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April 21, 2019 - 7:59 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is poised to tell five nations, including allies Japan, South Korea and Turkey, that they will no longer be exempt from U.S. sanctions if they continue to import oil from Iran. U.S. officials say Secretary of State Mike Pompeo plans to announce on Monday...
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FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2017 file photo, Sen. Maureen Walsh, R-Walla Walla, right, takes the oath of office on the opening day of the 2017 legislative session at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Sen. Walsh has angered nurses by commenting in a speech that some nurses may spend a lot of time playing cards in rural hospitals. The Olympian reports that state Sen. Maureen Walsh, a Republican, made the comments this week while debating a Senate bill that would require uninterrupted meal and rest breaks for nurses. Walsh wants an amendment that would exclude hospitals with fewer than 25 beds. A Washington State Nurses Association blog about the comments drew so many readers Friday, April 19, 2019, that the site crashed. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
April 20, 2019 - 7:32 pm
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state lawmaker has angered nurses and spawned a flurry of viral hashtags and memes on social media by saying that some nurses may spend a lot of time playing cards in small, rural hospitals. State Sen. Maureen Walsh, a Republican representing College Place,...
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FILE - This Monday, Feb. 2, 2009 file photo shows a frozen cherry pie in a store's freezer in Palo Alto, Calif. In 2019, the Food and Drug Administration is preparing to propose getting rid of a federal standard for frozen cherry pie, which say the products must be at least 25% cherries by weight. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
April 19, 2019 - 6:32 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump may soon be able to claim a sweet victory for his deregulation push, with officials preparing to get rid of the decades-old rules for frozen cherry pies. Emails show the Food and Drug Administration planned to start the process for revoking the standard for...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, April 17, 2019 file photo, Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly speaks during a news conference at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kansas. The Democratic governor is urging the Republican-controlled Legislature to remain cautious in the wake of a new, slightly more optimistic forecast for state tax collections. (AP Photo/John Hanna)
April 19, 2019 - 5:12 pm
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas will allow its state Farm Bureau to offer health care coverage that doesn't satisfy the Affordable Care Act after Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly on Friday declined to block a Republican-backed effort to circumvent former President Barack Obama's signature health care law...
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FILE - In this April 4, 2019, file photo, Tesla CEO Elon Musk leaves Manhattan Federal Court, in New York. In a letter filed on Thursday, April 18, 2019, lawyers for Musk and the U.S. government asked for another week to negotiate a deal to keep Musk from being found in contempt of court. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
April 18, 2019 - 6:40 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Lawyers for Tesla CEO Elon Musk and U.S. securities regulators are getting another week to negotiate a deal to keep Musk from being found in contempt of court. Both sides say in a letter filed Thursday with a federal court in New York that they talked for over an hour this week and...
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FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2017, file photo, construction workers build one of the Facebook data center buildings in Los Lunas, N.M. A powerful regulatory authority in New Mexico decided Tuesday, April 16, 2019, it is requiring the state's largest utility to bill Facebook $39 million for the construction of a new transmission line, a move that the social media giant says could affect its long-term operations in the state. (Marla Brose/The Albuquerque Journal via AP, File)
April 18, 2019 - 4:53 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A powerful New Mexico regulatory authority is requiring the state's largest utility to bill Facebook $39 million for a new transmission line construction for its data center — a move the social media giant says it was not expecting. The Public Regulation Commission's on...
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FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2018 file photo, President Donald Trump, center, sits between Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, right, and Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto as they sign a new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement that is replacing the NAFTA trade deal, during a ceremony at a hotel before the start of the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Trump’s new North America trade agreement would give the U.S. economy only a modest boost, an independent federal agency finds. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia, File)
April 18, 2019 - 4:50 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's new North America trade agreement would give the U.S. economy only a modest boost, an independent federal agency has found. The International Trade Commission said Thursday that Trump's U.S.-Mexico-Canada agreement would lift the U.S. economy by 0.35%, or...
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks to reporters at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, April 9, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
April 18, 2019 - 2:57 pm
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday he plans to introduce legislation to raise the minimum age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21 nationally, rating the health initiative as one of his top priorities. The Senate leader said his bill will cover all tobacco...
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In this April 11, 2019 photo, Rep. Laurie Jinkins, D-Tacoma, listens to debate on the House floor at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Jinkins is the sponsor of a measure that has Washington poised to become the first state to establish an employee-paid program creating an insurance benefit to help offset the costs of long-term care, pending a final vote in the House. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
April 18, 2019 - 12:43 pm
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington is poised to become the first state to establish an employee-paid program creating an insurance benefit to help offset the costs of long-term care, a step advocates say will help an aging population that is likely not prepared for the increasing costs needed for...
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FILE - In this file photo taken on Monday, Dec. 19, 2016, a client leaves PrivatBank as other clients take money from PrivatBank's cash machine in Kiev, Ukraine. A Ukrainian court has ruled that the 2016 nationalization of the major bank PrivatBank, owned by a powerful tycoon Ihor Kolomoyskyi, was illegal. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky, File)
April 18, 2019 - 10:59 am
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — A Ukrainian court on Thursday ruled that the 2016 nationalization of a major bank owned by a tycoon was illegal, sending shockwaves through the country's financial community. Privatbank, Ukraine's biggest lender, was nationalized in 2016 after authorities discovered a capital...
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