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Trump orders investigation into aluminum imports

President Donald Trump has signed a memo ordering an expedited investigation into whether aluminum imports are jeopardizing U.S. national security. Trump says aluminum is "critical" for national defense. He says the U.S. can't afford to become dependent on foreign imports in dangerous times. High-purity aluminum is used for a number of defense purposes, including in military planes and in...
Marathon reports earnings up in first quarter

Marathon reports earnings up in first quarter

Marathon Petroleum Corp. reported $30 million in first quarter earnings this morning, which company executives said included solid contributions from the company’s Speedway segment, which is headquartered in Clark County. The first quarter earnings were up significantly compared to the same time last year, when the company reported earnings of $1 million. The company’s Speedway segment...
Touch new stamp and presto, total solar eclipse becomes moon

Touch new stamp and presto, total solar eclipse becomes moon

The U.S. Postal Service is going all out for this summer's total solar eclipse, with a first-of-its kind stamp. Just touch the stamp with your finger, and the heat transforms the image of the blacked-out sun into the moon. Remove your finger, and the eclipse reappears. The trick is using temperature-sensitive ink. There's a map on the back of the stamp sheet showing the eclipse's diagonal path across...

Senate poised to confirm Acosta as Trump's man at Labor

The Senate is poised to confirm Alex Acosta as secretary of labor, filling out President Donald Trump's cabinet as he approaches his 100th day in office. Acosta, a Florida law school dean who's held three Senate-confirmed positions before, would be the only Latino in Trump's Cabinet and the nation's 27th secretary of labor, administering a sprawling agency that enforces more than 180 federal laws...
Southwest Airlines to end practice of overbooking flights

Southwest Airlines to end practice of overbooking flights

an industry practice implicated in an ugly incident on a United Airlines flight that has damaged United's reputation with the flying public. Last year Southwest bumped 15,000 passengers off flights, more than any other U.S. airline. Carriers say they sometimes sell more tickets than there are seats because often a few passengers don't show up. The practice of overbooking flights has come under intense...

Florida Senate apologizes for 68-year-old racial injustice

The Florida Senate formally apologized on Thursday to the families of four black men accused of raping a white teenager nearly seven decades ago in a case now seen as a racial injustice. The Senate also is asking Gov. Rick Scott and the Cabinet to posthumously pardon the men known as the Groveland Four. The Florida House issued the same apology last week. Both votes were unanimous. "We cannot...
The Latest: Flynn lawyer says docs show he was forthcoming

The Latest: Flynn lawyer says docs show he was forthcoming

The Latest on ousted national security adviser Michael Flynn (all times local): 2:30 p.m. An attorney for ousted National Security Adviser Michael Flynn says a newly released letter shows Flynn was forthcoming with U.S. military officials about a trip he took to Moscow to attend a gala for a Russian state-sponsored television network. The letter was released Thursday by Congressman Elijah Cummings...
Study: DC voucher program shows poorer math results

Study: DC voucher program shows poorer math results

A federal study shows that students enrolled in a private-school voucher program in the nation's capital are doing worse in math than their peers. A report released Thursday shows that students who received public vouchers to attend private schools in the District of Columbia scored 7.3 percentile points lower in math one year into the program. Students who entered the voucher program from low-performing...
Toyota recalls 250K Tacoma pickups; rear wheels can lock up

Toyota recalls 250K Tacoma pickups; rear wheels can lock up

Toyota is recalling about 250,000 small pickup trucks mainly in North America because the rear wheels have the potential to lock up, causing drivers to lose control. The recall covers certain Tacoma trucks from the 2016 and 2017 model years. Toyota says oil can leak from the rear differential. That could damage components and cause the differential to lock up and stop the wheels from moving. A differential...
Can you spot the snake in this photo?

Can you spot the snake in this photo?

An image gaining attention on the internet is a fun optical illusion while also serving as a careful reminder to observe your surroundings and watch your footings when hiking and venturing outside this summer.  >> Read more trending news A photo shared by @SssnakeySci, identified by Mashable as  Snake biologist Helen Plylar, shows an expanse of leaves.  But there’s...
High schoolers don wacky prom suits, go viral

High schoolers don wacky prom suits, go viral

A group of Mississippi high school students is gaining the internet’s attention for its creative prom fashion choices. A photo of 10 Madison High School students decked out in flashy, themed suits was posted Sunday on Twitter by Nick Louvier.  "I posted it that night and originally I didn't think anything of it,” Louvier, who wore an American flag-themed suit, told Mississippi...
Ivanka Trump wishes Melania Trump a happy 47th birthday

