LAS VEGAS | Caesars Entertainment talks with billionaire investor Icahn

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Caesars Entertainment said Wednesday that it has talked with billionaire investor Carl Icahn, who began pushing for fundamental changes this week after revealing a 10 percent stake in the casino operator. Caesars said it is evaluating Icahn’s ideas and will keep listening to the activist investor. The company’s comments came a … Continue reading LAS VEGAS | Caesars Entertainment talks with billionaire investor Icahn

PARIS | French court hits Swiss bank UBS with $5.1 billion penalty

PARIS (AP) — A French court ordered Switzerland’s largest bank, UBS, to pay 4.5 billion euros ($5.1 billion) in fines and damages for helping wealthy French clients evade tax authorities, sending a stern warning to tax dodgers and the banks that aid them. The Paris court convicted Zurich-based UBS AG on Wednesday of aggravated money … Continue reading PARIS | French court hits Swiss bank UBS with $5.1 billion penalty

DALLAS | Southwest grapples with new labor and revenue problems

DALLAS (AP) — Southwest Airlines is lashing out at the union representing its mechanics, suggesting that they are purposely grounding planes in order to gain leverage in new contract negotiations. Separately, Southwest said Wednesday that the partial shutdown of the federal government will cost it $60 million in lost revenue during the first quarter — … Continue reading DALLAS | Southwest grapples with new labor and revenue problems

BERLIN | The Latest: UK’s May, EU’s Juncker say talks ‘constructive’

BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on Brexit, Britain’s impending departure from the European Union (all times local): 8:20 p.m. British Prime Minister Theresa May and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker say they had a “constructive” dinner meeting and plan to meet again before the end of the month to assess progress in the Brexit negotiations. … Continue reading BERLIN | The Latest: UK’s May, EU’s Juncker say talks ‘constructive’

SAN FRANCISCO | The Latest: Samsung’s foldable phone will cost nearly $2000

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on Samsung’s new-phone announcement (all times local): 11:35 a.m. Samsung has unveiled a highly anticipated smartphone with a foldable screen that breaks new ground in a market that has been stuck in an innovative funk. The phone announced Wednesday in San Francisco will be called the Galaxy Fold and … Continue reading SAN FRANCISCO | The Latest: Samsung’s foldable phone will cost nearly $2000

WASHINGTON | US says Alabama woman who joined Islamic State can’t return

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says an Alabama woman who left home to join the Islamic State group in Syria is not a U.S. citizen and will not be allowed to return to the United States. Pompeo says Hoda Muthana does not have a U.S. passport or any legal basis to enter … Continue reading WASHINGTON | US says Alabama woman who joined Islamic State can’t return

WASHINGTON | High court rules for retired US marshal in W.Va. tax dispute

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Wednesday that the state of West Virginia unlawfully discriminated against a retired U.S. marshal when it excluded him from a more generous tax break given to former state law enforcement officers. West Virginia law exempts state law enforcement retirees, including former policemen and firefighters, from paying income tax … Continue reading WASHINGTON | High court rules for retired US marshal in W.Va. tax dispute