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US economy expanded at weakest pace in 3 years

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 11:52pm

The U.S. economy turned in the weakest performance in three years in the January-March quarter as consumers sharply slowed their spending. The result fell far short of President Donald Trump's ambitious growth targets and underscores the challenges of accelerating economic expansion.

Duterte opens ASEAN summit with oblique swipe at US, EU

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 11:10pm

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has opened an annual summit of Southeast Asian leaders with an oblique swipe at Western governments that have raised alarm over his brutal anti-drug crackdown, asking them not to meddle in the affairs of regional countries.

Hacker threatens to release stolen copies of Netflix series

Michael Liedtke, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 10:53pm

A hacker claims to have stolen the upcoming season of Netflix's hit series "Orange Is The New Black," and is demanding that the video streaming service pay an unspecified ransom to prevent all the new episodes from being prematurely released online.

Timeline: President Trump vs. North Korea

Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 9:52pm

A North Korean missile launch Saturday is the latest development in an ongoing game of brinkmanship this year with President Donald Trump's new U.S. administration. A look at key moments this year:

Woman pleads guilty to stealing from Casper company

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 9:04pm

A woman accused of stealing tens of thousands of dollars from a brake supply company in Casper over a 10-year span has pleaded guilty.

Coca-Cola: Philadelphia's tax on sweetened drinks is hurting

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 8:50pm

Coca-Cola says Philadelphia's new tax on sweetened drinks is seriously hurting their business in the city.

Mexico's lower house approves medical uses of marijuana

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 8:22pm

Mexico's lower house overwhelmingly passed a bill Friday approving the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes, the latest in a series of legal changes and court rulings that have somewhat relaxed cannabis laws in Mexico.

Trump will zero in on trade agreements during 100th day

Jill Colvin and Paul Wiseman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 7:44pm

President Donald Trump will spend his 100th day in office talking tough on trade in one of the states that delivered his unlikely win.

Buses torched, roads blocked, clashes during Brazil strike

Mauricio Savarese and Peter Prengaman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 6:54pm

Protesters lit buses on fire, blocked roads and clashed with police on Friday during a general strike that brought transportation to a halt in many cities across Latin America's largest nation.

West Coast dockworkers to vote on deal seeking labor peace

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 6:45pm

Dockworkers were given the chance Friday to vote on a new contract extension that could provide long-term labor peace at West Coast seaports, where in recent years work slowdowns and strikes have affected billions of dollars in cargo.

Federal energy regulator says she won't seek new term

Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 6:45pm

One of the two remaining members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission says she will not seek a second term, a move that could leave the five-member panel with a single commissioner and further hobble its ability to make decisions.

Chicago schools to stay open despite lawsuit's rejection

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 6:34pm

Chicago's mayor said the city's public schools will remain open until the end of the school year, despite a judge's decision Friday to toss a district lawsuit over education funding by the state of Illinois.

Congress settles for stopgap to avoid government shutdown

Erica Werner and Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 6:34pm

Congress took the easy way out to keep the government open on the eve of Donald Trump's 100th day in office, passing a weeklong stopgap spending bill Friday that amounted to more of a defeat for the president than a victory.

The Latest: Trump signs spending bill that prevents shutdown

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 6:26pm

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):

Brazil judge grants release of businessman Eike Batista

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 6:16pm

A Supreme Court justice in Brazil has ruled that a businessman who was once one of the world's richest people should be allowed out of prison while waiting to be tried for corruption.

2nd company shuts oil, gas wells after fatal Colorado blast

Dan Elliott, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 5:56pm

A second petroleum company said it would shut down and inspect wells after a fatal house explosion near a gas well in Colorado, although investigators have not said whether the well was the cause.

Regional rail service resumes after Amtrak power problem

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 5:20pm

Service on a regional rail line serving suburban Philadelphia has been restored an hour after Amtrak power problems halted trains during big events including the NFL Draft and the Penn Relays track and field competition taking place in the city.

California seeks control of unruly medical pot industry

Michael R. Blood, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 4:40pm

California is trying to get control of its unruly medical marijuana industry.

Personal tragedy shaped congressman's effort on health care

Kevin Freking, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 4:37pm

New Jersey Rep. Tom MacArthur has experienced personal tragedy and understands the need for health insurance.

Navajo coal plant closure could cause 1,000 job losses

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 4:27pm

Officials in remote areas of Utah and Arizona say the recent decision to shut down a coal-fired power plant in northern Arizona is expected to cause about 1,000 job losses in an area already struggling with high unemployment.