Turn on the tap: EU acts to improve water, reduce plastic

BRUSSELS/February 01, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— The European Union is revamping its water quality rules to address possible new health hazards and limit plastic waste by discouraging people from drinking bottled water. The European Commission said Thursday the rules will oblige the bloc’s 28 countries to improve access to drinking water and better inform citizens about water quality, … Continue reading Turn on the tap: EU acts to improve water, reduce plastic

The Latest: USADA criticizes IOC over Russian doping

MOSCOW/February 01, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— The Latest on Russian doping (all times local): ___ 6:05 p.m. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency has criticized the International Olympic Committee for its approach to the doping cases against Russian athletes that were overturned on appeal. Besides criticizing “Russia’s unprecedented attack on fair play,” USADA chief executive Travis Tygart says in a … Continue reading The Latest: USADA criticizes IOC over Russian doping

Starbucks launches credit card, hoping to jolt sales

NEW YORK/February 01, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— Starbucks has a new product that it hopes will hook coffee lovers: a credit card. The card, launched Thursday with JPMorgan Chase and Visa, comes as Starbucks struggles with slowing growth in the U.S. With the new card, Starbucks wants to lure those who aren’t yet signed up for its rewards … Continue reading Starbucks launches credit card, hoping to jolt sales

US construction spending up 0.7 percent in December

WASHINGTON/February 01, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— Construction spending rose 0.7 percent in December to a record high. It was the fifth consecutive monthly gain with all major sectors showing modest increases. The Commerce Department said Thursday the December increase followed a 0.6 percent rise in November. It closed out a year in which construction spending rose 3.8 percent. … Continue reading US construction spending up 0.7 percent in December

UN envoy: Macedonia spat could be resolved in coming months

SKOPJE, Macedonia/February 01, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— A United Nations envoy said Thursday he remained optimistic that neighbors Macedonia and Greece could resolve a name dispute that has strained relations between the two countries for more than a quarter of a century. After talks with Macedonian leaders in capital Skopje, Matthew Nimetz told reporters that officials in both … Continue reading UN envoy: Macedonia spat could be resolved in coming months

Pence touts tax cuts, slams Manchin in West Virginia

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va/February 01, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— Vice President Mike Pence traveled to West Virginia Wednesday to tout the impact of tax cuts and pick a fight with the state’s Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, who voted against the plan. Manchin, who faces a tough re-election fight this year, pushed back forcefully, saying Pence’s comments “are exactly … Continue reading Pence touts tax cuts, slams Manchin in West Virginia

Ed Sheeran, Cardi B to play iHeartRadio Music Awards

NEW YORK/February 01, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— Ed Sheeran, Cardi B, Camila Cabello, Maroon 5, Charlie Puth and the Backstreet Boys will perform at the fifth annual iHeartRadio Music Awards on March 11. The first round of performers was announced Thursday for the awards show, airing live from the Forum in Los Angeles starting at 8 p.m. Eastern. … Continue reading Ed Sheeran, Cardi B to play iHeartRadio Music Awards

FBI in public fight with Trump over releasing Russia memo

WASHINGTON/February 01, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— In a remarkably public clash with the White House, the FBI declared Wednesday it has “grave concerns” about the accuracy of a classified memo on the Russia election investigation that President Donald Trump wants released. The FBI’s short and sharp statement, its first on the issue, laid bare a Trump administration conflict … Continue reading FBI in public fight with Trump over releasing Russia memo