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  • US stocks fall sharply on bleak Chinese manufacturing report

    September 1, 2015 12:08 PM

    NEW YORK - More signs of weakness in China's economy are sending stocks and the price of oil sharply lower. The swoon Tuesday comes a day after U.S. stocks closed out their worst month in more than three years. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 335 points, or... more »
  • US stocks expected to open higher Tuesday

    August 25, 2015 9:23 AM

    BEIJING (AP) - Global markets are rebounding this morning, after China's central bank cut its key interest rate. It's a move aimed at supporting growth in the world's second-biggest economy. And it came after a 7.6 percent drop in the Shanghai stock index today. The index plummeted 8.5... more »
  • Fears over global slowdown hammer US stocks for 2nd day

    August 21, 2015 4:15 PM

    NEW YORK - The Dow Jones industrial average has plunged more than 530 points and is in a correction amid a global sell-off sparked by fears about China's slowing economy. Oil tumbled below $40 per barrel for the first time since the financial crisis. The Dow Jones industrial average... more »
  • US stocks fizzle as Wal-Mart falls and China slumps

    August 18, 2015 4:55 PM

    NEW YORK - U.S. stocks are closing lower after Wal-Mart cut its profit forecast and China's market slumped on renewed concerns about its economy. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 33 points, or 0.2 percent, to end at 17,511 on Tuesday. The Standard & Poor's 500 index slipped five... more »
  • Dozens missing in massive Chinese port blast

    August 13, 2015 2:22 PM

    TIANJIN, China - A port company says dozens of its employees are unaccounted for in the aftermath of the fiery explosions at a warehouse of hazardous chemicals in a Chinese port city. The company says a search is under way. The official death toll stands at 50, with more than... more »
  • 300 injured, 13 dead in Chinese port explosion

    August 12, 2015 3:41 PM

    TIANJIN, China - Police in the Chinese port city of Tianjin say at least 13 people have been killed in explosions sparked at a warehouse or dangerous materials. The state-run Beijing News said on its website that that between 300 and 400 people had been admitted to hospitals in... more »
  • Resurrection - Streaming Available

    June 10, 2015 1:57 PM

    Resurrection is a fantasy drama about an 8-year-old American boy named Jacob mysteriously appears in rural China, oceans away from the world he knows. Chicago immigration agent, J. Martin Bellamy, finds himself in the small town of Arcadia, Missouri when he is tasked to return Jacob to his home. When... more »
  • Chinese chemical company facility in Vacherie opposed

    June 1, 2015 11:11 AM

    VACHERIE - A China-based company's methanol manufacturing facility planned along the Mississippi River in St. James Parish is being opposed by two environmental groups. Yuhuang Chemical Inc., a subsidiary of Shandong Yuhuang Chemical Co. Ltd., will make a $1.85 billion capital investment in the project that represents the first major... more »
  • Woman convicted for trying to import designer drug from China

    January 24, 2015 1:34 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A New Orleans area woman has been convicted in federal court of conspiring to import a designer drug from overseas. Authorities says 34-year-old Yolanda Smith allegedly tried to import methylone, a euphoric stimulant also known as M1, from China to the United States. Customs and... more »
  • Mustang goes global to China

    January 20, 2015 7:41 PM

    DETROIT- The Ford Mustang is going global and the first top is China. Ford says the first shipment of 100 Mustangs left Portland, Oregon, by ship and is headed east. Shipments to Europe begin later this year, the fist time ever in the Mustang's 57-year history its being... more »
  • Poultry destroyed after bird flu found

    December 31, 2014 1:56 AM

    HONG KONG, China - Authorities in Hong Kong have begun destroying 15,000 chickens at a poultry market and suspended imports from mainland China after bird flu was found in some birds. The Hong Kong health secretary announced early Wednesday that the Cheung Sha Wan market will be closed for 21... more »
  • China indicts Jackie Chan's son on drug charge

    December 22, 2014 11:02 AM

    BEIJING - Chinese prosecutors have formally indicted the son of Hong Kong action film star Jackie Chan on the charge of sheltering others to use drugs, more than four months after he was first detained. Prosecutors from Beijing's Dongcheng District say they indicted Jaycee Chan on Monday. If convicted, the... more »
  • Obama: 2014 made 'significant strides where it counts'

