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Francois-Henri Pinault, CEO of French luxury group Kering, left, his father Francois Pinault, right, and Archbishop of Paris Michel Aupetit, center, pose after signing an agreement to raise money for the rebuild of Notre-Dame cathedral, in Paris, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019. French billionaire Francois Pinault and his son Francois-Henri Pinault have made a 100 million euros ($109 million) donation for the rebuilding of Notre Dame Cathedral. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
October 01, 2019 - 9:55 am
PARIS (AP) — French billionaire Francois Pinault and son Francois-Henri Pinault have officially signed documents setting aside 100 million euros ($109 million) toward rebuilding Notre Dame Cathedral, following months of delay that left officials largely reliant on small charity donations to fund...
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Clouds pass over the European Central Bank building, center, in Frankfurt, Germany, early Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
October 01, 2019 - 6:17 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — Inflation in the 19-country eurozone weakened in September, slipping farther from the European Central Bank's goal and underlining President Mario Draghi's arguments for a recent stimulus package. Statistics agency Eurostat said Tuesday that the annual inflation rate eased to 0.9%...
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In this Sept. 30, 2019, photo, a signboard says "Consumption tax hike, 8 percent to 10 percent", at a mass home electronics retailer in Tokyo. Japan has raised consumption tax to 10 percent from 8 percent, amid concerns that it could sink the Japanese economy though government officials say ample measures are taken to minimize the impact. (Shinji Kita/Kyodo News via AP)
September 30, 2019 - 11:43 pm
TOKYO (AP) — Japan's national sales tax was raised to 10% from 8% on Tuesday, amid concerns that the long-delayed move could derail the fragile growth path of the world's third largest economy. Officials said ample measures were taken to minimize the impact of the hike after previous tax increases...
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September 30, 2019 - 10:23 pm
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal judge on Monday upheld a Virginia law requiring women to undergo an ultrasound and wait at least 24 hours before having an abortion, as well as the state's "physician-only law" barring nurse practitioners and physician's assistants from performing abortions. The...
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FILE- In this Sept. 17, 2019, file photo, President Donald Trump boards Air Force One at Albuquerque International Sunport in Albuquerque, N.M. A new poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds about half of Americans think Donald Trump's actions as president have made things worse for African Americans, Muslims and women. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
September 30, 2019 - 6:34 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Large majorities of black and Latino Americans think Donald Trump's actions as president have made things worse for people like them, and about two-thirds of Americans overall disapprove of how he's handling race relations, according to a new poll conducted by The Associated Press-...
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FILE - In this March 21, 2013, file photo, an athlete jumps near the NCAA logo during practice for a second-round game of the NCAA college basketball tournament in Austin, Texas. Defying the NCAA, California's governor signed a first-in-the-nation law Monday, Sept. 30, that will let college athletes hire agents and make money from endorsements — a move that could upend amateur sports in the U.S. and trigger a legal challenge. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)
September 30, 2019 - 5:45 pm
The NCAA and the billion-dollar enterprise that is big-time college sports have been facing targeted attacks on amateurism rules for more than a decade. Each one threatened to bring down the governing body and fundamentally change college sports forever. The NCAA has lost court cases, made...
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European Commissioner designate for Trade Phil Hogan arrives for his hearing at the European Parliament in Brussels, Monday, Sept. 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
September 30, 2019 - 3:43 pm
BRUSSELS (AP) — The Irishman set to take over as the European Union's top trade official on Monday urged the United States not to launch an economically damaging tariff war with the bloc over subsidies to Airbus and Boeing. The World Trade Organization ruled in May that Europe illegally subsidized...
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September 30, 2019 - 12:35 pm
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Congress is closer to approving a contentious wild horse initiative backed by national animal welfare groups and the livestock industry but condemned by leaders of the largest coalition of mustang advocates in the West. The Senate Appropriations Committee approved $35 million last...
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European Central Bank President Mario Draghi addresses European Parliament members at the European Parliament in Brussels, Monday, Sept. 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
September 30, 2019 - 10:32 am
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — European Central Bank head Mario Draghi says that stimulus measures including negative interest rates will have to stay in place longer if governments do not step up spending to help growth. Draghi was quoted Monday by the Financial Times as saying: "Our policies will...
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FILE - In this Sept. 13, 2019 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks during a campaign stop at the Carson City Community Center Gymnasium in Carson City, Nev. (Jason Bean/The Reno Gazette-Journal via AP)
September 30, 2019 - 8:06 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has announced an "income inequality" plan calling for tax increases on companies that pay CEOs far more than their workers' median salaries. The Vermont senator's proposal, unveiled Monday, would raise taxes 0.5 percentage points on...
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