Government business and finance

August 09, 2018 - 7:29 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is urging the United States to cut red tape and simplify rules for the export of its liquefied natural gas if Washington wants the 28-nation bloc to buy more. Amid a trade dispute over tariffs, President Donald Trump and Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker...
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FILE- In this April 24, 2018, file photo, an American flag flies outside the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, Aug 8. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
August 08, 2018 - 11:15 pm
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Asian stock markets were mixed on Thursday with Chinese stocks outperforming the region, as investors watched the latest developments on trade. Prices of oil stabilized. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 fell 0.3 percent to 22,584.18 while South Korea's Kospi inched down 0...
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An ICE bus pulls out of a tomato plant in O'Neill, Neb., after an immigration raid at the plant Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018. A large federal law enforcement operation conducted Wednesday targeted businesses in Nebraska and Minnesota that officials say knowingly hired - and mistreated - immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally. (Paul Hammel/Omaha World-Herald via AP)
August 08, 2018 - 7:29 pm
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A large federal law enforcement operation conducted Wednesday targeted businesses in Nebraska and Minnesota that officials say knowingly hired — and mistreated — immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally. The investigative arm of U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement —...
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The defense team for Paul Manafort, including Kevin Downing, front left, and Thomas Zehnle, front right, arrive at federal court for the continuation of the trial of the former Trump campaign chairman, in Alexandria, Va., Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
August 08, 2018 - 6:24 pm
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Paul Manafort's protégé wrapped up his testimony Wednesday after implicating the former Trump campaign chairman and himself in financial crimes while also enduring stinging attacks on his character and credibility. Rick Gates has been the government's star witness in Manafort...
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August 08, 2018 - 5:09 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Architects and engineers are still in. Accountants, doctors and lawyers remain out — mostly. New rules floated by the Trump administration lay out what kinds of businesses can take a 20 percent deduction against income taxes under the new tax law. With the proposed rules issued...
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FILE - In this July 19, 2016 file photo, Rep. Chris Collins, R-NY. speaks in Cleveland. Collins was indicted on charges that he used inside information about a biotechnology company to make illicit stock trades. The charges were announced and the indictment unsealed on Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
August 08, 2018 - 12:11 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Speaker Paul Ryan says he's removing an indicted congressman from the House Energy and Commerce Committee. He's also prodding his chamber's ethics panel to pursue "a prompt and thorough investigation" of the lawmaker. Ryan issued his statement Wednesday after federal prosecutors...
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Various currencies are displayed without the going rate on a money exchange shop window in downtown Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018. Money exchange shops across Iran cautiously reopened on Tuesday after being shut for five months amid economic turmoil fanned by America's withdraw from the nuclear deal. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
August 08, 2018 - 5:34 am
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian lawmakers have voted to sack President Hassan Rouhani's labor minister, in a victory for hard-liners opposed to the relative moderate. Parliament speaker Ali Larijani says 129 out of 243 lawmakers present voted to oust Labor Minister Ali Rabiei. Critics accused him of...
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A man walks past a bank's electronic board showing the Hong Kong share index in Hong Kong Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018. Shares are mostly higher in Asia after the U.S. followed through with plans to put higher tariffs on $16 billion in Chinese exports. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
August 08, 2018 - 5:21 am
BANGKOK (AP) — Shares were mixed in Europe and Asia on Wednesday after the U.S. followed through with plans to put higher tariffs on $16 billion in Chinese exports. KEEPING SCORE: Britain's FTSE 100 gained 0.3 percent to 7,737.56. In Germany, the DAX slipped 0.1 percent to 12,636.05 and the French...
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In this July 25, 2018, photo, Stephen Bell, president and CEO of the Arkadelphia Area Chamber of Commerce, talks about a new railroad spur that is being built to support the needs of what he hopes will be a new paper mill, one of several Chinese-backed deals Arkansas has landed in recent years, in Arkadelphia, Ark. State and local officials in Arkansas are scrambling to preserve development deals with Chinese companies amid President Donald Trump's escalating tariff battle. "It's like a dark cloud hanging over the future of the project," Bell said. "Right now, the clouds are off on the horizon. But I think no one knows where the trade situation is going right now." (AP Photo/Karen E. Segrave)
August 08, 2018 - 3:05 am
ARKADELPHIA, Ark. (AP) — A Chinese company's announcement two years ago that it would spend more than $1 billion and hire hundreds of workers for a paper mill on the outskirts of this rural college town was seen as a much-needed shot in the arm for the region's economy. A web video promoting...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, July 31, 2018, file photo, people opposing Proposition A listen to a speaker during a rally in Kansas City, Mo. Missouri votes Tuesday, Aug. 7 on a so-called right-to-work law, a voter referendum seeking to ban compulsory union fees in all private-sector workplaces. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)
August 08, 2018 - 1:15 am
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The steady march of new right-to-work laws in Republican-led states hit a wall in Missouri, where voters resoundingly rejected a measure that could have weakened union finances after national and local labor groups poured millions of dollars into the campaign against it...
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