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Utah Rep. Chaffetz needs surgery, will be away for weeks

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 8:48pm

Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz (CHAY'-fits) of Utah says he needs immediate foot surgery and will be out of Washington for three to four weeks, missing a key vote on a spending bill to keep the government open.

Trump tells Mexican, Canadian leaders he won't terminate NAFTA; all agree to renegotiate

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 8:42pm

Trump tells Mexican, Canadian leaders he won't terminate NAFTA; all agree to renegotiate.

UAE sentences Iranian to 10 years for aiding nuclear program

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 8:40pm

A court in the United Arab Emirates has sentenced an Iranian businessman to 10 years in prison after being convicted of trying to bring an electric motor and other devices there to further Iran's nuclear program.

Trump considers action on NAFTA ahead of 100-day mark

Jill Colvin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 8:11pm

The Trump administration is considering a draft executive order to withdraw the U.S. from the North American Free Trade Agreement with Mexico and Canada — though administration officials caution it's just one of a number of options currently being discussed by the president and his staff.

Producer admits bilking investors with fake Broadway play

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 7:54pm

A Broadway producer admitted on Wednesday that he scammed his friends and others into investing more than $165,000 in a nonexistent play about opera star Kathleen Battle supposedly starring Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o.

Australia warns gas companies they risk export restrictions

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 7:52pm

Australia's prime minister warned energy companies on Thursday that they would be restricted from exporting gas if Australians are not also provided with adequate supplies at internationally competitive prices.

Trump to order probe into aluminum imports

Jill Colvin and Paul Wiseman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 7:52pm

President Donald Trump will direct his administration Thursday to expedite a new investigation into whether aluminum imports are jeopardizing U.S. national security.

South Korea's economy grows at fastest pace in 3 quarters

Youkyung Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 7:42pm

South Korea, Asia's fourth-largest economy, grew at the fastest clip in nearly a year thanks to recovery in exports, the central bank said Thursday, despite a backlash from Chinese consumers over the deployment of a U.S. missile defense system.

Plan to give health care to every Californian moves forward

Jonathan J. Cooper, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 7:40pm

California lawmakers pushed forward Wednesday with a proposal that would substantially remake the health care system of the nation's most populous state by replacing insurance companies with government-funded health care for everyone.

Samsung's profit at 3-year high thanks to memory chips

Youkyung Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 7:22pm

Samsung Electronics said Thursday its first-quarter profit surged to the highest level in more than three years as its semiconductor division posted the highest income in the company's history.

ESPN laying off 100 broadcasters, writers as viewers dwindle

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 7:16pm

ESPN is laying off about 100 employees, including former athletes-turned-broadcasters Trent Dilfer, Len Elmore and Danny Kanell, in a purge designed to focus the sports network on a more digital future.

Oil-gas wells shut down after Colorado home explosion

Dan Elliott, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 7:14pm

Oil field crews are shutting down and inspecting more than 3,000 Colorado oil and gas wells as a precaution after a house explosion killed two people, but investigators haven't determined whether a well caused the blast, officials said Wednesday.

Deported Mexican migrants offered jobs _ in bullet-proofing

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 7:13pm

Deported Mexican migrants may take heart — or not — from getting job offers in one booming area of their home country's economy: the auto bullet-proofing industry.

VA limiting new hiring as it aims to widen private care

Hope Yen, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 7:10pm

Despite the lifting of a federal hiring freeze, the Department of Veterans Affairs is leaving thousands of positions unfilled, citing the need for a leaner VA as it develops a longer-term plan to allow more veterans to seek medical care in the private sector.

Anti-Trump bar earmarks its profits for progressive causes

Deepti Hajela, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 6:32pm

Liberals who feel the current Republican presidential administration is driving them to drink now have the perfect place to do it.

The Latest: California universal health measure advances

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 6:02pm

The Latest on California lawmakers' single-payer health care proposal (all times local):

Trump tax cut: Huge, vague and likely mild boost for economy

Christopher S. Rugaber, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 5:48pm

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.

Judge could rule soon to let beer stores keep licenses

Julia Shumway, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 5:41pm

Four Nebraska beer stores could learn soon whether they can stay in business near a South Dakota Indian reservation plagued by alcoholism while they appeal a state regulator's ruling that could force them to close.

Conservatives back revised health bill, GOP moderates balk

Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 5:12pm

The moribund Republican health care bill received a jolt of life Wednesday when the conservative House Freedom Caucus endorsed a revised version of the measure. But a leading GOP moderate criticized the reshaped legislation as a conservative exercise in "blame-shifting and face-saving" that wasn't winning new support from party centrists, leaving its fate unclear.

Judge strikes down Louisiana abortion law: unconstitutional

Janet McConnaughey, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 5:10pm

A federal judge has struck down a Louisiana law requiring doctors who perform abortions to have permission to admit patients to a nearby hospital, citing a U.S. Supreme Court decision against a similar Texas law.