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Family separations at the border alarm child-welfare experts

Every day, child welfare agencies across America make difficult decisions to separate children from their parents. But experts say those agencies have ways of minimizing the trauma that aren't being employed by the Trump administration at the Mexican border. Among…

Commander warns against leaving Afghanistan too rapidly

WASHINGTON (AP) - The battle-hardened Army commander nominated to take over U.S. military operations in Afghanistan warns Congress that if America leaves the fight too rapidly, there is a risk Islamic State militants could merge with al-Qaida and plan attacks…

Ernst: Trump tariffs on China are a tax on farm families

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Sen. Joni Ernst has harsh words for President Donald Trump's tariffs on Chinese goods. The Republican senator from Iowa, in a significant parting of ways with Trump, says the tariffs "are nothing more than a…

Trade fight with China could slow US growth, economists say

WASHINGTON (AP) - Economists are starting to warn that the tit-for-tat tariff threats between the United States and China, should they all be implemented, would meaningfully slow U.S. growth. Oxford Economics estimates that if President Donald Trump imposed the $200…

Mexico condemns family separations at border

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Mexican government is condemning the separation of children from families on the U.S. border. Foreign Relations Secretary Luis Videgaray says at a news conference Tuesday that the country does not promote illegal migration, but it "cannot…

US poised to announce exit from UN human rights council

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Trump administration is poised to announce its departure from the United Nations' main human rights body in its latest withdrawal from an international institution. Officials say Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and U.S. Ambassador to the…

Verizon to end some sale of phone-location data

Verizon is pledging to stop selling data to outsiders through intermediaries that can pinpoint the location of mobile phones, the Associated Press has learned. It is the first major U.S. wireless carrier to step back from a business practice that…

US could back 1st pot-derived medicine

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (AP) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is expected to decide soon whether to give its first approval to a prescription drug made from the marijuana plant. But parents who have used other products containing chemicals…

Experts say auto tariffs would raise prices, cost jobs

DETROIT (AP) - If President Donald Trump delivers on threats to slap 25 percent tariffs on imported automobiles and parts, experts say it will cut auto sales and cost jobs in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Trump has asked the…

Judge jails ex-Trump campaign chair Manafort ahead of trial

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman is going to jail. Paul Manafort was ordered into custody Friday after a federal judge revoked his house arrest, citing newly filed obstruction of justice charges. The move by U.S. District…

Trump says no to 'moderate' immigration plan

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump says he won't sign a "moderate" immigration bill written by House Republicans. His comment deals an apparent damaging blow to GOP lawmakers hoping to push legislation through the House next week. Republicans have produced…

Trump says it's 'possible' he'll meet with Putin this summer

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump says "it's possible" he'll meet with Russian President Vladimir this summer. And he's again making the case that Russia should be allowed to re-join the Group of Seven industrialized nations during in an impromptu…

Trump: North Korea starts returning remains of US soldiers

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump says North Korea has started returning the remains of US soldiers missing during the Korean War. Speaking with Fox News on the North Lawn of the White House, Trump defended his meeting with North…

US announces tariffs on $50B in China imports

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Trump administration is announcing a 25 percent tariff on $50 billion worth of Chinese imports, escalating a trade dispute between the world's two largest economies. President Donald Trump has vowed to clamp down on what he…

IMF: Tax cuts boosting US now but will hurt growth later

WASHINGTON (AP) - The International Monetary Fund believes the U.S. economy will post solid growth this year and next, helped by a sizable boost from tax cuts. But then it says growth will slide as huge budget deficits drag growth…

New York sues President Trump's charitable foundation

NEW YORK (AP) - A lawsuit filed by New York's attorney general Thursday said President Donald Trump used his charitable foundation to settle personal business disputes and bolster his political image with donations directed by his staff. The Donald J.…

Comcast challenges Disney with $65B bid for Fox

NEW YORK (AP) - Comcast is making a $65 billion bid for Fox's entertainment businesses, setting up a battle with Disney to become the next mega-media company. The bid comes just a day after a federal judge cleared AT&T's takeover…

Fed hikes key interest rate for 2nd time in 2018

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal Reserve policymakers expect to raise their benchmark interest rate four times this year, up from a March projection of three, reflecting their forecast that the unemployment rate will fall to a 50-year low later this year and…

Pompeo says NKorea talks to resume next week

WASHINGTON (AP) - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he's confident that U.S. talks with North Korea will resume "sometime in the next week." Pompeo says he doesn't know the exact timing. Speaking in Seoul, he says he expects it…

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