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Trump administration blasts WTO ruling on China

Jul. 16, 2019 3:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is blasting a World Trade Organization decision that could let China levy sanctions on the United States. The WTO ruling was actually a mixed verdict in a case that dates back to 2007 and is unrelated to the tariffs the administration has slapped on $250 billion...

The Latest: UAE official says tanker sent no distress call

Jul. 16, 2019 3:13 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on tensions in the Persian Gulf amid a crisis between the United States and Iran (all times local): 7:05 p.m. An Emirati official says a small oil tanker that's based in the United Arab Emirates offered no distress call before switching off its tracker over two...

Pentagon nominee regrets Turkey's 'drift' from West

Jul. 16, 2019 3:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Army Secretary Mark Esper, President Donald Trump's nominee to become secretary of defense, told his Senate confirmation hearing Tuesday he is troubled by Turkey's decision to defy the United States by acquiring Russian-made air defenses. "It is very disheartening to see how they have...

Cryptocurrencies, digital tax top the agenda for G-7 meeting

Jul. 16, 2019 3:02 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Finance officials from the Group of Seven rich democracies will weigh risks from new digital currencies and debate how to tax tech companies like Google and Amazon when they meet in the Paris suburb of Chantilly. Those two issues, raised by the impact of digitalization on the world economy,...

Powell says financial crisis accelerated economic changes

Jul. 16, 2019 2:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Tuesday that the 2008 financial crisis accelerated major changes in the U.S. and global economies, leading to slower growth, lower inflation and lower interest rates. Delivering remarks to a Paris economic conference, Powell said that since the...

Top Senate Democrat gives backing to reparations bill

Jul. 16, 2019 2:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says he supports legislation that would create a commission to study reparations for the descendants of enslaved black people in the United States. Speaking to reporters at the Capitol, the New York Democrat on Tuesday called racism "the poison of...

'Chatgate' scandal throws Puerto Rico's governor into crisis

Jul. 16, 2019 2:37 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Nearly two years ago, Hurricane María exposed the raw dysfunction of Puerto Rico, collapsing long-neglected infrastructure and leaving several thousand dead on Gov. Ricardo Rosselló's watch. Last week, two of his top former officials were arrested by the FBI on...

Judge restricts social media use of Trump friend Roger Stone

Jul. 16, 2019 1:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — No more Instagram for Roger Stone. Facebook and Twitter are out, too. A federal judge barred Stone from posting on social media Tuesday after finding that the longtime confidant of President Donald Trump repeatedly flouted her gag order. Stone, who is charged with lying in the Russia...

US stocks move sideways as earnings reports ramp up

Jul. 16, 2019 1:46 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks headed sideways in afternoon trading as investors assessed a mixed bag of corporate earnings and economic reports. Technology companies fared the worst, with some of the heaviest declines coming from chipmakers. Intel fell 1.9% and Texas Instruments fell 1.1%. Johnson &...

Trump says US won't sell fighter jets to Turkey

Jul. 16, 2019 1:39 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says the U.S. is not going to sell F-35 fighter jets to Turkey after Ankara decided to buy a missile defense system from Russia. The Trump administration has repeatedly told Turkey that it will be cut off from buying F-35s if it buys the S-400 Russian air defense...