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    Southwest probes cancellations, says shutdown cost $60 million


    Southwest Airlines Co added a $60 million hit from the recent U.S. government shutdown to its list of headaches on Wednesday as it investigated whether a conflict with its mechanics union was adding to a rise in flight cancellations. ...

    Southwest Airlines Co added a $60 million hit from the recent U.S. government shutdown to its list of headaches on Wednesday as it investigated whether a conflict with its mechanics union was adding to a rise in flight cancellations.

    As Maduro holds on, Venezuela opposition eyes negotiated transition


    Venezuela's opposition is trying to convince ruling Socialist Party officials to join a transition government, shifting focus as it seeks to unseat President Nicolas Maduro, who has clung to power in the face of growing international pressure and U.S....

    Venezuela's opposition is trying to convince ruling Socialist Party officials to join a transition government, shifting focus as it seeks to unseat President Nicolas Maduro, who has clung to power in the face of growing international pressure and U.S. sanctions.

    U.S. high court buttresses constitutional ban on 'excessive fines'


    Ruling for the first time that the U.S. Constitution's ban on "excess fines" applies to states as well as the federal government, the Supreme Court on Wednesday sided with an Indiana man who argued police violated his rights by seizing his $42,000 Land...

    Ruling for the first time that the U.S. Constitution's ban on "excess fines" applies to states as well as the federal government, the Supreme Court on Wednesday sided with an Indiana man who argued police violated his rights by seizing his $42,000 Land Rover vehicle after he was convicted as a heroin dealer.

    Islamic State closer to defeat in last Syrian enclave


    Islamic State appeared closer to defeat in its last enclave in eastern Syria on Wednesday, as a civilian convoy left the besieged area where U.S.-backed forces estimate a few hundred jihadists are still holed up. ...

    Islamic State appeared closer to defeat in its last enclave in eastern Syria on Wednesday, as a civilian convoy left the besieged area where U.S.-backed forces estimate a few hundred jihadists are still holed up.

    Guaido says he's trying to freeze Venezuelan accounts in Switzerland


    Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido said he spoke to the president of Switzerland on Wednesday to try to freeze banks accounts belonging to the tumultuous South American nation after "irregular movements" were discovered. ...

    Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido said he spoke to the president of Switzerland on Wednesday to try to freeze banks accounts belonging to the tumultuous South American nation after "irregular movements" were discovered.

    EU governments endorse copyright reform - statement


    Representatives of European Union governments endorsed on Wednesday a deal reached with the EU Parliament on the overhaul of the bloc's copyright rules, the Romanian presidency of the EU said in a statement on Twitter. ...

    Representatives of European Union governments endorsed on Wednesday a deal reached with the EU Parliament on the overhaul of the bloc's copyright rules, the Romanian presidency of the EU said in a statement on Twitter.

    EU countries back copyright reforms aimed at Google, Facebook


    European Union countries on Wednesday endorsed an overhaul of the bloc's copyright rules which would force Google and Facebook Inc to pay publishers for news snippets and filter out copyright-protected content on YouTube or Instagram. ...

    European Union countries on Wednesday endorsed an overhaul of the bloc's copyright rules which would force Google and Facebook Inc to pay publishers for news snippets and filter out copyright-protected content on YouTube or Instagram.

    Three UK Conservatives quit party in protest at 'disastrous Brexit'


    Three lawmakers from Britain's governing Conservatives quit over the government's "disastrous handling of Brexit" on Wednesday, in a blow to Prime Minister Theresa May's attempts to unite her party around plans to leave the European Union. ...

    Three lawmakers from Britain's governing Conservatives quit over the government's "disastrous handling of Brexit" on Wednesday, in a blow to Prime Minister Theresa May's attempts to unite her party around plans to leave the European Union.

    No host? No problem. Queen, Lady Gaga bring Grammys vibe to Oscars


    There won't be a host and Sunday's Oscars ceremony won't open with the traditional monologue in which celebrities and politicians are skewered. ...

    There won't be a host and Sunday's Oscars ceremony won't open with the traditional monologue in which celebrities and politicians are skewered.

    Teen in Lincoln Memorial protest sues Washington Post for $250 million


    A high school student from Covington, Kentucky, sued the Washington Post for defamation on Tuesday, claiming the newspaper falsely accused him of racist acts and instigating a confrontation with a Native American activist in a January videotaped incident...

