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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 …

Golf with Jim Meehan: Wendy Ward back for more at Solheim Cup

Still in celebration mode shortly after the U.S. team’s stunning rally to win the 2015 Solheim Cup in Germany, Juli Inkster was asked if she wanted to return as captain …

UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 10, 2017, 8:15 p.m.

Fifth time’s a charm? U.S. inflation misses may finally end

U.S. inflation is finally picking up – or at least that’s the expectation of economists who have been wrong-footed by sub-par readings four months in a row.

UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 5, 2017, 8:01 p.m.

U.S. campaign data firm: Kenya to deport CEO ahead of election

A U.S.-based campaign data company confirmed Saturday that its CEO was detained in Kenya and faced deportation after working on the opposition’s campaign ahead of Tuesday’s tightly contested presidential election, …

UPDATED: Fri., July 28, 2017, 4:54 p.m.

Sluggish but durable: 5 things about US economy’s expansion

Despite its longevity, this expansion has delivered subpar gains in its pace of growth, full-time hiring and pay increases since it emerged from the wreckage of the Great Recession in …

UPDATED: Fri., July 28, 2017, 3:22 p.m.

U.S. Ag Secretary: Current farm visa program ‘unworkable’

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said Friday that he considers the United States’ current farm-visa program to be “unworkable” but the issue probably will not come up in NAFTA talks …

UPDATED: Sun., July 23, 2017, 9:32 p.m.

Russian ambassador to U.S. concludes assignment

Russian Ambassador to the United States Sergei Kislyak – a high-profile figure in the controversy over Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election– has concluded his assignment in Washington.

UPDATED: Wed., July 19, 2017, 2:27 p.m.

Samsung’s Bixby voice assistant rolls out to U.S. phones after delay

The South Korean tech giant said starting Wednesday, users of the Galaxy S8 smartphones can speak in American English to their phones to turn on the flashlight, take a selfie …

Royal Bank of Scotland reaches $5.5B settlement over U.S. mortgages

The deal with the Federal Housing Finance Agency – the conservator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac – resolves claims regarding the issuance and underwriting of about $32 billion of …

Report: International tourism to U.S. again stronger than expected

International travel to the U.S. grew by more than 5 percent in May compared with data for May 2016, according to the Travel Trends Index report released Wednesday by the …

IMF trims economic forecast for U.S.

The International Monetary Fund has trimmed its outlook for the U.S. economy, citing the number of uncertainties that surround President Donald Trump’s plans to boost economic growth.

EU weighs retaliatory measures as U.S. eyes steel tariffs

The European Union’s top trade official says the bloc is preparing retaliatory measures in case the United States goes ahead with plans to impose steel tariffs on imports.

Applications for U.S. jobless aid tick up to still-low 241,000

Slightly more people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, but the number of applications remained at a historically low level that suggests the job market is healthy.

Claims for U.S. jobless benefits drop for second consecutive week

Various indicators show the job market is healthy even though hiring has slowed lately, partly because employers are having trouble finding workers. The jobless rate fell in May to a …

Dodge minivans recalled; air bag can inflate unexpectedly

The recall covers Dodge Grand Caravans from 2011 and 2012. The company says eight people have suffered minor injuries from the problem, but no crashes have been reported.

U.S.-Israeli talks conclude with no agreement on settlements

The White House expressed its “concerns” with settlement construction after talks with senior Israeli officials in Washington ended Thursday night with a joint statement showing the two governments unable to …