Japan to send own force, won't join US coalition for Mideast
TOKYO (AP) — Japan's government said Friday it has decided not to join a U.S. coalition to protect commercial vessels in the Middle East but is preparing to send its own force to ensure the safe shipment of oil to Japan.
California unemployment rate falls to record low of 4%
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California's economy kept humming in September, dropping the unemployment rate to a record low 4% statewide and under 2% in San Francisco and some of its neighboring counties, a level that economists once thought impossible.
Messages from former Boeing test pilot reveal Max concerns
DALLAS (AP) — A former senior Boeing test pilot told a co-worker that he unknowingly misled safety regulators about problems with a flight-control system that would later be implicated in two deadly crashes of the company's 737 Max.
Google affiliate begins drone deliveries in Virginia town
A Google affiliate started using drones Friday to deliver customers' Walgreens and FedEx purchases in a test being run in a Virginia town.
Huawei exec: Chinese tech giant wants to be 'transparent'
WASHINGTON (AP) — A top executive of Chinese tech giant Huawei said Friday that the company is prepared to be "open and transparent" as it looks to persuade the U.S.
Trump taps Perry deputy to replace him at Energy Department
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday selected Dan Brouillette, deputy to departing Energy Secretary Rick Perry, to lead the Energy Department, calling him a "total professional" with unparalleled experience.
Stocks end lower; S&P 500 notches 2nd straight weekly gain
The S&P 500 index closed out an uneven week of trading on Wall Street with its second straight weekly gain, even though stock indexes ended lower Friday.
Over-the-counter heartburn drug Zantac pulled in US, Canada
Drugmaker Sanofi is recalling its over-the-counter heartburn drug Zantac in the U.S. and Canada because of possible contamination.
Oracle co-CEO Mark Hurd is dead at 62
Oracle co-CEO Mark Hurd, who led two Silicon Valley giants, has died at 62. Oracle confirmed his death Friday, but gave no cause.
IMF, World Bank leaders appeal for an end to trade wars
WASHINGTON (AP) — The leaders of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank appealed to their 189 member countries on Friday to resolve widening disagreements on trade and other issues, warning that the divisions threaten to worsen the impact of a global slowdown.
Despite labor costs, GM averts financial woes of its past
DETROIT (AP) — A decade ago, high labor costs helped drag a bloated and debt-ridden General Motors into a government-funded bankruptcy.
China's economic slowdown deepens, weighing on global growth
BEIJING (AP) — China's economic growth sank to a new multi-decade low in the latest quarter as a trade war with the U.S. deepened a slump that is weighing on the global economy.
Stocks slip as first big week of earnings heads to a finish
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are slipping in early trading on Wall Street Friday, weighed down by losses in technology companies. The market is still on track for its second weekly gain after three straight losing weeks.
American Express 3Q profits rise 8%
NEW YORK (AP) — American Express's third-quarter profits rose by 8%, the credit card company said Friday, as its members spent more on its eponymous cards and more carried a balance.
No-sugar drinks and innovations power Coke in 3Q
ATLANTA (AP) — Coca-Cola reported strong third quarter sales as it makes strides with new drinks like Coca-Cola Plus Coffee and no-sugar drinks.
EU leaders rubber stamp Lagarde's ECB appointment
BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders have approved the appointment of Christine Lagarde as the next president of the European Central Bank.
In protest clouds, Hong Kong tourists see silver lining
HONG KONG (AP) — No tiresome wait for hugs and kisses from Mickey and Minnie Mouse. No queue at all for Hyperspace Mountain, where thrill-seekers are so scarce that Star Wars' Admiral Ackbar speaks to himself in the dark.
Italian farm lobby calls for govt aid in face of US tariffs
MILAN (AP) — Italy's main farm lobby is forecasting a 20% drop in sales of Italian agricultural products targeted by new U.S. tariffs.
New Zealand sale announcement highlights TV's struggles
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand broadcaster MediaWorks on Friday announced it plans to sell its struggling television business, leaving hundreds of workers wondering if they will still have jobs if a buyer can't be found.
Asian shares fall back after China reports economy weakened
BANGKOK (AP) — Share prices retreated in Asia after China reported Friday that its economy grew at an annual rate of 6.0% in the latest quarter.
Energy Secretary Perry says he is resigning by year's end
WASHINGTON (AP) — Energy Secretary Rick Perry announced Thursday that he will leave his job by the end of the year, saying that under President Donald Trump the nation is nearing energy independence.
GM workers to stay on picket line until vote on new contract
DETROIT (AP) — Striking General Motors workers will stay on the picket lines for at least another week until they vote on a tentative contract with the company.
Pelosi moves on drug prices despite falling-out with Trump
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is plowing ahead with her bill to allow Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices despite a breakdown in relations with her chief bargaining partner on the issue — President Donald Trump.
FAA to test whether packed planes affect evacuation time
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The size of your seat and how much legroom you'll get on a future flight could be decided by 720 Oklahomans taking part in a first-of-its-kind test to determine if jam-packed planes slow emergency evacuations.
IMF head says more needed to boost growth than US-China deal
WASHINGTON (AP) — The International Monetary Fund's new leader said Thursday that a trade truce between the United States and China could trim expected losses to the world economy but won't be enough to produce strong global growth.