    A high school student from Covington, Kentucky, sued the Washington Post for defamation on Tuesday, claiming the newspaper falsely accused him of racist acts and instigating a confrontation with a Native American activist in a January videotaped incident at the Lincoln Memorial.

    Abuse victims demand to see pope, say bishops should be sacked


    Victims of sexual abuse by the Catholic clergy on Wednesday demanded to meet Pope Francis personally to press demands that bishops who covered up such offences be dismissed from the priesthood. ...

    Victims of sexual abuse by the Catholic clergy on Wednesday demanded to meet Pope Francis personally to press demands that bishops who covered up such offences be dismissed from the priesthood.

    Italy demands answers over reports daughter of North Korea diplomat abducted


    Italy warned on Wednesday there would be consequences to pay if there was any truth to reports that the daughter of a missing North Korean diplomat had been abducted from Rome and whisked to Pyongyang. ...

    Italy warned on Wednesday there would be consequences to pay if there was any truth to reports that the daughter of a missing North Korean diplomat had been abducted from Rome and whisked to Pyongyang.

    Wall St. opens flat as investors assess U.S.-China trade talks


    U.S. stocks opened little changed on Wednesday, after a handful of downbeat earnings reports, while investors weighed the latest developments in trade talks between the United States and China. ...

    U.S. stocks opened little changed on Wednesday, after a handful of downbeat earnings reports, while investors weighed the latest developments in trade talks between the United States and China.

    Tesla's top lawyer leaves two months into the job


    Tesla Inc said on Wednesday its general counsel Dane Butswinkas is leaving the electric carmaker just two months into the job, the latest in a string of top-level departures at the company. ...

    Tesla Inc said on Wednesday its general counsel Dane Butswinkas is leaving the electric carmaker just two months into the job, the latest in a string of top-level departures at the company.

    Factbox: Tesla executive departures since 2016


    Tesla Inc on Wednesday announced the departure of its general counsel Dane Butswinkas, just two months into the job, the latest in a string of senior level exits from the electric carmaker. ...

    Tesla Inc on Wednesday announced the departure of its general counsel Dane Butswinkas, just two months into the job, the latest in a string of senior level exits from the electric carmaker.

    Moscow ready to cut time for nuclear strike on U.S. if necessary: Putin


    Moscow will match any U.S. move to deploy new nuclear missiles closer to Russia by stationing its own missiles closer to the United States or by deploying faster missiles or both, President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday. ...

    Moscow will match any U.S. move to deploy new nuclear missiles closer to Russia by stationing its own missiles closer to the United States or by deploying faster missiles or both, President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday.

    UK PM May could pass Brexit deal with promise of second referendum - lawmaker


    British Prime Minister Theresa May could pass her Brexit deal if she agreed to hold another referendum to see if the public accepted it, one of the lawmakers who resigned from her party over the government's handling of Brexit said on Wednesday. ...

    British Prime Minister Theresa May could pass her Brexit deal if she agreed to hold another referendum to see if the public accepted it, one of the lawmakers who resigned from her party over the government's handling of Brexit said on Wednesday.

    French court fines UBS 4.5 billion euros in tax fraud case


    A French court on Wednesday found Swiss bank UBS AG guilty of illegally soliciting clients in France and laundering the proceeds of tax evasion, and ordered it to pay 4.5 billion euros ($5.1 billion) in penalties. ...

    A French court on Wednesday found Swiss bank UBS AG guilty of illegally soliciting clients in France and laundering the proceeds of tax evasion, and ordered it to pay 4.5 billion euros ($5.1 billion) in penalties.

    Russian President Putin's address to parliament


    The following are highlights from Russian President Vladimir Putin's annual address to parliament on Wednesday. The highlights will be continuously updated throughout the speech. ...

    The following are highlights from Russian President Vladimir Putin's annual address to parliament on Wednesday. The highlights will be continuously updated throughout the speech.

    UBS slams French verdict in tax evasion trial


    UBS slammed a French court verdict on Wednesday ordering the Swiss bank to pay 4.5 billion euros ($5.10 billion) after finding it guilty of aiding tax evasion. ...

    UBS slammed a French court verdict on Wednesday ordering the Swiss bank to pay 4.5 billion euros ($5.10 billion) after finding it guilty of aiding tax evasion.