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U.S. trade gap jumped to 10-year high; record gap with China

The U.S. trade deficit jumped nearly 19 percent in December, pushing the trade imbalance for all of 2018 to widen to a decade-long high of $621 billion. The gap with …


U.S. still sends lots of lobster to China, but tariff a worry

America is still sending millions of pounds of lobster to China, but members of the seafood industry remain on edge about the future of the United States’ relationship with one …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 26, 2019, 5:13 p.m.

One-on-One: Trump, Kim confront North Korea’s nuke plans

With nervous world capitals looking on, President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un are beginning their second nuclear summit with a one-on-one discussion and an intimate dinner as …


U.S., China extend trade talks; Xi-Trump meeting may follow

U.S. and China extend trade talks through weekend, and a Xi-Trump meeting may follow in March


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:21 p.m.

Besieged IS militants refuse to surrender, ask for an exit

More than 300 Islamic State militants surrounded in a tiny area in eastern Syria are refusing to surrender to U.S.-backed forces and are trying to negotiate an exit, Syrian activists …


Two U.S. citizens claim in lawsuit that feds detained them for speaking Spanish

Two U.S. citizens who say Customs and Border Protection officials detained them for speaking Spanish while they waited in a convenience store line in Havre, Montana, have filed a federal …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 13, 2019, 10:09 p.m.

U.S. says ex-intel official defected to Iran, revealed secrets

A former counterintelligence agent with the U.S. Air Force has been accused of revealing classified information to Iran.


Maduro faces off with U.S. over Venezuela rival’s power claim

Venezuelans headed into uncharted political waters Thursday, with the young leader of a newly united and combative opposition claiming to hold the presidency and socialist President Nicolas Maduro digging in …


U.S. and North Korea to hold talks on second Trump-Kim summit

High-level talks aimed at finalizing a second summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are planned for this week in Washington, U.S. officials said Thursday.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 9, 2019, 8:42 p.m.

Iran says it is holding U.S. Navy veteran

A semi-official news agency close to the Revolutionary Guard has confirmed that Iran is holding U.S. Navy veteran Michael R. White.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 9, 2019, 4:41 p.m.

Stocks post 4th straight gain as hopes build on China trade

Stocks cinched their fourth consecutive gain Wednesday as indexes around the world build on their early 2019 rally. The gains for U.S. indexes faded slightly after President Donald Trump and …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 8, 2019, 3:57 p.m.

U.S. cancer death rate hits milestone: 25 years of decline

The U.S. cancer death rate has hit a milestone: It’s been falling for at least 25 years, according to a new report.


Border wall won’t keep opioids out of U.S.

When President Donald Trump makes his case tonight that there really is a border crisis, he’ll likely mention the opioid epidemic ravaging the United States, which killed thousands of Americans …


Turkey slams U.S. request for assurances on Syrian Kurds

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused the U.S. national security adviser of making “a very serious mistake” Tuesday by demanding that Ankara guarantee the safety of Kurdish fighters in northeastern …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 7, 2019, 3:19 p.m.

U.S.-China trade talks start amid cooling economic growth

Facing a March deadline, talks aimed at ending a trade war between China and the U.S. are underway, with the world’s two biggest economies expressing optimism over the potential for …


Trump to make prime-time address, visit U.S.-Mexico border amid shutdown stalemate

President Donald Trump is ramping up his efforts to make a public case for his border wall as the partial government shutdown is now in its third week, planning a …


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 6, 2019, 5:28 p.m.

China upbeat ahead of US trade talks, but differences large

China has sounded a positive note ahead of trade talks this week with Washington, but the two sides face potentially lengthy wrangling over technology and the future of their economic …


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 6, 2019, 4:34 p.m.

U.S. confirms death of militant involved in USS Cole bombing

A U.S. military spokesman confirms that an American airstrike killed an al-Qaida operative accused of involvement in the attack nearly two decades ago on the USS Cole that killed 17 …


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 6, 2019, 4:18 p.m.

Brother questions why American man being held by Russia

Russia’s deputy foreign minister has brushed back suggestions that an American being held in Moscow on suspicion of spying could be exchanged for a Russian citizen.


Trump adviser outlines conditions for US pullout from Syria

President Donald Trump’s national security adviser said Sunday that the American military withdrawal from northeastern Syria is conditioned on defeating the remnants of the Islamic State group and on Turkey …


U.S. Catholic bishops to pray over clergy sexual abuse scandal

U.S.-based Roman Catholic bishops are gathering Wednesday for a weeklong retreat near Chicago on the church sexual abuse scandal that organizers say will focus on prayer and spiritual reflection and …


AP Exclusive: Vatican letter undermines U.S. cardinal on abuse

The Vatican blocked U.S. bishops from taking measures to address the clergy sex abuse scandal because U.S. church leaders didn’t discuss the legally problematic proposals with the Holy See enough …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 9:13 a.m.

Trump defends Syria exit as Putin, Erdogan fill a U.S. void

President Donald Trump defended his decision to withdraw from Syria as the fulfillment of a campaign promise, pushing back against criticism from lawmakers in his own party that the abrupt …


Kim Jong Un says he hopes to extend nuclear summitry with Trump

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un says he hopes to extend his high-stakes nuclear summitry with President Donald Trump into 2019, but also warns Washington not to test North Koreans’ …


Warmbiers win $500 million for son’s torture in North Korea

A federal judge in Washington awarded $500 million in damages to the family of Otto Warmbier, an Ohio student who died after being detained in North Korea for more than …


Not very merry: U.S. stocks plunge before Christmas

President Donald Trump’s attacks on the Federal Reserve spooked the stock market on Christmas Eve, and efforts by his Treasury secretary to calm investors’ fears only seemed to make matters …


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 23, 2018, 9:37 p.m.

Body of girl who died at U.S. border returns to Guatemala

The body of a 7-year-old girl who died while in custody of the U.S. Border Patrol arrived in her native Guatemala on Sunday and was to be driven hours into …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 20, 2018, 10:17 a.m.

U.S. ally in Syria says pullout will aid IS, Putin disagrees

The United States’ main ally in Syria on Thursday categorically rejected President Donald Trump’s claim that Islamic State group militants have been defeated, saying a premature U.S. pullout would have …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 19, 2018, 3:55 p.m.

Trump pulling all U.S. troops from Syria, declaring IS defeat

President Donald Trump says U.S. troops do not need to remain in Syria.


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 17, 2018, 7:32 p.m.

Dow Jones industrials take second straight 2-percent plunge

Another day of big losses knocked U.S. stocks to their lowest levels in more than a year Monday. Investors dumped high-growth technology and retail companies as well as steadier, high-dividend …