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January 12, 2018 - 2:14 pm
MADRID (AP) — Britain and Spain say they have held their first informal Brexit-related talks this week in Madrid touching on how Britain's future departure from the European Union could apply to Gibraltar. The EU's guidelines on negotiations for Britain's future relationship with the bloc granted...
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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, and Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid shake hands prior to their talks in Tallinn, Estonia, Friday, Jan. 12, 2018. Abe is on a visit to three Baltic countries, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. (AP Photo/Marko Mumm)
January 12, 2018 - 10:48 am
TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Japan's prime minister has kicked off a five-day European tour that will take him to Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Serbia and Romania — becoming the first-ever head of the Asian nation to visit these countries. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrived Friday in Tallinn,...
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OG&E's Mustang Energy Center power plant is pictured in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018. Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter has asked for a reduction in customer utility rates from the state's leading utility companies, after the corporate income tax rate went from 35 percent to 21 percent. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
January 12, 2018 - 10:46 am
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Public utility regulators from Oklahoma to Massachusetts are considering lowering the rates that homeowners and businesses pay for electricity and natural gas after a federal tax overhaul signed into law by President Donald Trump reduced the corporate income tax rate by 14...
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel listens to a statement of Social Democratic Party Chairman Martin Schulz, right, after the exploratory talks between Merkel's Christian Democratic block and the Social Democrats on forming a new German government in Berlin, Germany, Friday, Jan. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
January 12, 2018 - 7:26 am
BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on talks to form a government in Germany (all times local): 1:10 p.m. The European Commission president has warmly welcomed the coalition agreement in Germany and indicated that after months of delay it would offer the bloc the spur to move faster in building cooperation...
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In this Sept. 11, 2017, photo, a truck heads toward the North Korean side of the Friendship Bridge linking China and North Korea, as seen from Dandong in northeastern China's Liaoning Province. China reports its trade with North Korean shrank 50 percent in December 2017 from a year earlier as governments tightened sanctions imposed over Pyongyang's nuclear and missile development. (Chinatopix via AP)
January 12, 2018 - 4:37 am
BEIJING (AP) — China's trade with North Korea plunged 50 percent in December as U.N. sanctions imposed over Pyongyang's nuclear and missile development tightened, the government reported Friday. China accounts for nearly all of the isolated North's trade and energy supplies. Beijing has imposed...
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FILE - In this April 18, 2017, file photo, conference workers speak in front of a demo booth at Facebook's annual F8 developer conference in San Jose, Calif. Facebook said Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018, that it is tweaking what people see to make their time on it more “meaningful.” The changes come as Facebook faces criticism that social media can make people feel depressed and isolated. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)
January 12, 2018 - 4:27 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is changing what its users will see to highlight posts they are most likely to engage with and make time spent on social media more "meaningful." By cutting back on items that Facebook users tend to passively consume, the change could hurt news organizations and other...
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A woman walks past an electronic stock board showing the Hang Seng Index at a bank in Hong Kong, Friday, Jan. 12, 2018. Most Asian stocks markets were mixed Friday, as Wall Street’s latest record close and strong oil prices were offset by the strengthening yen, which pressured Japan’s Nikkei. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
January 12, 2018 - 4:16 am
HONG KONG (AP) — Asian and European stock markets notched up gains on Friday, lifted by Wall Street's latest record close and optimism about the global economy after data showed China capped a year of strong trade growth. KEEPING SCORE: European shares were mostly higher in early trading. Germany's...
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In this Feb. 21, 2017, photo, a staff member works on an assembly line at a Beijing Hyundai Motor auto plant in Cangzhou in northern China's Hebei province. An industry group says China's auto sales shrank in December and ended 2017 up just 1.4 percent over the previous year as the popularity of SUVs helped to offset contraction in demand for sedans. (Chinatopix via AP)
January 12, 2018 - 3:33 am
BEIJING (AP) — China's auto sales shrank in December and ended 2017 up a lackluster 1.4 percent over a year earlier as the popularity of SUVs helped to offset falling demand for sedans, an industry group reported Friday. Last month's purchases of SUVs, sedans and minivans in the biggest market by...
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January 12, 2018 - 12:20 am
DETROIT (AP) — General Motors says it is making the first mass-production autonomous car without a steering wheel or pedals. The company says it has filed a petition with the federal government seeking permission to put the vehicles on the road sometime next year with no human backup drivers. GM's...
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FILE - In this June 5, 2017, file photo, a worker stacks merchandise outside a Walmart in Salem, N.H. Walmart is boosting its starting salary for U.S. workers to $11 an hour, giving a one-time $1,000 cash bonus to eligible employees and expanding its maternity and parental leave benefits. The retailer said Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018, changes to its compensation and benefits policy will impact more than a million hourly workers in the U.S., with the wage increase effective next month. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)
January 12, 2018 - 12:18 am
NEW YORK (AP) — For some Walmart employees, the day brought news of a pay raise. Others learned they were out of a job. Walmart said Thursday that it is boosting its starting salary for U.S. workers and handing out bonuses. The announcement came as the company also confirmed it is closing dozens of...
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