Former NBC host Matt Lauer can keep New Zealand ranch

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Former “Today” show host Matt Lauer can keep a lakeside ranch in New Zealand after authorities there concluded there wasn’t enough evidence he’d breached a “good character” condition. Lauer has been accused...
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As trade fears grow, US states reach out to companies

HACHIOJI, Japan (AP) — President Donald Trump’s trade relations with Tokyo are testy, but Idaho gave Takashi Suzuki a warm welcome. Suzuki, president of Sakae Casting Co., which manufactures aluminum parts used for cooling batteries and semiconductors, first went to...
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Guatemala town destroyed by volcano thought it was safe

SAN MIGUEL LOS LOTES, Guatemala (AP) — Orlando Paez plans never to go back to his hamlet of San Miguel Los Lotes, where he narrowly escaped an onrushing river of superheated volcanic ash as his dying neighbors screamed for help. “I don’t know what they are going...
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Kim Kardashian West the star is now also the reformer

NEW YORK (AP) — As Kim Kardashian West put it to her 60 million-plus followers on Twitter, the call she made to Alice Marie Johnson “will forever be one of my best memories.” It was the reality star and makeup mogul who brought the 63-year-old Johnson first word...
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Not voting could jeopardize future votes in some US states

CINCINNATI (AP) — Do you have to vote even if you don’t want to? Not doing so could put you on the path to losing your vote in some states. The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule soon on a lawsuit filed against Ohio’s secretary of state over the practice of...
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Report: ZTE chairman promises no more violations, apologizes

BEIJING (AP) — A news report says Chinese tech giant ZTE Corp.’s chairman has promised no further compliance violations and apologized to its 80,000 employees in a letter. The South China Morning Post said Friday that chairman Yin Yimin also apologized to customers...
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Report: Cities generated nearly all of US job growth in 2017

BOSTON (AP) — American cities accounted for about 96 percent of the country’s job growth in 2017 as they added nearly 2 million new jobs, according to the latest annual report from a bipartisan coalition of mayors. The U.S. Conference of Mayors, which is gathering in...
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At Guatemala volcano, families left on own to keep searching

SAN MIGUEL LOS LOTES, Guatemala (AP) — Estuardo Hernandez, a 19-year-old worker at a plant nursery in the nearby city of Antigua, is certain he knows where his parents are, and the knowledge is driving him to desperation. He’s sure they are buried inside the home...
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