    December 19, 2014 1:06 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama claims an array of successes in 2014, citing lower unemployment, a rising number of Americans covered by health insurance, and an historic diplomatic opening with Cuba. He also touts his own executive action and a Chinese agreement to combat global warming. At a news conference... more »
  • Obama, Putin circle each other warily in China

    November 11, 2014 1:59 AM

    BEIJING, China - On the surface, President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin are all niceties - a pat on the back here, a pleasantry there. But away from the cameras, the two leaders are circling each other warily at a global summit in China. That's where Obama and... more »
  • US, China vow to manage rifts ahead of Obama visit

    October 18, 2014 10:28 AM

    BOSTON - The U.S. and China are pledging to overcome mistrust, manage their differences and cooperate on key issues like combating terrorism and the spread of the Ebola virus ahead of President Barack Obama's upcoming trip to the Chinese capital. Meeting in Boston on Saturday, Secretary of State John Kerry... more »
  • Ex-BP engineer can travel to China pending trial

    October 6, 2014 10:17 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A former BP engineer who won a new trial this year on a charge relating to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill has been granted permission to travel abroad. A federal judge said Thursday that Kurt Mix will be allowed to travel to China in November... more »
  • Serena Williams out of China Open with injury

    October 3, 2014 2:04 AM

    BEIJING, China - Defending champion Serena Williams has pulled out of the China Open with a left knee injury. The top-ranked Williams had been due to face Australian Samantha Stosur in the quarterfinals on Friday. Playing with strapping on her knee, the American beat Lucie Safarova 6-1, 1-6, 6-2 in... more »
  • Strong quake kills at least 26 in southwest China

    August 3, 2014 11:24 AM

    BEIJING - A strong earthquake in southwestern China has killed at least 26 people and injured 79. The U.S. Geological Survey says the magnitude-6.1 quake hit Yunnan province at 4:30 p.m. Sunday at a depth of 10 kilometers (6 miles). The China Earthquake Networks Center said the magnitude was 6.5.... more »
  • Gun goes off in Chinese school during safety talk, five injured

    May 29, 2014 3:10 AM

    BEIJING, China - A Chinese state news agency says a gun went off during a police officer's safety talk at a kindergarten, injuring five people. The Xinhua News Agency said the incident occurred Thursday morning in the central city of Zhengzhou in Henan province. It gave no details of how... more »
  • China tries to limit damage from cyber spying spat

    May 28, 2014 2:03 AM

    BEIJING - China has appealed to Washington not to allow a dispute over cyber spying to hurt cooperation in commerce, counter-terrorism and other areas. In a commentary by its main official news agency, Beijing appealed Wednesday for "more trust" between the governments. It said the cyber spying dispute "should not... more »
  • Petco says no more China treats

    May 20, 2014 7:37 PM

    NEW YORK- Petco says it'll stop selling dog and cat treats made in China due to complaints from customers. There's fear the treats make pets sick and Petco says no more treats from China sold in its stores by the end of this year. The FDA hasn't been... more »
  • 3 dead in train station attack in China

    April 30, 2014 1:34 PM

    BEIJING - An explosion rocked a railway station in China's restive far-western region of Xinjiang, and the state broadcaster said three people were killed and 79 people were injured. CCTV is reporting that assailants attacked crowds with knives and set off explosions at the same time at the Urumqi South... more »
  • Guilty in webcam murder

    April 7, 2014 7:33 PM

    TORONTO- A Canadian man was found guilty of killing a female student while her boyfriend watched the murder via webcam in China. Qian Liu was found dead in her apartment a few hours after her boyfriend in China watched as she tried to fend off an attacker who appeared... more »
  • China seeking to export apples to US

    December 7, 2013 10:37 AM

    SPOKANE, Wash. - China has its sights set on exporting its fruit to the United States. And growers in Washington, who harvest the bulk of America's apple crop, are OK with it. It may seem counterintuitive, but growers say opening U.S. borders to Chinese apples means American farmers should able... more »
  • America is America's biggest creditor

    April 29, 2013 7:28 PM

    WASHINGTON- Despite what you've heard, China isn't the country's biggest creditor, America is. The national debt is soon to be a staggering $17 trillion and the bulk of that is held by the Federal Reserve, Social Security system, various pension plans for civil service workers and the military, mutual funds,... more »
  • Stocks open lower as China reins in housing

