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EPA challenged safety of administration mileage freeze

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency privately challenged the Trump administration's rationale for freezing Obama-era mileage standards, saying the proposal would actually increase U.S. highway deaths. In announcing the mileage...

 

Puerto Rico officials say all of island now has power again

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Power has been restored to all of Puerto Rico for the first time since Hurricane Maria struck nearly 11 months ago, officials said Tuesday. The island's electric utility announced that crews working in the southern...

 

Judge scraps Idaho order forcing landowners into oil leases

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho officials violated the U.S. Constitution by forcing several landowners to sell their natural gas and oil to a Texas company without giving them a meaningful way to fight the state's decision, a judge said. The ruling...

 

Oklahoma City sets sales tax record amid economic upswing

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City received a record $40.2 million in sales tax revenue this month, benefiting from the upswing in the local economy. The August revenue distances the city further from recent budgets that led to staff cuts and...

 

US wheat from Pacific Northwest heading to war-torn Yemen

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Seven ships loaded with wheat grown in America's Pacific Northwest are sailing for Yemen, where a stalemated civil war has pushed more than 8 million people to the brink of starvation. The U.S. Agency for International...

 

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's economic mirage; Sanders on Medicare

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is pulling numbers out of thin air when it comes to the economy, jobs and the deficit. He refers to a current record-breaking gross domestic product for the U.S. where none exists and predicts a blockbuster...

 

Wildfire victims among those stung by Trump's trade war

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — Add this to the challenges facing California wildfire victims: Tariffs. The import tariffs imposed by President Donald Trump are adding thousands of dollars to the cost of building homes. That especially squeezes homeowner...

 

Turkey's president: US waging "economic war" against Turkey

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey's president on Saturday blamed the country's economic downturn on the United States and other nations that he claims are waging "war" against his country. Speaking in the northeastern province of Rize, President Recep Tayyip...

 

New US sanctions could pitch Russia relations to new low

WASHINGTON (AP) — Russia typically brushes off new U.S. sanctions. Not this time. The Trump administration announcement of export restrictions in response to accusations Moscow used a nerve agent to poison a former Russian spy in Britain sent the...

 

US producer prices flat in July, restraining inflation

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. wholesale prices were unchanged in July after two months of large increases, a sign inflation pressures may have softened. The Labor Department said Thursday that the producer price index — which measures price changes...

 

Court orders ban on harmful pesticide, says EPA violated law

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court ruled Thursday that the Trump administration endangered public health by keeping a widely used pesticide on the market despite extensive scientific evidence that even tiny levels of exposure can harm babies...

 

Member of Congress, member of corporate board? It's allowed

WASHINGTON (AP) — The indictment of Rep. Chris Collins on insider trading charges is drawing new attention to the freedom members of Congress have to serve on corporate boards or to buy and sell stock in industries they're responsible for...

 

AP Exclusive: Casey Affleck opens up in the wake of #MeToo

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Casey Affleck has been mostly absent from the public eye for the past year, but in the wake of the #MeToo and Time's Up movements and with a new film coming out this fall, he is for the first time addressing lingering questions...

 

Prosecutors shift focus to fraud charges in Manafort trial

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — After three days of dramatic and even salacious testimony in the trial of Paul Manafort, prosecutors on Thursday returned to the nuts and bolts of their case against the former Trump campaign chairman as they sought to show...

 

Organic dairy farmers vow to compete in changing industry

FAIRFIELD, Iowa (AP) — Small family operated dairy farms with cows freely grazing on verdant pastures are going out of business as large confined animal operations with thousands of animals lined up in assembly-line fashion are expanding into the o...

 

DeVos proposes another rollback on for-profit college rules

The Trump administration plans to roll back another major Obama-era rule that was created to police the for-profit college industry, according to a proposal issued by the Education Department on Friday. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said the...

 

Consumer prices up 2.9 pct, leaving Americans worse off

WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumer prices climbed 2.9 percent in July from a year earlier, a rate of inflation that suggests Americans are earning less than a year ago despite an otherwise solid economy. The Labor Department said Friday that the consumer p...

 

Turkish turmoil knocks US and European stocks lower

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks in the U.S. and Europe skidded Friday as investors worried about the financial stability of Turkey and how it might affect the global banking system. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accumulated more and more...

 

North Dakota wheat production forecast to be up dramatically

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Wheat production in North Dakota is forecast to be up dramatically from last year's drought-plagued crop. The latest forecast from the federal Agriculture Department puts the durum wheat crop up 31 percent to about 38 million...

 

Turkey shaken by financial fears, Trump rattles it further

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A financial shockwave ripped through Turkey on Friday, when its currency nosedived on concerns about its economic policies and a dispute with the U.S., which President Donald Trump stoked further with a promise to double...

 

Russian PM strongly warns US against ramping up sanctions

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's prime minister sternly warned the United States against ramping up sanctions, saying Friday that Moscow would retaliate with economic, political and unspecified "other" means. The tough message from Prime Minister Dmitry...

 

Huge Los Angeles gas leak leads to $120 million settlement

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Southern California utility reached a nearly $120 million settlement over a massive blowout at a natural gas storage field that became the nation's largest known release of climate-changing methane and forced thousands to flee...

 

House speaker boots indicted lawmaker from committee

WASHINGTON (AP) — Speaker Paul Ryan said Wednesday that he was removing an indicted congressman from the House Energy and Commerce Committee and prodded his chamber's ethics panel to pursue "a prompt and thorough investigation" of the lawmaker....

 

GOP congressman from New York charged with insider trading

NEW YORK (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Christopher Collins of New York was arrested Wednesday on charges he fed inside information he gleaned from sitting on the board of a biotechnology corporation to his son, helping family and friends dodge...

 

AP FACT CHECK: Sanders spins savings in Medicare plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Bernie Sanders is skimming over the facts in claiming that his "Medicare for all" plan will lead to big reductions in what Americans spend for health care. In a recent tweet, the Vermont independent insists the plan will cut...

 

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