Boy Scouts exploring "all options" to address fiscal woes
NEW YORK (AP) — The Boy Scouts of America says it is exploring "all options" to address serious financial challenges, but is declining to confirm or deny a report that it may seek bankruptcy protection in the face of declining membership and sex-abuse litigation.
With OK from Congress, US hemp market set to boom
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Hemp is about to get the nod from the federal government that marijuana, its cannabis plant cousin, craves.
UK's May, embattled at home, seeks EU lifeline on Brexit
BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders offered Theresa May sympathy but no promises Thursday, as the British prime minister, weakened after a leadership challenge, sought a lifeline that could help her sell her Brexit divorce deal to a hostile U.K.
US budget deficit hits record $204.9 billion for November
WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal budget deficit surged to a record for the month of November of $204.9 billion, but a big part of the increase reflected a calendar quirk.
Apple deepens Austin ties, expands in other tech hotbeds
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Apple plans to build a $1 billion campus in Austin, Texas, that will create at least 5,000 jobs ranging from engineers to call-center agents while adding more luster to a Southwestern city that has already become a bustling tech hub.
Banks, retailers take stocks lower; smaller companies sink
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are slipping Thursday as banks and retailers fall and smaller companies continue to take steep losses.
Feds: US fishermen had good year aided by lobsters, scallops
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The federal government says U.S. commercial fishing generated more than $144 billion in sales in 2016, a total about in line with trends of recent years.
US oil prices predicted to climb in 2019 on lower supply
After a turbulent two months during which oil prices plummeted from a four-year high to a one-year low, investors may wonder what comes next for U.S.
Southwestern US states close to sealing drought deal
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Water managers from seven Southwestern states that depend on the Colorado River for drinking and irrigation water are getting closer to finalizing an unprecedented drought contingency plan they may have to enact in 2020, officials said Thursday.
The Latest: Tourism rocket ship reaches space on test flight
MOJAVE, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a test flight of Virgin Atlantic's space tourism rocket ship (all times local): 8 a.m. Virgin Galactic says its tourism spaceship has climbed more than 50 miles high, which the company considers the boundary of space.
Detention of Canadians raises stakes in China-US-Canada row
BEIJING (AP) — China confirmed Thursday that it has detained two Canadian men, raising the stakes in a three-way dispute over a Chinese technology executive facing possible extradition from Canada to the United States.
Eurozone stimulus program to end as growth worries resurface
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Central Bank is ending the massive stimulus program that helped nurse the eurozone economy back to health over the past four years — despite the emergence of new risks including a global trade war and Brexit.
Artificial intelligence's rise exposes gaping gender gap
The challenges of making the technology industry a more welcoming place for women are numerous, especially in the booming field of artificial intelligence.
The Latest: Macron rules out changes to Brexit deal text
LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 3:30 p.m. French President Emmanuel Macron has ruled out the possibility that the Brexit withdrawal text that all 28 leaders, including British Prime Minister Theresa May, endorsed last month can be altered.
Veteran investigative journalist Ron Nixon joins AP
NEW YORK (AP) — Ron Nixon, an acclaimed reporter, editor and data journalist, will join The Associated Press as its international investigations editor, based in Washington.
May Day: British leader's respite won't end Brexit mess
LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Theresa May is safe, for now. She has survived a no-confidence vote engineered by her own Conservative Party, and can't be challenged again for a year.
Markets steady after solid run as focus turns to ECB
LONDON (AP) — Shares around in the world traded in narrow ranges Thursday after a solid couple of days largely related with hopes that the U.S.
EU court upholds German public broadcasting fee system
BERLIN (AP) — The European Union's highest court has ruled that a fee all German households have to pay to finance the country's public broadcasters complies with EU law.
Analysis: China plays hardball with ex-diplomat's seizure
BEIJING (AP) — China is playing hardball with the detention of a former Canadian diplomat days after Canada arrested a leading Chinese executive.
AP Interview: Jones says farmers scared by Trump's tariffs
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Doug Jones said Alabama's soybean farmers and automobile manufacturers are "scared to death" over President Donald Trump's tariff wars, but he cautioned Democrats from spending too much time attacking the president as the party tries to win back heartland voters ahead of the 2020 presidential election.
Canada says entrepreneur feared detained in China
TORONTO (AP) — A second Canadian man is feared detained in China in what appears to be retaliation for Canada's arrest of a top executive of telecommunications giant Huawei.
Arrest of Nissan star Ghosn raises speculation over coup
TOKYO (AP) — The surprise arrest of Nissan's former chairman on charges of falsifying financial reports is providing a window into possible corporate intrigue at the Japanese automaker.
China suspected in huge Marriott data breach, official says
WASHINGTON (AP) — Investigators believe hackers working on behalf of China's main intelligence agency are responsible for a massive data breach involving the theft of personal information from as many as 500 million guests of the Marriott hotel chain, a U.S.
The Latest: Official IDs Canadian missing in China
TORONTO (AP) — The latest on the frictions between Canada and China over the arrest of a top Chinese tech executive (all times local): 9:10 p.m.
Malaysia's Proton launches 1st SUV with China's Geely
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian national car maker Proton launched its first SUV on Wednesday in a fresh effort to transform its stale brand and turn around its fortunes, more than a year after China's Geely Holding Group Co.

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