Asian shares turn lower after trade-jitter losses on Wall St

Asian shares gave up modest early gains to drift lower on Friday after U.S. stocks skidded amid mounting trade tensions. KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s Nikkei 225 index fell 0.1 percent to 22,171.35 and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index edged 0.1 percent lower to 30,423.62. The Shanghai Composite index tumbled 0.7 percent to 3,073.33 and the S&P … Continue reading Asian shares turn lower after trade-jitter losses on Wall St

LOS ANGELES  | Roseanne Barr return possible, but lesser platform likely

LOS ANGELES  — After her network dropped her show, streaming services dropped her reruns, and her agency dropped her for a racist tweet, Roseanne Barr is vowing she’s not finished. Whether anyone will have her is an open question. Mainstream television, where she saw soaring success both on the original “Roseanne” and the recent short-lived … Continue reading LOS ANGELES  | Roseanne Barr return possible, but lesser platform likely

OXON HILL, Md.  | Dallas duel: Wild card turns tables at National Spelling Bee

OXON HILL, Md.  — The end of the biggest Scripps National Spelling Bee in history came abruptly, and it wasn’t the conclusion that many expected. Naysa Modi, a poised and charismatic four-time participant whose long spelling career seemed to be building toward triumph, sat next to a newcomer whom she had already beaten this year … Continue reading OXON HILL, Md.  | Dallas duel: Wild card turns tables at National Spelling Bee

NEW YORK | The Latest: Samantha Bee apologizes for using slur

NEW YORK — The Latest on Samantha Bee (all times local): 2:25 p.m. Samantha Bee is apologizing to Ivanka Trump and her viewers for using an expletive to describe the president’s daughter. Bee issued a statement Thursday that says her language was “inappropriate and inexcusable.” She says she crossed a line and deeply regrets it. … Continue reading NEW YORK | The Latest: Samantha Bee apologizes for using slur

MILAN  | The Latest: Italy’s president OKs populist pick for premier

MILAN  — The Latest on the drawn-out negotiations to form Italy’s next government (all times local): 8:40 p.m. Italy’s president has tapped politically inexperienced law professor Giuseppe Conte to be the premier who will head Italy’s first populist government. The president’s office announced Thursday that Conte had accepted the role and would be sworn in … Continue reading MILAN  | The Latest: Italy’s president OKs populist pick for premier

HONG KONG  | Bag maker Samsonite’s CEO resigns after short-seller report

HONG KONG  — Luggage maker Samsonite said Friday its CEO has stepped down following a report by a short-seller questioning his credentials and the company’s accounting. Ramesh Tainwala resigned for personal reasons, which Samsonite’s board decided was in the best interests of the company and its shareholders, the company said in a statement to the … Continue reading HONG KONG  | Bag maker Samsonite’s CEO resigns after short-seller report

WASHINGTON  | After embassy move, Trump weighs Jerusalem consulate changes

WASHINGTON  — President Donald Trump is considering giving U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman more authority over the U.S. outpost that handles Palestinian affairs, five U.S. officials said, a shift that could further dampen Palestinian hopes for an independent state. Any move to downgrade the autonomy of the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem — responsible … Continue reading WASHINGTON  | After embassy move, Trump weighs Jerusalem consulate changes

NEW YORK  | North Koreans to meet Trump; deliver letter from leader

NEW YORK  — A top aide to Kim Jong Un will make a rare visit to Washington Friday to hand a letter from the North Korean leader to President Donald Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said after reporting “good progress” in talks between the two sides to revive an on-again, off-again nuclear summit. “I … Continue reading NEW YORK  | North Koreans to meet Trump; deliver letter from leader