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  • AP Newsbreak: No federal protection for bistate sage grouse

    RENO, Nev. (AP) — A type of sage grouse found only in California and Nevada no longer faces the threat of extinction and doesn’t require federal protection, the Interior Department decided Tuesday just months before…

  • EU threatens Thailand with seafood ban over illegal fishing

    BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union has given Thailand six months to drastically crack down on illegal and unregulated fishing or face an EU seafood import ban, but has lifted the threat of similar action…

  • US business group in China urges more transparency, access

    BEIJING (AP) — The American Chamber of Commerce in China called Tuesday for more government transparency and fairness as the confidence of U.S. companies in the country’s investment climate deteriorates. The chamber said in its…

  • Why McDonald’s is still a powerhouse, despite troubles

    NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald’s sales have been sputtering for more than two years and the company seems trapped in a cycle of bad headlines that likely won’t end soon. Its quarterly earnings results on…

  • It’s Time to End Secretaries Day

    Let’s end Secretaries Day. It’s coming up on April 22, and this should be the last year it’s observed. The “holiday” — more recently updated to be called Administrative Professionals Day — was created by…

  • CEO of largest bank in bailed-out Cyprus to quit

    NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The largest bank in bailed-out Cyprus says its top executive will leave his job in four months because of personal reasons and that he intends to move back to his native…

  • World stocks rally on China measures, earnings

    HONG KONG (AP) — World stock markets mostly rose Tuesday, boosted by optimism over recent market reforms in China as well as corporate earnings from U.S. and European companies. KEEPING SCORE: Germany’s DAX rose 0.5…

  • Watch Out for These 4 Retirement Land Mines

    People retiring today can expect to live another 20 or more years, according to estimates from Social Security. But in making our financial plans, we really should account for 30 or more years of retirement,…

  • Bird flu takes biggest toll yet as virus hits chicken farms

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Poultry producers and scientists have been hoping warmer weather would knock down a virulent strain of bird flu that has hammered the Midwest, but the virus recently took its biggest toll yet,…

  • Japan’s maglev train breaks own speed record at 603 kph

    TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese maglev that is the fastest passenger train in the world has broken its own speed record. Operator JR Central said the train reached 603 kilometers per hour (375 miles per…

  • Greek municipalities outraged by state move to use funds

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Authorities from municipalities across Greece will hold an emergency meeting Tuesday after the government ordered reserves from state enterprises to be placed in a common account to help the country meet…

  • NYC subway ridership grows to highest point in 65 years

    NEW YORK (AP) — New York City subway ridership has reached its highest level in more than 65 years. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority says more than 1.7 billion people rode the subway last year. That’s…

  • DuPont reports decline in first-quarter earnings

    DOVER, Del. (AP) — The DuPont Co. says the strong dollar and challenges in the agriculture and performance chemicals industries contributed to lower sales and earnings in the first quarter. The Wilmington, Del., chemical maker…

  • Toyota adviser nominated for Japan central bank board

    TOKYO (AP) — The Japanese government has nominated a former executive at Toyota Motor Corp., one of the biggest corporate beneficiaries of drastic monetary easing, to be a board member of the central bank. After…

  • Japan mulls 2018 moon landing, seeks to keep up with rivals

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s space agency is considering an unmanned mission to the moon by 2018 or early 2019, part of an effort to beef up aerospace technology and keep pace with China and other…