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West Africa's ECOWAS bloc says it's lifting sanctions imposed on Niger over last year’s coup in a new push for dialogue

West Africa's ECOWAS bloc says it's lifting sanctions imposed on Niger over last year’s coup in a new push for dialogue
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Macron booed by French farmers who blame him for not doing enough to support agriculture

French President Emmanuel Macron has been greeted with boos and whistles at the opening of the Paris Agricultural Fair by angry farmers who blame him for not doing enough to support them
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Farmers scuffle with security at the International Agriculture Fair as French President Emmanuel Macron tours the exhibition on the opening day in Paris, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024. Farmers across Europe have been protesting for weeks over what they say are excessively restrictive environmental rules. (Ludovic Marin/Pool via AP)
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In his annual letter, Warren Buffett tells investors to ignore Wall Street pundits

Warren Buffett credited his longtime partner — the late Charlie Munger — with being the architect of the Berkshire Hathaway conglomerate he’s received the credit for leading and warned shareholders in his annual letter not to listen to Wall Street pund...
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FILE- In this May 3, 2019 file photo, Berkshire Hathaway Chairman and CEO Warren Buffett, left, and Vice Chairman Charlie Munger, briefly chat with reporters before Berkshire Hathaway's annual shareholders meeting. Buffett credited his longtime partner — the late Charlie Munger — with being the architect of the Berkshire Hathaway conglomerate he’s received the credit for leading and warned shareholders in his annual letter not to listen to Wall Street pundits or financial advisors who urge them to trade often. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)
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West Africa's regional bloc lifts coup sanctions on Niger in a new push for dialogue

West Africa’s regional bloc known as ECOWAS has lifted travel, commercial and economic sanctions imposed on Niger which were aimed at reversing the coup staged in the country last year
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FILE - The defense chiefs from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) countries excluding Mali, Burkina Faso, Chad, Guinea and Niger, gather for their extraordinary meeting in Accra, Ghana, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2023, to discuss the situation in Niger. Heads of state across West Africa will meet on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024 to discuss the region’s existential challenges particularly the withdrawal of three junta-led nations from the top regional bloc as well as sanctions imposed to reverse the coup in Niger. The West Africa bloc of ECOWAS summit to hold in Nigeria's capital, Abuja, comes at a critical time when the 49-year-old bloc’s future is threatened. (AP Photo/Richard Eshun Nanaresh, File)
February 24

Taiwan giant chipmaker TSMC opens first plant in Japan as part of key global expansion

Chip giant Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. has opened in an official ceremony its first semiconductor plant in Japan as part of its ongoing global expansion
February 24
This photo shows a newly built plant for Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) in Kikuyo town, a suburb of Kumamoto, southwestern Japan, Feb. 12, 2024. TSMC opened Saturday, Feb. 24, in an official ceremony its first semiconductor plant in Japan as part of its ongoing global expansion. Japan Advanced Semiconductor Manufacturing (JASM), a subsidiary of TSMC, will run the plant. (Kyodo News via AP)
February 23

MILAN FASHION PHOTOS: Gucci sparkles as De Sarno hits stride

The fashion crowd traversed Milan countless times on the third day of fashion week Friday, defying rain, traffic tie-ups and a local transport strike all in the name of the next big trend. By late afternoon, shows were running a full hour late as the fleet of black sedans, shuttles and taxis couldn’t keep up the runway pace. Donatella Versace put the world back to rights, starting her evening show right on time. Here are some highlights from Friday’s shows of mostly womenswear previews for Fall-Winter 2024-25. GUCCI SPARKLES Sabato De Sarno added just a little sparkle to his second Gucci womenswear collection as he continued to build fashion house’s new codes. Apparently simple silhouettes like a belted coat, an apron romper and plunging neck-line tunic project sexiness and power, showing off a bit of leg and the season’s new equestrian boot that rises just above the knee. Long outerwear, worn over short-shorts and simple corsets, are decorated with sequins and crystal beading...
February 23
A model wears a creation as part of the Versace women's Fall-Winter 2024-25 collection presented in Milan, Italy, Friday, Feb. 23, 2024. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
February 23

