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Court: Affluent NY county is making fair housing 'excuses'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 9:34am

A federal appeals court says an affluent county north of New York City is "engaging in total obstructionism" of a plan to build affordable housing that can be marketed to nonwhites.

Appeals court upholds decision to block Anthem bid for Cigna

Sam Hananel, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 9:25am

A federal appeals court on Friday left in place a decision blocking Anthem Inc.'s bid to buy rival health insurer Cigna Corp.

The Latest: Bill to avert shutdown for 1 week clears House

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 9:25am

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):

Tillerson eyes cutting 2,300 jobs at State Department

Matthew Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 9:14am

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is proposing to eliminate 2,300 jobs as part of a plan to cut more than a quarter of the State Department's budget for the next fiscal year, officials said Friday. The plan will almost certainly meet resistance from lawmakers opposing President Donald Trump's proposal to shrink the size of the federal government.

House easily OKs one-week spending bill to avert partial government shutdown at midnight, Senate votes next

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 9:14am

House easily OKs one-week spending bill to avert partial government shutdown at midnight, Senate votes next.

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Trump won't get House OK of health bill before his 100th day

Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 9:13am

President Donald Trump seems destined to serve his 100th day in office without House passage of a major Republican health care bill or enactment of a budget financing the government for the rest of this year. But at least the government probably won't be shut down — for at least another week.

The Latest: Ex-PM hails Montenegro joining NATO

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 9:10am

The Latest on Montenegro and NATO membership (all times local):

Time board: company not for sale; stock plunges

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 8:40am

Time's stock is plummeting after the publisher said its board is not considering a sale of the company.

Exxon's 1Q profit more than doubles on higher oil prices

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 8:36am

Exxon more than doubled its profit in the first quarter as rising crude prices magnified the cost cuts made by the company as energy prices tumbled.

General transportation strike brings much of Brazil to halt

Mauricio Savarese and Sarah Dilorenzo, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 8:36am

Public transport largely came to a halt across much of Brazil on Friday as protesters blocked roads and scuffled with police in a general strike to protest proposed changes to labor laws and the pension system.

Indonesia, Philippines boost links, to launch sea patrols

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 7:54am

The leaders of Indonesia and the Philippines pledged Friday to boost bilateral ties and launch maritime patrols of their sea border to prevent kidnappings.

Warren 'troubled' by report of Wall Street-paid Obama speech

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 7:47am

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren says she's "troubled" by reports that former President Barack Obama will be paid $400,000 to speak at a September health care conference put on by Wall Street firm Cantor Fitzgerald.

Apple cuts off payments, Qualcomm slashes expectations

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 7:47am

Qualcomm slashed its profit expectations Friday by as much as a third after saying that Apple is refusing to pay royalties on technology used in the iPhone.

GM is motoring, profit spikes 34 pct on US truck, SUV sales

Tom Krisher, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 7:45am

Rising sales of high-profit trucks and SUVs in the U.S. helped push General Motors to a first-quarter profit record as the company put up $2.6 billion in net income.

US economic growth weakened to 0.7 percent in first quarter

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 7:45am

The U.S. economy turned in the weakest performance in three years in the January-March quarter as consumers sharply slowed their spending. The result underscores the challenge facing President Donald Trump in achieving his ambitious economic growth targets.

Senate confirms Alex Acosta as labor secretary

Laurie Kellman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 7:45am

Alex Acosta has been confirmed as the nation's new labor secretary, filling out President Donald Trump's Cabinet as he approaches his 100th day in office.

US employment costs climbed steadily in first quarter

Matt Ott, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 7:34am

Wages and benefits paid to U.S. civilian workers grew steadily in the first three months of the year.

Italy arrests man with alleged links to Berlin terror cell

Frances D'Emilio, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 7:34am

Italian police said Friday they have arrested a Congolese man suspected being part of a Berlin-based terror cell and of having had contacts with the man who drove a truck into a Christmas market in the city, authorities said Friday.

Myrtle Beach considers how to deal with beachfront crime

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 7:24am

Myrtle Beach, the city at the heart of South Carolina's $20 billion tourism industry, is trying to figure out how to deal with crime at beachfront businesses.