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White House wants to push tax overhaul without Democrats

Josh Boak, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 6:46pm

A senior administration official said Thursday the White House plans to push its tax overhaul without any support from congressional Democrats.

Court: Employers can pay women less based on past salaries

Sudhin Thanawala, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 6:36pm

Employers can legally pay women less than men for the same work based on differences in the workers' previous salaries, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday.

Senate Dems block quick vote on short-term spending bill

Erica Werner, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 6:24pm

Senate Democrats late Thursday blocked a quick vote on a short-term spending bill to keep the government open, roiling Washington with brinkmanship less than 30 hours before a midnight Friday deadline for a shutdown and President Donald Trump's 100th day in office.

Police: Man pepper-sprayed autistic man eating free cookies

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 6:14pm

A former security guard faces charges after allegedly pepper-spraying an autistic man who was eating free cookies at a Minnesota grocery store.

Kansas governor seeks $24M to ban guns at state hospitals

John Hanna, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 6:06pm

Republican Gov. Sam Brownback proposed Thursday spending an additional $24 million over two years on armed guards and other security measures that would allow Kansas to continue banning concealed guns at state hospitals for the mentally ill and developmentally disabled.

New York bus terminal project shifts focus to existing site

David Porter, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 6:06pm

A plan to replace the nation's busiest bus terminal has shifted focus to the facility's existing site in the heart of the city after a previous plan to move it a block west encountered strong resistance from lawmakers.

Colorado: No sign yet of well leak in fatal home explosion

Dan Elliott, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 5:34pm

Colorado regulators have found no sign of natural gas leaks after a fatal explosion at a home near a gas well, but they are still running tests, officials said Thursday.

Senate confirms Alex Acosta as Trump's secretary of labor

Laurie Kellman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 5:34pm

The Senate on Thursday confirmed Alex Acosta as Labor secretary, filling out President Donald Trump's Cabinet as he approaches his 100th day in office.

2nd Waffle House co-founder dies weeks after partner's death

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 5:23pm

Thomas Francis Forkner Sr., who jumped from selling real estate to the restaurant business when he co-founded Waffle House in the 1950s, has died less than two months after the death of his business partner who recruited him to help launch the famous Southern diner chain.

The Latest: Democrats block spending bill as shutdown looms

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 5:23pm

The Latest on efforts in Congress to repeal the health care law and agree on a spending bill to keep the government open (all times local):

The Latest: Tillerson says China asked NK to stop nuke tests

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 5:06pm

The Latest on tensions on the Korean Peninsula (all times local):

Starbucks says Unicorn Frappuccino shows its digital savvy

Candice Choi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 5:06pm

Starbucks is pointing to the Unicorn Frappuccino as an example of its digital savvy, and ability to ride out of its sales slump.

The Latest: Senate confirms Acosta as Trump's man at labor

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 4:41pm

The Latest on Alex Acosta's confirmation as President Donald Trump's secretary of labor (all times EDT):

Amid reports of US NAFTA pullout, Mexico leaned on diplomacy

Peter Orsi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 4:33pm

Like the rest of the world, Mexico only learned through media reports that the Trump administration was considering a draft executive order to withdraw the United States from the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Trump signs order creating accountability office at VA

Darlene Superville and Hope Yen, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 4:24pm

President Donald Trump on Thursday created an office at the Department of Veterans Affairs to improve accountability and protect whistleblowers, calling it a "bold step forward."

How a proposed soda tax in Santa Fe would affect consumers

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 4:15pm

Residents of Santa Fe, N.M., are considering a new tax on sugary sodas and other sweetened beverages to boost access to pre-kindergarten. The tax is being condemned by the soft drink industry as a burden on working families, while supporters say it will pay off in reduced health care costs linked to sugar consumption and improved education.

After Whirlpool battle, Le Pen and Macron clash over fish

Sylvie Corbet and Angela Charlton, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 4:15pm

Presidential candidates Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron fought over fish and Europe's future as they courted France's blue-collar vote Thursday in an increasingly charged campaign.

YouTube ad boycott could spell trouble for Alphabet's Google

Michael Liedtke, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 4:15pm

YouTube's inability to keep big-brand ads off unsavory videos is threatening to transform a rising star in Google's digital family into a problem child.

Trump's gyrations on NAFTA cause a flurry of head-scratching

Paul Wiseman and Josh Boak, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 4:08pm

President Donald Trump campaigned on an "America First" trade policy of bracing clarity: Renegotiate or abandon NAFTA and crack down on China's trade practices.