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North Korea's stable exchange rates confound economists

Nov. 16, 2018 7:51 PM EST

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — One of the biggest mysteries among North Korea economy watchers is how the country has managed to maintain stable exchange rates despite intense sanctions, political tensions and a swelling trade imbalance. The North claims it simply shows how strong the economy really is. But...

Suspected Russian hackers impersonate State Department aide

Nov. 16, 2018 7:51 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. cybersecurity experts say hackers impersonating a State Department official have targeted U.S. government agencies, businesses and think tanks in an attack that bears similarity to past campaigns linked to Russia. The "spear phishing" attempts began on Wednesday, sending e-mail...

California utility shares rise as regulator calms investors

Nov. 16, 2018 7:46 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Shares of Pacific Gas & Electric Co. soared Friday after California's top utility regulator said his agency will help the company deal with potentially crippling liability costs from wildfires. PG&E's stock rebounded 37.5 percent Friday after plunging 60 percent and losing...

Dems on verge of ending GOP dominance in N Carolina Senate

Nov. 16, 2018 7:41 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Democratic challengers expanded vote advantages Friday in some tight North Carolina Senate races as counties wrapped up final ballot counting. That puts their party on the verge of eliminating the Republicans' veto-proof majority in the chamber. Democrats won one more Senate race and...

The Latest: Man says his 75-year-old mom didn't survive fire

Nov. 16, 2018 7:40 PM EST

CHICO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on California's wildfires (all times local): 4:25 p.m. One man's search for his 75-year-old mother has ended with a phone call from an official with the coroner's office. Sol Bechtold had gone to numerous shelters since the massive Nov. 8 wildfire tore into his mother's...

Abrams ends Georgia governor bid, says she'll file lawsuit

Nov. 16, 2018 7:39 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Democrat Stacey Abrams ended 10 days of post-election drama in Georgia's closely watched and even more closely contested race for governor Friday, acknowledging Republican Brian Kemp as the victor while defiantly refusing to concede to the man she blamed for "gross mismanagement" of a...

Hundreds missing in fire's wake ahead of Trump visit

Nov. 16, 2018 7:34 PM EST

CHICO, Calif. (AP) — With the confirmed death toll at 63, authorities in Northern California on Friday continued to search for those who perished and those who survived the fiercest of wildfires ahead of a planned visit by President Donald Trump. The president on Saturday is expected to get a look at the...

Key facts about APEC host Papua New Guinea

Nov. 16, 2018 7:31 PM EST

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (AP) — Papua New Guinea hosts leaders from Pacific Rim countries, including the United States, Russia and China, this weekend in a coming-out party for the jungle-clad nation that is regarded as one of the world's last frontiers for trade and investment. The largely...

US Rep. Mia Love loses in court, takes lead in tight race

Nov. 16, 2018 7:28 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah Republican Rep. Mia Love lost a court challenge Friday to halt vote-counting in one key county, but took the lead with new vote tallies in a race so tight it's within the recount threshold. Love, the first black Republican woman elected to Congress, flipped the lead that Democrat...

Pritzker's campaign asks for discrimination suit's dismissal

Nov. 16, 2018 7:23 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Attorneys for Illinois Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker's campaign have asked a judge to toss out a racial discrimination lawsuit filed a few weeks before the November general election by 10 campaign workers. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that a motion to dismiss the lawsuit was filed Friday in U.S....