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Starbucks is introducing a cold drink cup made with less plastic

Booming sales of cold drinks at Starbucks stores have created a problem: growing amounts of plastic waste from the single-use cups that Frappuccinos, Refreshers, cold brews and other iced drinks are served in
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This photo provided by Starbucks shows a new version of the company's cold cup which is said to be made with up to 20% less plastic. The introduction of the cups will be announced on Thursday, April 18, 2024. (Starbucks via AP)
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Sluggish start for spring homebuying season as home sales fall in March with mortgage rates rising

The spring homebuying season is off to a sluggish start as home shoppers contend with elevated mortgage rates and rising prices
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A housing development in Cranberry Township, Pa., is shown on Friday, March 29, 2024. On Thursday, April 18, 2024, the National Association of Realtors reports on existing home sales for March. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
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IMF's Georgieva warns "there's plenty to worry about'' in world economy -- including inflation, debt

The head of the International Monetary Fund said Thursday that the world economy has proven surprisingly resilient in the face of higher interest rates and the shock of war in Ukraine and Gaza, but “there is plenty to worry about,″ including stubborn i...
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FILE - Kristalina Georgieva, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, IMF, speaks in Davos, Switzerland, Jan. 17, 2024. During a IMF and World Bank meeting Thursday, April 18, 2024, Georgieva said the world economy has proven surprisingly resilient in the face of higher interest rates and the shock of war in Ukraine and Gaza, but "there is plenty to worry about,'' including stubborn inflation and rising levels of government debt. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, File)
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Google fires 28 workers after office sit-ins to protest cloud contract with Israel

Google has fired 28 employees who were involved in protests over the tech company’s cloud computing contract with the Israeli government
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FILE -- A sign is shown on a Google building at their campus in Mountain View, Calif., on Sept. 24, 2019. On Friday, April 12, 2024, Google announced it was testing removing links to California news websites from some people's search results. The search giant said it was preparing in case the Legislature passed a bill requiring it to pay media companies a fee for linking to its content. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
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Croatia's conservatives believe they'll soon form a majority government despite inconclusive vote

Croatia’s ruling conservatives says that talks are already underway on the formation of a new governing majority following a highly contested parliamentary election that saw a far-right party emerge as a potential kingmaker
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Prime Minister incumbent Andrej Plenkovic cuts the cake after claiming victory in a parliamentary election in Zagreb, Croatia, Thursday, April 18, 2024. Croatia's governing conservatives convincingly won a highly contested parliamentary election Wednesday, but will still need support from far-right groups to stay in power, according to the official vote count. The election followed a campaign that centered on a bitter rivalry between the country's president and prime minister. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
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The number of Americans applying for jobless benefits holds steady as labor market remains strong

The number of Americans filing for jobless benefits didn’t change last week as the labor market continues to defy efforts by the Federal Reserve to cool it off
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A hiring sign is displayed in Riverwoods, Ill., Tuesday, April 16, 2024. On Thursday, April 18, 2024, the Labor Department reports on the number of people who applied for unemployment benefits last week. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
April 18

'There is no time to waste': EU leaders want to boost competitiveness to close gap with US and China

European Union leaders are debating at a summit in Brussels a new “European Competitiveness Deal” aimed at helping the 27-nation bloc close the gap with Chinese and American rivals
April 18
European Council President Charles Michel, right, speaks with author of the High-Level Report on the future of the Single Market, Enrico Letta as they arrive for an EU summit in Brussels, Thursday, April 18, 2024. European Union leaders vowed on Wednesday to ramp up sanctions against Iran as concern grows that Tehran's unprecedented attack on Israel could fuel a wider war in the Middle East. (AP Photo/Omar Havana)
April 18

European Union official urges G7 to step up air defense for Ukraine and expand Iran sanctions

The European Union’s top diplomat is urging the Group of Seven to take quick and concrete steps to provide more air defense systems to Ukraine
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French Foreign Minister Stephane Sejourne attends a meeting on the second day of a G7 foreign ministers meeting on Capri island, Italy, Thursday April 18, 2024. (Remo Casilli/Pool via AP)
April 18

Nokia sees double-digit fall in January-March sales as weak market for 5G technology prevails

Wireless and fixed-network equipment maker Nokia has reported a smaller-than-expected profit and a substantial double-digit fall in sales in the first quarter due to a market weakened by a lack of investment by clients in 5G technology
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Stock market today: Wall Street ticks higher after its four-day losing streak

U.S. stock indexes are ticking higher, putting the S&P 500 on track to potentially avoid its longest losing streak since October
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People pass the New York Stock Exchange, right, on Wednesday, April 17, 2024 in New York. Global shares are trading mixed after most U.S. stocks slipped on firmer expectations that the Fed is committed to its current rate practices.(AP Photo/Peter Morgan)
April 18

Europe wants 2 things from China. It may not get far on either of them.

