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  • Corporations to keep tax break lost by millions of Americans

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions of Americans would lose a prized tax break under President Donald Trump’s sweeping revamp of the tax code, but corporations would get to keep it. The Republican proposal would eliminate the federal deduction for state and local taxes, a widely popular break used by some 44 million Americans, especially in high-tax, […]
  • Latest: Chevron: Refinery fire won’t affect distribution

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a refinery fire near Los Angeles (all times local): 12:10 a.m. Chevron says a fire at one of its California refineries did not burn near any of the facility’s main process units. Spokesman Braden Reddall says the blaze late Tuesday at the Chevron El Segundo Refinery was […]
  • Have we seen this story before? Black Monday 30 years later

    NEW YORK (AP) — How long can this nirvana last for investors? The stock market keeps ticking methodically higher into record territory, and the Dow Jones industrial average closed above 23,000 for the first time on Wednesday. It’s been nearly 16 months since S&P 500 index funds had a pullback of even 5 percent over […]
  • Discovery Channel revives ‘American Chopper’ after 5 years

    “American Chopper” will return to the Discovery Channel next year, five years after its first run on the network ended. The reality series follows feuding father and son motorcycle builders Paul Teutul (TUHT’-ehl) Sr. and Paul Teutul Jr. as they put together chopper-style bikes for a high-profile roster of clients. Discovery says the revived series […]
  • EU looking for concrete proposals from Brits on Brexit

    BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union chief Donald Tusk says Britain needs to come up with much more concrete proposals to reinvigorate stalled Brexit negotiations. The European Council president said Wednesday that for the two sides to meet the goal of completing the first phase of talks by year’s end, Britain must translate the intentions Prime […]
  • Law firm asks: Does Facebook friendship disqualify judge?

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Is a Facebook friendship a reason to disqualify a judge? A Florida law firm is asking the state Supreme Court if a judge should be disqualified from hearing a case because he’s Facebook friends with an attorney appearing before him. The firm Herssein Law Group from North Miami asked the court […]
  • Swiss executive asks voters to reject paid paternity leave

    GENEVA (AP) — Switzerland’s executive body is advising voters to reject a ballot initiative that would grant new fathers at least 20 days of paid paternity leave. The seven-member Federal Council argues says Switzerland should instead improve options for childcare and let business and labor leaders iron out the issue. The council argues that the […]
  • Democrats slam GOP budget on taxes, health care cuts

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-led Senate rejected Democratic attempts to spare health programs for the poor and elderly from cuts, absorbing political hits as the price for advancing a $4 trillion budget plan that’s a crucial step in the GOP’s drive to rewrite the tax code later this year. In rapid-fire party-line votes, Republicans defended […]
  • Trump: US faces ‘once in a lifetime opportunity’ on taxes

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says the nation faces a “once in a lifetime opportunity” to overhaul the tax system. Trump spoke during a White House meeting with a group of senators. The president is convening Republicans and Democrats from the tax-writing Senate Finance Committee to build support for his plan. Trump says it […]
  • Berlusconi backs autonomy referendums in 2 Italian regions

    MILAN (AP) — Former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi threw his political weight behind a non-binding referendum on autonomy in his native region of Lombardy — though he said Wednesday he wasn’t sure whether he can vote himself. Berlusconi joined Roberto Maroni, president of the prosperous Lombardy region, to show his support for its autonomy. Both […]
  • Minnesota city official suggests limiting refugee intake

    ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — A city council member in the central Minnesota community of St. Cloud said he plans to propose a citywide moratorium on refugee resettlement. Jeff Johnson said he wants to limit refugee resettlement until the city gets more information about the number of people moving to the city and the possible […]
  • Former drug czar nominee Marino defends role in opioid law

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s former nominee to be the nation’s drug czar is defending his role in writing a law that critics say weakened the government’s authority to stop companies from distributing opioids. Rep. Tom Marino, R-Pa., said he’s proud of his work on the 2016 law, which passed without opposition in the […]
  • US agency withdraws rule aimed at protecting animal farmers

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has killed a rule designed to protect the legal rights of farmers who raise chickens and hogs for the nation’s largest meat processors. The rule would have made it easier for farmers to sue companies they contract with over unfair or deceptive practices. It was […]
  • IRS still enforcing Obama-era insurance mandate

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Contrary to widespread perceptions, the IRS still appears to be enforcing the unpopular Obama-era requirement that most people carry health insurance or risk a fine. The agency says on its website that it will automatically reject electronic returns for tax year 2017 that don’t specify if the taxpayer had health insurance. That […]
  • Women who own businesses find bank loans harder to get

    NEW YORK (AP) — Getting a bank loan is still a struggle for many women who own businesses. Kirsten Curry has had three rejections in the past six months and is waiting to hear from a fourth bank. Curry, owner of Seattle-based Leading Retirement Solutions, has applied to national banks, a regional bank and a […]