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Now Roquefort: US eyes tariffs on $2.4B in French imports

Dec. 2, 2019 8:22 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is proposing tariffs on up to $2.4 billion worth of French imports — including Roquefort cheese, handbags, lipstick and sparkling wine — in retaliation for France’s tax on American tech giants like Google, Amazon and Facebook. The Office of...

Senate approves successor to Rick Perry as energy secretary

Dec. 2, 2019 6:57 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s pick to succeed Rick Perry as energy secretary won easy Senate confirmation Monday, despite a Democratic senator’s objections that the nominee hadn’t fully answered questions related to the Trump impeachment investigation. Several other...

Senators press Amazon over doorbell camera security concerns

Nov. 20, 2019 7:02 PM EST

A group of Democratic U.S. senators is questioning Amazon about the security of its Ring doorbell cameras following reports that some Ukraine-based employees had access to video footage from customers’ homes. A letter to Amazon Wednesday from Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon and four other Democrats said the...

Correction: Prescription Drugs story

Nov. 18, 2019 5:36 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story Nov. 18 about the White House push for prescription drug legislation, The Associated Press misspelled the first name of the executive director of Families USA. The correct spelling is Frederick, not Frederic. A corrected version of the story is below: Drug cost legislation gets...

White House and Pelosi part ways on relief for drug prices

Nov. 5, 2019 5:01 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House on Tuesday signaled President Donald Trump's blunt thumbs-down to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's plan allowing Medicare to negotiate drug prices. Her office's sharp retort: "Working people won't like it if he sells them out." Despite the House impeachment inquiry, the White...

Rule would let faith-based groups exclude LGBT parents

Nov. 1, 2019 4:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Friday proposed a rule that would allow faith-based foster care and adoption agencies to continue getting taxpayer funding even if they exclude LGBT families and others from their services based on religious beliefs. The announcement generated a sharp backlash...

Russian woman who infiltrated US politics out of prison

Oct. 25, 2019 7:30 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A tantalizing chapter in Russia's efforts to collect intelligence on American politics came to a close on Friday as a woman who worked as a covert agent was released from prison to be returned to her home country. Maria Butina, a gun rights activist who sought to infiltrate...

Hong Kong activist stabbed as protesters gird for march

Oct. 19, 2019 9:15 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — A man distributing leaflets near a wall with pro-democracy messages was stabbed and wounded, as Hong Kong anti-government protesters prepared to hold an unauthorized march Sunday to press their demands. Police said they arrested a 22-year-old man Saturday in connection with the knife...

Agency eyes big revamp of Wall Street whistleblower program

Oct. 12, 2019 10:48 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal agency is moving with little fanfare to revamp one of the most successful whistleblower programs in the government, alarming advocates who warn the changes will set back efforts to police Wall Street and punish corporate fraud. Much like the whistleblower system for intelligence...