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The Latest: Senate confirms Acosta as Trump's man at labor

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 4:41pm

The Latest on Alex Acosta's confirmation as President Donald Trump's secretary of labor (all times EDT):

Amid reports of US NAFTA pullout, Mexico leaned on diplomacy

Peter Orsi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 4:33pm

Like the rest of the world, Mexico only learned through media reports that the Trump administration was considering a draft executive order to withdraw the United States from the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Court: Employers can pay women less based on past salaries

Sudhin Thanawala, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 4:32pm

Employers can legally pay women less than men for the same work based on differences in the workers' previous salaries, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday.

2nd Waffle House co-founder dies weeks after partner's death

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 4:24pm

Thomas Francis Forkner Sr., who jumped from selling real estate to the restaurant business when he co-founded Waffle House in the 1950s, has died less than two months after the death of his business partner who recruited him to help launch the famous Southern diner chain."

Trump signs order creating accountability office at VA

Darlene Superville and Hope Yen, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 4:24pm

President Donald Trump on Thursday created an office at the Department of Veterans Affairs to improve accountability and protect whistleblowers, calling it a "bold step forward."

How a proposed soda tax in Santa Fe would affect consumers

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 4:15pm

Residents of Santa Fe, N.M., are considering a new tax on sugary sodas and other sweetened beverages to boost access to pre-kindergarten. The tax is being condemned by the soft drink industry as a burden on working families, while supporters say it will pay off in reduced health care costs linked to sugar consumption and improved education.

After Whirlpool battle, Le Pen and Macron clash over fish

Sylvie Corbet and Angela Charlton, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 4:15pm

Presidential candidates Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron fought over fish and Europe's future as they courted France's blue-collar vote Thursday in an increasingly charged campaign.

YouTube ad boycott could spell trouble for Alphabet's Google

Michael Liedtke, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 4:15pm

YouTube's inability to keep big-brand ads off unsavory videos is threatening to transform a rising star in Google's digital family into a problem child.

Trump's gyrations on NAFTA cause a flurry of head-scratching

Paul Wiseman and Josh Boak, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 4:08pm

President Donald Trump campaigned on an "America First" trade policy of bracing clarity: Renegotiate or abandon NAFTA and crack down on China's trade practices.

Feds: Tribe-owned online lenders collected on invalid debts

Marcy Gordon, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 4:06pm

Federal regulators sued four online lenders for collecting consumer debts they weren't legally owed, an area that is a prime source of consumer complaints.

5 reasons Amazon is experimenting with physical stores

Anick Jesdanun, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 4:06pm

Is the online giant of retail also looking to conquer physical stores?

Retailers and insurers get taxed more, tech less

Marley Jay, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 3:55pm

To understand taxes, you have to think about geography. Don't worry, this will make sense eventually.

The Latest: Beer stores near reservation may have to close

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 3:50pm

The Latest on state regulators' efforts to close four beer stores in Whiteclay, Nebraska, near the officially dry Pine Ridge Indian Reservation (all times local):

Congress doing bare minimum to keep government running

Erica Werner, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 3:45pm

Congress is doing the bare minimum to keep the country running, readying a short-term spending bill to keep the lights on in government past Saturday, when President Donald Trump will mark his 100th day in office.

Colorado: No sign yet of well leak in fatal home explosion

Dan Elliott, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 3:26pm

Colorado regulators have found no sign of natural gas leaks after a fatal explosion at a home near a gas well, but they are still running tests, officials said Thursday.

Microsoft's fiscal 3Q revenue falls short of expectations

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 3:25pm

Microsoft's cloud business propelled its fiscal third-quarter earnings above Wall Street's expectations, but revenue fell short, sending the software maker's stock lower in after-hours trading.

Facing deadline, most Wisconsin dairy farms find new buyer

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 3:25pm

A dairy group says most of Wisconsin's 58 dairy farms desperately looking for new milk buyers before a Monday deadline have found them.

Trump tax plan: Relief for his voters but lots of unknowns

Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 3:18pm

President Donald Trump's plan to overhaul the nation's tax code could provide significant tax cuts for the working-class voters who elected him, but the unknowns could end up hurting many of these core supporters of the president.

Starbucks customer traffic stalls amid mobile order issues

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 3:06pm

Starbucks says its customer traffic has been stalled as it works on fixing the congestion created by its mobile order-and-pay option at some stores.

House GOP leaders scrounge for votes to exhume health bill

Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 3:06pm

The White House and Republican leaders worked Thursday to wring votes out of resistant moderate GOP lawmakers for the House health care bill, but remained shy of the support they'd need to fully rouse the measure back to life.