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Trump backs away from demand for border wall money

Erica Werner and Andrew Taylor, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 8:04pm

President Donald Trump stepped back Monday from demanding a down payment for his border wall in must-past spending legislation, potentially removing a major obstacle to a bipartisan deal just days ahead of a government shutdown deadline.

Senate confirms Sonny Perdue as agriculture secretary

Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 7:54pm

The Senate on Monday confirmed former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue to be agriculture secretary in President Donald Trump's administration as the farming industry looks to Washington for help amid a downturn in the market.

The Latest: Trump threatens tariff on Canadian lumber

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 7:44pm

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Trump's tax plan could face a budget deficit challenge

Josh Boak and Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 7:42pm

President Donald Trump plans to stick with his campaign pledge to slash the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 15 percent, but the dramatic cut raises a problematic question for the White House: How can the president deliver the "massive" tax cut he promised without also blowing a massive hole in the budget?

Writers Guild votes to authorize strike as talks continue

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 7:40pm

Members of the Writers Guild of America are one step closer to striking come May 2. In a letter to its members Monday, the WGA said 96.3 percent voted to authorize a strike as the May 1 contract expiration deadline looms. Negotiations between the Guild and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers will resume Tuesday.

'Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance' author dead

Hillel Italie, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 7:16pm

Robert M. Pirsig, whose philosophical novel "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" became a million-selling classic and cultural touchstone after more than 100 publishers turned it down, died Monday at age 88.

Feds stumble again with split verdict in Bundy standoff case

Ken Ritter, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 7:13pm

Government prosecutors stumbled again Monday in a bid to gain convictions of armed protesters in a case arising from skirmishes in a decades-old battle over control of public lands in the western United States.

Official: 'Silver lining' in hacker, foreign nation alliance

Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 7:04pm

Foreign governments that rely on the services of private criminal hackers leave their operations vulnerable to being exposed and disrupted, creating something of a "silver lining" for U.S. law enforcement investigations of cyberattacks, a top Justice Department official said Monday.

Box Office Top 20: 'Fast 8' races to No. 1 again

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 6:43pm

"The Fate of the Furious" topped the box office for the second week in a row with $38.4 million, bringing the total North American take for the film to $163.3 million. With international grosses, the film is expected to cross $1 billion this week.

Aviation officer gives his version of United flight removal

Don Babwin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 6:24pm

The physician who was dragged off a United Airlines flight in Chicago this month was verbally and physically abusive, and flailing his arms before he lost his balance and struck his mouth on an armrest, according to the aviation officer who pulled the man out of his seat.

Trump's 100-days promises: A long way to go on most of them

Jill Colvin and Calvin Woodward, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 6:03pm

Sure enough, the big trans-Pacific trade deal is toast, climate change action is on the ropes and various regulations from the Obama era have been scrapped. It's also a safe bet President Donald Trump hasn't raced a bicycle since Jan. 20, keeping that vow.

Governor tightens regulations after boy's waterslide death

Allison Kite, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 5:53pm

The death of a colleague's son spurred the governor in the often anti-regulation Kansas to toughen the state's inspection requirements for amusement parks on Monday.

Lawsuit claims ex-Fox News host was harassed online by Fox

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 5:53pm

Former Fox News host Andrea Tantaros said in a lawsuit Monday she believes network operatives used bogus social media accounts to torture her after she complained about sexual harassment.

New Orleans takes down white supremacist monument

Jesse J. Holland and Gerald Herbert, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 5:49pm

A monument to a deadly white-supremacist uprising in 1874 was removed under cover of darkness by workers in masks and bulletproof vests Monday as New Orleans joined the movement to take down symbols of the Confederacy and the Jim Crow South.

Passengers in viral airline videos have same lawyer

David Koenig, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 5:33pm

The woman seen sobbing in a viral video after an American Airlines flight attendant took away her stroller now has a lawyer — the same attorney representing a man dragged off a United Express flight earlier this month.

Man pleads no contest to arson in 2014 Los Angeles inferno

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 5:12pm

A man who a witness said was angry about the killing of a black man by police in Missouri pleaded no contest Monday to igniting a huge inferno in downtown Los Angeles that destroyed a block of apartments under construction.

Trump to sign orders on oil drilling, national monuments

Matthew Daly and Jill Colvin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 4:54pm

President Donald Trump will sign executive orders this week aimed at expanding offshore oil drilling and reviewing national monument designations made by his predecessors, continuing the Republican's assault on Democratic President Barack Obama's environmental legacy.

Alitalia workers nix deal to avoid airline bankruptcy

Frances D'Emilio, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 4:34pm

Alitalia employees late Monday rejected a government-brokered package of job and wage cuts that was aimed at saving Italy's flagship airline from bankruptcy.

APNewsBreak: Illinois tech chief's memberships cost $208K

John O'Connor, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 4:34pm

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's technology czar has contracted to spend $208,000 in tax dollars for two professional memberships even though the state is without a budget and is billions of dollars in debt, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.

In Mexico, fears a new plant will kill wastewater farming

Rebecca Blackwell, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 4:25pm

For more than 100 years, most of what gets flushed down Mexico City's toilets has resurfaced two hours to the north in the rivers and reservoirs of the rural Mezquital Valley. A massive new water treatment plant is about to change this.