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A budget deficit challenge for Trump's tax plan

Josh Boak and Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 2:06am

President Donald Trump's campaign pledge to slash the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 15 percent raises a thorny question for the White House.

Study: Trump's hardball tactic on health care may backfire

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 1:54am

Going into this week's federal budget battle, the White House toyed with a hardball tactic to force congressional Democrats to negotiate on President Donald Trump's priorities.

Trump touts executive orders he once lambasted

Jonathan Lemire and Jill Colvin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 1:44am

President Donald Trump will mark the end of his first 100 days in office with a flurry of executive orders, looking to fulfill campaign promises and rack up victories ahead of that milestone by turning to a presidential tool he once derided. But Trump's frequent use of the executive order points to his struggles getting legislation though a Congress controlled by his own party and few of the orders themselves appear to deliver the sweeping changes the president has promised.

Trump's 100-days promises: Fewer than half carried out

Jill Colvin and Calvin Woodward, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 1:44am

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.

Ivanka Trump advocates for women, girls in trip to Berlin

Catherine Lucey, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 1:44am

Ivanka Trump's advocacy for women and girls will take her to a conference in Berlin Tuesday, an attention-getting first international outing aimed at building support for investment in women's economic empowerment programs.

Companies decry Trump plan to eliminate Energy Star program

Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 1:25am

More than 1,000 U.S. companies, including some of the nation's largest manufacturers, are urging Congress to preserve the 25-year-old Energy Star program to promote efficiency in home and business products.

Gov't shutdown, health bill rescue at stake in Congress

Alan Fram and Andrew Taylor, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 1:25am

Bipartisan bargainers are making progress toward a budget deal to prevent a partial federal shutdown this weekend, a major hurdle overcome when President Donald Trump signaled he would put off his demand that the measure include money to build his border wall with Mexico.

Swiss drugs giant Novartis posts 15 percent drop in 1Q net

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 1:00am

Swiss pharmaceuticals group Novartis says net income fell 15 percent in the first quarter, as it continued to adjust to generic competition for its Gleevec leukemia drug and stopped work on a hoped-for treatment for heart failure.

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

Jill Colvin and Calvin Woodward, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 12:22am

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.

Asia tracks French election rally; weak yen lifts Tokyo

Elaine Kurtenbach, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 11:44pm

Shares are higher in Asia, tracking the rally sparked by the outcome of France's vote. Hopes for U.S. tax reform and a compromise on the U.S. budget deadline also lifted sentiment. Japan's benchmark gained as the dollar remained near the 110 yen level, helping shares of exporters.

Toy given to police officer as safety talisman gets to Ohio

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 10:57pm

Police in Ohio have received a stuffed toy given by a child to a Pennsylvania police officer to help keep him safe.

Clarification: China-Auto Show-GM story

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 10:52pm

In a story April 22, The Associated Press reported that General Motors Co. expects annual sales of electric vehicles to reach 150,000 by 2020 and possibly surpass 500,000 by 2025. Those figures include GM's Buick, Cadillac and Chevrolet brands but not the Baojun brand made by its SAIC-GM-Wuling Automobile joint venture, for which it says a forecast will be announced later.

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.