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Airport strikes expected to hit Italy as G-7 summit ends

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 4:30am

Italian air traffic controllers and some Alitalia staff plan to strike for several hours Sunday, with delays and cancellations expected the day after a Group of Seven summit ends in Taormina, Sicily.

Montenegro defies Russia to become NATO member

Predrag Milic, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 4:11am

NATO is set to expand for the first time after eight years by welcoming Montenegro into the alliance. The tiny Balkan nation is attending the NATO summit in Brussels on Thursday practically as a member, although the entry process formally will be wrapped in early June. To get there, Montenegro has stood up against Russia, which has sought to maintain strong historic, political and cultural influence in the country it considers a zone of interest. Russia has threatened economic and political retaliation. Montenegro says Moscow was behind a foiled coup attempt in October, which Russia denies.

Most world stocks rise after Fed minutes; oil rally fades

Kelvin Chan, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 3:53am

Most world stock markets rose Thursday as investors assessed the Federal Reserve's latest meeting minutes, while crude oil's rally fizzled out ahead of an OPEC meeting on production.

Namibian harbor town of Luderitz plans maritime museum

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 3:40am

The Namibian harbor town of Luderitz is hoping to attract more tourists with the construction of a maritime museum.

Computer wins 2nd game against Chinese go champion

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 3:32am

A computer beat China's top player of go, one of the last games machines have yet to master, for a second time Thursday in a competition authorities limited the Chinese public's ability to see.

Wine and weed? Some Oregon vineyards try hand at pot farming

Gillian Flaccus, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 3:32am

Bill and Barbara Steele moved to this sleepy corner of Oregon to start their own winery after successful, high-powered business careers.

IMF approves loan to Mongolia to finance reforms

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 3:12am

The International Monetary Fund said Thursday lenders have approved a $5.5 billion financing package for Mongolia to support reforms meant to revive economic growth and reduce reliance on mineral exports.

Trump budget would allow sale of wild horses for slaughter

Scott Sonner, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 3:02am

President Donald Trump's budget proposal calls for saving $10 million next year by selling wild horses captured throughout the West without a guarantee from buyers that the animals won't be resold for slaughter.

From Trump to Oprah, speakers offer parting advice to grads

Collin Binkley, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 2:43am

Oprah Winfrey told students to live with purpose. President Donald Trump said to ignore the naysayers. Will Ferrell sang some Whitney Houston.

Trump plan to sell off half of oil stockpile sparks debate

Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 2:13am

President Donald Trump's proposal to sell nearly half the U.S. emergency oil stockpile is sparking renewed debate about whether the Strategic Petroleum Reserve is still needed amid an ongoing oil production boom that has seen U.S. imports drop sharply in the past decade.

Older jobless Americans: Trump's budget means 'hardship'

Laurie Kellman, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 1:56am

A half-century-old job training and placement program for older Americans is on President Donald Trump's chopping block. Participants say eliminating it would create real hardships for them as they look for work.

GOP health bill: 23M more uninsured; sick risk higher costs

Alan Fram and Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 1:55am

Congress' official budget analyst is projecting that the House Republican health care bill would produce 23 million more uninsured people and costly, perhaps unaffordable coverage for the seriously ill. Now Republicans in the Senate have to decide how to make their version different.

AP FACT CHECK: Medicaid a target for cuts despite assurance

Josh Boak, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 1:36am

Medicaid is clearly in line for cuts under President Donald Trump's budget despite assurances to the contrary from his budget chief.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's theory about Iran's collapse

Bradley Klapper, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 1:35am

President Donald Trump asserted this week that Iran was six months from ruin before its economy was saved by the nuclear deal with the West. That scenario, though, does not fit with the circumstances of that time.

Facebook's Zuckerberg to give Harvard graduation speech

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 1:30am

Mark Zuckerberg is giving a commencement address at Harvard, where he dropped out 12 years ago to focus on Facebook.

Report: 23M more to be uninsured, $834M in Medicaid spending to be slashed under AHCA

Ben Lockhart  |  Posted   May 25th - 12:03am

A report from the Congressional Budget Office on Wednesday estimated that 23 million more Americans will be uninsured by 2026 under the American Health Care Act compared to under current law.

Bahrain, Egypt block Al-Jazeera websites amid Qatar dispute

Jon Gambrell, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 12:02am

Bahrain and Egypt on Thursday apparently joined Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in blocking access to websites run by the pan-Arab satellite network Al-Jazeera, part of a growing regional dispute with Qatar after an alleged hack of its state-run news agency.

Wisconsin seeks to be first to drug test Medicaid applicants

Scott Bauer, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 11:42pm

Gov. Scott Walker wants to make Wisconsin the first state in the country to require childless adults applying for Medicaid to undergo drug screening, a move that could serve as a national model.

Details of Walker welfare reforms set for legislative vote

Scott Bauer, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 11:25pm

Welfare reform proposals from Gov. Scott Walker up for approval by the Legislature's budget-writing Joint Finance Committee on Thursday include:

New Zealand to spend budget windfall on roads and cut taxes

Nick Perry, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 11:06pm

New Zealand's conservative government is planning to reduce taxes and spend more money on building roads and railways as it looks to cash in on a thriving economy.