Government business and finance

August 02, 2018 - 1:19 pm
Corporate donations have become a central issue in the Michigan Democratic contest for governor as the three candidates try to woo progressive voters ahead of the Aug. 7 primary. The state bans corporations from giving money directly to candidates but Democratic hopefuls Shri Thanedar and Abdul El-...
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August 02, 2018 - 7:03 am
LONDON (AP) — The Bank of England raised its main interest rate Thursday for only the second time since the 2008 financial crisis as it weighed a strong jobs market and high inflation against growing concerns about Brexit. The bank's nine-member Monetary Policy Committee voted unanimously to raise...
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This courtroom sketch depicts Paul Manafort, seated right row second from right, together with his lawyers, the jury, seated left, and the U.S. District Court Judge T.S. Ellis III, back center, listening to Assistant U.S. Attorney Uzo Asonye, standing, during opening arguments in the trial of President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Manafort's on tax evasion and bank fraud charges. (Dana Verkouteren via AP)
August 01, 2018 - 12:57 pm
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — The Latest on special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation and the trial of onetime Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort (all times local): 12:33 p.m. President Donald Trump is invoking one of the nation's most notorious criminals in venting about the treatment of former...
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Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Richard Burr, R-N.C., shakes hands with New Knowledge Director of Research Renee DiResta, left, at the conclusion of a hearing on foreign influence operations and their use of social media on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018. Graphika founder and CEO John Kelly, right, watches. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
August 01, 2018 - 12:54 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators wrestling with how to counter Russia and other foreign influence operations heard Wednesday from experts who said that not only did Russia continue its influence campaign after the 2016 presidential election, it "stepped on the gas." Experts testifying before the Senate...
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FILE - In this Oct. 27, 2017 file photo, workers assemble Ford trucks at the Ford Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville, Ky. U.S. factories grew at a slower pace in July 2018, but American industry remains healthy. The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, says its manufacturing index slipped last month to 58.1 from 60.2 in June. Anything over 50 signals growth, and U.S. manufacturing is on a 23-month winning streak. Seventeen of 18 manufacturing industries (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)
August 01, 2018 - 11:01 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. factories grew at a slower pace in July, but American industry remains healthy despite growing concern about trade conflicts. The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, said Wednesday that its manufacturing index slipped last month to 58.1 from...
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The HealthCare.gov website main page. The Trump administration is clearing the way for insurers to sell short-term health plans as a bargain alternative to pricey “Obamacare” for consumers struggling with high premiums. But the policies don’t have to cover pre-existing conditions and benefits are limited. It’s not certain if that’s going to translate into broad consumer appeal among people who need an individual policy. (HHS via AP
August 01, 2018 - 7:08 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is clearing the way for insurers to sell short-term health plans as a bargain alternative to pricey Obama-law policies for people struggling with high premiums. But the policies don't have to cover existing medical conditions and offer limited benefits. It...
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August 01, 2018 - 6:14 am
NEW DELHI (AP) — India's central bank has raised its key interest rate by a quarter of a percentage point to 6.5 percent, saying that global growth has become uneven and risks to the outlook have increased with rising trade tensions. The second interest hike since January 2014 was announced by the...
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August 01, 2018 - 6:11 am
BEIJING (AP) — China's government warned Wednesday it will retaliate if Washington imposes new trade penalties, following a report the Trump administration will propose increasing the tariff rate on an additional $200 billion of Chinese imports. A foreign ministry spokesman, Geng Shuang, said...
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August 01, 2018 - 5:39 am
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's government has initiated legislation that would make online retailers liable for sales tax that isn't paid by vendors based outside the country. The Cabinet on Wednesday approved the bill, which requires parliamentary approval and is slated to take effect Jan. 1. It aims to...
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FILE - In this March 17, 2011, file photo, cans of Coca-Cola and Diet Coke sit in a cooler at a deli in Portland, Ore. Items ranging from canned beverages to airline tickets will likely get more expensive, companies warn, as they face higher costs. Procter & Gamble, one of the biggest makers of consumer products, said Tuesday, July 31, 2018, that Pampers prices will increase by an average of 4 percent in North America, while the Bounty, Charmin and Puffs brands could see 5 percent increases. (AP Photo, File)
August 01, 2018 - 3:12 am
The price of a can of Coca-Cola? Likely going up. A package of Pampers? That too. Plane tickets? They also may be more expensive. These items and more may cost more in the coming months as people start feeling the effects of higher fuel prices and raw-material costs as well as a range of tariffs...
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