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  • ISTANBUL— Turkey has passed two new decrees— one that expelled more than 4,000 civil servants and another that banned television dating programs. The country's Official Gazette published the decrees Saturday evening. Turkey says U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen orchestrated the coup attempt.

  • NEWTON FALLS, Ohio— An Ohio family says they learned just 20 minutes before dinner this week that a planned mystery guest would be Facebook founder and billionaire Mark Zuckerberg. The Vindicator of Youngstown reports Zuckerberg dined Friday evening with the Moore family in Newton Falls, about 55 miles southeast of Cleveland. Daniel Moore says he and his wife,...

  • SPRINGFIELD, Ohio— Court documents show that Dole Fresh Foods has recently settled two lawsuits filed by families of people stricken by a listeria outbreak after eating salads packaged in Ohio. One lawsuit said 79- year-old Ellen DiStefano, a Franklin County resident, died last year after eating salad packaged at Dole's Springfield plant about 45 miles west...

  • TEHRAN, April 29- Iran's Oil Minister said on Saturday OPEC and non- OPEC countries had given positive signals for an extension of output cuts, which Tehran would also back. Oil prices fell last week though they closed higher on Friday on growing hope that OPEC might agree to extend production cuts long enough to reduce a global crude glut. "During these last days we...

  • TEHRAN, April 29- Iran's Oil Minister said on Saturday OPEC and non- OPEC countries had given positive signals for an extension of output cuts, which Tehran would also back. "During these last days we received a positive signal from OPEC members and non- OPEC contributors in this agreement for cutting the production for extending this agreement for the second half...

  • JUNEAU, Alaska— A record number of cruise passengers are expected to land in Juneau this summer. Cruise Lines International Association Alaska President John Binkley announced at Thursday's Chamber of Commerce luncheon that more than 1 million summer cruise passengers are traveling to Juneau, The Juneau Empire reported. "The next time you're waiting behind...

  • SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico— The Puerto Rico government is offering to pay its senior creditors about 50 cents on the dollar as part of efforts to solve its economic crisis. It would allocate $16.75 billion to cover a $36.38 billion debt. A federal control board said Friday it could choose a bankruptcy-like path to restructure Puerto Rico's debt.

  • NEW YORK— When it comes to avoiding conflicts of interest in the White House, President Donald Trump has ripped up the playbook in his first 100 days. The Trump Organization, now under the leadership of his sons Don Jr. and Eric Trump, has proceeded with overseas resort projects, thereby handing foreign governments potential leverage to influence the president.

  • DETROIT— The U.S. government is investigating whether General Motors should add about 312,000 vehicles to a 2015 recall for headlights that can suddenly go dark. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says 128 owners have complained that low-beam lights can fail. The investigation covers the 2005 and 2009 Buick Lacrosse; the 2006 and 2007...

  • BRUSSELS, April 29- European Union leaders agreed a set of negotiating guidelines for talks on Britain's withdrawal from the bloc, which should be completed in two years. Wednesday, March 29- British Prime Minister Theresa May sent a letter to European Council President Donald Tusk confirming the plan to leave and formally launching the process, nine months...

  • TOWN OF OASIS, Wis.— Cris Van Houten thought he was getting a little bit of paradise when he built his house on Huron Lake in Wisconsin's central sands region. The shoreline has receded at least 20 feet, leaving Van Houten with a new beach he never wanted, his dock high and dry, and scuba diving impossible. Like other lake property owners, Van Houten blames the...

  • DUBAI, April 29- Saudi Arabia's Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih said on Saturday there was consensus with Central Asia over oil markets and production levels.

  • WASHINGTON— The administration officials who gave President Donald Trump's tax plan a splashy debut in recent days seem to have caught the exaggeration bug from their boss. TREASURY SECRETARY STEVE MNUCHIN, on Trump having "no intention" of releasing his own tax returns ever: "The president has released plenty of information and I think has given more financial...

  • BRUSSELS— Summit chairman says EU leaders unanimously adopt Brexit negotiating guidelines.

  • PHUKET, Thailand— The funeral was held Saturday for an 11- month-old Thai girl who was killed by her father in a video broadcast live on Facebook before he then hanged himself. Mourners buried the girl along with some of her toys in the grounds of a temple Saturday on the southern island of Phuket. Friends and family had to support her grieving mother, 21- year-old...

  • Even before the European Union and Britain kick off their divorce negotiations, there is already a fight between the two that could affect the talks. EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker says Britain currently blocks the decision-making on a review of the EU's long-term budget, and he sees a link with the upcoming talks. He said the mood at the one-day...

  • LONDON, April 29- Japan's Shinzo Abe called on Prime Minister Theresa May to ensure a smooth transition for business as the United Kingdom leaves the European Union, to avoid a cliff edge where rules and regulations for firms change overnight. A day after talks with May at her country residence at Chequers outside London, the leader of the world's third largest...

  • ROME/ MILAN, April 29- Italians are watching their flag carrier Alitalia go into yet another financial tailspin, and a growing number of them believe it would be better for the country if it crashed. It's a dead weight, " Angelino Ghinelli tweeted into a social media storm that has not gone unnoticed in Rome, where ministers have so far shown a strong reluctance to make...

  • ROME/ MILAN, April 29- Italians are watching their flag carrier Alitalia go into yet another financial tailspin, and a growing number of them believe it would be better for the country if it crashed. It's a dead weight, " Angelino Ghinelli tweeted into a social media storm that has not gone unnoticed in Rome, where ministers have so far shown a strong reluctance to make...

  • BRUSSELS— European Union leaders vowed Saturday to stand shoulder-to-shoulder behind their negotiating team during the divorce proceedings with Britain and warned that demands from British Prime Minister Theresa May will be dealt with "firmly." The negotiations themselves are to open shortly after Britain holds an early election on June 8.