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Trump seeks to scale back environmental reviews for projects

Kevin Freking and Ellen Knickmeyer, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 4th - 2:40pm

President Donald Trump was prepared to issue an executive order Thursday directing agencies to look for ways to speed up building of highways and other major projects by scaling back environmental reviews, invoking special powers he has under the coronavirus emergency.

Citizenship concerns remain as immigration agency reopens

Philip Marcelo, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 4th - 2:40pm

For Albert Baraka, the ceremony outside the federal immigration office in Lawrence, Massachusetts, was brief, but life changing.

Union files complaint against NBC, 'America's Got Talent'

Andrew Dalton, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 4th - 2:33pm

Gabrielle Union filed a complaint Thursday with the state of California against NBC and the producers of “America’s Got Talent," the latest move in a fight over her allegations that she was fired for objecting to an on-set environment that tolerated racism.

Analysis: Trump emulates strongman tactics, tests his limits

Julie Pace, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 4th - 2:33pm

A phalanx of law enforcement officers and soldiers is positioned on the streets of the nation’s capital to keep protesters at bay. Helicopters circle overhead, sometimes dipping low to buzz the crowd. The country’s leader warns that he’s willing to go further to “dominate” the streets.

American Airlines soars on Wall Street on upbeat flight plan

David Koenig, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 4th - 2:29pm

Shares of American Airlines posted a record percentage gain Thursday after the carrier said it will aggressively add back flights in July — a bet that the slow recovery in air travel will gain speed this summer as states re-open their economies.

West Virginia sues Rite-Aid, Walgreens over pain pill flood

John Raby, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 4th - 2:20pm

Rite-Aid and Walgreens failed to monitor and report suspicious orders of prescription painkillers in West Virginia while inundating their retail pharmacies with tens of millions of pills, according to a state lawsuit.

Russia defends Iran satellite launch against US opposition

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 4th - 2:11pm

Russia is defending Iran’s right to launch a satellite, dismissing U.S. claims that Tehran was defying the U.N. resolution endorsing the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and six major powers by sending it into space.

Gold, silver rise

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 4th - 1:26pm

The June gold contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange closed today at $1,718.90 an ounce, up $21.10.

Crude edges higher

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 4th - 1:22pm

Crude oil futures prices ended slightly higher on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The near-month contract for the benchmark grade rose 12 cents -- closing at $37.41 a barrel.

Dollar mixed

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 4th - 1:05pm

The U.S. dollar is mixed against other North American currencies in New York trading.

COVID: Washington unemployment fraud might be $650 million

Rachel By Corte, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 4th - 12:43pm

Washington officials said Thursday they believe they have recovered about half of the hundreds of millions in unemployment benefits paid to criminals who used stolen identities to file claims during the coronavirus pandemic.

Senate confirms Trump's pick to lead Voice of America

Matthew Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 4th - 12:25pm

A divided Senate voted along party lines Thursday to confirm President Donald Trump’s choice to head the Voice of America and other U.S. government-funded international broadcasters that have been the subject of harsh criticism from the White House.

Mall owner sues Gap for rent on coronavirus-shuttered stores

Joseph Pisani, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 4th - 11:49am

Gap is being sued for refusing to pay rent for stores temporarily closed during the coronavirus pandemic.

Senate panel advances McConnell ally for DC appeals court

Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 4th - 11:47am

The Senate Judiciary Committee has advanced the nomination of a 38-year-old judge and ally of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to serve on a federal appeals court, despite Democrats’ objections that he’s inexperienced and biased against the Obama health care law.

COVID-19 puts National WWII Museum 20th anniversary online

Janet McConnaughey, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 4th - 11:39am

Before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the National WWII Museum in New Orleans was planning on a 20th anniversary crowd of thousands. Now it's working to avoid crowds by selling a limited number of scheduled tickets and holding all anniversary commemorations - including an annual D-Day morning ceremony - online.

Cuomo: Protesters have 'civic duty' to get virus tested

Marina Villeneuve and Michael Hill, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 4th - 11:14am

The thousands of people protesting the death of George Floyd have a “civic duty” to be tested for the coronavirus and help New York avoid a spike in new cases as it slowly restarts its economy, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday.

Soccer club Tottenham among firms to tap virus loan scheme

Pan Pylas, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 4th - 10:13am

British Airways, Marks & Spencer and even Premier League soccer club Tottenham Hotspur are among 53 big companies to take advantage of a special coronavirus loan scheme from the Bank of England to tide them over during the pandemic.

Average 30-year mortgage rates rose slightly to 3.18%

Josh Boak, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 4th - 10:04am

Long-term mortgage rates increased slightly as the U.S. economy showed signs that the worst of the coronavirus-fueled recession may have passed.

US commercial casinos won $43.6 billion in 2019, up 3.7%

Wayne Parry, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 4th - 9:46am

Helped by the continuing spread of legal sports betting, commercial casinos in the U.S. won $43.6 billion from gamblers last year, an increase of 3.7% from the previous year.