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Mnuchin expresses optimism for resolution of trade fights

Martin Crutsinger and Paul Wiseman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 21st - 2:19pm

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin expressed cautious optimism Saturday over efforts to resolve trade tensions that have rattled financial markets and clouded the global economic outlook.

Nicaragua says it's open to dialogue after 9 dead in unrest

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 21st - 1:31pm

Nicaragua's government says it is willing to negotiate over controversial social security reforms that have prompted protests and deadly clashes this week.

Pilot killed in crash of single-engine plane in Tennessee

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 21st - 1:15pm

Authorities say one person has been killed in a single-engine plane crash in Tennessee.

Pulitzer honoree is latest to win after leaving journalism

Sarah Rankin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 21st - 12:32pm

Ryan Kelly won a Pulitzer Prize this week for his photo of a car plowing into protesters at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia - an image he snapped on the final day of his newspaper job before leaving to work at a brewery.

Saudi Arabia uses ancient tourist site to alter its history

Aya Batrawy, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 21st - 12:24pm

Just outside Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh, a group of elementary school children are on a field trip at Diriyah, where engineers and construction workers are busy restoring a 17th-century fortress, mosques and clay-colored structures that were once the ruling family's seat of power.

Mob Museum in Vegas lets visitors play police officer

Regina Garcia Cano, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 21st - 12:24pm

A museum in Las Vegas lets visitors pretend to be police officers to show the complexity of the decisions that law enforcement officers face when they encounter situations that may require use of deadly force.

After Facebook scrutiny, is Google next?

Ryan Nakashima and Matt O'Brien, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 21st - 11:22am

Facebook has taken the lion's share of scrutiny from Congress and the media about data-handling practices that allow savvy marketers and political agents to target specific audiences, but it's far from alone. YouTube, Google and Twitter also have giant platforms awash in more videos, posts and pages than any set of human eyes could ever check. Their methods of serving ads against this sea of content may come under the microscope next.

Robot designed for faster, safer uranium plant pipe cleanup

Kantele Franko, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 21st - 10:58am

Ohio crews cleaning up a massive former Cold War-era uranium enrichment plant in Ohio plan this summer to deploy a high-tech helper: an autonomous, radiation-measuring robot that will roll through miles of large overhead pipes to spot potentially hazardous residual uranium.

Suburban Seattle getting rare, private US airport terminal

Ahmed Namatalla, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 21st - 10:13am

It's not uncommon to see brand new commercial jets flying in and out of Paine Field, just north of Seattle, defying rain and low visibility that define the region. That's because the airport with two runways has for decades served as home to Boeing assembly lines, rolling out models such as the 777 for test flights over the Pacific Ocean.

Record Store Day: Vinyl, CDs outsell digital music

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 21st - 9:30am

Music lovers are paying homage to their local record stores.

Smyths Toys to take over Toys R Us stores in Germany

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 21st - 6:24am

Ireland-based Smyths Toys has reached a deal to take over more than 90 Toys R Us stores in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

New South African church celebrates drinking alcohol

Andrew Meldrum, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 21st - 5:56am

Dressed in a red robe and a gold-trimmed bishop's miter, the clergyman pours whiskey into his cupped hand and anoints the forehead of the man sitting before him.

European regulators tighten order for jet fan blade tests

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 21st - 3:30am

The European Aviation Safety Agency has tightened a nearly month-old directive ordering inspections of some fan blades in engines like those used on a Southwest Airlines jet involved in a fatal accident.

DOJ looks into how AT&T, Verizon handle defecting customers

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 21st - 12:04am

The Justice Department has opened an antitrust investigation into whether AT&T, Verizon and a standards-setting group worked together to stop consumers from easily switching wireless carriers.

Lobbyist tied to condo leased by EPA chief retires from firm

Michael Biesecker, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 10:54pm

The fossil-fuels lobbyist tied to the bargain-priced Capitol Hill condo leased by Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt is taking early retirement as a result of the scandal.

California regulators investigating worker safety at Tesla

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 10:28pm

Workplace safety regulators say they are investigating two incidents at automaker Tesla's factory in Northern California.

Son of Stroessner-era figure expected to win Paraguay vote

Pedro Servin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 10:08pm

The son of a top aide to late Paraguayan dictator Alfredo Stroessner is expected to easily win Sunday's presidential election, promising to continue the country's strong economic growth with business-friendly policies.

2 more killed in Nicaragua social security protests: reports

Luis Manuel Galeano, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 8:10pm

Two university student protesters were killed Friday in clashes over a social security reform pushed by President Daniel Ortega's government, according to independent media reports.

Kansas officials boost projected tax collections by $540M

John Hanna, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 6:18pm

A new fiscal forecast for Kansas' government Friday boosted projected tax collections enough for some officials to declare that the state can afford extra spending on public schools lawmakers have approved, while a top Republican called for tax cuts.

The Latest: Arts group says it welcomes 53 contest finalists

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 6:02pm

The Latest on the Maine high school student who fled his native Zambia and sued to be allowed to participate in a U.S. poetry contest (all times local):