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UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 6, 2017, 9:07 a.m.

U.S. military halts exercises over Qatar crisis

The U.S. military has halted some exercises with its Gulf Arab allies over the ongoing diplomatic crisis targeting Qatar, trying to use its influence to end the monthslong dispute, authorities …

UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 6, 2017, 2:08 p.m.

Hurricanes cause rare monthly U.S. job loss but rebound likely

A pullback in U.S. hiring last month resulting from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma will likely prove short-lived, with a resilient job market pointing to gains in the coming months.

UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 6, 2017, 9:24 p.m.

Gulf Coast braces for fast-moving blast of tropical weather

The U.S. Gulf Coast braced Friday for a fast-moving blast of wind, heavy rain and rising water as deadly Tropical Storm Nate threatened to reach hurricane strength before a weekend …

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 5, 2017, 10:12 a.m.

Netflix raising U.S. prices by 10 percent for most popular plan

Netflix is raising the price for its most popular U.S. video streaming plan by 10 percent– a move aimed at bringing in more money to outbid HBO, Amazon and other …

U.S. trade deficit narrows to $42.4 billion in August

WASHINGTON – Rising exports and falling imports cut the U.S. trade deficit to $42.4 billion in August, the lowest in 11 months. The Commerce Department said Thursday that the trade …

U.S.: Myanmar crackdown could draw international terrorists

WASHINGTON – Myanmar’s military crackdown that has caused a half-million Rohingya Muslims to flee to Bangladesh could destabilize the region and invite international terrorists, the State Department said Thursday. But …

UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 4, 2017, 11:31 a.m.

Survey: U.S. services sector improved at best pace in 12 years

The gains point to a potentially faster economic growth – which could help to spur more hiring and stronger pay raises. The

New U.S. ambassador to Russia meets Putin in Kremlin visit

The new U.S. ambassador to Russia presented his diplomatic credentials to President Vladimir Putin at a ceremony Tuesday in the Kremlin, a move that marks the formal start of Jon …

UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 3, 2017, 6:47 p.m.

Ties threatened: U.S. orders 15 Cuban diplomats to leave

The United States expelled 15 of Cuba’s diplomats Tuesday to protest its failure to protect Americans from unexplained attacks in Havana, plunging diplomatic ties between the countries to levels unseen …

UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 3, 2017, 1:04 p.m.

Defense chief says U.S. should stay in nuclear deal with Iran

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Tuesday the United States should remain in the nuclear deal negotiated during the Obama administration that constrains Iran’s ability to build a nuclear arsenal.

UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 2, 2017, 10:54 a.m.

U.S. factory activity surges in September to highest level since 2004

U.S. manufacturing activity shrugged off a series of hurricanes and rose to the highest level in 13 years last month.

UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 30, 2017, 5:39 p.m.

Tillerson says U.S. has direct channels to talk to North Korea

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson acknowledged on Saturday that the United State is maintaining direct channels of communications with North Korea even as tensions rise over the North’s nuclear …

Pakistan seeks to ban party backed by U.S.-named terrorist

Pakistan’s interior ministry asked the country’s elections overseeing body to ban from politics a new party backed by Islamist Hafiz Saeed, who carries a $10 million U.S. bounty on his …

UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 27, 2017, 1:59 p.m.

U.S. middle class gets richer, but wealthy do even better

Most American families grew richer between 2013 and 2016, but the wealthiest households pulled even further ahead, worsening the nation’s massive disparities in wealth and income.

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 …