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Economy expanded at weakest pace in three years
WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy turned in the weakest performance in three years in the January-March quarter as consumers sharply slowed their spending. The result fell far short of President Donald Trump’s ambitious growth targets and underscores the challenges of accelerating economic expansion...
By Martin Crutsinger The Associated Press FULL STORY
Iraqi officials: Car bomb kills four and wounds eight
BAGHDAD — A car bomb at a police station in central Baghdad killed four people and wounded eight late Friday night, according to Iraqi police and hospital officials. Saad Mann, a spokesman for the Interior Ministry and Baghdad Operations Command, told the Associated Press the attack was carried ...
By Qassim Abdul-Zahra The Associated Press FULL STORY
North Korean missile test fails hours after U.N. meeting on nukes
SEOUL, South Korea — A North Korean mid-range ballistic missile apparently failed shortly after launch Saturday, South Korea and the United States said, the third test-fire flop just this month but a clear message of defiance as a U.S. supercarrier conducts drills in nearby waters. North Korean ...
By Foster Klug and Kim Tong-Hyung The Associated Press FULL STORY
Appeals court upholds decision to block Anthem bid for Cigna
WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court on Friday left in place a decision blocking Blue Cross-Blue Shield insurer Anthem’s bid to buy rival Cigna, saying that a bigger company is not better for consumers. The 2-1 decision upholds a federal judge’s ruling in February that said the proposed $48 b...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Orchard owners look to robots as labor shortage worsens
SPOKANE, Wash. — Harvesting Washington state’s vast fruit orchards each year requires thousands of farmworkers, and many of them work illegally in the United States. That system eventually could change dramatically as at least two companies are rushing to get robotic fruit-picking machines to m...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Congress settles for stopgap to avoid government shutdown
WASHINGTON — Congress took the easy way out to keep the government open on the eve of Donald Trump’s 100th day in office, passing a weeklong stopgap spending bill Friday that amounted to more of a defeat for the president than a victory. Lawmakers cleared the measure easily and Trump signed it...
By Erica Weber and Alan Fram The Associated Press FULL STORY
Trump, Congress and 100 days: Lofty goals hit reality
WASHINGTON — For Donald Trump, self-proclaimed master negotiator, making deals with Congress was supposed to be easy. “This Congress is going to be the busiest Congress we’ve had in decades, maybe ever,” Trump predicted shortly after taking office. Not so far. With Republicans in charge of...
By Erica Werner The Associated Press FULL STORY
Trump tells NRA: ‘You have a true friend’ in White House
ATLANTA — President Donald Trump reaffirmed his support for gun rights Friday, telling attendees of a National Rifle Association convention that “the eight-year assault on your Second Amendment freedoms has come to a crashing end.” Trump, the first sitting president to address the group’s a...
By Jonathan Lemire The Associated Press FULL STORY
California seeks control of unruly medical pot industry
LOS ANGELES — California is trying to get control of its unruly medical marijuana industry. State regulators released draft regulations Friday intended to impose order on the loosely organized marketplace created over two decades ago. The proposal would establish the first comprehensive rules f...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Administration: No immediate plans to halt immigration order
SAN FRANCISCO — The Trump administration has told two California counties it has no plans right now to seek a court ruling immediately reinstating the president’s executive order to withhold funding from communities that limit cooperation with immigration authorities. Court documents filed on ...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
California lawmakers vow to thwart new offshore oil drilling
SACRAMENTO — A California lawmaker says she is introducing legislation to thwart President Donald Trump’s attempts to expand offshore drilling through an executive order he signed Friday. Trump’s order to roll back restrictions on offshore oil drilling opens the door to new drilling off the ...
The Associated Press FULL STORY

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