A British human rights activist who investigated alleged abuses at a Thai fruit processing factory went on trial Tuesday in the first of a series of criminal lawsuits filed against him by the company.

The Peruvian hackers have broken into military, police, and other sensitive government networks in Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Venezuela and Peru, defacing websites and extracting sensitive data to strut their programming prowess and make political points.

Foreign companies in China feel increasingly targeted for unfair enforcement of anti-monopoly and other laws and might cut investment if conditions fail to improve, a U.S. business group said Tuesday.

McDonald's, Wendy's and other fast-food restaurants are expected to be targeted with acts of civil disobedience that could lead to arrests Thursday as labor organizers escalate their campaign to unionize the industry's workers.

The FBI said Monday it was addressing allegations that online accounts of several celebrities, including Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence, had been hacked, leading to the posting of their nude photographs online.

A man who shot and wounded a shopper while robbing a drug store died after a gunbattle with police near a Reno casino.

A new law that calls for New Mexico counties to funnel more gross receipts taxes to a fund that helps hospitals pay for uninsured care is forcing San Juan County to consider cutting services and raising taxes.

Two men suing Nevada wildlife commissioners say trapping regulations are causing needless suffering for thousands of animals not targeted for their fur, including dogs, golden eagles and mountain lions.

Students at one Santa Fe elementary school will soon share about 250 iPads as the school district takes a first step toward launching a $55 million plan to provide each of its 14,000 students with a digital device over the next five years.

A new invasive insect has devastated northeastern berry crops, and growers are working with Cornell University plant experts to develop strategies to fight it.

A Terre Haute gun dealer has begun a campaign among firearms enthusiasts to boycott businesses that ban weapons from their premises.

San Francisco will soon become the first city to enact a California law giving owners who turn empty lots into gardens the chance to get a tax break, a newspaper reported.

Americans' eating habits have improved — except among the poor, evidence of a widening wealth gap when it comes to diet. Yet even among wealthier adults, food choices remain far from ideal, a 12-year study found.

Construction continues on a new $1 billion electricity line in South Texas that officials said will not only improve service in the state's Rio Grande Valley but also allow energy generated in South Texas to be delivered to the rest of the state.

Backers of a proposed biotech office park in south Kansas City are preparing to seek tax breaks for the 350-acre project.

Midway through an early harvest, one of the world's largest pear growers says its Rogue Valley crop isn't meeting expectations.

On a tiny spit of land off Long Island, the wealthy village of Asharoken faces a dilemma borne of Superstorm Sandy.

State regulators have approved a Vectren Corp. proposal for a new customer fee to pay for a project replacing more than 1,000 miles of aging natural gas distribution lines across much of Indiana.

The euro fell to a near one-year low against the dollar in the wake of soft European economic data and uncertainty over the crisis in Ukraine.

North Carolina business recruiters offered Toyota more than $100 million in incentives for the world's largest carmaker to move its North American headquarters to Charlotte rather than a Dallas suburb, but still lost out to a Texas offer half that size.

North Carolina business recruiters offered Toyota more than $100 million in incentives for the world's largest carmaker to move its North American headquarters to Charlotte rather than a Dallas suburb, but still lost out to a Texas offer half that size.

Every morning, a handful of Bhutanese refugees who have settled in city neighborhoods board a van that takes them past bustling streets and suburbs and into a rural landscape where cows outnumber people.

Europe's economic recovery is in danger. Governments are under pressure to save it, but struggling with political obstacles and disagreement among themselves over what to do.

A two-year project to make improvements at the Morristown Regional Airport has been completed.

Pro-Russian rebels softened their demand for full independence Monday, saying they would respect Ukraine's sovereignty in exchange for autonomy — a shift that reflects Moscow's desire to strike a deal at a new round of peace talks.

A baseball fan took up smoking a century ago and with it acquired another habit: holding onto little cards that bore the faces of baseball's earliest greats.

Like other small, private colleges and universities across the state, Goshen College officials say they continue to compete for students while focusing on providing high-quality education at a lower out-of-pocket cost to students.

Among the stories David Muir will introduce during his first week as ABC's "World News" anchor is one he reported about a generation of Syrian refugees missing out on an education.

Daily Press (Escanaba). Aug. 25.

Finnish utility TVO says construction of the country's fifth nuclear reactor has been delayed again, with the plant not expected to go online until 2018 — nine years later than initially forecast.

Norwegian oil company Statoil says it will resume operations at a gas field in Algeria, 19 months after five Norwegian workers were killed in a terrorist attack there.

Sony is trying to woo Japanese game fans to the PlayStation 4 home console that went on sale in November in the U.S. and Europe, but didn't arrive at stores here until February.

Asian stocks were mostly higher Tuesday after a jump in average wages boosted Japan's market but Hong Kong's benchmark retreated on weak Chinese data and concerns over tensions with Beijing.

Dutch brewer Heineken NV says it has sold its packaging business in Mexico to Crown Holdings Inc. of the U.S. for $1.23 billion (940 million euros) to reduce debt.

A message Japan began delivering Monday is a bit unusual, but true enough: Don't wait until it's too late to think about toilet paper.

President Barack Obama renewed his push for Congress to raise the minimum wage Monday in a buoyant accounting of the economy's "revving" performance, delivered on behalf of Democrats opening their fall campaigns for the midterm congressional elections.



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