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  • Cuba: Asylum for fugitives is legitimate right

    HAVANA (AP) — Cuba said Monday that it has a right to grant asylum to U.S. fugitives, the clearest sign to date that the communist government has no intention of extraditing America’s most-wanted woman despite…

  • Arizona to change drugs it uses in executions

    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona officials said Monday they are changing the drugs they use in executions after an inmate in July gasped repeatedly over the course of nearly two hours while being put to…

  • Retailers and package deliverers take on peak shipping volume days before Christmas

    ATLANTA (AP) — FedEx, UPS and online retailers are working to avoid a repeat of the problems that occurred at the end of last year’s holiday shopping season, when severe winter weather and a surge…

  • 88-year-old ex-minister wins Tunisia election

    TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — An 88-year-old political veteran has been elected president of Tunisia, a country whose young people once electrified the world by overthrowing its 73-year-old dictator in 2011 and triggering the Arab Spring…

  • Appeals court strikes down NC abortion law

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A North Carolina law requiring abortion providers to show and describe an ultrasound to the pregnant woman is “ideological in intent” and violates doctors’ free-speech rights, a federal appeals court ruled…

  • Nicaragua breaks ground on historic canal project

    MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaraguan officials and a Chinese company have broken ground on a $50 billion transoceanic waterway predicted to rival the Panama Canal. Vice President Omar Halleslevens with Wang Jing, president of the…

  • Ex Petrobras manager says she spoke with CEO about anomalies

    BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — President Dilma Rousseff on Monday sharply defended the chief executive officer of the Brazil’s state-run oil company despite allegations she was told years ago about some of the irregularities that are…

  • BMW to replace air bags nationwide, joining other automakers

    NEW YORK (AP) — BMW has agreed to demands from the government to replace driver’s-side air bags across the entire U.S. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has been pushing companies to recall older cars…

  • Greek prosecutor rejects lawmaker’s bribe claims

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A judicial investigation has dismissed a Greek lawmaker’s allegations that he was offered money to back the government candidate in the country’s fraught presidential vote. Court officials said Monday that prosecutor…

  • TripAdvisor fined $600,000 by Italian anti-trust

    MILAN (AP) — Italy’s antitrust authority has fined travel planning website TripAdvisor 500,000 euros ($600,000) following complaints of improper business practices lodged by a national hoteliers’ association and a consumer protection agency. The antitrust authority…

  • US stock indexes drift higher in afternoon trading

    Stocks moved higher in afternoon trading Monday, on track to extend gains from last week. Pharmaceutical stocks were among the big risers. Discouraging data on U.S. home sales and a deepening slide in oil prices…

  • Tribes tread carefully into marijuana discussions

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation had bitter debates when it was deciding whether to allow casinos on the reservation and if alcohol should be sold in them. The arguments focused on the revenue…

  • Going it alone, Obama rocked the boat in 2014

    HONOLULU (AP) — President Barack Obama rang in 2014 by declaring a “year of action,” vowing to strengthen the nation by focusing on fairness, competitiveness and the power of American diplomacy. Since Congress seemed unwilling…

  • TripAdvisor fined $600,000 by Italian anti-trust

    MILAN (AP) — Italy’s antitrust authority has fined travel planning website TripAdvisor 500,000 euros ($600,000) following complaints of improper business practices lodged by a national hoteliers’ association and a consumer protection agency. The antitrust authority…

  • FAA, industry launch drone safety campaign

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Alarmed by increasing encounters between small drones and manned aircraft, drone industry officials said Monday they are teaming up with the government and model aircraft hobbyists to launch a safety campaign. The…