Europe wants two things from China: First, a shift in its relatively pro-Russia position on the war in Ukraine
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FILE - In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, Chinese President Xi Jinping, right and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz pose for a photo in Beijing, China, on Tuesday, April 16, 2024. Europe wants two things from China: First, a shift in its relatively pro-Russia position on the war in Ukraine. Second, a reduction in the trade imbalance. It’s not clear if it will get very far on either front. (Xie Huanchi/Xinhua via AP, File)
April 18

Frustrated farmers are rebelling against EU rules. The far right is stoking the flames

Europe’s farmers are angry, and staging their biggest protests in half a century
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Farmer's Defense Force vice president Jos Ubels poses for a portrait at his farm in Anderen, Northern Netherlands, Monday, March 18, 2024. Ubels feels that everything from overbearing bureaucrats insisting when farmers should sow or harvest, imposing excessive restrictions on fertilizer and manure use and unfair international competition condoned by the European Union have created a potent mix that has driven him away from mainstream politics. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
April 17

Schumer says US will provide $6.1 billion to Micron Technology for chip plants in NY, Idaho

The Biden administration has reached an agreement to provide $6.1 billion in government support for Micron Technology to produce advanced memory computer chips in New York and Idaho
April 17
President Joe Biden waves as he walks across the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, April 17, 2024, after returning from a trip to Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
April 17

Who owns businesses in California? A lawmaker wants the public to know

A California lawmaker wants to require limited liability companies and similar businesses to report the identities of their owners to the government
April 17
FILE - State Sen. Maria Elena Durazo, D-Los Angeles, addresses a gathering in Sacramento, Calif., May 20, 2019. This year, Durazo, has introduced a bill to require business owners and landlords to disclose their identities under legislation aimed at cracking down on opaque ownership structures that have enabled some companies to skirt state laws without facing consequences. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
April 17

New York competition, smoking, internet betting concerns roil US northeast's gambling market

Casinos in the northeastern U.S. are dealing with numerous challenges as they brace for the arrival of new competitors in New York City
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A gambler touches the screen of a slot machine at Harrah's casino in Atlantic City N.J., Sept. 29, 2023. Figures released, Tuesday, April 16, 2024, show Atlantic City's casinos, their online partners and horse tracks that take sports bets won over $526 million in March, a month in which New Jersey's internet gambling market set yet another monthly record at $197 million. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)
April 17

One Tech Tip: What to do if your personal info has been exposed in a data breach

Data breaches are becoming an almost regular occurrence
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FILE - A person works on a laptop on June 19, 2017, in North Andover, Mass. As more of our lives move online, our personal data like email addresses, phone numbers, birthdates and even passcodes are becoming ever more vulnerable to theft or being mistakenly exposed. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)
April 17

CSX profit drops 10% despite railroad delivering 3% more freight in first quarter

CSX railroad's first-quarter profit slipped 10% even though the railroad delivered 3% more goods as shipments it handled shifted to a less-profitable mix
April 17
FILE - A CSX freight train sits on a siding in downtown Pittsburgh, Nov. 19, 2022. CSX reports their earnings on Wednesday, April 17, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
April 17

Abu Ghraib military contractor warned bosses of abuses 2 weeks after arriving, testimony reveals

A civilian contractor sent to work as an interrogator at Iraq’s infamous Abu Ghraib prison resigned within two weeks of his arrival and told his corporate bosses that mistreatment of detainees was likely to continue
April 17
En este bosquejo artístico aparece Salah Al-Ejaili, al frente, derecha, con anteojos, experiodista de Al-Jazeera, ante el tribunal de distrito de Estados Unidos en Alexandria, Virginia, el martes 16 de abril de 2024. Al-Ejaili ha testificado sobre abusos que sufrió cuando estuvo detenido de la prisión de Abu Ghraib, en Irak. (Dana Verkouteren vía AP)
April 17

US probe of Hondas that can activate emergency braking for no reason moves closer to a recall

