MOSCOW | Artist probes Russia’s toxic legacy through family history

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian artist has put a spotlight on what he calls “the ruins of a Soviet mythology” with a new exhibit that focuses on the chemical industry in his hometown. The exhibit at Moscow’s Museum of Modern Art features Pavel Otdelnov’s architecturally precise paintings of decayed factories in the city of Dzerzhinsk … Continue reading MOSCOW | Artist probes Russia’s toxic legacy through family history

SAN FRANCISCO | Samsung poised to unveil new phones in bid to revive sales

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Samsung is expected to show off its latest smartphones Wednesday, the latest effort by a phone maker to come up with new features compelling enough to end a sales slump. The new models expected in San Francisco will commemorate the 10th anniversary of Samsung’s first smartphone. Samsung is also expected to … Continue reading SAN FRANCISCO | Samsung poised to unveil new phones in bid to revive sales

PARIS | Swiss bank UBS may face massive fines in French trial

PARIS (AP) — Swiss bank UBS faces a potential multibillion-euro fine as a Paris court is set to deliver a verdict on charges it helped wealthy French clients evade tax authorities. The ruling in the exceptional case will be announced Wednesday afternoon by a French criminal court. One of the world’s largest wealth management banks, … Continue reading PARIS | Swiss bank UBS may face massive fines in French trial

BEIJING | Daughter of ex-Mao secretary boycotts Communist-led memorial

BEIJING (AP) — The daughter of a Chinese Communist Party veteran boycotted his funeral Wednesday, calling it an improper tribute to a man who once worked for Mao Zedong but later became a fierce critic of the regime. Li Rui’s memorial was held at the Babaoshan Revolutionary Cemetery, where many high-ranking former officials are buried. … Continue reading BEIJING | Daughter of ex-Mao secretary boycotts Communist-led memorial

NEW YORK | Judge to consider Weinstein appeal of sex trafficking ruling

NEW YORK (AP) — A judge who ruled that an aspiring actress can use sex trafficking laws to sue Harvey Weinstein will hear lawyers argue whether his decision can be appealed before trial. U.S. District Judge Robert Sweet is scheduled to hear arguments Wednesday. He’ll rule at a later date whether his August decision can … Continue reading NEW YORK | Judge to consider Weinstein appeal of sex trafficking ruling

PARIS | Air France and KLM end power struggle, agree to closer ties

PARIS (AP) — Air France and KLM have reached a compromise on tightening ties between the airlines, ending a power struggle that had alarmed the Dutch government, staff and shareholders. Air France also secured a salary agreement with pilots after protracted conflict. The alliance said Wednesday that strikes shaved 335 million euros off last year’s … Continue reading PARIS | Air France and KLM end power struggle, agree to closer ties

LOS ANGELES | Former Dodgers great Don Newcombe dies at 92

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Don Newcombe, the hard-throwing Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher who was one of the first black players in the major leagues and who went on to win the Rookie of the Year, Most Valuable Player and Cy Young awards, has died. He was 92. The team confirmed that Newcombe died Tuesday morning after … Continue reading LOS ANGELES | Former Dodgers great Don Newcombe dies at 92

RALEIGH, N.C | N. Carolina elections board calls challenged House candidate

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The apparent Republican winner of the country’s last undecided congressional election is expected to explain why he stuck with a North Carolina political operative with a shady track record that even the GOP candidate thought about protesting in the past. North Carolina’s elections board is expected to hear testimony on Wednesday … Continue reading RALEIGH, N.C | N. Carolina elections board calls challenged House candidate