Google says its AI image-generator would sometimes 'overcompensate' for diversity

Google apologized Friday for its faulty rollout of a new artificial intelligence image-generator, acknowledging that in some cases the tool would “overcompensate” in seeking a diverse range of people even when such a range didn’t make sense
February 23
FILE - Google logos are shown when searched on Google in New York, Sept. 11, 2023. Google said Thursday, Feb. 22, 2024, it’s temporarily stopping its Gemini artificial intelligence chatbot from generating images of people a day after apologizing for “inaccuracies” in historical depictions that it was creating.(AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
February 23

White House, tribal leaders hail 'historic' deal to restore salmon runs in Pacific Northwest

The Biden administration, leaders of four Columbia River Basin tribes and the governors of Oregon and Washington have signed papers formally launching a $1 billion plan to help recover depleted salmon populations in the Pacific Northwest
February 23
Chair Gerry Lewis of the Yakama Nation, right, signs a document during a signing ceremony in Washington, Friday, Feb. 23, 2024. The agreement is between the Biden administration and state and Tribal governments in the Pacific Northwest to restore wild salmon populations, expand Tribally sponsored clean energy production, and provide stability for communities that depend on the Columbia River System for agriculture, energy, recreation, and transportation. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
February 23

$454 million judgment against Trump is finalized, starting clock on appeal in civil fraud case

The staggering civil fraud judgment against Donald Trump was finalized by a New York county clerk on Friday
February 23
FILE - Former President Donald Trump attends the closing arguments in the Trump Organization civil fraud trial at New York State Supreme Court in the Manhattan borough of New York, Jan. 11, 2024. A New York judge has ruled against Donald Trump Friday, Feb. 16, 2024, imposing a $364 million penalty over what the judge said was a yearslong scheme to dupe banks and others with financial statements that inflated the former president’s wealth. Trump also has been barred from serving as an officer or director of any New York corporation for three years. However, the judge backed away from an earlier ruling that would have dissolved the former president’s companies. (Shannon Stapleton/Pool Photo via AP, File)
February 23

Senators urge Biden to end duty-free treatment for packages valued at less than $800

Two U.S. senators looking to crack down on the number of packages from China that enter the country duty-free are calling on President Joe Biden to take executive action
February 23
FILE - A page from the Temu website is seen, June 23, 2023, in New York. Temu, the China-founded online retailer surging in popularity in the United States, is opening its platform to U.S. and European sellers, a Temu spokesperson confirmed Thursday, Jan. 25, 2024. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
February 23

How major US stock indexes fared Friday, 2/23/2024

Stocks clung to modest gains on Wall Street, enough to edge the S&P 500 index to another record high and its sixth winning week in the last seven
February 23
February 23

Checking a bag will cost you more on United Airlines, which is copying a similar move by American

Now it's United Airlines' turn to raise fees for checking bags
February 23
February 23

Closing prices for crude oil, gold and other commodities

Benchmark U.S. crude oil for April delivery fell $2.12 to $76.49 per barrel Friday
February 23
February 23

A swift rebound and unprecedented tickets sales for live music after pandemic shut venues down

Powered by big stadium tours from artists like Taylor Swift and Beyoncé, ticket sales are booming and it appears likely that live acts will continue to draw massive crowds this year after the pandemic closed down concert venues globally for close to tw...
February 23
FILE - In this July 10, 2019 file photograph, singer Taylor Swift performs at Amazon Music's Prime Day concert at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York. Powered by big stadium tours from artists like Swift and Beyoncé, ticket sales are booming and it appears likely that live acts will continue to draw massive crowds after the pandemic closed down concert venues globally for close to two years. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
February 23

