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Trump scraps Obama policy on protecting oceans, Great Lakes

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - President Donald Trump is throwing out a policy devised by his predecessor for protecting U.S. oceans and the Great Lakes, replacing it with a new approach that emphasizes use of the waters to promote economic…

Shares in online retailers fall after tax ruling

WASHINGTON (AP) - Shares in online retailers dropped, and large chains with more stores traded higher following the Supreme Court sales tax ruling. Under the old rules, some companies did not collect sales tax on online purchases that were made…

Minnesota, other states plan to sue over family separations

SEATAC, Wash. (AP) - Washington and more than a half-dozen other states say they plan to sue the Trump administration over a policy that separated immigrant families illegally entering the United States. Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson made the announcement…

House GOP postpones key immigration vote

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Republican leaders abruptly postponed voting on a compromise immigration measure amid ongoing infighting between conservative and moderates. Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's office confirmed the decision. Voting that had been expected Thursday now would be held Friday…

First lady visits migrant children at Texas detention center

McALLEN, Texas (AP) - Melania Trump is visiting two Texas facilities housing some of the more than 2,300 migrant children sent by the U.S. government after their families entered the country illegally. The first lady's visit to Upbring New Hope…

Wayfair: No big impact from Supreme Court case

WASHINGTON (AP) - Home goods seller Wayfair says it doesn't expect the Supreme Court ruling that states can force shoppers to pay sales tax on online purchases to have a "noticeable impact" on its business. The company, which had been…

Small companies may have to charge sales tax

WASHINGTON (AP) - Thousands of small companies may have to start charging sales tax to their out-of-state customers after a Supreme Court ruling that states can force online shoppers to pay it. It can also be a logistical headache, with…

Lawyer: Feds unexpectedly drop charges against 17 immigrants

McALLEN, Texas (AP) - A civil rights group attorney says federal prosecutors unexpectedly dropped misdemeanor charges against 17 adult immigrants who crossed the border with children. Efren Olivares, a lawyer with the Texas Civil Rights Project, said outside of the…

New evidence that viruses may play a role in Alzheimer's

WASHINGTON (AP) - A provocative new study says viruses that sneak into the brain just might play a role in Alzheimer's. Some scientists have long suspected viruses or bacteria somehow set the stage for Alzheimer's. Now, the main theory is…

South Dakota AG welcomes online shopping ruling

WASHINGTON (AP) - South Dakota's attorney general says a Supreme Court ruling that states can force online shoppers to pay sales tax is a win for South Dakota and Main Street businesses across the country. Attorney General Marty Jackley says…

Supreme Court rules for states in online sales tax case

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court says states can force online shoppers to pay sales tax. The 5-4 ruling Thursday is a win for states, who said they were losing out on billions of dollars annually under two decades-old Supreme…

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…

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