Pacific Rim trade bloc meets in Tokyo, prepping for growth
TOKYO (AP) — Representatives from a Pacific Rim trade bloc geared up to roll out and expand the market-opening initiative as they met Saturday in Tokyo, reaffirming their commitment to open and free trade and inviting new membership.
Arizona is only state where tribes avoid Medicaid work rules
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona has become the only state in the country where members of federally recognized tribes are exempt from work or volunteer requirements for Medicaid benefits, while 120,000 state residents risk losing health coverage if they don't comply.
Products made of threatened African wildlife sold at US expo
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Photos and video taken by animal welfare activists at a recent trophy hunting convention show an array of products crafted from the body parts of threatened big-game animals, including boots, chaps, belts and furniture labeled as elephant leather.
Travel industry fears damage from a long government shutdown
America's busiest airport, Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International, is a blur of activity on the best of days. But an extra layer of anxiety gripped the airport Friday, the eve of a three-day holiday weekend.
Dior pulls the stars in conveyor-belt menswear show in Paris
PARIS (AP) — The black box construction branded "DIOR" was so big it obscured the view of the Eiffel Tower. The sheer scale of menswear designer Kim Jones' pop-up venue of 2,840 square meters (30,570 square feet) could only mean one thing: he was competing for show of the season on Friday at Paris Fashion Week.
Stocks keep climbing as hopes for US-China trade deal rise
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks in the U.S. and Europe jumped Friday as renewed hopes for progress in trade talks between the U.S. and China helped the markets finish the week with another strong gain.
Report: Facebook's privacy lapses may result in record fine
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook may be facing the biggest fine ever imposed by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission for privacy violations involving the personal information of its 2.2 billion users.
Lawsuits ramp up pressure on family that owns opioid company
The legal pressure on the prominent family behind the company that makes OxyContin, the prescription painkiller that helped fuel the nation's opioid epidemic, is likely to get more intense.
Tiffany holiday sales slip as Chinese tourists spend less
NEW YORK (AP) — Tiffany & Co. says holiday shoppers and Chinese tourists spent less on its bling. The luxury jeweler, famous for its little blue boxes, says sales slipped in the holiday shopping season as Chinese tourists spent less while traveling due to the strong dollar, making it more expensive to buy Tiffany jewelry outside of its stores in China.
On the road to make an affordable car, Tesla cuts jobs
Tesla will cut 7 percent of its workforce as it tries to lower prices and break out of the niche-car market to produce an electric vehicle that more people can afford.
Germany's Mercedes-Benz plans assembly plant in Egypt
BERLIN (AP) — German automaker Daimler's Mercedes-Benz Cars unit says it is developing plans to open an assembly plant in Egypt. Mercedes-Benz said in a statement Friday that the passenger car plant would be built by a local business partner and the project is being developed "in close collaboration" with Egypt's government.
3 ways a new credit card can boost your side job
These days, many of us wear different hats to earn income on the side. You might clock out of one job and into the next as a ride-hailing driver, Airbnb host, Etsy shop owner or pet sitter.
On the shop floor, workers wonder what Brexit will bring
LONDON (AP) — It's an understatement to say that Michael O'Brien is worried about Brexit. O'Brien is a supervisor at Clarity-The Soap Co., which employs visually impaired adults at a factory in east London.
3 colleges that help you handle student debt
With collective U.S. student loan debt nearing $1.5 trillion, some colleges are testing innovative solutions to help reduce student borrowing.
What to buy every month in 2019
A new year brings an expectation to set the perfect resolution. Here's an idea: Resolve to buy all of the things you want and need, but pay less money for them.
Millennial Money: Quick ways to boost your savings in 2019
Cheers, friends! It's a new year. Time to set some well-intentioned — but typically doomed — resolutions. Lose 20 pounds. Read 50 books.
Millennial Money: Use post-holiday sales to treat yourself
Much like Santa, you spent this holiday season delivering gifts to your family members and friends. But now that the flurry of tinsel and wrapping paper has settled, it's time to be your own Santa.
Swiss, German students protest inaction on climate change
BERLIN (AP) — Thousands of students held rallies Friday across Germany and Switzerland to protest the lack of action against climate change.
Manufacturing surge pushes industrial production up 0.3 pct
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. industrial production increased 0.3 percent in December, led by the biggest surge in manufacturing in ten months.
Danish newspaper, chief editor fined for ex-spy boss book
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A major Danish newspaper and its chief editor were fined 150,000 kroner ($22,900) on Friday for publishing a book based on interviews with Denmark's former domestic intelligence agency chief that the spy service had claimed could contain secrets.
Operation begins to lift sunken containers off Dutch coast
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A salvage operation to lift scores of shipping containers from the seabed off the northwestern coast of the Netherlands has begun more than two weeks after they tumbled off a cargo vessel in a storm.
EU wants to exclude agriculture from trade talks with US
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union insisted Friday that agriculture be kept out of the EU-U.S. trade negotiations, despite Washington's wishes to include the vast sector, and said any overall deal will be limited in scope.
Global stocks rise on hopes for US trade progress
BEIJING (AP) — Global stocks rose Friday after investors saw signs of possible progress toward a resolution of the U.S.-Chinese tariff war.
The Latest: Johnson urges May to use Brexit loss as leverage
LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 11:45 a.m. Former British foreign secretary Boris Johnson has urged Prime Minister Theresa May to use her crushing parliamentary defeat as leverage to get a better Brexit deal from European Union leaders.
Oxford suspends research funding from China's Huawei
LONDON (AP) — Oxford University says it is suspending research grants and funding donations from Huawei amid growing security concerns about the Chinese telecom giant.

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