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RIYADH, Saudi Arabia | Saudi king extends allowances as living costs rise

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia  — Saudi Arabia‘s King Salman has extended monthly allowances for government employees, military personnel, pensioners, social security recipients and students into next year. The announcement, carried by the Saudi Press Agency on Tuesday, comes on the same day the kingdom’s 2019 budget is scheduled to be unveiled. The government will also release … Continue reading RIYADH, Saudi Arabia | Saudi king extends allowances as living costs rise

LONDON | The Latest: UK Cabinet backs more ‘no-deal’ Brexit planning

LONDON  — The Latest on Britain’s exit from the European Union (all times local): 1:55 p.m. The British government has decided to ramp up preparations for a “no-deal” Brexit, saying it must be ready for the possibility of that default option. Brexit Secretary Steve Barclay says that while the government remains committed to Prime Minister … Continue reading LONDON | The Latest: UK Cabinet backs more ‘no-deal’ Brexit planning

NEW YORK | Authorities: Wave of hoax bomb threats made across US

NEW YORK — A wave of bomb threats emailed Thursday to hundreds of schools, businesses and government buildings across the U.S. triggered searches, evacuations and fear — but there were no signs of explosives, and authorities said the scare appeared to be a crude extortion attempt. Law enforcement agencies across the country dismissed the threats, … Continue reading NEW YORK | Authorities: Wave of hoax bomb threats made across US

LONDON | The Latest: UK business alarmed at May confidence vote

LONDON  — The Latest on political turmoil in Britain (all times local): 10:55 a.m. Business figures have expressed alarm about the political uncertainty in the U.K. ahead of a Conservative Party confidence vote on Prime Minister Theresa May later. Adam Marshall, director general of the British Chambers of Commerce, said politicians should understand the impact … Continue reading LONDON | The Latest: UK business alarmed at May confidence vote

WASHINGTON | US hiring slower but steady as employers add 155K jobs

WASHINGTON  — U.S. employers added 155,000 jobs in November, a slowdown from recent months but enough to suggest that the economy is expanding at a solid pace despite sharp gyrations in the stock market. The Labor Department said Friday that the unemployment rate remained 3.7%, nearly a five-decade low, for the third straight month. Average … Continue reading WASHINGTON | US hiring slower but steady as employers add 155K jobs

KATOWICE, Poland | US backers of Paris accord set up camp at climate talks

KATOWICE, Poland— Hundreds of U.S. states, cities, businesses and churches are establishing a presence at the U.N. climate talks to show that many Americans remain committed to curbing global warming. The opening Friday of the U.S. Climate Action Center alongside pavilions from Britain, Poland and New Zealand contrasts with the low-key presence of the official … Continue reading KATOWICE, Poland | US backers of Paris accord set up camp at climate talks

WASHINGTON | AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s thin grasp of trade, science policy

WASHINGTON— President Donald Trump floated the idea this past week of using tariffs to make America rich, as if these taxes are a pipeline of cash from Asia, which they’re not. He displayed a slippery grasp of science as well as trade policy as he set about trying to discredit his White House report on … Continue reading WASHINGTON | AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s thin grasp of trade, science policy

ST. LOUIS | The Latest: Police say woman was killed for refusing sex

ST. LOUIS  — The Latest on the investigation into a fatal attack at a religious supplies store near St. Louis (all times local): 5:30 p.m. Authorities say a woman who was killed at a suburban St. Louis religious supplies store earlier this week refused her attacker’s demands to “perform deviant sexual acts on him.” Detectives … Continue reading ST. LOUIS | The Latest: Police say woman was killed for refusing sex

WASHINGTON | Suspected Russian hackers impersonate State Department aide

WASHINGTON — U.S. cybersecurity experts say hackers impersonating a State Department official have targeted U.S. government agencies, businesses and think tanks in an attack that bears similarity to past campaigns linked to Russia. The “spear phishing” attempts began on Wednesday, sending e-mail messages purported to come from a department public affairs official. Cybersecurity companies CrowdStrike … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Suspected Russian hackers impersonate State Department aide

