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GLAAD reports slim increase in LGBTQ representation in film

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 7:20am

The advocacy group GLAAD says the representation of LGBTQ characters in major Hollywood films increased nearly 1 percent in 2016, but the group says many of the portrayals weren't positive.

Kansas distributor recalls precooked sausage due to metal

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 7:20am

A Kansas food distributor has recalled nearly 100,000 pounds (45,360 kilograms) of precooked sausage products that might contain metal.

A look at the G-7 leaders meeting with Trump in Sicily

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 7:03am

A glance of the leaders meeting with Donald Trump during his first Group of Seven summit as U.S. president, in alphabetical order by country. The summit takes place Friday and Saturday in Taormina, on the Italian island of Sicily.

US jobless claims rose slightly to 234,000 last week

Byline, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 6:58am

Slightly more people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, but jobless claims remained at historically low levels.

Russia's UN ambassador to take job in summer

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 6:55am

A top diplomat says a new Russian ambassador to the United Nations will take his post soon.

Applications for US employment benefits rose slightly last week to 234,000, still at historically low levels

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 6:34am

Applications for US employment benefits rose slightly last week to 234,000, still at historically low levels.

Trump seeks to end program for older jobless Americans

Laurie Kellman, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 6:21am

Nathan Singletary is beyond the traditional retirement age, but he's only just beginning a new career — helping other low-income, unemployed Americans over age 55 find jobs.

Oil prices down sharply ahead of OPEC announcement

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 6:00am

Oil prices were volatile but trading sharply lower Thursday ahead of an expected announcement from the OPEC oil cartel that it will extend recent production cuts for a further nine months. Elsewhere, stock markets were unmoved by further indications from the Federal Reserve that it may raise interest rates again as soon as next month.

OPEC and other nations set to extend output cuts

George Jahn and Kiyoko Metzler, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 5:47am

OPEC and other oil nations meeting Thursday were set to extend their production cuts in an effort to shore up prices. But the intended impact could be short-lived.

Airport strikes expected to hit Italy as G-7 summit ends

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 4:30am

Italian air traffic controllers and some Alitalia staff plan to strike for several hours Sunday, with delays and cancellations expected the day after a Group of Seven summit ends in Taormina, Sicily.

Montenegro defies Russia to become NATO member

Predrag Milic, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 4:11am

NATO is set to expand for the first time after eight years by welcoming Montenegro into the alliance. The tiny Balkan nation is attending the NATO summit in Brussels on Thursday practically as a member, although the entry process formally will be wrapped in early June. To get there, Montenegro has stood up against Russia, which has sought to maintain strong historic, political and cultural influence in the country it considers a zone of interest. Russia has threatened economic and political retaliation. Montenegro says Moscow was behind a foiled coup attempt in October, which Russia denies.

Namibian harbor town of Luderitz plans maritime museum

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 3:40am

The Namibian harbor town of Luderitz is hoping to attract more tourists with the construction of a maritime museum.

Computer wins 2nd game against Chinese go champion

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 3:32am

A computer beat China's top player of go, one of the last games machines have yet to master, for a second time Thursday in a competition authorities limited the Chinese public's ability to see.

Wine and weed? Some Oregon vineyards try hand at pot farming

Gillian Flaccus, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 3:32am

Bill and Barbara Steele moved to this sleepy corner of Oregon to start their own winery after successful, high-powered business careers.

IMF approves loan to Mongolia to finance reforms

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 3:12am

The International Monetary Fund said Thursday lenders have approved a $5.5 billion financing package for Mongolia to support reforms meant to revive economic growth and reduce reliance on mineral exports.

Trump budget would allow sale of wild horses for slaughter

Scott Sonner, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 3:02am

President Donald Trump's budget proposal calls for saving $10 million next year by selling wild horses captured throughout the West without a guarantee from buyers that the animals won't be resold for slaughter.

From Trump to Oprah, speakers offer parting advice to grads

Collin Binkley, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 2:43am

Oprah Winfrey told students to live with purpose. President Donald Trump said to ignore the naysayers. Will Ferrell sang some Whitney Houston.

Trump plan to sell off half of oil stockpile sparks debate

Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 2:13am

President Donald Trump's proposal to sell nearly half the U.S. emergency oil stockpile is sparking renewed debate about whether the Strategic Petroleum Reserve is still needed amid an ongoing oil production boom that has seen U.S. imports drop sharply in the past decade.

GOP health bill: 23M more uninsured; sick risk higher costs

Alan Fram and Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 1:55am

Congress' official budget analyst is projecting that the House Republican health care bill would produce 23 million more uninsured people and costly, perhaps unaffordable coverage for the seriously ill. Now Republicans in the Senate have to decide how to make their version different.