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  • Trump’s actions and threats involving tariffs, at a glance

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has followed through on his campaign pledge to crack down on what he has argued are unfair policies by America’s trading partners. In the past four months, Trump has slapped tariffs on a range of imports to the United States. And he is threatening to impose more, raising the […]
  • Pro-Putin youth group to form counter-protest squads

    MOSCOW (AP) — The youth wing of Russia’s dominant party says it will begin training groups of activists to mobilize quickly to conduct counterdemonstrations to opposition protests. Denis Davydov, leader of the Molodaya Gvardia (Young Guards), was quoted by the Dozhd TV channel Wednesday that the aim is to have 100 or 200 people who […]
  • Germany’s Merkel condemns attack on 2 Jewish men in Berlin

    BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday sharply condemned a street assault in Berlin on two young men wearing Jewish skullcaps that has stoked the debate about anti-Semitism in the country. A video of the attack Tuesday showing one of the victims being whipped with a belt quickly went viral. Merkel called attack […]
  • Largest maker of bump stocks will stop accepting orders

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The largest manufacturer of bump stocks, which allow semi-automatic weapons to fire rapidly like automatic firearms, announced Wednesday that it will stop taking orders and shut down its website next month. The announcement comes about a month after President Donald Trump said his administration would “ban” bump stocks, which he said […]
  • US manufacturers seek relief from steel and aluminum tariffs

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Rising costs. Delayed shipments. A baffling bureaucracy. President Donald Trump’s tariffs on imported aluminum and steel are disrupting business for American companies that buy those metals, and many are pressing for relief. Hundreds of companies are asking the Commerce Department to exempt them from the 25 percent steel tariff and the 10 […]
  • WWII bomb to force evacuation around Berlin’s main station

    BERLIN (AP) — German police say they will have to evacuate a large area of central Berlin including the city’s main train station on Friday to defuse a 500-kilogram (1,100-pound) World War II bomb discovered during construction work. Police in the German capital said Wednesday that all buildings in an 800-meter (875-yard) radius around the […]
  • Douma chemical attack puts OPCW back in spotlight

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has been thrust once again into the international limelight by a nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy in Britain and allegations of a chemical bombardment on the Syrian city of Douma. Once a little-known disarmament organization, the OPCW rose to […]
  • Justices skeptical of Washington state over salmon habitat

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court seems unlikely to allow Washington state to get out from under a court order to restore salmon habitat by removing barriers that block fish migration. The justices heard arguments Wednesday in a long-running dispute that pits the state against Indian tribes and the federal government. At issue is whether […]
  • The Latest: GOP takes regulatory fight to car loans

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on legislation that would overturn guidance on discrimination in auto loans (all times local): 12:30 p.m. The GOP-led Senate has voted to block guidance a consumer protection agency issued five years ago to help ensure minority car buyers don’t pay higher interest rates on car loans. The vote was 51-47. […]
  • UK govt suffers Parliament defeat on key Brexit bill

    LONDON (AP) — Britain’s key Brexit bill has hit a hurdle, with the House of Lords voting to seek continued membership in the European Union’s customs union. Parliament’s upper house voted 348- 225 Wednesday for a change to the EU Withdrawal Bill seeking to stay in the customs union. John Kerr, who proposed the amendment, […]
  • Excavator blamed for island-wide blackout in Puerto Rico

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — An island-wide blackout hit Puerto Rico on Wednesday after an excavator accidentally downed a transmission line, officials said, as the U.S. territory struggles to repair an increasingly unstable power grid nearly seven months after Hurricane Maria. Officials said it could take 24 to 36 hours to fully restore power […]
  • Motion seeks to erase ex-Massey CEO Blankenship’s conviction

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Attorneys for former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship are seeking to erase his misdemeanor conviction related to the deadliest U.S. mine disaster in four decades. A former lead prosecutor called it a desperate act. A motion filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Charleston claims federal prosecutors withheld information that would […]
  • Bank executive killed in jet tragedy remembered as selfless

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico bank executive who died on a Southwest Airlines flight was remembered Wednesday as a dedicated mother of two who helped others find jobs, volunteered around Albuquerque and brought often fractious sides together. Jennifer Riordan’s family said in a statement that the 43-year-old community leader died Tuesday on a […]
  • Tribes’ request for more say in Dakota Access study denied

    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A judge has rejected the request by two American Indian tribes to be more involved in a court-ordered environmental review of the Dakota Access oil pipeline. U.S. District Judge James Boasberg last year allowed oil to begin flowing between North Dakota and Illinois. But he also ordered the Army Corps of […]
  • Queen to welcome Commonwealth leaders as group seeks mission

    LONDON (AP) — The flags of more than 50 nations are flying outside Buckingham Palace as Queen Elizabeth II prepares to welcome leaders from the Commonwealth, an international club with an eclectic membership, an identity problem and an uncertain future. The Commonwealth, an association of the U.K. and its former colonies, includes 53 countries, from […]