LONDON | The Latest: Businesses tentatively back Brexit deal

LONDON— The Latest on Britain’s departure from the European Union (all times local): 3:20 p.m. Businesses and trade groups have given tentative approval to the draft Brexit deal while also calling for more details, highlighting lingering questions about the final agreement. It’s a “positive step,” said Mike Hawes, CEO of the Society of Motor Manufacturers … Continue reading LONDON | The Latest: Businesses tentatively back Brexit deal

RICHMOND, Va | A look at what’s in Amazon’s new deal with Virginia

RICHMOND, Va.  — Virginia regularly awards grants, tax breaks and other goodies to businesses that move to the state or expand their operations, sometimes even for small projects that produce just a dozen or so jobs. But Amazon’s announcement Tuesday that it plans to put at least 25,000 highly paid new workers in a new … Continue reading RICHMOND, Va | A look at what’s in Amazon’s new deal with Virginia

LONDON | ‘French Spiderman’ arrested after scaling London skyscraper

LONDON— French urban climber Alain Robert has been arrested after scaling one of London’s tallest buildings. Robert climbed the 662-foot (202-meter) Heron Tower without ropes or safety gear on Thursday as police cordoned off the building, closed roads and ushered spectators away. Robert, known as “the French Spiderman,” has climbed many of the world’s tallest … Continue reading LONDON | ‘French Spiderman’ arrested after scaling London skyscraper

WASHINGTON | Russia probe revival expected if Dems win House

WASHINGTON— House Democrats are expected to re-open the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election if they win the majority in November. But they would have to be selective in what they investigate. California Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House intelligence panel, has said his party would have to “ruthlessly prioritize … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Russia probe revival expected if Dems win House

TIRANA, Albania | Turkey asks Albania to close US-based cleric’s businesses

TIRANA, Albania — Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu says he expects Albania to close all businesses owned by Fethullah Gulen, the U.S.-based Turkish cleric Ankara blames for an attempted coup two years ago. Cavusoglu, in the Albanian capital of Tirana on Friday, said Ankara has formally asked Tirana “to close all the institutions that hold … Continue reading TIRANA, Albania | Turkey asks Albania to close US-based cleric’s businesses

JOHANNESBURG | South African finance minister criticized after testimony

JOHANNESBURG — South Africa‘s finance minister is under pressure after he acknowledged visiting the home of a business family linked to alleged corruption under former president Jacob Zuma. Opposition parties are criticizing Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene, whose appointment to President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Cabinet this year was widely welcomed as a break from the alleged plundering … Continue reading JOHANNESBURG | South African finance minister criticized after testimony

NEW YORK | Pass It On: Advice for businesses from Stephen Badger

NEW YORK — In “Pass It On,” AP beat reporters ask executives to share experiences and insights that will resonate with anyone managing a business. Stephen M. Badger, chairman of Mars Incorporated, recently sat down with The Associated Press. The family-owned business is best known for selling M&Ms and Snickers. But it also makes Pedigree … Continue reading NEW YORK | Pass It On: Advice for businesses from Stephen Badger

TORONTO | Canada-US reach free trade deal with Mexico

TORONTO — Canada and the United States reached a deal Sunday night for Canada to stay in a free trade pact with the U.S. and Mexico. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland announced the deal in a joint statement late Sunday. They say the newly named the United States-Mexico-Canada … Continue reading TORONTO | Canada-US reach free trade deal with Mexico

FRANKFURT, Germany | German business confidence holds up amid trade worries

FRANKFURT, Germany  — Business confidence in Europe’s largest economy fell only slightly in September despite worries about trade disputes that could harm growth. The Ifo institute survey of the outlook among business executives in Germany eased to 103.7 points from 103.9 in August. Ifo institute head Clemens Fuest said Monday that the reading shows the … Continue reading FRANKFURT, Germany | German business confidence holds up amid trade worries

NEW YORK | Twitter finds software privacy bug affecting direct messages

NEW YORK— Twitter says it found a software bug that may have sent some private messages to the wrong people. But the company says the problem specifically involved direct messages or protected tweets sent to businesses and other accounts overseen by software developers. The issue, which started in May 2017, could in some cases have … Continue reading NEW YORK | Twitter finds software privacy bug affecting direct messages

