• Trader Tommy Kalikas right, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Monday, Nov. 23, 2015. Stocks are opening slightly lower as the market loses momentum after logging its biggest weekly gain of the year. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    European stocks sink as instability fears vex investors

    HONG KONG (AP) — European stock markets opened sharply lower Tuesday as jitters about instability in the Middle East intensified while Asian stock markets dithered as slumping commodity prices weighed on shares of resource companies.

  • A laborer walks past piping at a desalination test facility on the outskirts of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on Monday, Nov. 23, 2015. Authorities took journalists on a tour of the facility to show ways the United Arab Emirates, which relies heavily on desalinated seawater for its drinking water, is trying to make the process more environmentally friendly. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)

    Parched Emirates relies on sea as groundwater runs out

    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — As skyscrapers and gleaming towers rose with lightning speed across the United Arab Emirates over the past two decades, the Gulf nation’s thirst for water grew at an enormous rate — so much so that today, it threatens to dry up all of the country’s groundwater in as little as 15 years, experts say.

  • In this Sept. 8, 2008, file photo, planes taxi on runways at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York.  According to an Associated Press analysis, airplanes spent a record 23 minutes and 32 seconds, on average, taxiing between gates and runways during the first nine months of 2015. That’s the highest since the Bureau of Transportation Statistics started tracking taxi times in 1995 and a 50-second increase over last year’s average. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

    Stuck waiting: ground delays at US airports on the rise

    NEW YORK (AP) — On a recent morning, Delta Air Lines Flight 435 pushed back early from the gate at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. Passengers watched the safety video and settled in for a six-hour trip.

  • In this Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015, file photo, the United Auto Workers chief Ford negotiator, Jimmy Settles, center, speaks, during a news conference on the proposed 2015 UAW-Ford contract at Local 600 in Dearborn, Mich. With Detroit automakers profitable once again, the union promised big gains in its new contracts with Ford, General Motors and Fiat Chrysler. But while the contracts completed in the past two weeks contain generous wage increases and profit-sharing, passage was surprisingly difficult. Many dissenters said the leadership failed to win back enough of the painful concessions they made when the automakers were struggling. (Daniel Mears /Detroit News via AP, File)

    United Auto Workers stung by tough contract talks

    DEARBORN, Michigan (AP) — The United Auto Workers union started the year with a roar. It’s ending with a grumble.

  • Everyone loves same-day delivery, until they have to pay

    NEW YORK (AP) — Everyone likes the idea of same-day delivery. But who wants to pay for it?

  • In this May 29, 2015 file picture FIFA president Sepp Blatter, right, walks past Prince Ali bin al-Hussein, left, and UEFA President Michel Platini, center, during the 65th FIFA Congress held n Zurich, Switzerland. FIFA's ethics committee has asked for sanctions against Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini after finishing investigations into their alleged financial wrongdoing. FIFA President Blatter and UEFA President Platini now face bans of several years at full hearings before FIFA ethics judge Joachim Eckert, likely in December.  (Walter Bieri/Keystone via AP,file)

    FIFA ethics judge opens cases against Blatter, Platini

    ZURICH (AP) — Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini should have their day in FIFA ethics court in December.

  • Global stocks edge lower after series of gains

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are opening slightly lower as the market loses momentum after logging its biggest weekly gain of the year.

  • In this Aug. 21, 2015, file photo, former NBA star Michael Jordan smiles at reporters in Chicago. Spokespeople for Jordan and the Jewel-Osco supermarket chain say there's a settlement regarding the alleged misuse of the basketball star's name. The case involves the use of Jordan's name in a 2009 Sports Illustrated ad. In August, a jury awarded Jordan $8.9 million from the now-defunct Dominick's for using his name in a similar ad. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

    Michael Jordan, Jewel-Osco reach settlement over use of name

    CHICAGO (AP) — Michael Jordan and a supermarket chain have reached an agreement in a years-long lawsuit that alleged misuse of the basketball star’s name in advertising, according to spokespeople for both sides.

  • Boxer Hearns wants to open gym at Detroit’s Packard complex

    DETROIT (AP) — Boxing great Thomas “Hitman” Hearns says he wants to open gym at part of the former Packard auto factory complex in Detroit.

  • Biology teacher Amanda Alexander directs her students during class at Houston Energy Institute High School Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015, in Houston. In Texas, education officials are gearing up to prepare more young people for the oil patch, showing the state’s unshakeable commitment to the energy sector despite the employment uncertainties. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

    Despite oil bust, Texas prepares more students for oil jobs

    HOUSTON (AP) — The oil industry is mired in its latest bust, with thousands of jobs evaporating like flares flaming out over natural gas wells. But in Texas, education officials are preparing more young people for the oil patch, showing the state’s unshakeable commitment to the energy sector despite the employment uncertainties.