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Morocco's parliament approves new government after crisis

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 2:45pm

Morocco's parliament has approved a new coalition government created to end months of political and economic deadlock.

VA limiting new hiring as it aims to widen private care

Hope Yen, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 2:40pm

Despite the lifting of a federal hiring freeze, the Department of Veterans Affairs is leaving thousands of positions unfilled, citing the need for a leaner VA as it develops a longer-term plan to allow more veterans to seek medical care in the private sector.

Southern Cross to carry Texas wind power through Mississippi

Jeff Amy, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 2:33pm

A San Francisco-based renewable energy company wants Mississippi regulators to approve a $1.4 billion power transmission line that would carry electricity from wind generated in Texas to the Southeast.

Key provisions of proposed GOP health care compromise

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 2:33pm

House Republicans are debating a proposed compromise that might help them revive stalled legislation to roll back much of Democratic President Barack Obama's health care law. The broader bill would rework subsidies for private insurance, limit federal spending on Medicaid for low-income people and cut taxes on upper-income individuals used to finance Obama's overhaul.

The Latest: White House about-face on payments to insurers

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 2:33pm

The Latest on efforts in Congress to repeal the health care law and agree on a spending bill to keep the government open (all times local):

UK leader meets top EU officials for Brexit working dinner

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 2:26pm

Britain's prime minister took time out from her election campaign Wednesday to meet the European Union's chief Brexit negotiator and head of the bloc's executive.

Grain mostly lower, livestock mixed

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 2:26pm

Grain futures were lower Wednesday on the Chicago Board of Trade.

When is a wall not a wall? GOP redefines Trump's border wall

Erica Werner, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 2:26pm

Congressional Republicans have a new talking point about President Donald Trump's border wall: It's not really a wall at all.

Fox anchor says network does little about racial diversity

David Bauder, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 2:26pm

A Fox News Channel anchor who is black has joined a racial discrimination lawsuit against his company, saying Wednesday that the network marginalized him and has little interest in promoting diversity.

Mnuchin: Trump has 'no intention' of releasing tax returns

Julie Bykowicz and Jill Colvin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 1:54pm

President Donald Trump "has no intention" of releasing his taxes returns to the public, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said Wednesday, asserting Americans have "plenty of information" about the president's financial matters.

Cyprus activists protest Turkey's planned nuclear plant

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 1:15pm

Greek and Turkish Cypriot activists on Wednesday formed a human chain across Cyprus' ethnic divide to protest Turkey's planned nuclear power station, which they say poses real dangers to the nearby east Mediterranean island.

FCC chief lays out attack on 'net neutrality' rules

Tali Arbel, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 1:15pm

Internet companies are readying for a showdown with a Republican-controlled government over a policy near and dear to their hearts: net neutrality.

Illinois board terminates Hastert's state lawmaker pension

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 1:14pm

Trustees of an Illinois state retirement board on Wednesday terminated the pension that imprisoned former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert received for his nearly six years of service in the Illinois General Assembly.

Trump plan would cut taxes for companies — and people, too

Stephen Ohlemacher and Josh Boak, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 1:14pm

President Donald Trump proposed dramatic cuts in corporate and personal taxes Wednesday in an overhaul his administration asserts will spur national economic growth and bring jobs and prosperity to America's middle class. But his ambitious plan is alarming lawmakers who worry it will balloon federal deficits.

Belarus march against nuclear power on Chernobyl anniversary

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 1:14pm

About 400 people have marched in Belarus' capital to mark the anniversary of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster and protest the construction of a nuclear plant in the country.

Yale grad students pledge hunger strike to press union bid

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 1:00pm

As a union push stalls at Yale University, organizers are stepping up pressure to bring the administration to the negotiating table, including a vow by some graduate students to go on a hunger strike until talks begin.

The Latest: GOP leaders offer mild praise for Trump tax plan

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 1:00pm

The Latest on President Donald Trump's tax overhaul (all times EDT):

Justices hear dispute over lower-cost biotech drugs sales

Sam Hananel, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 12:58pm

The Supreme Court on Wednesday considered a drug company's fight to keep a generic version of its biotech drug off the market for an additional six months that would mean billions more in sales and higher costs to the public.

Stocks tick higher, S&P 500 flirts with record

Stan Choe, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 12:47pm

Stock indexes ticked higher on Wednesday, and the Standard & Poor's 500 index flirted with its record high, as the White House unveiled a broad outline of its plan to cut tax rates.

The Latest: Sarkozy to vote for Macron in French runoff

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 12:38pm

The Latest on the French presidential runoff on May 7 (all times local):