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Closure at busy U.S.-Mexico border crossing promises headaches

The busiest border crossing in the United States will close this weekend to the more than 40,000 cars that pass through it daily to Mexico.


Does North Korean H-bomb threat push U.S. closer to war?

Would exploding a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific, as North Korea has threatened, push the current war of words between the U.S. and North Korea closer to actual war?


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 22, 2017, 5:49 p.m.

Trade panel: Cheap imports hurt U.S. solar industry

A U.S. trade panel has ruled that low-cost solar panels imported from China and other countries have caused serious injury to American manufacturers, raising the possibility of the Trump administration …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 22, 2017, 11:59 a.m.

In defiance of U.S., Iran unveils latest missile during parade

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard on Friday unveiled its latest ballistic missile capable of reaching much of the Middle East, including Israel, while the country’s president vowed that Tehran would press ahead …


Lawyer: Hacker in Spanish custody sought by U.S., Russia

Russian authorities are fighting the extradition of an alleged Russian hacker from Spain to the United States, the suspect’s lawyer said Friday, in the latest move by Moscow to block …


‘Historic exodus’ from Myanmar: U.S. gives $32M for Rohingya

The United States will contribute nearly $32 million in humanitarian aid to help Rohingya Muslim refugees, the State Department said Wednesday, in the Trump administration’s first major response to the …


Top U.S. diplomat says closing Embassy in Cuba ‘under review’

The Trump administration is considering closing down the recently reopened U.S. Embassy in Havana following a string of unexplained incidents harming the health of American diplomats in Cuba, Secretary of …


U.S. coastal growth continues despite lessons of past storms

Rising sea levels and fierce storms have failed to stop relentless population growth along U.S. coasts in recent years, a new Associated Press analysis shows.


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 17, 2017, 9:48 p.m.

France: Acid attack on four U.S. students not seen as terror act

Four American college students were attacked with acid Sunday at a train station in the French city of Marseille, but French authorities so far do not think extremist views motivated …


Russia denies claim of airstrike on U.S.-backed Syrian force

The Russian military denied claims on Sunday that it struck a U.S.-backed force in eastern Syria, wounding six fighters.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 15, 2017, 8:01 p.m.

U.S. retail sales dipped 0.2 pct. in August as auto sales fell

Consumers cut back on their shopping in August by the largest amount in six months as declining auto sales offset gains in other areas.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 13, 2017, 2:59 p.m.

U.S. agencies ordered to stop using Russian company’s software

The U.S. on Wednesday banned federal agencies from using computer software supplied by Kaspersky Lab because of concerns about the company’s ties to the Kremlin and Russian spy operations.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 12, 2017, 4:06 p.m.

American household income finally topped 1999 peak last year

Incomes for a typical U.S. household, adjusted for inflation, rose 3.2 percent from 2015 to 2016 to $59,039, the Census Bureau said.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 12, 2017, 5:40 p.m.

Postings of U.S. job openings hit record high in July

Openings edged up 0.9 percent from June to 6.2 million, the highest on records dating to 2000, the Labor Department said Tuesday.


Harvey and Irma to slow U.S. growth, but rebound should follow

With businesses disrupted, fuel and chemical refineries out of commission and consumers struggling to restore their lives, Hurricanes Harvey and Irma will likely pack a tough double-whammy for the U.S. …


House passes bill to speed deployment of self-driving cars

The House voted Wednesday to speed the introduction of self-driving cars by giving the federal government authority to exempt automakers from safety standards not applicable to the technology, and to …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 5, 2017, 4:19 p.m.

Round of NAFTA talks ends amid resistance over Mexico wages

The second round of talks on renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement ended Tuesday amid resistance to discussing Mexico’s low wages and large differences over dispute resolution mechanisms.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 5, 2017, 5:31 p.m.

Ash covers Oregon cities, wildfire smoke chokes West

A growing Oregon wildfire covered parts of Portland’s metropolitan area Tuesday with ash and prompted the shutdown of a lengthy stretch of highway through the state’s scenic Columbia River Gorge.


Egypt to host war games with U.S. after 8-year hiatus

Egypt will host war games with U.S. troops this month for the first time in eight years, but the American contingent will be much smaller than in previous exercises, officials …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 5, 2017, 10:17 a.m.

U.S. factory orders tumbled in July

Orders at U.S. factories tumbled in July, dragged down by a sharp fall in orders for civilian aircraft.


U.S.-backed forces seize Raqqa’s Old City from ISIS, but a tough fight still lies ahead

U.S.-backed forces in Syria have captured the Old City of Raqqa, the latest milestone in their ongoing assault against the self-proclaimed capital of the Islamic State’s rapidly shrinking territories, according …


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 3, 2017, 8:07 p.m.

Islamic State fighters may have escaped to Iraq, despite U.S. promises to stop them

An Islamic State convoy stranded in the Syrian desert for five days has split up and some fighters may have found their way into Iraq, despite the U.S. military’s determination …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 2, 2017, 10:28 p.m.

Activists: IS convoy treks ahead despite U.S. strikes threat

Dozens of Islamic State group members and their families have crossed into areas controlled by the extremists despite U.S. threats to bomb the convoy days after they left the Lebanon-Syria …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 1, 2017, 5:15 p.m.

U.S.: Another health attack on diplomats in Cuba last month

Mysterious incidents affecting the health of American diplomats in Cuba continued as recently as August, the United States said Friday, despite earlier U.S. assessments that the attacks had long stopped. …


U.S. job growth slows to 156K; unemployment up to 4.4 percent

U.S. job growth slowed in August as employers added 156,000 jobs, though still enough to suggest that most businesses remain confident in an economy now in its ninth year of …


U.S. sanctions to pile misery on moribund Venezuelan economy

CARACAS, Venezuela – A small army of red-shirted workers mop the linoleum floors as their supervisors, sitting under a giant portrait of Hugo Chavez, look on. By the meltdown standards …


Trump says Canada, Mexico being ‘very difficult’ on NAFTA

President Donald Trump is accusing Canada and Mexico of being “very difficult” at the negotiating table over the North American Free Trade Agreement, and threatening anew to terminate the deal.


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 20, 2017, 2:34 p.m.

U.S., Canada, Mexico pledge quick work to update NAFTA

U.S., Canadian and Mexican negotiators are pledging to work quickly to update the North American Free Trade Agreement, a 23-year-old pact that President Donald Trump has called the worst trade …


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 20, 2017, 11:10 a.m.

Iraq launches operation to take back IS-held town near Mosul

U.S.-backed Iraqi forces on Sunday launched a multi-pronged assault to retake the town of Tal Afar, west of Mosul, marking the next phase in the country’s war on the Islamic …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 14, 2017, 6:42 p.m.

One-fifth of Americans find workplace hostile or threatening

An in-depth study of 3,066 U.S. workers by the Rand Corp., Harvard Medical School and the University of California, Los Angeles, has found the American workplace is grueling, stressful and …