Americans' energy use surges despite climate change concern
WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans burned a record amount of energy in 2018, with a 10% jump in consumption from booming natural gas helping to lead the way, the U.S.
Reshuffle in Pakistani cabinet after finance minister quits
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's prime minister reshuffled his cabinet Thursday, changing the portfolios of some key ministers just hours after the country's finance minister stepped down amid a wave of criticism over government handling of a financial crisis that has sent prices soaring.
US stock indexes are mixed as traders weigh company earnings
Encouraging quarterly results from several industrial sector companies helped drive U.S. stocks mostly higher in afternoon trading Thursday.
Dubai arena is latest project unveiled despite weaker growth
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — This week, Dubai unveiled its latest megaproject: A stadium in the heart of a super luxe shopping and dining destination.
US wins WTO case against China over grain exports
WASHINGTON (AP) — The World Trade Organization handed the United States a win Thursday in a trade dispute with China, ruling that Beijing did not fairly administer quotas on U.S.
New Mexico panel blindsides Facebook with $39M utility bill
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A powerful New Mexico regulatory authority is requiring the state's largest utility to bill Facebook $39 million for a new transmission line construction for its data center — a move the social media giant says it was not expecting.
Shortages hit Cuba, raising fears of new economic crisis
BAUTA, Cuba (AP) — Just after 8 a.m., Pura Castell got in line behind about 100 other people waiting for a chance to buy frozen chicken legs.
Walmart, Amazon kick off government online pilot program
NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon and Walmart on Thursday are kicking off a two-year pilot established by the government to allow low-income shoppers on government food assistance in New York to shop and pay for their groceries online.
IPO mania: Zoom, Pinterest surge in market debuts
NEW YORK (AP) — Investors are giving unicorn technology companies Zoom and Pinterest a rousing reception in their debuts on the stock market.
Two Zooms are soaring after IPO: Did you buy the wrong one?
NEW YORK (AP) — One IPO, two stocks Zooming higher. Investors on Thursday pounced on their first chance to buy shares of Zoom Video Communications, the video-conferencing company that had its initial public offering of stock.
Appeals court weighs Trump permit for Keystone XL pipeline
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. Justice Department attorneys want an appeals court to let construction proceed on the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada.
US mortgage rates increased this week with 30-year at 4.17%
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates increased this week, though they remain lower than a year ago in a positive sign for home sales.
How to get the most out of online reviews
In the world of online shopping , often buyers will purchase an item only after they see that other people also like it. And the easiest way to find out consumer sentiment? You guessed it: reviews.
Google: Android users get browser, search options in EU case
LONDON (AP) — Google said Thursday it will start giving European Union smartphone users a choice of browsers and search apps on its Android operating system, in changes designed to comply with an EU antitrust ruling.
US retail sales soared 1.6% in March
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. retail sales surged in March at the fastest pace since late 2017, as spending on autos, gasoline, furniture and clothing jumped.
Notre Dame fire raises fears for UK's crumbling Parliament
LONDON (AP) — For some Britons who watched Notre Dame burn so fiercely in Paris, the horror was mixed with apprehension. What happened to the French landmark this week could easily befall the Houses of Parliament in London.
US claims for unemployment aid hit lowest level since '69
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits dropped to the lowest level in nearly half a century. The Labor Department says claims for jobless aid fell by 5,000 last week to 192,000, lowest since September 1969.
Global stocks subdued as investors eye earnings, data
BEIJING (AP) — Stock markets were subdued Thursday as investors digested corporate earnings reports and mixed economic data, with some traders in Europe preparing for a long weekend.
Nissan ex-chair Ghosn appeal on extended detention rejected
TOKYO (AP) — Japan's top court said Thursday it has rejected an appeal by former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn's lawyers against his extended detention after his fourth arrest on allegations of financial misconduct.
Earth, meet Polo: Ralph Lauren unveils plastic bottle shirt
NEW YORK (AP) — Earth, meet Polo. Polo Ralph Lauren on Thursday launched a version of its iconic polo shirt made entirely of recycled plastic bottles and dyed through a process that uses zero water.
Some of Samsung's new folding phones are already breaking
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Some of Samsung's new, almost $2,000 folding phones appear to be breaking after just a couple of days. Journalists who received the phones to review before the public launch said the Galaxy Fold screen started flickering and turning black before completely fizzling out.
Asian stocks sink after Wall Street declines
BEIJING (AP) — Asian stocks fell Thursday after Wall Street declined despite encouraging Chinese economic data. Benchmarks in Shanghai, Tokyo, Seoul and Hong Kong all retreated.
AP Interview: Ivanka Trump says Africa would inspire her dad
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — On a trip to Africa to promote women's economic empowerment, Ivanka Trump said Wednesday the White House should be judged by its actions toward a continent that her father has privately disparaged.
Writers guild sues talent agencies in heated Hollywood fight
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Writers Guild of America sued the entertainment industry's four biggest talent agencies Wednesday in the latest and boldest move in an increasingly bitter and protracted fight between the two sides over the way Hollywood does business.
Pinterest prices public offering at $19 per share
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pinterest is pricing its shares at $19 for its initial public offering Thursday, putting it on track to raise more than $1.4 billion.