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US durable goods orders fell in May by the most in 18 months

Christopher S. Rugaber, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 7:06am

Demand for long-lasting U.S. factory goods fell by the most in 18 months, and a key category that tracks business investment also slipped, evidence that manufacturing output is barely growing.

Fire at air station injures 2 Marines working on aircraft

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 7:00am

Authorities say a sudden burst of fire at a Marine Corps air station has injured two Marines who were performing routine maintenance on a combat jet.

Rhino breeder in South Africa plans online auction of horn

Christopher Torchia, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 6:53am

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.

Trump scrambles for GOP health votes; budget score looms

Hope Yen, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 6:50am

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.

German economic strength gives European markets a lift

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 6:32am

Stock markets around the world have started the new week strongly with sentiment in Europe buoyed further by a strong German economic survey that reinforced hopes that the region's recovery is gaining momentum.

US durable goods orders fell 1.1 percent in May, most in 18 months

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 6:32am

US durable goods orders fell 1.1 percent in May, most in 18 months.

South Sudan censors newspapers, hampers press in civil war

Sam Mednick, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 6:23am

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.

Germany: sausage makers use loophole to skip antitrust fines

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 6:12am

Germany's antitrust authority says it had to revoke 238 million euros ($266 million) in fines imposed on sausage manufacturers for price collusion because the companies used a now-closed loophole in competition law.

Portugal airline chief fears increasing drone near-misses

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 6:03am

Portugal's national airline chief said Monday he is considering asking authorities to order that all drones in the country be grounded, following a series of near-misses with commercial aircraft.

EU weighs retaliatory measures as US eyes steel tariffs

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 6:00am

The European Union's top trade official says the bloc is preparing retaliatory measures in case the United States goes ahead with plans to impose steel tariffs on imports.

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

Matthew Brown and Katy Daigle, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 5:44am

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.

Mongolians vote for president amid graft, financial concerns

Ganbat Namjilsangarav and Grace Brown, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 5:22am

Mongolians voted Monday in a presidential election dominated by allegations of graft and concerns about financial upheaval in the landlocked country.

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

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

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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.

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.