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FILE - This Aug. 24, 2019, file photo, a Syrian soldier in the northwestern town of Khan Sheikoun, stands on the highway that links the capital Damascus with the northern city of Aleppo, Syria. The M5 highway, recaptured by President Bashar Assad’s forces this week, is arguably the most coveted prize in Syria’s civil war. The strategic highway is vital for Syria’s  economy as well as for moving troops. (AP Photo/Albert Aji, File)

AP Explains: Why Syria's M5 is Assad's highway to victory

Feb. 14, 2020 7:01 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — It is arguably one of the most coveted prizes in Syria’s civil war, and after eight years of fighting, Syrian President Bashar Assad has got it back. The Damascus-Aleppo highway, or the M5, is known to Syrians simply as the “International Road.” Cutting through Syria's...

Small Missouri village moved to uphill site after 1993 flood

Feb. 7, 2020 1:02 AM EST

RHINELAND, Mo. (AP) — The Rhinelanders knew how to handle floods. When the water rose, they just moved everything up. “All our furniture would go up on the dining room table and upstairs,” Betty Gosen-Gerber, a former Rhineland resident, said. “And then we had cousins across the...

Rainout shelters help Missouri farmers manage drought

Jan. 24, 2020 1:01 AM EST

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — In July 2002, a drought settled over Missouri that lasted 99 weeks and finally ended in May 2004. Eight years later during the week of Aug. 21, Missouri suffered the most intense drought in its history. The dry spell affected 35.72% of land in the state, according to the U.S. Drought...

Missouri farmer ran one of the biggest frauds in US history

Jan. 17, 2020 1:01 AM EST

CHILLICOTHE, Mo. (AP) — Like all the best con artists, Randy Constant was a charmer, hard not to like. Big hearted. Good listener. You’d never have guessed that the father of three, grandfather of five was a liar, cheat and serial philanderer who masterminded one of the biggest and longest-running...

Investors monitor stock prices at a brokerage in Beijing Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. Share prices are mixed in moderate trading in Asia after the U.S. and China signed a preliminary trade agreement that investors hope will bring better relations between the two biggest economies. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

China welcomes US deal, says 'core concerns' must be met

Jan. 16, 2020 7:03 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China’s government welcomed an interim trade deal with Washington and said Thursday the two sides need to address each other’s “core concerns.” The “Phase 1” agreement shows Beijing and Washington “can find appropriate and effective solutions...

People shop for meat a supermarket in Handan in northern China's Hebei Province, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020. Soaring pork prices that nearly doubled in December over a year ago kept inflation at a seven-year high despite government efforts to ease meat shortages caused by a disease outbreak, official data showed Thursday. (Chinatopix via AP)

Soaring pork prices keep China's inflation at 7-year high

Jan. 9, 2020 2:29 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Soaring pork prices that nearly doubled in December over a year ago kept inflation at a seven-year high despite government efforts to ease meat shortages caused by a disease outbreak, official data showed Thursday. Surging inflation adds to challenges for communist leaders who are trying to...

A train makes its way along a path where corn spilled from a train on a Canadian Pacific line and sat two inches deep for just under a half-mile, Tuesday, January 7, 2020 in Crystal, Minn. (Elizabeth Flores/Star Tribune via AP)

Corn spill forms smooth path on Minnesota railroad tracks

Jan. 7, 2020 6:19 PM EST

CRYSTAL, Minn. (AP) — Bushels and bushels of corn spilled from a freight train and formed a smooth, yellow path for more than a third of a mile on railroad tracks in a northern Minneapolis suburb. The spill happened in Crystal, Minnesota, on the Canadian Pacific line. The Star Tribune reports the corn...

FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2019, file photo specialists Anthony Rinaldi, James Denaro and Gregg Maloney, left to right, work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EST on Friday, Dec. 27. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

US stocks nearly flat; S&P 500 notches 5th weekly gain

Dec. 27, 2019 5:08 PM EST

Major U.S. stock indexes ended essentially flat Friday after a day of mostly listless trading. Even so, the S&P 500 closed out the week with its fifth straight weekly gain. The benchmark index squeaked out a tiny gain that was good enough for its 35th record high this year. The Dow Jones Industrial Average...

Currency traders watch monitors at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Dec. 27, 2019. Asian stocks followed Wall Street higher on Friday amid optimism U.S.-Chinese trade relations are improving. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Global markets mostly higher amid trade optimism

Dec. 27, 2019 8:02 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Global stock markets moved mostly higher on Friday amid optimism that U.S.-Chinese trade relations are improving and on early reports that online Christmas shopping was up over last year in the U.S. European markets rose in midday trading and Wall Street was primed for more gains after...

Currency traders watch monitors at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Dec. 27, 2019. Asian stocks followed Wall Street higher on Friday amid optimism U.S.-Chinese trade relations are improving. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Global stocks mixed, Wall Street rises amid trade optimism

Dec. 27, 2019 3:43 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Global stock markets were mixed Friday after Wall Street rose amid optimism that U.S.-Chinese trade relations are improving. Frankfurt, Paris and Hong Kong gained in early trading. London and Shanghai were unchanged and Tokyo declined. Investors welcomed U.S. President Donald Trump's comment...