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NEW YORK | A rising concern? After straws, balloons get more scrutiny

NEW YORK — Now that plastic straws may be headed for extinction, could Americans’ love of balloons get deflated too? The celebration of releasing balloons into the air has long bothered environmentalists, who say the pieces that fall back to earth can be deadly to seabirds and turtles that eat them. So as companies vow … Continue reading NEW YORK | A rising concern? After straws, balloons get more scrutiny

BERLIN | Germany deports 46 rejected Afghan asylum-seekers

BERLIN  — German authorities say they have deported 46 Afghans whose asylum requests were rejected to their homeland. The flight from Munich arrived Wednesday in the Afghan capital, Kabul. Interior Ministry spokeswoman Eleonore Petermann says the 46, all men, were sent back by authorities in 11 of Germany’s 16 states. She said that 15 of … Continue reading BERLIN | Germany deports 46 rejected Afghan asylum-seekers

CAIRO | Boat sinks on Nile in Sudan, killing 22

CAIRO— Sudan’s state news agency says a boat sank while crossing the Nile River, killing at least 21 students and a woman. SUNA said the boat was carrying more than 40 students on their way to school in the northern River Nile state on Wednesday. The report did not say how old the students were. … Continue reading CAIRO | Boat sinks on Nile in Sudan, killing 22

Royal Bank of Scotland fined $4.9B for housing bubble role

August 15, 2018 (STL.News) Royal Bank of Scotland will pay a $4.9 billion fine to settle allegations it misrepresented the types of mortgages it sold to investors during the housing bubble that ultimately led to the 2008 financial crisis. The Justice Department said in a statement Tuesday that the penalty is the largest it has … Continue reading Royal Bank of Scotland fined $4.9B for housing bubble role

ANKARA, Turkey | The Latest: Turkish court rules to free rights activist

ANKARA, Turkey — The Latest on Turkey’s currency crisis (all times local): 4:45 p.m. Turkish officials say President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke by phone with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and stressed that a strong Turkish economy is also in Germany’s interest. Officials from Erdogan’s office said during their conversation on Wednesday the two leaders confirmed … Continue reading ANKARA, Turkey | The Latest: Turkish court rules to free rights activist

New Zealand bans most foreigners from buying homes

WELLINGTON, New Zealand/ August 15, 2018 (STL.News) — New Zealand has banned most foreigners from buying homes as it tries to tackle runaway housing prices. Previously the housing market was open to investors worldwide, but the government on Wednesday passed legislation that allows only New Zealand residents to buy homes. In recent years, there have … Continue reading New Zealand bans most foreigners from buying homes

Home Depot roars back in the second quarter

ATLANTA/ August 15, 2018 (STL.News)— Home Depot handily beat expectations during the second quarter, bouncing back from a slow start to the year when terrible weather cooled construction projects. The world’s biggest home improvement retailer boosted its full-year profit and revenue forecasts Tuesday. Higher mortgage rates combined with steadily rising real estate prices have dampened … Continue reading Home Depot roars back in the second quarter