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As budget deadline looms, Trump pushes border wall funding

Catherine Lucey and Hope Yen, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 3:11am

With a budget deadline looming, President Donald Trump plans a whirlwind of activities seeking to highlight accomplishments while putting fresh pressure on congressional Democrats to pay for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, even if that pressure risks a possible government shutdown.

Britain's back in favor for corporate deals despite Brexit

Pan Pylas, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 3:01am

Britain has reclaimed its place as one of the top five countries that firms look to make deals in, just six months after dropping off the list in the wake of the country's surprise to leave the European Union, according to a survey released Monday.

Global stocks mostly rise as investors mull French election

Yuri Kageyama, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 2:50am

Global stocks were mostly higher Monday as investors pondered the outcome from the first round of the French presidential election.

French vote for Macron, Le Pen shuts out mainstream politics

Sylvie Corbet and Elaine Ganley, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 2:31am

French voters shut out the country's political mainstream from the presidency for the first time in the country's modern history, and on Monday found themselves being courted across the spectrum for the runoff election.

French vote for Macron, Le Pen shuts out mainstream politics

Sylvie Corbet and Elaine Ganley, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 2:21am

French voters shut out the country's political mainstream from the presidency for the first time in the country's modern history, and on Monday found themselves being courted across the spectrum for the runoff election.

German business confidence up in April, beats forecasts

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 2:20am

A survey shows that business confidence in Germany, Europe's biggest economy, has beaten economists' expectations to rise to a six-year high as companies take a brighter view of their current situation.

Cement multinational CEO resigns after Syria deals

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 2:12am

The top executive of LafargeHolcim announced Monday that he will resign, citing "strong tensions" facing the Swiss-French cement maker since its admission last month that it had struck deals with armed groups in Syria — allegedly including the radical Islamic State group.

Oil workers' strike triggers gas lines in Sri Lanka

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 2:00am

Long lines have formed at gasoline stations across Sri Lanka as workers of a state-run petroleum corporation went on strike to protest the government's move to lease out dozens of oil tanks to neighboring India.

Senate set to confirm Sonny Perdue as agriculture secretary

Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 1:54am

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

Trump sons seek to extend family brand into domestic markets

Jonathan Lemire, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 1:44am

Apprentices no more, Eric and Donald Trump Jr. are now at the helm of the Trump Organization and adjusting to the reality presented by their father's presidency. They're eyeing ways to use the new lease on the family fame by expanding the brand into parts of the United States that embrace him.

Republicans want to muzzle database of consumer complaints

Kevin Freking, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 1:42am

U.S. consumers filed nearly 300,000 complaints last year about their dealings with banks, credit card issuers and other financial services companies. Most of those complaints were compiled and made available for anyone to see as part of a database administered by the federal government.

AP FACT CHECK: Misfires in Trump's AP interview

Calvin Woodward and Jim Drinkard, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 1:33am

In an Associated Press interview, President Donald Trump claimed more progress than he's achieved on his 100-day plan and showed he was not completely familiar with what he had promised in that "contract" with voters.

Fearing a worker shortage, farmers push back on immigration

Andrew Selsky, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 1:11am

The head of Bethel Heights Vineyard looked out over the 100 acres of vines her crew of 20 Mexicans had just finished pruning, worried about what will happen if the Trump administration presses ahead with its crackdown on immigrants.

Sheryl Sandberg picks 'Option B' in her book on resilience

Barbara Ortutay, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 11:24pm

Though perhaps best known as Facebook's No. 2 executive, Sheryl Sandberg is also a mentor, a mother, a billionaire and an author. When her husband Dave Goldberg died suddenly in 2015 while they were vacationing in Mexico, she added "widow" to the list.

Fearing a worker shortage, farmers push back on immigration

Andrew Selsky, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 11:15pm

The head of Bethel Heights Vineyard looked out over the 100 acres of vines her crew of 20 Mexicans had just finished pruning, worried about what will happen if the Trump administration presses ahead with its crackdown on immigrants.

Survey of economists finds optimism about growth prospects

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 10:17pm

Business economists are generally optimistic about the U.S. economy with most expecting stronger growth than last year's poor performance.

South Korea, allies brace for North Korea follow-up act

Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 10:02pm

Fresh off an immense North Korean parade that revealed an arsenal of intercontinental ballistic missiles, rival South Korea and its allies are bracing for the possibility that Pyongyang's follow-up act will be even bigger.

AP Exclusive: The sad saga of North Korea's ATMs

Eric Talmadge, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 9:53pm

No modern airport terminal is complete without an ATM, and Pyongyang's now has two. But they don't work — because of new Chinese sanctions, according to bank employees — and it's not clear when they will.

Taiwan's "hacker minister" reshaping digital democracy

Youkyung Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 9:31pm

Taiwan's "digital minister" Audrey Tang, a computer prodigy and entrepreneur who taught herself programming at age 8, says she's a "civic hacker," who like a locksmith uses specialized skills to help rather than harm.

Trump heads into tough week with budget, health care battles

Catherine Lucey and Hope Yen, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 8:11pm

President Donald Trump is heading into one of the most challenging weeks of his presidency, juggling a renewed health care push and a looming budget deadline. It's all complicated by a potential showdown with Democrats over paying for a border wall.