Global shares mostly higher as US mulls fresh auto tariffs

Japan Financial Markets

BANGKOK (AP) — World shares are mostly higher despite losses in Tokyo after the Trump administration said it was investigating imposing new tariffs on imports of autos and auto parts. KEEPING SCORE: Germany’s DAX added 0.1 percent to 12,988.33 and the CAC 40 in France rose 0.4 percent to 5,588.96....


China, Japan protest US probe into need for auto tariffs

China US Trade

BEIJING (AP) — China and Japan both condemned Thursday the Trump administration’s decision to launch an investigation into whether tariffs are needed on imports of vehicles and automotive parts into the United States. China’s Commerce Ministry said Beijing would “firmly defend” its rights and...


Bitcoin manipulation said to be focus of U.S. criminal probe

(c) 2018, Bloomberg. The Justice Department has opened a criminal probe into whether traders are manipulating the price of bitcoin and other digital currencies, dramatically ratcheting up U.S. scrutiny of red-hot markets that critics say are rife with misconduct, according to four people familiar...


‘Time’s Up’: Covered California Takes Aim At Hospital C-Section Rates

Covered California, the state’s health insurance marketplace under the Affordable Care Act, has devised what could be a powerful new way to hold hospitals accountable for the quality of their care. Starting in less than two years, if the hospitals haven’t met targets for safety and quality, they’ll...


The Latest: Trump orders probe of tariffs for cars, trucks


WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and the auto industry (all times local): 9 p.m. President Donald Trump is directing the Commerce Department to begin an investigation into whether tariffs are needed on the import of automobiles into the United States. The White House says...


Human rights an afterthought ahead of US-North Korea summit

Trump North Korean Human Rights

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ahead of a planned summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, President Donald Trump’s focus has been on stagecraft, the will-they-or-won’t-they drama and visions of a legacy-defining nuclear deal. The human rights woes of North Koreans have been more of an afterthought. Eager...


Merkel in China stresses dialogue on human rights, tech

China Germany-2

BEIJING (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday stressed the importance of dialogue with China during a visit to Beijing that comes amid shared concerns over trade with the United States and Washington’s rejection of the Iran nuclear deal. Merkel held morning discussions with Chinese...


Republicans to meet with intel officials on Russia probe

Trump Russia Probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — House and Senate lawmakers are set to meet with top intelligence officials as President Donald Trump raises new suspicions about the federal investigation into his 2016 campaign. Trump is calling his newest attempt at discrediting special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia...


'Nut rage' Korean Air heiress questioned over housekeepers

South Korea Korean Air Rage

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A Korean Air heiress whose tantrum over nuts delayed a flight nearly four years ago is being investigated by South Korean immigration officials on suspicion she unlawfully hired housekeepers from the Philippines. Cho Hyun-ah on Thursday bowed and apologized for “causing...


California high court to rule on social media access

Social Media Access Defendants

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The California Supreme Court will decide whether Facebook and other social media companies must turn over user content to criminal defendants. The justices are expected to rule Thursday in a case that has pitted some of Silicon Valley’s biggest companies against public...

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