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Along with Saudi king, most Gulf rulers to skip US summit

AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — It is not just the Saudi king who will be skipping the Camp David summit of U.S. and allied Arab leaders. Most Gulf heads of state won’t be there. The absences will put a damper on talks that are designed to...
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1,600 Rohingya, Bangladeshi migrants rescued, others at sea

AP Photo/S. Yulinnas JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Hundreds of migrants abandoned at sea by smugglers in Southeast Asia have reached land and relative safety in the past two days. But an estimated 6,000 Bangladeshis and Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar remain trapped in crowded,...

Bank of England keeps interest rates steady

LONDON (AP) — The Bank of England has voted to keep interest rates steady in a release timed to fall after the general election. Policymakers made the decision to keep interest rates at a record low of 0.5 percent at their May 7-8 meeting, but made their announcement Monday...
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Chinese billionaire gives France vacation to 6,400 workers

AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau NICE, France (AP) — The billionaire chief executive of the Chinese conglomerate Tiens has given 6,400 of his best salespeople a vacation that started in Paris and ended with a parade on France’s Cote d’Azur. CEO Li Jinyuan said he was...

Volvo chooses South Carolina for new $500 million auto plant

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Volvo Cars will build a $500 million plant in South Carolina that will eventually employ up to 4,000 people, the company announced Monday. The company said its first American plant about 30 miles from the Port of Charleston is expected to make about...
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Starbucks hopes ‘Mini Frappuccino’ tempts new customers

AP Photo/Anna Carson NEW YORK (AP) — If a small Frappuccino seems like too much of an indulgence, Starbucks is now selling a more petite version of the sugary coffee drink. The Seattle-based coffee chain says it will start selling a “Mini Frappuccino” starting...

Ohio Guardsman Set For Trial On Child Sex Abuse Allegations

MARYSVILLE, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio National Guardsman accused of sexually abusing three adopted daughters and his stepdaughter at home is set to go on trial. The 42-year-old Marysville man was scheduled for trial Monday in Union County. He pleaded not guilty, and his attorney has...

Reports: US, Russian foreign ministers to hold talks Tuesday

MOSCOW (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will meet in Sochi on Tuesday with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, for talks on ongoing unrest in Ukraine, Syria and Yemen, Russian news agencies reported Monday. State news agency RIA-Novosti cited a diplomatic...
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US inconsistent in pressing China’s banks on secrecy

AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein SHANGHAI (AP) — Counterfeiters use several of China’s largest state banks as safe havens, relying on them to process credit card payments or move money beyond the reach of law enforcement in the United States, where many fake products are...