• Asian shares edge higher with Fed meeting in focus
    by ANNABELLE LIANG on December 17, 2018 at 6:32 am

    SINGAPORE (AP) — Asian markets were mostly higher Monday on hopes that the Federal Reserve would re-evaluate its hawkish stance at a meeting later this week, following signs of slower global growth. KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s Nikkei 225 index added 0.6 percent to 21,506.88 and the Kospi in South Korea gained 0.2 percent to 2,073.28. Hong […]

  • Cambodia’s biggest hydropower dam now producing electricity
    by SOPHENG CHEANG on December 17, 2018 at 6:28 am

    PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia’s largest hydropower project officially began producing electricity Monday as the country tries to increase its energy capacity to reduce energy imports and help jump-start industrial expansion. Prime Minister Hun Sen inaugurated the 400-megawatt Lower Sesan II hydropower dam in the northeastern province of Stung Treng. The project, constructed on […]

  • Saudi Arabia rejects US Senate’s ‘interference’ in kingdom
    by AYA BATRAWY on December 17, 2018 at 5:55 am

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia issued an unusually strong rebuke of the U.S. Senate on Monday, rejecting a bipartisan resolution that put the blame for the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi squarely on the Saudi crown prince and describing it as interference in the kingdom’s affairs. It’s the latest sign of how […]

  • Man in Alaska arrested for threats to Pennsylvania college
    by The Associated Press on December 17, 2018 at 5:42 am

    EASTON, Pa. (AP) — Federal authorities have arrested a man in Alaska in connection to online threats made in May to an eastern Pennsylvania college. A Lafayette College news release says the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the FBI plan to host a press conference Wednesday on the details of the arrest in Anchorage. The campus […]

  • Nissan to replace rock-star chairman amid arrest scandal
    by YURI KAGEYAMA on December 17, 2018 at 5:37 am

    TOKYO (AP) — Nissan’s board is meeting to pick a chairman to replace Carlos Ghosn, arrested last month on charges of violating financial regulations. Monday’s meeting comes amid an unfolding scandal that threatens the Japanese automaker’s two-decade alliance with Renault SA of France and its global brand, as well as highlighting shoddy governance at the […]

  • Thunderbirds lose 6-5 in overtime in Spokane despite two goals from Dillon Hamaliuk and Matthew Wedman
    by Seattle Times staff on December 17, 2018 at 5:17 am

    Eli Zummack scored one minute, 47 seconds into overtime to lift the Spokane Chiefs to a 6-5 victory over Seattle in Western Hockey League action Sunday. […]

  • Nenana Native Association gets $9M grant for bridge project
    by The Associated Press on December 17, 2018 at 5:10 am

    FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — The Nenana Native Association has been awarded a $9.1 million grant to complete a long-awaited bridge project in the Alaska town of Nenana. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the U.S. Department of Transportation announced last week the funding to construct two permanent fixed bridges over the Nenana River and Nenana Slough. […]

  • White House closer to partial shutdown with wall demand
    by HOPE YEN on December 17, 2018 at 5:10 am

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Pushing the government to the brink of a partial shutdown, the White House is insisting that Congress provide $5 billion to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border despite lawmaker resistance from both parties. Without a resolution, parts of the federal government will shut down at midnight Friday. “We’re going to do […]

  • Coast Guard directs cleanup after Alaska fishing boat sinks
    by The Associated Press on December 17, 2018 at 5:09 am

    KENAI, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard is leading cleanup efforts after a fishing vessel sank in a harbor in southern Alaska, releasing an unknown amount of marine diesel and other petroleum products. The Peninsula Clarion reports the 71-foot (22-meter) Nordic Viking boat sank for unknown reasons last week in Seward Harbor. The state […]

  • Immigration arrests increase at Salt Lake City ICE office
    by The Associated Press on December 17, 2018 at 5:04 am

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Arrests of people suspected of living in the U.S. illegally have increased 24 percent in a four-state region since President Donald Trump entered office, mirroring a national trend. The Salt Lake Tribune reports numbers released last week by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement show increasing arrests and deportations by the […]