    March 4, 2013 9:07 AM

    NEW YORK- Stocks are opening lower on Wall Street following a downturn in China after that country announced new steps to cool down its booming housing market. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 44 points to 14,045 shortly after the opening bell. The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell two... more »
  • Jeep to be built in China

    January 15, 2013 7:32 PM

    Jeeps will now be built in China as automakers Fiat, Chrysler and a Chinese car company made a deal in Detroit. Currently, Fiat, Chrysler and Guangzhou have a joint venture to build the Fiat Viaggio and markets the Fiat 500, Freemont and Bravo in China. Guangzhou discussed its plans for... more »
  • Fiscal talks under way, Obama heads to SE Asia

    November 16, 2012 2:52 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is about to head off to Southeast Asia to showcase a foreign policy achievement in Myanmar and reinforce the U.S. role as a counterweight to China. The four-day trip beginning Saturday will provide a brief break from dicey fiscal negotiations and a national security sex... more »
  • Google's services unable to reach much of China

    November 9, 2012 3:43 PM

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - Google says its search engine and other Internet services have been cut off from much of China just as the country's ruling party picks new leaders. Data posted on Google's website shows its services in China became largely inaccessible beginning around 1 a.m. PST Friday. That... more »
  • Obama blasts Romney ad on auto industry in Ohio

    November 2, 2012 10:22 AM

    HILLIARD, Ohio - President Barack Obama is accusing Republican rival Mitt Romney of running dishonest ads on the auto industry to scare voters in Ohio, saying: "This isn't a game. These are people's jobs." The Romney ads, which have been airing in Toledo, the home of a Jeep plant, suggest... more »
  • Biden calls Romney auto ad an 'outrageous lie'

    October 31, 2012 12:29 PM

    SARASOTA, Fla. - Vice President Joe Biden is calling advertising released by Republican Mitt Romney "an outrageous lie" for asserting that automakers General Motors and Chrysler are adding jobs in China at the expense of workers in Ohio. Biden says in Florida that Romney is "trying to scare the living... more »
  • Obama launches new criticism of Romney and China

    October 1, 2012 3:27 PM

    HENDERSON, Nev. - President Barack Obama's campaign is stepping up criticism of rival Mitt Romney's past investments in China. In a new television ad, the campaign accuses the Republican nominee of investing in a company that maximized profits by paying Chinese workers "next to nothing" to manufacture appliances. The ad... more »
  • Obama orders new sanctions on Iran

    July 31, 2012 1:55 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is leveling new sanctions on banks in China and Iraq that the White House says have helped Iran evade international sanctions. The new penalties target China's Bank of Kunlun and Iraq's Elaf Islamic Bank. In a statement, Obama says the sanctions make clear that the... more »
  • IOC defends China's teenage swim sensation

    July 31, 2012 10:29 AM

    LONDON - The International Olympic Committee has sprung to the defense of China's teenage swim sensation Ye Shiwen, saying she passed a drug test after her world record win in the 400 medley. IOC spokesman Mark Adams urged people to "get real" and said it is "very sad" if great... more »
  • US stocks drop sharply as Europe woes deepen

    May 14, 2012 8:09 AM

    NEW YORK - U.S. stocks opened sharply lower as Europe wrestles with what to do next about the financial crises in Greece. Minutes after the opening bell Monday, the Dow Jones industrial average is down 107 points to 12,712. The Standard & Poor's 500 index dropped 13 points to 1,340.... more »
  • China to re-investigate human flesh capsule claims

    May 8, 2012 12:36 PM

    BEIJING - Chinese state media say health officials will launch a new probe into allegations that China manufactures drug capsules filled with powdered flesh from dead babies. The official Xinhua News Agency quoted a Ministry of Health spokesman as saying an investigation launched in August found no such capsules in... more »
  • US confirms blind activist wants to leave China

    May 3, 2012 6:57 AM

    BEIJING - A U.S. spokeswoman has confirmed that blind activist Chen Guangcheng now wants to leave China with his family. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters Thursday that U.S. officials had spoken twice Thursday with Chen and also with his wife and "they as a family have had a... more »
  • Vatican: Some China bishops 'usurp' church power

