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New Mexico bill would create first state-run pot shops in US

Mar. 12, 2019 10:14 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico would become the first U.S. state to set up its own government-operated marijuana stores and subsidize medical cannabis for the poor under a bill brokered between Republicans and Democrats, as a new wave of states weighs legislation that would legalize recreational sales...

Trump, Czech Prime Minister Babis have much in common

Mar. 7, 2019 3:48 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis now have another thing in common: They both like the same campaign slogan. Babis said Thursday at the White House that he similarly wants to "Make the Czech Republic great again." The two leaders already have much in common....

Venezuela's adversaries seek to show resolve in crisis

Mar. 5, 2019 7:25 PM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Appearing a day after his rival returned home to a tumultuous welcome, President Nicolas Maduro denounced his opponents in a speech Tuesday at a military ceremony but did not refer by name to opposition leader Juan Guaido. The man who says he is the rightful president, meanwhile,...

Farm loan delinquencies highest in 9 years as prices slump

Feb. 28, 2019 1:13 PM EST

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The nation's farmers are struggling to pay back loans after years of low crop prices and a backlash from foreign buyers over President Donald Trump's tariffs, with a key government program showing the highest default rate in at least nine years. Many agricultural loans come due around...

WTO panel rules in favor of US in Chinese farm subsidy case

Feb. 28, 2019 11:23 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — The World Trade Organization panel has ruled in favor of the United States in a dispute with China over agricultural subsidies, saying Beijing went beyond WTO limits in its support for wheat and rice producers. The WTO's Dispute Settlement Body on Thursday found China exceeded domestic...

Haitians seek water, food as businesses reopen after protest

Feb. 19, 2019 4:42 AM EST

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Businesses and government offices slowly reopened across Haiti on Monday after more than a week of violent demonstrations by hundreds of thousands of protesters demanding the resignation of President Jovenel Moise over skyrocketing prices that have more than doubled for basic...

Venezuela's Maduro to throw concert rivaling Richard Branson

Feb. 18, 2019 11:05 PM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Refusing to back down amid a mounting battle over Venezuela's humanitarian crisis, the government of President Nicolas Maduro announced Monday that it will hold its own huge concert to rival one being organized by billionaire Richard Branson, a backer of opposition leader Juan...

Utah reduces voter-backed Medicaid expansion in rare move

Feb. 11, 2019 7:53 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah passed sweeping changes to a voter-approved Medicaid expansion Monday, cutting the number of people covered nearly in half and adding work requirements that the Trump administration is expected to approve. Republican Gov. Gary Herbert signed the plan hours after it cleared a...

Hungary to give women with 4 or more kids life tax exemption

Feb. 10, 2019 1:34 PM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary's government is greatly increasing financial aid and subsidies for families with several children, the country's prime minister said Sunday. The measures announced by Viktor Orban during his "state of the nation" speech are meant to encourage women to have more children and...

Long lines to buy meat illustrate Iran's economic woes

Feb. 8, 2019 1:35 AM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — In the frigid air of a Tehran winter, a mother of two stands in a long line of shoppers waiting for the chance to buy discounted meat at a store supported by Iran's government. "Yesterday, after nearly two hours in the line, the shopkeeper said: 'It is finished, try another day,'" Zahra...