A U.S. government investigation into unexpected automatic braking involving nearly 3 million Hondas is a step closer to a recall
April 17
FILE - The logo of the Honda Motor Co. is seen in Yokohama, near Tokyo, Dec. 15, 2021. A U.S. government investigation into unexpected automatic braking involving nearly 3 million Hondas is a step closer to a recall, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Wednesday, April 17, 2024. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File)
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How major US stock indexes fared Wednesday, 4/17/2024

Sinking technology stocks sent Wall Street lower again, and the S&P 500 fell to its fourth straight loss
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Closing prices for crude oil, gold and other commodities

Benchmark U.S. crude oil for May delivery fell $2.67 to $82.69 per barrel Wednesday
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US reimposes oil sanctions on Venezuela as hopes for a fair presidential election fades

The Biden administration has reimposed crushing oil sanctions on Venezuela in a rebuke to President Nicolas Maduro’s attempts to consolidate his rule just six months after the U.S. eased restrictions in a bid to support now fading hopes for a democrati...
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People wait in line to register to vote in the upcoming presidential election in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, April 16, 2024. Voters go to the polls on July 28th. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
April 17

Why the UAW vote at Volkswagen is significant for workers across US

4,000 workers at a Volkswagen plant in Tennessee are casting union ballots.
April 17
 United Auto Workers members strike the General Motors Lansing Delta Assembly Plant in Lansing, MI, Sept. 29, 2023 in Lansing, Michigan.
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Judges orders Pennsylvania agency to produce inspection records related to chocolate plant blast

Pennsylvania utility regulators must turn over inspection records to the National Transportation Safety Board as part of the federal investigation into a fatal explosion at a chocolate factory
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Biden promises to keep US Steel as a 'totally American company' while his administration reviews Japanese takeover plan

Biden promises to keep US Steel as a 'totally American company' while his administration reviews Japanese takeover plan
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Regulators pleased Union Pacific is using fewer temporary shipping limits

Union Pacific dramatically reduced its use of temporary limits on some businesses’ shipments over the past year after its customers complained
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FILE - A maintenance worker walks past the company logo on the side of a locomotive in the Union Pacific Railroad fueling yard in north Denver, Oct. 18, 2006. Union Pacific dramatically reduced its use of temporary limits on some businesses' shipments over the past year after its customers complained, but regulators said Wednesday, April 17, 2024, that the railroad must go further to be in line with the other major freight railroads that rarely use such embargoes. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
April 17

As earnings season rolls into its heart, hopes rise for broader gains

Last year, a handful of Big Tech stocks were behind much of corporate America’s profit growth
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FILE - Pedestrians walk past the Nasdaq building Tuesday, March 26, 2024, in New York. Last year, a handful of Big Tech stocks were behind much of corporate America’s profit growth. Now, as the heart of earnings reporting season arrives on Wall Street, the hope is that profit growth will broaden out to a wider range of companies. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)
April 17

Owner of ship in Baltimore bridge collapse asks for help cover salvage costs

The owner of the container ship Dali has initiated a process requiring owners of the cargo on board to share salvage costs after the deadly collapse of Baltimore’s Francis Scott Key Bridge
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Salvage work continues on the collapsed Francis Scott Key Bridge, Monday, April 15, 2024, in Baltimore. The FBI confirmed that agents were aboard the Dali conducting court-authorized law enforcement activity. (AP Photo/Julia Nikhinson)
April 17

United Airlines, Eli Lilly rise; JB Hunt, Travelers fall, Wednesday, 4/17/2024

Stocks that are trading heavily or have substantial price changes on Wednesday: United Airlines, Eli Lilly rise; JB Hunt, Travelers fall
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Alaska Airlines briefly grounds flights due to technical issue

Alaska Airlines briefly grounded all flights Wednesday due to a technical issue
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FILE - An Alaska Airlines aircraft sits in the airline's hangar at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2024, in SeaTac, Wash. Alaska Airlines briefly grounded all flights Wednesday, April 17, due to a technical issue. (AP Photo/Lindsey Wasson, File)
April 17

An NPR editor who wrote a critical essay on the company has resigned after being suspended

A National Public Radio editor who wrote a critical essay saying that his company had become intolerant of all but liberal views has resigned
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FILE - The headquarters for National Public Radio (NPR) stands on North Capitol Street on April 15, 2013, in Washington. A National Public Radio editor who wrote an essay criticizing his employer for promoting liberal reviews resigned on Wednesday, April 17, 2024, a day after it was revealed that he had been suspended. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)
April 17