    April 26, 2012 8:35 AM

    VATICAN CITY - The Vatican is complaining that some bishops in China have "usurped" the Catholic Church's authority and are confusing the faithful. The Vatican warned Thursday that bishops who were consecrated without the pope's blessing yet work among the faithful as if they were legitimate are only making their... more »
  • Price of oil drops

    March 22, 2012 10:55 AM

    NEW YORK - The price of oil is at its lowest level in a week, after reports of a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing. The price dropped $2.61 to $104.66 per barrel. The Chinese slowdown could cut demand for crude because China's factories big users of oil. But retail gasoline prices... more »
  • China faces conflict of law, business in iPad dispute

    February 17, 2012 6:57 AM

    BEIJING - Chinese officials face a choice in Apple's dispute with a local company over the iPad trademark - side with a struggling entity that a court says owns the name or with a global brand that has created thousands of jobs in China. Experts say that means Beijing's political... more »
  • 6 die in latest school bus accident in China

    December 25, 2011 11:52 AM

    BEIJING (AP) - At least six people have been killed in the latest crash involving students in China when their overloaded van plunged off a mountain road in Yunnan province. The official Xinhua News Agency says that an overloaded van taking students home crashed into a 195-foot deep valley in... more »
  • Canada says Pipeline Delay means Sales to China not the U.S.

    November 11, 2011 7:41 PM

    Canada says the Obama administration's decision to delay approval of an oil pipeline to the U.S. Gulf Coast is viewed as a signal it must diversity its oil exports toward Asia and not the United States. The delay about TransCanada's proposed Keystone XL pipeline is alarming to Canadian officials. Federal... more »
  • Easter celebrated by Chinese, Homeless

    April 24, 2011 7:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Easter festivities across the Capital area brought hundreds out to enjoy the holiday. At the Living Faith Christian Center, a group of Chinese tourists experienced the Easter celebration for the first time, taking in some soulful gospel music. "I'm very excited to hear the music," said... more »
  • Man convicted of selling Dow secrets to China

    February 7, 2011 4:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A former research scientist has been convicted of charges he stole trade secrets from Dow Chemical Company and sold them to companies in China. A federal jury in Baton Rouge on Monday convicted 74-year-old Wen Chyu Liu, also known as David Liou, of conspiracy to commit trade... more »
  • Feds: Ex-Dow Chemical worker paid for selling info to China

    January 19, 2011 4:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A former Dow Chemical employee accused of selling trade secrets to China was under investigation by the feds for nearly a decade before he was indicted. David Liou is accused of selling highly confidential information surrounding Dow's CPE, also known as Chlorinated Polyethylene. CPE is found in... more »
  • First espionage case underway in Louisiana's Middle District

    January 18, 2011 5:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The U.S. Attorney's Office says it's one of the first espionage cases ever tried in the Middle District of Louisiana. At least 80 potential jurors were subpoenaed for jury selection in the trial involving Wen Shyu Liu also known as David Liou. According to a federal... more »
  • Chinese envoy in Seoul to discuss North Korea

    November 27, 2010 1:14 PM

    YEONPYEONG ISLAND, South Korea - China has reportedly sent a senior official to Seoul, amid growing tension between North and South Korea. A South Korean news agency says the Chinese official met with South Korea's foreign minister about North Korea's artillery bombardment that killed four South Koreans. The report says... more »
  • US: China needs to help restrain North Korea

    November 24, 2010 11:45 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is pressuring China to restrain North Korea from further provocative acts against the South following what the U.S. called a "premeditated" violation of the truce that ended the Korean War. State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley on Wednesday called China "pivotal" to changing North Korea's behavior... more »
  • China Blackouts

    September 8, 2010 7:40 PM

    Because of pollution, areas of China are hit by intentional daylong power blackouts but one factory knows how to get around the orders to clean the air. The blackouts happen because power plants are ordered to shut down as a way of tackling pollution and the reliance on imports of... more »
  • Warning about China Cyber Attacks

    August 19, 2010 8:17 PM

    The U.S. warned about the Chinese military's use of civilian computer experts to launch clandestine cyber attacks at American companies and government agencies. The Pentagon says China is using "information warefare units" to invent viruses to attack computer systems and networks. The warning was contained in a report issued this... more »
  • Oil prices jump above $78 a barrel

