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Economic talks between US-China result in truce in trade war

WASHINGTON (AP) – The trade war between China and the United States is being put on hold. The economic truce came Sunday after a few days of talks aimed at bringing down America’s massive trade deficit with Beijing. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin declared the “hold” on Sunday even though China isn’t specifying just how much it will reduce America’s trade…

Possible explosives found at Texas school after shooting

SANTA FE, Texas (AP) – Authorities say possible explosive devices have been found at and adjacent to the Texas high school where a shooting left as many as 10 people dead. The Santa Fe Independent School District said in a statement Friday that authorities are in the process of rendering the devices safe. There’s no indication how many devices have…

Federally Funded Clinics May Get Mandate on Abortion Referrals

WASHINGTON – The Trump administration will resurrect a Reagan-era rule that would ban federally funded family planning clinics from referring women for abortions, or sharing space with abortion providers. The Department of Health and Human Services will announce its proposal Friday, a senior White House official said Thursday, speaking on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to…

Senate confirms Gina Haspel as new CIA director

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate has confirmed Gina Haspel as the first female director of the CIA following a rocky nomination process that reopened debate about one of the darkest chapters in the spy agency’s history. Thursday’s vote was 54-45. Republican John McCain was absent. Haspel’s nomination was contentious because of her role in a former CIA program to brutally…

FDA names drugmakers accused of blocking cheaper generics

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – U.S. drug regulators are publicizing information on brand-name drugmakers that use what government officials call “gaming tactics” to block cheaper copycat versions. The Food and Drug Administration’s new webpage names the makers of more than 50 brand-name drugs, some carrying six-figure annual price tags, who are under scrutiny. The agency also lists how many inquiries it…

Trump cites ‘protections’ if North Korea denuclearizes

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump is trying to address North Korea’s concerns ahead of his potential summit with Kim Jong Un. Trump says that if the North Korean leader agrees to denuclearize, he will get what Trump is calling “protections.” Here are Trump’s words: “He’ll get protections that would be very strong.” The North has argued that it needs…

Senate to vote Thursday on CIA nominee Haspel

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate is set to vote Thursday to confirm Gina Haspel as the first female director at the CIA. Haspel’s nomination to lead the spy agency revived a debate on its now-banned torture program. She is expected to be confirmed after several Democrats joined most Republicans in saying they would back President Donald Trump’s nominee. Republican Sen….

Pentagon: No planned changes to Korea military exercises

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Pentagon says there are no plans to change or reduce the scope of the ongoing military exercises between the U.S. and South Korea that triggered an angry reaction from North Korea, casting doubt on the planned summit with President Donald Trump next month. Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White says the schedule of exercises hasn’t changed. She says…

NCAA opens door to title games for states with sports bets

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – The NCAA is opening a door for states with legalized sports gambling to host NCAA championship events. The governing body for college sports on Monday announced a “temporary” lifting of a ban that prevented events like college basketball’s NCAA Tournament from being hosted in states that accept wagers on single games. The move comes three days after…

Miss American Organization To Be Led By Women

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – The Miss America Organization is putting women in its three top leadership positions following an email scandal involving former male leaders of the scholarship group. The organization tells The Associated Press it is appointing Regina Hopper as president and CEO of the Miss America Organization, and Marjorie Vincent-Tripp as chairwoman of the board of the Miss…

Michigan State and Nassar victims reach $500M settlement

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Michigan State University has reached a $500 million settlement with hundreds of women and girls who say they were sexually assaulted by sports doctor Larry Nassar in the worst sex-abuse case in sports history. The deal was announced Wednesday by Michigan State and lawyers for 332 victims. Nassar pleaded guilty to assaulting victims with his…

First lady to remain hospitalized 2-3 days

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump says his wife, Melania, will be released from the hospital in a few days after receiving treatment for a kidney condition the White House says is noncancerous. Trump tweeted Tuesday that “our great First Lady is doing really well. Will be leaving hospital in 2 or 3 days. Thank you for so much love…

Air Force holding exercise in Northern Plains training area

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The Air Force is holding another training session in the massive Powder River Training Complex over the Northern Plains. The Combat Raider training is scheduled Tuesday through Thursday, with several types of aircraft. The military says there’s the potential for loud noises associated with sonic booms. The Federal Aviation Administration approved quadrupling the training airspace to…

1st appeals court to weigh Trump’s decision to end DACA

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – The Trump administration will try to convince a U.S. appeals court that it was justified in ending an Obama-era immigration policy that shielded hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday will be the first federal appeals court to hear arguments about President Donald Trump’s decision to…

Supreme Court makes sports betting a possibility nationwide

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court has struck down a federal law that bars gambling on football, basketball, baseball and other sports in most states, giving states the go-ahead to legalize betting on sports. The Supreme Court on Monday struck down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act. The 1992 law barred state-authorized sports gambling with some exceptions. It made…

Facebook suspends about 200 apps that may have misused data

NEW YORK (AP) – Facebook is suspending about 200 apps that it believes may have misused data. The social media giant said in a blog post Monday that the suspensions resulted from its investigation into all apps that had access to large amounts of information before Facebook changed its platform policies in 2014. Those changes, according to Facebook, significantly reduced…