Ivanka Trump wishes Melania Trump a happy 47th birthday

The First Lady of the United States celebrated her 47th birthday on Wednesday, and her stepdaughter, Ivanka Trump, shared a message to her on social media. >> Read more trending news  With a photo of President Donald Trump and Melania Trump at the Inaugural Ball in January, Ivanka Trump wrote, “Happy Birthday to our First Lady (and my incredible step-mom!) ...  A wonderful example...
AP-NORC poll: Most teens have taken social media break

AP-NORC poll: Most teens have taken social media break

The common stereotype has teens glued to their phones 24-7. But nearly 60 percent of teens in the U.S. have actually taken a break from social media — the bulk of them voluntarily, a new survey found . The poll, from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, surveyed teens aged 13 to 17 and found that most value the feeling of connection with friends and family that social...
Chipotle to debut first dessert

Chipotle to debut first dessert

Chipotle plans to add a dessert item to its menu this year. The Denver-based Mexican grill announced Tuesday it will begin testing a fried dough dessert next month, Business Insider reported.  >> Read more trending news Chipotle’s buñuelos, a traditional Mexican dessert, are fried tortillas sprinkled with honey, cinnamon and sugar. They’re to be served with caramel-apple...
Handicapped man forced to leave store on knees after staff takes away electric cart

Handicapped man forced to leave store on knees after staff takes away electric cart

A handicapped Iowa man has received an apology from a store at which employees forced him to “walk” out of the store on his knees after confiscating the store-provided electric cart he was using.  Shane Zahn, a Garner resident who is missing his right foot, had completed his shopping at Mills Fleet Farm in Mason City and was attempting to take the cart out to his vehicle when he was...
Ohio man accused of trying to join ISIS in Syria

Ohio man accused of trying to join ISIS in Syria

An Ohio man is in federal custody, facing charges related to attempting to provide material support to terrorist group ISIS. FBI agents on the Joint Terrorism Task Force on Wednesday arrested Laith Waleed Alebbini, 26, at Cincinnati/Kentucky International Airport. Alebbini was on his way to Syria to join ISIS fighters, the FBI said. Authorities said in a news release that Alebbini is accused of attempting...
Trump, Argentine President Macri hold White House talks

Trump, Argentine President Macri hold White House talks

President Donald Trump welcomed Argentine President Mauricio to the White House for talks on Thursday and said they'll end up being "great friends, better than ever before." Trump puts great stock in the relationships he's building with his foreign counterparts, and has spoken extensively in recent weeks about the "chemistry" he says he built with Chinese President Xi Jinping after...
Rumors rife as gas restrictions in N. Korean capital drag on

Rumors rife as gas restrictions in N. Korean capital drag on

An acute shortage of gasoline in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang that has sparked price hikes and hoarding is raising fears of potentially crippling pain at the pumps if things don't get better soon — and driving rumors that China is to blame. The shortage, which is extremely unusual if not unprecedented, began last week when signs went up at gas stations around the city informing customers...
SBDC plans move to downtown Springfield

SBDC plans move to downtown Springfield

Springfield’s Small Business Development Center will have a new home in downtown Springfield in early June. The SBDC, which provides free training and consulting for area business owners, will move to Clark State Community College’s downtown Brinkman Educational Center on June 1 under a new partnership between the two organizations. The SBDC is currently located at 300 E. Auburn Ave. Under...
Air Force calls on hackers to find cyber vulnerabilities for a bounty

Air Force calls on hackers to find cyber vulnerabilities for a bounty

The Air Force is looking for a few good hackers. A cyber competition will launch soon to urge computer hackers to find vulnerabilities in Air Force public websites, much as a Department of Defense contest dubbed “Hack the Pentagon” did last year. “We’d like to find out which vulnerabilities are out there that we have not yet found using our own processes,” said Air Force...
The Latest: Senators battle diplomacy spending cuts

The Latest: Senators battle diplomacy spending cuts

The Latest on efforts in Congress to repeal the health care law and agree on a spending bill to keep the government open (all times local): 1:50 p.m. Republicans and Democrats in the Senate have joined forces against the deep cuts President Donald Trump has planned for American diplomacy and foreign aid. Forty-three senators have released a letter saying that deep cuts "would be shortsighted...
Smugglers caught with $380K worth of cocaine in pants, Customs officials say

