• Spain seeks revamp of EU financial powers, new ECB mandate

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    MADRID (AP) — Spain's government is calling for an overhaul of the European Union's common economic policy and for the European Central Bank to play a greater role in avoiding future crises. The presidency issued a statement saying Spain has sent European institutions an eight-page...

  • NYC World Science Fair features NASA-designed orbit pavilion

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — A NASA-designed orbit pavilion is among the cool things visitors can experience at New York City's World Science Festival this week. The interactive sculpture installation is among 50 events featured over the 5-day festival that opened Wednesday. The orbit pavilion...

  • Grand Forks mayor undergoes triple-bypass heart surgery

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — Grand Forks Mayor Michael Brown says he'll continue his mayoral duties as he recovers from open-heart surgery, though he's taken a leave of absence from his duties as a doctor with Altru Health. Brown on Wednesday issued a statement saying he underwent the...

  • Floods in northwest Romania leave 1 dead, dozens evacuated

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Officials in Romania say flooding in the country's northwest has killed at least one person, damaged homes and forced emergency evacuations. Interior Minister Gabriel Oprea said Wednesday that 42 people were forced from their homes, and 46 houses were...

  • Electrical failure paralyzes Belgian air traffic

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    BRUSSELS (AP) — A power failure at a control center paralyzed most of air traffic in and over Belgium for much of Wednesday and caused chaos at Brussels airport because of delays, detours and cancellations of flights. Planes slowly started flying again by mid-afternoon but by that...

  • Finland picks populist EU-skeptic as new foreign minister

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    HELSINKI (AP) — Finland's next prime minister Juha Sipila said Wednesday that he has chosen the head of the populist, anti-bailout Finns Party to be foreign minister in a new three-member ruling coalition, the first time the maverick EU-skeptic party is in the government. Sipila, who...

  • Germany wants UK in EU, but warns of limits on concessions

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Germany's foreign minister says Berlin wants the United Kingdom to stay in the European Union, but warns there are limits to how far other EU countries can go to accommodate British demands for change in the bloc. Britain's new government wants to renegotiate...

  • Outfits on wheels: In Zimbabwe, cars are used clothing shops

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The wares in Zimbabwe's capital are laid out for shoppers to browse through: the shoes lined up on the trunk, the shirts and dresses hanging from open doors of the spotlessly clean car. With many sidewalks in downtown Harare already taken over by street vendors...

  • CBS' Bob Schieffer is ready for retirement

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — At 78, Bob Schieffer is entitled to reminisce about the "good old days" of reporting. He believes young people coming into the business can also learn from them. Schieffer will host CBS' "Face the Nation" on Sunday for the last time after 24 years. He's retiring from...

  • Ethiopia: Partial results show ruling coalition in huge win

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia's ruling coalition won a sweeping victory in parliamentary elections, according to partial results released Wednesday. Western countries said the vote was peaceful but criticized what they described as restrictions on civil liberties. Early...

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