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GOP betting that its fix for US economy will defy warnings

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 06:50:20 -0600

WASHINGTON (AP) — The tax overhaul of 2017 amounts to a high-stakes gamble by Republicans in Congress: That slashing taxes for corporations and wealthy individuals will accelerate growth and assure greater prosperity for Americans for years to come.

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Israeli workers strike nationwide to protest Teva layoffs

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 06:36:58 -0600

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's national trade union on Sunday held a half-day nationwide strike to protest generic drugmaker Teva's decision to lay off a quarter of its workforce, snarling traffic and shuttering key services across the country.

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Defiant Theresa May: UK 'proving doubters wrong' on Brexit

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 06:33:29 -0600

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May said Sunday her government is "proving the doubters wrong" after European Union leaders agreed that Brexit negotiations can finally move on to their next phase in the new year.

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SpaceX capsule back at space station with pre-Christmas haul

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 07:39:33 -0600

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A recycled SpaceX capsule is back at the International Space Station, just in time for Christmas.

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For GOP, tax bill's most visible win may be averting failure

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 04:53:40 -0600

WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite the sheer size and society-spanning impact of the $1.5 trillion tax overhaul, the quickest and most potent political victory that Republicans would savor by pushing the bill through Congress next week may be what it averts:…

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Autopsies underway for Canadian billionaires found dead

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 21:47:17 -0600

TORONTO (AP) — Investigators are awaiting the results of autopsies performed on Canadian billionaire Barry Sherman and his wife after they were found dead in their home in what police called suspicious deaths.

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Odebrecht: No sign dealings with Peru's president illegal

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 20:00:26 -0600

LIMA, Peru (AP) — The Brazilian construction giant at the center of Latin America's largest corruption scandal says there is no indication the payments made to a consulting firm owned by Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski were illegal.

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China, Britain pledge cooperation as UK leaves EU

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 18:36:13 -0600

BEIJING (AP) — Britain and China pledged Saturday to promote London as a center for offshore use of Beijing's currency and cooperate in clean energy research and promoting trade as the United Kingdom prepares to leave the European Union.

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Planning board OKs Marriott's $600M Maryland headquarters

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 17:11:58 -0600

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — Marriott International's plans to open a new $600 million headquarters in suburban Maryland has been approved by a local planning board.

A look at some winners and losers under the GOP tax plan

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 15:37:00 -0600

WASHINGTON (AP) — Count President Donald Trump among the personal winners in the $1.5 trillion tax package that congressional Republicans are on the verge of passing. It's not only a political score for Trump but likely a windfall for his…

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Canadian company closes on site for new ag equipment plant

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 15:25:34 -0600

HUDSON, Ill. (AP) — A Canadian company that plans to make grain-handling equipment in a central Illinois village has closed on a building that will house its new plant.

GM shows new Silverado pickup at event in Texas

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 15:00:58 -0600

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors is showing of an all-new version of the Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck at an event in Texas.

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Clean coal plant in Wyoming slated for operation by summer

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 14:26:50 -0600

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — A company working on a process intended to produce cleaner-burning coal plans to begin operating its new test plant in northeast Wyoming by next summer.

Major media players start commission for sexual misconduct

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 11:48:37 -0600

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The biggest figures and institutions in entertainment have established a commission to be chaired by Anita Hill that intends to combat sexual misconduct and inequality in the industry in the wake of the huge wave of…

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More than $600,000 spent on police gear for pipeline protest

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 11:42:38 -0600

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota law enforcement purchased more than $600,000 worth of body armor, tactical equipment and crowd control devices during the height of protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline, state invoices show.

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US, Canada to begin talks in 2018 on Columbia River deal

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 11:39:53 -0600

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Members of Congress from Washington state are praising the decision to start negotiations early next year over the future of a half-century-old agreement between the United States and Canada that governs hydropower and flood control operations…

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As Bitcoin, other currencies soar, regulators urge caution

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 10:00:51 -0600

NEW YORK (AP) — The public's interest in all things bitcoin and efforts by entrepreneurs to fund their businesses with digital currencies is starting to draw more attention from regulators.

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Sign-ups show health law's staying power in Trump era

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 08:43:06 -0600

WASHINGTON (AP) — A deadline burst of sign-ups after a tumultuous year for the Obama health law has revealed continued demand for the program's subsidized individual health plans. But the Affordable Care Act's troubles aren't over.

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Rules protecting coal miners' dust exposure up for review

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 02:31:04 -0600

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Three years after the Obama administration lowered the allowable limits for miners' exposure to coal dust, the Trump administration has brought the standards up for review.

Trump reconsiders rules protecting miners from black lung

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 20:57:07 -0600

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — President Donald Trump's mining regulators are reconsidering rules meant to protect underground miners from breathing coal and rock dust -- the cause of black lung -- and diesel exhaust, which can cause cancer. An advocate for…

Alaska governor puts budget focus on economy, public safety

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 20:55:59 -0600

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Gov. Bill Walker on Friday proposed a budget plan aimed at reinvigorating the state's economy that he hopes will win over legislators following drawn-out sessions marred by political gridlock.

Iran sanctions trial judge slams 'foreign conspiracy theory'

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 20:32:48 -0600

NEW YORK (AP) — A judge on Friday belittled a Turkey official's claims that a Turkish cleric living in Pennsylvania is behind a banker's trial in an Iran economic sanctions conspiracy, labeling it an "illogical foreign conspiracy theory."

NASA drops replica Orion spacecraft to test parachutes

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 19:18:51 -0600

YUMA, Ariz. (AP) — NASA on Friday successfully dropped a replica Orion spacecraft from an Air Force transport aircraft to a southwestern Arizona desert site to test the craft's ability to cope with a partial parachute failure.

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Huge tax bill heads for passage as GOP senators fall in line

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 18:56:03 -0600

WASHINGTON (AP) — After weeks of quarrels, qualms and then eleventh-hour horse-trading, Republicans revealed the details of their huge national tax rewrite late Friday — along with announcements of support that all but guarantee approval to give President Donald Trump…

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