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'Many people agree with me': Trump digs in on racist tweets

Jul. 15, 2019 2:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Unbowed by searing criticism, President Donald Trump on Monday emphatically defended his tweet calling on four Democratic congresswomen of color to go back to their "broken and crime infested" countries. Condemnation of his comments "doesn't concern me because many people agree with me,"...

SKorea leader says Tokyo's trade curbs will hurt Japan more

Jul. 15, 2019 5:48 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — In his strongest comments yet on a growing trade dispute, South Korea's president urged Japan on Monday to lift recently tightened controls on high-tech exports to South Korea, which he said threaten to shatter the countries' economic cooperation and could damage Japan more than...

Indiana's state budget reserve jumps to $2.3 billion

Jul. 11, 2019 5:55 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana's state cash reserves grew faster than expected over the past year, to nearly $2.3 billion, and the governor is proposing to spend some of that money on several planned construction projects. State budget officials announced Thursday that Indiana closed the 2019 fiscal year...

Clarification: Wheat-Trade Agreement story

Jul. 11, 2019 5:29 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — In a story July 10, The Associated Press reported that Republican senators from border states want grains rules addressed as part of a trade deal with Canada and Mexico. The request was made by a bipartisan group. An updated version is below: Lawmakers along the northern U.S. border...

Trump trade representative to investigate French tech tax

Jul. 10, 2019 7:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is launching an investigation into France's proposed tax on internet giants like Google, Amazon and Facebook — a move that could lead to U.S. taxes on French imports. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer expressed concern that the tax, expected to be passed...

California air boss: open to compromise in mileage standoff

Jul. 9, 2019 7:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — California's air pollution control boss says she's open to compromise with the Trump administration over its efforts to relax mileage standards, as the bitter standoff threatens to unleash years of court fights and confusion in the U.S. auto industry. Five months after President Donald...

Administration moves to ease drive-time rules for truckers

Jul. 1, 2019 11:34 AM EDT

OPAL, Va. (AP) — Truck driver Lucson Francois was forced to hit the brakes just five minutes from his home in Pennsylvania. He'd reached the maximum number of hours in a day he's allowed to be on duty. Francois couldn't leave the truck unattended. So he parked and climbed into the sleeper berth in the back...

Wyoming businessman with GOP ties considers 2020 run

Jun. 29, 2019 11:51 AM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming businessman with national Republican ties says he's considering running for federal office. The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports Bob Grady announced Friday that he decided to explore after U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi said he wouldn't run for re-election next year. Grady says he is...

US to China: Fix tech policies. China's retort: Drop tariffs

Jun. 27, 2019 2:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Americans want to safeguard their technological riches, restore balance to their top trading relationship and force a sharp-elbowed rival to play by the rules and keep its word. The Chinese want the Trump administration to drop its tariffs so they can regain freer access to the...

US: Coca cultivation in Colombia dropped slightly in 2018

Jun. 26, 2019 7:29 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration reported Wednesday that coca cultivation and cocaine production in Colombia dropped slightly in 2018 for the first time in six years, but it remained at historically high levels. The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy said that coca cultivation in...