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AP FACT CHECK: Trump cries 'treason' over campaign scrutiny

May. 20, 2019 6:10 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is using "treason" rather lightly as he assails unidentified U.S. officials for investigating operatives of his campaign in 2016. There's no allegation or even suggestion that they committed this punishable-by-death crime, if any crime at all. Trump's hyperbolic...

Elder care homes rake in profits as workers earn a pittance

May. 19, 2019 1:38 PM EDT

She alights from a black Ferrari convertible, her Christian Louboutin stilettos glinting in the sunlight. The lid of her black lacquer grand piano is propped open in the living room of her plush Beverly Hills home. "I own a chain of elderly care facilities," she says into the camera on Bravo's reality television...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's miscues on trade and drug prices

May. 18, 2019 8:26 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump spoke this past week as if he's unaware that drug prices have gone up and tariffs came before him. His boast that the U.S. never collected a dime on goods from China until he imposed them marked a series of statements misrepresenting how trade works as the two...

Feds sue WV governor's coal companies over safety violations

May. 7, 2019 7:39 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The U.S. government sued nearly two dozen of West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice's coal companies Tuesday to get them to pay about $4.8 million in unpaid mine safety fines. The civil lawsuit was filed by federal prosecutors in Virginia on behalf of the U.S. Department of Labor and the...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump, Putin on 'no collusion'; economy myths

May. 6, 2019 12:53 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is still pulling numbers out of thin air on the economy. Trump repeatedly asserted that the U.S. economy is perhaps the best "ever" and insisted that last quarter's gross domestic product was the highest in 14 years. Neither claim is true. The president bragged the...

Unemployment hits 49-year low as US employers step up hiring

May. 3, 2019 5:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hiring accelerated and pay rose at a solid pace in April, setting the stage for healthy U.S. economic growth to endure despite fears of a slowdown earlier this year. Employers added 263,000 jobs, with the unemployment rate dropping to a five-decade low of 3.6% from 3.8%, though that drop...

The Latest: Jobless rate falls to 49-year low of 3.6%

May. 3, 2019 4:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the April jobs report (all times local): 8:30 a.m. Hiring jumped in April as U.S. employers added 263,000 jobs, a strong gain that suggests businesses have shrugged off any concerns the economy may slow this year. The Labor Department says the unemployment rate fell to a new...

US productivity grows at solid 3.6% rate in first quarter

May. 2, 2019 9:00 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. productivity grew at a solid 3.6% rate in the first three months of this year, the strongest quarterly gain in more than four years and a hopeful sign that a long stretch of weak productivity gains may be coming to an end. The first quarter increase in productivity was more than...

Markets Right Now: Stocks rise, notching another weekly gain

Apr. 5, 2019 4:29 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local): 4 p.m. Stocks closed broadly higher on Wall Street, closing out another solid week of gains for the market. Health care and energy companies pulled the market higher Friday. Cigna rose 2.9% and Marathon Petroleum climbed...

Man who starred in immigration documentary is deported

Apr. 3, 2019 5:45 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The protagonist of an award-winning film about immigrants infiltrating a Florida detention facility was deported from the U.S., his attorney said Wednesday. Claudio Rojas, 53, was sent back to his native Argentina after being detained more than a month ago during a government-mandated visit,...