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China's birthrate rises after one-child policy loosened

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 8:51pm

The number of births in China has risen nearly 8 percent in the year after the government loosened its unpopular one-child policy.

iPhone assembler Foxconn may invest $7B in US display plant

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 8:51pm

The Taiwanese company that assembles Apple's iPhones and other electronics is considering investing $7 billion in a U.S. factory to produce display panels that would create as many as 50,000 jobs.

Samsung's earnings more than double on record chip profits

Youkyung Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 8:42pm

Samsung Electronics said Tuesday that its fourth-quarter profit more than doubled over a year earlier thanks to record-high earnings from its brisk memory chip business and strong smartphone sales, despite costly Galaxy Note 7 recalls.

Push to save Pacific Rim trade deal after US exits TPP pact

Kristen Gelineau, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 8:41pm

Several countries expressed hope Tuesday that the Trans-Pacific Partnership could be salvaged, after President Donald Trump's decision on a U.S. withdrawal from the trade pact left its future in serious jeopardy.

The Latest: Minnesota governor to return to work Tuesday

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 8:21pm

The Latest on Gov. Mark Dayton's State of the State address (all times local):

Asian stock indexes mixed as Trump uncertainties mount

Yuri Kageyama, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 8:12pm

Asian shares were mixed Tuesday as uncertainty mounted over U.S. President Donald Trump's trade and regulatory policies.

Statement: Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton 'briefly fainted'; will present budget Tuesday as planned

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 8:11pm

Statement: Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton 'briefly fainted'; will present budget Tuesday as planned.

2 GOP senators would let states keep Obama health law

Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 7:51pm

Two Republican senators said Monday that they'll propose legislation that lets states keep former President Barack Obama's health care overhaul or opt for a new program providing trimmed-down coverage.

Trump moves to pull US out of big Asia trade deal

Julie Pace, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 7:41pm

Charting a new American course abroad, President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the sweeping Trans-Pacific Partnership on Monday, using one of his first actions in office to reject a centerpiece of Barack Obama's attempts to counter China and deepen U.S. ties in Asia.

Trump in Asia: Region poised for change as new era dawns

Louise Watt, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 7:31pm

People across Asia are poised for a potentially dramatic change in relations with Washington under President Donald Trump after decades with the United States as a major military and economic presence.

The Latest: Trump repeats unproven claim of illegal votes

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 7:10pm

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Judge postpones sentencing of PG&E in case tied to blast

Sudhin Thanawala, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 6:51pm

A federal judge said Monday he is inclined to require Pacific Gas & Electric Co. to mention its convictions in ads and have employees do thousands of hours of community service as part of its sentence in a criminal case stemming from a deadly natural gas explosion in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Hawaii's Lanai Island dark after windstorm knocks out power

Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 6:40pm

The entire Hawaiian island of Lanai remained without electrical service Monday after strong winds snapped or damaged utility poles over the weekend.

The Latest: Judge postpones sentencing of utility in blast

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 5:40pm

The Latest on a sentencing hearing for Pacific Gas & Electric Co. in a criminal case tied to a deadly blast in the San Francisco Bay Area (all times local):

At least 4 reported dead in California storms

Christopher Weber and John Antczak, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 5:30pm

Sunshine and rainbows alternated with thunderclaps, downpours, snow and hail on Monday as the last in a trio of storms broke up over California after flooding roads and homes and trapping people in swamped vehicles.

Arkansas lawmakers approve governor's $50M tax cut plan

Andrew Demillo, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 5:24pm

Arkansas lawmakers approved Gov. Asa Hutchinson's $50 million low-income tax cut plan on Monday, setting the stage for a debate over deeper tax reductions the Republican has vowed to champion in two years.

Lawmakers admonish ethics official over tweets about Trump

Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 5:14pm

Lawmakers from both parties on Monday admonished a federal ethics official who sent a series of tweets commenting on President Donald Trump's potential conflicts of interest.

Democratic state AGs move to defend consumer watchdog

Marcy Gordon, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 5:12pm

Attorneys general from 16 states and the District of Columbia are seeking to defend a U.S. consumer watchdog agency in court amid speculation that President Donald Trump may fire its director, Richard Cordray.

Analysis: Trump's trade plans to test his deal-making skills

Josh Boak, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 5:10pm

President Donald Trump said he was protecting jobs as he officially pulled out from the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal on Monday.