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Stocks edge higher; S&P 500 heads for another week of gains

Sep. 20, 2019 10:53 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks edged higher in early trading on Friday as most sectors of the market posted small gains. The S&P 500 rose 0.3% to 3,014 and is within 12 points of all-time high. The index is headed for a fourth straight weekly gain, even after some volatility during the week caused by...

At least they're talking: EU, UK push on with Brexit meets

Sep. 20, 2019 9:45 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British and European Union negotiators agreed Friday to press on with talks in search of an elusive Brexit deal, as Ireland's deputy leader warned that the two sides remain far apart despite an improvement in the "mood music." After weeks spent demanding that Britain provide concrete...

Tour operator Thomas Cook in race to avoid bankruptcy

Sep. 20, 2019 9:11 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Thomas Cook, one of the world's oldest and largest travel companies, is facing a race against time to stay afloat. The debt-laden British-based company has confirmed it is seeking 200 million pounds ($250 million) in extra funding to avoid its collapse. The company says it is in talks with...

The Latest: EU, UK agree to continue Brexit talks

Sep. 20, 2019 8:49 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Britain's departure from the European Union (all times local): 2:45 p.m. The European Union says British and EU negotiators agree to continue discussions aimed at ending the Brexit impasse, as the talks appear to be gaining momentum. The European Commission said Friday that the...

Global stocks ending action-packed week solidly

Sep. 20, 2019 8:43 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Global stock markets traded in fairly narrow ranges on Friday at the end of a fairly eventful week that saw oil prices spike sharply after attacks on Saudi oil facilities and the Federal Reserve cut interest rates again. Though oil prices are up strongly on the week, there's been an element...

Soccer authorities meet with Twitter over racist abuse

Sep. 20, 2019 7:55 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — English soccer authorities say they have had a "productive and positive" meeting with representatives from Twitter in the wake of black players receiving racist abuse on the social-media platform this season. The Football Association, the Premier League and the English Football League were...

Scientists prepare for year-long expedition to Arctic center

Sep. 20, 2019 6:17 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Researchers from more than a dozen nations prepared Friday to launch the biggest and most complex expedition ever attempted in the central Arctic — a yearlong journey through the ice they hope will improve the scientific models that underpin our understanding of climate change. The...

A stitch in time: Tapestry immortalizes "Game of Thrones"

Sep. 20, 2019 5:25 AM EDT

BAYEUX, France (AP) — Famously, Arya Stark always preferred her sword Needle to needlework. Still, even she would be impressed with the giant tapestry now on show in France that recounts the plot of "Game of Thrones" in glorious and, of course, gory and salacious detail. With the award-winning saga about...

Rooney wants another trip to MLS playoffs before going home

Sep. 19, 2019 4:33 PM EDT

As his Major League Soccer career draws to a close and he prepares to return home to England, Wayne Rooney would like one more shot at the playoffs. The longtime Manchester United and English national team striker is in the final regular-season stretch with D.C. United, which is 12-10-9 this season for fifth in...

Green activists lose challenge to Irish govt climate plan

Sep. 19, 2019 12:43 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — An Irish court has rejected a challenge by environmental activists who said the government's plans for tackling climate change don't go far enough. Friends of the Irish Environment argued that the government's climate action plan breached human rights obligations and contravened Ireland's...