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Dayton, GOP at still odds as Legislature presses ahead

Kyle Potter, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 19th - 11:52pm

The Minnesota Legislature careened Saturday toward a messy and potentially inconclusive ending, as Republican leaders cut away from negotiations and planned to work overnight to send Gov. Mark Dayton a package of government spending measures and a tax bill that the Democratic governor indicated he wouldn't sign.

US, China agree to cut American trade deficit

Martin Crutsinger and Paul Wiseman, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 19th - 10:29pm

The United States and China have agreed to take measures to "substantially reduce" America's massive trade deficit with China, but the Trump administration failed to get the Chinese to commit to a specific numerical goal.

Maduro favored as Venezuelans vote amid crisis

Scott Smith and Joshua Goodman, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 19th - 10:19pm

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is expected to win a second six-year term in Sunday's election, despite a deepening crisis that's made food scarce and inflation soar as oil production in the once wealthy nation plummets.

Civil rights icon, Trump critic highlighting BU commencement

Tracee M. Herbaugh, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 19th - 8:44pm

A civil rights icon and a Caribbean politician who tangled with President Donald Trump are addressing graduates at Boston University's commencement.

The Latest: Man's condition in fatal cougar attack upgraded

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 19th - 7:11pm

The Latest on a fatal cougar attack in Washington state (all times local):

Officials say company in Cuba crash had safety complaints

Michael Weissenstein and Bert Wilkinson, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 19th - 6:15pm

The Mexican charter company whose plane crashed in Havana, killing 110 people, has been the subject of two serious complaints about its crews' performance over the last decade, according to authorities in Guyana and a retired pilot for Cuba's national airline.

Company says gas leak caused explosion at Houston-area plant

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 19th - 5:53pm

Officials say a gas leak caused an explosion and brief flash fire at a chemical plant near Houston, resulting in non-life threatening injuries to nearly two dozen workers.

NY college giving honorary degree to Frederick Douglass

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 19th - 5:17pm

Abolitionist Frederick Douglass this weekend will receive the first posthumous honorary degree ever granted by the University of Rochester.

US, China say Beijing commits to buying more American goods

Martin Crutsinger and Paul Wiseman, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 19th - 3:49pm

Just-ended U.S.-China trade talks produced a commitment by Beijing to "significantly increase" its purchases of American goods and services, according to a joint statement Saturday from the rival economic powers trying to lower trade tensions.

Immigration a fraught issue for GOP as midterms approach

Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 19th - 3:39pm

The chaos among House Republicans this past week on immigration shows just how problematic and risky the issue is for a party that badly needs unity heading into the elections in November that will decide control of Congress.

Trump nominates Chicago businessman for Belgium ambassador

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 19th - 2:36pm

President Donald Trump has nominated Chicago businessman and GOP donor Ron Gidwitz to serve as U.S. ambassador to Belgium.

Scholar: Dumping fossil fuels by 2050 needed to save climate

Menelaos Hadjicostis, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 19th - 2:14pm

Getting rid of fossil fuels by mid-century and making the switch to large-scale renewable energy sources and nuclear power offers the best chance of meeting the climate change targets set out by the Paris accord, a prominent American economist said Friday.

Filmmaker Luc Besson targeted in Paris rape complaint

Angela Charlton, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 19th - 2:03pm

French authorities said Saturday they are investigating a rape accusation against "Valerian" filmmaker Luc Besson, who denies wrongdoing.

Powerful, unpopular Venezuela leader faces opposition foes

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 19th - 1:47pm

Here's a look at Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and the two opposition candidates he faces in Sunday's election:

New Starbucks policy: No purchase needed to sit in cafes

Joseph Pisani, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 19th - 12:21pm

Starbucks announced a new policy Saturday that allows anyone to sit in its cafes or use its restrooms, even if they don't buy anything.

Trusted Xi ally a rising influence on China's foreign policy

Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 19th - 8:04am

Chinese President Xi Jinping is increasingly turning to friend and trusted confidant Wang Qishan to help guide the country's foreign relations as he prepares for a potentially bruising trade fight with the U.S. and competition for leadership in Asia.

High-tech, sphere-shaped arena coming to Las Vegas Strip

Regina Garcia Cano, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 18th - 11:31pm

A massive high-tech, sphere-shaped venue that will host concerts and other events while engaging multiple senses will break ground this summer in Las Vegas, officials announced Friday.

Cajun Navy leader arrested on contractor fraud charge

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 18th - 9:41pm

A Louisiana man who founded Cajun Navy 2016, a volunteer flotilla renowned for rapidly responding to natural disasters, has been arrested on a charge he defrauded a customer who hired him to rebuild a home.

%headline(Harrah's contract extension fails in Louisiana Legislature

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 18th - 7:56pm

Harrah's has failed to win a 30-year extension of its no-bid contract to operate Louisiana's land-based casino in New Orleans.

Protesters target lawyer who ranted against Spanish speakers

Claudia Torrens, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 18th - 7:49pm

Mariachi bands sang "La Cucaracha" and other Mexican songs during protests on Friday in front of the apartment building and the former office of a lawyer caught on video ranting against Spanish-speaking workers.