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US stock indexes flitter in mixed day for markets

Stan Choe, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 1:24pm

U.S. stock indexes flittered up and down Thursday, as a slump in energy stocks partly offset advances by Under Armour, PayPal and other companies reporting stronger-than-expected profits.

Trump tax plan: Relief for his voters but lots of unknowns

Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 1:24pm

President Donald Trump's plan to overhaul the nation's tax code could provide significant tax cuts for the working-class voters who elected him, but the unknowns could end up hurting many of these core supporters of the president.

Court: Employers can pay women less based on past salaries

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 1:23pm

A federal appeals court says employers can legally pay women less than men for the same work based on differences in the employees' previous salaries.

EPA chief to skip Republican gala after ethics complaint

Michael Biesecker, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 1:13pm

The Environmental Protection Agency chief has pulled out of a Republican fundraiser after a Democratic senator raised ethics concerns.

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 1:10pm

Colorado regulators say they've found no signs of natural gas leaks after a fatal explosion at a home near a gas well, but they're still running tests.

Trump rejects push to help solve Puerto Rico debt crisis

Danica Coto, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 1:05pm

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday that he is opposed to a push to help Puerto Rico resolve its $70 billion debt load as the U.S. territory faces looming austerity measures amid a deep economic crisis.

New Mexico city seeks sugary drink tax

Morgan Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 1:00pm

It's being pitched as an educational lifeline for impoverished preschool-aged children and condemned as the latest example of local government overreach sweeping progressive cities from coast to coast.

The Latest: Trump keeps mum about ousted adviser Flynn

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 1:00pm

The Latest on ousted national security adviser Michael Flynn (all times local):

Southwest Airlines to end practice of overbooking flights

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 12:46pm

an industry practice implicated in an ugly incident on a United Airlines flight that has damaged United's reputation with the flying public.

Toyota recalls 250K Tacoma pickups; rear wheels can lock up

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 12:46pm

Toyota is recalling about 250,000 small pickup trucks mainly in North America because the rear wheels have the potential to lock up, causing drivers to lose control.

Senate poised to confirm Acosta as Trump's man at Labor

Laurie Kellman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 12:46pm

The Senate is poised to confirm Alex Acosta as secretary of labor, filling out President Donald Trump's cabinet as he approaches his 100th day in office.

AP FACT CHECK: Be wary of White House claims about tax plan

Christopher S. Rugaber and Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 12:45pm

Getting to the bottom of President Donald Trump's tax plan is difficult because it exists so far as bullet points on a single page, with no detail. Still, there are reasons to be wary about some of the claims coming out of the White House about it.

Greece seeking bailout talks breakthrough by Sunday

Derek Gatopoulos and Lorne Cook, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 12:33pm

Greece and its bailout creditors are closing in on a deal to restart rescue loan payouts, senior officials from the two sides said Thursday, a compromise that is likely to prolong years of hardship for many Greeks.

Union Pacific railroad's 1Q profit chugs ahead 9 percent

Josh Funk, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 12:24pm

Union Pacific's first-quarter profit climbed 9 percent as the railroad hauled 2 percent more freight, increased prices and worked to control costs.

Exxon fined $20 million for emissions from Texas plant

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 12:24pm

A judge has ordered Exxon Mobil to pay a penalty of nearly $20 million for releasing 10 million pounds of pollutants into the air over the course of eight years from a refining and chemical complex east of Houston.

The Latest: Senators battle diplomacy spending cuts

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 12:15pm

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):

Oklahoma struggles to pay for schools after slashing taxes

Sean Murphy, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 12:10pm

Four years ago, Oklahoma's oil patch was booming, unemployment was falling and state lawmakers were debating what to do with $200 million in surplus revenue.

Trump finds that CEO-as-president isn't always a natural fit

Josh Boak, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 12:06pm

Donald Trump won the White House by arguing that what America needed was a president who had proved himself as a steely and successful corporate leader with no political baggage — someone, say, like himself.

AP-NORC poll: Most teens have taken social media break

Barbara Ortutay, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 12:06pm

The common stereotype has teens glued to their phones 24-7. But nearly 60 percent of teens in the U.S. have actually taken a break from social media — the bulk of them voluntarily, a new survey found .