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  • Asia stocks ruffled by Greece crunch, Fed views; Europe up

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Asian stock markets were ruffled Wednesday by Greece’s impending cash crunch and expectations the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates this year for the first time in almost a decade.…

  • German consumers remain optimistic for June

    BERLIN (AP) — A closely-watched survey shows German consumers remain optimistic as their economic expectations and willingness to make purchases have been bolstered by robust domestic demand and low inflation rates. The GfK research group…

  • Video exposes divisions among Iran officials on nuke talks

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranians have been captivated by a video circulating on social media this week that shows a hard-line lawmaker trading barbs with the country’s foreign minister over the ongoing nuclear negotiations with…

  • AP News in Brief at 5:58 a.m. EDT

    Swiss federal prosecutors open criminal proceedings related to 2018 and 2022 World Cups ZURICH (AP) — Swiss federal prosecutors opened criminal proceedings related to the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, throwing FIFA…

  • Japan nuclear plant obtains all permits needed for restart

    TOKYO (AP) — A nuclear power plant in southern Japan has obtained all necessary permits to restart its two reactors, planned as early as late July. Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority said Wednesday that it had…

  • China fines chemical company $12M for polluting, jails staff

    BEIJING (AP) — A court in eastern China fined a manufacturer of weed killer 75 million yuan ($12 million) and imprisoned employees of the company and its contractors for discharging wastewater that severely polluted streams.…

  • Fleeing poverty, Bangladeshis caught in Asian boat crisis

    UKHIYA, Bangladesh (AP) — The traffickers spun stories that were unimaginable to their listeners, many who hailed from tiny Bangladeshi villages where almost no one earns more than a few dollars a day. First, there…

  • Pakistan detains owner of firm said to market fake degrees

    KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani authorities on Wednesday detained the owner of a software company accused of running a global network in selling fake degrees, officials said. In a raid on the Axact company offices…

  • 104,000 taxpayers have personal info stolen from IRS website

    WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 100,000 taxpayers have had their personal tax information stolen from an IRS website as part of an elaborate scheme to claim fraudulent tax refunds. The information was stolen from an…

  • Review: Online stylists for the shopping-averse

    NEW YORK (AP) — Though my grandmother was a fashion designer, I hate buying clothes, and I still wear outfits from high school — in the last century. Even so, I have long been intrigued…

  • Pakistan vintage car collectors preserve a part of history

    RAWALPINDI, Pakistan (AP) — For an elite but passionate group of vintage car collectors in Pakistan, restoring antique rides is like travelling back in time — and money seems to be no obstacle when the…

  • Pacific Gas & Electric Co. president announces retirement

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The man who led Pacific Gas & Electric Company through a deadly 2010 pipeline explosion in the San Francisco area is retiring at the end of the year. PG&E announced the…

  • Craft? Micro? Increasingly, ‘nanobrews’ slake local thirst

    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — In a nondescript industrial park, beer geeks line up several times a week outside Bissell Brothers to get the latest batch of fresh beer — much like foodies seeking the freshest…

  • Singapore Airlines investigates engine problem during flight

    SINGAPORE (AP) — Singapore Airlines said Wednesday that it is investigating how one of its jets suffered a loss of power in both of its engines over the weekend, falling 13,000 feet (3,962 meters) before…

  • Hawks’ season crashes with sweep by Cavaliers

    CLEVELAND (AP) — A season unlike any other for Atlanta ended suddenly, stunningly, painfully. The Hawks weren’t quite ready for this. Unable to slow LeBron James at all, the Hawks were swept in the Eastern…