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  • VALLETTA, Malta— Malta's government offers 1 million euro reward and protection to discover who killed investigative reporter.

  • SONOMA, Calif.— When the wildfires ignited, vineyard workers stopped picking grapes and fled for their lives. The deadliest and most destructive wildfires in California history imperiled both the low-wage workers who harvest the nation's most valuable wine grapes and the wealthy entrepreneurs who employ them. "We had people in Mercedes and Lexuses showing up"...

  • JAYAPURA, Indonesia— Gunmen launched attacks Saturday near a U.S.-owned gold and copper mine in eastern Indonesia, wounding two policemen and a civilian, police said. The attacks happened near Freeport Indonesia's mine in the easternmost province of Papua. Freeport Indonesia is a unit of Phoenix, Arizona- based Freeport-McMoRan Copper& Gold Inc..

  • SAO PAULO, Oct 21- Brazilian meatpacker JBS SA will resume operations on Tuesday at seven slaughterhouses in Mato Grosso do Sul state that had been shut since Wednesday following a court-ordered asset freeze, a media representative said on Saturday. JBS, whose owners are ensnared in a broad corruption and insider trading investigation in Brazil, had decided to...

  • Indiana, a manufacturing powerhouse where you once could get a good-paying job even without a high school education, was falling behind. Yet when Subaru started building a plant here, it wasn't celebrated as a coup for the Republican candidate for governor. In a state where resistance to change is often touted as a virtue, historians say the xenophobic-tinged...

  • RABAT, Morocco— Morocco has recalled its ambassador to Algeria after the Algerian foreign minister claimed Moroccan banks launder money from hashish trafficking. In a statement issued Saturday, Morocco's Foreign Ministry called Foreign Minister Abdelkader Messahel's remarks "very serious,"'' false "and" of an unprecedented level of irresponsibility in the...

  • The Department of Homeland Security and Federal Bureau of Investigation warned in a report distributed via email late on Friday that the nuclear, energy, aviation, water and critical manufacturing industries have been targeted along with government entities in attacks dating back to at least May. Homeland Security and FBI representatives could not be...

  • ANKARA/ ISTANBUL, Oct 21- Six Turkish banks face billions of dollars of fines from U.S. authorities over alleged violations of sanctions with Iran, the Haberturk newspaper reported on Saturday, citing senior banking sources. Two senior Turkish economy officials told Reuters that Turkey has not received any notice from the United States about such penalties,...

  • TRENTON, N.J.— Motorists are paying a few cents less at the pumps in New Jersey. Motorists were paying $2.03 for gas in New Jersey at this time last year. This marks the sixth straight week that gas prices have fallen in New Jersey.

  • *China set to meet 6.5 pct GDP growth target- NDRC head. BEIJING, Oct 21- China's economy is on track to meet its official growth target for 2017, the head of the state planning agency said on Saturday, despite a punishing war on pollution which is expected to slash industrial output over the winter months. "We expect to achieve the full-year growth target of about 6.5...

  • Marta Rovira, the general secretary of the Junqueras' separatist ERC party, said Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's actions are a "coup d'etat" designed to crush Catalonia's self-rule and aspirations of breaking away from Spain. Barcelona Mayor Ada Colau has opposed a declaration of independence in Catalonia based on an the Oct. 1 referendum that Spain's...

  • BEIJING, Oct 21- The economic impact of China's tough campaign against smog this winter is expected to be limited, a senior state planning official said on Saturday. "Measures to fight pollution don't have a big impact on economic growth," Zhang Yong, vice-chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission, told reporters during a briefing.

  • Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said after a special Cabinet session that he wants the Senate to allow central ministers to take over functions from all the regional Cabinet members and give him the power to call regional elections— something that only Catalonia's top leader can do now. Rajoy's party enjoys a majority in the Senate and he has the backing...

  • BEIJING, Oct 21- China will introduce measures aimed at guiding private investment into areas that have a higher growth potential, a senior official with the state planning agency said on Saturday. China also would take steps to lower the investment threshold for private investors, said Zhang Yong, the vice-head of the National Development and Reform...

  • *China set to meet 6.5 pct GDP growth target- NDRC head. BEIJING, Oct 21- China's economy is on track to meet the official growth target for 2017, the head of the state planning agency said on Saturday. "We expect to achieve the full-year growth target of about 6.5 percent," He Lifeng, chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission, told a briefing on the...

  • BEIJING, Oct 21- China's economy is on track to meet the official growth target for 2017, the head of the state planning agency said on Saturday. "We expect to achieve the full-year growth target of about 6.5 percent," He Lifeng, chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission, told a briefing on the sidelines of China's Communist Party Congress.

  • The dismissal of top electoral prosecutor, Santiago Nieto, came two days after he accused Emilio Lozoya, the former boss of state oil firm Pemex, and a longtime ally of President Pena Nieto, in a newspaper interview of writing to him to ask to be declared innocent of funneling Odebrecht cash to political campaigns. President Pena Nieto's party, the Institutional...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 20- President Donald Trump is considering nominating Federal Reserve Governor Jerome Powell and Stanford University economist John Taylor for the central bank's top two jobs, in an apparent bid to reassure markets and appease conservatives hungry for change. Under that scenario, either Powell or Taylor would take the reins from Fed Chair...

  • EAST LANSING, Mich.— Dan Gilbert knows Detroit is vying against a slew of cities to lure Amazon's second headquarters. You also have a huge, deep talent base in Canada and special universities. " Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan asked Gilbert to put the proposal together on behalf of the region.Gilbert said a "big, thick proposal with pictures" was delivered to Amazon on...

  • Oct 20- A California judge on Friday threw out a $417 million verdict against Johnson& Johnson in a lawsuit by a woman who claimed she developed ovarian cancer after using its talc-based products like Johnson's Baby Powder for feminine hygiene. The ruling by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Maren Nelson marked the latest setback facing women and family...