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Plan to give health care to every Californian moves forward

Jonathan J. Cooper, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 6:30pm

California lawmakers pushed forward Wednesday with a proposal that would substantially remake the health care system of the nation's most populous state by eliminating insurance companies and guaranteeing coverage for everyone.

Trump considers action on NAFTA ahead of 100-day mark

Jill Colvin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 6:22pm

The Trump administration is considering a draft executive order to withdraw the U.S. from the North American Free Trade Agreement with Mexico and Canada — though administration officials caution it's just one of a number of options currently being discussed by the president and his staff.

Samsung's profit jumps 46 percent thanks to semiconductor

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 6:20pm

Samsung Electronics says its first-quarter profit has surged nearly 50 percent thanks to the record-high income from its semiconductor division.

ESPN laying off 100 broadcasters, writers as viewers dwindle

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 6:11pm

ESPN is laying off about 100 employees, including former athletes-turned-broadcasters Trent Dilfer, Len Elmore and Danny Kanell, in a purge designed to focus the sports network on a more digital future.

The Latest: California universal health measure advances

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 6:02pm

The Latest on California lawmakers' single-payer health care proposal (all times local):

Oil-gas wells shut down after Colorado home explosion

Dan Elliott, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 5:53pm

More than 3,000 petroleum wells are being shut down in Colorado as a precaution after a house explosion killed two people, an oil and gas company said Wednesday.

Trump tax cut: Huge, vague and likely mild boost for economy

Christopher S. Rugaber, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 5:48pm

President Donald Trump's team boasted Wednesday that its tax-cut plan would lighten Americans' financial burdens, ignite economic growth and vastly simplify tax filing.

Judge could rule soon to let beer stores keep licenses

Julia Shumway, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 5:41pm

Four Nebraska beer stores could learn soon whether they can stay in business near a South Dakota Indian reservation plagued by alcoholism while they appeal a state regulator's ruling that could force them to close.

Conservatives back revised health bill, GOP moderates balk

Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 5:12pm

The moribund Republican health care bill received a jolt of life Wednesday when the conservative House Freedom Caucus endorsed a revised version of the measure. But a leading GOP moderate criticized the reshaped legislation as a conservative exercise in "blame-shifting and face-saving" that wasn't winning new support from party centrists, leaving its fate unclear.

Judge strikes down Louisiana abortion law: unconstitutional

Janet McConnaughey, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 5:10pm

A federal judge has struck down a Louisiana law requiring doctors who perform abortions to have permission to admit patients to a nearby hospital, citing a U.S. Supreme Court decision against a similar Texas law.

Trump tax plan could be good news for many, bad for deficit

Josh Boak and Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 4:37pm

Dismissing concerns about ballooning federal deficits, President Donald Trump on Wednesday proposed dramatic tax cuts for U.S. businesses and individuals — outlining an overhaul his administration promises will spur economic growth and simplify America's tangle of tax code rules.

Ivanka Trump, World Bank discuss women entrepreneur fund

Catherine Lucey, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 4:18pm

Ivanka Trump has been involved in discussions with the World Bank about establishing a funding operation that would support female entrepreneurs, bank and administration officials said Wednesday.

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HSN CEO to step down to take top job at Weight Watchers

Anne D'Innocenzio, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 3:56pm

The CEO of a heavyweight of home shopping on TV is leaving that job to take the top spot at Weight Watchers International Inc.

Edwards Lifesciencse and Deckers rise; US Steel plunges

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 3:36pm

Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Wednesday:

Stock indexes wobble as White House unveils tax plan

Stan Choe, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 3:15pm

Stock indexes wobbled between modest gains and losses Wednesday, as the White House unveiled broad outlines of its plan to slash tax rates but left many of the details to be determined.

Governor wants to out those hired to film animal cruelty

Marina Villeneuve, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 3:06pm

A bill drawn up by Republican Gov. Paul LePage would make public the names of animal activists hired to film undercover footage of animal cruelty.

Mnuchin: Trump has 'no intention' of releasing tax returns

Julie Bykowicz and Jill Colvin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 2:56pm

President Donald Trump "has no intention" of releasing his tax returns to the public, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said Wednesday, asserting Americans have "plenty of information" about the president's financial matters.

AP Explains: What is net neutrality and why does it matter?

Tali Arbel, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 2:48pm

"Net neutrality" regulations, designed to prevent internet service providers like Verizon, AT&T, Comcast and Charter from favoring some sites and apps over others, are on the chopping block. The head of the Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai, on Wednesday proposed undoing the Obama-era rules that have been in place since 2015.