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Australian Senate delivers $106 billion in income tax cuts

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 11:32pm

Australia's prime minister achieved an important political victory on Thursday when the Senate passed personal income tax cuts worth 144 billion Australian dollars ($106 billion) over a decade.

China says US swinging 'big stick' of unfair trade tactics

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 11:09pm

China has accused the United States of using pressure tactics and blackmail in threatening to impose tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars of Chinese imports.

Turkey strikes back, taxing $1.8 billion worth of US goods

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 11:06pm

Turkey is imposing tariffs on nearly two dozen U.S. products, ranging from cars to sunscreen, to strike back at Washington's sanctions on imported steel and aluminum.

Lawmakers rip tariffs enacted in name of national security

Kevin Freking and Paul Wiseman, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 10:49pm

Pointing to damage done to home-state companies, lawmakers from both parties Wednesday criticized tariffs the Trump administration has imposed on imported steel and aluminum products in the name of national security.

Fashion designer Kate Spade to be buried in Kansas City

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 10:18pm

Fashion designer Kate Spade will be buried Thursday in Kansas City, where she was born.

Child safety group issuing annual list of unsafe summer toys

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 10:04pm

A Boston-based consumer watchdog group is issuing its annual summer safety report flagging toys it says pose a danger to children.

Xiaomi: A Chinese startup out to challenge Google, Amazon

Youkyung Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 10:02pm

Xiaomi, a Chinese startup that helped pioneer the trend toward ultra-low-priced smartphones, is preparing for what would be the biggest initial public offering since e-commerce giant Alibaba's in 2014.

Virginia health care providers sue over abortion regulations

Sarah Rankin, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 9:08pm

A group of women's health care providers filed a lawsuit Wednesday seeking to overturn a number of Virginia's abortion regulations in light of a landmark 2016 U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

Face scans for international travelers at Florida airport

Mike Schneider, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 9:07pm

Florida's busiest airport is becoming the first in the nation to require a face scan of passengers on all arriving and departing international flights, including U.S. citizens, according to officials there.

APNewsBreak: Kobach sought pardon for VP of corporate donor

John Hanna, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 8:30pm

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach unsuccessfully sought a governor's pardon for a corporate campaign donor's vice president whose crime, police said, involved threatening a cab driver by putting a gun to his head.

Instagram unveils new video service in challenge to YouTube

Michael Liedtke, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 8:12pm

Facebook's Instagram service is loosening its restraints on video in an attempt to lure younger viewers away from YouTube when they're looking for something to watch on their smartphones.

Mori Building and teamLab Launch Unprecedented Digital Art Museum

Mori Building Co., Ltd., Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 8:03pm

jointly created and operated by Mori Building Co., Ltd, a leading urban landscape developer, and teamLab, a world-leading digital art collective — opened today, the two organizers announced.

Mori Building and teamLab Launch Unprecedented Digital Art Museum

Mori Building Co., Ltd., Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 8:02pm

jointly created and operated by Mori Building Co., Ltd, a leading urban landscape developer, and teamLab, a world-leading digital art collective — opened today, the two organizers announced.

Live animals, meat, ivory, wood seized in trafficking stings

Sylvie Corbet, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 7:59pm

Thousands of live animals along with tons of meat, ivory, pangolin scales and timber were seized in a monthlong global crackdown on the illegal wildlife trade that Interpol said exposed the international reach of traffickers.

No easy path: Complex mass migration, politics reshape globe

Lori Hinnant and Colleen Barry, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 7:26pm

Lined up before dawn, dozens of migrants outside a government office in Italy jostled to be one of the handful allowed inside to request asylum Wednesday.

Beer may lack fizz in Europe amid carbon dioxide shortage

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 7:18pm

No beer at this time of year?

People donate millions to help separated families

Olga R. Rodriguez, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 6:44pm

In an outpouring of concern prompted by images and audio of children crying for their parents, hundreds of thousands of people worldwide are donating to nonprofit organizations to help families being separated at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Net neutrality backers fume as California bill watered down

Jonathan J. Cooper, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 6:18pm

California legislation that was billed as one of the nation's most aggressive efforts to revive net neutrality was watered down during a tense legislative hearing Wednesday, leading the author to repudiate what he called a "mutilated" bill.

Venezuela president boosts minimum wage as inflation soars

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 6:10pm

Venezuela's president says he is again raising the minimum wage, though it still will be below the equivalent of $2 a month as inflation soars in the crisis-stricken country.