NFL’s salary cap skyrockets to $255.4 million, up a record $30.6 million

The NFL’s salary cap for 2024 will be $255.4 million, up a record $30.6 million from last year
February 23
FILE - The NFL logo is shown on the field before an NFL football game between the Detroit Lions and the Dallas Cowboys, Saturday, Dec. 30, 2023, in Arlington, Texas. The NFL’s salary cap for 2024 will be $255.4 million, up a record $30.6 million from last year.(AP Photo/Matt Patterson, File)
February 23

A money laundering watchdog removes the UAE, Uganda, Barbados and Gibraltar from a watchlist

An international watchdog says it's removing the United Arab Emirates from its so-called gray list of countries that don’t take full measures to combat money laundering and terrorism financing
February 23
February 23

Sprouts, Block rise; Booking Holdings, Insulet fall, Friday, 2/23/2024

Stocks that traded heavily or had substantial price changes on Friday: Sprouts, Block rise; Booking Holdings, Insulet fall
February 23
February 23

A former funeral home owner has been arrested after a corpse lay in a hearse for 2 years

Police in Colorado have arrested a former funeral home owner accused of hiding a woman’s corpse in a hearse for two years and hoarding the cremated remains of at least 30 people
February 23
FIEL - This image provided by the Denver Police Department shows Miles Harford, a former funeral home owner. Harford, accused of hiding a woman's corpse in the back of a hearse for two years and hoarding the cremated remains of at least 30 people was arrested Thursday night, Fev. 22, 2024, authorities said. (Denver Police Department via AP, File)
February 23

A judge has dismissed Fargo's challenge to North Dakota restrictions on local gun control

A judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by North Dakota's largest city that challenged a new state law that limits the ability of local governments to regulate guns and ammunition
February 23
A sign outside of Fargo City Hall in Fargo, N.D., is seen Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2023. A state district court judge on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2024, dismissed the city's lawsuit challenging a new state law that restricts cities and counties from regulating guns and ammunition by ordinances. The city filed the lawsuit last year, when the new law took effect. (AP Photo/Jack Dura)
February 23

Pakistani ex-Prime Minister Khan wants the IMF to link talks to an independent audit of the election

Pakistan’s imprisoned former Prime Minister Imran Khan is writing a letter to the International Monetary Fund urging it to link any talks with Islamabad to an audit of the country’s recent election
February 23
FILE - Pakistan's former Prime Minister Imran Khan speaks during a news conference at his home, in Lahore, Pakistan, Thursday, May 18, 2023. Pakistan is holding elections for a new parliament on Thursday. No less than 44 political parties are vying for a share of the 266 seats that are up for grabs in the National Assembly, or the lower house of parliament, with an additional 70 seats reserved for women and minorities. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary, File)
February 23

Here's a look at moon landing hits and misses

Landing a spacecraft on the moon has long been a series of hits and misses and now a U.S. company is the first private outfit to achieve a touchdown
February 23
FILE- Picture shows the moon's surface taken by the Russian moonprobe Luna 9, Feb. 4, 1966. The pictures for the first time enable scientists to analyze the microstructure of the moon's surface. The picture was released by the radio telescope at Jodrell Bank Observatory in Cheshire, England, which picked up Luna 9's signals. (AP Photo/File)
February 23

Nvidia valued at $2 trillion

Chipmaker Nvidia now valued at $2 trillion, Reddit files to go public on the New York Stock Exchange, and a popular video game from the 80's could bring over 7-hundred thousand dollars at auction.
February 23
VIDEO: Nvidia valued at $2 trillion
February 23

Private US spacecraft is on its side on the moon with some antennas covered up, the company says

