European markets rise, US set to gain despite Asia drop

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — European stocks rose on Wednesday, with shares of Volkswagen stabilizing after its emissions rigging scandal triggered a dramatic slide. Wall Street was expected to open higher but Asian markets took a hit from weak Chinese factory data.

  • Written by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Business Writer

Federal judge rules 'Happy Birthday' song in public domain

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The music publishing company that has been collecting royalties on the song "Happy Birthday To You" for years does not hold a valid copyright on the lyrics to the tune that is one of the mostly widely sung in the world, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.

  • Written by JOHN ROGERS, Associated Press

Former peanut exec gets 28 years in prison for outbreak

ALBANY, Ga. (AP) — Before federal marshals led him from the courtroom en route to prison, possibly for the rest of his life, Stewart Parnell apologized years after his company's peanut butter spawned a deadly outbreak of salmonella poisoning.

  • Written by RUSS BYNUM, Associated Press

Kentucky clerk could head back to court over licenses

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — She's already spent five days in jail, and now a Kentucky clerk could be back in court soon for altering marriage license forms issued to same-sex couples.

  • Written by ADAM BEAM, Associated Press CLAIRE GALOFARO, Associated Press

EU talks about migrant crisis; tensions rise in SE Europe

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — While migrants scuffled with police at a transit camp in Croatia, nations in southeast Europe scolded and threatened each other Tuesday as the unrelenting flow of asylum-seekers raised diplomatic tensions to a boiling point.

  • Written by DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press DUSAN STOJANOVIC, Associated Press