Business

  • Seychelles swaps debt for groundbreaking marine protection
    by ADELLE KALAKOUTI on February 22, 2018 at 6:32 pm

    CURIEUSE ISLAND, Seychelles (AP) — With deep blue waters, white sand beaches and rich marine life, the tiny island nation of the Seychelles is announcing a pioneering marine conservation plan as part of a debt swap deal with creditors. In an agreement described as the first of its kind, the Indian Ocean nation is designating […]

  • Top Greek court backs key bailout-linked development project
    by The Associated Press on February 22, 2018 at 6:17 pm

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s supreme court has approved a large private urban development project on the prime seaside site of the old Athens airport, which is a key element of the country’s bailout program. The decision made public Thursday says that the development is in accordance with Greece’s constitution and laws, but stressed that […]

  • Child injured by dog during boarding for Phoenix-to-Portland flight
    by The Associated Press on February 22, 2018 at 5:54 pm

    PHOENIX — Southwest Airlines says a child was hurt by a support dog as passengers boarded a plane in Phoenix. A passenger tweeted that the dog bit the girl as she approached and that she screamed and cried. Southwest said Thursday that the dog’s teeth “scraped a child’s forehead” and that paramedics checked the child, […]

  • Drought forces painful choices for New Mexico ranchers
    by SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN on February 22, 2018 at 5:53 pm

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Some stretches of New Mexico have gone months without meaningful moisture, leaving farmers and ranchers to make difficult decisions as long-term forecasts call for drought to intensify across the already arid state. Experts with the National Weather Service talked of pitiful snowpack levels in the mountain ranges that feed the state’s […]

  • Toyota, Genesis among Consumer Reports’ top auto picks
    by The Associated Press on February 22, 2018 at 5:47 pm

    DETROIT (AP) — Toyota has four of the 10 vehicles on Consumer Reports’ annual top picks, the most of any brand. The Toyota Corolla and Toyota Camry are the magazine’s choice for best small and midsize cars. The Toyota Sienna led the minivan category and the Toyota Highlander is the best midsize SUV. The Chevrolet […]

  • Toyota, Genesis among Consumer Reports’ top auto picks
    by The Associated Press on February 22, 2018 at 5:46 pm

    DETROIT (AP) — Toyota has four of the 10 vehicles on Consumer Reports’ annual top picks, the most of any brand. The Toyota Corolla and Toyota Camry are the magazine’s choice for best small and midsize cars. The Toyota Sienna led the minivan category and the Toyota Highlander is the best midsize SUV. Genesis, Audi, […]

  • Another former employee sues Google over issues of diversity
    by The Associated Press on February 22, 2018 at 5:20 pm

    NEW YORK (AP) — Another former Google employee is suing the tech company over issues of diversity. Software developer Tim Chevalier, who is transgender, says he was fired for speaking up about online bullying he experienced at the company and complaining about discrimination, harassment and white supremacy on Google’s internal messaging system. The lawsuit comes […]

  • Greece approves port sale in second-largest city
    by The Associated Press on February 22, 2018 at 4:56 pm

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Lawmakers have approved the sale of a 67 percent stake of the Thessaloniki Port Authority in Greece’s second largest city, in a deal worth 232 million euros ($285 million). Parliament ratified the concession agreement through 2051 which was signed in December with the consortium South Europe Gateway Thessaloniki. The consortium is […]

  • CBS names Margaret Brennan as ‘Face the Nation’ anchor
    by The Associated Press on February 22, 2018 at 4:45 pm

    NEW YORK (AP) — CBS News has named Margaret Brennan as moderator of the Sunday morning political talk show “Face the Nation,” replacing John Dickerson. Brennan has been one of the substitute moderators, along with Nancy Cordes and Major Garrett, since Dickerson left the Washington-based show to join “CBS This Morning.” CBS News President David […]

  • Long-term US mortgage rates rise for seventh straight week
    by The Associated Press on February 22, 2018 at 4:20 pm

    Long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose for the seventh consecutive week and remain close to a four-year high, which will increase the costs of buying a home for many people. This week Last week Year ago 30-year fixed 4.40 4.38 4.16 15-year fixed 3.85 3.84 3.37 5-year adjustable 3.65 3.63 3.16 […]