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In tit-for-tat, Trump threatens more tariffs against China

Jeff Karoub and Zeke Miller, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 10:18pm

President Donald Trump directed the U.S. Trade Representative to prepare new tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese imports on Monday as the two nations moved closer to a potential trade war.

Trump administration to propose 'association health plans'

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 10:08pm

The Trump administration is close to finalizing a health insurance option for small firms and self-employed people that would cost less but could cover fewer benefits than current plans, congressional officials and business groups said.

In Mexico, longtime foes 'AMLO' and elite getting pragmatic

E. Eduardo Castillo and Peter Orsi, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 10:04pm

On the campaign trail, presidential front-runner Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has railed against a corrupt and "rapacious minority" of business executives who oppose him because they know they will have to "stop stealing" if he wins the July 1 election.

Veteran journalist named top editor of Los Angeles Times

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 9:44pm

Veteran journalist Norman Pearlstine, a leader at media giants including Time, Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal, was named executive editor of the Los Angeles Times on Monday, when the paper's new owner officially took control. 

IBM pits computer against human debaters

Matt O'Brien, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 9:40pm

IBM pitted a computer against two human debaters in the first public demonstration of artificial intelligence technology it's been working on for more than five years.

Asian stocks tumble after new Trump tariff threat

Joe McDonald, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 9:38pm

Asian stocks tumbled Tuesday after U.S. President Donald Trump escalated a dispute with Beijing over technology policy by threatening a tariff hike on additional Chinese goods.

Upping ante, Trump threatens new tariffs on Chinese imports

Zeke Miller and Jeff Karoub, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 9:04pm

President Donald Trump directed the U.S. Trade Representative to prepare new tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese imports on Monday as the two nations moved closer to a potential trade war.

The Latest: China calls new Trump tariff threat 'blackmail'

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 9:02pm

The Latest on U.S.-China trade tensions (all times local):

California lawmakers push diversity through film tax credit

Sophia Bollag, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 7:43pm

California lawmakers passed legislation Monday that puts more conditions on state film tax credits to encourage better sexual harassment reporting and diverse hiring amid revelations of misconduct and discrimination in the movie industry.

Trump to finalize small business health insurance option

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 7:34pm

The Trump administration is close to finalizing a health insurance option for small firms and self-employed people that would cost less but could cover fewer benefits than current plans, congressional officials and business groups said Monday.

Former Mexico President Vicente Fox joins High Times board

Michael R. Blood, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 6:20pm

Former Mexico President Vicente Fox, who calls himself a soldier in the global campaign to legalize marijuana, is joining the board of directors of venerable cannabis publication High Times to advance his agenda.

New migrant rules could shutter some Maryland crab houses

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 5:51pm

Many Maryland crab houses expect to stay idle this summer after U.S. immigration officials approved additional migrant worker visas this month for only one picking house.

Federal judge again blocks Arkansas medication abortion law

Kelly P. Kissel, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 5:51pm

A federal judge on Monday again blocked Arkansas from enforcing a law that critics say makes the state the first in the nation to effectively ban abortion pills.

VA launches investigation into impaired Arkansas pathologist

Hannah Grabenstein, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 5:47pm

Federal officials said Monday a pathologist fired from an Arkansas veterans hospital for being "impaired on duty" misdiagnosed seven cases and that more than 30,000 additional cases are being reviewed.

Trump directs trade office to prepare new tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods, citing 'unacceptable' policies

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 5:39pm

Trump directs trade office to prepare new tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods, citing 'unacceptable' policies.

The Latest: Senate backs bill promoting film diversity

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 5:25pm

The Latest on legislation related to California's film tax credit program (all times local):

Utah officials months away from medical marijuana rules

Julian Hattem, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 5:23pm

Utah officials say they are months away from finalizing regulations needed to implement the state's narrow new medical marijuana law.

Senate backs bill blocking deal with Chinese telecom firm

Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 5:16pm

The Senate on Monday approved a defense policy bill that includes a pay raise for the military and would block a White House plan to allow Chinese telecom giant ZTE Corp. to buy component parts from the U.S.

EPA shifts oversight of coal waste to a state for 1st time

Ellen Knickmeyer, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 5:13pm

The Environmental Protection Agency on Monday approved the first state permit program for disposal of toxic ash from coal plants, a switch from federal oversight that the coal industry had sought.