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Global shares mixed as Fed leaves rates unchanged

Dec. 12, 2019 4:01 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Global shares were mixed Thursday after a wobbly day on Wall Street following the Federal Reserve announcement it would leave interest rates unchanged. Adding to the uncertainties overhanging the markets this week, Britain will vote in a national election Thursday that will likely determine...

UK voters decide who they want to resolve Brexit impasse

Dec. 12, 2019 3:13 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — U.K. voters were deciding Thursday who they want to resolve the stalemate over Brexit in a parliamentary election seen as one of the most important since the end of World War II. Voting was underway across the country in a contest that pits Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who says he will take...

What's next: How UK's election Thursday will affect Brexit

Dec. 12, 2019 2:39 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — The national election in Britain on Thursday will bring a new Parliament to power and may lead to a change at the top if Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party doesn't fare well with voters. Johnson called the early election in hopes of gaining lawmakers to support his...

The main parties and policies in the British election

Dec. 12, 2019 2:27 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — The United Kingdom’s 46 million voters are choosing 650 new lawmakers in Thursday’s election for Parliament’s lower House of Commons. Here is a look at the main parties and their policies: The Conservative Party: “Get Brexit Done” is the key message pushed...

Outdated, dangerous childbirth practices persist in Europe

Dec. 12, 2019 1:27 AM EST

BARCELONA (AP) — When Clara Massons was in labor with her son, a midwife climbed onto her bed and pushed down on Massons’ belly, explaining that she was helping to deliver her baby. For the next few hours, the midwife and a doctor took turns pressing down during contractions, using an old, now...

Asian shares mixed as Fed leaves rates unchanged

Dec. 11, 2019 9:58 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mixed Thursday, after a wobbly day on Wall Street following the Federal Reserve announcement it would leave interest rates unchanged. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 edged up 0.2% in early trading to 23,433.83, while Australia's S&P/ASX 200 lost 0.7% to 6,706.90. South...

Leaders scramble for final votes as UK's ugly election ends

Dec. 11, 2019 4:58 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s election has been like the country’s late-autumn weather: chilly and dull, with blustery outbursts. On the last day of the campaign, political leaders dashed around the U.K. on Wednesday trying to win over millions of undecided voters who will likely determine the...

Silver medalist to lead new Danish team in SailGP league

Dec. 11, 2019 3:20 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Olympic silver medalist Jonas Hogh-Christensen will lead a new Danish team in the SailGP global league. Denmark SailGP Team, announced Wednesday, joins the six national teams returning from the inaugural season. Hogh-Christensen won the silver medal in the Finn class at the 2012 London...

Meet the scholar who diagnosed ‘surveillance capitalism’

Dec. 11, 2019 3:17 PM EST

A year ago, Shoshana Zuboff dropped an intellectual bomb on the technology industry. She hasn’t stood still since. In a 700-page book, the Harvard scholar skewered tech giants like Facebook and Google with a damning phrase: “surveillance capitalism.” The unflattering term evokes how these...

Maine mother recorded admitting to beating her daughter

Dec. 11, 2019 2:43 PM EST

BELFAST, Maine (AP) — Maine state prosecutors played police recordings of a mother admitting to severely beating her 10-year-old daughter during a murder trial in the child's death. Jurors in Belfast on Tuesday heard Sharon Carrillo admit in a police interview to abusing her daughter, Marissa Kennedy, who...