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US probes complaints that some Ford Escapes overheat, stall

DETROIT (AP) – Federal safety investigators are looking into complaints that engines on some Ford Escape vehicles can overheat and suddenly stall while being driven. The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it has 40 complaints from consumers about stalling, including two alleging that the engines caught fire. The investigation covers about 127,000 Escape small SUVs in the U.S….

Trump ready to hit all China goods with tariffs

President Donald Trump is indicating that he’s ready to hit every product imported from China with tariffs, sending U.S. markets sliding before the opening bell. In a taped interview with the business channel CNBC, Trump said “I’m willing to go to 500,” referring roughly to the $505.5 billion in goods imported last year from China. The administration to date has…

Alleged Russian Spy Spent Time in SD, Had Relationship with SD Republican

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Russia’s Foreign Ministry is questioning the timing of the arrest of a Russian woman by the US government. Maria Butina, who has spent time in South Dakota, was taken into custody by US agents earlier this week. She’s accused of working as a Russian foreign agent. Federal prosecutors said Butina had regular contact with Russian intelligence. The…

Senate goes on record against Putin offer

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate has overwhelmingly approved a resolution against allowing Russia to question former U.S. ambassador Michael McFaul or other U.S. officials. It was a formal rebuke to President Donald Trump, who touted the offer at the Helsinki summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell hastily arranged the vote on the nonbinding resolution after…

Trump pushing job training as employers search for workers

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump is pressing U.S. companies and trade associations to bolster their job training opportunities as employers search for qualified skilled workers to fill vacancies. Trump is set to hold a White House event with corporate leaders, workers and students to promote apprenticeships, vocational opportunities and job training. The president is asking companies and trade organizations…

Trump administration seeks endangered species rule changes

DENVER (AP) – The Trump administration wants to change how endangered species are protected by the U.S. government. Administration officials on Thursday proposed new rules they said would advance conservation by simplifying and improving how the landmark Endangered Species Act is used. The changes include potential limits on habitat protections, an end to automatic protections for threatened plants and animals,…

Farmers fret and wait as US-China trade war escalates

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – American farmers have put the brakes on unnecessary spending as the U.S.-China trade war escalates. But they say there isn’t much more they can do except hope the two countries work out their differences before the full impact of China’s retaliatory tariffs hits American soybean and pork producers. President Donald Trump this month imposed 25 percent tariffs…

New York state launches tax probe of Trump Foundation

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – New York state tax officials have opened an investigation into the Trump Foundation to determine whether President Donald Trump or his charity violated state law. The probe began about a month ago and was confirmed Thursday by an official with knowledge of the case. The official was not authorized to speak publicly about active investigations and…

Republicans block bid to extend election security grants

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Republican-controlled House is moving forward with a spending bill that eliminates new funding for election security grants to states, amid protests by Democrats who say Republicans are not doing enough to prevent Russian meddling in U.S. elections. Democratic Rep. Mike Quigley of Illinois said Thursday that, “The Russians attacked our democracy. They will be back. The…

Republicans block subpoena for Helsinki summit translator

WASHINGTON (AP) – Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee have blocked a move to subpoena the interpreter from the Helsinki summit to testify about the private talks between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. The panel’s top Democrat, Rep. Adam Schiff, said Thursday he wanted the State Department interpreter to appear in closed session, saying Congress must “find…

Auto industry urges US to hit brakes on proposed car tariffs

WASHINGTON (AP) – Automakers, dealers and suppliers are united in opposition to President Donald Trump’s proposed tariffs on imported cars, trucks and auto parts. “The opposition is widespread and deep because the consequences are alarming,” Jennifer Thomas of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers tells a Commerce Department hearing on the tariffs Thursday. Trump has ordered the department to investigate whether…

Votel: No new direction on Syria after Trump-Putin talks

WASHINGTON (AP) – The commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East says he has received no new guidance from the Pentagon on cooperating with Russia in Syria following the Helsinki summit. Army Gen. Joseph Votel, the head of U.S. Central Command, told reporters Thursday he’s taking a “steady-as-she-goes” approach in Syria in the absence of new instructions. He said…

Baltimore Bans Sodas from City Restaurants

BALTIMORE – A new ordinance in Baltimore bars city restaurants from including sodas and other sugary drinks on kids’ menus. Baltimore’s health department says the measure went into effect Wednesday. Water, milk and 100 percent fruit juices must now be the default beverage choices for kids’ meals at city eateries. Children can still drink soda at city restaurants if an…

Frustration with Trump’s tariffs grows in Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) – Congress is losing patience with the Trump administration’s reliance on tariffs to win trade disputes. A key Republican senator has threatened legislation to curb President Donald Trump’s trade actions, and others joined him on Wednesday promising a complementary bill. Meanwhile, lawmakers are using congressional hearings to put the spotlight on the economic fallout for local farmers and…

Trump says ‘no,’ Russia not still targeting US

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump was asked at the end of a Cabinet meeting if Russia was still targeting the United States. The president said, “no,” contradicting recent warnings from his top intelligence chief. Trump’s comment came after National Intelligence Director Dan Coats said last Friday that warning lights about overall cyber threats to the U.S. are “blinking red”…