May's foes gather as Britain's Brexit stalemate drags on
LONDON (AP) — Talks to end Britain's Brexit stalemate appeared deadlocked Friday, with neither Prime Minister Theresa May nor the main opposition leader shifting from their entrenched positions.
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.
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.
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.
Tesla plans 7 pct staff cut, says road ahead very difficult
Saying the road ahead was "very difficult," Tesla's CEO Elon Musk said Friday that the company would be cutting its staff by about 7 percent.
Ryanair lowers profit forecast amid tough competition
LONDON (AP) — Budget airline Ryanair, Europe's biggest carrier by passengers, has warned its profits will be lower than expected — the second such downgrade in four months — because of weaker fares over the winter.
China, Germany promise closer financial cooperation
BEIJING (AP) — China and Germany promised Friday to open their markets wider to each other's banks and insurers, giving Beijing a burst of positive trade news amid conflicts with Washington and Europe.
Malaysia says Goldman Sachs must pay, apology not enough
PUTRAYAJAYA, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said Friday that an apology by Goldman Sachs for its role in the alleged multibillion-dollar ransacking of state investment fund 1MDB was insufficient and that it must pay $7.5 billion as compensation.
Mitsubishi board considers new allegations against Ghosn
TOKYO (AP) — Mitsubishi Motors held a board meeting Friday to examine the latest allegations of unreported compensation against Carlos Ghosn, who led Nissan for two decades and forged the alliance between the Japanese automakers.
Chinese stocks rise on hopes for US trade progress
BEIJING (AP) — Chinese stocks rose Friday on signs of possible progress in negotiations over Beijing's tariff war with Washington.
China slump squeezes workers, hammers consumer spending
BEIJING (AP) — Yu Mingang had a good job helping Chinese manufacturers prepare to sell shares to the public until the cooling economy derailed those plans.
Federal workers caught in the middle apply for unemployment
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Thousands of federal employees and their families are applying for unemployment and food stamps to get by as the longest government shutdown in U.S.
Netflix's solid 4Q eclipsed by projected slowing US growth
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Netflix's video streaming service added more subscribers than ever during the crucial holiday season, but the company signaled its growth is slowing in the U.S.
Treasury poised to ease sanctions tied to Russian oligarch
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury Department appears set to lift sanctions on three companies connected to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska despite concerns from lawmakers in both parties who say the Trump administration should be tougher on Russian President Vladimir Putin and his allies.
Grand jury charges 4 Audi managers in emissions case
DETROIT (AP) — A federal grand jury in Detroit has indicted four Audi engineering managers from Germany in a widening diesel emissions cheating scandal.
Sears creditors challenge hedge fund chairman's winning bid
NEW YORK (AP) — A group of Sears creditors are challenging Chairman Eddie Lampert's hedge fund's winning $5.2 billion bid to buy the business in a bankruptcy auction and wants to air their grievances in court.
American Express posts 4Q profit that tops forecasts
NEW YORK (AP) — American Express swung to a fourth-quarter profit, the credit card company said Thursday, helped by a lower tax rate and more spending on the company's namesake credit cards.
Airports, customs, trade: Europe preps for a chaotic Brexit
PARIS (AP) — One by one, European Union nations are spending millions, hiring thousands of workers and issuing emergency decrees to cope with the increasingly likely possibility that Britain will leave the bloc on March 29 without a plan.
Cohen says he rigged online polls for Trump in 2014, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump's estranged former lawyer acknowledged Thursday that he paid a technology company to rig Trump's standing in two online polls before the presidential campaign.
Microsoft pledges $500M to tackle Seattle housing crisis
SEATTLE (AP) — Microsoft says it will devote $500 million to address a problem its own success helped create: the severe need for affordable housing in the Seattle area.
Ex-CBS CEO Les Moonves to challenge severance denial
NEW YORK (AP) — Former CBS CEO Les Moonves is fighting the company's decision to deny his $120 million severance package following his firing over sexual misconduct allegations.
TSA absentee rate still high, but down from Sunday's peak
TSA officials say the rate of airport screeners missing work during the partial government shutdown has stabilized — but still at unusually high numbers — just before a three-day holiday weekend that is likely to bring bigger airport crowds.
Trump weighs dramatic tightening of US embargo on Cuba
HAVANA (AP) — The Trump administration is weighing what could become the most serious tightening of the U.S. trade embargo on Cuba in more than two decades — a move that could unleash a flurry of lawsuits against foreign companies that have invested on the island.

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