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Militant or poet? US sanctions Hezbollah leader's son

Nov. 15, 2018 12:11 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — The son of Lebanon's Hezbollah leader designated by the U.S. State Department this week as a "global terrorist" is a poet and music lover who moves around without security and whose role within the group is shrouded in secrecy. Jawad Nasrallah, the 37-year-old father of four, is the second...

Judge allows Mueller case against Russian company to proceed

Nov. 15, 2018 12:03 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge has refused to dismiss a special counsel indictment against a Russian company accused of interfering in the 2016 presidential election. The decision by U.S. District Judge Dabney Friedrich, an appointee of President Donald Trump, allows the criminal case against Concord...

US average mortgage rates flat to higher; 30-year 4.94 pct.

Nov. 15, 2018 11:42 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates were steady to slightly up this week, at their highest levels in nearly eight years and dampening home sales. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday the average rate on a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage was unchanged from last week at 4.94 percent. That's the...

The Latest: Treasury hits 17 Saudis with economic sanctions

Nov. 15, 2018 10:53 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on developments following the Oct. 2 killing of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi at the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul (all times local): 7:45 p.m. The U.S. Treasury Department is adding economic sanctions to the travel bans already in place against 17 Saudis...

FDA to crack down on menthol cigarettes, flavored vapes

Nov. 15, 2018 10:48 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A top U.S. health official on Thursday pledged to try to ban menthol from regular cigarettes, outlaw flavors in all cigars, and tighten rules regarding the sale of most flavored versions of electronic cigarettes. The move represents a major step to further push down U.S. smoking rates,...

Retailers, homebuilders lead early slide in US stocks

Nov. 15, 2018 10:27 AM EST

U.S. stocks moved broadly lower in early trading Thursday, extending the market's losing streak into a sixth day. Losses among retailers, homebuilders and health care companies outweighed gains in technology stocks. The slide followed a sell-off in European indexes as the British pound slumped amid discord over a...

Putin: Arms control to top agenda for his meeting with Trump

Nov. 15, 2018 10:21 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin briefly talked with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence Thursday about issues that will likely top the agenda of his planned meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump. Putin said he and Pence spoke on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations...

AP Exclusive: Walmart US CEO talks technology, workers

Nov. 15, 2018 10:20 AM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — When Walmart's Greg Foran took over as CEO of the discounter's U.S. division four years ago, he found messy stores with lots of items that were frequently out of stock. The 57-year-old New Zealand native dove in, making sure shelves were loaded with the most popular products and establishing...

US retail sales rose a solid 0.8 percent last month

Nov. 15, 2018 9:31 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. retail sales rose at a solid pace in October, though the gains were boosted by one-time factors such as hurricane recovery spending and higher gas prices. Retail sales rose a seasonally adjusted 0.8 percent last month, following two months of slight declines, the Commerce Department...

Correction: Uruguay-G20 Summit-US story

Nov. 15, 2018 9:14 AM EST

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — In a story Nov. 14 about (topic), The Associated Press reported erroneously that Uruguayan lawmakers had given final approval to a measure allowing U.S. troops to enter Uruguay for G20 security duties. Amendments in the lower house mean the measure requires final re-approval by...