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Palestinians vow to suspend talks if U.S. closes PLO mission

The Palestinians threatened on Saturday to suspend all communication with the United States if the Trump administration follows through with plans to close their diplomatic office in Washington.

U.S. Navy says a Japanese tugboat ‘drifted into’ a 7th Fleet destroyer

The U.S. Navy said a Japanese tugboat “drifted into” a destroyer during a scheduled exercise Saturday, causing “minimal damage” to the warship and no reported injuries.

UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 17, 2017, 7:49 p.m.

U.S. home construction reaches strongest pace in a year

Construction of new homes climbed 13.7 percent in October, the biggest jump in a year as builders broke ground on more apartments and single-family houses.

Envoy says U.S. to keep fighting greenhouse gas emissions

The United States is still committed to reducing greenhouse gas even though the Trump administration still plans to pull out of the Paris accord fighting global warming, the top U.S. …

Official: U.S. would consider individual sanctions for Myanmar

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Wednesday that the U.S. is deeply concerned by “credible reports” of atrocities committed by Myanmar’s security forces and called for an independent investigation into …

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 15, 2017, 10:58 a.m.

Top U.S. counterterrorism chief stepping down at end of year

The top U.S. counterterrorism official is leaving the federal government at the end of the year, National Intelligence Director Dan Coats said Wednesday.

U.S. consumer prices barely up in October

U.S. consumer prices edged up a slight 0.1 percent in October, the smallest gain in three months as energy prices retreated.

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 15, 2017, 10:37 a.m.

U.S. retail sales rose for 2nd month led by cars, clothes

U.S. retail sales rose at a solid pace last month, as bullish consumers bought more cars, furniture and clothes.

Half of U.S. adults have high blood pressure in new guidelines

New guidelines lower the threshold for high blood pressure, adding 30 million Americans to those who have the condition, which now plagues nearly half of U.S. adults.

U.S. calls Venezuela a global threat at a meeting some boycott

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley is calling Venezuela “an increasingly violent narco-state” that threatens the world.

UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 13, 2017, 8:19 p.m.

Oil prices are up now, but surge might be short-term

Oil prices have jumped by about one-third since the summer on signs of stronger economic growth around the world and fear of instability in the Middle East.

UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 13, 2017, 9:43 p.m.

North Korea says U.S. carrier groups raise nuclear war threat

North Korea warned Monday that the unprecedented deployment of three U.S. aircraft carrier groups “taking up a strike posture” around the Korean peninsula is making it impossible to predict when …

Where Cambodian leader sees U.S. plots, others see U.S. inaction

Cambodia’s leader is destroying a political opposition movement that threatens his three-decade grip on power and he’s accusing America of plotting his downfall. An influential opposition figure is in Washington …

Turkey denies report of plan to kidnap cleric Gulen from U.S.

Turkey on Sunday dismissed as “ludicrous and groundless” a report that Turkish officials may have discussed kidnapping a U.S.-based Muslim cleric in exchange for millions of dollars.

UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 11, 2017, 10:59 p.m.

U.S. cities, states defy Trump, still back Paris climate deal

A group of U.S. states, cities, businesses and universities said Saturday they are still committed to curbing global warming even as U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration is walking away from …

UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 11, 2017, 9:32 p.m.

Trump calls Putin sincere, but stands by U.S. agencies’ findings on meddling

Days before returning home from a whirlwind trip to Asia, President Donald Trump was back on the defensive over Russian election meddling and accusing Democrats of trying to sabotage U.S.-Russia …

UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 10, 2017, 2:46 p.m.

U.S., Russia seek understanding on next steps in Syria

As the Islamic State group nears defeat, the United States and Russia are discussing next steps that could prevent the two military powers from inadvertently clashing in Syria and improve …

UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 10, 2017, 3:36 p.m.

U.S. stocks on two-day losing streak as health stocks fall

So that’s what a losing streak feels like. Stocks fell for the second day in a row Friday, which hadn’t happened in a month, as Amazon put a scare into …

UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 10, 2017, 10:44 a.m.

U.S. Air Force official: Missile targeting Saudis was Iranian

Iran manufactured the ballistic missile fired by Yemen’s Shiite rebels toward the Saudi capital and remnants of it bore “Iranian markings,” the top U.S. Air Force official in the Mideast …

UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 10, 2017, 9:31 p.m.

Talking tough on trade, Trump pushes ‘America first’ in Asia

President Donald Trump stood before a summit of Asian leaders keen on regional trade pacts and delivered a roaring “America first” message Friday, denouncing China for unfair trade practices just …

UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 9, 2017, 10:22 p.m.

U.S., Russia nearing agreement on resolving Syrian civil war

The United States and Russia are nearing an agreement on Syria for how they hope to resolve the Arab country’s civil war once the Islamic State group is defeated, officials …

Applications for U.S. unemployment benefits edge up by 10,000

The number of Americans filing applications for unemployment benefits edged up slightly to a still-low 239,000 last week. Meanwhile, the four-week average fell to a fresh 44-year low, evidence that …

U.S. says new airstrike in Somalia kills ‘several militants’

The U.S. military says “several militants” have been killed in an airstrike against the al-Shabab extremist group in Somalia.

U.S. takes steps to make it harder for Americans to visit Cuba

Americans who visit Cuba must now avoid hotels, shops, tour companies and other businesses on a lengthy list released Wednesday by the Trump administration as part of a new policy …

UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 5, 2017, 8:36 p.m.

Securing North Korean nuclear sites would require a ground invasion, Pentagon says

The only way to locate and secure all of North Korea’s nuclear weapons sites “with complete certainty” is through an invasion of U.S. ground forces, and in the event of …

UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 4, 2017, 4:24 p.m.

U.S. tells Somalia mission staffers to leave over threat

The United States has ordered all non-essential employees of its mission to Somalia to leave the capital, Mogadishu, because of “specific threat information” against them.

UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 3, 2017, 4:31 p.m.

U.S. report contradicts Trump team: Warming mostly man-made

A massive U.S. report concludes the evidence of global warming is stronger than ever, contradicting a favorite talking point of top Trump administration officials, who downplay human’s role in climate …

UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 3, 2017, 5:03 p.m.

Caterpillar distributor is first U.S. company to get permission to set up in Cuba’s Mariel zone

A slow but steady campaign to become the first U.S. company to set up business in Cuba’s Mariel Special Economic Development Zone has paid off for a Caterpillar distributor. Cuba …

Survey: U.S. services sector posts strongest gains in 12 years

U.S. services companies in October grew at the best rate in more than a dozen years.

UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 3, 2017, 11:26 a.m.

U.S. carries out 1st airstrikes against ISIS in Somalia

A Somali security official says a suspected U.S. airstrike has targeted a base run by Islamic State group-affiliated fighters in Somalia’s northern state of Puntland.