Vatican bank profits soar as recovery, reform continues

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican bank says its profit soared by more than 20 times last year as it recovered from a trading loss and continued its reform process. The bank, officially called the Institute for Religious Works, said Monday it earned 69.3 million euros ($77.37...
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Artsy coffee chain Blue Bottle brews long queues in Tokyo

AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama TOKYO (AP) — Japan, famous for green tea, is welcoming artisanal American coffee roaster Blue Bottle with long lines that have at times meant a four-hour wait for a cup. The company, which began in Oakland, California in 2002, hopes its early...

UK airport expansion threatens to take out entire villages

LONDON (AP) — With its classic red phone booth, pub, and medieval church, Harmondsworth’s center looks quintessentially British. But the search for a twee English village isn’t what brings millions of people within a stone’s throw of its boundaries. The...

Japan trade gap narrows in April as cheaper oil cuts imports

TOKYO (AP) — Japan reports its trade deficit narrowed sharply in April from the previous year as the plunge in oil prices cut fuel import costs, while exports to the U.S. and the rest of Asia surged. The Finance Ministry reported on Monday a 53.4 billion yen ($439.6...

UK’s Labour Party says it won’t try to block EU referendum

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s opposition Labour Party says it won’t try to block a referendum on whether Britain should remain in the 28-nation European Union. The party’s acting leader, Harriet Harman, offered support for the vote in a commentary in the Sunday...
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China readies national carbon market to fight climate change

AP Photo/Andy Wong BEIJING (AP) — At first, the numbers and company names flashing on a big board in Beijing’s financial district suggest a booming market. A closer look indicates otherwise: The scrolling list rotates the same dozen or so trades, all from last year....

Hawaii groups plant coconut trees, protest against Monsanto

HONOLULU (AP) — Demonstrators spent Saturday planting coconut trees and waving signs in rallies across the Hawaiian Islands as part of an international day of protests against agriculture business Monsanto. The protesters complained about the impacts that companies like...
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2 people chained to Shell ship north of Seattle

AP Photo/Reese Semanko BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — Two people have chained themselves to a support ship that is part of Royal Dutch Shell’s exploratory oil drilling plans and currently moored in Washington state. Eric Ross of the Backbone Campaign said on Saturday...

BlackBerry lays off unspecified number of employees globally

TORONTO (AP) — BlackBerry says it is laying off an unspecified number of employees globally as it makes changes to the operations responsible for making its smartphones. The Waterloo, Ontario-based company said in a statement Saturday that the job cuts will affect people...

About 162,000 U-Haul vehicle trailer hitches recalled

WASHINGTON (AP) — About 162,000 trailer hitches sold at U-Haul outlets are being recalled because of weak steel that could cause the parts to break. The recall, announced Saturday, covers two types of hitches made by Wisconsin-based Curt Manufacturing between July 2014 and...