    June 21, 2010 7:15 AM

    Oil prices have jumped above $78 a barrel in Asia as China's move to end its two-year peg to the dollar over the weekend boosted investor confidence. Benchmark crude for July delivery was up $1.09 to $78.27 a barrel at midday Singapore time Monday in electronic trading on New... more »
  • Shreveport Brass Works shuts down after 93 years

    June 4, 2010 9:47 AM

    After 93 years, a Shreveport foundry has been sold and shut down. Shreveport Brass Works opened in 1917 as an iron, brass and bronze foundry serving oilfields and manufacturing. The company's owner said the foundry is a victim of a dying industry, and the U.S. industry cannot compete with China. more »
  • World stock markets mostly lower after decline on Wall Street

    June 2, 2010 7:55 AM

    World stock markets were mostly lower after Tuesday's decline on Wall Street. Weighing on the markets are concerns about the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, mounting tensions in the Middle East following Israel's raid on a Gaza-bound aid ship and worries over an economic showdown in China. more »
  • Feds expand scrutiny of kids' jewlery

    May 10, 2010 1:05 PM

    Federal regulators are announcing another recall of children's jewelry with high levels of the toxic metal cadmium, and say they're expanding their investigation in an effort to keep dangerous items off store shelves in the first place. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission tells The Associated Press its inspectors... more »
  • 2 survivors pulled out 5 days after China quake

    April 19, 2010 5:29 AM

    Rescuers in China pulled a 4-year-old girl and a Tibetan woman alive from the rubble of a collapsed mud hut where they were trapped under a bed. Relatives kept the two alive by sending them food and water through gaps in the rubble with the help of bamboo poles. The... more »
  • Earthquake in western China kills 400

    April 14, 2010 5:15 AM

    At least 400 people are dead, thousands injured and others buried under rubble after a series of strong earthquakes in western China. Homes collasped and people poured into the streets for safety and to look for relatives. The U.S. Geological Survey says the main quake was a magnitude 6.9 temblor... more »
  • Race on to rescue 153 trapped Chinese coal miners

    March 29, 2010 8:15 AM

    Rescuers in China are racing to free 153 coal miners who've been trapped deep underground by a flood since Sunday. Some 261 workers were inside the mine when it flooded more than 24 hours ago, and 108 either escaped or were rescued. So far, there's been no contact with those... more »
  • Oil prices hover above $74 a barrel

    February 16, 2010 9:08 AM

    Oil prices hovered above $74 a barrel Tuesday in Asia as investors looked for signs of improving global crude demand. Trading volume was light in Asia, as many markets were closed in China, South Korea and Singapore for the Lunar New Year holiday. Oil has traded between $69... more »
  • GM's plan to sell Hummer to Chinese company delayed

    February 1, 2010 11:52 AM

    General Motors' plan to sell the Hummer brand to a Chinese heavy equipment maker has been delayed by a month. General Motors Co. and Sichuan Tengzhong Heavy Industrial Machinery Corp. said Monday they are extending the deadline to complete the transaction until Feb. 28 pending final approval by the Chinese... more »
  • Police force first Mr. Gay China pageant to close

    January 15, 2010 6:14 AM

    Organizers of China first gay pageant say police forced them to cancel the event just one hour before it was to start. The event organizer says he was told by police that the event could not take place because he had not applied to stage the event "according to procedures."... more »
  • Chinese companies visit Baton Rouge

    January 13, 2010 10:29 AM

    Two Chinese companies are eyeing Baton Rouge as a possible location for establishing their North American offices. Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden is hosting Pepnice Corp. and Liantronics Co. Ltd. today. Pepnice Corp. is the largest LED lighting manufacturer in the world, and Liantronics Co. Ltd. is the largest LED... more »
  • Oil prices rise above $78 a barrel

    December 1, 2009 7:30 AM

    Oil prices rose above $78 a barrel Tuesday, driven by positive economic data from China, the dollar's weakness against the euro and options on world stock markets. By early afternoon in Europe, benchmark crude for January delivery was up 85 cents to $78.13 in electronic trading on the New... more »
  • Mississippi wood products company closes

    October 9, 2009 11:03 AM

    Pascagoula, Mississippi-based Pavco Industries Inc. survived Hurricane Katrina and a major fire in 1953, but is closing because of a poor housing market and competition from China. Pavco president David Boland said the last orders will be accepted on Oct.15, and the closure will cost 63 employeess their jobs.... more »

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