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Mexican company reopens distribution center after violence

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 1:11pm

A Mexico-based food products company says that one of its distribution centers near the U.S. border is operating at full capacity after closing due to security concerns.

Source: New York launches tax probe of Trump Foundation

David Klepper, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 1:05pm

New York state tax officials have opened an investigation into the Trump Foundation to determine whether President Donald Trump or his charity violated state law.

With Comcast out, how Disney's empire will look with Fox

Mae Anderson, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 1:03pm

The Mouse House is getting close to catching the Fox.

Turmoil slows rebuilding of Puerto Rico's power grid

Michael Weissenstein and Danica Coto, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 12:55pm

Ten months after Hurricane Maria destroyed Puerto Rico's electric grid, the local agency responsible for rebuilding it is in chaos and more than $1 billion in federal funds meant to strengthen the rickety system has gone unspent, according to contractors and U.S. officials who are anxious to make progress before the next hurricane.

Clarification: Los Alamos-Lab-Contract story

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 12:54pm

In a story July 17, The Associated Press identified John Sharp as the Texas A&M chancellor. The story should have made clear that Sharp is the chancellor of the Texas A&M University System.

Some Democrats opposing nominee to protest IRS donor policy

Marcy Gordon, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 12:51pm

Several Senate Democrats say they'll vote against President Donald Trump's choice to head the IRS to protest a new agency policy allowing some groups to hide their donors' identities. Critics say the policy will let more dark money — including from foreign interests — flood into the U.S. political system.

Bill aims to block foreign ownership of election systems

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 12:49pm

Days after Maryland officials announced that an election service vendor was acquired by a company linked to a Russian oligarch, two congressmen are introducing legislation requiring that election systems vendors are owned and controlled by domestic companies.

Trump slams rate increases by independent Federal Reserve

Zeke Miller, Josh Boak and Ken Thomas, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 12:43pm

President Donald Trump on Thursday cast aside concerns about the Federal Reserve's independence, saying he was "not happy" with the Fed's recent interest rate increases.

Florida OKs $19M for election security after hack attempts

Brendan Farrington, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 12:40pm

Florida lawmakers on Thursday approved the use of a $19 million federal grant to improve election security, a week after a federal indictment alleged Russian hackers targeted county offices before the 2016 presidential election.

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Comcast drops Fox bid, paving way for sale to Disney

Mae Anderson, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 12:39pm

Comcast is dropping its bid for Fox's entertainment businesses, paving the way for Disney to boost its upcoming streaming service by buying the studios behind "The Simpsons" and X-Men.

Sales jump for book by former US ambassador to Russia

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 12:39pm

A memoir by the former U.S. ambassador whom Russian officials have said they want to interview is in the top 10 on Amazon.com.

Trump pushing job training as employers search for workers

Ken Thomas and Chris Rugaber, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 12:39pm

Promoting a robust U.S. economy, President Donald Trump is pressing U.S. companies and trade associations to bolster their job training opportunities as employers search for qualified skilled workers to fill vacancies.

Canadian marijuana company Tilray has first US pot IPO

Gene Johnson, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 12:23pm

A Canadian company is the first marijuana business to complete an initial public offering on a major U.S. stock exchange, raising $153 million to expand its operations as Canada prepares to legalize the drug nationwide.

Average US mortgage rates dip; 30-year at 4.52 percent

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 12:21pm

Long-term U.S. mortgage rates edged slightly lower this week.

EU preparing to hit back if US puts tariffs on car imports

Raf Casert, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 12:21pm

The European Union says it is already preparing measures to retaliate against the United States if President Donald Trump puts tariffs on imported cars and auto parts.

UN diplomats: Russia puts 'hold' on US requests over NKorea

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 12:16pm

Diplomats say Russia has asked for additional time to investigate U.S. allegations that North Korea is smuggling refined petroleum products into the country beyond the quota of 500,000 barrels per year allowed under U.N. sanctions.

Zuckerberg's Holocaust comment puts Facebook on the spot

Barbara Ortutay, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 12:15pm

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is clarifying his stance pertaining to Holocaust deniers after getting some blowback on social media.

Melania Trump listens as students discuss being civil online

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 12:12pm

Melania Trump is listening to teens talk about their best practices for being civil online.

High-altitude balloons to deliver internet access in Kenya

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 12:09pm

A Google-affiliated company has chosen Kenya as the home of its first announced commercial deal for delivering internet access to hard-to-reach areas using high-altitude balloons.

US stocks waver as banks fall but smaller companies climb

Marley Jay, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 11:57am

U.S. stocks indexes are mixed Thursday as weak results from banks are partly canceled out by gains for smaller and more domestically-focused companies. Disney and Comcast both rose after Comcast ended its bid to buy most of Twenty-First Century Fox. In testimony before Congress, representatives of the auto industry are speaking out against tariffs on imported cars and car parts proposed by the Trump administration.