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White House says Trump won't immediately pull out of NAFTA

Jill Colvin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 1:54am

President Donald Trump has told the leaders of Mexico and Canada that he will not pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement at this time, just hours after administration officials said he was considering a draft executive order to do just that.

Kia to invest $1.1 billion to build its first India factory

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 1:54am

Kia Motors Co. says it will invest $1.1 billion in India to build its first plant in the world's fifth-largest auto market.

Moderates balk at conservative-backed, revised health bill

Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 1:44am

The moribund Republican health care bill received a jolt of life 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.

Trump to order aluminum imports investigation

Jill Colvin and Paul Wiseman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 1:44am

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

White House backs off as lawmakers work to avert shutdown

Erica Werner, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 1:44am

Lawmakers are nearing agreement on sweeping spending legislation to keep the lights on in government, after the White House backed off a threat to withhold payments that help lower-income Americans pay their medical bills.

A president's 100 days can be action-packed or crisis-driven

Calvin Woodward, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 1:40am

A president's first 100 days can be a tire-squealing hustle from the starting line (Franklin Roosevelt), a triumph of style over substance (Jimmy Carter), a taste of what's to come (Ronald Reagan) or an ambitious plan of action that gets rudely interrupted by world events (pick a president).

BOJ keeps monetary policy unchanged, says 2020 Games to help

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 1:35am

Japan's central bank kept its ultra-lax monetary policy unchanged Thursday, forecasting that growth in the world's third-largest economy would remain slow but steady through the fiscal year ending in March 2018.

Telecom struggles to block 22 social media banned in Kashmir

Aijaz Hussain, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 1:35am

India's government has banned 22 social media sites in an effort to calm tensions in parts of the disputed region of Kashmir, after several viral videos depicting the alleged abuse of Kashmiris by Indian law enforcement fueled protests. But the sites remained online Thursday morning as the local telecom company struggled to block them.

New Mexico delves into soda tax fight

Morgan Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 1:35am

It's being pitched as an educational lifeline for impoverished preschool-aged children and condemned as the latest example of local government overreach sweeping progressive cities from coast to coast.

AstraZeneca Q1 upbeat on cancer drugs despite Q1 sales drop

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 1:10am

Anglo-Swedish drugmaker AstraZeneca says first-quarter revenue fell amid declining sales of cholesterol treatment Crestor, which lost patent protection last year.

Asia stocks firm as markets mull Trump's tax plan

Kelvin Chan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 12:32am

Asian shares were mostly higher Thursday as investors assessed the scant details of President Donald Trump's U.S. tax overhaul. Japan's central bank kept its monetary policy unchanged and forecasted steady growth for Asia's No. 2 economy.

Nokia Q1 loss slightly down, sales stagnant

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 12:30am

Suffering from what the CEO described as "a typically seasonally weak quarter," Finland-based networks provider Nokia is reporting a first-quarter net loss of 473 million euros — a slight improvement from a loss of 623 million euros a year ago.

United raising limit on payments to bumped flyers to $10,000

David Koenig, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 11:35pm

United Airlines says it will raise the limit — to $10,000 — on payments to customers who give up seats on oversold flights and will increase training for employees as it deals with fallout from the video of a passenger being violently dragged from his seat.

BOJ keeps lax monetary policy, forecasts steady growth

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 10:54pm

Japan's central bank kept its ultra-lax monetary policy unchanged Thursday, forecasting that growth in the world's third-largest economy would remain steady through the fiscal year ending in March 2018.

White House: Trump will not immediately bolt NAFTA

Jill Colvin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 10:53pm

President Donald Trump on Wednesday told the leaders of Mexico and Canada that he will not immediately pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement, just hours after administration officials said he was considering a draft executive order to do just that.

Rumors rife as gas restrictions in N. Korean capital drag on

Eric Talmadge, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 10:46pm

An acute shortage of gasoline in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang that has sparked price hikes and hoarding is raising fears of potentially crippling pain at the pumps if things don't get better soon — and driving rumors that China is to blame.

Businesses like Trump tax plan, but they won't rush to hire

Joyce M. Rosenberg, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 10:44pm

Giving workers a raise, investing in new machinery. Small business owners have long wish lists to choose from if the Trump administration's plan to lower tax rates becomes law — but most don't expect to go on a hiring binge.

Samsung foresees bigger profit in 2017 as memory chips soar

Youkyung Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 10:23pm

Samsung Electronics reported its best quarterly profit in more than three years Thursday and forecast improvement for the full year as its semiconductor division posted its highest income ever.

The Latest: Explosion, fire reported near Damascus airport

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 10:16pm

The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local):