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Manziel’s lawyer accidentally texts case strategy to AP

Getty Images<p>Johnny Manziel may need a new lawyer. The <i>AP</i> eventually may need a new lawyer, too.<p>To cap a week that has consisted of plenty of renewed …

Johnny Manziel

Don’t worry, self-driving cars are likely to be better at ethics than we are

Every few months, there's another story about the vexing issue of ethics in self-driving cars. Wired had a great one back in 2016.<p>The stories all pose the same basic questions: What sort of ethical choices will autonomous vehicles make, when forced to make them? More importantly, <i>who decides</i>? Is it …

Autonomous Cars

Netflix launches $7.99 service for Cuba despite average wage of $17 a month

Streaming company among first to offer TV and film content but internet infrastructure and low salaries could make it available only to ‘elite’ consumers<p>Netflix has become one of the first companies to enter Cuba’s nascent digital entertainment industry, although few consumers are likely to …

One Year After Launching in Havana, Here's How Airbnb Has Quietly Taken Off in Cuba

<b>HAVANA —</b> All eyes are on President Barack Obama as he gets set to address the Cuban people on Tuesday in a pivotal speech that will mark the …

Cuban capitalism an oxymoron no more

The sun-faded political murals and slogans remain, but new signs of commerce are also sprouting all over Communist-led Havana.<p>In Old Havana, there's …

Cuba

After Obama's Visit, Cubans Debate Island's Future and Economy

HAVANA - Manuel Cruz guided his 1955 DeSoto convertible along the famed seawall known as the Malecón.<p>"What we really need is to improve our economy," he said.<p>A surge of American tourists over the past year has helped, but it hasn't been enough, Cruz said. He envisions planeloads of Americans …

Obama’s Cuba visit shakes up Latin America’s oil scene

A White House photographer captured a striking image of Bar­ack Obama seeing Cuba for the first time through the windows of Air Force One. Oil was …

Smaller iPhone expected Monday as Apple counters drop in phone sales

CUPERTINO, Calif. The low-key launch, held at the technology company’s Cupertino, California campus rather than its traditional splash at a much larger venue in San Francisco, did not wow tech experts or investors.<p>But the new mid-range model was seen as necessary to counter the dominance of cheaper …

IPhone 7

MORGAN STANLEY: The dollar will rally another 10% before this 'super cycle' is over

The US dollar has been on a tear since bottoming at 93.73 on July 26, 2011.<p>On a trade-weighted basis, the greenback has rallied 30% over the past four and a half years, establishing its third "super cycle" since the late 19 70s.<p>Now, Morgan Stanley thinks the dollar is setting up for one "final leg …

Inside the economy that shrank 20% last year

One day last week, Macau cafe owner Alberto Chan sold just two cups of coffee.<p>Like many businesses in the Chinese territory, Chan's small cafe is feeling the chill of an economic slump.<p>"Business is slow," he said, gesturing toward the empty sidewalks. "Don't see any people passing by here."<p>An …

Bank of Japan scrambles to find positives in negative rates

TOKYO (Reuters) - Bank of Japan (BOJ) officials have been scurrying to commercial banks to explain and apologize for its surprise adoption of negative interest rates in January, while Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has distanced himself from a decision that is proving unpopular with the …

Economy

Oil falls as worry over growing stockpile cuts short rally

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Oil prices fell about 3 percent on Monday on concerns that a six-week market recovery has gone beyond fundamentals as U.S. crude stockpiles continue to build and Iran maintains little interest in joining major producers in freezing production.<p>A female employee fills the tank of …

Oil

Central banks' steroids aren't working

Central banks are starting to lose their magic on the markets.<p>The European Central Bank on Thursday announced a steroid-filled stimulus program in an effort to boost the European economy. European stock markets rallied sharply in response. But within an hour, almost all European markets turned …

Moody's downgrades Hong Kong outlook to 'negative'

Hong Kong (AFP) - Ratings agency Moody's downgraded its outlook for Hong Kong on Saturday, citing increasing political riskiness and closer economic ties with China, which is facing a growth slowdown.<p>Moody's changed Hong Kong's outlook from "stable" to "negative" as the semi-autonomous city …

Zero-hour contracts banned in New Zealand

Parliament unites to pass legislation outlawing the controversial practice in victory for trade union campaign<p>Zero-hour contracts have been outlawed in New Zealand after parliament unanimously passed a bill to ban the controversial practice.<p>Related: A zero-hours contract is not 'flexibility' but …

New Zealand

U.S. import prices fall for eighth straight month

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. import prices fell in February for an eighth straight month, weighed down by declining costs for petroleum and a range of other goods, but the pace of decline is slowing as the dollar’s rally fades and oil prices stabilize.<p>China Shipping containers lie on the dock after …

Economics

Japan ruling party to tackle 'taboo' of expanding foreign labor force

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan’s ruling party kicks off a debate this month on whether to expand the pool of foreign workers to cope with a graying, shrinking population, challenging a longstanding “taboo” on immigration, the head of a new party panel said on Thursday.<p>Japanese national flags flutter in …

Japan

The Taiwanese Earthquake That Nearly Flattened The Apple iPhone 7

Elementum, a global supply chain management company, believes that the iPhone 7 supply chain experienced a near miss earlier this month. On Feb. 6, an earthquake at 6.4 on the Richter Scale shook an electronics hub in Southern Taiwan, which lies at the heart of Apple’s supply chain. A bigger …

IPhone 7

Brexit Vote: What You Need to Know About Britain's Referendum on Leaving EU

LONDON — Britons voted to quit the European Union after a divisive and bitter national referendum, according to predictions early Friday.<p>The Brexit debate, in which Britons weighed the strategic and trade benefits of bloc membership against costly European bureaucracy and the erosion of national …

German engineers with record exports in 2015, gloomy outlook this year

BERLIN (Reuters) - Exports by German engineering firms hit a record level last year, with the United States overtaking China as their main destination, but sluggish sales in recent months suggest a global slowdown is pinching Europe’s biggest economy.<p>Shipping terminals and containers are pictured …

Economy

Bulk shippers hit by perfect storm as global economic doldrums take toll

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Off the coast of a nearly deserted island below the southern tip of Hong Kong, at least 10 massive ships that normally carry hundreds of thousands of tons of coal or iron ore lie idle near one of the world’s busiest sea routes.<p>A ship sails past bulk carriers (in the …

Hong Kong

China is buying up American companies fast, and it's freaking people out

Chinese companies have been buying up foreign businesses, including American ones, at a record rate, and it's freaking lawmakers out.<p>There is General Electric's sale of its appliance business to Qingdao-based Haier, Zoomlion's bid for the heavy-lifting-equipment maker Terex Corp., and ChemChina's …