dispute with the American online retailer at one of its busiest times.

Zimbabwe asks if new leader, a Mugabe ally, can bring change

Andrew Meldrum, Associated Press  |  Posted   Nov 24th - 3:18am

Zimbabwe's new president Emmerson Mnangagwa, widely known as the Crocodile, is seen as a smart, ruthless politician, but many question if he will be able to bring the change the country craves.

Japan's Mitsubishi Materials reports faked quality data

Elaine Kurtenbach, Associated Press  |  Posted   Nov 24th - 3:17am

Mitsubishi Materials Corp., a maker of components used to make autos, aircraft and electricity generation equipment, apologized Friday for faked quality data by some of its subsidiaries.

World shares uneven, China in focus after big sell-off

Kelvin Chan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Nov 24th - 2:44am

World stock markets were uneven Friday with investors finding little guidance after Wall Street closed for the Thanksgiving holiday. Worries over Brexit cast a pall over trading in Britain, despite recent encouraging economic indicators.

Prague appeals court to rule on Russian hacker extradition

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Nov 24th - 2:42am

A Prague appeals court is due to rule on an appeal by a Russian man who faces charges of hacking computers at American companies against a lower court decision allowing his extradition to the United States.

German business confidence rises amid optimism about future

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Nov 24th - 2:14am

A closely watched survey shows German business confidence hit another record high in November, as firms' optimism about the future offset their slightly more pessimistic feelings about their current situation.

This computer game comes thanks to 2 Supreme Court justices

Jessica Gresko, Associated Press  |  Posted   Nov 24th - 2:00am

The Supreme Court's first female justice, Sandra Day O'Connor, has helped teach millions of students civics through computer games created by an organization she founded. Now, with a push from the Supreme Court's first Hispanic justice, Sonia Sotomayor, the group has translated one of its games into Spanish.

Trump signals welfare reform is next, with details to come

Catherine Lucey, Associated Press  |  Posted   Nov 24th - 1:48am

Welfare reform was one of the defining issues of President Bill Clinton's presidency, starting with a campaign promise to "end welfare as we know it," continuing with a bitter policy fight and producing an overhaul law that remains hotly debated 20 years later.

Rural California grapples with 'green rush' of pot growers

Paul Elias, Associated Press  |  Posted   Nov 24th - 1:08am

The four young men had just started their marijuana harvest in rural Northern California when a dozen sheriff's deputies swooped in with guns drawn, arrested them and spent the day chopping down 150 bushy plants with machetes.

China reports breaking up gang that moved $3 billion abroad

Joe McDonald, Associated Press  |  Posted   Nov 23rd - 11:40pm

Chinese police say they have broken up a gang that smuggled 20 billion yuan ($3 billion) out of the country, evading financial controls imposed by Beijing to stem an outflow of capital from the economy.

China cuts import tariffs on some consumer goods

Joe McDonald, Associated Press  |  Posted   Nov 23rd - 11:30pm

China announced tariff cuts Friday on consumer goods including avocados, mineral water and baby carriages in a new effort to spur economic growth driven by domestic consumption and reduce reliance on trade and investment.

A whale's tale: Longest painting in North America restored

Jennifer McDermott, Associated Press  |  Posted   Nov 23rd - 11:16pm

A museum has restored the longest painting in North America so it can share the story of American whaling with the public.

Fund for helpful homeless man collects more than $280,000

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Nov 23rd - 9:54pm

A fund set up to raise money for a homeless man who helped a woman when her car ran out of gas in Philadelphia has collected more than $280,000.

Turkey and cocktails: $3.4M in pre-holiday liquor sales

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Nov 23rd - 9:22pm

Utah sold $3.4 million in alcohol on Wednesday at 45-state owned liquor stores to set a record for the day before Thanksgiving.

Asian shares lower, China in focus after big selloff

Kelvin Chan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Nov 23rd - 8:32pm

Asian stock markets were mostly lower Friday with investors finding little guidance with Wall Street closed for the Thanksgiving holiday and Chinese markets in focus after a big sell-off the previous day.

Ex-Rep. Hinchey, who pushed to protect the environment, dies

Jennifer Peltz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Nov 23rd - 6:33pm

Former U.S. Rep. Maurice Hinchey, a veteran lawmaker known for pressing to protect the environment during a career that spanned from the era of the Love Canal toxic waste site to the recent debate over natural-gas fracking, has died. He was 79.

Shoppers mobilize on Thanksgiving, as retailers branch out

Anne D'Innocenzio, Associated Press  |  Posted   Nov 23rd - 6:30pm

Shoppers are hitting the stores on Thanksgiving as retailers under pressure look for ways to poach shoppers from their rivals.

'Macron effect' fuels Paris bid for post-Brexit business

Angela Charlton, Associated Press  |  Posted   Nov 23rd - 3:16pm

Banking giant Citigroup, fast food master KFC and elevator-maker Otis are planning to expand activities in France thanks in part to what they call the "Macron effect" - a surge in investor optimism driven by the French president's pro-business promises.