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Thomas, Scott share lead at rain-delayed Riviera

Feb. 15, 2019 9:38 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Justin Thomas was playing well enough to want to keep going, with six birdies in a seven-hole stretch before it was too dark to continue Friday at the Genesis Open. It also was raining. It was cold. And he already had been slogging through Riviera for nine hours. "It's hard playing 30...

Trump claims Japan's PM nominated him for Nobel Peace Prize

Feb. 15, 2019 9:30 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump claimed Friday that Japan's prime minister had nominated him for a Nobel Peace Prize for opening a dialogue with North Korea. Trump also complained about President Barack Obama's Nobel Peace Prize and doubted he would be similarly honored. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe...

Graham: US should be stronger on Canadians detained in China

Feb. 15, 2019 7:16 PM EST

MUNICH (AP) — U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham said Friday the response by the United States to China detaining two Canadians in apparent retaliation for the arrest of a Chinese Huawei executive has not been strong enough. Graham also told Munich Security Conference delegates the international reaction to China's...

Gucci to step up diversity hiring after 'blackface' uproar

Feb. 15, 2019 7:03 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Italian fashion house Gucci announced a major push Friday to step up diversity hiring as part of a long-term plan to build cultural awareness at the luxury fashion company following an uproar over an $890 sweater that resembled blackface. Gucci also said it will hire a global director for...

US seeks ways to recycle lithium batteries in cars, phones

Feb. 15, 2019 5:39 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The U.S. government will lead an ambitious effort to develop technologies to recycle lithium-ion batteries from electric vehicles, cellphones and other sources to ensure a reliable and affordable supply of metals crucial to battery production in anticipation of soaring global demand and...

Stocks post strong finish as optimism over trade talks grows

Feb. 15, 2019 4:49 PM EST

The Dow Jones Industrial Average surged more than 400 points Friday as renewed optimism over trade talks between the U.S. and China put investors in a buying mood. The rally marked a turnaround from a day earlier, when disappointing holiday sales data led to a modest sell-off. Friday's gains helped push the...

A year after Olympic gold, US curlers reflect on success

Feb. 15, 2019 3:42 PM EST

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — Nearly a year has passed since he won gold in South Korea, and John Shuster can still smile about his transformation from obscure curler to Olympic sensation. "It's a lot of pinch-yourself kind of days," he said. Shuster is back on the ice this week, competing at the USA Curling...

Europeans fire back at criticism from US over Iran

Feb. 15, 2019 2:38 PM EST

MUNICH (AP) — Germany's foreign minister on Friday slammed U.S. President Donald Trump's protectionist trade measures as creating a "lose-lose" situation and defended Europe's attempts to keep a nuclear deal with Iran alive after the unilateral American withdrawal. Heiko Maas fired back after harsh...

The Latest: Germany criticizes Trump's go-it-alone approach

Feb. 15, 2019 12:58 PM EST

MUNICH (AP) — The Latest on Munich Security Conference (all times local): 6:50 p.m. Germany's foreign minister is calling for a return to multilateral solutions, criticizing U.S. President Donald Trump's go-it-alone approach as counter-productive. Foreign Minister Heiko Maas told Munich Security Conference...

Trump says he might extend deadline in US-China talks

Feb. 15, 2019 12:50 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — President Donald Trump said that "there's a possibility" he would extend a March 2 deadline in trade talks with China if the two countries are closing in on a deal. Trump made the remarks after two days of high-level negotiations broke up in Beijing Friday, and the two countries announced...