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The ship Captain Cook used to ‘discover’ Australia may have been found – sunken in a U.S. harbor

More than two centuries ago, the British Royal Navy purchased a 4-year-old merchant ship with a flat-bottomed hull that was ideal for transporting cargo. The vessel would embark on an …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 20, 2018, 5:41 p.m.

U.S. home sales were flat in August

U.S. sales of existing homes were unchanged in August, as a shortage of houses priced at less than $250,000 – a level considered to be affordable for the middle class …


Trump rolls back pollution rules for drilling on U.S. lands

The Trump administration on Tuesday rolled back an Obama-era rule that forced energy companies to capture methane – a key contributor to climate change that’s released in huge amounts during …


FedEx downplays US-China trade spat’s impact on its business

Shortly before the Trump administration announced a new round of tariffs against Chinese goods, FedEx Corp. leaders tried to assure investors Monday that a widening trade war will have little …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 18, 2018, 4:13 p.m.

Trade war escalates as China announces tariffs on U.S. imports

China on Tuesday announced a tariff hike on $60 billion of U.S. products in response to President Donald Trump’s latest duty increase in a dispute over Beijing’s technology policy.


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 17, 2018, 9:34 p.m.

U.S. rolls past Panama in basketball World Cup qualifying, 78-48

Reggie Hearn scored 12 points, Dwayne Bacon added 10 and the U.S. easily got past Panama 78-48 in a qualifying game Monday night. The Americans have won both of their …


U.S. warns Russia over missile defense for Syria

The Trump administration is warning Russia that supplying Syria with an advanced missile defense system would be a “major mistake” and should be reconsidered. It also says U.S. forces will …


Report: Trump going ahead with plans for new China tariffs

President Donald Trump is going ahead with plans to impose new tariffs on about $200 billion of Chinese imports, the Wall Street Journal reported Saturday.


Envoy: U.S. willing to consider further lethal aid to Ukraine

The United States special envoy for Ukraine said Saturday that Washington would consider providing more armaments to the country, whose army is fighting with Russia-backed separatist rebels in the east.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 14, 2018, 1:24 p.m.

U.S. mission defends costly curtains at U.N. ambassador’s Nikki Haley’s home

The U.S. mission to the United Nations is defending the installation of costly curtains at the official New York residence of Ambassador Nikki Haley on security grounds. It also said …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 14, 2018, 12:44 p.m.

New U.S. survey shows some progress against opioid crisis

Figures from a U.S. government survey released Friday show some progress in the fight against the ongoing opioid addiction crisis with fewer people in 2017 using heroin for the first …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 14, 2018, 4:33 p.m.

U.S. retail sales up just 0.1 percent after previous strong gain

U.S. retail sales barely rose in August as consumers slowed their spending after a robust month of shopping in July.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 14, 2018, 4:32 p.m.

U.S. industrial production rose a solid 0.4 percent in August

U.S. industrial production rose by a healthy 0.4 percent in August, boosted by gains in the production of autos, oil and natural gas.


U.S. judge delays grizzly bear hunts in Rockies 2 more weeks

A U.S. judge on Thursday delayed for two more weeks the first grizzly bear hunts in the Lower 48 states in almost three decades, saying he needed more time to …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 12, 2018, 9:33 p.m.

U.S. ‘likely’ has taken over as the world’s top oil producer

The United States may have reclaimed the title of the world’s biggest oil producer sooner than expected.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 12, 2018, 4:35 p.m.

U.S. says transfer from FEMA funds won’t harm hurricane relief

Trump administration officials pushed back Wednesday against a Democratic senator’s claim that nearly $10 million from the government’s disaster relief agency was transferred to immigration enforcement.


U.S. marks 9/11 with somber tributes; Trump speaks at PA site

Americans looked back on 9/11 Tuesday with tears and somber tributes as President Donald Trump hailed “the moment when America fought back” on one of the hijacked planes used as …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 10, 2018, 7:08 p.m.

White House says it’s working to plan second Trump-Kim meeting

President Donald Trump has received a request from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for a follow-up to their historic June summit, and planning is in motion to make it …


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 9, 2018, 8:19 p.m.

U.S. backtracks on Russian spy suspect offering sex for access

Federal prosecutors are backtracking on their allegation that a Russian woman accused of working as a secret agent offered to trade sex for access, according to a Justice Department court …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 5, 2018, 2:27 p.m.

U.S. trade deficit widened to $50.1 billion in July

The U.S. trade deficit widened for the second straight month in July, reaching the highest level since February, as imports hit an all-time high. The deficit in goods with China …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 4, 2018, 7:39 p.m.

White House warns Syria against chemical weapons use

The White House warned Syria’s President Bashar Assad on Tuesday that if he chooses to use chemical weapons, the U.S. and its allies “will respond swiftly and appropriately,” pushing back …


U.S. service member killed, another wounded in Afghanistan

A U.S. service member has been killed and another wounded in an apparent insider attack in eastern Afghanistan, according to a statement Monday from the NATO-led Resolute Support mission.


Asian shares dip amid growing worry over U.S.-Canada trade

Asian shares were mostly lower Monday amid worries about escalating trade friction between the U.S. and Canada, who have been unable to agree to a revamped trade deal but will …


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 9, 2018, 3:35 p.m.

Strengthening Hurricane Florence takes aim at U.S. Southeast

A rapidly strengthening Hurricane Florence chugged across the Atlantic on Sunday toward a possible direct hit on the U.S. Southeast late this week, triggering warnings to people up and down …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 1, 2018, 11:43 a.m.

Palestinians condemn U.S. ending funding for U.N. refugee agency

The U.S. decision to end its decades of funding for the U.N. agency that aids Palestinian refugees and their descendants is “an attack on the rights of the Palestinian people,” …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 31, 2018, 9:48 p.m.

U.S. ends funding of U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees

The United States is ending its decades of funding for the U.N. agency that helps Palestinian refugees, the State Department announced Friday, a week after slashing bilateral U.S. aid for …


Stocks waver along with U.S.-Canada trade talks

Stocks hardly budged Friday as the U.S. and Canada were unable to complete a trade deal, but the two sides intend to continue negotiating next week.


U.S. consumer spending up a solid 0.4 percent in July

U.S. consumer spending rose a solid 0.4 percent in July, the sixth straight month of healthy gains. At the same time, a key gauge of inflation posted its sharpest annual …


U.S. is denying passports to Americans along the border, throwing their citizenship into question

A growing number of people whose official birth records show they were born in the United States are now being denied passports – their citizenship suddenly thrown into question.


U.S. to continue backing Saudi coalition in Yemen war

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Tuesday the U.S. intends to continue backing the Saudi-led coalition fighting Houthi rebels in Yemen despite civilian casualties and questions about the Saudis’ commitment to …