Facebook says it's better at detecting rule violations
NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook said it's making progress on detecting hate speech, graphic violence and other violations of its rules, even before users see and report them.
FDA to crack down on menthol cigarettes, flavored vapes
NEW YORK (AP) — In a major new effort to curb smoking, a top U.S. health official pledged Thursday to try to ban menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars and tighten rules governing the sale of most flavored versions of electronic cigarettes.
Utility asked last month to hike bills over California fires
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A utility facing severe financial pressure amid speculation its equipment may have sparked a deadly Northern California wildfire asked U.S.
California recommends restrictions for popular pesticide
LOS ANGELES (AP) — California regulators recommended new restrictions Thursday on a widely used pesticide blamed for harming the brains of babies.
VA seeks to reduce GI Bill payment delays after IT woes
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Department of Veterans Affairs on Thursday promised to try to speed up payments to thousands of veterans after delays caused by information technology problems.
AP FACT CHECK: Trump inflates jobs improvement for veterans
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is spinning a tale regarding the number of jobs he's provided for military veterans. At a veterans' event Thursday, he said the unemployment rate for former service members is its best in 21 years.
UK's defiant May tells critics it's her Brexit deal or chaos
LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Theresa May defied mounting calls to quit or change course Thursday over Britain's withdrawal from the European Union, warning that abandoning her Brexit plan would plunge the country into "deep and grave uncertainty."
Senate confirms Kansas bank regulator Bowman for Fed board
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Thursday confirmed Michelle Bowman, a Kansas banking regulator, as a member of the Federal Reserve board.
Electronic driving systems don't always work, tests show
DETROIT (AP) — Testing by AAA shows that electronic driver assist systems on the road today may not keep vehicles in their lanes or spot stationary objects in time to avoid a crash.
Stocks have struggled in 2018. Bonds too. Oh, and gold.
NEW YORK (AP) — Even the most balanced investors have gotten knocked on their heels this year. Typically, spreading one's bets across several different types of investments has helped deliver steadier returns.
Give the gift of no-plastic sipping straws for the holidays
NEW YORK (AP) — Big problem or a fraction of the world's plastic consumption? You decide, but know that single-use plastic straws are a recent target of environmental activists.
Walmart flexes its muscle against Amazon
NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart, armed with grocery and other online services, is proving it can do battle with Amazon. The world's largest retailer delivered strong third-quarter results Thursday, extending a streak of sales growth into its 11th straight quarter that showed it's pulling shoppers online and in the store.
The Latest: UK's May vows 'to see this through' on Brexit
LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Britain's departure from the European Union (all times local): 5:30 p.m. British Prime Minister Theresa May says if politicians reject her Brexit deal, it will set the country on "a path of deep and grave uncertainty."
The Brexit story so far: How Britain got itself in a bind
LONDON (AP) — Britain's 2-day-old draft deal to leave the European Union is in danger of collapsing, increasing the likelihood of a disorderly, economically painful exit from the bloc next year.
Morocco unveils Africa's first ever high speed train line
RABAT, Morocco (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron and Morocco's King Mohammed VI have inaugurated Morocco's first high-speed rail line, the first ever such line in Africa.
Having 'The Talk' about college costs with your teen
A four-year journey to decide where to go to college ended for Sofie Adams when a college recruiter approached her after a softball game and asked, "Do you want to study abroad?" "No one else had asked me that, and yes — I really do want to get overseas," says Adams, 18, who considered several schools before taking an academic scholarship and an offer to play this fall for St.
Study: Chinese to account for half of luxury sales by 2025
MILAN (AP) — Chinese consumers will remain the driving force for the luxury goods market, according to a new study by Bain consultancy released Thursday that shows they will fuel nearly half of global high-end sales by 2025.
Stocks mostly rise but Europe weighed down by Brexit discord
BEIJING (AP) — Global stock markets mostly rose Thursday, though European indexes and the pound sagged as discord within the British government threatened a newly agreed Brexit deal.
Transit riders, drivers brace for influx of Amazon employees
NEW YORK (AP) — Commuters beware: New York and Washington's clogged streets and creaky subway systems are about to feel more pain as 50,000 more people descend on the two metro areas where Amazon will open new headquarters.
The Latest: Singapore PM says China-US rivalry 'awkward'
SINGAPORE (AP) — The Latest on the summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, which ends Thursday in Singapore (all times local): 6:40 p.m.
China says talks with US on trade battle have resumed
BEIJING (AP) — Washington and Beijing have resumed talks over their spiraling trade dispute ahead of a meeting between Presidents Xi Jinping and Donald Trump, China's Commerce Ministry said Thursday.
Japan's minister of cybersecurity has never used computer
TOKYO (AP) — Japan's minister in charge of cybersecurity is in the spotlight for acknowledging he has never used a computer and making comments showing he has no idea what a USB port might be.
Japan's SoftBank invests in US office space-sharing WeWork
TOKYO (AP) — American office space-sharing company WeWork has obtained $3 billion in funding from Japanese technology conglomerate SoftBank Group Corp.
Hearing reveals chilling details of fatal Southwest flight
There was a loud bang, and suddenly the Southwest Airlines jet rolled sharply to the left. Smoke began to fill the cabin, and flight attendants rushed row by row to make sure all passengers could get oxygen from their masks.
Chinese automaker Zotye plans to sell vehicles in US in 2020
BEIJING (AP) — Chinese automaker Zotye Auto says it plans to start selling vehicles in the United States in 2020. Zotye says it will work with an American partner, HAAH Automotive Holdings.

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