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Asian shares mixed in muted trading amid growth worries

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mixed in muted trading Wednesday amid continuing worries about trade tensions and slowing global economic growth. KEEPING SCORE: Japan‘s benchmark Nikkei 225 slipped 0.2 percent to 23,414.43 in early trading, while Australia‘s S&P/ASX 200 inched up nearly 0.1 percent to 6,045.00. South Korea‘s Kospi lost 0.9 percent to 2,234.50. Hong Kong‘s Hang Seng added […]

Dennis Rodman benched for Yao Ming at Pyongyang friendly?

Dennis Rodman benched for Yao Ming at Pyongyang friendly?

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Has Dennis Rodman, the former NBA star-turned pal of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, been benched for Chinese hoop legend Yao Ming? The former Houston Rockets center and eight-time NBA all-star took center court in Pyongyang, North Korea‘s capital, on Tuesday as Chinese and North Korean basketball players held a friendly match, part of […]

Haley became a popular UN diplomat despite Trump policies

Haley became a popular UN diplomat despite Trump policies

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Nikki Haley came to her job as the top U.S. diplomat at the United Nations with no foreign policy experience, but in less than two years she made many friends — even among ambassadors from countries at odds with the Trump administration‘s policies. Tuesday‘s sudden announcement that she was leaving by the end of the year […]

Taiwan leader calls on China to not be ‘source of conflict‘

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan‘s President Tsai Ing-wen has called on China not to be a “source of conflict,” and has pledged to boost the island‘s defenses against Beijing‘s military threats. In a National Day address, Tsai said the best way to defend Taiwan was to “make it indispensable and irreplaceable to the world.” China has been increasing diplomatic, economic […]

Bogota implores tourists to stop feeding pigeons

Bogota implores tourists to stop feeding pigeons

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — On a bright Sunday afternoon, a group of government workers walked around Bogota‘s most famous square dressed as pigeons, with cardboard beaks covering their noses, as thousands of real birds swarmed overhead and left their droppings on stately monuments. Flapping their plastic wings and performing brief skits, they urged curious pedestrians not to feed the large […]

Las Vegas house prices reach highest level in 11 years

Las Vegas house prices reach highest level in 11 years

A “for sale” sign sits out front a home near the intersection of Lacy Lane and Alta Drive on Wednesday, May 3, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Bridget Bennett/Las Vegas Review-Journal Las Vegas house prices reached their highest level in more than 11 years last month as sales totals plunged. The median sales price of previously owned single-family homes was $300,000 […]