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

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

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IBM pits computer against human debaters

Matt O'brien, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 8:46pm

IBM is testing 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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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.

The Latest: Senate backs bill blocking deal with firm ZTE

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 4:44pm

The Latest on a defense policy bill that would block a White House plan to allow Chinese telecom giant ZTE Corp. to buy component parts from the U.S. (all times local):

Geraldine McCaughrean wins Carnegie children's book prize

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 4:38pm

British writer Geraldine McCaughrean on Monday won the prestigious Carnegie Medal for children's literature for "Where the World Ends."

Warren Buffett to open company in Lenexa, creating 500 jobs

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 4:27pm

Business icon Warren Buffett plans to open a new Geico Insurance service center that will bring 500 jobs to Lenexa.

Some Amazon investors side with ACLU on facial recognition

Sally Ho, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 4:08pm

Some Amazon company investors said Monday they are siding with privacy and civil rights advocates who are urging the tech giant to not sell a powerful face recognition tool to police.

Minnesota PUC opens hearings on Enbridge Line 3 replacement

Steve Karnowski, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 4:03pm

Passions ran high Monday as Minnesota regulators opened a key hearing on a final decision on Enbridge Energy's proposal to replace its deteriorating Line 3 crude oil pipeline across northern Minnesota.

Box Office Top 20: 'Incredibes 2' record inches higher

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 3:52pm

Disney and Pixar's record-breaking opening of "Incredibles 2" is even bigger than initially expected. According to final totals Monday from the studios, the animated sequel grossed a massive $182.7 million in its first three days in theaters — a record opening for animated movies by almost $50 million.