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GOP focus on lowering health premiums may undermine benefits

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 26th - 6:50am

Republicans trying to dismantle former President Barack Obama's health care law have run into the same problem that bedeviled him: Quality health insurance doesn't come cheap, especially if it protects people in poor health, older adults not yet eligible for Medicare, and the poor.

The Latest: Germany not a fan of US bilateral deals idea

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 26th - 6:46am

The Latest on the G-7 summit in Taormina, Sicily (all times local):

NGOs urge Poland to stop extensive logging in old forest

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 26th - 6:46am

Environmentalists say Poland has until Saturday to explain to European Union authorities why it has increased logging in Europe's last primeval forest, or face EU court.

Trump meeting with G-7 leaders after going on offensive

Jonathan Lemire and Julie Pace, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 26th - 6:38am

In the Middle East, President Donald Trump was feted with pageantry, the leaders of Saudi Arabia and Israel seemingly in competition to outdo the other with the warmth of their welcomes and the depth of their pledges of cooperation.

US orders for long-lasting manufactured goods fell in April for the first time in 5 months

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 26th - 6:38am

US orders for long-lasting manufactured goods fell in April for the first time in 5 months.

US growth in Q1 revised up to 1.2 pct. but still weak

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 26th - 6:38am

The U.S. economy started 2017 out with a whimper, but it wasn't quite as weak as first thought. The government revised up its January-March growth reading to a rate of 1.2 percent — better than an earlier estimate of 0.7 percent but well below President Donald Trump's ambitious growth targets.

US economy grew at modest 1.2 percent rate in Q1, better than first believed but well below Trump goal

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 26th - 6:38am

US economy grew at modest 1.2 percent rate in Q1, better than first believed but well below Trump goal.

Report: EU trade boss says pre-Brexit trade deal unrealistic

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 26th - 6:23am

The European Union's trade commissioner says it's "unrealistic" to expect that a trade deal between the EU and Britain will be ready by the time the U.K. leaves the bloc in 2019.

First to board or join the horde; is elite travel worth it?

Candice Choi and Scott Mayerowitz, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 26th - 5:25am

Summer travelers may well find themselves stuck in long security lines and squeezed into cramped seats. For frequent travelers, or those who can and want to pay extra, perks are available including upgrades to first-class seats, airport lounges and free food.

Trump, G-7 peers seek deals on terrorism, trade, climate

Colleen Barry, Sylvie Corbet and David McHugh, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 26th - 5:17am

The differences are well-known: climate change, trade and migration threaten to throw a summit of the Group of Seven wealthy democracies off its consensus game, with President Donald Trump cast as the spoiler-in-chief. But it may not play out exactly that way, according to long-time G-7 observers.

World stocks dip, oil price stabilizes after big slide

Kelvin Chan, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 26th - 5:17am

World stock markets mostly weakened Friday as investors watched the G-7 summit of leaders and oil prices stabilized after falling sharply over a production cut deal.

Fireworks ignite inside grocery store, prompting evacuation

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 26th - 5:17am

Shoppers at an Atlanta grocery store had to abandon their carts and leave the store after someone ignited a fireworks display inside, setting off the sprinkler system.

Cyprus' economy expected to pick up speed over next 2 years

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 26th - 3:42am

Cyprus' economic growth is projected to pick up from 2.8 percent this year to around 3 percent annually over the next two years, the governor of the east Mediterranean island's Central Bank said Friday.

Strike by government workers in Portugal disrupts services

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 26th - 3:31am

A 24-hour strike by Portuguese government workers over pay and working hours is disrupting public services, especially in the national health service and the state education system.

Poll: Most older Americans want Medicare for long-term care

Emily Swanson, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 26th - 3:13am

A growing number of Americans age 40 and older think Medicare should cover the costs of long-term care for older adults, according to a poll conducted by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

As Trump announces famine aid, relief funds face big cuts

Matthew Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 26th - 2:32am

When President Donald Trump met Pope Francis this week, the U.S. leader renewed a commitment to fighting global famine and proudly announced a new multimillion-dollar American aid contribution to four African nations in crisis. Left unsaid by the president or the White House: His proposal to slash such funds by more than 40 percent in the next fiscal year.

Moldova: mayor detained over city parking contract

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 26th - 2:23am

Moldovan anti-corruption prosecutors say the mayor of Chisinau has been detained on suspicion of influence trafficking in a city parking contract.

Flood of off-lease used cars push prices down, upend market

Tom Krisher and Dee-Ann Durbin, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 26th - 1:03am

In 2014, Infiniti leased more than 28,000 Q50 luxury sedans for as little as $329 per month in a growing U.S. market. The leases accounted for more than three-quarters of Q50 sales.

Trump budget dismays families hit by opioid addiction crisis

Steve Peoples and Carla K. Johnson, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 26th - 12:34am

He slept next to his son's ashes most nights back when Kraig Moss first met Donald Trump.

Botulism outbreak seems limited to 1 nacho-cheese sauce bag

Daisy Nguyen, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 9:50pm

A deadly botulism outbreak linked to nacho-cheese sauce confiscated from a California gas station appears to be limited to an opened bag of the sauce, state health officials said Thursday.