Smugglers caught with $380K worth of cocaine in pants, Customs officials say

 Two men face smuggling charges after U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers said they found pounds of cocaine hidden under the men’s pants during an inspection in New York. Officers found the men last week while checking passengers arriving at John F. Kennedy International Airport on a flight from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The passengers had a combined total of about 23 pounds...
Michael Flynn being investigated by DOD; was warned in 2014 about taking foreign payments

Michael Flynn being investigated by DOD; was warned in 2014 about taking foreign payments

The inspector general of the Department of Defense has opened an investigation into whether former national security adviser Michael Flynn reported money he received for a speaking appearance in Russia. Rep. Elijah Cummings, (D-Maryland), released three documents Thursday that confirmed the investigation, ABC News is reporting. One of the letters Cummings, the ranking member of the House Oversight...

2 US troops killed, 1 injured in eastern Afghanistan

Two American service members were killed and another received a minor injury during a ground assault against Islamic State fighters in Afghanistan Wednesday, according to the U.S. military. The U.S. forces were accompanying Afghan troops on the raid when they came under attack by the Islamic State Khorasan group in Nangarhar Province in eastern Afghanistan, according to Navy Capt. Bill Salvin, the...

Trump repeats criticism of court that halted 1st travel ban

President Donald Trump is once again taking aim at a federal appeals court district that covers Western states, saying he is considering breaking up a circuit that is a longtime target of Republicans and is where his first travel ban was halted. Yet it would take congressional action to break up the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Republicans have introduced bills this year to do just that. Asked...
Average 30-year mortgage rate rises to 4.03 percent

Average 30-year mortgage rate rises to 4.03 percent

Long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose this week for the first time in five weeks. The benchmark 30-year rate pushed back above the key threshold of 4 percent. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday the average rate on 30-year fixed-rate home loans increased to 4.03 percent from 3.97 percent last week. The rate stood at 3.66 percent a year ago and averaged 3.65 percent in 2016, the lowest level in records...
Pentagon probes former Trump aide Flynn's foreign payments

Pentagon probes former Trump aide Flynn's foreign payments

The investigations into President Donald Trump's ousted National Security Adviser Michael Flynn intensified Thursday as the Pentagon's watchdog joined lawmakers in scrutinizing the legality of payments he accepted from foreign sources including a Russian state-sponsored television network. Also, new documents released by the ranking Democrat on a House oversight committee showed Flynn was warned by...
5 things to know about Meijer home delivery

5 things to know about Meijer home delivery

Meijer’s home delivery starts today in the Miami Valley, allowing customers to shop for more than 55,000 items online. The service will cover 2,100 square miles including Miamisburg, Middletown, Lebanon, Huber Heights, Englewood, Springfield and Troy, acccording to the company. That’s more than 415,000 houses that can be serviced by Meijer’s home delivery. Here’s what to know...

Deutsche Bank executive says some 4,000 UK jobs could move

A key executive from Deutsche Bank has said nearly half of its 9,000 U.K.-based jobs could be shifted out of Britain because of Brexit as industry leaders express concern about the lack of clarity in the process. Chief regulatory officer Sylvie Matherat suggested that 4,000 back- and front-office positions could be forced to relocate once the country leaves the single market of 28 nations. Leaving...
US stock indexes flitter in mixed day for markets

US stock indexes flitter in mixed day for markets

U.S. stock indexes flittered up and down Thursday, as a slump in energy stocks partly offset advances made by Under Armour, PayPal and other companies reporting stronger-than-expected profits. It's the second straight day where indexes have made modest, meandering moves, following two big gains at the start of the week. KEEPING SCORE: The Standard & Poor's 500 index added 2 points, or 0.1 percent...

Roche Q1 sales boosted by 2 new cancer medicines

Swiss pharmaceuticals company Roche says revenues rose 4 percent in the first quarter, powered partly by improved U.S. sales of two recently launched cancer medicines. The Basel-based company, a leading cancer-drug specialist, reported sales of 12.9 billion Swiss francs ($13 billion dollars). U.S. sales climbed 6 percent thanks to recent release of Tecentriq, for some types of bladder and lung cancer...
Fewer people signed contracts to buy US homes in March

Fewer people signed contracts to buy US homes in March

Fewer consumers signed contracts to buy U.S. homes last month as the spring buying season revs up with stiff competition for homes amid lagging inventory. The National Association of Realtors said Thursday that its pending home sales index slipped 0.8 percent to 111.4 in March, from 112.3 in February. Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the Realtors, said that even with the dearth of inventory, activity...

