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WASHINGTON | White House: Trump meets with German auto executives

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump met Tuesday with executives from three big German automakers amid U.S.-European trade tensions focused on car exports and the threat of tariffs. Executives from BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen were invited to participate in a series of meetings with Trump’s top economic advisers to discuss investment opportunities in the United States, … Continue reading WASHINGTON | White House: Trump meets with German auto executives

BOSTON | Nigerian ISP says error caused disruption in Google services

BOSTON — A Nigerian internet service provider says a configuration error it made during a network upgrade caused a disruption of key Google services that routed traffic to China and Russia. Before MainOne tweeted the explanation Tuesday, there was speculation the data hijacking may have been intentional. The type of traffic misdirection employed can be … Continue reading BOSTON | Nigerian ISP says error caused disruption in Google services

VATICAN CITY | More bones unearthed at Vatican embassy as coroner weighs in

VATICAN CITY— More bones were found on the grounds of the Vatican embassy in Italy, adding grisly new evidence to the growing mystery over who was buried on Holy See territory and why. As police returned to the compound Tuesday, coroner Giovanni Arcudi said preliminary examinations of bones found last week indicated they belonged to … Continue reading VATICAN CITY | More bones unearthed at Vatican embassy as coroner weighs in

NEW YORK | Amazon mum on reports it will split new headquarters

NEW YORK— Online leader Amazon Inc. has refused comment on reports that it plans to split its new headquarters between two locations. The Wall Street Journal and New York Times reported late Monday that the company would locate the new facilities in Queens in New York City and in the Crystal City area of Arlington, … Continue reading NEW YORK | Amazon mum on reports it will split new headquarters

NAIROBI, Kenya | Keino says charges against him dropped, has been released

NAIROBI, Kenya — Running great Kip Keino said Friday that charges against him in a Kenyan Olympic corruption case have been dropped and he has been released. The honorary IOC member tells The Associated Press that he still needs to appear in court on Tuesday — with speculation that he may now be a witness … Continue reading NAIROBI, Kenya | Keino says charges against him dropped, has been released

WASHINGTON | UN Ambassador Haley resigning; she gives no reason

WASHINGTON — U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley is leaving the administration at the end of the year, she and President Donald Trump announced Tuesday. She gave no reason for her departure after two years, though there has been speculation she will return to government or politics at some point. “No, I’m not running in 2020” for … Continue reading WASHINGTON | UN Ambassador Haley resigning; she gives no reason

FRANKFURT, Germany | Daimler: CEO Zetsche to be succeeded by development head

FRANKFURT, Germany  — Automaker Daimler says that CEO Dieter Zetsche will be succeeded next year by Mercedes-Benz development and research head Ola Kallenius. The company said Wednesday in a statement that Zetsche would be proposed to become head of the board of directors in 2021. Zetsche’s contract was to expire next year. Kallenius had figured … Continue reading FRANKFURT, Germany | Daimler: CEO Zetsche to be succeeded by development head

LONDON | Boris Johnson’s Brexit ‘suicide vest’ comment sparks furor

LONDON  — Former British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has compared Prime Minister Theresa May’s plan for Brexit to putting the country’s constitution in a “suicide vest” and handing the detonator to the European Union. The attack, and Johnson’s choice of language, widened the divide in the governing Conservative Party over Brexit. Johnson, a strong supporter … Continue reading LONDON | Boris Johnson’s Brexit ‘suicide vest’ comment sparks furor

LONDON | Bank of England chief hints he will stay to help with Brexit

LONDON — Bank of England Governor Mark Carney all but confirmed Tuesday that he is to stay at the helm of the central bank for longer than planned to help ensure Britain leaves the European Union as smoothly as possible. Following days of speculation about an extension beyond his planned June 2019 departure, Carney told … Continue reading LONDON | Bank of England chief hints he will stay to help with Brexit

LONDON | Bank of England’s governor ‘willing’ to extend time at helm

LONDON  — Bank of England Governor Mark Carney all but confirmed Tuesday that he is to stay at the helm for longer than planned in order to help ensure Britain leaves the European Union in as smooth a fashion as possible. Following days of speculation about an extension beyond his planned June departure, Carney told … Continue reading LONDON | Bank of England’s governor ‘willing’ to extend time at helm

NEW YORK | NBC’s news chairman defends handling of Weinstein story

NEW YORK — NBC’s news chairman has sent an exhaustive defense of the network’s handling of Ronan Farrow’s investigation of Harvey Weinstein to his staff members, saying any speculation that the disgraced Hollywood mogul had any role in the network’s rejection of the story was baseless. After a disagreement with his managers over whether he … Continue reading NEW YORK | NBC’s news chairman defends handling of Weinstein story

KINSHASA, Congo | Congo says former VP Bemba cannot run for president

KINSHASA, Congo — Congo’s electoral commission has rejected former Vice President Jean-Pierre Bemba, a top opposition contender, as a candidate in this year’s presidential election because of a pending case at the International Criminal Court. The overnight announcement came as the commission announced the eligible candidates for the long-delayed vote now set for December. President … Continue reading KINSHASA, Congo | Congo says former VP Bemba cannot run for president

WASHINGTON | Pelosi has no plans to leave her leadership role

WASHINGTON— Nancy Pelosi is the chief villain of Republican campaign ads. The leader some Democrats promise to vote against. The subject of much speculation that her grip on power is coming to an end. Nevertheless, she says she’s not going anywhere — and certainly not while President Donald Trump is in the White House. Pushing … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Pelosi has no plans to leave her leadership role

Colts fire coach Chuck Pagano after 4-12 season

INDIANAPOLIS/December 31, 2017  (AP)(STL.News) — First, Chuck Pagano lost Andrew Luck. Then the Indianapolis Colts started losing games. And now it has cost him a job. Six years after convincing Jim Irsay he could lead the Colts to a Super Bowl, and two years after convincing the team owner to give him a surprise contract extension, Pagano … Continue reading Colts fire coach Chuck Pagano after 4-12 season

Texans GM taking leave of absence as wife battles cancer

INDIANAPOLIS /December 31, 2017  (AP)(STL.News) — Houston Texans general manager Rick Smith says he will take an immediate extended leave of absence to help his wife battle breast cancer. Smith made the announcement in a statement less than an hour after the Texans finished their season with a 22-13 loss Sunday at Indianapolis. Houston (4-12) lost its … Continue reading Texans GM taking leave of absence as wife battles cancer

Danica Patrick, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. end 5-year relationship

CONCORD, N.C. / December 18, 2017 (AP)(STL.NEWS) — Danica Patrick and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. have ended their nearly five-year relationship. A spokeswoman for Patrick confirmed to The Associated Press on Monday that the race car drivers “are no longer in a relationship.” Patrick didn’t attend the season-ending awards ceremony last month in Las Vegas with … Continue reading Danica Patrick, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. end 5-year relationship