WILMINGTON, N.C. | The Latest: More N Carolina counties qualify for federal aid

WILMINGTON, N.C.— The Latest on Tropical Depression Florence (all times local): 8:45 p.m. More North Carolina counties have qualified for federal disaster aid for their homeowners, renters and businesses reeling from Hurricane Florence damage. The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced late Monday that 10 additional counties have been designated for individual assistance, bringing the total … Continue reading WILMINGTON, N.C. | The Latest: More N Carolina counties qualify for federal aid

WASHINGTON | Closed ports, lost power: How storm could hurt area economy

WASHINGTON — Ports are closing. Farmers are moving hogs to high ground. Dealers are moving cars into service bays for refuge. And up to 3 million energy customers in North and South Carolina could lose power for weeks. Across the Carolinas, Virginia and Georgia, businesses are bracing for the economic damage Hurricane Florence is expected … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Closed ports, lost power: How storm could hurt area economy

DETROIT | Water coolers replace school drinking fountains in Detroit

DETROIT— Thousands of Detroit public schools students were told Tuesday to drink from district-supplied water coolers or bottled water on the first day of classes, after the drinking fountains were shut off because of contaminants in some water fixtures. Superintendent Nikolai Vitti said last week that elevated levels of lead or copper were found in … Continue reading DETROIT | Water coolers replace school drinking fountains in Detroit

CHARLOTTE, N.C. | Trump signs order to increase access to retirement plans

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — President Donald Trump on Friday directed the Labor and Treasury departments to work to make it easier for small businesses to band together to offer retirement plans to their workers. Trump signed an executive order requiring that the departments issue regulations to remove regulatory hurdles that keep small businesses from coming together … Continue reading CHARLOTTE, N.C. | Trump signs order to increase access to retirement plans

NEW YORK | 4 reasons why shoppers are in the mood to spend

NEW YORK — The store isn’t dead for Home Depot, Kohl’s, Best Buy or Target. Many traditional chains have posted strong sales, both online and at stores, as people are in a mood to spend. What’s driving it? A booming economy and companies’ own efforts to try to Amazon-proof their businesses. That means making their … Continue reading NEW YORK | 4 reasons why shoppers are in the mood to spend

ATHENS, Greece | Blackout disrupts water supply on Greek island of Hydra

ATHENS, Greece — Greek authorities have declared a state of emergency on the resort island of Hydra after a power failure blacked out the island and disrupted its the water supply. The blackout occurred early Sunday, leaving the island’s state-run health clinic running on an emergency generator along with a handful of businesses. The state … Continue reading ATHENS, Greece | Blackout disrupts water supply on Greek island of Hydra

WASHINGTON | The Latest: Trump suggests ‘flipping’ should be ‘illegal’

WASHINGTON — The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local): 7 a.m. President Donald Trump is suggesting that it should be illegal for people facing prosecution to cooperate with the government in exchange for a reduced sentence. Trump is reacting to the guilty plea entered by his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, to a range … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: Trump suggests ‘flipping’ should be ‘illegal’

HONOLULU | With no place to run, people in Hawaii brace for hurricane

HONOLULU — Hawaii residents emptied store shelves Wednesday, claimed the last sheets of plywood to board up windows and drained gas pumps as Hurricane Lane churned toward the state. The category 4 storm could slam into the islands Thursday with winds exceeding 100 mph (161 kph), making it the most powerful storm to hit Hawaii … Continue reading HONOLULU | With no place to run, people in Hawaii brace for hurricane

ANKARA, Turkey | Turkish Central Bank takes steps to provide liquidity

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey’s Central Bank has announced a series of measures to help banks manage their liquidity, after the country’s finance chief said the government had readied an “action plan” to ease market concerns that led to a slump in the value of Turkish currency. The bank released a statement Monday saying it would … Continue reading ANKARA, Turkey | Turkish Central Bank takes steps to provide liquidity

OMAHA, Neb. | Immigration raids in Nebraska, Minnesota target businesses

OMAHA, Neb. — A large federal law enforcement operation conducted Wednesday targeted businesses in Nebraska and Minnesota that officials say knowingly hired — and mistreated — immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally. The investigative arm of U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement — Homeland Security Investigations — led the operation that saw about a dozen … Continue reading OMAHA, Neb. | Immigration raids in Nebraska, Minnesota target businesses