European automakers warn of Brexit dislocation

European automakers and suppliers are warning about the damage that Britain's departure from the European Union could mean to the industry. The comments come just days before the European Union will hold a summit with the other 27 EU nations to agree on guidelines for talks on the exit, or Brexit. The auto association is underscoring the damage that Brexit could bring to an industry that employs 12...
Train delays likely this summer over work at Penn Station

Train delays likely this summer over work at Penn Station

Rail travelers who have endured major disruptions recently at the nation's busiest rail station are likely to see more delays this summer because New York's Penn Station is in dire need of repair work, Amtrak officials said Thursday. Work on tracks and signals will begin in May and continue through the summer, Amtrak CEO Wick Moorman said. Some work will be done on weekends, but a significant part...
Booted from a Delta flight? You could get $10,000 as payment

Booted from a Delta flight? You could get $10,000 as payment

Delta is now letting employees offer customers almost $10,000 in compensation if passengers give up their seats on overbooked flights. The decision comes after a disastrous month for United Airlines when a passenger was dragged off of an overbooked flight. The passenger, David Dao, was left bloodied and injured after being forcibly removed. Several videos shared by fellow passengers went viral...
Discovery of suspicious item in Oklahoma cemetery leads to laughs

Discovery of suspicious item in Oklahoma cemetery leads to laughs

Police in Collinsville got quite the laugh after an officer identified the true nature of what they first believed was a drug drop.  When a local tree service was removing trees at a Collinsville cemetery for a road widening project, crews say they found what looked like a drug drop. >> Read more trending news They say they found a tube zip-tied to a broken branch hidden behind other branches...
Man accused of chopping down utility pole

Man accused of chopping down utility pole

A Kentucky man is facing charges after deputies said he chopped down a utility pole near his Graves County home with plans to sell the pole’s transformer back to the power company, according to multiple reports. Authorities arrested Jared Hayes, 40, Tuesday on charges of first-degree criminal mischief and theft by unlawful taking, according to Graves County Jail records. His arrest came after...
Boy, 1, found wandering after mother ODs in car, police say

Boy, 1, found wandering after mother ODs in car, police say

A 1-year-old boy was found wandering in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, after his mother overdosed in a car, WPXI learned. Police said the boy’s mother, Marissa Bailey, overdosed on Harrison Street. The boy was then able to get out of the car and wander around. >> Read more trending news Video surfaced on social media of police and paramedics responding to the scene where Bailey was found slumped...
House seeks charges for tech official in Clinton email case

House seeks charges for tech official in Clinton email case

A congressional committee on Thursday asked the Justice Department to consider criminally prosecuting the head of a technology services company that was involved in maintaining a private email server for Hillary Clinton. The House Science, Space, and Technology Committee accused Colorado-based Platte River Networks and its chief executive, Treve Suazo, of withholding documents demanded under subpoena...
Theme parks: Comcast's under-the-radar growth driver

Theme parks: Comcast's under-the-radar growth driver

One of Comcast's fastest-growing businesses hasn't been selling cable or internet subscriptions — or making movies and TV shows, or selling TV ads. It's been theme parks. Since 2011, when Comcast first took over NBCUniversal's film and TV studios, cable and broadcast networks, TV stations and theme parks, the parks have been one of its biggest revenue drivers. It was, of course, a smaller business...
Narcan parties becoming disturbing trend, police say

Narcan parties becoming disturbing trend, police say

“Narcan parties” are starting to pop up and WPXI has learned that they are becoming a trend in Pennsylvania. According to investigators, addicts and dealers are taking advantage of the heroin-reversal drug by having parties where they sell heroin and Narcan as a package deal. >> Read more trending news  "You can party and use the opioids to whatever degree you want...
Semi hits stroller with baby in it; 3-year-old in hospital

Semi hits stroller with baby in it; 3-year-old in hospital

A semi in Tacoma hit a stroller with a baby sitting inside it while her family walked on the sidewalk. The baby and her 3-year-old sister had to be pulled out from under the truck. >> Read more trending news The 3-year-old was in serious condition at Mary Bridge Children's Hospital. The mother and baby suffered minor injuries, police said. Police report the driver did not see the family as he...
Florida woman arrested after fight over xylophone gets ‘heated’

Florida woman arrested after fight over xylophone gets ‘heated’