A U.S. company says its moon lander is on its side near the lunar south pole
February 23
FILE - This image provided by Intuitive Machines shows its Odysseus lunar lander over the near side of the moon following lunar orbit insertion, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2024. Intuitive Machines reported Friday, Feb. 23, 2024, that it’s communicating with its lander, Odysseus, and sending commands to acquire science data. But it noted: “We continue to learn more about the vehicle’s specific information” regarding location, overall health and positioning. (Intuitive Machines via AP, File)
February 23
Lynx Air signage is displayed at the John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport in Hamilton, Ontario, Friday, Feb. 23, 2024. Officials with the Calgary-based company announced that it is ceasing operations after filing for creditor protection. (Nick Iwanyshyn/The Canadian Press via AP)
February 23

Indonesia and Australia hold defense talks as both nations move toward signing a security agreement

Indonesia and Australia have held high-level talks in Jakarta as the neighboring countries seek to strengthen security ties by signing a defense cooperation agreement in the coming months
February 23
Indonesian Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto, center left, walks with Australian Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Richard Marles, center right, following their meeting in Jakarta, Indonesia, Friday, Feb. 23, 2024. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)
February 23

This week's cellphone outage makes it clear: In the United States, landlines are languishing

When some people's cellphone service went down for a while because of an AT&T network outage, among the alternatives suggested were using landlines
February 23
A bank of phones are seen at the Karnes County Residential Center, Thursday, July 31, 2014, in Karnes City, Texas. Federal officials gave a tour of the immigration detention facility that has been retooled to house adults with children who have been apprehended at the border. As Thursday, Feb. 22, 2024, cell phone outage shows, sometimes landline telephones can come in handy, and were suggested as part of the alternatives when people's cell phones weren't working. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
February 23

Hungary and Sweden agree on defense deal ahead of final vote on Sweden's NATO accession

The prime ministers of Hungary and Sweden have concluded a defense industry agreement that will expand Budapest’s fleet of Swedish-built fighter jets
February 23
Sweden's Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson speaks during a press conference with his Hungarian counterpart Viktor Orban at the Carmelite Monastery in Budapest, Hungary, Friday, Feb 23, 2024. Nearly two years after Sweden formally applied to join NATO, its membership now hinges on convincing one country - Viktor Orban's Hungary - to formally ratify its bid to join the military alliance. (AP Photo/Denes Erdos)
February 23

Angry French farmers with tractors are back on the streets of Paris for another protest

Angry farmers are back in Paris on their tractors on the eve of a major agricultural fair in the French capital, in a new protest demanding more government support and simpler regulations
February 23
Tractors park on a square, Friday, Feb. 23, 2024 in Paris. Angry farmers were back to Paris on their tractors in a new protest demanding more government support and simpler regulations, on the eve of a major agricultural fair in the French capital. (AP Photo/Thomas Padilla)
February 23

Gloom settles over Germany's economy, with businesses downbeat about the coming months

Germany's businesses remain mired in pessimism despite a small uptick in the latest survey, as Europe’s largest economy struggles with shortages of skilled labor, slower global trade, and political squabbling
February 23
FILE - The buildings of the banking district are pictured in Frankfurt, Germany, on Feb. 19, 2024. Germany businesses remain mired in pessimism despite a small uptick in the latest survey, as Europe's largest economy struggles with shortages of skilled labor, slower global trade, and political squabbling. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
February 23

Top EU official says decisions coming next week on the release of massive funds for Poland

The head of the European Union’s powerful Commission says decisions will be taken soon to release billions of euros to Poland, funds frozen by the bloc over the previous Polish government’s anti-EU policies
February 23
Poland's Prime Minister Donald Tusk, center welcomes European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, right, and Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo, left, for talks about progress that Poland's new government has been making in restoring rule-of-law principles as it seeks to have its EU funds unfrozen, in Warsaw, Poland, Friday Feb. 23, 2024. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
February 23

Germany's parliament votes to legalize limited marijuana possession and allow 'cannabis clubs'

