China's leader visits Italy with eye on infrastructure deal
MILAN (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping is launching a two-day official visit aimed at deepening economic and cultural ties with Italy through an ambitious infrastructure building program that has raised suspicions among Italy's U.S.
Mother Russia: South Florida sees a boom in 'birth tourism'
MIAMI (AP) — Every year, hundreds of pregnant Russian women travel to the United States to give birth so that their child can acquire all the privileges of American citizenship.
EU offers short Brexit delay but sets strict limits
BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders are gathering again Friday after deciding that the political crisis in Britain over Brexit poses too great a threat to the world's biggest trading bloc.
Asian stocks mixed on doubts over US-China trade deal
SINGAPORE (AP) — Asian markets were mixed on Friday as caution set in ahead of U.S.-China trade talks in Beijing next week. The Shanghai Composite index was 0.1 percent lower at 3,097.81 while the Kospi in South Korea rose 0.1 percent to 2,186.95.
Asian stocks stumble on doubts over US-China trade deal
SINGAPORE (AP) — Asian markets were mostly lower on Friday as caution set in ahead of U.S.-China trade talks in Beijing next week.
Venezuela is key topic between Trump and Caribbean leaders
WASHINGTON (AP) — The political and economic crisis in Venezuela tops the agenda of President Donald Trump's meeting Friday with leaders from the Caribbean, a region that has been far from united in joining the U.S.
The Latest: Ethiopian airline defends pilots' training
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The Latest on the Ethiopian plane crash (all times local): 7:15 p.m. Ethiopian Airlines says its pilots went through all the extra training required by Boeing and the U.S.
Indonesia safety board denies leaking Lion Air probe details
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's transportation safety board denied on Thursday that it leaked details from its probe into the crash of a Lion Air flight in October.
Boeing to make safety feature standard on troubled Max jets
Boeing will make standard on its troubled new airliner a safety feature that might have helped the crew of a jet that crashed shortly after takeoff last year in Indonesia, killing everyone on board.
Europe offers UK a little more time for Brexit
BRUSSELS (AP) — Worn down by three years of indecision in London, European Union leaders on Thursday grudgingly offered the U.K. more time to ease itself out of the bloc, delaying by several weeks — but not eliminating — the threat of a chaotic British exit.
Top US general to meet with Google on China security worries
WASHINGTON (AP) — The top U.S. military officer will meet with Google representatives next week amid growing concerns that American companies doing business in China are helping its military gain ground on the U.S.
Fox 2000, arm behind 'Hidden Figures,' to close under Disney
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fox 2000, the specialty unit behind such diverse literary adaptations as "Hidden Figures," ''Love, Simon" and "Life of Pi," is closing shop under the Walt Disney Co.
Facebook left millions of passwords readable by employees
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook left hundreds of millions of user passwords readable by its employees for years, the company acknowledged Thursday after a security researcher exposed the lapse .
Trump blames Fed for holding back economic growth in 2018
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says the economy would have grown much faster last year if the Federal Reserve had not been tightening credit last year.
Levi's soars in return to public markets
NEW YORK (AP) — Levi Strauss & Co.'s return to the public markets got an enthusiastic reception from investors who believe the iconic brand is ready for a comeback — and still has a lot more room to grow.
The Latest: Levi Strauss public again, stock surges
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on Levi Strauss & Co.'s initial public offering (all times local): 4:45 p.m. Shares of Levi Strauss surged after it began trading as public company for the second time in the clothing brand's 166-year history.
AP PHOTOS: Exxon Valdez oil spill inflicted lasting wounds
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — It was just after midnight on March 24, 1989, when an Exxon Shipping Co. tanker ran aground outside the town of Valdez, Alaska, spewing millions of gallons of thick, toxic crude oil into the pristine Prince William Sound.
Levi's through the years
NEW YORK (AP) — Levi Strauss & Co. is going back to the public markets after 34 years. Here are milestones of this iconic brand whose roots date back to 1853 when its founder Levi Strauss opened his first dry good business.
Consumers should soon see benefit of Fed's patience on rates
NEW YORK (AP) — So much for those worries about rising interest rates. Just a few months ago, rising rates were bearing down on everyone from home buyers to stock investors after the Federal Reserve put through seven quarter-point increases in 2017 and 2018.
US average mortgage rates fall; 30-year at 4.28 percent
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates fell this week, giving an incentive to potential buyers as the spring homebuying season opens.
Ford CFO Shanks retires; former Snap CFO Stone to take over
Ford Motor Co. said its chief financial officer, Bob Shanks, will retire in December, capping a 42-year career at the automaker. The Dearborn, Michigan-based company on Thursday said that Tim Stone will succeed Shanks as chief financial officer.
Germany gives seal of approval to truck turning assistant
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's transport ministry has issued its first operating license for a driver assistance system meant to reduce the number of cyclists or pedestrians killed by turning vehicles.
European shares shaken by Brexit jitters after gains in Asia
BANGKOK (AP) — Shares were mostly lower in Europe on Thursday and headed for a lower open on Wall Street amid Brexit uncertainties and after the Federal Reserve promised not to raise interest rates this year.
Turkish, Greek ministers meet with 'positive agenda'
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The defense chiefs of Turkey and Greece could soon meet as part of confidence-building measures aimed at reducing tensions between the NATO allies, Turkey's foreign minister said Thursday.
US trade negotiators to visit China for talks next week
BEIJING (AP) — U.S. officials will visit Beijing next week for the next round of high-level trade talks, China's commerce ministry said Thursday.