An argument over a xylophone left a Florida man covered in grease. >> Read more trending news According to NWF Daily News, an unnamed 43-year-old woman was angered when a man in her kitchen refused to stop playing a xylophone and led the woman to dump grease on his head. Okaloosa County Sheriff’s deputies arrived at the scene to find grease spots on the man’s clothing and a...
US durable goods advance modest 0.7 percent in March

US durable goods advance modest 0.7 percent in March

Orders for long-lasting manufactured goods posted only a modest gain in March as a key category that tracks business investment plans remained weak. The Commerce Department says orders for durable goods rose a slight 0.7 percent in March, the weakest showing since a 0.9 percent decline in December. The strength came from big increases in the volatile categories of commercial aircraft and military...
US unemployment claims tick up but remain at low level

US unemployment claims tick up but remain at low level

More Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week, but applications remained at a low level that suggests most workers enjoy job security. THE NUMBERS: The Labor Department says weekly jobless claims rose by 14,000 to 257,000, the highest level in almost a month. The less volatile four-week average slipped by 500 to 242,250, lowest since late February. Overall, 1.99 million Americans are collecting...
Missing monkey spotted again in Florida, resident says

Missing monkey spotted again in Florida, resident says

here has been another sighting of a monkey on the loose in Apopka.  The first sighting came in this past weekend, when a woman and her family saw it near Central and Michael Gladden boulevards. Wednesday’s sighting wasn't too far from where it was first found. A resident told Channel 9 she saw the rhesus macaque near a restaurant less than a block away from where it was originally seen...
UPS tops Street 1Q forecasts

UPS tops Street 1Q forecasts

United Parcel Service Inc. is reporting first-quarter net income of $1.16 billion. On a per-share basis, the Atlanta company said it had profit of $1.32. The results topped Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of 10 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.30 per share. The package and delivery service posted revenue of $15.32 billion in the period, which also...
Firefighters rescue woman clinging to top of crane

Firefighters rescue woman clinging to top of crane

A woman in Toronto can thank firefighters for getting her down from a precarious perch. She had climbed a construction crane but then needed firefighters help getting down. >> Read more trending news When rescue crews arrived, she had been clinging on to a steel cable for at least four hours, The Associated Press reported. Crews strapped her to a firefighter who rappelled, bringing her safely...
American gives employees pay raises; Wall Street balks

American gives employees pay raises; Wall Street balks

American Airlines is giving pay raises to its pilots and flight attendants, who have complained they are paid less that peers at other airlines. Wall Street isn't happy. The raises come about two years before contract negotiations. Assuming they approve the increases, pilots and flight attendants will receive extra pay totaling close to $1 billion over three years. At a time when American and other...

The Latest: European Central Bank more confident on economy

The Latest on the European Central Bank's decisions on stimulus for the eurozone economy (all times local): 2:50 p.m. The European Central Bank notes the economy has strengthened, but steered clear of signaling it is planning the end of its massive monetary stimulus. The bank left its bond-buying stimulus program unchanged Thursday and at the subsequent news conference President Mario Draghi noted...
Dog food recalled after samples test positive for euthanasia drug

Dog food recalled after samples test positive for euthanasia drug

A dog food company has issued a nationwide recall after some samples tested positive for the euthanasia drug pentobarbital. Party Animal said in a recent news release that it is recalling two lots of its Cocolicious dog food after a Texas retailer said a customer had brought samples of the food to a testing lab, which detected the drug. The affected products, manufactured in 2015, include...
World’s largest Starbucks to set up shop on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile

World’s largest Starbucks to set up shop on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile

Chicago’s swanky Magnificent Mile will soon have a mega jolt of caffeine as Starbucks announces plans to open the world largest coffee shop of its brand. The chain announced this week that it will open Starbucks Reserve Roastery in Chicago in 2019, WMAQ reported. >> Read more trending news  The North Michigan Avenue business will be four stories tall and will be a “full...
Trump tax plan leaves Congress, Ryan with heavy lift

Trump tax plan leaves Congress, Ryan with heavy lift

President Donald Trump's tax plan leaves much of the heavy lifting to Congress, while ignoring years of hard work by the guy who will have to do a lot of that lifting: House Speaker Paul Ryan. The one-page proposal outlined by the Trump administration Wednesday has something for everyone — massive tax cuts for businesses and a bigger standard tax deduction for middle-income families, lower investment...
Trump tax plan leaves Congress, Ryan with heavy lift