Disneyland performers file petition to form labor union

Workers who help bring Disneyland’s beloved characters to life have filed a petition to form a labor union
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A view of Disneyland's amusement park Matterhorn, far left, is seen through a window in Anaheim, Wednesday, April 17, 2024. Workers who help bring Disneyland's beloved characters to life said Wednesday they collected enough signatures to support their push for a union. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
April 17

Amazon removed Just Walk Out from many of its own stores but wants to sell the system to others

Amazon wants other businesses to know it’s not giving up on its Just Walk Out technology
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FILE - An Amazon Fresh grocery store is seen, Feb. 4, 2022, in Warrington, Pa. Amazon is removing Just Walk Out technology from its Amazon Fresh stores as part of an effort to revamp the grocery chain. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
April 17

9 facing charges in Canada's biggest gold theft in the country's history

Canadian police say nine people are facing charges in the biggest gold theft in Canadian history from Toronto’s Pearson International airport a year ago
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Investigators stand during a press conference regarding Project 24K a joint investigation into the theft of gold from Pearson International Airport, in Brampton, Ontario, on Wednesday, April 17, 2024. (Arlyn McAdorey/The Canadian Press via AP)
April 17

Supreme Court makes it easier to sue for job discrimination over forced transfers

The Supreme Court has made it easier for workers who are transferred from one job to another against their will to pursue job discrimination claims under federal civil rights law, even when they are not demoted or docked pay
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FILE - The Supreme Court is seen in Washington, March 7, 2024. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
April 17

New study calculates climate change's economic bite will hit about $38 trillion a year by 2049

A new study says climate change will reduce future global income by about 19% in the next 25 years compared to a fictional world that’s not warming, with the poorest areas and those least responsible for heat-trapping gases taking the biggest monetary hit
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FILE - A man buys a cool drink from a roadside vendor on a sunny day in Mahawewa, a village north of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Feb. 29, 2024. A new study says climate change will reduce future global income by about 19% in the next 25 years compared to a fictional world that’s not warming. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena, File)
April 17

Ford recalls over 456,000 Bronco Sport and Maverick cars due to loss of drive power risk

Ford is recalling more than 456,000 Bronco Sport and Maverick vehicles due to a battery detection issue that can result in loss of drive power
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FILE -A Ford Bronco is displayed at a Gus Machado Ford dealership on Jan. 23, 2023, in Hialeah, Fla. Ford is recalling more than 456,000 Bronco Sport and Maverick vehicles, Wednesday, April 17, 2024, due to a battery detection issue that can result in loss of drive power. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier, File)
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Abbott Labs tops Q1 expectations, raises low end of 2024 guidance range

Abbott Laboratories on Wednesday reported first-quarter profit of $1.23 billion
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Seinfeld's upcoming Netflix movie about Pop-Tarts to be featured in IndyCar race at Long Beach

Jerry Seinfeld’s upcoming Netflix comedy will be featured during this weekend's IndyCar race at Long Beach as rookie Linus Lundqvist will drive a car painted to look like a Pop-Tart in recognition of the movie “Unfrosted.”
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FILE - Jerry Seinfeld is shown before the men's singles final of the U.S. Open tennis championships between Casper Ruud, of Norway, and Carlos Alcaraz, of Spain, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2022, in New York. Seinfeld's upcoming Netflix comedy will be featured during this weekend's IndyCar race at Long Beach as rookie Linus Lundqvist will drive a car painted to look like a Pop-Tart in recognition of the movie “Unfrosted.”(AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
April 17

Hugh Grant says he took 'enormous sum' to settle suit alleging illegal snooping by The Sun tabloid

Hugh Grant says he accepted “an enormous sum of money” to settle a lawsuit accusing the publisher of The Sun tabloid of unlawfully tapping his phone, bugging his car and breaking into his home to snoop on him
April 17
FILE - Hugh Grant arrives at the premiere of "Wonka" on Dec. 10, 2023, at Regency Village Theatre in Westwood, Calif. Hugh Grant says he received “an enormous sum of money” to settle a lawsuit accusing the publisher of The Sun tabloid of unlawfully tapping his phone, bugging his car and breaking into his home to snoop on him. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
April 17

European Union questions TikTok on new app that pays users for watching

European Union regulators are seeking details from TikTok on a new app from the video sharing platform that pays users to watch videos
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FILE - The TikTok logo is seen on a mobile phone in front of a computer screen which displays the TikTok home screen, Saturday, March 18, 2023, in Boston. European Union regulators said Wednesday, April 17, 2024, they're seeking details from TikTok on a new app from the video sharing platform that pays users to watch videos. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)
April 17

