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Asian stocks rise amid fears of more China, US tariffs

Annabelle Liang, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 20th - 1:29am

Most Asian markets were higher on Friday despite signs that China and the U.S. were preparing to impose more tariffs on each other's products.

Trump slams rate increases by independent Federal Reserve

Zeke Miller, Josh Boak and Ken Thomas, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 20th - 12:01am

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.

Democrats wrestle with election-year message on health care

Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 11:39pm

Cheered on by a handful of activists, liberal House Democrats announced outside the Capitol that they were forming a caucus to push for "Medicare for All" — shorthand for government-financed health care.

California sues over Trump halt to truck pollution rule

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 10:29pm

California and 14 other states sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Thursday over its decision to suspend an Obama-era rule aimed at limiting pollution from trucks.

Asian markets fall as China, US ready for more tariffs

Annabelle Liang, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 9:52pm

Asian markets wobbled Friday on signs that China and the U.S. were preparing to impose more tariffs on each other's products.

Oregon wheat farmers try to stop fire that's consuming crops

Gillian Flaccus, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 9:05pm

Farmers rushed to save their livelihoods as a wildfire roared through vast Oregon wheat fields Thursday and crushed their hopes at the peak of what was expected to be one of the most bountiful harvests in years.

Melania Trump listens to students talk about online civility

Darlene Superville, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 8:34pm

Melania Trump spent part of Thursday listening to more than a dozen teens talk about their best practices for being civil online.

Paramount fires its top television executive over comments

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 8:29pm

Paramount says it has fired the head of its television division for making unspecified comments that drew complaints from employees.

Tornadoes sweep through Iowa; major damage and some injuries

Scott McFetridge and David Pitt, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 8:19pm

A flurry of tornadoes that formed unexpectedly swept through central Iowa Thursday, injuring at least 17 people, flattening buildings in three cities and forcing the evacuation of a hospital.

US prosecutors: Water company illegally dumped toxic waste

Brian Melley, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 6:23pm

The California company that sells Crystal Geyser bottled water has been charged with illegally disposing of arsenic-tainted wastewater, federal prosecutors said Thursday.

Global slavery report slams North Korea, repressive regimes

Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 5:53pm

Modern slavery is most prevalent in North Korea and other repressive regimes, but developed nations also bear responsibility for it because they import $350 billion worth of goods that are produced under suspicious circumstances, according to research released Thursday.

Zuckerberg's Holocaust comment puts Facebook on the spot

Barbara Ortutay, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 5:26pm

Denying the Holocaust happened is probably OK on Facebook. Calling for a mob to kill Jews is not.

State governors delve into foreign diplomacy on trade war

Morgan Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 5:23pm

State governors discussed ways Thursday to court foreign investment in the wake of President Donald Trump's trade disputes with countries including China, Canada and Mexico.

DC Universe sets pricing plan for digital subscription

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 5:21pm

A digital subscription service for DC Comics superfans launching in the fall of 2018 has set its annual membership fee at $74.99.

Bikers call for more penalties in response to deadly crashes

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 5:00pm

Utah bikers vented their frustrations about the state of driving safety in response to an unprecedented number of deadly motorcycle crashes.

IRS nominee clears Senate panel despite Democrat opposition

Marcy Gordon, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 4:43pm

The Senate Finance Committee narrowly approved on a party-line vote President Donald Trump's choice to become the new head of the IRS, with the panel's Democrats protesting the nomination because of a new IRS policy allowing some groups to hide their donors' identities.

With 'slut' comments, Lewis's radio career flares up again

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 4:21pm

The nation's Republican congressional campaign is sticking with Minnesota Rep. Jason Lewis after comments surfaced from a 2012 radio program where he wondered aloud, "Can we call anybody a slut?"

In reversal, Pentagon now says it backs GOP measure on birds

Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 4:17pm

In an abrupt reversal, the Pentagon said Thursday it supports a Republican proposal in a defense policy bill that would bar the Fish and Wildlife Service from using the Endangered Species Act to protect two chicken-like birds in the western half of the U.S.

The Latest: Nolan: 'Zero tolerance' for harassment

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 4:06pm

The Latest on U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan's handling of a former top staffer accused of sexually harassing female staffers (all times local):