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Trump business ethics pledges left plenty room for profiting
NEW YORK (AP) -- Among the many promises Donald Trump made a year ago to assure people he wouldn't profit off his presidency, one stood out for its boldness: a pledge to donate the profits from any foreign governments staying in his namesake hotels to the U.S. Treasury....



Long shutdown could hurt economy, a short one just 'a blip'
If the shutdown lasts just days or even a couple of weeks, the robust stock market that President Donald Trump has boasted about probably will emerge unscathed. A longer impasse, economists say, could rattle consumer and investor confidence, pulling stocks lower and dragging down the economy....



Vietnam jails former oil execs in high-profile graft case
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) -- A former oil executive was sentenced to life in prison and a former high-ranking Vietnamese government official received a lengthy prison term Monday at the end of a major corruption trial....



Senate talks fall short, shutdown extends into workweek
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The government shutdown is set to sow more disruption and political peril Monday after the Senate inched closer but ultimately fell short of an agreement that would have reopened federal agencies before the beginning of the workweek....



'Jumanji'
NEW YORK (AP) -- "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" outdid another weekend's worth of newcomers to top the North American box office for the third straight weekend, making the surprise hit the fifth-highest grossing film of all time for Sony Pictures....



US tax reform writedown pushes Switzerland's UBS to Q4 loss
BERLIN (AP) -- Swiss bank UBS has reported a 2.22 billion-franc ($2.3 billion) loss for the fourth quarter as a result of a large writedown caused by the newly enacted U.S. tax reform....



Q&A: Samsung's Alex Hawkinson on smart-home evolution
NEW YORK (AP) -- Many everyday appliances are connecting to the internet these days, allowing people to control them with apps and voice commands. More homes are embracing this, especially as people get comfortable using smart speakers such as the Amazon Echo and Google Home....



Deaths of Canadian billionaire, wife a tantalizing mystery
TORONTO (AP) -- There were no signs of forced entry on the cold December morning when a Canadian billionaire businessman and his wife were found dead inside their mansion, reportedly hanging from a railing at the edge of their indoor pool....



Geysers yes, Ellis Island no: Some US parks open, some not
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) -- Visitors could still ride snowmobiles and ski into Yellowstone National Park Saturday to marvel at the geysers and buffalo herds, despite the federal government shutdown....



Asian stocks advance despite US government shutdown
BEIJING (AP) -- Asian stock markets were mostly higher Monday after global investors shrugged off the latest U.S. government shutdown....