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GOP drops US-Mexico wall demands as spending talks advance

Andrew Taylor and Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 8:42pm

Congressional negotiators on Tuesday inched toward a potential agreement on a catchall spending bill that would deny President Donald Trump's request for immediate funding to construct a wall along the Mexico border. The emerging measure would increase the defense budget and eliminate the threat of a government shutdown on Trump's 100th day in office this Saturday.

China launches 1st domestically-made aircraft carrier

Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 8:40pm

China has launched its first aircraft carrier built entirely on its own in a demonstration of the growing technical sophistication of its defense industries.

Chinese state media say China has launched its 2nd aircraft carrier and 1st domestically built

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 8:30pm

Chinese state media say China has launched its 2nd aircraft carrier and 1st domestically built.

Canadian leader responds to lumber tariffs imposed by the US

Charmaine Noronha, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 8:22pm

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau warned Tuesday that Canada and the U.S. could suffer a "thickening" border as the Trump administration imposes new tariffs on softwood lumber and trade tensions between the two countries escalate.

Lawsuit filed against Fox alleges racial discrimination

David Bauder, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 8:03pm

An expanded lawsuit filed Tuesday accuses Fox News Channel of racial discrimination "that appears more akin to Plantation-style management than a modern-day work environment."

Police, indigenous in Brazil clash with tear gas and spears

Peter Prengaman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 7:41pm

Brazilian military police in front of Congress hurled tear gas at thousands of indigenous protesters, who responded by throwing spears and shooting arrows as a peaceful demonstration turned into chaos Tuesday.

Judge blocks Trump threat to withhold 'sanctuary city' funds

Sudhin Thanawala, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 7:05pm

A federal judge on Tuesday blocked President Donald Trump's attempt to withhold funding from "sanctuary cities" that do not cooperate with U.S. immigration officials, saying the president has no authority to attach new conditions to federal spending.

Trump to propose massive tax cuts for businesses

Stephen Ohlemacher and Josh Boak, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 6:51pm

President Donald Trump plans to propose massive tax cuts for businesses big and small as part of an overhaul that he says will provide the biggest tax cuts in U.S. history.

Lawmakers suggest former Trump aide Flynn broke US law

Chad Day and Stephen Braun, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 5:33pm

President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, appeared to violate federal law when he failed to seek permission or inform the U.S. government about accepting tens of thousands of dollars from Russian organizations after a trip there in 2015, leaders of a House oversight committee said Tuesday.

Wisconsin dairy farmers face spoiling market, tight deadline

Cara Lombardo, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 5:33pm

A handful of Wisconsin dairy farmers whose Canada market evaporated in a trade dispute were weighing offers from new buyers on Tuesday, but others were running out of time before an expiring contract risked putting them out of business.

9 former US ambassadors urge Congress not to cut UN funding

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 5:24pm

Nine former U.S. ambassadors to the United Nations are urging Congress to maintain America's leadership at the world body by fully funding its operations.

AP Explains: What will a Hollywood writers' strike mean?

Lynn Elber, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 5:00pm

Hollywood is facing a cliffhanger after members of the Writers Guild of America voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike that could begin as soon as next week.

Several states consider tossing bottle deposit programs

Susan Haigh, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 5:00pm

As curbside recycling has grown, environmentalists around the United States find themselves fighting to protect decades-old bottle recycling programs that critics say are becoming obsolete.

Teen gets probation, psychiatric care in friend's fire death

Carolyn Thompson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 4:57pm

A teenager who has been in and out of the hospital with mental health problems since the death of a friend in a massive fire the boys started was sentenced Tuesday to a year of probation.

AT&T sheds more lucrative wireless customers in 1Q

Tali Arbel, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 4:57pm

AT&T Inc. on Tuesday said it lost more of its most lucrative wireless customers during the first three months of the year as the country's biggest mobile carriers try to lure customers from each other with offers of unlimited data plans.

States alarmed by laser strikes on aircraft are passing laws

David Eggert, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 4:47pm

Michigan State Police pilot Jerry King was flying his state plane back to the Lansing airport after a mission when he saw a green pulsing light in the night sky.

Hope for preemies as artificial womb helps tiny lambs grow

Lauran Neergaard, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 4:37pm

Researchers are creating an artificial womb to improve care for extremely premature babies — and remarkable animal testing suggests the first-of-its-kind watery incubation so closely mimics mom that it just might work.

Pilot, company culture blamed for 2015 fatal Alaska crash

Dan Joling, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 4:27pm

Pilot error, an air company's culture and its lack of a formal safety program were behind a fatal crash that killed nine people two years ago on sightseeing flight in Alaska, the National Transportation Safety Board determined Tuesday.

Train delays continue in New York following earlier mishap

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 4:27pm

Train delays continue at Penn Station in New York City following a morning rush-hour commute snarled by a disabled Amtrak train that caused 45-minute delays.

Toy given to police officer as safety talisman gets to Ohio

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 4:10pm

Police in Ohio have received a stuffed toy given by a child to a Pennsylvania police officer to help keep him safe.