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Hong Kong cuts taxes to shore up economy amid protests

Aug. 16, 2019 12:07 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong's government announced tax cuts and higher social spending Thursday to reverse a deepening economic slump aggravated by anti-government protests and the U.S.-Chinese tariff war. The territory's financial secretary, Paul Chan, cut this year's official growth forecast to 0 to 1%,...

EU slaps biodiesel duties on Indonesia over subsidy concerns

Aug. 13, 2019 7:22 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union says it has imposed extra duties on imports of biodiesel from Indonesia, claiming that the government in the Southeast Asian country is subsidizing the fuel. The EU's executive commission said Tuesday that a probe "found that Indonesian biodiesel producers benefit from...

Report: Costs in most states exceed subsidies for child care

Aug. 13, 2019 12:37 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Child care costs in most states exceed federal subsidy payments provided to low-income parents, according to a newly released report from the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, leaving working families with few affordable options. The report , released...

Trump administration moves to enforce abortion restriction

Aug. 9, 2019 1:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Moving ahead despite objections, the Trump administration on Friday set a timetable for federally funded family clinics to comply with a new rule that bars them from referring women for abortions. The action is part of a series of efforts to remake government policy on reproductive health...

Missouri, Kansas farmers, GOP official rely on federal money

Aug. 9, 2019 1:07 AM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Sixth-generation Kansas farmer Charles Atkinson said the millions of dollars in trade aid the federal government has funneled to local farmers doesn't fully make up for what growers have lost in recent years. "But it will help," he said, noting that many farmers are struggling to...

2020 Democrats target Trump gains in rural areas

Aug. 7, 2019 3:48 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — They're flanked by hay bales on otherwise deserted fields, speak atop countertops at small-town coffee shops and tour farms far removed from city centers. Democratic presidential candidates are trying to prove they can gain ground in rural areas that swung to President Donald Trump....

Newport News airport seeks grant to subsidize Dulles route

Aug. 4, 2019 3:21 PM EDT

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — Newport News/Williamsburg Airport is hoping to add a flight connecting it to Dulles International Airport. The Newport News airport currently has flights to and from Atlanta, Philadelphia and Charlotte, which connect the airport to hubs for Delta and American airlines. A flight to...

Nuke plants' rescue jolts conservatives, environmentalists

Aug. 2, 2019 5:51 AM EDT

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A financial rescue for Ohio's nuclear plants and two coal-fired plants that will force the state's residents and businesses to fork over roughly $1.5 billion is galvanizing environmentalists and some conservatives. Advocacy groups and investors, incensed by what they call a bailout and...

Warren pitches new trade agenda in Midwest swing

Jul. 29, 2019 2:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Elizabeth Warren released a trade agenda on Monday that would aggressively use U.S. policy as a tool to prod other countries to adopt progressive stances on climate change and labor rights. The Massachusetts Democrat and presidential candidate proposed nine preconditions U.S. trading...

US presses WTO to stop lenient trade treatment of China

Jul. 26, 2019 11:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump pressed the World Trade Organization on Friday to stop letting China and other economies receive lenient treatment under global trade rules by calling themselves "developing" countries. In a memo, Trump directed U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to "use...