Sizing up the 2019 holiday shopping season for retailers

NEW YORK (AP) — With two weeks until the official start of the holiday shopping season, the nation’s retailers are gearing up for what should be another brutally competitive shopping period. ...

Oil tankers ‘go dark’ off Venezuela to evade US sanctions

MIAMI (AP) — In May, after pulling out of a Chinese shipyard for repairs, a giant oil tanker set out on a perilous journey. Dialing in “Caribbean” on a mandatory tracking system, the...

Google, Israel’s National Library team up to digitize books

JERUSALEM (AP) — The National Library of Israel is working with Google to digitize 120,000 books from its extensive collection of Jewish texts and upload them to the internet for public use. ...

Pakistani cleric ends sit-in, calls for blocking highways

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A radical Pakistani cleric says his tens of thousands of supporters have ended their sit-in in the capital and will start blocking highways across the country. Maula...

Tribe to argue against expansion of Dakota Access pipeline

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and other opponents are preparing to argue their case against a proposed expansion of the Dakota Access pipeline. Texas-based Ener...

Lawsuit aims to kill stalled $2B methanol refinery project

SEATTLE (AP) — A new federal lawsuit aims to kill plans for building one of the world's biggest methanol refineries along the Columbia River in Washington state. Plans for the $2 bil...

Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

BEIJING (AP) — A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple territorial disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons. The waters ...

Pot or not? Busts highlight growing confusion over hemp

NEW YORK (AP) — The CBD craze is leaving the war on drugs a bit dazed and confused. The extract that's been showing up in everything from candy to coffee is legally derived from hemp...

AP Exclusive: Abusive S Korean facility exported children

BUSAN, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean facility that kidnapped and abused children and the disabled for a generation was also shipping children overseas for adoption, part of a massive profit-seekin...

AP Exclusive: Abusive S Korean facility exported children

BUSAN, South Korea (AP) — A notorious South Korean facility that kidnapped, abused and enslaved children and the disabled for a generation was also shipping children overseas for adoption, part of a m...

Officials responding to oil spill from cargo ship in Hawaii

HONOLULU (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says a cargo ship has spilled oil into Honolulu Harbor. Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class James Connor says local and federal officials are wor...

Ho, ho, no? Reconsidering store credit cards at the holidays

Most shoppers know the routine: It's time to check out and the cashier (or website) offers a discount if you sign up for the store credit card. The offer can be hard to refuse, but e...

Collapsed Taiwan bridge to be rebuilt within 3 years

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The bridge in Yilan County’s Nanfang’ao which collapsed last October 1, killing six migrant workers, will be rebuilt within three years, reports said Wednesday...

Millennial Money: Secrets of a Black Friday Shopper

My husband and I have a Thanksgiving routine. Before the family arrives or the turkey is carved, we gather in the living room. As Christmas music plays in the background, he turns on his laptop, and I...

Pirates take 9 crew members from vessel near Benin

COTONOU, Benin (AP) — A Norwegian shipping company says that nine crew members have been abducted in the West African nation of Benin after a pirate attack. The J.J. Ugland Companies...