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South Sudan censors newspapers, hampers press in civil war

Sam Mednick, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 5:19am

As South Sudan's civil war creates the world's largest refugee crisis and widespread allegations of sexual and ethnic violence, journalists charge the government is restricting their ability to report the news.

Rhino breeder in South Africa plans online auction of horn

Christopher Torchia, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 5:12am

A rhino breeder in South Africa is planning an online auction of rhino horn, capitalizing on a court ruling that opened the way to domestic trade despite an international ban that was imposed to curb widespread poaching.

The Latest: N Ireland party leader 'delighted' with UK deal

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 5:00am

The Latest on British politics (all times local):

Back to Switzerland for Cyprus peace deal talks

Menelaos Hadjicostis, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 4:43am

It's back to Switzerland for Cyprus peace talks.

Here is the latest National business news from The Associated Press

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 4:40am

International stock markets rose today after Wall Street rebounded from losses to end last week higher on stronger oil and gas prices. Futures point to opening gains on Wall Street today. Benchmark U.S. crude oil rose to just below $43.50 per barrel. The dollar gained against the yen and the euro.

PROMISES, PROMISES: What Trump has pledged on health care

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 4:10am

President Donald Trump is not known for plunging into the details of complex policy issues, and health care is no exception. Since his campaign days, Trump has addressed health care in broad, aspirational strokes. Nonetheless he made some clear promises along the way.

China sentences 16 from Australia's Crown Resorts to prison

Louise Watt and Andy Wong, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 4:02am

A Chinese court sentenced 16 Australian and Chinese employees of a casino company to nine to 10 months in prison on Monday after they pleaded guilty to gambling-related charges, the company and an Australian official said.

Global markets higher after Wall Street rebound

Joe McDonald, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 3:35am

Global stock markets rose Monday after Wall Street rebounded from losses to end last week higher on stronger oil and gas prices.

What's happened to the pro-gun wish list in Washington?

Lisa Marie Pane, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 3:25am

Gun rights advocates entered the Trump era with high hopes. After years of frustration they thought a gun-friendly president and Congress would advance their agenda. At the top of the list: a gun-owner's ability to bring a legal weapon across any state lines, a policy known as reciprocity.

Top Republican to press for $705 billion defense budget

Richard Lardner, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 2:53am

An influential House committee chairman will press his case on Monday for a $705 billion defense budget in 2018, more military spending than at any point during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and a level even a number of his Republican colleagues don't support.

Koch urgency: Conservative network fears closing window

Steve Peoples, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 2:03am

The Koch brothers and their lieutenants are warning of a rapidly shrinking window to push their agenda through Congress.

Coal on the rise in China, US, India after major 2016 drop

Matthew Brown and Katy Daigle, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 1:44am

The world's biggest coal users — China, the United States and India — have boosted coal mining in 2017, in an abrupt departure from last year's record global decline for the heavily polluting fuel and a setback to efforts to rein in climate change emissions.

Coal production rises in US, China, India after global 2016 decline, in setback for cutting climate change emissions

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 1:10am

Coal production rises in US, China, India after global 2016 decline, in setback for cutting climate change emissions.

Trump scrambles for GOP health votes; budget score looms

Hope Yen, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 1:05am

Senate Republicans skeptical about a GOP health overhaul bill are expressing some doubt about holding a vote this week as they await a key analysis from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. President Donald Trump, making a final push to fulfill a key campaign promise, insists Republicans are not "that far off" and signaled last-minute changes are coming to win votes.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump team lacks a straight story on Russia

Calvin Woodward and Jim Drinkard, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 1:02am

Months after U.S. intelligence settled on Russia as the instigator of interference in the U.S. election, President Donald Trump's team struggles to tell a straight story on the matter.

Q&A: Why a tax overhaul is such a tough job for GOP

Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 1:02am

Why are Republicans struggling mightily to reach a consensus on how to overhaul the nation's tax system?

The Latest: Trump optimistic on health care; some doubtful

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 25th - 11:30pm

The Latest on the Senate Republican health care bill (all times local):

The Latest: 3 Australian Crown Resorts employees sentenced

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 25th - 10:45pm

The Latest on the criminal trial of Australian and Chinese casino workers in a Chinese court (all times local):

Fugitive lawyer says he's fled the US using fake passport

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 25th - 8:12pm

A fugitive Kentucky lawyer at the center of a nearly $600 million Social Security fraud case has fled the country using a fake passport and has gotten help from someone overseas with a job to help support himself.

Takata files for bankruptcy, overwhelmed by air bag recalls

Tom Krisher and Marcy Gordon, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 25th - 8:03pm

Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp. has filed for bankruptcy protection in Tokyo and the U.S., overwhelmed by lawsuits and recall costs related to its production of defective air bag inflators that are linked to the death of at least 16 people.