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AP Exclusive: Amid cuts, new Iowa building gets pricey redo

Ryan J. Foley and Barbara Rodriguez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 11:09am

A plan to spend nearly a half-million dollars remodeling the interior of the newest state office building in Des Moines is moving forward despite budget cuts that are hitting an array of state programs and services.

In Mexico, fears a new plant will kill wastewater farming

Rebecca Blackwell, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 11:08am

For more than 100 years, most of what gets flushed down Mexico City's toilets has resurfaced two hours to the north in the rivers and reservoirs of the rural Mezquital Valley. A massive new water treatment plant is about to change this.

Orlando airport shuttle stops for 3rd time in week

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 11:08am

Shuttle problems at Orlando International Airport caused headaches for travelers on Monday for the third time in a week.

Senate set to confirm Sonny Perdue as agriculture secretary

Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 11:08am

After months of delay, the Senate is expected to confirm former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue as agriculture secretary with bipartisan support.

Untested, undefinable Macron nears pinnacle of French power

Sylvie Corbet, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 10:54am

Emmanuel Macron is an improbable presidential front-runner — he's relatively young, politically untested, has no party backing and quotes philosophers in campaign speeches. And he is leading a pro-Europe campaign at a time of deep euro-skepticism.

The Latest: Trump says 'big reforms' needed at UN

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 10:54am

The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local):

New Orleans takes down white supremacist monument

Jesse J. Holland and Gerald Herbert, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 10:46am

A monument to a deadly white-supremacist uprising in 1874 was removed under cover of darkness by workers in masks and bulletproof vests Monday as New Orleans joined the movement to take down symbols of the Confederacy and the Jim Crow South.

Vive le rally: Global markets soar after French election

Stan Choe, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 10:44am

U.S. stocks joined a worldwide rally Monday after results from the first round of France's presidential election raised expectations that the European Union will hold together. A candidate seen as pro-business won the most votes Sunday, and many investors expect him to win a runoff against the remaining anti-EU candidate, which is set for May 7.

Idaho board approves $150M in bonds to address I-84

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 10:40am

Idaho transportation officials have agreed to spend $150 million in newly approved bonds to repair and add lanes on Interstate 84 near Nampa.

Luxury shoe brand Jimmy Choo goes up for sale

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 10:40am

Shares in Jimmy Choo have leapt 11 percent after its board put the luxury shoe brand up for sale.

The Latest: Lawyer representing woman confronted on flight

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 10:20am

The Latest on an attorney who is representing two people who have been involved in high-profile conflicts with airlines that included cellphone video of the incidents (all times local):

Idaho's anti-dairy spying lawsuit attracts supporters

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 10:16am

A dozen groups representing food safety supporters, free speech advocates and labor unions are helping fight the Idaho law banning secret filming of animal abuse at agricultural facilities.

French stocks soar to near-decade highs as Macron tops poll

Pan Pylas, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 10:07am

As relief rallies go, this is as good as they come.

France's rejected mainstream unites behind Macron for runoff

Sylvie Corbet and Elaine Ganley, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 10:07am

France's political mainstream, shut out of the presidency by an angry electorate, united Monday to urge voters to back centrist Emmanuel Macron in the presidential runoff and to reject Marine Le Pen's populist nationalism.

Justices turn away GM appeal over ignition switches

Tom Krisher and Sam Hananel, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 10:06am

The Supreme Court on Monday turned away an appeal from General Motors Co. seeking to block dozens of lawsuits over faulty ignition switches that one plaintiffs' attorney said could expose the company to billions of dollars in additional claims.

The Latest: Orlando airport shuttle stops for 3rd time

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 10:06am

The Latest on tram problems at Orlando International Airport(all times local):

Trump administration to issue new Syria sanctions

Vivian Salama and Matthew Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 9:53am

The Trump administration will issue new sanctions against Syria as early as Monday as part of its ongoing crackdown on the Syrian government and those who support it.

Qatar Airways sees 'manageable' decline in flights to US

Aya Batrawy, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 9:50am

The CEO of one of the Middle East's largest carriers said Monday passenger numbers to the United States have dipped slightly over fears by some Muslim passengers that their visas may be rejected upon arrival, but expressed confidence in President Donald Trump as a "very good businessman."

Dems say Trump can avert shutdown risk if he relents on wall

Catherine Lucey and Hope Yen, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 9:43am

President Donald Trump could avert the risk of a government shutdown next weekend by stepping back from his demand that lawmakers fund his promised border wall with Mexico in a must-pass spending bill, Congress' two top Democrats said Monday.