German lawmakers have approved a government plan to liberalize rules on cannabis, paving the way for the country to decriminalize limited amounts of marijuana and allow members of “cannabis clubs” to buy it for recreational purposes
February 23
German Minister of Health Karl Lauterbach sits in the Bundestag during the debate on the law on the controlled release of cannabis, in Berlin, Friday Feb. 23, 2024. (Serhat Kocak/dpa via AP)
February 23

Stock market today: Wall Street clings to modest gains and marks another winning week

Stocks clung to modest gains on Wall Street, enough to edge the S&P 500 index to another record high and its sixth winning week in the last seven
February 23
FILE - Traders work on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange in New York, Friday, July 1, 2022. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
February 22

By The Numbers: College degrees alone won’t guarantee success

A look behind the numbers at the amount of college students who can and cannot find careers in their field after graduation.
February 22
VIDEO: By The Numbers: College degrees alone won’t guarantee success
February 22

A work-from-home tip: Don't buy stocks after eavesdropping on your spouse's business calls

A Houston man has pleaded guilty to securities fraud for trading on inside information from his wife's business conversations while both were working from home
February 22
FILE - The seal of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is affixed on a wall at SEC headquarters, June 19, 2015, in Washington. On Thursday, Feb. 22, 2024, a Houston man pleaded guilty to securities fraud for trading on inside information from his wife's business conversations while both were working from home. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
February 22

Federal Reserve officials caution against cutting US interest rates too soon or too much

Several Federal Reserve policymakers are warning against cutting U.S. interest rates too soon or by too much in the wake of recent data showing inflation stayed unexpectedly high in January
February 22
FILE - An American flag flies over the Federal Reserve building on May 4, 2021, in Washington. In statements made Thursday, Feb. 22, 2024, several Federal Reserve policymakers warned against cutting U.S. interest rates too soon or by too much in the wake of recent data showing inflation stayed unexpectedly high in January. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
February 22

UK and EU agree to cooperate on tackling illegal immigration as post-Brexit relations thaw further

Britain and its former partners in the European Union have struck a deal to cooperate more on tackling illegal migration
February 22
FILE - A migrants makeshift camp is set up in Calais, northern France, where migrants wait for the change to make a dash across the English Channel, on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021. Britain and its former partners in the European Union have struck a deal to cooperate more on tackling illegal migration. (AP Photo/Rafael Yaghobzadeh, File)
February 22

Vice Media says 'several hundred' staff members will be laid off, Vice.com news site shuttered

Vice Media's CEO has said in a memo to staff members that the troubled company plans to lay off several hundred employees
February 22
FILE - The Vice logo is seen at a joint venture announcement between Vice Media and Roger Communications in Toronto, Oct. 30, 2014. Vice Media's CEO has said in a memo to staff members that the troubled company plans to lay off several hundred employees. Bruce Dixon said Thursday, Feb. 22, 2024, that staff members affected by the layoffs will be notified early the following week. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP, File)
February 22

U.S. company says its lunar lander has reached the surface of the moon; transmits weak signal back

U.S. company says its lunar lander has reached the surface of the moon; transmits weak signal back
February 22
February 22

A man accused of stabbing another passenger on a Seattle to Las Vegas flight charged with assault

A man who allegedly used a makeshift knife to stab another passenger on an airline flight faces a charge of assault with a dangerous weapon
February 22
February 22

How major US stock indexes fared Thursday, 2/22/2024

Nvidia’s stock price surged after delivering another blowout quarter, setting off a rally in other technology companies that carried Wall Street to another record high
February 22
February 22

Wind farm off the Massachusetts coast begins delivering steady flow of power

Officials with Massachusetts and Vineyard Wind say the wind farm under construction off the state’s coast has begun delivering energy to the power grid from five of its planned 62 wind turbines
February 22
FILE - Giant wind turbine blades for the Vineyard Winds project are stacked on racks in the harbor, July 11, 2023, in New Bedford, Mass. Vineyard Wind, the wind farm under construction off the coast of Massachusetts, has begun delivering energy to the power grid from five of the planned 62 wind turbines now up and running, company and state officials said Thursday, Feb. 22, 2024. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)
February 22

