Europe-U.S. data transfer deal used by thousands of firms is ruled invalid

BRUSSELS - The EU's highest court struck down a deal that allows thousands of companies to easily transfer personal data from Europe to the United States, in a landmark ruling on Tuesday that follows revelations of mass U.S. government snooping.

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Obama makes pitch to win support for Pacific trade pact

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Barack Obama kicked off a sales pitch on Tuesday for a 12-nation Pacific Rim trade agreement, urging farmers to push their lawmakers to approve what he said would boost their sales in a fast-growing region.

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UAW threatens strike at Fiat Chrysler U.S. operations

DETROIT - United Auto Workers members are planning to strike at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV U.S. plants as soon as Wednesday evening, the first work stoppage since 2007, threatening to bring manufacturing to a halt.

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Big U.S. firms hold $2.1 trillion overseas to avoid taxes: study

WASHINGTON - The 500 largest American companies hold more than $2.1 trillion in accumulated profits offshore to avoid U.S. taxes and would collectively owe an estimated $620 billion in U.S. taxes if they repatriated the funds, according to a study released on Tuesday. | Video

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Ex-U.N. General Assembly president, five others charged in U.S. in bribe scheme

NEW YORK - U.S. authorities charged a former president of the United Nations General Assembly, a billionaire Macau real estate developer and four others on Tuesday for engaging in a wide-ranging corruption scheme. | Video

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German authorities accused of playing down refugee shelter sex crime reports

BERLIN - Germany's police union and women's rights groups accused the authorities on Tuesday of playing down reports of harassment, sexual assault and even rape at refugee shelters because they feared a backlash against asylum seekers.


Search for ship lost in hurricane a 'big challenge': U.S. investigator

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Deep seas may complicate efforts to find the sunken U.S. cargo ship lost off the Bahamas during Hurricane Joaquin, a federal safety investigator said, as a search and rescue mission for 32 missing crew stretched into a sixth day. | Video


Islamic State kills 22 in attacks on Yemen government, Gulf troops, mosque

ADEN, Yemen - Islamic State suicide bombers killed 22 people in attacks on Yemen's government and its Gulf Arab coalition ally in the port city of Aden and on a Houthi-run mosque in the capital Sanaa on Tuesday, the jihadist group and state media said. | Video