United Methodists edge toward breakup over LGBT policies

NEW YORK (AP) — There's at least one area of agreement among conservative, centrist and liberal leaders in the United Methodist Church: America's largest mainline Protestant denomination is on a path ...

US budget deficit running 15% higher than a year ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government reported a $146.9 billion deficit in March, causing annual debt to rise 15% for the first half of the budget year compared to the same period in 2018. ...

More people than ever hit jackpots in Taiwan’s Jan/Feb receipt lottery

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- The January/February issue of Taiwan’s national Uniform Invoice lottery generates most Special Prize winners in the receipt lottery’s history, Taiwan’s Minist...

Q&A: What's in a name for Japan emperor's new era?

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's government has unveiled an era name, "Reiwa," or "pursuing harmony," for soon-to-be Emperor Naruhito, who will succeed the Chrysanthemum throne on May 1. His father, Emperor Akihi...

Taiwan Rail lunchboxes provide passenger with NT$10 million

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - A passenger who spent NT$241 (US$7.8) to buy three lunchboxes at Taipei Railway Station earned NT$10 million (US$324,000) with the receipt lottery, reports said Saturday. Eve...

Taiwan's uniform invoice prize winning numbers for January and February, 2019 announced

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - Taiwan's Ministry of Finance (MOF) announced Monday the uniform-invoice prize winning numbers for January and February, 2019, with the NT$10 million Special Prize winning nu...

Ronaldo paying Juventus back with goals galore

TURIN, Italy (AP) — If you can't beat him, buy him. The $131 million that Juventus spent to lure Cristiano Ronaldo away from Real Madrid is already paying off on the field and off it...

New Mexico mulls state-run pot shops, subsidized medical use

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico would become the first U.S. state to set up its own government-operated marijuana stores and subsidize medical cannabis for the poor under a bill brokered between Repu...

Court filing links spy exposed by AP to Israel's Black Cube

LONDON (AP) — A Canadian attorney says he appears to have been targeted by the same undercover operative unmasked by The Associated Press at a New York hotel last month , drawing a line between the ma...

Mineral water sold at Taiwan Muji stores found to contain carcinogens 4 times safe limit

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Mineral water sold at outlets of the Japanese retail chain Muji in Taiwan have been found to contain excessive levels of carcinogens, and customers have until May to return the...

Disabled greeter meets with Walmart about job; no resolution

A beloved Walmart greeter with cerebral palsy has met with store management in a bid to keep his job but came away with no guarantees, and his family is girding for a fight. Adam Cat...

Walmart customers outraged at treatment of disabled greeter

A longtime Walmart greeter who has cerebral palsy is afraid he'll be out of work after store officials changed his job description to add tasks that he's physically unable to do. Ada...

New York Gov. Cuomo to urge Trump to rethink tax changes

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is traveling to Washington, D.C., to urge President Donald Trump to rethink a provision in the 2017 tax overhaul that Cuomo says is prompting a sharp dec...

Judge denies Hawaii's move to get Airbnb host records

HONOLULU (AP) — A judge on Thursday denied Hawaii's move to compel Airbnb to hand over a decade of vacation rental receipts as the state examines whether hosts have been paying the equivalent of hotel...

Hawaii: Airbnb has acknowledged hosts not paying all taxes

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii says a judge should compel Airbnb to hand over 10 years of receipts and other documents from its hosts because the home-sharing platform has acknowledged that hosts aren't fully...