Wonder Woman named a special UN ambassador, despite protests
UNITED NATIONS (AP) ? The United Nations celebrated Wonder Woman's 75th birthday on Friday by naming the comic book character as its new Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Woman and Girls, despite frustration from both inside and outside the world organization that the spot should go to a real ? and less sexualized ? woman.
Russia denies Polish claim Egypt sold it warships for $1WARSAW, Poland (AP) ? Poland's defense minister said he thinks Egypt has sold two French-made Mistral warships to Russia for the symbolic price of $1, a claim Russia on Friday dismissed as "nonsense."
Short-handed Supreme Court delays action in 3 casesWASHINGTON (AP) ? The Supreme Court is offering new evidence that the short-handed court is having trouble getting its work done.
Unemployment rates rose in 3 of 8 US swing states last month
Britain, Japan sales boost McDonald's as US growth slows
With more customers in Europe and elsewhere choosing to eat fast food, McDonald's reported unexpectedly strong third quarter results Friday, despite sluggish growth its US restaurants. McDonald's scored a 3.5 percent gain in comparable global sales in the quarter, much better than the 1.5 percent seen by some analysts. The results "are a testament to the progress we are making to satisfy the needs of today's dynamic customers," said McDonald's chief executive Steve Easterbrook, who has led the overhaul of the company's global structure that led to the strong performance in international restaurants .
Mom of boy who vanished in 1979 testifies of 'total horror'
NEW YORK (AP) ? When her 6-year-old son was late getting home from school, his mother called a classmate's mom and got the news that would launch one of the nation's most infamous missing-child cases.
GE's CEO says oil, gas drag to continue, forex headwinds to easeNEW YORK (Reuters) - General Electric Co expects weakness in oil and gas revenue to continue to drag on its results, but headwinds from foreign exchange translation should ease, Chief Executive Officer Jeff Immelt said on Friday. The diversified industrial company sees scope to continue cutting costs and remains on track to deliver $2 per share in adjusted earnings in 2018, Immelt said during a conference call following the release of GE's third-quarter earnings. (Reporting by Alwyn Scott; Editing by Bernadette Baum)
GE CFO sees alternatives to SLM 3D printing purchaseBy Alwyn Scott NEW YORK (Reuters) - General Electric Co can build its 3D printing capability without buying Germany's SLM Solutions and does not need to increase its takeover offer in light of opposition from a major shareholder, GE Chief Financial Officer Jeff Bornstein said on Friday. GE refused on Friday to extend or change its 38-euro-a-share offer for SLM after activist investor Elliott Advisors, which owns 20 percent of SLM, said it would reject GE's offer. "We have options and alternatives," Bornstein told Reuters in an interview.
Philippines' Duterte says didn't really mean 'separation' from U.S.
By Neil Jerome Morales DAVAO, Philippines (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Friday he was not severing ties with his country's long-time ally the United States, but merely pursuing a more independent foreign policy by strengthening relations with China. A day after he provoked fresh diplomatic alarm by announcing his "separation" from Washington, Duterte struck a more conciliatory tone as he arrived back in the Philippines after a four-day visit to Beijing.
London City Airport declared safe after 'chemical incident'
LONDON (AP) ? More than two dozen people were treated for breathing difficulties in a suspected chemical incident that sparked the evacuation of London City Airport Friday, fire and ambulance services said.