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Highlights of the $330 billion-plus bill to avoid shutdown

Feb. 14, 2019 9:12 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's not just about President Donald Trump's border wall. The border security issues that sparked a 35-day government shutdown are but one element of a massive $330 billion-plus spending measure that wraps seven bills into one, funding nine Cabinet agencies, including the departments of...

Japan's economy rebounds in 4Q, growth for 2018 at 0.7 pct

Feb. 14, 2019 1:06 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's economy picked up some momentum in the last quarter of 2018 but still slowed from the growth seen in the previous year. The 1.4 percent rebound in annualized growth for October-December contrasted with a revised 2.6 percent contraction in the previous quarter, according to data...

Proposal would pay TSA screeners during government shutdowns

Feb. 13, 2019 7:38 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Several lawmakers are pushing a proposal to make sure airport security screeners get paid during future government shutdowns. The lawmakers, all Democrats, said Wednesday their legislation would require that all money from security fees on airline tickets go only for aviation security. It...

Q&A: Should anyone worry about a $22 trillion national debt?

Feb. 13, 2019 4:46 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government surpassed a dubious milestone this week: Its debt topped $22 trillion — that's trillion, with a "t'' — for the first time. Piles of federal debt have been growing ever higher for years, fueled by accumulating annual deficits, which themselves have been driven...

Q&A: Should anyone worry about a $22 trillion national debt?

Feb. 13, 2019 4:03 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government surpassed a dubious milestone this week: Its debt topped $22 trillion — that's trillion, with a "t'' — for the first time. Piles of federal debt have been growing ever higher for years, fueled by accumulating annual deficits, which themselves have been driven...

Trump not 'thrilled' with border deal but leaning toward it

Feb. 12, 2019 9:25 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Under mounting pressure from his own party, President Donald Trump appeared to be grudgingly leaning toward accepting an agreement Tuesday that would head off a threatened second government shutdown but provide just a fraction of the money he's been demanding for his Mexican border wall....

Budget deal allows far less money than Trump wanted for wall

Feb. 12, 2019 10:03 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional negotiators reached agreement to prevent a government shutdown and finance construction of new barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border, overcoming a late-stage hang-up over immigration enforcement issues that had threatened to scuttle the talks. Republicans were desperate to...

Budget deal allows far less money than Trump wanted for wall

Feb. 12, 2019 12:32 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional negotiators reached agreement to prevent a government shutdown and finance construction of new barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border, overcoming a late-stage hang-up over immigration enforcement issues that had threatened to scuttle the talks. Republicans were desperate to...

Congressional lawmakers reach deal on border wall funding

Feb. 11, 2019 11:36 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional negotiators reached agreement Monday night to prevent a government shutdown and finance construction of new barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border, overcoming a late-stage hang-up over immigration enforcement issues that had threatened to scuttle the talks. Republicans were...

At Dubai summit, Pakistan premier warns of 'painful' reforms

Feb. 10, 2019 10:17 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan said Sunday his nation needed "painful" economic reforms to cut back on its massive debt, just after meeting the head of the International Monetary Fund, signaling the former cricketer may be willing to slash government spending for a...