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Survey of economists finds optimism about growth prospects

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 10:17pm

Business economists are generally optimistic about the U.S. economy with most expecting stronger growth than last year's poor performance.

South Korea, allies brace for North Korea follow-up act

Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 10:02pm

Fresh off an immense North Korean parade that revealed an arsenal of intercontinental ballistic missiles, rival South Korea and its allies are bracing for the possibility that Pyongyang's follow-up act will be even bigger.

AP Exclusive: The sad saga of North Korea's ATMs

Eric Talmadge, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 9:53pm

No modern airport terminal is complete without an ATM, and Pyongyang's now has two. But they don't work — because of new Chinese sanctions, according to bank employees — and it's not clear when they will.

Taiwan's "hacker minister" reshaping digital democracy

Youkyung Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 9:31pm

Taiwan's "digital minister" Audrey Tang, a computer prodigy and entrepreneur who taught herself programming at age 8, says she's a "civic hacker," who like a locksmith uses specialized skills to help rather than harm.

Trump heads into tough week with budget, health care battles

Catherine Lucey and Hope Yen, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 8:11pm

President Donald Trump is heading into one of the most challenging weeks of his presidency, juggling a renewed health care push and a looming budget deadline. It's all complicated by a potential showdown with Democrats over paying for a border wall.

Oregon teen sells $1 million in custom socks

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 6:21pm

Seventeen-year-old Oregon resident Brennan Agranoff spends his days going to school, doing chores and running his custom-design sock business.

Britain's back in favor for corporate deals despite Brexit

Pan Pylas, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 5:11pm

Britain has reclaimed its place as one of the top five countries that firms look to make deals in, just six months after dropping off the list in the wake of the country's surprise to leave the European Union, according to a survey released Monday.

Grand Canyon tram project stalls before Navajo council vote

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 4:54pm

A project to build a 1.6-mile tram that would take visitors into the Grand Canyon is on hold for a few months after failing to gain enough support from Navajo Nation lawmakers.

Medical tech firm Becton Dickinson to buy C.R. Bard for $24B

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 4:53pm

Medical technology firm Becton, Dickinson and Co. says it has reached an agreement to buy competitor C.R. Bard Inc. in a cash-and-stock deal worth $24 billion.

Bloomberg to world leaders: Ignore Trump on climate

Steve Peoples, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 3:33pm

New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg urged world leaders not to follow President Donald Trump's lead on climate change and declared his intention to help save an international agreement to reduce carbon emissions.

US gas prices rise 3 cents over 2 weeks, to $2.46 a gallon

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 3:33pm

The average price of a gallon of regular-grade gasoline jumped 3 cents nationally over the past two weeks, to $2.46.

Unconventional Macron faces unprecedented challenge

Sylvie Corbet, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 3:14pm

French centrist Emmanuel Macron faces an unprecedented challenge in his quest for the French presidency: A newcomer to politics, he was virtually unknown to most of his countrymen just three years ago.

Arts collective buys manufacturing plant to create exhibits

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 2:25pm

A plant formerly owned by a mining and construction equipment company in Santa Fe will become space for arts production company Meow Wolf to help create its exhibits as it seeks to expand nationwide.

Potato farming in Washington involves high-stakes investment

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 1:48pm

Most folks think of Idaho when they think of potatoes, but farmers in Washington state's Columbia Basin are making their own mark on the nation's potato industry.

'The Fate of the Furious' laps new films at box office

Lindsey Bahr, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 1:24pm

"The Fate of the Furious" sped into first place at the box office again, leaving new thriller "Unforgettable" and historical drama "The Promise" in the dust.

Iranian candidate says nuclear deal failed to lift sanctions

Nasser Karimi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 12:45pm

An Iranian presidential candidate said Sunday the landmark 2015 nuclear agreement with world powers has failed to lift sanctions or improve the country's economy.

Bill O'Reilly to return with new podcast episode Monday

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 12:02pm

Bill O'Reilly is back and ready to talk.

More Venezuelans struggle in US as their country implodes

Gisela Salomon, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 10:23am

People crowd outside a church near Miami's international airport, chatting about family and friends left behind in Caracas, Valencia and Maracaibo as they wait more than an hour to receive rice, beans, yogurt and other food for their families.

Wisconsin tribes clash in casino expansion fight

Todd Richmond, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 9:34am

At 85, Betty Putnam-Schiel has trouble standing, but she gets along well enough in her home on the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohicans' northern Wisconsin reservation thanks to tribal assistants who do everything from shovel her snow to change her lightbulbs.