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Trump moves ahead with new tariffs on Chinese products

WASHINGTON, (AFP): Washington moved ahead Sunday with new tariffs on Chinese imports as it stepped up a high-pressure campaign aimed at coercing Beijing to sign a new trade deal even amid fears of a further slowing of US and world growth. The additional 15 percent tariffs, affecting a portion of..

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At least 5 dead in West Texas shooting after traffic stop Saturday, August 31st, 2019

By PAUL J. WEBER, AUSTIN, Texas (AP): At least five people were dead in West Texas after a man who was stopped by state troopers when his vehicle failed to signal a left turn opened fire and fled, shooting more than 20 people before he was killed by officers outside a movie theater, authorities..

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Fierce Category 4 Dorian menaces Bahamas en route to Florida Friday, August 30th, 2019

By ADRIANA GOMEZ LICON and ELLIS RUA, MIAMI (AP): Hurricane Dorian has gained fearsome new muscle as an “extremely dangerous” Category 4 storm, bearing down on the northwestern Bahamas early Saturday en route to Florida’s east coast. Millions of people in Florida, along with the state’s..

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$16 trillion Sanders climate plan builds on Green New Deal Thursday, August 22nd, 2019

By JUANA SUMMERS, WASHINGTON (AP): Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has released a $16.3 trillion climate plan that builds on the Green New Deal and calls for the United States to move to renewable energy across the economy by 2050 and declare climate change a national..

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Huawei dismisses new suspension of ‘unjust’ US ban Tuesday, August 20th, 2019

WASHINGTON, (AFP): Huawei on Tuesday dismissed Washington's three-month delay to a ban on US firms selling to the Chinese tech giant and said the decision would not change the fact it had been "treated unjustly". The US Commerce Department effectively suspended for a second time tough rules..

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74% of economists in survey see US recession by end of 2021 Monday, August 19th, 2019

By MARCY GORDON, WASHINGTON (AP): A strong majority, 74%, of U.S. business economists appear sufficiently concerned about the risks of some of President Donald Trump’s economic policies that they expect a recession in the U.S. by the end of 2021. The economists surveyed by the National..

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At least 13 people arrested at Portland, Oregon, protest Saturday, August 17th, 2019

By GILLIAN FLACCUS, PORTLAND, Ore. (AP):  Police arrested at least 13 people and seized metal poles, bear spray and other weapons Saturday as hundreds of far-right protesters and anti-fascist counter-demonstrators swarmed downtown Portland, Oregon. Authorities closed bridges and streets to try to..

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Gunman wounds at least 6 Philadelphia police; 2 others freed Wednesday, August 14th, 2019

By CHRISTINA PACIOLLA and CLAUDIA LAUER, PHILADELPHIA (AP): At least one gunman opened fire on police Wednesday as they were serving a drug warrant in Philadelphia, wounding six officers and triggering a standoff that extended into the night, authorities said. Two other officers were trapped..

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New Trump rules would further restrict legal immigration Monday, August 12th, 2019

By COLLEEN LONG, WASHINGTON (AP): The Trump administration is moving forward with one of its most aggressive steps yet to restrict legal immigration, denying green cards to many migrants who use Medicaid, food stamps, housing vouchers or other forms of public assistance, officials said announced..

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Documents: Plant owners ‘willfully’ used ineligible Friday, August 9th, 2019

By JEFF AMY, JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Six of seven Mississippi chicken processing plants raided Wednesday were “willfully and unlawfully” employing people who lacked authorization to work in the United States, including workers wearing electronic monitoring bracelets at work for previous..

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Trump says he wants background checks, also reassures NRA

By ZEKE MILLER and DEB RIECHMANN, WASHINGTON (AP): President Donald Trump said Friday he believes he has influence to rally Republicans around stronger federal background check laws as Congress and the White House work on a response to last weekend’s mass shootings in Texas and Ohio. At the same..

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The US shooting victims: what we know Monday, August 5th, 2019

EL Paso, TEXAS, (AFP): A hero mother shielding her infant, Mexican nationals shopping just across the border, a 15-year-old soccer player: details began to emerge Monday of the 31 victims of back-to-back shootings in Texas and Ohio -- and the stories behind the grim statistics. In many ways the..

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Two mass shootings in US claim 29 lives, Trump blamed in part Sunday, August 4th, 2019

El Paso, United States, (AFP): Two mass shootings in a matter of hours left 29 people dead, fueling an angry debate on America's rampant gun violence and bringing new charges Sunday that President Donald Trump's xenophobic rhetoric encourages extremist violence. The rampages turned innocent..

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Police: Multiple people dead, 1 in custody in Texas shooting Saturday, August 3rd, 2019

EL PASO, Texas (AP): Multiple people were killed and one person was in custody after a shooter went on a rampage Saturday at a shopping mall, police in the Texas border town of El Paso said. Police responded in the early afternoon to an active shooter scene at the Cielo Vista Mall, which is near..

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Trump threatens 10% tariffs on China; stocks plummet on news Thursday, August 1st, 2019

WASHINGTON (AP): President Donald Trump announced Thursday the U.S. will apply a new tariff of 10% on about $300 billion worth of products from China beginning Sept. 1, escalating the two countries’ festering trade dispute. Trump tweeted amid slow-moving talks with China that negotiations will..

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Shooting at California garlic festival kills 3, injures 12 Sunday, July 28th, 2019

By MARTHA MENDOZA and MICHAEL BALSAMO, GILROY, Calif. (AP): Three people were killed and 12 others injured Sunday after a shooting that sent panicked people running at an annual food festival in Northern California, according to a city official. The shooting occurred during the three-day..

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Cautious hopes before new round of US-China trade talks Saturday, July 27th, 2019

Helen Roxburgh and Sebastien Ricci, Beijing (AFP): US trade negotiators return to China this week for a fresh round of talks in a new city, but experts warn a change of air is unlikely to quickly solve an impasse between the world's two biggest economies. The meetings in Shanghai on Tuesday and..

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How China Can Reach its Centennial Goal Monday, October 14th, 2019

Two years ago, Chinese President Xi Jinping declared that by the time the People’s Republic celebrates its centenary in 2049, it should be a “great modern socialist..

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