Trump tax plan leaves Congress, Ryan with heavy lift

President Donald Trump's tax plan leaves much of the heavy lifting to Congress, while ignoring years of hard work by the guy who will have to do a lot of that lifting: House Speaker Paul Ryan. The one-page proposal outlined by the Trump administration Wednesday has something for everyone — massive tax cuts for businesses and a bigger standard tax deduction for middle-income families, lower investment...
The Latest: Trump says NAFTA pull-out would shock system

The Latest: Trump says NAFTA pull-out would shock system

The Latest on President Donald Trump's activities (all times local): 1:10 p.m. President Donald Trump says that withdrawing from the North American Free Trade Agreement would be a "pretty big ... shock to the system." Trump said Thursday at the White House he'd been planning to terminate NAFTA "as of two or three days from now." But the president says he was persuaded to reconsider...
Comcast tops Street 1Q forecasts

Comcast tops Street 1Q forecasts

Comcast Corp. is reporting first-quarter profit of $2.57 billion. The Philadelphia company said Thursday that it had net income of 53 cents per share. The results topped Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of 17 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 44 cents per share. The cable provider posted revenue of $20.46 billion in the period, also beating Street forecasts...
Army veteran wants to put an end to school lunch shaming

Army veteran wants to put an end to school lunch shaming

An Army veteran, who is now a teacher, is trying to put an end to lunch practices by school districts that take a child’s lunch and throw it away when their accounts don’t have enough money to cover the meal. Kelvin Holt served in the Army for more than 32 years. When he retired, he went into education. >> Read more trending news Last year, he saw a pre-K student try to buy her...
Ford 1Q profit down on recalls, lower sales, but tops Street

Ford 1Q profit down on recalls, lower sales, but tops Street

Ford Motor Co.'s net income fell 35 percent to $1.6 billion in the first quarter as it was hit by costly recalls, lower sales and rising prices for steel and other materials. The Dearborn-based automaker had warned investors and analysts to expect weaker results in the first quarter. Ford earned a record pretax profit in the first quarter of 2016. Ford Chief Financial Officer Bob Shanks said the company...
7 things to know now: Tax cuts proposed; NFL draft; Coulter canceled; Cosby, daughter speak out

7 things to know now: Tax cuts proposed; NFL draft; Coulter canceled; Cosby, daughter speak out

Here's a roundup of news trending across the nation and world today. 1. More money: United Airlines has raised the limit on payments to customers who agree to give up their seat on overbooked flights. The airline says it will pay up to $10,000 for the inconvenience. The airline announced the new limit, along with other changes in the way customers are compensated, after a video of a man being violently...
Southwest misses Street 1Q forecasts, shares drop early

Southwest misses Street 1Q forecasts, shares drop early

Southwest Airlines' first-quarter earnings fell 32 percent as it flew more passengers but took in less revenue on average from each one. Rising costs for fuel and labor weighed on the airline. The Dallas company on Thursday posted earnings of $351 million, down from $513 million in the same period in 2016. Per-share earnings fell to 57 cents from 79 cents. Earnings adjusted for non-recurring costs...
D'oh! 'Simpsons' needle Trump ahead of 100-day milestone

D'oh! 'Simpsons' needle Trump ahead of 100-day milestone

The clip shows an animated Trump in bed at the White House counting up accomplishments as president, like lowering his golf handicap and increasing his Twitter following. The video also imagines the president's daughter, Ivanka, taking Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg's seat on the Supreme Court. The video ends with Marge and Homer Simpson taking in the news on TV at home and Marge complains that she's...
Trump 'absolutely' considered breaking up 9th Circuit Court

Trump 'absolutely' considered breaking up 9th Circuit Court

President Donald Trump, still chafing over rulings blocking his travel ban early this year, says he's considered breaking up the West Coast-based 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Asked during a White House interview by the Washington Examiner if he'd thought about proposals to break up the court, Trump replied, "Absolutely, I have." He added that "there are many people that want to break...

UN rights expert to visit Panama after 'Panama Papers' leak

The U.N. human rights office says one of its independent experts will travel to Panama next month to investigate tax avoidance and evasion schemes like those revealed by the so-called "Panama Papers" leak. Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky, the office's expert on foreign debt and human rights, has been asked by the U.N.'s Human Rights Council to study Panama's efforts to improve financial transparency...
Suspended Alabama Chief Justice Moore running for US Senate

Suspended Alabama Chief Justice Moore running for US Senate

Former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore's entry into the U.S. Senate race adds another layer of drama to what's already expected to be a rollicking special election to fill the seat previously held by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The fiery Republican jurist's stands against gay marriage and for a courthouse display of the Ten Commandments have earned him the nickname the "Ayatollah of...
European Central Bank says economy is 'increasingly solid'

European Central Bank says economy is 'increasingly solid'

The European Central Bank kept its stimulus program and interest rates unchanged Thursday even though it conceded that the economy of the 19-country eurozone is becoming stronger. While indicators in recent weeks have pointed to much faster growth, there was little expectation the central bank would ease off its stimulus programs in the run-up to the second round of France's presidential election...

