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'A nightmare': Banker tells tale of Latvian corruption
LONDON (AP) -- Latvia's top banking official explained the "rules of the game" for successful banking in the small European country. His sidekick sat the owner of Norvik bank down, scribbling the sum on a piece of paper: 100,000 euros ($125,000) a month....

Asian shares mostly lower after US holiday, await Fed notes
TOKYO (AP) -- Asian shares were mostly lower Tuesday after a U.S. holiday and attention turned to the U.S. Federal Reserve....

APNewsBreak: Consumers Energy to stop burning coal by 2040
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) -- Consumers Energy will phase out electricity production from coal by 2040 to slash emissions of heat-trapping gases that cause global warming, the Michigan utility's president and CEO told The Associated Press....

Turmoil shakes up agency in charge of vast US lands
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- A year of upheaval at the U.S. Interior Department has seen dozens of senior staff members reassigned and key leadership positions left unfilled, rules considered burdensome to industry shelved, and a sweeping reorganization proposed for its 70,000 employees....

Minnesota's $5B case over 3M chemicals heads to trial
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minnesota officials will soon try to convince a jury that manufacturer 3M Co. should pay the state $5 billion to help clean up environmental damage that the state alleges was caused by pollutants the company dumped for decades....

Latvia starts criminal probe of its central bank chief
HELSINKI (AP) -- Latvia's anti-corruption agency says it suspects the nation's central bank chief of demanding and receiving bribes of at least 100,000 euros ($125,000) and has started a criminal investigation against him....

Israeli gas company announces $15B export deal with Egypt
JERUSALEM (AP) -- An Israeli energy company on Monday announced a $15 billion deal to supply natural gas to Egypt, in the largest export agreement to date for Israel's nascent natural gas industry....

Report: California pot growers lagging in getting licenses
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Nearly two months after recreational marijuana became legal in California, less than 1 percent of the state's known growers have been licensed, according to a report released Monday by a pot industry group....

Spanish finance minister backed for leading ECB job
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Finance ministers from the 19-country eurozone on Monday endorsed Spain's Luis de Guindos for the coveted post of European Central Bank vice president, after Ireland withdrew the only other candidate....

In Italy's poorer south, populist party woos angry voters
NAPLES, Italy (AP) -- In the Naples suburb of Torre del Greco, a port town at the foot of Mount Vesuvius, voters are steaming....

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