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US Markets Dip as Trade Tensions Continue

NEW YORK (AP) – Stocks are sinking sharply in morning trading on Wall Street as investors’ worries about the U.S.-China trade dispute deepen. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell as many as 406 points shortly after trading began, before paring its drop to about 334 points, or 1.3%. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq composite indexes were down by similar degrees….

Sanders: ‘Insane’ to Talk Infrastructure After Pelosi Remark

WASHINGTON (AP) – White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders says “it’s insane” to think infrastructure talks can continue as if House Speaker Nancy Pelosi did not accuse President Donald Trump of a “cover-up.” Pelosi did, ahead of a key White House meeting Wednesday. Trump stalked out, demanding an end to congressional investigations before working together on legislation. The move came shortly…

Rotten Tomatoes to Link Audience Ratings to Ticket Purchases

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Rotten Tomatoes is taking another step to verify that users posting a rating of a movie have actually seen it. The review aggregator says Thursday that users who have purchased tickets on Fandango will get a verified badge next to their review, beginning with films out this weekend like “Booksmart” and “Aladdin.” The verified audience scores…

Search Warrants Tied to Former Trump Lawyer Cohen Released

(AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)WASHINGTON (AP) – Five search warrants have been made public in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer. The warrants are in response to requests from news organizations. The documents reveal the wide-ranging scope of Mueller’s investigation and early concerns about possible financial connections to Russia. The documents show how investigators…

NASCAR to Buy Intl. Speedway, Owner of Daytona, Talladega

NASCAR is buying International Speedway in a deal worth about $2 billion. International Speedway Corp. owns some of America’s most well known car racing facilities including the Daytona International Speedway and in Florida, where the company is based, and the Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama. The companies said Wednesday that deal is expected to close this year. Categories: Business, News, U.S….

Research on Children’s Health Risks in Doubt Over EPA Funds

FILE – In this Sept. 21, 2017, file photo, a sign on a door of the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington. Long-running research projects credited with pivotal discoveries about the harm that pesticides, air pollution and other hazards pose to children are in jeopardy or shutting down because the Environmental Protection Agency will not commit to their continued funding, researchers…

Lilly Selling Half-Price Version of Popular Humalog Insulin

A half-price version of Eli Lilly’s popular Humalog insulin is now available, following the company’s promise in March to offer diabetics a more affordable option amid fierce criticism of soaring insulin prices. Lilly, one of the three top insulin makers, said Wednesday that it’s begun selling its own generic version of Humalog U-100 under the chemical name insulin lispro. The…

Alabama House Approves ‘Born Alive’ Abortion Bill

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – The Alabama House of Representatives has approved legislation to put doctors in prison if they don’t try to save babies “born alive” after an attempted abortion. Representatives voted 66-18 for the bill Tuesday. The bill now moves to the Senate The bill by Republican Rep. Ginny Shaver says doctors would face 20-year prison sentences for failing…

States Sue Over Rule Allowing Clinicians to Refuse Abortions

NEW YORK (AP) – Nearly two dozen states and municipalities are suing the federal government to stop a new rule letting health care clinicians object to providing abortions and other services that conflict with their moral or religious beliefs. The lawsuit filed Tuesday in Manhattan federal court asks a judge to block a rule by the Department of Health and…

McGahn Defies Subpoena, No-show at House Hearing

WASHINGTON (AP) – The ranking Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Doug Collins, says Democrats are “trying desperately to make something out of nothing.” Collins spoke at a hearing Tuesday, where the panel’s chairman, Rep. Jerrold Nadler, issued a stern warning that former White House Counsel Don McGahn would be held in contempt for defying a congressional subpoena and…

Dressbarn Latest National Retailer to Announce Closure of All Stores

Dressbarn’s parent company, Ascena Retail Group, has announced it will be closing all approximately 650 stores across the United States. The retailer has locations in both Sioux Falls and Rapid City. No specific dates have been given, but the closures come as a number of other major national longtime brands come to an end as well, leaving shopping malls and…

New Coke, From 1985, Makes Comeback with ‘Stranger Things’

NEW YORK (AP) – New Coke is making a comeback as part of a Coca-Cola’s partnership with the Netflix drama “Stranger Things.” The companies announced the venture on Tuesday. New Coke was considered one of the biggest marketing mistakes when it was launched in 1985. Changing Coke’s formula didn’t sit well with customers and the new version was dropped after…

Trump Tells Former White House Counsel McGahn to Defy Congress’ Subpoena

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump is directing former White House counsel Don McGahn to defy a congressional subpoena. The White House on Monday cited a legal opinion from the Justice Department, which argues that McGahn would have immunity from testifying before Congress about his work as a close Trump adviser. Democrats have been eager to hear from McGahn –…

US to Lift Steel Tariffs on Canada, Mexico

WASHINGTON (AP) – The United States has reached a deal to remove steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada and Mexico, while those nations would scrap retaliatory tariffs they imposed on U.S. products. That’s according to sources in the U.S. and Canada who spoke on condition of anonymity ahead of an announcement. The deal removes a major hurdle to the passage…