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FILE - In this April 8, 2019, file photo, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at a news conference to announce the Trump administration's plan to designate Iran's Revolutionary Guard a "foreign terrorist organization," at the U.S. State Department in Washington. The Trump administration is poised to tell five nations, including allies Japan, South Korea and Turkey, that they will no longer be exempt from U.S. sanctions if they continue to import oil from Iran. U.S. officials say Pompeo plans to announce on Monday, April 22, that the administration will not renew sanctions waivers for the five countries when they expire on May 2. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
April 21, 2019 - 11:09 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is poised to tell five nations, including allies Japan, South Korea and Turkey, that they will no longer be exempt from U.S. sanctions if they continue to import oil from Iran. Officials say Secretary of State Mike Pompeo plans to announce on Monday that...
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FILE - In this April 8, 2019, file photo, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at a news conference to announce the Trump administration's plan to designate Iran's Revolutionary Guard a "foreign terrorist organization," at the U.S. State Department in Washington. The Trump administration is poised to tell five nations, including allies Japan, South Korea and Turkey, that they will no longer be exempt from U.S. sanctions if they continue to import oil from Iran. U.S. officials say Pompeo plans to announce on Monday, April 22, that the administration will not renew sanctions waivers for the five countries when they expire on May 2. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
April 21, 2019 - 7:32 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is poised to tell five nations, including allies Japan, South Korea and Turkey, that they will no longer be exempt from U.S. sanctions if they continue to import oil from Iran, officials said Sunday. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo plans to announce on...
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FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2017 file photo, Sen. Maureen Walsh, R-Walla Walla, right, takes the oath of office on the opening day of the 2017 legislative session at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Sen. Walsh has angered nurses by commenting in a speech that some nurses may spend a lot of time playing cards in rural hospitals. The Olympian reports that state Sen. Maureen Walsh, a Republican, made the comments this week while debating a Senate bill that would require uninterrupted meal and rest breaks for nurses. Walsh wants an amendment that would exclude hospitals with fewer than 25 beds. A Washington State Nurses Association blog about the comments drew so many readers Friday, April 19, 2019, that the site crashed. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
April 20, 2019 - 6:32 pm
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state lawmaker has angered nurses and spawned a flurry of viral hashtags and memes on social media by saying that some nurses may spend a lot of time playing cards in small, rural hospitals. State Sen. Maureen Walsh, a Republican representing College Place,...
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FILE - This Monday, Feb. 2, 2009 file photo shows a frozen cherry pie in a store's freezer in Palo Alto, Calif. In 2019, the Food and Drug Administration is preparing to propose getting rid of a federal standard for frozen cherry pie, which say the products must be at least 25% cherries by weight. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
April 19, 2019 - 5:32 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump may soon be able to claim a sweet victory for his deregulation push, with officials preparing to get rid of the decades-old rules for frozen cherry pies. Emails show the Food and Drug Administration planned to start the process for revoking the standard for...
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April 18, 2019 - 4:34 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Lawyers for Telsa CEO Elon Musk and the U.S. government are asking for another week to negotiate a deal to keep Musk from being found in contempt of court. Both sides say in a letter filed Thursday with a federal court in New York that they talked for over an hour and are still...
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks to reporters at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, April 9, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
April 18, 2019 - 1:57 pm
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday he plans to introduce legislation to raise the minimum age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21 nationally, rating the health initiative as one of his top priorities. The Senate leader said his bill will cover all tobacco...
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FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2017, file photo, construction workers build one of the Facebook data center buildings in Los Lunas, N.M. A powerful regulatory authority in New Mexico decided Tuesday, April 16, 2019, it is requiring the state's largest utility to bill Facebook $39 million for the construction of a new transmission line, a move that the social media giant says could affect its long-term operations in the state. (Marla Brose/The Albuquerque Journal via AP, File)
April 18, 2019 - 12:36 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A powerful New Mexico regulatory authority is requiring the state's largest utility to bill Facebook $39 million for a new transmission line construction for its data center — a move the social media giant says it was not expecting. The Public Regulation Commission's on...
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FILE - In this file photo taken on Monday, Dec. 19, 2016, a client leaves PrivatBank as other clients take money from PrivatBank's cash machine in Kiev, Ukraine. A Ukrainian court has ruled that the 2016 nationalization of the major bank PrivatBank, owned by a powerful tycoon Ihor Kolomoyskyi, was illegal. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky, File)
April 18, 2019 - 9:59 am
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — A Ukrainian court on Thursday ruled that the 2016 nationalization of a major bank owned by a tycoon was illegal, sending shockwaves through the country's financial community. Privatbank, Ukraine's biggest lender, was nationalized in 2016 after authorities discovered a capital...
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FILE - In this April 12, 2019, file photo morning clouds cover Capitol Hill in Washington. On Thursday, April 18, the Labor Department reports on the number of people who applied for unemployment benefits last week. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
April 18, 2019 - 8:14 am
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits dropped to the lowest level in nearly half a century. The Labor Department says claims for jobless aid fell by 5,000 last week to 192,000, lowest since September 1969. The four-week average, which is less volatile, dropped by 6,000 to 201,250...
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Presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke speaks to Virginia students in Nau Hall Room 101 during his last stop on a tour which saw him visit multiple cities in the state Tuesday, April 16, 2019, in Charlottesville, Va. Due to a high student turnout, O'Rourke spoke both inside the lecture hall and outside in the stairwell to address all the students present. (Zack Wajsgras/The Daily Progress via AP)
April 17, 2019 - 2:54 pm
FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Facing questions about his relatively meager charitable giving, Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke said Wednesday that he and his family had donated more than reported on past tax returns because they weren't interested in taking deductions. Speaking to...
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