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A robot that picks apples? Replacing humans worries some

Nicholas K. Geranios, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 1:56am

Harvesting Washington state's vast fruit orchards each year requires thousands of farmworkers, and many of them work illegally in the United States.

Senate confirms Alex Acosta as labor secretary

Laurie Kellman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 1:55am

A former federal prosecutor and civil rights chief at the Justice Department has been confirmed as President Donald Trump's labor secretary.

Trump seeks to expand drilling in Arctic, Atlantic oceans

Matthew Daly and Jill Colvin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 1:55am

President Donald Trump plans to sign an executive order that could lead to the expansion of drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic oceans.

Sony returns to black on healthy chip, game, battery sales

Yuri Kageyama, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 1:54am

Sony Corp. reported Friday a January-March profit of 27.7 billion yen ($250 million) on the back of healthy sales of image sensors, PlayStation 4 game software and batteries for mobile devices, marking a recovery from its red ink a year ago.

Australian police reveal they broke new metadata laws

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 1:50am

Australian police have revealed that an officer has broken the country's contentious new metadata laws by illegally accessing a journalist's phone records to identify an anonymous source.

Trump won't get House OK of health bill before his 100th day

Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 1:46am

President Donald Trump seems destined to serve his 100th day in office without House passage of a major Republican health care bill or enactment of a budget financing the government for the rest of this year. But at least the government probably won't be shut down — for at least another week.

Rebel Wilson sues Australian publisher for defamation

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 1:46am

Rebel Wilson is suing an Australian publisher for defamation over a series of magazine articles the actress says cost her movie roles by painting her as a serial liar.

Wait for calorie count on burgers, pizza may get longer

Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 1:45am

Consumers hoping to consistently find out how many calories are in that burger and fries may have to wait — again.

ASEAN expresses alarm over N. Korea nuclear tests, missiles

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 1:34am

Southeast Asian nations expressed "grave concern" Friday over North Korea's nuclear tests and ballistic missile launches despite a plea from Pyongyang not to be subjected to such pressure.

Honda posts quarterly profit on lower recall costs

Yuri Kageyama, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 1:23am

Honda Motor Co. reported Friday a 95.9 billion yen ($864 million) profit for January-March, a turnaround from the 93.4 billion yen loss it racked up a year earlier, as the Japanese automaker recovers from costs for a massive air-bag recall.

Malaysia's leader: ASEAN seen growing to 4th-largest economy

Teresa Cerojano, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 1:13am

The 10-countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN, could form the world's fourth largest economy by 2030 though work is needed to help small companies and reduce trade barriers, Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak said Friday.

Thai police begin pursuing arrest warrant for Red Bull heir

Kaweewit Kaewjinda, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 1:04am

Police in Thailand on Friday began the process of requesting an arrest warrant for an heir to the Red Bull energy drink fortune accused of a deadly hit-and-run accident almost five years ago but never charged.

Royal Bank of Scotland swings to profit in 1st Q

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 1:00am

Taxpayer-owned Royal Bank of Scotland swung to a profit in the first quarter as it cut costs and increased lending.

S. Korea disputes Trump comments on missile system, trade

Youkyung Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 12:52am

Contradicting U.S. President Donald Trump, South Korea said Friday it has no plan to renegotiate a bilateral trade deal with the U.S., or to pay for the U.S. missile defense system being deployed on its territory.

Asian stocks lower as North Korea jitters flare

Joe McDonald, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 12:11am

Asian stocks declined Friday amid renewed jitters over North Korea and conflicting signals from President Donald Trump about U.S. trade policy.

Japan economy's vital signs dull in March, but views upbeat

Elaine Kurtenbach, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 11:32pm

Japan reports that its manufacturing output and household spending fell in March, while the jobless rate remained at a 22-year low.

Asian stocks lower as North Korea jitters flare

Joe McDonald, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 10:32pm

Asian stocks were mostly lower Friday amid renewed jitters over North Korea and conflicting signals from President Donald Trump about U.S. trade policy.

US economy likely slowed last quarter, but rebound expected

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 10:15pm

The U.S. economy likely slowed significantly in the first three months of the year, though economists foresee a sharp rebound in the current April-June quarter on the strength of solid job growth, higher consumer confidence and stock-market records.

Japan economy's vital signs dull in March, but views upbeat

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 9:58pm

Japan reports that its manufacturing output and household spending fell in March, while the jobless rate remained at a 22-year low.

GOP says it can pass short-term spending without Democrats

Erica Werner, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 9:40pm

Republicans said they would push a short-term spending bill — essential to keeping the government open — through the House Friday with only GOP votes, if necessary.