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Oilman, former Texas governor candidate Williams dies at 88

By JAMIE STENGLE | February 15, 2020

DALLAS (AP) — Clayton Williams, a colorful Texas oilman and philanthropist whose 1990 run for governor was derailed after joking about rape and acknowledging he went a year without paying income taxes, has died. He was 88.Williams died Friday at his...

Lawmaker questions China’s offer to build UK high speed rail

By PAN PYLAS | February 15, 2020

LONDON (AP) — Allowing China's state-run rail construction company to build a high-speed rail line linking London with central and northern England would be an “extremely questionable" decision, a prominent British lawmaker said Saturday.Tom Tugendhat,...

Trump’s $1.5B uranium bailout triggers rush of mining plans

By BRADY McCOMBS and ELLEN KNICKMEYER | February 14, 2020

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — President Donald Trump's $1.5 billion proposal to prop up the country's nuclear fuel industry has emboldened at least one company to take steps toward boosting operations at dormant uranium mines around the West, including outside...

US stocks post small gains, major indexes up for the week

By ALEX VEIGA | February 14, 2020

Wall Street closed out a wobbly day of trading Friday with the major stock indexes notching their second straight weekly gain.The S&P 500 and Nasdaq eked out tiny gains, good enough to nudge each to an all-time high for the fourth time this week....

3 employees suspended in $4M Puerto Rico online scam

By DÁNICA COTO | February 14, 2020

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico’s government said Friday that it suspended three employees as federal agents investigate an online scam that attempted to steal more than $4 million from the U.S. territory.Manuel Laboy, executive director...

Appeals court deals blow to Trump’s Medicaid work rules

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR and JILL BLEED | February 14, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration's effort to remake Medicaid by requiring low-income people to work for health care suffered a serious setback Friday when a federal appeals court ruled it goes beyond what's allowed by law.The unanimous decision...

AP Exclusive: Agency memo contradicts Greyhound on bus raids

By GENE JOHNSON | February 14, 2020

SEATTLE (AP) — A Customs and Border Protection memo obtained by The Associated Press confirms that bus companies such as Greyhound do not have to allow Border Patrol agents on board to conduct routine checks for immigrants in the country illegally,...

US travel ban for Sri Lanka army chief in hospital shelling

By BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI | February 14, 2020

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The U.S. government on Friday issued a travel ban Sri Lanka's army chief, saying there is “credible information of his involvement” in human rights violations during the final phase of the island nation's civil war that...

EU chief unveils budget plan setting scene for tense summit

By LORNE COOK | February 14, 2020

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Council president unveiled Friday his proposal for the EU’s next long-term budget, but the figure falls far short of the demands of Europe’s parliament, which must ratify the spending package, setting the scene for tense...

Negative interest rates turn saving, borrowing upside down

By DAVID McHUGH and CHRISTOPHER RUGABER | February 14, 2020

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Imagine a mortgage that pays you the interest, not the other way around. Or a savings account where it's the bank, not the saver, who collects interest.Welcome to the upside-down world of ultra-low and negative interest rates...

The Latest: Hong Kong announces anti-virus funds

February 14, 2020

BEIJING (AP) — The Latest on a new virus that originated in China (all times local):8 p.m.Hong Kong’s leader unveiled a 25 billion Hong Kong dollar ($3.2 billion) fund on Friday to bolster efforts to fight the virus outbreak, as the city announced...

Zuckerberg accepts that Facebook may have to pay more tax

February 14, 2020

LONDON (AP) — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg plans to throw his support behind international reforms that would require Silicon Valley tech giants to pay more tax in Europe.The billionaire social network founder is due to meet members of the European...