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Kentucky to collect $300 million in settling gambling suit

Sep. 23, 2021 04:02 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — An internet gambling site has agreed to pay $300 million to Kentucky to settle a long-running lawsuit filed by the state, Gov. Andy Beshear said. Flutter Entertainment, the parent company of PokerStars, agreed to the settlement, the governor said...

World shares advance after Fed signals it will ease support

Sep. 23, 2021 04:01 AM EDT

World shares were mostly higher Thursday after the Federal Reserve signaled it may begin easing its extraordinary support measures for the U.S. economy later this year. Benchmarks rose in Paris, London, Hong Kong, Shanghai and most other markets. U.S. futures were higher....

Retired Supreme Court justice portrait will hang in Capitol

Sep. 23, 2021 04:01 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The official portrait of a retired Kentucky Supreme Court justice has been dedicated and will hang in the state Capitol. Daniel J. Venters served 10 years as the justice for the 3rd Supreme Court District before retiring in 2019. He was also a...

Israeli court hears custody fight over cable car survivor, 6

Sep. 23, 2021 03:52 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The bitter custody battle over a 6-year-old boy who survived a cable car crash in Italy inched forward in Israel on Monday with a hearing in family court. Eitan Biran's relatives on both sides attended the session in Tel Aviv, in a legal fight that...

Taiwan asks to join trade group, says China might interfere

Sep. 23, 2021 03:37 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan has applied to join an 11-nation Pacific trade group, Cabinet officials said Thursday, setting up a potential clash with rival Beijing over the status of the island democracy. Taiwan’s application to join the Comprehensive and Progressive...

Climate change tops agenda as Iceland heads to elections

Sep. 23, 2021 03:09 AM EDT

REYKJAVIK , Iceland (AP) — Climate change is top of the agenda when voters in Iceland head to the polls for general elections on Saturday, following an exceptionally warm summer and an election campaign defined by a wide-reaching debate on global warming. All nine...

Floods, books & kids: Highlights of German election campaign

Sep. 23, 2021 02:51 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germans go to the polls on Sunday to elect a new parliament and produce a new German leader after 16 years of having Angela Merkel at the helm. Merkel decided not to run for a fifth term and the election campaign has largely focused on the three candidates hoping to succeed...

China's Ant Group shares credit data with central bank

Sep. 23, 2021 02:28 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China’s central bank will soon have access to private credit information of hundreds of millions of users of Ant Group’s online credit service, in a move signaling more regulatory oversight of the financial technology sector. Huabei, Ant Group’s...

Mideast in shambles, but the world has moved on for now

Sep. 23, 2021 02:12 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — There was a time not long ago when uprisings and wars in the Arab world topped the agenda at the U.N. General Assembly meetings in New York. With most of those conflicts in a stalemate, the world’s focus has shifted to more daunting global challenges...

The AP Interview: Top Pakistan diplomat details Taliban plan

Sep. 23, 2021 01:24 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Be realistic. Show patience. Engage. And above all, don't isolate. Those are the pillars of an approach emerging in Pakistan to deal with the fledgling government that is suddenly running the country next door once again — Afghanistan's resurgent, often-volatile...