• This Thursday, May 26, 2016 file photo shows riot police officers clashing with protestors during a demonstration held as part of nationwide labor actions in Paris, France. A deeply divisive labor bill has been definitively adopted by the French Parliament after the government used a special measure to force it through without a vote. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)

    French workers get fewer protections under new lab

    PARIS (AP) — French workers lost some of their famed labor protections Wednesday, as the government tries to keep up with the global economy by weakening union powers and giving employers more freedom to fire people and lengthen their hours.

  • In this Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, file photo, the JPMorgan Chase & Co. logo is displayed at their headquarters in New York. In a massive policy shift, the Republican Party has adopted a platform position where they advocate for the reinstatement of the Glass-Steagall Act of 1933, a Great Depression-era law that regulated the U.S. banking industry until it was repealed in 1999. A passage of Glass-Steagall would cause a break-up of the big banks. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

    In surprise, GOP looks to revive Depression-era banking law

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Republican Party has taken a page straight out of the campaign books of Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.

  • This Oct. 4, 2014, file photo, shows the facade of the New York Stock Exchange. Stock indexes crept higher in morning trading Wednesday, July 20, 2016, after companies reported profits that were stronger than expected, if not strong. Technology stocks led the way following an encouraging report from Microsoft, which helped offset weakness in the energy and raw-materials sectors. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

    US stocks edge higher, led by gains in technology

    TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mostly higher Thursday as Japan’s benchmark rose on hopes of Japanese government stimulus spending and better-than-expected earnings lifted Wall Street.

  • A Code Pink activist is covered by American flags during the second day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Tuesday, July 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    AP EXPLAINS: Why do Republicans say sky is falling? Is it?

    The United States depicted at the Republican National Convention is a scary place. It is wrenched by economic uncertainty, social upheaval, political dysfunction, runaway immigration, violent streets and existential threats from abroad. Republicans want voters to see the need for drastic change. The nation’s only choice, they say, is Donald Trump.

  • A currency trader walks by the screens showing the Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI), left, and the foreign exchange rate between U.S. Dollar and South Korean Won at the foreign exchange dealing room in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, July 20, 2016. Asian stock markets were mixed Wednesday as investors reassessed the global economy following the International Monetary Bank's global growth cut. They remained keen on corporate earnings reports and also on the European Central Bank's policy meeting later in the week. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

    Asian stocks mixed as investors reassess global economy

    LONDON (AP) — Stock markets around the world were proving resilient on Wednesday in the face of a fairly gloomy economic outlook from the International Monetary Fund. How U.S. markets perform, however, could hinge on a raft of corporate earnings statements.

  • IMF says Brexit will drag down world economic growth

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Britain’s decision to leave the European Union will reduce global economic growth this year and next, the International Monetary Fund says.

  • This June 24, 2016, photo, provided by NerdWallet shows Brianna McGurran, a columnist for personal finance website NerdWallet.com. “Ask Brianna” is a Q&A column for 20-somethings, or anyone else starting out. (Jazeena Baeza/NerdWallet via AP)

    Ask Brianna: How should I spend my first full-time paycheck?

    “Ask Brianna” is a Q&A column for 20-somethings, or anyone else starting out. I’m here to help you manage your money, find a job and pay off student loans — all the real-world stuff no one taught us how to do in college. Send your questions about postgrad life to [email protected]

  • This Monday, July 6, 2015, file photo shows a sign for Wall Street carved into the side of a building in New York. Stocks got off to a weak start on Wall Street, early Tuesday, July 19, 2016, as more earnings reports rolled in. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

    US stock indexes pull back after a strong 3-week run

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Asian stock markets were mixed Wednesday as investors reassessed the global economy following the International Monetary Bank’s global growth cut. They remained keen on corporate earnings reports and also on the European Central Bank’s policy meeting later in the week.

  • A man looks at an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm in Tokyo, Tuesday, July 19, 2016. Asian stocks were mostly lower Tuesday as investors stuck to a holding pattern as they awaited more corporate earnings and a European Central Bank policy meeting later in the week.(AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

    Most Asian stocks fall as investors assess global conditions

    HONG KONG (AP) — Global stocks mostly fell Tuesday as investors monitored corporate earnings and further clues about the state of the world economy. Japan’s index jumped on a weaker yen and a Pokemon-powered rally in Nintendo shares.

  • Ramiro Ramirez pushes a shopping cart as he shops for food with his wife Tebie Gonzalez in Cucuta, Colombia, Sunday, July 17, 2016, during the temporary opening of the long-closed border with Colombia. "This is money we had been saving for an emergency, and this is an emergency," Ramirez said. "It's scary to spend it, but we're finding less food each day and we need to prepare for what's coming." (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

    Middle-class Venezuelans liquidate savings to stockpile food

    SAN CRISTOBAL, Venezuela (AP) — Tebie Gonzalez and Ramiro Ramirez still have their sleek apartment, a fridge covered with souvenir magnets from vacations aboard, and closets full of name brand clothes. But they feel hunger drawing close.