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US sanctions Russian oil trading firm for role in Venezuela

By BEN FOX | February 18, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration announced sanctions Tuesday on a Russian state-controlled brokerage that has helped the Venezuelan government skirt an American oil embargo and enabled President Nicolas Maduro to keep his grip on power in...

Poland’s miners protest coal imports seen as threat to jobs

February 18, 2020

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Miners in southern Poland worried that massive coal imports will eliminate their jobs on Tuesday blocked railway tracks on the import route.A few hundred miners with trade union flags in the southern coal mining region town of...

HSBC cuts headcount by 35,000 in deep overhaul

By DANICA KIRKA and ELAINE KURTENBACH | February 18, 2020

LONDON (AP) — Europe's biggest bank, HSBC, will shed some 35,000 jobs as part of an overhaul to focus on faster-growing markets in Asia and as it tries to cope with a slew of global uncertainties, from Brexit to the trade wars to the new coronavirus.The...

Firm loses compensation claim vs. Norway for spy recruitment

February 18, 2020

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A Norwegian concrete company on Tuesday lost its compensation case against its home country, claiming it suffered financial losses after Norway's intelligence services tried to recruit two of its employees working in Russia.The...

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...

Nevada’s Culinary Union will not endorse in Democratic race

By MICHELLE L. PRICE | February 13, 2020

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Culinary Union, the most influential union in Nevada politics, has decided to stay out of the state's Democratic presidential caucuses, denying candidates who aggressively courted the group from getting a major leg up in the upcoming...

RK Pachauri, who led Nobel-winning climate panel, dies at 79

February 13, 2020

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian environmentalist Rajendra Kumar Pachauri, under whose leadership a U.N. climate change panel shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, has died after recent heart surgery. He was 79.Pachauri’s death was announced late Thursday by...

Trump bringing back trusted aide Hope Hicks to White House

By JILL COLVIN and ZEKE MILLER | February 13, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hope Hicks, one of President Donald Trump's most trusted and longest-serving aides, is returning to the White House as the president works to surround himself with loyalists as his reelection campaign moves into high gear.Hicks, a...

Explosions rock chemical plant; evacuation but no injuries

February 13, 2020

NEWBURYPORT, Mass. (AP) — Several explosions rocked a plant in Massachusetts that manufactures chemicals used in medicines Thursday morning, blowing a hole in the roof and leading to an evacuation but no injuries, authorities said.Authorities said there...

Former law clerk alleges harassment by late prominent judge

By MARK SHERMAN | February 13, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former law clerk said she was repeatedly sexually harassed by the prominent federal judge she worked for, the late Judge Stephen Reinhardt, and that the judiciary's new system for reporting misconduct remains inadequate.The former...

Spain disputes tech show was canceled for health motives

By RENATA BRITO and CIARÁN GILES | February 13, 2020

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Organizers of the world’s biggest mobile technology fair insisted Thursday that they canceled the annual Mobile World Congress due to health and safety concerns over the virus outbreak in China. But the Spanish government disagreed,...

Airbus CEO sees no short-term benefit from Boeing MAX woes

By DAVID McHUGH | February 13, 2020

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Airbus' chief executive said Thursday that his company sees no short-term benefit from Boeing's troubles with its grounded 737 MAX because the competing A320 is sold out years ahead.CEO Guillaume Faury said that safety was...