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Insurance agent pleads guilty in $8.2M promissory note scam

Joe Mandak, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 11:45am

An insurance agent pleaded guilty Thursday in a promissory note scam that bilked nearly 80 clients out of $8.2 million.

7 Latin American nations request info on Brazil graft probe

Mauricio Savarese, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 11:45am

Seven Latin American countries are asking Brazil to share information on the dozens of plea bargains made by executives of Brazilian construction company Odebrecht, and many more could follow soon, a Brazilian prosecutor said Thursday.

The Latest: Doctors' group opposes GOP health care bill

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 11:45am

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):

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 11:45am

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.

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

Barbara Ortutay, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 11:35am

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 even voluntarily, a new survey found.

Oklahoma struggles to pay for schools after slashing taxes

Sean Murphy, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 11:30am

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.

NATO chief acknowledges Italy for boosting defense spending

Colleen Barry, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 11:26am

The head of NATO praised Italy Thursday for increasing its defense spending last year, an acknowledgement that came days after U.S. President Donald Trump said he had joked with Italy's prime minister about the need for Rome to "pay up."

The Latest: Trump says NAFTA pull-out would shock system

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 11:20am

The Latest on President Donald Trump's activities (all times local):

In tweetstorm, Trump takes aim at Democrats on spending bill

Erica Werner, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 11:14am

President Donald Trump on Thursday unleashed a tweetstorm of criticism of Democrats involved in tense negotiations on a spending bill to keep the government open, accusing them of trying to close national parks and jeopardize the safety of U.S. troops over demands to provide Americans with health care.

Ford 1Q profit down on recalls, lower sales, but tops Street

Dee-Ann Durbin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 11:04am

Costly product recalls and lower sales took a bite out of Ford's first-quarter profit.

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Trump says US won't leave NAFTA — for now

Jill Colvin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 11:03am

President Donald Trump said he has told the leaders of Mexico and Canada that he will not pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement at this time, but could still withdraw if he concludes a renegotiated pact is not "a fair deal for all."

US stock indexes flitter in mixed day for markets

Stan Choe, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 10:25am

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

Why Trump tax cut may not deliver the boost White House says

Christopher S. Rugaber, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 10:24am

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.

South Dakota man claims he found mouse in Coca-Cola can

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 10:24am

A South Dakota man is suing Coca-Cola after allegedly finding a mouse in a can of soda.

After Whirlpool battle, Le Pen and Macron clash over fish

John Leicester, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 10:14am

After "the battle of Whirlpool," when Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron both went hunting for France's blue-collar vote at a threatened home appliance factory, the presidential candidates clashed over fish in a return to more traditional campaigning on Thursday.

Rumors rife as gas restrictions in N. Korean capital drag on

Eric Talmadge, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 9:57am

An acute shortage of gasoline in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang that has sparked price hikes and hoarding is raising fears of potentially crippling pain at the pumps if things don't get better soon — and driving rumors that China is to blame.

House seeks charges for tech official in Clinton email case

Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 9:57am

A congressional committee on Thursday asked the Justice Department to consider criminally prosecuting the head of a technology services company that was involved in maintaining a private email server for Hillary Clinton.

American gives employees pay raises; Wall Street balks

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 9:46am

American Airlines is giving pay raises to its pilots and flight attendants, who have complained they are paid less that peers at other airlines. Wall Street isn't happy.

Fewer people signed contracts to buy US homes in March

Matt Ott, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 9:46am

Fewer consumers signed contracts to buy U.S. homes last month as the spring buying season revs up with stiff competition for homes amid lagging inventory.

US unemployment claims tick up but remain at low level

Paul Wiseman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 9:46am

More Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week, but applications remained at a low level that suggests most workers enjoy job security.