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New Zealand to spend budget windfall on roads and cut taxes

Nick Perry, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 11:06pm

New Zealand's conservative government is planning to reduce taxes and spend more money on building roads and railways as it looks to cash in on a thriving economy.

23 million more uninsured with GOP health bill, analysts say

Alan Fram and Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 11:00pm

The health care bill Republicans recently pushed through the House would leave 23 million more Americans without insurance and confront others who have costly medical conditions with coverage that could prove unaffordable, Congress' official budget analysts said Wednesday.

Moody's downgrades Hong Kong credit rating after China cut

Kelvin Chan, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 10:46pm

Moody's decision to cut its credit rating for Hong Kong soon after downgrading its China rating on worries about rising debt levels drew an objection Thursday from the business hub's financial chief.

Passenger: airline was warned about disruptive man at gate

Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 10:16pm

Before a flight from Los Angeles to Honolulu took off carrying a passenger whose inflight behavior prompted bomb-threat procedures and military fighter jets to escort the plane, passengers complained to American Airlines workers that the man was scaring them, a woman who was on the flight said Wednesday.

Hawaii sues Ford, Nissan and Toyota over dangerous air bags

Cathy Bussewitz, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 8:41pm

Hawaii is suing auto manufacturers Ford, Nissan and Toyota over air bags that can spew shrapnel when they deploy.

Media mogul Jerry Perenchio dies in LA at 86

Robert Jablon, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 8:05pm

Jerry Perenchio was a media mogul, billionaire former owner of Univision and the producer behind a slew of hit shows and sporting events but his house appeared more often on TV than he did.

Agent feared leak of Trump tax returns could affect election

Michael Kunzelman and Jeff Martin, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 7:25pm

Less than two weeks before Election Day, federal agents descended on a hotel lobby to meet a Louisiana private investigator they believed had illegally tried to obtain Donald Trump's tax returns.

Fire 50 percent contained at Washington state tourism spot

Poplmb, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 7:04pm

A wildfire that started at an old log-storage site and prompted evacuation orders for 168 homes and cabins at a popular Washington state hiking and skiing destination was 50 percent contained Wednesday afternoon, officials said.

Top education official resigns before Congress hearing

Maria Danilova, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 6:50pm

A senior Education Department official in charge of managing federal student aid has resigned ahead of a House hearing, the government said Wednesday.

Architect of Dodd-Frank repeal bill agrees to key change

Kevin Freking, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 6:44pm

The architect of House legislation that would repeal much of the Dodd-Frank law enacted after the financial crisis agreed Wednesday to make a key change to the bill, clearing the way for the full House to take up the measure in coming weeks.

The Latest: Fire about 50 percent contained at tourism spot

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 6:24pm

The Latest on a wildfire that started at an old log-storage site near Leavenworth, Washington (all times local):

Major sponsor pulls support from Alaska's Iditarod race

Rachel D'Oro, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 6:15pm

The world's most famous sled dog race has lost a major backer, and Alaska race officials are blaming animal rights organizations for pressuring corporate sponsors outside the state like Wells Fargo with "manipulative information" about the treatment of the dogs.

Hannity says liberal fascists after sponsors; 1 is leaving

David Bauder, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 6:06pm

Sean Hannity says a media watchdog is guilty of "liberal fascism" for targeting advertisers on his Fox News Channel show, as one company announced Wednesday that it would no longer hawk its wares there.

Trump wants $108M for deeper ports; Corps adds $56M boost

Russ Bynum, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 5:54pm

President Donald Trump wants $108 million to deepen harbors for two U.S. seaports, while other ports scrambling to make room for larger cargo ships will benefit from a boost of more than $56 million already approved by Congress.

House approves bill seeking to upend EPA pesticide rule

Michael Biesecker, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 5:41pm

The House on Wednesday passed a Republican-backed measure reversing an Environmental Protection Agency requirement that those spraying pesticides on or near rivers and lakes file for a permit.

How food stamp cuts could ripple through the economy

Candice Choi, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 4:51pm

A proposal to curtail the nation's food stamp program would pinch families struggling to pay for groceries and ripple through other areas of the economy, including supermarkets and discounters, as people shuffle their budgets.

UN: Proposed US funding cuts would make UN's work impossible

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 4:41pm

President Donald Trump's huge proposed cuts in U.S. funding for the United Nations would make it "simply impossible" for the world organization to carry out essential work to promote peace, combat poverty and provide humanitarian assistance, the U.N. spokesman said Wednesday.

Interactive experiences a big part of casinos' futures

Wayne Parry, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 4:41pm

Getting new customers involved in more interactive experiences is going to be a big part of the future for casinos in the United States and around the world, participants in a major gambling conference predicted Wednesday.

Raids, arrests as on-edge UK seeks 'network' of attackers

Jill Lawless, Maggie Michael and Gregory Katz, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 4:41pm

Security forces rounded up more suspects Wednesday in the deadly Manchester concert blast and soldiers fanned out across the country to national landmarks as an on-edge Britain tried to thwart the possibility of additional attacks.

FAA tells airlines to remove some seats from smaller planes

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 4:17pm

Federal safety regulators are telling airlines to remove a certain type of seat from their planes, saying the seat could cause neck injuries during otherwise survivable crash landings.