WASHINGTON | US officials: China poses serious national security threat

WASHINGTON — Cyber threats from China and its theft of intellectual property from American companies pose large economic and national security challenges for the United States, national security officials said Wednesday. Officials from the Department of Justice, the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security told the Senate Judiciary Committee that China is working to … Continue reading WASHINGTON | US officials: China poses serious national security threat

ST. PAUL, Minn. | Minnesota lawmakers discuss reining in soaring insulin costs

ST. PAUL, Minn.— Minnesota lawmakers are considering steps they could take to rein in the soaring cost of insulin, which one couple says has become so expensive that their diabetic son could no longer afford it and died. State Sen. Matt Little convened an informal discussion at the state Capitol on Tuesday to gather information … Continue reading ST. PAUL, Minn. | Minnesota lawmakers discuss reining in soaring insulin costs

Verizon loses bet on digital ads, takes $4.6B accounting hit

Verizon‘s big bet on digital advertising isn’t panning out. The wireless company spent more than $4 billion to buy AOL and nearly $5 billion to buy Yahoo as part of an effort to compete with Facebook and Google in a growing market for digital advertising. Now, Verizon is slicing the value of those two businesses … Continue reading Verizon loses bet on digital ads, takes $4.6B accounting hit

WASHINGTON | Health law sign-ups lagging as Saturday deadline is looming

WASHINGTON— Health insurance sign-ups for the Affordable Care Act are down with just a few days left to enroll, even though premiums are stable, consumers have more choice and millions of uninsured people can still get financial help. Barring an enrollment surge, the nation’s uninsured rate could edge up again after a yearslong coverage expansion … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Health law sign-ups lagging as Saturday deadline is looming

STRASBOURG, France | Strasbourg shooting suspect: An ex-convict tracked by police

STRASBOURG, France — Cherif Chekatt, the alleged extremist on the run after a deadly shooting at France’s most famous Christmas market, had been on police radar and had more than two dozen convictions for crimes like robbery and other violence in three European countries. Officials released details Wednesday about Chekatt, 29, as police fanned out … Continue reading STRASBOURG, France | Strasbourg shooting suspect: An ex-convict tracked by police

BERLIN | Germany: Merkel questions left’s backing for French protests

BERLIN — Chancellor Angela Merkel is criticizing as “scandalous” a German opposition party’s full-throated support for the “yellow vest” protest movement in neighboring France. Merkel’s comment came during an exchange with Left Party lawmaker Fabio De Masi in a question-and-answer session in parliament Wednesday. The party’s leadership on Saturday praised the movement’s “resistance against the … Continue reading BERLIN | Germany: Merkel questions left’s backing for French protests

KATOWICE, Poland | UN chief calls for compromise and sacrifice at climate talks

KATOWICE, Poland — The United Nations secretary-general called on countries to make compromises and sacrifices in talks over tackling global warming, as some observers warned the meeting in Poland could collapse without an agreement on key issues. Making his second dramatic appeal in the space of 10 days, Antonio Guterres told ministers and senior diplomats … Continue reading KATOWICE, Poland | UN chief calls for compromise and sacrifice at climate talks

KATOWICE, Poland | The Latest: Protest against Japan coal plants at UN talks

KATOWICE, Poland — The Latest on the climate talks taking place in Poland (all times local): 4 p.m. Climate activists from Asia have protested on the sidelines of the U.N. climate talks against the Japanese government’s financing of coal mines and power plants in the region. Burning coal is considered a major source of global … Continue reading KATOWICE, Poland | The Latest: Protest against Japan coal plants at UN talks