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AP FACT CHECK: Trump and Dems on an incendiary week

Jul. 20, 2019 8:07 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump attributed statements to a Democratic congresswoman that she didn't make as he set off an incendiary week of vilification with accusations that she and three other lawmakers of color hate America. The episode roiled the capital and excited Trump's North Carolina...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump challenges Fed with dubious theory

Jul. 19, 2019 6:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is flipping interest-rate theory on its head as he tries to blame the Fed for holding back growth. Trump went after the Federal Reserve on Friday after advancing a dubious argument this week that blue-collar workers have gained the most from the strong stock market....

Lebanese losing faith as politicians fumble over economy

Jul. 19, 2019 3:21 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — For days, Lebanese TV stations have been blanketed with live coverage as lawmakers held heated debate over a controversial austerity budget meant to salvage the flailing economy, with protests outside parliament and critics denouncing its focus on tax hikes and wage cuts. Mohammed Badran,...

Report shows Connecticut lost 1,400 jobs in June

Jul. 18, 2019 6:43 PM EDT

WETHERSFIELD, Conn. (AP) — A new report shows Connecticut lost 1,400 jobs in June, nearly all coming from local government. The Department of Labor's monthly report, released Thursday, indicates the state's June 3.7% unemployment rate is down one-tenth of a percent compared to May's figure. Andy Condon,...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump distorts Omar's words on terrorism

Jul. 18, 2019 3:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump falsely accused Rep. Ilhan Omar of expressing pride in terrorists and misrepresented the record on the economy and health care in his freewheeling North Carolina rally. A look at some of his claims from Wednesday night: OMAR TRUMP quotes Omar as saying: "You don't...

House Democratss, GOP unite to repeal Obama health care tax

Jul. 17, 2019 7:15 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats and Republicans joined in a rare show of unity Wednesday, voting overwhelmingly to repeal an unpopular tax on generous health insurance that's a symbol of former President Barack Obama's signature health care law. The so-called "Cadillac tax" never went into effect, since...

Kohl's kicks off hiring for back-to-school, holiday seasons

Jul. 17, 2019 11:02 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Kohl's is launching an early wave of hires for the back-to-school through the holiday season across 500 stores, nearly double the number of early hiring positions compared with last year. The hiring, announced on Wednesday, will kick off in August and include stores and distribution and...

Lawmakers slash personal income taxes in state budget deal

Jul. 16, 2019 8:23 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio would cut personal income taxes by 4%, keep a debated business tax break and change how pharmacy benefits are administered for Medicaid users to boost transparency and control those costs under a proposed two-year state budget passed Tuesday by a conference committee. The...

USDA: 40% of transferred ag researchers to move to Midwest

Jul. 16, 2019 6:24 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Department of Agriculture says fewer than 40% of the researchers whose jobs are being transferred from Washington, D.C., to Kansas City will make the move to the Midwest. The Kansas City Star reports that U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced in June that the USDA...

Zimbabwe's civil servants protest pay as inflation hits 176%

Jul. 16, 2019 10:44 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Representatives of Zimbabwe's government workers Tuesday protested against what they called "slave salaries" as inflation almost doubled to 176%, a decade high that highlights the country's rapidly deteriorating economy. Holding placards and singing songs denouncing the country's...