Edmunds: Avoid these 3 mistakes when buying a used car sight unseen

Sometimes you need to buy a car you’ve never seen
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FILE - Used models are shown a Mini dealership on July 21, 2023, in Highlands Ranch, Colo. The average used car price is up 16% from three years ago. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
April 17

Georgia's parliament votes to approve so-called 'Russian law' targeting media in first reading

Georgia’s parliament has voted in the first reading to approve a proposed law that would require media and non-commercial organizations to register as being under foreign influence if they receive more than 20% of their funding from abroad
April 17
Demonstrators wave Georgian and EU flags as they gather outside the parliament building in Tbilisi, Georgia, on Wednesday, April 17, 2024, to protest against "the Russian law" similar to a law that Russia uses to stigmatize independent news media and organizations seen as being at odds with the Kremlin. (AP Photo/Zurab Tsertsvadze)
April 17

Tesla asks shareholders to restore $56B Elon Musk pay package that was voided by Delaware judge

Tesla is asking shareholders to restore a $56 billion pay package for CEO Elon Musk that was rejected by a Delaware judge this year, and to shift the company’s corporate home to Texas
April 17
FILE - A Tesla logo has rain drops on it Feb. 27, 2024, in Charlotte, N.C. After reporting dismal first-quarter sales, Tesla is planning to lay off about a tenth of its workforce as it tries to cut costs, multiple media outlets reported Monday. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
April 17

Southern California city council gives a key approval for Disneyland expansion plan

Disney has received a key approval to expand its theme park offerings in California as it seeks to build new, immersive lands for visitors
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FILE - Visitors pass through Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif., April 30, 2021. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
April 17

Thailand and New Zealand vow to strengthen economic ties as they set lofty new trade goals

Thailand and New Zealand have vowed to boost economic cooperation with an aim to triple two-way trade by 2045, as the New Zealand leader visited Thailand for the first time in 11 years
April 17
New Zealand's Prime Minister Christopher Luxon, left, reviews an honor guard during a welcome ceremony at the government house in Bangkok, Thailand, Wednesday, April 17, 2024. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
April 17

Biden vows to shield US steel industry by blocking Japanese merger and seeking new Chinese tariffs

President Joe Biden has told an audience of cheering unionized steelworkers that his administration will block the acquisition of U.S. Steel by a Japanese company
April 17
President Joe Biden speaks with reporters as he departs on Air Force One at Wilkes-Barre Scranton International Airport, Wednesday, April 17, 2024, in Scranton, Pa. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
April 17

Unions in Greece call widespread strikes, seeking a return to bargaining rights axed during bailouts

Strikes called by Greece’s largest labor union have halted ferries, disrupted public transport services and left some state-run hospitals running on emergency staffing levels in Athens and elsewhere
April 17
People walk past docked ferries at the port of Piraeus, near Athens, during a 24-hour ferry strike on Wednesday, April 17, 2024. The General Confederation of Greek Labor, GSEE, called the strikes to press for a return of collective bargaining rights axed more than a decade ago during a severe financial crisis. The 24-hour strike kept ferries at ports and disrupted other public services, leaving some state-run hospitals running on emergency staff levels (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
April 17

US navy flies aircraft through the Taiwan Strait a day after US-China defense chiefs hold rare talks

The U.S. 7th Fleet says a Navy P-8A Poseidon has flown through the Taiwan Strait
April 17
FILE - A U.S. P-8A Poseidon reconaissance plane flies near Chinese structures and buildings on the man-made Fiery Cross Reef at the Spratlys group of islands in the South China Sea are seen on March 20, 2022. The U.S. 7th Fleet says a Navy P-8A Poseidon flew through the Taiwan Strait dividing China from the self-governing island democracy and close U.S. partner on Wednesday, April 17, 2024, a day after the U.S. and Chinese defense chiefs held their first talks since Nov. 2022 in an effort to reduce regional tensions. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila, File)
April 17

UK inflation falls to lowest level since late 2021 as food prices ease further

Inflation in the U.K. fell to its lowest level in two and a half years in March after a further easing in food prices
April 17
FILE - A woman selects fruits at a supermarket in London, on Nov. 17, 2021. Inflation in the U.K. fell to its lowest level in two and a half years in March after a further easing in food prices, official figures showed Wednesday, April 17, 2024. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)