Government and politics

FILE - In this Monday, May 3, 1999 file photo, members of the Cuban baseball team carry their country's flag onto the field after a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards in Baltimore. Major League Baseball, its players’ association and the Cuban Baseball Federation reached an agreement that will allow players from the island nation to sign big league contracts without defecting, an effort to eliminate the dangerous trafficking that had gone on for decades. The agreement runs through Oct. 31, 2021. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)
December 19, 2018 - 7:51 pm
HAVANA (AP) — Major League Baseball, its players' association and the Cuban Baseball Federation reached an agreement that will allow players from the island to sign big league contracts without defecting, an effort to eliminate the dangerous trafficking that had gone on for decades. The agreement,...
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FILE - In this March 5, 2015, file photo, Budweiser beer cans are on ice at a concession stand at McKechnie Field in Bradenton, Fla. The maker of Budweiser is partnering with medical cannabis company Tilray in a $100 million deal to research cannabis-infused drinks for the Canadian market. The alliance announced Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018, is the latest foray by a major beer company into the cannabis business in Canada, which legalized recreational marijuana in October. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
December 19, 2018 - 7:44 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The maker of Budweiser is partnering with medical cannabis company Tilray in a $100 million deal to research cannabis-infused drinks for the Canadian market. The alliance announced Wednesday is the latest foray by a major beer company into the cannabis business in Canada, which...
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FILE - In this Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013 file photo, three generations of exiled pitchers from the Havana town of Regla, Cuba, from left, Rene Arocha, Manuel Hurtado and Joel Hernandez, pose before a baseball game between Cuban baseball team Industriales and a team of former players now living in exile in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Cubans can sign under rules similar to what players from Japan, South Korea and Taiwan face, according to a new agreement between Major League Baseball, its players’ association and the Cuban Baseball Federation. Players from Cuba would be allowed to sign big league contracts without defecting.(Pedro Portal/El Nuevo Herald via AP, File)
December 19, 2018 - 7:36 pm
The next generation of Cuban baseball stars may have a much easier time reaching the major leagues. Cubans can sign under rules similar to what players from Japan, South Korea and Taiwan face, according to an agreement among Major League Baseball, its players' association and the Cuban Baseball...
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FILE - In this July 9, 2018 file photo, Harvey Weinstein arrives to court in New York. A New York judge is weighing whether to dismiss Harvey Weinstein’s sexual assault case or send it to trial. Judge James Burke is expected to rule Thursday after a flurry of court filings in which Weinstein’s lawyers say the case has devolved into chaos and prosecutors say there’s ample evidence to move forward. The 66-year-old Weinstein is due in court for the hearing. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
December 19, 2018 - 5:48 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — If Harvey Weinstein were in charge of the script, he'd be walking out of a court hearing Thursday free of the criminal charges threatening to put him behind bars. The Hollywood producer-turned-#MeToo pariah is putting on his fiercest campaign yet to convince a New York judge to...
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Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell speak at a news conference in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018. The Federal Reserve is raising its key interest rate for the fourth time this year to reflect the U.S. economy's continued strength but signaling that it expects to slow hikes next year. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
December 19, 2018 - 3:42 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the Federal Reserve's monetary policy meeting (all times local): 3:35 p.m. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell says that future interest rate decisions will likely depend more on newly released economic data than in the recent past. This would allow the Fed greater...
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December 19, 2018 - 3:01 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has decided to abandon a controversial renaming plan, in one of the first big decisions by its new permanent director. The CFPB no longer wants to call itself the "Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection," a change that had been sought by...
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FILE - In this Friday, Sept. 22, 2017 file photo, an Uber App is displayed on a phone in London. Uber has pledged Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018 to challenge a U.K. Court of Appeal decision that drivers should be classed as workers rather than self-employed employees, a verdict that has potentially wide-ranging implications for the rapidly growing gig economy and the rules that govern it. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, file)
December 19, 2018 - 12:56 pm
LONDON (AP) — Uber pledged Wednesday to challenge a U.K. Court of Appeal decision that drivers should be classed as workers rather than self-employed employees, a verdict that has potentially wide-ranging implications for the rapidly growing gig economy and the rules that govern it. The challenge...
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Israeli soldiers stand around the opening of a hole that leads to a tunnel that the army says crosses from Lebanon to Israel, near Metula, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018. Israel's prime minister Wednesday called on the U.N. Security Council to condemn "wanton acts of aggression" by the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, designate it a terrorist organization and heighten sanctions on it over attack tunnels it has dug into Israel. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
December 19, 2018 - 11:46 am
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's prime minister Wednesday called on the U.N. Security Council to condemn "wanton acts of aggression" by the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, designate it a terrorist organization and heighten sanctions on it over tunnels it has dug into Israel. Benjamin Netanyahu said the...
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In this photo released by Inter Services Public Relations of Pakistan's military, U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, left, talks with Pakistani Army Chief Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa during a meeting in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018. Khalilzad's meeting with Pakistan's powerful army chief Bajwa was presumably to brief him on the talks with the Taliban, which Pakistan helped orchestrate by getting the Taliban to the UAE. (Inter Services Public Relations via AP)
December 19, 2018 - 10:26 am
ISLAMABAD (AP) — The latest talks between the Taliban and a U.S. peace envoy on the war in Afghanistan focused on the withdrawal of NATO troops, the release of prisoners and halting attacks on civilians by pro-government forces, a Taliban spokesman said Wednesday. U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, who...
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December 19, 2018 - 9:15 am
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's supreme court has accepted a French extradition request for a Russian bitcoin fraud suspect, whom the same court has, confusingly, already agreed to extradite to the U.S. and Russia. For the time being, 38-year-old Alexander Vinnik will remain in Greece after...
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