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  • Ryan pitches tax reform at shoe factory as protesters gather

    House Speaker Paul Ryan on Thursday pitched Republican plans for overhauling the nation's tax code at a shoe factory, as demonstrators outside protested the GOP agenda of scrapping former President Barack Obama's health care law and tax cuts. Ryan traveled to this heavily Democratic state to promote...

  • Senate panel rejects Trump cuts to foreign aid, domestic

    Rebuffing a Republican president, a GOP-led Senate panel on Thursday rejected President Donald Trump's proposed cuts to foreign aid and deep reductions in spending on domestic programs such as education, housing and energy. The powerful Appropriations Committee that oversees spending for the federal...

  • DOJ seeks to waive Harley-Davidson air-pollution punishment

    The Trump administration agreed Thursday to waive part of the penalty Harley-Davidson Inc. agreed to pay last year to settle a case over air pollution involving racing tuners that caused its motorcycles to emit higher-than-allowed pollution levels. The Justice Department filed a new consent decree...

  • US stocks waver as earnings and central banks dominate

    U.S. stock indexes essentially hit the snooze bar Thursday as investors were relieved the European Central Bank didn't announce any changes to its stimulus policies. Europe's central bank maintained its current policies and ECB President Mario Draghi said the bank hasn't even set a date for considering...

  • Trump administration pulls health law help in 18 cities

    President Donald Trump's administration has ended Affordable Care Act contracts that brought assistance into libraries, businesses and urban neighborhoods in 18 cities, meaning shoppers on the insurance exchanges will have fewer places to turn for help signing up for coverage. Community groups...

  • Alexa, turn up my Kenmore AC; Sears cuts a deal with Amazon

    Sears will begin selling its appliances on Amazon.com, including smart appliances that can be synced with Amazon's voice assistant, Alexa. The announcement Thursday sent shares of Sears soaring almost 11 percent. The tie-up with the internet behemoth could give shares of the storied retailer one...

  • Apollo 11 bag laced with moon dust sells for $1.8 million

    A bag containing traces of moon dust sold for $1.8 million at an auction on Thursday following a galactic court battle. The collection bag, used by astronaut Neil Armstrong during the first manned mission to the moon in 1969, was sold at a Sotheby's auction of items related to space voyages. The...

  • GOP leaders plan Tuesday health vote, it's an uphill climb

    Republican leaders pushed toward a Senate vote next Tuesday on resurrecting their nearly flat-lined health care bill. Their uphill drive was further complicated by the ailing GOP Sen. John McCain's potential absence and a dreary report envisioning that the number of uninsured Americans would soar....

  • Exxon fined $2M for Tillerson-era breach of Russia sanctions

    Exxon Mobil Corp. showed "reckless disregard" for U.S. sanctions on Russia while Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was the oil giant's CEO, the Treasury Department said Thursday. The U.S. fined the company $2 million. Treasury said that Exxon violated sanctions when it signed contracts in May 2014...

  • California farm region plagued by dirty air looks to Trump

    California's vast San Joaquin Valley, the country's most productive farming region, is engulfed by some of the nation's dirtiest skies, forcing the state's largest air district to spend more than $40 billion in the past quarter-century to enforce hundreds of stringent pollution rules. The investment...

  • McDonald's adds Big Mac onesie, sweatsuit to delivery items

    With McDonald's now offering a delivery service, the fast-food giant is looking to make customers comfortable eating at home with a new clothing line that includes an adult-size Big Mac onesie. Oak Brook, Illinois-based McDonald's describes the McDelivery Collection as "a selection of fun, fashion...

  • US says ban on laptops in airplane cabins has been lifted

    The ban on laptops in the cabins of planes flying from the Middle East to the U.S. is over, as federal officials say that large airports in the region have taken other steps to increase security. Those measures include checking electronic devices to make sure they don't contain a bomb, and pulling...

  • APNewsBreak: Claims of human rights abuses in Hawaii fleet

    A human rights complaint has been filed with an international commission to investigate claims of human rights violations in Hawaii's commercial fishing industry. Turtle Island Restoration Network told The Associated Press on Wednesday that they filed the complaint last week with the Inter-American...

  • Musk says government likes plan for high-speed tunnels

    Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk says he has "verbal government approval" to build a tunnel for high-speed transportation from New York to Washington that could break ground by the end of this year. Musk didn't say who gave him the approval, and he acknowledged that the deal is far from finalized....

  • NC governor on Trump drilling plan: 'Not off our coast'

    Under pressure from President Donald Trump, North Carolina's governor announced his opposition on Thursday to drilling for natural gas and oil off the Atlantic coast, saying it poses too much of a threat to the state's beaches and tourism economy. Up against a Friday deadline for comment from elected...

  • Republicans target arbitration rule for consumers

    Republicans are targeting a rule that would let consumers band together to sue their banks or credit card companies rather than use an arbitrator to resolve a dispute. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau finalized the rule last week. The rule bans most types of mandatory arbitration clauses....

  • Greece waits for 'right moment' for bond market return

    Greece says it is still waiting for the "right moment" to re-enter the bond market, playing down expectations of an issue by the end of the week. Government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos said Thursday that the government was still following "developments and trends" in the bond market, and gave...

  • Prominent digital drug marketplaces knocked out in 1-2 punch

    Two of the world's most notorious "darknet" marketplaces have been knocked out in a one-two punch that officials say yielded a trove of new intelligence about drugs and weapons merchants that operate from hidden corners of the internet. AlphaBay, previously the internet's largest darknet site,...

  • Norovirus confirmed in diner who reported eating at Chipotle

    Health officials say a test has confirmed norovirus in a person who reported eating at a Chipotle in Virginia. But they say it's not yet enough to determine the cause of illnesses reported at the location. The restaurant in Sterling, Virginia, was temporarily closed this week after customers reported...

  • Trump cutting hundreds of planned regulations

    The Trump administration has withdrawn or delayed 860 proposed regulations in its first five months, the beginnings of a regulatory overhaul meant to bolster economic growth. Federal agencies have withdrawn 469 proposed regulations compared to a fall 2016 report when Barack Obama was president,...

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