BEIJING | China, Iran meet amid efforts to preserve nuclear deal

BEIJING (AP) — The Iranian foreign minister’s passionate defense of Iran’s interests at the Munich Security Conference has made him “a famous person” in China, his Chinese counterpart told him Tuesday, as the sides met amid efforts to preserve the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is leading an Iranian delegation … Continue reading BEIJING | China, Iran meet amid efforts to preserve nuclear deal

NASHVILLE, Tenn | Southern Baptist president says database of abusers possible

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — More than a decade after the Southern Baptist Convention rejected the idea of creating a database of ministers credibly accused of sexual abuse, leaders say the possibility is on the table. The denomination already was looking at how it could better respond to abuse when two Texas newspapers published an investigation … Continue reading NASHVILLE, Tenn | Southern Baptist president says database of abusers possible

CHARLESTON, W.Va | Strike 2: West Virginia teachers walking out again

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Nearly a year to the day after West Virginia teachers went on strike that launched a national “Red4Ed” movement, they’re doing it again. Unions have called a statewide walkout Tuesday over complicated education legislation that they view as lacking their input and as retaliation for last year’s strike. How long this … Continue reading CHARLESTON, W.Va | Strike 2: West Virginia teachers walking out again

RALEIGH, N.C | N. Carolina elections board weighs re-doing marred election

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina elections officials say the country’s last undecided congressional election was marred by falsified signatures, blank ballots that consultants could complete and disappearing documents. The state elections board could decide as early as Tuesday whether that was unfortunate but tolerable, or whether to order a new election in the 9th … Continue reading RALEIGH, N.C | N. Carolina elections board weighs re-doing marred election

BEIJING | China auto sales fall in January for eighth month

BEIJING (AP) — China’s auto sales fell for an eighth month in January, extending a painful decline for the biggest global market. An industry group, the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers, says purchases of sedans, SUVs and minivans fell 15 percent from a year earlier to just over 2 million vehicles. Auto demand has weakened … Continue reading BEIJING | China auto sales fall in January for eighth month

SAN DIEGO | Police: More than a dozen people trapped on SeaWorld ride

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Police say more than a dozen people are trapped on a ride at SeaWorld in San Diego. San Diego police tell FOX5 News that around six gondolas stopped functioning Monday night after a big gust of wind tripped a circuit breaker on “Bayside Skyride.” Authorities estimate that between 15 and 30 … Continue reading SAN DIEGO | Police: More than a dozen people trapped on SeaWorld ride

BEIJING | China’s economy czar heading to Washington for trade talks

BEIJING (AP) — China‘s economy czar is heading to Washington for talks Thursday and Friday aimed at ending a fight over Beijing’s technology ambitions ahead of a deadline for a massive U.S. tariff hike. The announcement Tuesday, carried by the official Xinhua News Agency, follows talks last week in Beijing that U.S. Trade Representative Robert … Continue reading BEIJING | China’s economy czar heading to Washington for trade talks

LONDON | HSBC reports net profit at $12.6B in 2018

LONDON (AP) — Europe‘s biggest bank has reported its net profit jumped 30 percent in 2018 from the previous year to $12.6 billion. The London-based bank, whose profit is mainly from Asia, said its revenue rose 5 percent from a year earlier to $53.8 billion. Pre-tax profit rose 16 percent to $19.9 billion, but lagged … Continue reading LONDON | HSBC reports net profit at $12.6B in 2018