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Senate set to confirm Sonny Perdue as agriculture secretary

Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 12:44pm

After months of delay, the Senate is expected to confirm former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue as agriculture secretary with bipartisan support.

Vive le rally: Global markets soar after French election

Stan Choe, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 12:33pm

U.S. stocks joined a worldwide rally Monday after the first round of France's presidential election raised expectations that the European Union will hold together. A candidate seen as pro-business won the most votes Sunday, and many investors expect him to win a runoff against the remaining anti-EU candidate, which is set for May 7.

Trump administration sanctions 271 in Syrian chemical attack

Vivian Salama and Matthew Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 12:33pm

The Trump administration issued sanctions Monday on 271 people linked to the Syrian agency responsible for producing non-conventional weapons, part of an ongoing U.S. crackdown on Syrian President Bashar Assad's alleged use of chemical weapons.

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2 found guilty in 1st trial over Bundy standoff in Nevada

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 12:22pm

A jury found two men guilty of federal charges Monday in an armed standoff that stopped federal agents from rounding up cattle near Cliven Bundy's Nevada ranch in 2014.

Egypt's tourism officials insist popular sites are safe

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 12:22pm

Egypt's tourism levels are still around a third of what they once were, and despite security concerns Egypt's tourism minister insists the country's popular Red Sea resorts and Ancient Egyptian sites are "safe" and "airports are secure".

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Fearing a worker shortage, farmers push back on immigration

Andrew Selsky, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 12:16pm

The head of Bethel Heights Vineyard looked out over the 100 acres of vines her crew of 20 Mexicans had just finished pruning, worried about what will happen if the Trump administration presses ahead with its crackdown on immigrants.

HP Enterprise says former Arconic CEO left its board

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 12:13pm

Hewlett Packard Enterprise says Klaus Kleinfeld, who was ousted as chairman and CEO of Arconic after sending a threatening letter to that company's largest shareholder, resigned from its board of directors.

The Latest: 2 convicted in Bundy standoff in Nevada

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 12:13pm

The Latest on the trial of six men charged in an armed standoff with federal agents (all times local):

US Treasury secretary: Tax cuts won't raise budget deficit

Josh Boak, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 12:10pm

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (mih-NOO'-shin) says that the administration's tax reform will generate so much economic growth that the budget deficit will be held in check.

Hasbro heads for the loo and business booms

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 12:05pm

Business for Hasbro is in the toilet, which turns out to be a pretty good place.

The Latest: Trump jokes about replacing Haley, takes it back

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 12:00pm

The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local):

Luxury shoe brand Jimmy Choo goes up for sale

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 11:57am

Shares in Jimmy Choo have leapt 11 percent after its board put the luxury shoe brand up for sale.

Clarification: Casino Fight-Tribes story

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 11:35am

In a story April 23 about a dispute over a proposal by the Ho-Chunk Nation to expand a northern Wisconsin casino, The Associated Press reported that in 2015, Gov. Scott Walker refused to give the Menominee Nation permission to build a second casino on trust land in Kenosha after rival tribes complained. Walker blocked the land from being placed in trust, which in turn blocked the casino project.

Greece, creditors resuming talks in Athens, seek swift deal

Nicholas Paphitis, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 11:35am

Representatives of Greece's bailout creditors are due in Athens to restart talks on further cutbacks, European officials said Monday, as they confirmed that the country last year far exceeded its budget targets.

PPG Industries ups bid for Akzo Nobel to $28.8B

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 11:35am

PPG Industries is boosting its offer for Akzo Nobel, looking to buy the industrial paints and chemicals company in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $28.8 billion.

Man pleads no contest to arson in 2014 Los Angeles inferno

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 11:35am

A 58-year-old man has pleaded no contest to igniting a huge inferno in downtown Los Angeles that destroyed a block of apartments under construction and heavily damaged nearby office buildings.

More than 150 firefighters battle blaze at construction site

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 11:24am

More than 150 firefighters are battling a blaze in a six-story building under construction near the University of Maryland.

AP Exclusive: Amid cuts, new Iowa building gets pricey redo

Ryan J. Foley and Barbara Rodriguez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 11:09am

A plan to spend nearly a half-million dollars remodeling the interior of the newest state office building in Des Moines is moving forward despite budget cuts that are hitting an array of state programs and services.

In Mexico, fears a new plant will kill wastewater farming

Rebecca Blackwell, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 11:08am

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.