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Trump Signs Long-Delayed $19.1B Disaster Aid Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump has signed a $19.1 billion disaster aid bill aimed at helping communities across the country bounce back from hurricanes, floods, tornadoes and fires. Trump tweeted a photo of himself holding the signed bill in…

Watchdog Finds Rotting Food at Migrant Detention Facilities

WASHINGTON (AP) - Homeland Security's watchdog agency says it has found rotting food, moldy and dilapidated bathrooms and practices that violated standards at immigration detention facilities. The Office of Inspector General made unannounced visits to four facilities in California and…

Regulators Give Phone Companies New Tools to Fight Robocalls

NEW YORK (AP) - Federal regulators are giving phone companies the right to block unwanted calls without getting customers' permission first. Thursday's vote by the Federal Communications Commission could make call-blocking widespread and help consumers dodge annoying robocalls. The agency…

US Trade Deficit Shrinks to $50.8 Billion in April

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. trade deficit shrank in April, but the politically sensitive deficit with China moved higher. The Commerce Department says the gap between the goods and services the U.S. buys and what it sells abroad fell 2.1%…

Klobuchar's Mental Health Policy Inspires Iowa Endorsement

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar's mental health policy has inspired her first Iowa endorsement. State Rep. Ruth Ann Gaines is one of Iowa's four black legislators and the mother of a son with developmental and…

YouTube Updates Hate Speech Guidelines

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - YouTube is updating its hate speech policies to prohibit videos with white supremacist and neo-Nazi content. The video streaming company says it has already made it more difficult to find such videos, but it's now removing…

Mexico Seeks to Neutralize Tariff Threat From the US

WASHINGTON (AP) - Mexico is going all out this week on the lobbying front. Top officials from the government, private sector and members of the country's Congress make up the largest Mexican delegation dispatched to Washington since President Andrés Manuel…

US Officials: Arctic Thawing Poses National Security Concern

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senior U.S. and military officials are warning Congress about the potential threat to national security from melting ice in the Arctic. Officials from the Office of National Intelligence and the Pentagon say climate change will open the…

Survey: Companies Add Fewest Jobs in 9 Years in May

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. companies added the fewest jobs in nine years, a private survey found, as manufacturers, construction firms and mining companies cut workers. Payroll processor ADP said Wednesday that businesses added just 27,000 jobs in May, the fewest…

McConnell Hopes Tariffs on Mexico Don't Kick In

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he hopes President Donald Trump's threatened tariffs on Mexico are avoided, saying Republicans are "not fans of tariffs." The Kentucky Republican told reporters he's hopeful that U.S. talks with a Mexican…

Watchdog Says FBI Has Access to About 640M Photographs

WASHINGTON (AP) - A government watchdog says the FBI has access to about 640 million photos, including driver's license pictures and mugshots, which could be used in facial recognition searches. That's according to the Government Accountability Office's Gretta Goodwin, who…

Deaths From Falls Among Older Americans Are on the Rise

CHICAGO (AP) - New research shows fatal falls have nearly tripled in older Americans in recent years, rising to more than 25,000 annual deaths. The findings highlight the importance of fall prevention. A separate study bolsters evidence that programs focusing…

CVS Announces Further Expansion into Health Care Services

CVS Health is pushing deeper into health services with plans to add dietitians, medical equipment and space for the occasional yoga class to 1,500 stores. The drugstore chain that quit selling tobacco several years ago said Tuesday it will expand…

Trump Expects Tariffs on Mexico to Go in Effect

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump says he expects to begin hitting Mexico with tariffs next week in a dispute over illegal immigration. Trump says "millions" of migrants entering the U.S. through Mexico is "unacceptable" and that Mexico must stop…

Trump Administration Puts New Restrictions on Cuba Travel

WASHINGTON - The Trump administration is imposing major new travel restrictions on visits to Cuba by U.S. citizens, including a ban on many forms of educational and recreational travel. A Treasury Department statement says the U.S. will no longer allow…

Mexico Warns Against a 5% Tariff on its Goods 

Mexico says that imposing a 5% tariff on its goods would be very costly for the economies of both Mexico and the United States and warns that it could cause an additional quarter-million Central American nationals to migrate north this…

Trump Administration Approves Year-Round E-15 Sales

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - The Trump administration is following through on a plan to allow year-round sales of gasoline mixed with 15% ethanol. The Environmental Protection Agency announced the change Friday, ending a summertime ban imposed out of concerns for…

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