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Trump, Abe fail to agree on US tariff exemption for Japan

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Wednesday they had failed to reach a deal that would exempt Japan from new U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs, as Abe had wanted. Instead, the leaders...

 

Regulators to require inspections after jet engine explosion

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — U.S. airline regulators said Wednesday that they will order inspections on engine fan blades like the one involved in fatal failure that killed a woman in a plane that made an emergency landing in Philadelphia. The Federal...

 

Ex-Playboy model settles lawsuit over alleged Trump affair

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former Playboy model who said she had a 10-month affair with President Donald Trump settled her lawsuit Wednesday with a supermarket tabloid over an agreement that prohibited her from discussing the relationship publicly....

 

First Saudi cinema opens with popcorn and 'Black Panther'

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — The lights dimmed and the crowd of men and women erupted into applause and hoots Wednesday evening as Hollywood's blockbuster "Black Panther" premiered in Saudi Arabia's first movie theater. Though it was a private, invi...

 

Starbucks incident highlights perils of shopping while black

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — It was a surreal scene that is part of daily life for many black Americans and minorities, an everyday moment gone wrong, ending in complete humiliation. Two black men were handcuffed and arrested at a Starbucks, setting off a...

 

Cosby's star witness says accuser spoke of plot to frame

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The chief accuser at Bill Cosby's sexual assault retrial talked about framing a celebrity before going to police with her allegations in 2005, a key defense witness testified Wednesday as the TV star's lawyers began putting...

 

Excavator blamed for island-wide blackout in Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — An island-wide blackout hit Puerto Rico on Wednesday after an excavator accidentally downed a transmission line, officials said, as the U.S. territory struggles to repair an increasingly unstable power grid nearly...

 

Largest maker of bump stocks will stop accepting orders

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The largest manufacturer of bump stocks, which allow semi-automatic weapons to fire rapidly like automatic firearms, announced Wednesday that it will stop taking orders and shut down its website next month. The announcement...

 

EPA chief sat in coach when not flying on taxpayer's dime

WASHINGTON (AP) — Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt flew in coach-class seats on at least two trips home to Oklahoma when taxpayers weren't footing the bill, despite claims he needed to travel in first class at government...

 

Supreme Court case tests weight of old Native American treaties in 21st century

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) On April 18, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Washington v. United States, which pits the...

 

Supreme Court strikes down as vague part of immigration law

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Tuesday that part of a federal law that makes it easier to deport immigrants who have been convicted of crimes is too vague to be enforced. The court's 5-4 decision — in an unusual alignment in which new...

 

Starbucks to close stores for an afternoon for bias training

NEW YORK (AP) — Starbucks, moving swiftly to confront a racially charged uproar over the arrest of two black men at one of its stores in Philadelphia, plans to close more than 8,000 U.S. stores for several hours next month to conduct racial-bias tr...

 

South Carolina's prisons among the deadliest in the US

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Twenty South Carolina prisoners have been killed at the hands of fellow inmates in the past 16 months. The staggering amount of violence, which includes the gang-fueled bloodshed that left seven prisoners dead and 17 injured...

 

Jury hears Bill Cosby's graphic testimony about accuser

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Jurors on Tuesday got a sense of Bill Cosby's view of consent from graphic deposition testimony in which the comedian described reaching an area "somewhere between permission and rejection" during what he claims was a prior...

 

IRS payment site fails on tax day, extensions to be granted

Americans who waited until the last day to pay their taxes online got an unwelcome surprise: The IRS website to make payments and access other key services is down. The IRS still expects Americans to pay their taxes but U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve...

 

Defending Trump in Russia probe? It's hardly a dream job

WASHINGTON (AP) — Several prominent lawyers asked to help represent President Donald Trump in the last year have spurned the assignment at least partly out of concerns he wouldn't pay his bills and doesn't listen to legal advice, according to peopl...

 

Bills to curtail LGBT rights are failing in US legislatures

NEW YORK (AP) — In a striking shift from recent years, major legislation curtailing LGBT rights has been completely stymied in state capitols around the country this year amid anxiety by Republican leaders over igniting economic backlash if they...

 

Lawyer: El Chapo's mental health is deteriorating

NEW YORK (AP) — Notorious Mexican drug lord and escape artist Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is having psychological problems that could hinder his ability to fight U.S. drug-trafficking charges, his lawyer and wife said Tuesday. "We have noticed that...

 

AP FACT CHECK: No, tax-filing migraines are not going away

WASHINGTON (AP) — On Tax Day, President Donald Trump and a chorus of Republicans announced that Tuesday's filing deadline marked the last time that figuring out taxes will drive Americans crazy. Not so. Vice President Mike Pence hailed a new era of...

 

Dem senator: Trump VA pick vows not to privatize vets care

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's pick to be Veterans Affairs secretary is promising not to privatize the agency, a key Democratic senator said Tuesday, taking a stance on a politically charged issue that his predecessor says led to his...

 

Minnesota's largest export markets express support for NAFTA

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's two largest export markets are touting the benefits of the North American Free Trade Agreement, which may be headed for a renewal in Washington, D.C., as early as next month. Canadian Consul General Paul Connors...

 

Minnesota firm tries to solve metal pollution with peat

AITKIN, Minn. (AP) — A northern Minnesota company says it's developed a natural, cheap technology to reduce heavy metal contamination in waterways. American Peat Technology applies processed granulized peat to plants to help draw nitrogen from the...

 

Canada's Trudeau pledges money, new law pipeline happen

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Sunday he has instructed his finance minister to begin talks with Kinder Morgan to "remove the uncertainty" hanging over the controversial Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project that...

 

Starbucks CEO apologizes to 2 black men arrested

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Starbucks sells itself as a community gathering spot as much as a coffeehouse, a welcoming place with comfortable chairs for lingering, trendy music and Wi-Fi. That's one reason the arrest of two black men who were sitting in a...

 

Trump flips on trade pact, weighs rejoining Pacific-Rim deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a striking reversal, President Donald Trump has asked trade officials to explore the possibility of the United States rejoining the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, a free trade deal he pulled out of during his first days...

 

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