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Envoy: US, Canada working 24/7 on revamped NAFTA deal

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. and Canadian negotiators are working around the clock on a deal to keep Canada in a North American trade bloc ahead of a Sept. 30 U.S. deadline. Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland told reporters that negotiators from the two sides are “in pretty much constant contact.” She met with her counterpart, U.S. Trade Rep….

US sanctions China military agency for buying Russian arms

WASHINGTON (AP) – A Chinese military agency and its director are facing U.S. sanctions over the purchase of Russian weapons. U.S. government officials say China’s Equipment Development Department and director Li Shangfu violated a 2017 law meant to punish Russia for interfering in U.S. elections and other activities. Administration officials say that the agency under Li’s direction made large purchases…

Trump to address drugs, nuclear weapons in UN speeches

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump will discuss the global drug trade and stopping the spread of weapons of mass destruction during two speeches next week at the United Nations General Assembly. The White House says Thursday that Trump will address the “Global Call to Action on the World Drug Problem” event Monday. He will address the U.N. General Assembly…

Trump blasts GOP spending plan that lacks money for wall

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump says a spending plan pushed by congressional Republicans is “ridiculous” because funding for a border wall with Mexico that Trump has promised is not included. Trump tweeted Thursday that he wants to know “where is the money for Border Security and the WALL in this ridiculous Spending Bill, and where will it come from…

South Dakota sends officials to aid with hurricane aftermath

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota’s Office of Emergency Management is sending two staff members to help with the response to Hurricane Florence. The officials will be stationed in the state emergency operations center in Raleigh, North Carolina. They’ll help coordinate requests to other states for help through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, a mutual aid agreement among U.S. states…

Trump: 9/11 memorial renewed my resolve to build border wall

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump says the Sept. 11 memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, renewed his resolve to push for his stalled southern border wall. Trump tells Hill.TV in an interview published Wednesday that he marveled at the Flight 93 National Memorial during a visit last week. Trump tells the outlet, “They built this gorgeous wall where the plane went…

US, Canada resume talks on revamped NAFTA

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. and Canadian negotiators are working long hours to keep Canada in a North American trade bloc. The Canadian envoy – Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland – resumed talks Wednesday with U.S. Trade Rep. Robert Lighthizer. “Our negotiators have been really hard at it, including an all-night session last night that ended at 7 a.m.,” Freeland…

Funds Coming For Native American Crime Victims

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – A U.S. Justice Department official says the agency is doubling the funding for tribal public safety and crime victims as it seeks to tackle the high-rates of violence against Native American women. Acting Associate Attorney General Jesse Panuccio reports the department recognizes “the serious nature of the problem.” The announcement comes amid increased focus on the deaths…

Trump arrives in North Carolina to survey Florence damage

HAVELOCK, N.C. (AP) – President Donald Trump has arrived in storm-ravaged North Carolina to take in the devastation left by Florence. Trump traveled south Wednesday as the state was still grappling with massive recovery efforts. He was heading to a briefing at a Marine Corps air station where Air Force One landed in the coastal town of Havelock, one of…

Trump says ‘hard’ to imagine Kavanaugh did wrong

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump says “we’ll have to make a decision” if Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s sexual-assault accuser “makes a credible showing” before the Senate Judiciary Committee. He said Wednesday it would be “very interesting.” Trump calls Kavanaugh an “outstanding man” and says it’s “very hard” for him to imagine anything happened. The Judiciary Committee has scheduled…

Home Construction Rebounds Nationwide

WASHINGTON – U.S. home construction rebounded in August at the fastest pace in seven months, a hopeful sign for a housing industry that has been struggling with rising lumber costs. The Commerce Department said Wednesday that housing starts increased 9.2 percent in August to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.28 million units. Housing starts had declined 0.3 percent in…

Trump rips Sessions: ‘I don’t have an attorney general’

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump is renewing his attacks on Jeff Sessions, saying, “I don’t have an attorney general.” Trump says in a Hill.TV interview released Wednesday he’s “so sad over Jeff Sessions,” whom he has repeatedly denounced for recusing himself from the Russia investigation. The president claims in the interview Sessions did not need to do so. But…

‘Field of Dreams’ Vandal Pleads Guilty

DUBUQUE, Iowa – A man accused of driving onto and damaging the eastern Iowa baseball field made famous by the 1989 movie “Field of Dreams” has changed his plea to guilty. Dubuque County court records say 21-year-old Austin Pape, of Dyersville, entered the plea Monday, the day his trial was to begin on a felony charge of criminal mischief. His…

Trump rolls back pollution rules for drilling on US lands

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) – The Trump administration has rolled back an Obama-era rule meant to curb climate-changing pollution caused by huge volumes of natural gas that escapes after being drilled from U.S. lands. The move Tuesday the U.S. Interior Department replaces a 2016 rule adopted under President Barack Obama that forced energy companies to capture methane, a key contributor to…

Trump says Kavanaugh ‘anxious’ to testify

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump says it’s “terrible” that Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein didn’t raise allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sooner but says he’s “totally supporting” his nominee. Trump says he wants everyone to have the chance to speak out and Kavanaugh is “very anxious” to testify in his defense. He says, “we want to hear both…