Greece seeking bailout talks breakthrough by Sunday

Greece and its bailout creditors are closing in on a deal to restart rescue loan payouts, senior officials from the two sides said Thursday, a compromise that is likely to prolong years of hardship for many Greeks. A spokesman for the Greek government said a breakthrough was possible by this Sunday, with a vote in parliament on a fresh round of spending cuts expected by mid-May. "What remains...
Poland signs first deal to buy natural gas from US supplier

Poland signs first deal to buy natural gas from US supplier

Poland has signed its first deal to purchase liquefied natural gas from a U.S. supplier, a step that will help the country's efforts to cut its dependence on deliveries from Russia, officials said Thursday. The head of Polish gas giant PGNiG, Piotr Wozniak, called it a "historic moment" for the company which is "gaining a new partner in LNG trade" in North America and becoming...
Ex-Congresswoman accused of living large on charity funds

Ex-Congresswoman accused of living large on charity funds

Prosecutors in Florida have told jurors a former congresswoman financed a lavish lifestyle of Beverly Hills shopping trips and fancy parties on donations to a charity ostensibly set up to help poor children with scholarships. Testimony will continue for a second day Thursday in the trial of former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown, 70. She has pleaded not guilty to multiple fraud and conspiracy charges. Prosecutors...
Texas House OKs 'sanctuary city' ban with tough jail penalty

Texas House OKs 'sanctuary city' ban with tough jail penalty

The Republican-controlled Texas House approved a strict ban on "sanctuary cities" early Thursday, empowering local law enforcement to enforce federal immigration law against anyone they detain and threatening police chiefs and sheriffs who refuse to do so with jail. The vote came just before 3 a.m. and followed 15-plus hours of heated, sometimes tearful debate, much of it from outnumbered...
UAE's first solar-powered gas station opens in Dubai

UAE's first solar-powered gas station opens in Dubai

A government oil company in the United Arab Emirates says it has opened the country's first solar-powered gas station in Dubai. The Dubai-owned Emirates National Oil Company said on Wednesday the service station on the city's main Sheikh Zayed Road thoroughfare is covered with solar panels that can generate up to 120 kilowatt hours. ENOC says that is about 30 percent more energy than the station needs...
Police: Trooper slaying suspect shot dead after standoff

Police: Trooper slaying suspect shot dead after standoff

A man suspected of fatally shooting a Delaware state trooper was shot and killed by officers after a 20-hour standoff at his home, state police said Thursday. The man, who has not been identified, walked out of the home about 9:15 a.m. He had been holed up there since the fatal shooting of the Cpl. Stephen J. Ballard a day earlier. The man was shot after he "engaged officers" and died at...
Hot Switch sales boost Nintendo sales, trim quarterly loss

Hot Switch sales boost Nintendo sales, trim quarterly loss

Nintendo Co.'s Switch, a new hybrid game machine that works as both a console and a tablet, is selling well, helping the Kyoto-based company behind the Super Mario and Pokemon franchises trim its quarterly losses. Nintendo said Thursday it has sold 2.74 million Switch machines and 5.46 million units of Switch software since sales began in March. It had expected to sell 2 million Switch machines by...
Trump to sign order creating accountability office at VA

Trump to sign order creating accountability office at VA

President Donald Trump plans to sign an executive order Thursday creating an accountability and whistleblower protection office at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Trump, who made improving veterans' care a prominent issue as he campaigned for office, was to issue the order while visiting the VA. It will create a new Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection within the department. The...

Kia to invest $1.1 billion to build its first India factory

Kia Motors Co. plans to invest $1.1 billion in India to build its first plant in the world's fifth-largest auto market. Kia's new factory in the state of Andhra Pradesh in India's southeast will be completed by late 2019 and produce up to 300,000 vehicles per year, the company said Thursday in a statement. The maker of Optima sedan is considering making small cars and SUVs for the Indian market. Kia...
Door seems closed completely to Trump tax returns release

Door seems closed completely to Trump tax returns release

President Donald Trump "has no intention" of releasing his tax returns to the public, says Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, asserting Americans have "plenty of information" about the president's financial matters. For decades, presidents have released their tax returns. But Trump has so far refused, saying that he would share the tax documents only after the Internal Revenue Service...