D-backs announce MLB will produce the team's games for second straight season

The Arizona Diamondbacks announced on Thursday that their games will be produced by Major League Baseball for a second straight season, as sports leagues across the U.S. adjust to the decline of regional cable networks
February 22
Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Joe Mantiply, left, signs autographs after his throwing session during spring training baseball workouts Saturday, Feb. 17, 2024, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
February 22

Nvidia's stock market value rose $273 billion in a day. How it rose to AI prominence, by the numbers

Nvidia’s stock price jumped 16% on Thursday, increasing the company's market value by a staggering $273 billion in just one day, a record amount
February 22
FILE - A sign for a Nvidia building is shown in Santa Clara, Calif., May 31, 2023. The chipmaker posted stronger-than-expected results for its latest quarter and provided further evidence that the excitement surrounding artificial intelligence likely won't subside anytime soon. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
February 22
FILE - This June 29, 2020 file photo shows the Reddit logo on a mobile device in New York. Reddit struck a deal with Google that allows the search giant to use posts from the online discussion site for training its artificial intelligence models and to improve products such as online search. (AP Photo/Tali Arbel, file)
February 22

Closing prices for crude oil, gold and other commodities

Benchmark U.S. crude oil for April delivery rose 70 cents to $78.61 per barrel Thursday
February 22
February 22

Why the housing market is cooling off

The average 30-year fixed mortgage rate is 6.9%.
February 22
A sign stands outside a condominium on the market, on Feb. 21, 2024, in Denver.
February 22

Wall Street sees a solid year ahead for homebuilders, though mortgage rates remain a wildcard

Housing market trends are shaping up in favor of a solid 2024 for U.S. homebuilders — as long as mortgage rates don’t jump back to the highs they hit late last year
February 22
FILE - In this March 1, 2017, photo, new home construction is underway in a housing plan in Zelienople, Pa. Housing market trends are shaping up in favor of a solid 2024 for U.S. homebuilders — as long as mortgage rates don't jump back to the highs they hit late last year. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, file)
February 22
Head designers Miuccia Prada, left, and Raf Simons acknowledge the appluse at the end of the Prada women's Fall-Winter 2024-25 collection presented in Milan, northern Italy, Thursday, Feb. 22, 2024. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
February 22

EPA approves year-round sales of higher ethanol blend in 8 Midwest states

Drivers in eight Midwestern states will be able to fuel up with a higher blend of ethanol throughout the year under a ruled finalized by the Environmental Protection Agency
February 22
FILE - An American Ethanol label is shown on a NASCAR race car gas tank at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, Nov. 1, 2014. Drivers in eight Midwestern states will be able to fuel up with a higher blend of ethanol throughout the year thanks to a final rule announced Thursday, Feb. 22, 2024, by the Environmental Protection Agency. (AP Photo/Randy Holt, File)
February 22

Online fundraisers for violent West Bank settlers raised thousands, despite international sanctions

After the Biden administration applied sanctions on four Israeli settlers for acting violently toward Palestinians and activists in the West Bank, online fundraisers sprang to their aid
February 22
The entrance sign to Meitarim Industrial Zone, near the Meitarim farm outpost in the South Hebron Hills, West Bank, Monday, Feb. 19, 2024. After the Biden administration applied sanctions on four Israeli settlers for acting violently toward Palestinians and activists in the West Bank, online fundraisers sprang to their aid. One campaign begun for a settler named Yinon Levi raised over $100,000 in about two weeks from over 4,000 donors. The campaign was started by a fund linked to the local government in the area and facilitated by an app owned by one of Israel's largest banks. Advocates now say that many of the entities involved in the crowdfunding operation could face sanctions. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)