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Last words haunt surviving teen's sentencing in fatal fire

Carolyn Thompson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 10:34pm

In the last moments of his 14-year life, Joe Phillips dialed his friend's cellphone, cursing in panic. He was trapped by flames that had gotten out of control during what had been a summer afternoon of mischief inside a vacant building.

Wells Fargo to face irritated shareholders at annual meeting

Ken Sweet, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 10:17pm

Wells Fargo's top management and board of directors will face irritated investors Tuesday for the first big shareholder meeting since the scandal over the bank's sales practices led to an executive shake-up, fines and a dented reputation.

Brazil corruption scandal is business as usual for Odebrecht

Mauricio Savarese, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 10:05pm

Grinning in front of the camera, the former CEO of the huge Brazilian builder at the center of the world's biggest corruption scandal spoke frankly about the billions in bribes and illegal financing that the Odebrecht company put into the pockets and campaign coffers of politicians and public officials.

North Korea quiet amid expectation of missile follow-up

Eric Talmadge, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 9:24pm

A U.S. guided-missile submarine arrived in South Korea on Tuesday and envoys from the U.S., Japan and South Korea met in Tokyo, as North Korea prepared to mark the anniversary of the founding of its military.

Aviation officer gives his version of United flight removal

Don Babwin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 9:14pm

The physician who was dragged off a United Airlines flight in Chicago this month was verbally and physically abusive, and flailing his arms before he lost his balance and struck his mouth on an armrest, according to the aviation officer who pulled the man out of his seat.

Asia tracks French election rally; weak yen lifts Tokyo

Elaine Kurtenbach, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 9:04pm

The worldwide surge in share prices sparked by the outcome of France's vote Sunday carried into Asian markets early Tuesday. Japanese shares gained as the dollar remained near the 110 yen level, helping exporters.

In Mexico, fears a new plant will kill wastewater farming

Rebecca Blackwell, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 9:04pm

For more than 100 years, most of what gets flushed down Mexico City's toilets has resurfaced two hours to the north in the rivers and reservoirs of the rural Mezquital Valley. A massive new water treatment plant is about to change this.

Trump slaps tariff on Canadian softwood lumber

Jill Colvin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 8:32pm

The Trump administration moved Monday to impose a 20 percent tariff on softwood lumber entering the United States from Canada, escalating an intensifying trade dispute between the two countries.

O'Reilly surprised by Fox exit, says truth will come out

Lynn Elber, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 8:22pm

Five days after being fired from his top-rated Fox News Channel perch, Bill O'Reilly used a podcast to express his dismay and vowed that "the truth will come out."

Trump backs away from demand for border wall money

Erica Werner and Andrew Taylor, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 8:04pm

President Donald Trump stepped back Monday from demanding a down payment for his border wall in must-past spending legislation, potentially removing a major obstacle to a bipartisan deal just days ahead of a government shutdown deadline.

Senate confirms Sonny Perdue as agriculture secretary

Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 7:54pm

The Senate on Monday confirmed former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue to be agriculture secretary in President Donald Trump's administration as the farming industry looks to Washington for help amid a downturn in the market.

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Trump's tax plan could face a budget deficit challenge

Josh Boak and Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 7:42pm

President Donald Trump plans to stick with his campaign pledge to slash the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 15 percent, but the dramatic cut raises a problematic question for the White House: How can the president deliver the "massive" tax cut he promised without also blowing a massive hole in the budget?

Writers Guild votes to authorize strike as talks continue

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 7:40pm

Members of the Writers Guild of America are one step closer to striking come May 2. In a letter to its members Monday, the WGA said 96.3 percent voted to authorize a strike as the May 1 contract expiration deadline looms. Negotiations between the Guild and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers will resume Tuesday.

'Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance' author dead

Hillel Italie, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 7:16pm

Robert M. Pirsig, whose philosophical novel "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" became a million-selling classic and cultural touchstone after more than 100 publishers turned it down, died Monday at age 88.

Feds stumble again with split verdict in Bundy standoff case

Ken Ritter, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 7:13pm

Government prosecutors stumbled again Monday in a bid to gain convictions of armed protesters in a case arising from skirmishes in a decades-old battle over control of public lands in the western United States.

Official: 'Silver lining' in hacker, foreign nation alliance

Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 7:04pm

Foreign governments that rely on the services of private criminal hackers leave their operations vulnerable to being exposed and disrupted, creating something of a "silver lining" for U.S. law enforcement investigations of cyberattacks, a top Justice Department official said Monday.

Box Office Top 20: 'Fast 8' races to No. 1 again

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 6:43pm

"The Fate of the Furious" topped the box office for the second week in a row with $38.4 million, bringing the total North American take for the film to $163.3 million. With international grosses, the film is expected to cross $1 billion this week.

Trump's 100-days promises: A long way to go on most of them

Jill Colvin and Calvin Woodward, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 6:03pm

Sure enough, the big trans-Pacific trade deal is toast, climate change action is on the ropes and various regulations from the Obama era have been scrapped. It's also a safe bet President Donald Trump hasn't raced a bicycle since Jan. 20, keeping that vow.