Government business and finance

In this Friday, Aug. 3, 2018, photo, a woman walks past an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm in Tokyo. Asian stock markets followed Wall Street higher on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, as strong corporate profits helped to defuse fears over U.S.-China trade tensions. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
August 07, 2018 - 5:18 am
BEIJING (AP) — Global stock markets followed Wall Street higher Tuesday as strong corporate profits helped to defuse fears over U.S.-China trade tensions. KEEPING SCORE: In early trading, Germany's DAX rose 1.0 percent to 12,726.57 and France's CAC 40 advanced 0.9 percent to 5,526.12. London's FTSE...
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FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2018, file photo, Rick Gates leaves federal court in Washington. Paul Manafort’s trial opened this week with a display of his opulent lifestyle and testimony about what prosecutors say were years of financial deception. But the most critical moment in the former Trump campaign chairman’s financial fraud trial will arrive next week with the testimony of his longtime associate Gates.(AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)
August 06, 2018 - 9:13 pm
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — The government's star witness in the financial fraud trial of Paul Manafort testified Monday that he embezzled hundreds of thousands of dollars from the former Trump campaign chairman — and told jurors that he and Manafort committed crimes together. Rick Gates, described by...
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FILE - In this July 20, 2016 file photo, six fitness tracking devices measuring step counts and other fitness features are worn in New York. A new Pentagon order says military troops and other defense personnel on certain sensitive bases and warzone areas won’t be allowed to use fitness tracker or cellphone applications that can reveal their location. The memo stops short of banning the fitness trackers or other electronic devices, which are often linked to cell phone applications and can provide the users’ GPS details to social media. It says GPS technologies present significant risk to personnel. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
August 06, 2018 - 8:52 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Military troops and other defense personnel at sensitive bases or certain high-risk warzone areas won't be allowed to use fitness-tracker or cellphone applications that can reveal their location, according to a new Pentagon order. The memo, obtained by The Associated Press, stops...
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August 06, 2018 - 6:07 pm
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Republican co-chair of the Legislature's budget committee said Monday there are not enough votes in the Senate to pass a tax break bill designed to keep open a pair of Kimberly-Clark Corp. plants in northeast Wisconsin, saving more than 600 jobs. Kimberly-Clark, which makes...
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August 06, 2018 - 12:03 pm
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A multinational agricultural company based in Idaho has acquired gene editing licensing rights that could one day be used to help farmers produce more crops and make grocery store offerings such as strawberries, potatoes and avocados stay fresher longer. J.R. Simplot Company on...
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A burnt car sits on the outskirts of the village of Monchique in southern Portugal's Algarve region, Monday, Aug. 6, 2018. Emergency services in Portugal say they are still fighting a major wildfire on the south coast that threatened to engulf a hillside town overnight. (AP Photo/Javier Fergo)
August 06, 2018 - 11:51 am
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Firefighters in Portugal were close to bringing a major, four-day wildfire near a popular tourist area under control Monday as sweltering weather gripped much of Europe. The Portuguese Civil Protection Agency said firefighters had contained 95 percent of the blaze in rolling...
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August 06, 2018 - 1:38 am
BEIJING (AP) — China has tightened controls on trading in its yuan to discourage speculators after a decline against the dollar amid a tariff dispute with Washington fueled fears of a damaging outflow of capital from the world's second-largest economy. Traders must post a 20 percent deposit...
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In this July 11, 2018 photo, workers repave a street in Roseville, Calif., partially funded by a gas tax hike passed by the Legislature in 2017. Republican officeholders have plowed money into a November ballot initiative campaign to repeal the tax increase. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
August 05, 2018 - 12:01 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Top national Republicans and grassroots donors alike are pouring money into the campaign to repeal California's gas tax increase with the hopes it will drive turnout in November and help the GOP hold onto U.S. House seats in the heavily Democratic state. Overall,...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018 file photo, British Secretary of State for International Trade Liam Fox speaks during the inaugural meeting of the UK-China CEO Council at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Britain's international trade minister says it's likely the U.K. will fail to agree a divorce deal with the European Union before it leaves the bloc next year. Trade Secretary Liam Fox told the Sunday Times newspaper on Sunday, Aug. 5 that "intransigence" by EU officials "is pushing us towards no deal." (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, file)
August 05, 2018 - 7:04 am
LONDON (AP) — Britain's international trade minister says it's likely the U.K. will fail to agree upon a divorce deal with the European Union before it leaves the bloc in March — the latest in a growing chorus of warnings that the negotiations are in crisis. Trade Secretary Liam Fox told the Sunday...
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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 04, 2018 - 4:58 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — On the heels of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling weakening public-sector unions, labor's clout is being put to a new test by a voter referendum in Missouri over whether the state should ban compulsory union fees in all private-sector workplaces. The statewide vote in Tuesday's...
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