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Secretary of Labor nominee Eugene Scalia speaks during his nomination hearing on Capitol Hill, in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
September 26, 2019 - 3:46 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-led Senate has confirmed lawyer Eugene Scalia, a son of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, as President Donald Trump's new labor secretary. The Senate voted Thursday along party lines, 53-44, to approve the nomination. Scalia spent much of his career as...
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The rising sun divides the West Front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday morning, Sept. 25, 2019, the day after Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., declared she will launch a formal impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
September 26, 2019 - 1:51 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate passed a temporary government-wide funding bill on Thursday that staves off the risk of a government shutdown through Nov. 21. The measure would buy additional time for lawmakers to work to unclog a $1.4 trillion bundle of yearly spending bills that is hung up amid...
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FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2019, file photo floor governor Michael Smyth works at the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EDT on Thursday, Sept. 26. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
September 26, 2019 - 11:48 am
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks moved broadly lower Thursday as investors pulled back to a defensive stance as an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump moves along and U.S. economic growth slows. Technology stocks were among the biggest losers. Cisco Systems fell 2.3% and Nvidia shed 1.5%...
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FILE - In this Sept. 6, 2019, file photo passengers board a ferry that departs from Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. On Thursday, Sept. 26, the Commerce Department issues the third and final estimate of how the U.S. economy performed in the April-June quarter. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)
September 26, 2019 - 9:05 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy grew at a modest 2% annual rate in the second quarter, a pace sharply lower than the 3%-plus growth rates seen over the past year. Many analysts believe growth will slow further in coming quarters as global weakness and rising trade tensions exert a toll. The...
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FILE - In this Sept.16, 2019 file photo, a lawyer hold a effigy with a scull representing a dead lawyer marches during a protest against the planned pension reforms in Paris. French President Emmanuel Macron may face the greatest challenge of his term with the planned overhaul of the retirement system, which has already prompted strikes and protests. Placard reads, Macron is killing me". (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
September 26, 2019 - 8:16 am
PARIS (AP) — The fate of Emmanuel Macron's presidency of France may lie in the fate of his planned overhaul of the retirement system, which has already prompted strikes and protests. Knowing that it's not going to be the easiest of sells following the yellow vest movement that brought France to a...
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FILE-In this Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015 file photo, Terry, cleans out his tent at a large homeless encampment, near downtown St. Louis. The gap between the haves and have-nots in the United States grew last year. Income inequality in the United States expanded from 2017 to 2018, with several heartland states among the leaders of the increase, even though several wealthy coastal states still had the most inequality overall, according to figures released Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, by the U.S. Census Bureau. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
September 26, 2019 - 7:09 am
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The gap between the haves and have-nots in the United States grew last year to its highest level in more than 50 years of tracking income inequality, according to Census Bureau figures. Income inequality in the United States expanded from 2017 to 2018, with several heartland...
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September 26, 2019 - 3:31 am
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch bank ABN AMRO says it is under investigation for possible breaches of the Netherlands' money laundering and terrorism financing legislation. The bank announced the probe in a short statement Thursday and said it will cooperate fully with investigators. Earlier...
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In this Sept. 25, 2019, photo, a Chinese man adjusts his glasses as he monitors stock prices at a brokerage in Beijing. Asian stock markets followed Wall Street higher Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, after U.S. President Donald Trump suggested a costly tariff war with China could be resolved soon. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
September 26, 2019 - 2:36 am
BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets were flat to lower Thursday after President Donald Trump suggested a costly tariff war with China could be resolved soon. Markets in Japan, South Korea and Hong Kong rose in early trading but gave up their gains by midday. Shanghai declined as traders took profits...
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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., talks to reporters about the release by the White House of a transcript of a call between President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Voldymyr Zelenskiy, in which Trump is said to have pushed for Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his family, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and the Democrats are now launching a formal impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. Rep. Schiff characterized Trump's words saying, "this is how a mafia boss talks." (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
September 26, 2019 - 2:17 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and the House impeachment inquiry (all times local): 9:50 p.m. A rough transcript released by the White House shows President Donald Trump pressing the leader of Ukraine to "look into" Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. The July 25...
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Akio Toyoda, center, the President and CEO of Toyota Motor Co., with the group of the Japanese automakers chiefs speaks to Japanese Trade Minister Isshu Sugawara, not in picture, during a meeting Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, in Tokyo. The U.S. and Japan on Wednesday signed a limited trade deal that will eliminate tariffs and expand market access on farm, industrial and digital products. But the deal does not address autos, a key sticking point during months of contentious negotiations, and President Donald Trump indicated the two countries were still working on a broader agreement. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
September 25, 2019 - 9:28 pm
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese automakers on Thursday urged government officials to do more to support the key industry and their business after their government signed a trade deal with the U.S. that only kept auto tariffs unchanged. Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Donald Trump, both...
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