CHICAGO | Michelle Obama begins arena tour in talk with Oprah

CHICAGO— Michelle Obama has officially begun her 12-stop tour to promote her new book, “Becoming,” by sitting for a conversation with Oprah Winfrey at the home arena of the Chicago Bulls. The crowd of 14,000 roared as the former first lady stepped onto a stage late Tuesday at the sold-out United Center. The event felt … Continue reading CHICAGO | Michelle Obama begins arena tour in talk with Oprah

AUSTIN, Texas | Julian Castro meets with supporters about potential 2020 run

AUSTIN, Texas — Democrat Julian Castro is meeting with potential supporters about running for president in 2020. The former housing secretary under President Barack Obama said last month that he would “likely” make a bid for the White House. The 44-year-old Castro continued moving in that direction this week by gathering potential donors in his … Continue reading AUSTIN, Texas | Julian Castro meets with supporters about potential 2020 run

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M | Republican who lost US House race seeks to impound ballots

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A New Mexico Republican who lost her bid for a U.S. House seat is seeking to impound absentee ballots in a key county that decided the race for the Democrat, according to court documents filed late Tuesday. In court documents filed in the 3rd Judicial District Court in southern New Mexico, Yvette … Continue reading ALBUQUERQUE, N.M | Republican who lost US House race seeks to impound ballots

TOKYO | Japan’s economy shrank in July-September as trade falls

TOKYO — The Japanese economy has shrunk at an annualized rate of 1.2 percent in July-September, as consumer spending, investment and exports fell. Cabinet Office preliminary data released Wednesday showed seasonally adjusted gross domestic product — the total value of a nation’s goods and services — dipped 0.3 percent in the third quarter from the … Continue reading TOKYO | Japan’s economy shrank in July-September as trade falls

NEW YORK | Hachette Book Group lays off around 2 dozen employees

NEW YORK— Around two dozen employees will be laid off in a re-organization at Hachette Book Group. The publisher announced Tuesday that various imprints would be consolidated and merged, ranging from the religious imprint FaithWords to the feminist Seal Press. Among those leaving are Hachette Books publisher Mauro DiPreta. In a statement Tuesday, the publisher … Continue reading NEW YORK | Hachette Book Group lays off around 2 dozen employees

TOKYO | Asian shares lower after Wall Street falls over oil concerns

TOKYO — Asian shares were mostly lower Wednesday, after the steepest drop in oil prices in more than three years put investors in a selling mood on Wall Street. KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 inched down 0.1 percent to 21,779.22 in early trading, while Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 lost 1.3 percent to 5,759.90. South Korea’s … Continue reading TOKYO | Asian shares lower after Wall Street falls over oil concerns

SINGAPORE | Asian leaders push for progress on South China Sea pact

SINGAPORE— Southeast Asian leaders and China are touting progress in keeping peace in the contentious South China Sea as they work toward a “code of conduct” to govern navigation routes and other activities in the region. Speaking at the annual summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Singapore, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang cited … Continue reading SINGAPORE | Asian leaders push for progress on South China Sea pact

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea | Expensive APEC summit sows division in host Papua New Guinea

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea— After three decades of promoting free trade as a panacea to poverty, the APEC grouping of nations that includes the U.S. and China is holding its lavish annual leaders meeting in the country that can least afford it. Barely penetrated by roads and scarred by violence, Papua New Guinea hopes … Continue reading PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea | Expensive APEC summit sows division in host Papua New Guinea