TOKYO (AP) - Japan's government announced Friday that it will increase the amount of money it's providing to the operator of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant to step up cleanup and reconstruction efforts.
The interest-free loans provided to Tokyo Electric Power Co. will be increased to
By TOBY STERLINGAssociated Press
AMSTERDAM (AP) - Europe's top regulator said Friday Google's recent concessions to resolve concerns it is abusing its dominant position in search are not enough.
Speaking on Spanish national radio, European Commission antitrust chief Joaquin Almunia said
By JOE McDONALDAP Business Writer
BEIJING (AP) - China promised Friday to ease restrictions on imports of U.S. beef and to speed up work on opening its market for government purchases of software and other goods.
The pledges came as American and Chinese envoys ended a meeting of the annual U.S.-
By NATALIYA VASILYEVAAssociated Press
MOSCOW (AP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree Friday to pardon jailed tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky. Here's a look at Khodorkovsky, the implications of his imprisonment and his impending release:
WHO IS KHODORKOVSKY?
At the time of his arrest
By NATALIYA VASILYEVA and FRANK JORDANSAssociated Press
BERLIN (AP) - After spending 10 years in Russian jails for what many in the West believe were trumped-up offenses, Mikhail Khodorkovsky left prison a free man Friday and immediately flew to Germany.
Russian President Vladimir Putin pardoned
BRUSSELS (AP) - The Standard & Poor's rating agency stripped the European Union of its triple A credit rating in the wake of a bitter budget battle and the debt problems afflicting a number of its members.
However, Friday's one notch downgrade to AA+ is unlikely to cause too many
BERLIN (AP) - The German government said Friday it will borrow less money than planned this year as low unemployment fuels a steady increase in tax income, while a closely-watched survey showed German consumers believe the economic recovery is gaining momentum.
Current plans call for new borrowing
By MARK SCOLFORO and MARC LEVYAssociated Press
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - The energy industry and policy makers in Pennsylvania, the heart of the nation's gas drilling boom, are thinking about their next moves after the state's highest court threw out significant portions of a law that limited
By SARAH DiLORENZOAP Business Writer
PARIS (AP) - Investors continued Friday to breathe a sigh of relief that the U.S. central bank has committed to keeping interest rates low even though it has decided to start pulling back on its monetary stimulus.
Stocks in Europe pushed higher following a
By FRANCES D'EMILIOAssociated Press
CAIVANO, Italy (AP) - On Ciro Fusco's farm in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius, police swooped down one recent day and planted a warning sign in his broccoli fields, prohibiting anyone from harvesting or even setting foot on the plot. Dozens of other
SPOKANE, Wash. - Friday morning just after 10am, Spokane Police responded to an armed robbery at the US Bank on N. Lincoln.
The search for the two robbers sent Willard Elementary into lockdown, but police say no students were ever in any danger. At 11:30 Friday morning, Spokane Police called off
SPOKANE, Wash.- Snow started falling in the Inland Northwest at around 7:00 Friday morning. Moses Lake and Colville were the first areas reporting snowfall sticking to the roadways.
By about 10:00 Friday morning, heavy snow was falling in Spokane, and starting to stick.The expected snow totals
By Trevor MoggProvided by Here's something amusing to take you into the weekend. Called ‘cell phone crashing', it shows comedian Greg Benson sitting beside different people talking on their handsets at an airport, with Benson pretending to chat to a friend on his own phone while