South Africa's FM under scrutiny ahead of Cabinet reshuffle

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa’s finance minister has announced the first increase in the value-added tax in a quarter-century as the country seeks to bring in new revenue. Source: Business…

Maduro: Digital currency puts Venezuela on tech vanguard

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Cash-strapped Venezuela on Tuesday became the first country to launch its own version of bitcoin, a move President Nicolas Maduro celebrated as putting his country on…

Luxury property ad blitz heralds Trump son's visit to India

NEW DELHI (AP) — “Trump has arrived. Have you?” shout the barrage of glossy front-page advertisements in almost every major Indian newspaper. Source: Business – The Eagle

Toy makers turn to the toilet for poop-inspired toys

NEW YORK (AP) — Toy makers have gone to the toilet for their latest creations. Source: Business – The Eagle

3M to pay $850 million to settle suit over chemical disposal

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — 3M Co. has agreed to pay the state of Minnesota $850 million to settle a major case alleging the manufacturer damaged natural resources and contaminated groundwater by…

NASA has awarded the Facilities Operations and Maintenance Services (FOMS) III contract, an 8(a) set-aside acquisition, to Akima Support Operations, LLC of Colorado Springs, Colorado. Source: NASA

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA’s) newest weather satellite, Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-S (GOES-S), is scheduled to launch Thursday, March 1. The launch, as well as prelaunch and science…

Trump plan: Less-comprehensive health plans at lower cost

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is clearing the way for a lower-cost alternative to comprehensive medical insurance plans sold under former President Barack Obama’s health care law. Source: Business…

Egyptian officials say resumption of Russian flights delayed

CAIRO (AP) — The planned resumption of Russian flights to Egypt over two years after they were banned by Moscow over security concerns has been postponed until April, Cairo airport…

Qualcomm raises bid for NXP to about $43.22B

Qualcomm is raising its takeover bid for NXP Semiconductors by nearly 16 percent to about $43.22 billion, citing in part NXP’s strong results since the companies first announced their merger…

Grocery retailer Albertsons to buy drugstore chain Rite Aid

The privately held owner of Safeway, Vons and other grocery brands is plunging deeper into the pharmacy business with a deal to buy Rite Aid, the nation’s third-largest drugstore chain. …

Report: California pot growers lagging in getting licenses

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nearly two months after recreational marijuana became legal in California, less than 1 percent of the state’s known growers have been licensed, according to a report…

Minnesota's $5B case over 3M chemicals heads to trial

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota officials will soon try to convince a jury that manufacturer 3M Co. should pay the state $5 billion to help clean up environmental damage that the…

The Latest: Latvian central bank chief is released on bail

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on the bribery investigation on the Latvian central bank chief (all times local): Source: Business – The Eagle

Turmoil shakes up agency in charge of vast US lands

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A year of upheaval at the U.S. Interior Department has seen dozens of senior staff members reassigned and key leadership positions left unfilled, rules considered burdensome…

NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida will host a meeting of the National Space Council, chaired by Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday, Feb. 21. NASA Television and the agency’s…

Spain set for ECB post after Ireland withdraws candidate

BRUSSELS (AP) — Ireland announced Monday that it was withdrawing its candidate for the coveted post of European Central Bank vice president, making it almost certain that Spain’s finance minister…

APNewsBreak: Consumers Energy to stop burning coal by 2040

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Consumers Energy will phase out electricity production from coal by 2040 to slash emissions of heat-trapping gases that cause global warming, the Michigan utility’s president…

European shares drift lower as traders take a breather

LONDON (AP) — European shares drifted lower Monday as investors paused for breath following a sizeable rally last week. Despite the move lower, there are few signs of the turmoil…

Latvia starts criminal probe of its central bank chief

HELSINKI (AP) — Latvia’s anti-corruption agency says it suspects the nation’s central bank chief of demanding and receiving bribes of at least 100,000 euros ($125,000) and has started a criminal…