Spain jobless rate at 18.8 percent, halting downward trend

Spain's unemployment rate edged up slightly to 18.8 percent in the first quarter, partly due to the end of temporary jobs tied to the winter holiday, and interrupting an overall downward trend in recent years. National Statistics Institute said Thursday that the number of people out of work rose by 17,200 in January through March to a rounded 4.3 million. The figures contrasted with those of the fourth...
Trump says US won't leave NAFTA _ for now

Trump says US won't leave NAFTA _ for now

President Donald Trump said he has told the leaders of Mexico and Canada that he will not pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement at this time, but could still withdraw if he concludes a renegotiated pact is not "a fair deal for all." Trump tweeted early Thursday that he has agreed to remain a partner in the much-discussed trade agreement in calls he received from Mexican President...
Monument review includes oceans, tribal lands and Sequoias

Monument review includes oceans, tribal lands and Sequoias

President Donald Trump's call to review 24 national monuments established by three former presidents puts in limbo protections on large swaths of land home to ancient cliff dwellings, towering Sequoias, deep, canyons and oceans habitats where seals, whales and sea turtles roam. Trump and other critics say presidents have lost sight of the original purpose of the law created by President Theodore Roosevelt...
Pentagon gets more flexibility on Iraq, Syria troops

Pentagon gets more flexibility on Iraq, Syria troops

The White House is giving the Pentagon greater flexibility to determine the number of U.S. troops in Iraq and Syria, in another move by President Donald Trump to shift greater power to his military leaders. The decision will give Defense Secretary Jim Mattis the authority to send more forces into Syria, to assist U.S.-backed local troops as they move to retake Raqqa from the Islamic State group, which...
BOJ keeps monetary policy unchanged, says 2020 Games to help

BOJ keeps monetary policy unchanged, says 2020 Games to help

Japan's central bank kept its ultra-lax monetary policy unchanged Thursday, forecasting that growth in the world's third-largest economy would remain slow but steady through the fiscal year ending in March 2018. Most analysts were expecting the Bank of Japan to stand pat. In a statement, the BOJ said demand spurred by preparations for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will help support growth in the coming...
Moderates balk at conservative-backed, revised health bill

Moderates balk at conservative-backed, revised health bill

The White House and Republican leaders worked Thursday to wring votes out of resistant moderate GOP lawmakers for the House health care bill, but remained shy of the support they'd need to fully rouse the measure back to life. Centrist Republicans were the primary target of the lobbying, a day after the conservative House Freedom Caucus announced its support for a revised version of the legislation...
In tweetstorm, Trump takes aim at Democrats on spending bill

In tweetstorm, Trump takes aim at Democrats on spending bill

President Donald Trump on Thursday unleashed a tweetstorm of criticism of Democrats involved in tense negotiations on a spending bill to keep the government open, accusing them of trying to close national parks and jeopardize the safety of U.S. troops over demands to provide Americans with health care. The talks involving congressional Republicans and Democrats had progressed relatively smoothly after...

Deutsche Bank Q1 profits rise as legal costs dwindle

Germany's Deutsche Bank says net profit more than doubled in the first three months of the year as the bank pressed ahead with cost-cutting and saw more customer money flowing into its asset management business. Net profit of 575 million euros ($626 million) exceeded 236 million euros from the same quarter a year ago and beat analyst expectations of 487 million euros as compiled by financial information...
Trump to order aluminum imports investigation

Trump to order aluminum imports investigation

President Donald Trump will direct his administration Thursday to expedite a new investigation into whether aluminum imports are jeopardizing U.S. national security. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said the president will sign a memo ordering him to determine the impact of rising aluminum imports. High-purity aluminum is used in a number of defense applications, including military planes and the armor-plating...
New Mexico delves into soda tax fight

New Mexico delves into soda tax fight

It's being pitched as an educational lifeline for impoverished preschool-aged children and condemned as the latest example of local government overreach sweeping progressive cities from coast to coast. Voters in New Mexico's capital city have until Tuesday to decide whether to levy a new 2-cents-per-ounce tax on sugary drinks that would raise the cost of a six-pack of soda by nearly $1.50. The citywide...
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